Music history and highlights that have happened on February 4th… from the birthplace of the blues… and rock n’ roll.
1924: Jazz great Louis Armstrong marries pianist Lil Armstrong.
1938: “Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” opens on Broadway.
1939: Frank Sinatra’s first wedding with Nancy Barbato.
1938: Blues guitarist Joe Beard (“No More Cherry Rose”) born in Ashland, Mississippi.
1941: The Animals (“House of the Rising Sun”) drummer John Steel born in Gateshead, U.K.
1943: Muscle Shoals’ Fame Studios session guitarist Jimmy Johnson born in Sheffield, Alabama. (played with Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon and engineer on Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers)
1948: Rocker Alice Cooper (Vincent Fernier) born in Detroit (“Schools Out”).
1948: The Shangri-Las singer Marguerite “Marge” Ganser born in Queens.
1953: Japanese new age composer Kitaro born in Toyohashi, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.
1962: Country singer Clint Black (“Killin’ Time”, “A Better Man”) born in Long Branch, Jersey.
1965: The Righteous Brothers are No. 1 on U.K. charts with “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”.
1966: The Rolling Stones release “19th Nervous Breakdown”.
1966: Bod Dylan and The Band start a world tour which marked Dylan as “gone electric”.
1967: “Wild Thing” hits #20 on U.S. pop charts by Senator Bobby (comedian Bill Minkin).
1968: The Beatles record “Across the Universe” at Abby Road Studios. It would become the first song ever to be beamed into outer space.
1969: The Beatles hire Eastman & Eastman law firm as the attornies for Apple Corps.
1972: David Bowie records “Starman” and “Suffragette City” at Trident Studios in London.
1975: Bandleader, songwriter and extraordinary musician Louis Jordan leaves the building.
1976: Rapper and actor Cam’ron (Cameron Ezike Giles) born in Harlem.
1977: Fleetwood Mac releases their album “Rumors”, which would become one of the greatest selling records of all time.
1982: “Pump Boys & Dinettes” opens at the Princess Theater in New York City.
1983: The Carpenters drummer Karen Carpenter passes on.
1987: Liberace leaves us.
1989: Country singer Kenneth “Jethro: Burns passes on (Homer & Jethro).
2000: The Shirelles singer Doris Coley passes.
2016: Singer, songwriter, musician, producer and bandleader Maurice White passes on. (Earth, Wind and Fire, “Shining Star”)