Rock n Roll in History

Rock n Roll: Rock Bands

Events in Music

  • 1954-09-06 WINS radio station in NYC begins playing rock n roll with Alan Freed Show

Music History

1956-12-01 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent

  • 1957-05-04 Alan Freed hosts "Rock n' Roll Show" 1st prime-time network rock show
  • 1957-05-27 Toronto's CHUM-AM, (1050 kHz) becomes Canada's first radio station to broadcast only top 40 Rock n' Roll music format

Music Single

1958-08-29 Cliff Richard and the Drifters release single "Move It", Richards debut single. Credited as 1st British Rock n Roll song.

Music Concert

1959-02-20 Jimi Hendrix (16), rock and roll guitarist, plays his first gig in the Temple De Hirsch synagogue basement, Seattle; fired from the band after the 1st set due to "wild" playing

  • 1963-01-16 Los Angeles night club and music venue The Whiskey A-Go-Go opens (inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2006)
  • 1966-05-16 The Beach Boys release their groundbreaking album "Pet Sounds", containing hit singles "Sloop John B" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice", and "God Only Knows"
  • 1966-08-14 Cleveland Stadium's 1st rock concert: The Beatles headline; fans break through barriers and rush stage causing a 30-minute delay while order is restored

Music Concert

1967-12-09 Jim Morrison arrested on stage for disturbing the peace at the New Haven Arena, Connecticut, making him the 1st rock star to be taken into custody during a performance

  • 1968-12-12 Rolling Stones film TV show "Rock 'n Roll Circus"- never aired

Music Premiere

1969-09-13 Plastic Ono Band's 1st live performance, featuring John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Eric Clapton, at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival

  • 1970-05-23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England

Music Concert

1971-06-21 50,000 attend Celebration of Life, rock concert in McCrea, Louisiana; performers included Chuck Berry; Stephen Stills; WAR; John Sebastian; and Delaney and Bonnie

  • 1972-04-01 30,000 attend Mar Y Sol rock concert, Vega Baja, Puerto Rico
  • 1973-02-02 "Midnight Special" rock music show debuts on NBC-TV
  • 1974-04-06 200,000 attend rock concert "California Jam" at the Ontario Motor Speedway in Ontario, California; line-up includes Earth, Wind & Fire; Black Sabbath; Deep Purple; and Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • 1975-02-21 John Lennon releases "Rock 'n' Roll" album, cover songs of early rock numbers
  • 1975-11-28 Wings release single "Venus & Mars/Rock Show" medley
  • 1976-06-03 Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" goes gold

Music Single

1976-10-15 Ringo Starr releases single "A Dose of Rock 'n' Roll"; peaks at 26 in US, fails to chart in UK

  • 1978-03-18 250,000 attend rock concert California Jam II in Ontario, California
  • 1978-12-31 Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California closes after 556 concerts; Final show is the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Blues Brothers; program lasts for over 8 hours, with the Grateful Dead playing for nearly 6 hours; concert broadcast on local PBS TV station KQED, and simulcast by radio station KSAN-FM, after the show, the crowd was treated to a hot, buffet-style breakfast.
  • 1979-02-09 ABC airs "Heroes of Rock N Roll" special, featuring archival performances of 62 artists
  • 1979-06-07 Rock 'n' Roll singer-songwriter and guitar legend Chuck Berry is charged with tax evasion

Film Premiere

1979-08-24 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" directed by Allan Arkush and featuring the Ramones, premieres in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)

  • 1980-03-08 The first festival of rock music kicks off in the Soviet Union

Album Release

1980-03-12 Columbia Records releases "Glass Houses", singer-songwriter Billy Joel's seventh studio album; it features his 1st No.1 single - "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me"

  • 1980-03-26 Bombay gets its 1st rock concert in 10 years (The Police)
  • 1980-07-18 Billy Joel's "Glass Houses" album tops US charts, featuring "It's Still Rock 'n' Roll to Me"
  • 1982-03-20 Joan Jett & Blackhearts' "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" goes #1 for 7 weeks
  • 1982-10-24 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." opens at St James Theater NYC for 9 performances
  • 1982-10-31 "Rock 'n Roll!: The 1st..." closes at St James NYC after 9 performances
  • 1985-08-05 Establishment of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is announced
  • 1986-01-23 Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips
  • 1986-05-05 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announces Cleveland, Ohio chosen as the site of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 1986-08-25 Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon's seventh solo album "Graceland", a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies

Hall of Fame

1987-01-03 Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

1987-01-21 B.B. King is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Hall of Fame

1987-01-21 Muddy Waters is inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame"

Hall of Fame

1987-01-21 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Coasters; Eddie Cochran; Bo Diddley; Aretha Franklin; Marvin Gaye; Bill Haley; B.B. King; Clyde McPhatter; Ricky Nelson; Roy Orbison; Carl Perkins; Smokey Robinson; Joe Turner; Muddy Waters; Jackie Wilson; Louis Jordan; T-Bone Walker; Hank Williams; Leonard Chess; Ahmet Ertegun; Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller; and Jerry Wexler

Hall of Fame

1988-01-20 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beach Boys; The Beatles; The Drifters; Bob Dylan; The Supremes; Woody Guthrie; Leadbelly; Les Paul; and Berry Gordy, Jr.

Hall of Fame

1989-01-18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Dion; Otis Redding; The Rolling Stones; The Temptations; Stevie Wonder; The Ink Spots; Bessie Smith; The Soul Stirrers; and Phil Spector

Hall of Fame

1990-01-17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Hank Ballard; Bobby Darin; The Four Seasons; The Four Tops; The Kinks; The Platters; Simon and Garfunkel; The Who; Louis Armstrong; Charlie Christian; Ma Rainey; Gerry Goffin and Carole King; and Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland

  • 1990-02-25 On a BBC taped interview, rock star Stevie Nicks breaks down, saying that she will never have children & no man can stand her for long

Hall of Fame

1991-01-16 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: LaVern Baker; The Byrds; John Lee Hooker; The Impressions; Wilson Pickett; Jimmy Reed; Ike and Tina Turner; Howlin' Wolf; Dave Bartholomew; and Ralph Bass

  • 1991-12-10 IM Pei receives $5 million for design of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 1992-01-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Bobby "Blue" Bland; Booker T. and the MG's; Johnny Cash; Jimi Hendrix Experience; Isley Brothers; Sam and Dave; The Yardbirds; Elmore James; Professor Longhair; Leo Fender; Bill Graham; and Doc Pomus

Hall of Fame

1993-01-12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Ruth Brown; Cream; Creedence Clearwater Revival; The Doors; Etta James; Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers; Van Morrison; Sly and the Family Stone; Dinah Washington; Dick Clark; and Milt Gabler

  • 1993-04-05 Construction begins on Cleveland's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum
  • 1993-06-07 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame breaks ground for their museum in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1994-01-19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; The Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart; Willie Dixon; and Johnny Otis
  • 1994-04-30 39th Eurovision Song Contest: Paul Harrington and Charlie McGettigan for Ireland wins singing "Rock 'n' Roll Kids" in Dublin

Hall of Fame

1995-01-12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Allman Brothers Band; Al Green; Janis Joplin; Led Zeppelin; Martha and the Vandellas; Neil Young; Frank Zappa; The Orioles; Paul Ackerman

  • 1995-09-01 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum opens in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1995-10-25 Singer Cliff Richard receives his knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, - 1st rock star to be knighted

Hall of Fame

1996-01-17 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: David Bowie; Jefferson Airplane; Little Willie John; Gladys Knight and the Pips; Pink Floyd; The Shirelles; The Velvet Underground; Pete Seeger; and Tom Donahue

Hall of Fame

1997-05-06 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Bee Gees; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills and Nash; The Jackson Five; Joni Mitchell; Parliament-Funkadelic; The (Young) Rascals; Mahalia Jackson; Bill Monroe; and Syd Nathan

Music History

1997-11-18 70s glam-rock star Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) arrested by British police in child porn probe

  • 1998-01-12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Eagles; Fleetwood Mac; Mamas and Papas; Lloyd Price; Santana; Gene Vincent; "Jelly Roll" Morton; and Allen Toussaint
  • 1998-10-31 American jam band Phish performs The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll" as a musical costume during a show at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Paradise, Nevada
  • 1999-03-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Billy Joel; Curtis Mayfield; Paul McCartney; Del Shannon; Dusty Springfield; Bruce Springsteen; The Staple Singers; Charles Brown; Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys; and George Martin

Hall of Fame

2000-03-06 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Eric Clapton; Earth, Wind, and Fire; Lovin' Spoonful; The Moonglows; Bonnie Raitt; James Taylor; Nat King Cole; Billie Holiday; Hal Blaine; "King" Curtis; James Jamerson; Scotty Moore; Earl Palmer; and Clive Davis

Hall of Fame

2001-03-19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Aerosmith; Solomon Burke; The Flamingos; Michael Jackson; Queen; Paul Simon; Steely Dan; Ritchie Valens; James Burton; Johnnie Johnson; and Chris Blackwell

  • 2002-03-18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Isaac Hayes; Brenda Lee; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers; Gene Pitney; Ramones; Talking Heads; Chet Atkins; and Jim Stewart

Hall of Fame

2003-03-10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: AC/DC; The Clash; Elvis Costello and the Attractions; The Police; The Righteous Brothers; Benny Benjamin; Floyd Cramer; Steve Douglas; and Mo Ostin

Hall of Fame

2004-03-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jackson Browne; The Dells; George Harrison; Prince; Bob Seger; Traffic; ZZ Top; and Jann Wenner

Hall of Fame

2005-03-14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Buddy Guy; The O'Jays; The Pretenders; Percy Sledge; U2; Frank Barsalona; and Seymour Stein

Hall of Fame

2006-03-13 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Black Sabbath; Blondie; Miles Davis; Lynyrd Skynyrd; The Sex Pistols; Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss

Hall of Fame

2007-03-12 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five; R.E.M.; The Ronettes; Patti Smith; and Van Halen

Hall of Fame

2008-03-10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Leonard Cohen; The Dave Clark Five; Madonna; John Mellencamp; The Ventures; Little Walter; Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff

Hall of Fame

2009-04-04 Eminem inducts Run-DMC into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

2009-04-04 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Jeff Beck; Little Anthony and the Imperials; Metallica; Run-D.M.C.; Bobby Womack; Wanda Jackson; Bill Black; DJ Fontana; and Spooner Oldham

Hall of Fame

2010-03-15 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: ABBA; Genesis; Jimmy Cliff; The Hollies; The Stooges; David Geffen; Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil; Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry; Jesse Stone; Mort Shuman; and Otis Blackwell

Hall of Fame

2011-03-14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Alice Cooper Band; Neil Diamond; Dr. John; Darlene Love; Tom Waits; Leon Russell; Jac Holzman; and Art Rupe

Hall of Fame

2012-04-14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Beastie Boys; Donovan; Guns N' Roses; Laura Nyro; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; The (Small) Faces; The Blue Caps; The Comets; The Crickets; The Famous Flames; The Midnighters; The Miracles; Freddie King; Don Kirshner; Tom Dowd; Glyn Johns; and Cosimo Matassa

Hall of Fame

2013-04-18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Heart; Albert King; Randy Newman; Public Enemy; Rush; Donna Summer; Quincy Jones; and Lou Adler

Hall of Fame

2014-04-10 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Peter Gabriel; Hall & Oates; KISS; Nirvana; Linda Ronstadt; Cat Stevens; The E Street Band; Brian Epstein; and Andrew Loog Oldham

Hall of Fame

2015-04-18 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band; Green Day; Joan Jett and the Blackhearts; Lou Reed; Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble; Bill Withers; The "5" Royals; and Ringo Starr

  • 2016-04-08 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Steve Miller, and N.W.A

Hall of Fame

2017-04-07 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Joan Baez; Electric Light Orchestra; Journey; Pearl Jam; 2Pac Shakur; Yes; and Nile Rodgers

  • 2017-12-09 Funeral for French rock star Johnny Hallyday draws hundreds of thousands onto Paris streets

Hall of Fame

2018-04-14 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Nina Simone; Sister Rosetta Tharpe; Bon Jovi; The Cars; Dire Straits; and Moody Blues

Film Premiere

2018-10-23 Freddie Mercury bio film "Bohemian Rhapsody" directed by Bryan Singer, starring Rami Malek (Best Actor Academy Awards 2019) premieres in London

Golden Globes

2019-01-06 76th Golden Globes: "The Americans", "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Green Book", Glenn Close and Rami Malek among the winners

Hall of Fame

2019-03-29 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Cure; Def Leppard; Janet Jackson; Stevie Nicks; Radiohead; Roxy Music; and The Zombies

Hall of Fame

2020-11-07 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Depeche Mode; The Doobie Brothers; Whitney Houston; Nine Inch Nails; The Notorious B.I.G.; T-Rex; Jon Landau; and Irving Azoff

Hall of Fame

2021-10-30 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Foo Fighters; The Go-Go's; Jay-Z; Carole King; Todd Rundgren; Tina Turner; Kraftwerk; Gil Scott-Heron; Charley Patton; LL Cool J; Billy Preston; Randy Rhodes; and Clarence Avant


Birthdays in Music

  • 1918-12-24 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in Edgard, Louisiana (d. 2019)
  • 1922-12-15 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", born in Windber, Pennsylvania (d. 1965)
  • 1924-10-25 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), born in New Orleans (d. 2008)
  • 1925-02-09 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), born in Indianapolis, Indiana (d. 2020)

Bill Haley

1925-07-06 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), born in Highland Park, Michigan (d. 1981)

  • 1926-10-14 Bill Justis, American rock and roll musician (Raunchy), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1982)

Chuck Berry

1926-10-18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter ("Roll Over Beethoven"; "Sweet Little Sixteen"), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 2017)

Fats Domino

1928-02-26 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues piano player, singer, and star of the early rock ’n’ roll era ("Blueberry Hill"; "Blue Monday"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2017)

  • 1928-12-30 Bo Diddley [Ellas Bates McDaniels], American rock `n' roll pioneer guitarist (Bo Diddley), born in McComb, Mississippi (d. 2008)
  • 1929-02-04 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), born in Brownsville, Tennessee (d. 2003)
  • 1931-01-08 Bill Graham [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1991)
  • 1931-12-18 Allen Klein, American rock and roll business manager - ABKCO (Sam Cooke; Rolling Stones, Beatles), born in Newark, New Jersey (d. 2009)

Little Richard

1932-12-05 Little Richard [Wayne Penniman], American singer-songwriter and rock 'n' roll pioneer (Tutti Frutti), born in Macon, Georgia (d. 2020)

  • 1934-05-05 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 2018)

Elvis Presley

1935-01-08 Elvis Presley, American King of Rock and Roll ("Hound Dog"; "Love Me Tender"; "Heartbreak Hotel"; "Suspicious Minds"), and actor (Jailhouse Rock; King Creole), born in Tupelo Mississippi (d. 1977)

Jerry Lee Lewis

1935-09-29 Jerry Lee Lewis, American rock and roll piano player and singer ("Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On"; "Great Balls Of Fire"), born in Ferriday, Louisiana

  • 1936-01-24 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter (My True Love), born in Windsor, Ontario (d. 2019)
  • 1936-03-04 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), born in Dominica, West Indies (d. 2001)

Buddy Holly

1936-09-07 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), born in Lubbock, Texas (d. 1959)

  • 1936-10-24 Bill Wyman, English rock and jazz bassist (Rolling Stones, 1962-93 - "Under My Thumb"), born in Lewisham, London
  • 1936-10-26 Al Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy; The Wrecking Crew), born in Long Beach, California (d. 2006)
  • 1936-12-17 Tommy Steele [Thomas Hicks], English pop singer, 1st British Rock and Roll star, born in London
  • 1937-02-01 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), born in Brownie, Kentucky (d. 2021)
  • 1937-02-25 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • 1937-04-21 David Lucas, American rock and roll composer, music producer and singer, born in Buffalo, New York

Phil Everly

1939-01-19 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2014)

  • 1939-01-23 Ray Elliott, Irish rock and jazz saxophonist, flutist, and keyboard player (Them), born in Belfast, Northern Ireland (d. 1993)
  • 1939-02-23 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, born in Elsa, Texas (d. 2010)
  • 1939-04-12 Peter Giger, Swiss progressive rock and jazz percussionist and bandleader (Dzyan), born in Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1939-04-18 Glen Hardin, American rock n roll and country piano player, and arranger (Crickets), born in Wellington, Texas
  • 1939-07-18 Brian Auger, British rock and jazz-fusion session and touring keyboardist and Hammond organ player (Befour; Genesis), born in Hammersmith, London, England
  • 1939-10-30 Eddie Holland, American singer ("Jamie"), lyricist, vocal arranger, and producer (Holland–Dozier–Holland - "Heat Wave"; "Where Did Our Love Go"; "You Keep Me Hanging On"), and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1939-11-10 Tommy "Bubba" Facenda, American rock and roll artist (High School U.S.A.), born in Portsmouth, Virginia
  • 1939-12-30 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), born in The Bronx, New York (d. 1983)
  • 1940-04-13 Lester Chambers, American rock and soul singer (The Chambers Brothers - "Time Has Come Today"), born in Mississippi

Ricky Nelson

1940-05-08 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American pop-Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), born in Teaneck, New Jersey (d. 1985)

  • 1940-05-31 August "Augie" Meyers, American rock and Tex-Mex keyboardist, accordion player, singer-songwriter, producer (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornados), and record label owner, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1940-08-10 Michael “Tunes” Antunes, American rock and blues saxophonist (John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band), and actor (Eddie And The Cruisers), born in New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • 1940-10-10 Mouse [Stanley Miller] American artist, notable for psychedelic rock concert poster designs and album art (Grateful Dead; Journey), born in Fresno, California
  • 1940-12-31 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), born in New York City (d. 2018) [1]
  • 1941-01-12 "Long" John Baldry, English blues vocalist ("Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll"), born in East Haddon, United Kingdom (d. 2005)
  • 1941-02-04 Mike Deasy, American rock and jazz session guitarist (Beach Boys; Monkees; Randy Newman), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-04-03 Jan Berry, American rock and roll vocalist (Jan and Dean - "Surf City"), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2004)

Charlie Watts

1941-06-02 Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), born in London, England (d. 2021)

  • 1941-08-21 Tom Coster, American rock and jazz keyboard player (Santana), born in Detroit Michigan
  • 1941-10-21 Steve Cropper, American rock and soul guitarist (Booker T & MGs; The Blues Brothers), songwriter ("Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay"), and producer (Otis Redding), born in Willow Springs, Missouri
  • 1941-11-01 Johnny Kendall [Johan Donker Kaat], Dutch rock and blues singer (Johnny Kendall & the Heralds), born in The Netherlands
  • 1942-02-20 Charlie Gillett, British pop-rock and world music radio presenter and writer (The Sound of the City), born in Morecambe, Lancashire, England (d. 2010)

Aretha Franklin

1942-03-25 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" ("Respect") and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2018)

  • 1942-04-03 Herbie Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California
  • 1942-06-26 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 2019)
  • 1942-12-28 Allan Schwartzberg, American pop, jazz, rock, and funk session and touring drummer (Mountain, James Browwn, Gloria Gaynor, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono, Brecker Brothers), and bandleader (Geraldo Rivera's Goodnight America), born in New York City
  • 1943-01-20 Farhad [Mehrad], Iranian pop, rock and folk singer-songwriter ("Jomeh"), born in Tehran, Iran (d. 2002)
  • 1943-02-10 Ralph "Ral" Donner, American rock and roll singer ("You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)", born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1984)
  • 1943-05-09 John Hugen Tobler, British rock music journalist and record company executive (ZigZag Magazine co-founder), born in England
  • 1943-08-01 Denny Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues; Leon Russell), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1995)
  • 1943-12-17 Ron Geesin, Scottish musician and avant-garde, symphonic rock, and film score composer, born in Stevenston, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • 1943-12-27 Joan Manuel Serrat, Spanish pop, rock and nueva canción singer-songwriter, born in Barcelona, Spain

Gary Glitter

1944-05-08 Gary Glitter [Paul Gadd], British glam rocker (Rock and Roll, Parts 1 and 2), and convicted sex offender, born in Banbury, England

  • 1944-12-04 Chris Hillman, American bluegrass, folk-rock, and country bassist, mandolin player, guitarist, singer, snd songwriter (The Byrds; THe Flying Burrito Brothers, Desert Rose Band) - Turn Turn Turn), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1945-03-12 George Jackson, American rhythm & blues, rock, and southern soul songwriter (One Bad Apple; Old Time Rock and Roll), and singer, born in Indianola, Mississippi (d. 2013)
  • 1945-03-23 Franco Battiato, Italian pop, rock, and new wave singer, songwriter (“La Voce del Padrone” (“The Master’s Voice”), and filmmaker ("Lost Love"), born in Jonia, Sicily. Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1945-04-22 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), born in England (d. 2015)
  • 1945-05-06 Bob Seger, American singer and songwriter ("Old Time Rock and Roll"; "Hollywood Nights"; "Against The Wind"), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1945-07-29 Mike Garson, American session and touring rock and jazz pianist (David Bowie, 1972-2006; Mick Ronson; Smashing Pumpkins), born in New York City
  • 1946-03-24 Lee Oskar [Levitin], Danish rock and soul harmonica player (War - "Why Can't We Be Friends?"; "Low Rider"), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 1946-04-24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, born in Nice, France (d. 2019)
  • 1946-04-27 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), born in Verwood, Dorset, England (d. 2020)
  • 1946-05-11 (Michel) "Plume" Latraverse, Canadian rock and blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist, born in Montreal, Quebec
  • 1946-08-06 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock and jazz-fusion guitarist (Soft Machine), born in Bradford (d. 2017)
  • 1946-08-11 Michael Fonfara, Canadian rock and blues keyboard player (The Electric Flag; Lou Reed), born in Stevensville, Ontario

Freddie Mercury

1946-09-05 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Stone Town, Sultanate of Zanzibar (d. 1991)

  • 1946-09-15 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), born in Örebro, Sweden (d. 2008)
  • 1946-09-29 Ian Wallace, British session and touring rock and jazz drummer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bob Dylan, 1977-78; Crimson Jazz Trio, 2005-07), born in Bury, Lancashire, England (d. 2007)
  • 1946-11-10 Roy Thomas Baker, English record producer (Bohemian Rhapsody), born in Hampstead, London
  • 1946-12-20 Douglass Lubahn, psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist (d. 2019)
  • 1946-12-29 Marianne Faithfull, British folk-rock and jazz singer-songwriter ("As Tears Go By"; "Broken English"), and actress, born in Hampstead, England
  • 1947-02-24 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), born in Berkeley, California (d. 2013)
  • 1947-04-08 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), born in Corpus Christi, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1947-04-19 Mark Volman, American rock and roll musician and songwriter (The Turtles - "Happy Together"), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1947-06-22 Howard Kaylan {Kaplan], American rock and roll musician and songwriter (The Turtles; Flo and Eddie), born in NYC, New York
  • 1947-07-01 Marc Benno, American guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter ("Rock 'n' Roll Me Again"; Asylum Choir), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1947-07-19 Brian May, British rock guitarist (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "We Are The Champions"), born in London, England
  • 1947-08-05 Rick Derringer [Zehringer], American guitarist, songwriter (The McCoys - "Hang On Sloopy"; solo - "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo".), and producer (Edgar Winter; Johnny Winter; Weird Al Yankovic), born in Fort Recovery, Ohio
  • 1947-12-04 Terry Woods, Irish folk, rock, and celtic punk mandolin, cittern, and banjo player and songwriter (The Pogues; Steeleye Span), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • 1948-03-02 Rory Gallagher, Irish rock and blues guitarist and songwriter ("Born on the Wrong Side of Time"), born in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland (d. 1995)
  • 1948-04-04 David "Pick" Withers, British rock and jazz drummer (Dire Straits, 1977-82), born in Leicester, England
  • 1948-05-15 Brian Eno, British rock and ambient musician, and record producer (Roxy Music, David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2, Coldplay, Paul Simon), born in Woodbridge, Sussex

Glenn Frey

1948-11-06 Glenn Frey, American Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter (The Eagles - "Take it Easy"; "Heartache Tonight";"Tequila Sunrise"; solo - "Smuggler's Blues"; "The Heat Is On"), and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2016)

  • 1949-05-17 Bill Bruford, PhD, British rock and jazz drummer (Yes; King Crimson; Genesis (touring only); Earthworks), born in Sevenoaks, Kent, England
  • 1949-07-26 Roger Taylor, English rock drummer (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), born in Norfolk, England
  • 1949-08-25 Gene Simmons [Chaim Witz], Israeli-American rock guitarist (KISS, Rock and Roll All Nite), born in Tirat Carmel, Israel
  • 1949-08-25 Henry Paul, American southern rock and county guitarist and singer (Outlaws - "Green Grass And High Tides"; Blackhawk), born in Kingston, New York
  • 1949-08-28 Dennis Davis, American jazz, rock and funk drummer (Roy Ayers; David Bowie, 1975-80; Stevie Wonder), born in New York City (d. 2016)
  • 1949-11-28 Paul Shaffer, Canadian keyboardist (SNL, 1975-80), orchestra leader (David Letterman, 1982-2015; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), and songwriter ("It's Raining Men"), born in Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • 1949-12-17 Paul Rodgers, English-Canadian rock singer and musician (Bad Company - "Feel Like Makin' Love", "Rock and Roll Fantasy"; The Firm; + Queen), born in Middlesbrough, England
  • 1950-04-25 Steve Ferrone, British session and touring funk, rock, and R&B drummer (Average White Band, 1974-83; Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1994 to 2017), born in Brighton, England
  • 1950-09-09 John McFee, American rock and pedal steel guitarist (Van Morrison; Doobie Brothers), born in Santa Cruz California
  • 1950-09-14 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), born in New York City (d. 1979)
  • 1950-09-30 Renato Zero [Fiacchini], Italian pop, rock and soul singer (Madame), born in Rome

Weddings in Music

Bill Haley

1946-12-11 "Bill Haley & His Comets" rock 'n' roll musician Bill Haley (21) weds Dorothy Crowe; divorce in 1952

  • 1952-11-18 "Rock Around The Clock" rock 'n' roll pioneer Bill Haley (27) weds second wife Barbara Cupchak

Elvis Presley

1967-05-01 King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley (32) weds actress Priscilla Beaulieu (21) at Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada

Joe Cocker

1987-10-11 British rock and blues singer Joe Cocker (43) weds Pam Baker

Lisa Marie Presley

1988-10-03 "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (20) weds musician Danny Keough (23) at the Church of Scientology; divorce in 1994

Bruce Springsteen

1991-06-09 American rock star Bruce Springsteen (41) weds his backup singer-songwriter Patti Scialfa (34), at their Los Angeles home

David Bowie

1992-04-24 British rock star David Bowie (45) weds Somali supermodel Iman (37) in civil ceremony at city hall in Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 1992-06-06 British rock star David Bowie (45) weds Somali supermodel Iman (37), this time in a formal ceremony at St. James Episcopal Church in Florence, Italy

Wedding of Interest

1994-05-26 American King of Pop, Michael Jackson (35) weds King of Rock 'n' Roll Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley (26) in La Romana, Dominican Republic

  • 1996-05-27 "Crosby, Stills & Nash" Rock and Roll Hall of Famer guitarist Stephen Stills (51) weds recording-studio manager Kristen Hathaway (30) at the Ritz-Carlton in Palm Beach, Florida
  • 2002-06-08 American teen rock star Taylor Hanson (19) weds Natalie Bryant (18) at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia
  • 2002-08-10 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) weds "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii; divorce in 2004
  • 2006-01-22 Princess of Rock and Roll Lisa Marie Presley (37) weds American guitarist and producer Michael Lockwood (44) at Kyoto, Japan

Jerry Lee Lewis

2012-03-09 Rock 'n' roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis (76) weds his cousin's ex Judith Brown (62) in Natchez, Mississippi


Divorces in Music

Bruce Springsteen

1988-08-30 American actress Julianne Philips files for divorce from American rock star Bruce Springsteen

Divorce of Interest

2002-11-25 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) files for divorce from the "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage

Richie Sambora

2007-04-11 "Dynasty" actress Heather Locklear (45) divorces rock-star Richie Sambora (47) due to irreconcilable differences after 11 years of marriage


Deaths in Music

Buddy Holly

1959-02-03 Buddy Holly [Charles Holley], American rock and roll musician and songwriter ("Peggy Sue"; "That'll Be the Day"; "Words Of Love"), dies in a plane crash at 22 [1]

  • 1965-01-20 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", dies at 42
  • 1970-10-28 Baby Huey [James Ramey], American rock and soul singer (Baby Huey & Babysitters), dies of a drug-related heart attack at 26
  • 1979-04-23 Doug Rauch, American rock and jazz-fusion bassist (Santana, 1972-74), dies of a heroin overdose at 28
  • 1979-08-19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll Trio), and songwriter ("It's Late"), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1979-11-17 John Glascock, British bass guitarist and singer (Carmen, 1972-75; Jethro Tull, 1976-79 - "Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die"), dies of congenital heart valve defect at 28

Bill Haley

1981-02-09 Bill Haley, American rock vocalist known as the father of Rock 'n' Roll (Rock Around the Clock), dies of a heart attack probably caused by alcoholism at 55

  • 1983-04-17 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43

Ricky Nelson

1985-12-31 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

  • 1991-08-27 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British rock and roll singer (Brand New Cadillac), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • 1991-10-25 Bill Graham, [Wulf Grajonca], German-American impresario and rock concert promoter (Fillmore; Winterland Ballroom; Live-Aid), dies in a helicopter crash in California at 60

Freddie Mercury

1991-11-24 Freddie Mercury [Farrokh Bulsara], British singer-songwriter (Queen - "Bohemian Rhapsody"), dies of AIDS at 45

  • 1993-07-01 Ray Elliott, Irish rock and jazz saxophonist, flutist, and keyboard player (Them), dies of brain cancer at 54
  • 1993-08-17 Phil Seymour, American rock and power pop musician, singer, and songwriter (The Dwight Twilley Band), dies of lymphoma at 41
  • 1995-02-18 Dennis "Denny" Cordell, British rock music and record producer (The Moody Blues, Leon Russell), dies of lymphoma at 51

Jerry Garcia

1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • 1998-01-19 Carl Perkins, American rock and rockabilly singer-songwriter ("Blue Suede Shoes"; "Honey Don't"), dies at 65
  • 2001-08-23 Eric Allandale [Dubuisson], West Indian-British rock and soul trombonist, and songwriter (The Foundations - "Baby Now That I've Found You"), dies at 65
  • 2002-03-26 (Randolpho) Randy Castillo, American rock and mariachi drummer (Ozzy Osbourne; Mötley Crüe; Azul), dies of cancer at 51
  • 2003-09-27 Paul Burlison, American rockabilly musician (The Rock N Roll Trio), dies at 74
  • 2004-12-27 Hank Garland, American country, rock, and jazz Nashville-based session guitarist, dies of complications from a staph infection at 74
  • 2005-03-10 Mindy Jostyn, American session and touring vocalist, violinist, guitarist, accordionist, and harmonica player (New York Rock and Soul Revue; Billy Joel; Andreas Vollenweider; Carly Simon; Cyndi Lauper), and singer-songwriter ("Five Miles From Hope"; "Coming Home"), dies of cancer at 48
  • 2005-03-22 Rod Price, British rock and blues guitar and slide guitar player (Foghat, 1971-80 - "Slow Ride"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 2006-09-17 Alvin Wayne "Al" Casey, American rock and session guitarist (Duane Eddy: The Wrecking Crew) dies at 69
  • 2007-02-22 Ian Wallace, British session and touring rock and jazz drummer (King Crimson, 1971-72; Bob Dylan, 1977-78; Crimson Jazz Trio, 2005-07), dies of esophageal cancer at 60
  • 2007-03-04 Tadeusz Nalepa, Polish rock and blues composer, guitar player, vocalist and lyricist, dies at 63
  • 2008-02-24 Larry Norman, American musician and pioneer of Christian rock music ("Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?"), dies at 60
  • 2008-03-16 Ola Brunkert, Swedish pop, rock and jazz drummer (ABBA), dies from injuries after a fall at 61
  • 2008-09-19 Earl Palmer, American session drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (The Wrecking Crew), dies at 83
  • 2008-11-27 Pekka Pohjola, Finnish rock and jazz-fusion bassist, and composer, dies of a seizure at 56
  • 2010-03-17 Charlie Gillett, British pop-rock and world music radio presenter and writer (The Sound of the City), dies at 68
  • 2010-08-13 Esteban "Steve" Jordan, American conjunto, Tejano, rock and jazz accordion player, dies of liver cancer at 71
  • 2011-07-09 Facundo Cabral, Argentine folk, rock, and protest singer-songwriter, shot and killed riding in a car with a concert promoter at 74
  • 2013-04-14 George Jackson, American rhythm & blues, rock, and southern soul songwriter (One Bad Apple; Old Time Rock and Roll), and singer, dies of cancer at 68
  • 2013-04-28 Lonnie Turner, American rock and blues bassist (Steve Miller Band - "Fly Like An Eagle"), dies of lung cancer at 66
  • 2013-07-25 Mike Shipley, Australian audio engineer, and record producer of rock and country music (Paper Airplane), dies of an apparent suicide at 56
  • 2013-11-05 Lee Crystal [Sackett], American drummer (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - "I Love Rock'n'Roll"), dies at 57

Phil Everly

2014-01-03 Phil Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 74

  • 2015-04-16 Martin Quittenton, British rock and blues guitarist (Steamhammer), and songwriter ("Maggie May; "You Wear It Well"), dies at 69

Glenn Frey

2016-01-18 Glenn Frey, American Grammy Award-winning guitarist, singer-songwriter (The Eagles - "Take it Easy"; "Heartache Tonight";"Tequila Sunrise"; solo - "Smuggler's Blues"; "The Heat Is On"), and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame member, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis, and pneumonia at 67

  • 2016-04-06 Dennis Davis, American jazz, rock and funk drummer (Roy Ayers; David Bowie, 1975-80; Stevie Wonder), dies of cancer at 66

Chuck Berry

2017-03-18 Chuck Berry [Charles Andersen], American rock n' roll guitarist and singer-songwriter (Roll over Beethoven), dies at 90

Fats Domino

2017-10-24 Antione "Fats" Domino, American rhythm & blues piano player, singer, and star of the early rock ’n’ roll era ("Blueberry Hill"; "Blue Monday"; "Walkin' To New Orleans", dies from natural causes at 89

  • 2018-06-13 (Dominic Joseph) "D. J." Fontana, American rock and roll drummer (Elvis Presley), dies at 87

Aretha Franklin

2018-08-16 Aretha Franklin, American singer-songwriter known as "The Queen of Soul" (Respect) and first female performer inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), dies of pancreatic cancer at 76

  • 2018-10-05 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • 2018-12-06 John "Ace" Cannon, American pop, rock and country music saxophonist (Tuff Sax), dies at 84
  • 2019-02-21 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American rock and folk musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • 2019-04-24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies from cancer on his 74th birthday
  • 2019-06-23 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), dies at 100
  • 2019-08-19 Larry "The Mole" Taylor, American session (The Monkees) and touring rock and blues bass player (Canned Heat - "On the Road Again"; John Mayall; Tom Waits), dies of cancer at 77
  • 2019-12-12 Jack Scott, Canadian rock and roll singer-songwriter ("My True Love"), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • 2020-03-29 Alan Merrill [Allan Sachs], American vocalist and songwriter (The Arrows -"I Love Rock 'n' Roll"), dies from Covid-19 complications at 69
  • 2020-04-28 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer ("Tossin' and Turnin'"), dies at 95
  • 2020-07-27 Denise Johnson, British rock and soul singer (Primal Scream - "Don’t Fight It, Feel It"), and songwriter ("Where Does It Go"), dies at 56
  • 2020-10-15 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2021-05-18 Franco Battiato, Italian pop, rock, and new wave singer, songwriter (“La Voce del Padrone” (“The Master’s Voice”), and filmmaker ("Lost Love"), dies at 76
  • 2021-08-21 (Isaac) Don Everly, American rock and roll singer-guitarist (The Everly Brothers - "Bye, Bye Love"; "Wake Up Little Susie"; "When WIll I Be Loved"), dies at 84

Charlie Watts

2021-08-24 Charlie Watts, British rock and jazz drummer (Rolling Stones), dies at 80