On This Day

Herbie Hancock

Musician and Composer Herbie Hancock
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Profession: Musician and Composer

United States of America

Biography: Herbie Hancock was an instrumental part in the Miles Davis Quintet from 1964 to 1968. In this role he served as one of the primary founders of the post-bob jazz sound.

Hancock's 2007 album "River: The Joni Letters", conceived as a jazz tribute to Joni Mitchell, won the Grammy for Album of the Year, one of only two jazz albums to ever do so.

Born: April 12, 1940
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Age: 82 years old

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Aries

Historical Events

  • 1970-08-06 "Festival for Peace" concert held at Shea Stadium, NYC to mark 25th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing; performers included Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Steppenwolf, Miles Davis, Johnny Winter, Herbie Hancock, Dionne Warwick, John Sebastian, The Rascals, and the Broadway cast of "Hair"
  • 1984-12-08 Ringo Starr hosts "Saturday Night Live"; Herbie Hancock is the musical guest
  • 1990-02-12 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held in Beverly Hills, California; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Paul Simon, Don Henley, and Bruce Hornsby
  • 2007-09-25 Herbie Hancock releases "River: The Joni Letters" tribute to Joni Mitchell (Grammy Album of the Year, 2008)
  • 2008-02-10 50th Grammy Awards: Amy Winehouse wins 5 awards including song "Rehab"; Herbie Hancock wins Album of the Year
  • 2022-06-24 Glastonbury Festival in Pilton, England opens: Billie Eilish, Paul McCartney, and Kendrick Lamar headline; other performers include Crowded House, Robert Plant and Alison Krause, Noel Gallagher, Dianna Ross, Herbie Hancock, Billy Bragg, Lorde, Ziggy Marley, Suzanne Vega, and Hothouse Flowers