Music History March 16


Patty Griffin


1902 – Leon Roppolo, American clarinet player (New Orleans Rhythm Kings) (d. 1943)
1934 – Ray Walker, American singer (The Jordanaires)
1936 – Fred Neil, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2001)
1940 – Keith Rowe, English guitarist (AMM and M.I.M.E.O.)
1942 – Jerry Jeff Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Lost Gonzo Band)
1948 – Michael Owen Bruce, American singer-songwriter
1949 – Elliott Murphy, American-French singer-songwriter
1954 – Jimmy Nail, English singer-songwriter, guitarist
1954 – Tim O’Brien, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Hot Rize)
1954 – Nancy Wilson, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer (Heart)
1959 – Steve Marker, American musician and record producer, (Garbage, Fire Town)
1963 – Jimmy DeGrasso, American drummer (Megadeth, Black Star Riders, F5, Y&T, and Suicidal Tendencies)
1964 – Patty Griffin, American singer-songwriter (Band of Joy)
1967 – Tracy Bonham, American singer and violinist
1967 – John Darnielle, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Mountain Goats, The Extra Lens, and The Bloody Hawaiians)
1991 – Wolfgang Van Halen, American bass player (Van Halen)


1970 – Tammi Terrell, American singer-songwriter (b. 1946)
1975 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1910)
1993 – Johnny Cymbal, Scottish-American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1945)
2008 – Daniel MacMaster, Canadian singer (Bonham) (b. 1968)
2013 – Bobby Smith, American singer (The Spinners) (b. 1936)


Steve Marker of Garbage

1964 – The final nail in legendary DJ Alan Freed’s career is nailed in when Freed is indicted for tax evasion, charges brought about because of findings from the “payola scandal” investigations of 1959.

1964 – The Beatles, “Can’t Buy Me Love” b/w “You Can’t Do That” was released.

1965 – The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Time’, the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

1967 – Pink Floyd enters London’s Abbey Road studios to begin production on their debut album ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn.’

1968 – The posthumously released Otis Redding single “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” started a five week run at No.1 on the US chart. Otis was killed in a plane crash on December 10, 1967 three days after recording the song. ‘Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay’, became the first posthumous No.1 single in US chart history and sold over four million copies worldwide.

1970 – Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye’s arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 No.5 “Your Precious Love” and the 1968, “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” Marvin Gaye reacted to her death by taking a four year hiatus from concert performance and went into self-isolation.

1977 – After being with the label for just six days the Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 25,000 copies of ‘God Save The Queen’ were pressed and the band made $127,500 from the deal.

2010 – A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group’s 1971 gig at St Matthew’s Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group’s gig on November 16th 1971 was picked up for just “two or three pounds” by music fan Vic Kemp. “I was going through a stand of CDs at the car boot at Portman Road and the guy who was selling them said, ‘You might be interested in this,'” Vic Kemp told the Evening Star. “It must have been recorded by someone standing at the front with a microphone. You can hear Robert Plant talking to the audience quite clearly.”

2015 – Andy Fraser songwriter and bass guitarist with Free died in California aged 62. The London-born musician became a founding member of the British group when he was just 15 and went on to write most of the material with Free lead singer Paul Rodgers, including Free’s 1970 hit “All Right Now.”