Wednesday, August 15, 2018


  • The late Bobby Helms (“My Special Angel”) is born in 1933
  • The late Jackie Brenston (“Rocket 88”) is born in 1930
  • The late Bill Pinkney of the original Drifters (“Money Honey”) is born in 1925
  • Johnny Thunder (“Loop De Loop”) is 86
  • Bobby Caldwell (“What You Won’t Do For Love”) is 67
  • Songwriter Jimmy Webb (“Up-Up And Away”, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, “MacArthur Park” and many, many more) is 71
  • Thomas Wayne (“Tragedy”) dies in a car crash near Memphis, 1971
  • Norman Petty (produced Buddy Holly, Buddy Knox and the Fireballs and recorded with his own trio) dies of leukemia in 1984
  • Producer Jerry Wexler (guided Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Dusty Springfield and many other artists) dies, 2008
  • Scott Walker of the Walker Brothers is hospitalized after being found in his natural gas-filled London apartment, 1966
  • Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago in Lubbock, Texas, 1958
  • “Woodstock” begins its three-day run in Bethel, New York, 1969
  • Yvonne Elliman and her husband are arrested in Guam, charged with bringing methamphetamine and marijuana into the country (both plead guilty and are sentenced to a probation incarceration program), 2017
  • Paul Simon gives a free concert in New York’s Central Park, 1991
  • “Cass Elliot Day” is declared in Baltimore, Maryland, 1973
  • George Harrison’s autobiography, “I, Me, Mine” is originally published, 1980
  • MGM signs the Dave Clark Five to an exclusive film contract, 1964
  • Bobby Darin records “If I Were A Carpenter” in 1966