Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1915, Memphis Slim, (John Chatman) songwriter, singer and pianist. His songs have been covered by many acts including BB King, Elmore James, Fleetwood Mac and Eric Clapton.

Born today in 1934, songwriter, singer and guitarist Freddie King. He influenced many musicians including, ?Stevie Ray and?Jimmie Vaughan.

Born today in 1942, Alan ?Al? Jardine?songwriter, occasional singer and rhythm guitarist with The Beach Boys

Born today in 1945,?Mike Harrison lead singer and keyboards with Spooky Tooth and solo.

Born today in 1947, Eric Bell?founding member, songwriter and guitarist with Thin Lizzy.

Born today in 1948, Don Brewer drummer and singer with Grand Funk Railroad.

Born today in 1955, Steve Jones?founding member, guitarist and co-vocalist with The Sex Pistols.

Today in 1966, Donovan went to number 1 in the US with “Sunshine Superman”.

Died today in 1970, Alan Wilson guitarist and songwriter with Canned Heat, from a drug overdose aged 27.

Today in 1983, UB40 went to number1 on the UK singles chart with ?Red Red Wine?.

Died today in 2010 , Mike Edwards (aka Swami Deva Pramada) cellist with?Electric Light Orchestra, by a 600 kilogram bale of hay when it rolled down a field and crushed his van.

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