Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick is 64 today. Anita Pointer, of the Pointer Sisters, is 69.
We start things in 1964, when The Temptations released what became their first charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, “The Way You Do the Things You Do.”
On this day in 1969 in Memphis, between 4:00 and 7:00 a.m., Elvis Presley recorded eight takes of “Suspicious Minds,” which was his last #1 song here in the U.S.
“Knock Three Times” by Dawn was the #1 song on this day 1971.
It was on this day in 1978, that Terry Kath, a founding member of the band Chicago, accidentally and fatally shot himself at age 31. His last words were “Don’t worry, it’s not loaded,” as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger.
We jump to this day in 1986 for the first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Inaugural inductees included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Jerry Lee Lewis, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Fats Domino.
Let’s stay with James Brown. The very next year he was sentenced to 6 years in jail in connection with the chase he led police on thru two states.
And finally, on this day in 1990, Allen Collins, a founding member of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, died of pneumonia at age 37.
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