Holdin’ my hand just as natural as can be

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 24, 1942

Paul Jones 2Born this day in Gosport, Hampshire — Paul Jones, frontman for Manfred Mann, who have the 1964 U.S. and U.K. #1 single Doo Wah Diddy Diddy.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Greta Garbo’s standoff sighs


Made for you and me

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 23, 1940

GuthrieWoody Guthrie writes This Land is Your Land in his room at the Hanover House Hotel in New York City. The song is brought back to life in the 1960s, when several artists of the new folk movement, including Bob DylanThe Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, Jay and the Americans, and The New Christy Minstrels all record versions, inspired by its political message.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: How could they know?

He thinks we’ll put an end to war this way

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 20, 1941

bsmBorn this day on the Piapot Plains Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada — Buffy Sainte-Marie. She writes and performs Universal Soldier, among many other great songs. And she is singing and making good medicine to this day.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Bright shining as the sun

Don’t let my show convince you

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 19, 1940

Tears of a ClownBorn this day in Detroit — Smokey Robinson, singer, songwriter and producer who with The Miracles has the 1970 U.K. and U.S. #1 single The Tears Of A Clown. During the course of his 50-year career in music, Robinson has accumulated more than 4,000 songs to his credit.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Nature’s takin’ over my one-track mind

Wherever that river flows

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 18, 1934

Skip Battin from The ByrdsBorn this day in Gallipolis, Ohio — Clyde “Skip” Battin, singer-songwriter, bass player and recording artist. He is a member of The Byrds from 1969 to 1973. He also is a member of New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Battin dies on July 6, 2003.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: I was a lonely soul

Put your little hand in mine

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 16, 1935

Sonny-BonoBorn this day in Detroit — Sonny Bono, singer who has the 1965 U.K.  and U.S. #1 single I Got You Babe, with Cher. Bono later becomes a U.S. Congressman. He is killed on January 5,  1997, aged 62, in a skiing accident.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: A serenade to you