Month: September 2015

Just because my composure sort of slips

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 30

Johnny Mathis1935: Johnny Mathis is born in San Francisco. He gets a track scholarship to San Francisco State College and is invited to the Olympic try-outs, but chooses a singing career instead. His most successful song is Chances Are in 1957. He also has a #1 duet with Deniece Williams in 1978 with Too Much, Too Little, Too Late.

Crosby Stills & Nash1967: The Crosby, Stills & Nash LP goes gold.



Oh I’m on my way I know I am

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 29

Rock History Magazine Legends1935: Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, Louisiana.

Cat Stevens1972: Cat Stevens — whose album Catch Bull at Four is #1 on the charts — plays a sold-out Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 28

Ben E. King Sleeve1938: Benjamin Earl King is born in Henderson, N.C. By age 20 he is one of the principal voices of The Drifters and co-writes a string of hits including There Goes My Baby, This Magic Moment, Save the Last Dance for Me. In 1960, he leaves The Drifters, shortens his name to Ben E. King and begins a solo career that continues to this day. I always will be grateful for him for many reasons, chief among them: With Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller he is a writer of and vocalist on 1961’s Stand By Me. We will lose King on April 30, 2015.

I can see paradise by the dashboard light

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 27

Meat Loaf 11947: Meat Loaf is born Marvin Lee Aday in Dallas, Texas. His mom is a school teacher and his dad a police officer with an addiction problem. He graduates from Thomas Jefferson High School and attends the University of North Texas before heading to California, where he enjoys some success as a musician and actor. His breakthrough is the album Bat Out of Hell, which includes Paradise by the Dashboard Light.

Greg Ham1953: Greg Ham, flute and sax player with Men at Work, is born in Melbourne, Australia. He is known for the flute riff on Down Under and the sax solo on Who Can It Be Now? His health declines after a successful 2009 lawsuit alleges the riff from Down Under is copied from a children’s song, Kookaburra. Ham dies of a heart attack on April 19, 2012.

I’ll make everything all right

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 25

Booba Barnes 11936: Roosevelt Melvin Barnes — who will grow up to become Delta bluesman “Booba” Barnes — is born in Longwood, Mississippi. As a youth, he plays the clubs and juke joints in Greenville and will form a group called the Swinging Gold Coasters. We lose him to lung cancer is 1996 when he is just 59 years old.

Living is easy with eyes closed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 23

Ray Charles1930 / 1949: Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen have birthdays.

Bruce Springsteen


Paul McCartney1969: In today’s issue of Illinois’ Northern Star newspaper, a journalist rounds up the clues that point to the supposed death of Paul McCartney. They include a mumble that sounds like “I buried Paul” in the fade to Strawberry Fields Forever and numerous things to do with walruses.

All I’ve ever learned from love is how to shoot at someone who outdrew ya

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 21

Leonard Cohen 11934: Leonard Cohen is born in Montreal. Musician, singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, his first poems are published in 1954 in the magazine CIV/n while he is a student at McGill University. His signature of course is Hallelujah.


santo-and-johnny1959: Santo & Johnny hit #1 with Sleepwalk.