You start rocking and a reeling

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 22, 1938

hendricksBorn this day in Columbus, Ohio, Bobby Hendricks, singer with The Drifters. His are the lead vocals on Itchy-Twitchy Feeling in 1958.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Surely to the sea


Your time has come to shine

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 21, 1970

SGBOTRSimon & Garfunkel are at #1 on the U.K. album chart with Bridge Over Troubled Water. The title song is a major hit.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: I was never gonna be the same

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

People try to put us d-down

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

February 14, 1970


LAL-LP-Italy-1AThe Who appear at Leeds University, England. The show is recorded for the band’s forthcoming Live at Leeds album. Since its initial reception, Live at Leeds has been cited by some music critics as the best live rock recording of all time. The University of Leeds refectory has now been named a national landmark in the U.K., commemorated with a blue plaque.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Everybody’s gonna jump for joy