Poetry

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?


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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


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


I’d taken the cure and had just gotten through

Steve Kline Ages of Rock


November 22, 1965

Dylan LowndesBob Dylan and Sara Lowndes are married in a secret ceremony during a break in his tour. The marriage takes place under an oak tree on a judge’s lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara,  the mother of singer Jakob Dylan, files for divorce on March 1, 1977.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Waiting for this moment to arrive