Steve Kline Ages of Rock
February 24, 1942
ALSO ON THIS DAY: Greta Garbo’s standoff sighs
February 23, 1940
Woody 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 Dylan, The 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?
February 20, 1941
Born 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
February 19, 1940
Born 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
February 18, 1934
Born 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