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Dinah Washington died on this day, 14th December 1963, aged 39.
Singer & musician (piano & vibes).
Born 29th August 1924 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, US.
Started out in her church choir and won a talent competition aged 15; by the age of 20 she was in Chicago and releasing records:

Jim Morrison would have been 75 today, born 8th December 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, US.
Singer, songwriter & poet.
Died 3rd July 1971 in Paris, France, aged 27.
Founder member of The Doors in 1965.
“Break On Through” was the first track on their debut album (1967):

Al Jackson Jr. was born on this day, 27th November 1935 in Memphis, Tennessee, US.
Drummer, session musician & songwriter.
Died 1st October 1975, aged 39.
Stax house drummer known as ‘The Human Timekeeper’.
Here with Booker T. & the M.G.’s at the Bibelot Club on French TV (1971):

Jimi Hendrix was born on this day, 27th November 1942 in Seattle, Washington, US.
Singer, songwriter & musician.
Died 18th September 1970 in London, England, aged 27.
Here with Mitch Mitchell & Billy Cox at the Atlanta Pop Festival on “Purple Haze” (4th July 1970):

Tina Turner is 79 today, born 26th November 1939 in Nutbush, Tennessee, US.
Singer, songwriter, musician, dancer & actress.
Sold over 200 million records.
Here with the Ikettes on John Fogerty’s “Proud Mary” from Italian TV (1971):

“The Last Waltz” farewell concert by The Band, plus guests, was held on this day, 25th November 1976.
Fans of the show all have their own favourite performance; mine is Van Morrison high-kicking four times (twice, cruelly off-camera) towards the end of his epic “Caravan”:



The Miracles released their single “You Really Got a Hold on Me” on this day, 9th November 1962.
Written by Smokey Robinson in a New York hotel room directly after hearing Sam Cooke’s “Bring it on Home to Me” on the radio:

Gram Parsons was born on this day in Winter Haven, Florida, US.
Gram with Keith Richards & Anita Pallenberg (1971).
Friends Tony Phipps (pointing) & Phil Kaufman (driving).
After Gram’s death in 1973, it was Kaufman who stole Gram’s body and burnt it in Joshua Tree National Park.

The Jeff Beck Group (Mk II) released “Rough and Ready” on this day, 25th October 1971.
Mk II line-up:
Jeff Beck: Guitar.
Bobby Tench: Vocals.
Max Middleton: Keyboards.
Clive Chaman: Bass.
Cozy Powell: Drums.
“Situation” from German TV ‘Beat Club’ in 1972:

Ray Charles released his “What’d I Say” album on this day, 19th October 1959.
The title track placed him in the mainstream charts as well as the R&B charts and gave him his first gold record.
Here in ‘67 with Billy Preston on second keyboard:

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Robert Johnson was born on this day, 8th May 1911 in Hazlehust, Mississippi, USA.
Singer, songwriter & musician.
Bob Dylan: “When Johnson started singing, he seemed like a guy who could have sprung from the head of Zeus, in full armour”
Died 16th August 1938, aged 27.

Paul Kossoff died on this day, 19th March 1976, on a flight from Los Angeles to New York, US, aged 25.
Musician & songwriter.
Guitarist in Black Cat Bones with drummer Simon Kirke, until they joined forces with Andy Fraser & Paul Rodgers in 1968 to form Free.

David Crosby released his first solo studio album “If I Could Only Remember My Name” on this day, 22nd February 1971.
Personnel includes: Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart & Graham Nash.
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