Thursday, May 19, 2011

Presty the DJ for May 19

Three events in rock — well, music — history are of note today:
1958: The soundtrack to the musical "South Pacific" went to number one and stayed there for 31 weeks. The film version starred Mitzi Gaynor, who looked very much like my mother a few years later.
1960: DJ Alan Freed (mentioned in this space last week) and eight others were indicted for payola.
1979: Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and the muse for the song "Layla." The song lasted much longer than the marriage.

Birthdays today are led by Pete Townshend of The Who:

AC/DC drummer Phillip Rudd:

Two members of Blood Sweat & Tears: trombonist Jerry Hyman and saxophone and flute player Greg Herbert:

Bass player Dusty Hill of ZZ Top:

Ramones lead singer Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman, so he must have been adopted by the Ramone family, right? Right?):

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