Today in Blues History

Sub-Topics: Blues Artists

Events in Music

Events 1 - 29 of 29

1905-09-27 - 1st published blues composition forms sale, WC Handy Memphis Blues
1912-09-27 - W C Handy publishes "Memphis Blues" 1st Blues Song, 1912
1914-09-11 - William Christopher Handy publishes "St Louis Blues"
1924-06-09 - "Jelly-Roll Blues" is recorded by blues great Jelly Roll Morton
1928-12-28 - Last recording of Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues," made
1928-12-28 - Louis Armstrong makes 78 recording of "West End blues"
1940-02-20 - Larry Clinton & his Orchestra record "Limehouse Blues"
1956-12-08 - Guy Mitchell's "Singing the Blues," single goes #1 for 10 weeks
1958-09-29 - "Summertime Blues" by Eddie Cochran peaks at #8
1964-04-23 - James Baldwin's "Blues for Mr Charlie" premieres in NYC
1969-10-11 - Blues artist Muddy Waters involved in a car crash that kills 3
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1970-07-12 - Blues-Rock singer Janis Joplin debuts in Kentucky
1970-09-25 - Ringo Starr releases his album "Beaucoups of Blues"
1972-08-05 - Moody Blues release "Nights in White Satin"
1974-07-17 - 1st quadrophonic studio in UK is open by Moody Blues
1976-03-09 - Islander Glenn Resch's 10th shut-out opponent-Blues 4-0
1980-06-16 - "Blues Brothers" premieres in Chicago
1980-06-20 - "Blues Brothers" with Dan Akwoyd & John Belushi opens in 594 theaters
1981-01-15 - "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
1982-06-02 - "Blues in the Night" opens at Rialto Theater NYC for 53 performances
1982-07-18 - "Blues in the Night" closes at Rialto Theater NYC after 53 perfs
1984-12-29 - Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period
1985-03-28 - Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" premieres in NYC
1985-06-02 - 39th Tony Awards: Biloxi Blues & Big River win
1985-06-22 - "Smuggler's Blues" by Glenn Frey peaks at #12
1987-12-19 - Bruins' Linseman & Blues' Doug Gilmore score goals, 2 seconds apart
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1991-03-31 - St Louis Blues Brett Hull scores his 86th goal
1991-10-05 - NJ Devils begin their 10th Anniversary with a 7-2 win over the Blues
1995-03-10 - Chiel Meijering's "St Louis Blues" premieres in Arnhem

Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 131

1873-11-16 - William Christopher Handy, Alabama, jazz star (St Louis Blues) (d. 1958)
1886-04-26 - Ma Rainey, [Gertrude Pridgett], "Mother of the Blues" American singer (d. 1939)
1888-01-20 - Lead Belly, Louisiana, blues 12 string guitarist (Rock Island Line), (d. 1949)
1893-03-06 - [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of the blues
1893-06-26 - "Big Bill" Broonzy, Miss, blues singer/guitarist (Blues by Broonzy)
1894-04-15 - Elizabeth Mae "Bessie" Smith, Empress of Blues (over 200 songs)
1895-04-01 - Alberta Hunter, blues singer/composer (Downhearted Blues)
1895-04-09 - Mance Lipscomb, Texas, blues musician (Texas Sharecropper)
1896-03-12 - Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great
1896-04-30 - Gary Davis, Laurens SC, blues/folk guitarist (A Little More Faith)
1899-12-05 - Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues player
Blues Musician Lead BellyBlues Musician Lead Belly (1888-01-20)
1900-06-15 - Paul J Mares, US, jazz trumpetist/composer (Farewell blues)
1902-02-01 - Langston Hughes, Joplin, Missouri, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto)
1902-03-21 - Eddie James "Son" House, folk blues musician (Delta Blues)
1903-08-26 - Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer
1907-09-05 - Sunnyland Albert Luandrew Slim, blues pianist
1910-05-28 - T-Bone Walker, Linden Tx, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done)
1910-06-10 - Howlin' Wolf, [Chester Arthur Burnett], harmonica (Big City Blues)
1911-02-03 - Jesse Thomas, blues singer
1911-05-08 - Robert Johnson, blues singer (King of Delta Blues Singer)
1911-05-18 - Joe Turner, KC, blues singer (Corrine Corrina, Shake Rattle & Roll)
1911-09-15 - Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist
1912-03-15 - Lightnin' [Sam] Hopkins, Texas, blues stylist (Ball of Twine)
1912-06-12 - Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist
1914-03-30 - Sonny Boy Williamson, [John Lee], blues musician (Down & Out Blues)
1914-09-02 - Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist
Blues Singer Lightnin HopkinsBlues Singer Lightnin Hopkins (1912-03-15)
1914-11-25 - Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist (Mississippi)
1915-07-01 - Willie Dixon, Vicksburg Missisipi, blues artist (Walkin' the Blues, Mellow Down Easy)
1915-07-21 - Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist
1915-11-30 - Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, Knoxville Tennessee, American blues singer/guitarist
1917-07-27 - Moses Rascoe, blues Singer
1917-08-22 - John Lee Hooker, Clarksdale Mississippi, blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen)
1918-12-12 - Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], Cordele, Georgia, American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues)
1919-05-02 - Than Wyenn, NYC, actor (Pete Kelly's Blues)
1923-04-25 - Albert King, Indianola, Mississippi, American blues singer/guitarist (Bad Look Blues)
1924-04-18 - Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Vinton La, blues singer (Mary is Fine)
1924-07-08 - Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (d. 2005)
1925-06-18 - Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer
1925-06-25 - Clifton Chenier, Opelousas La, blues singer (Bayou Blues)
1925-09-06 - Jimmy Reed, Mississippi, blues singer (Soulin', Big Boss Man)
1925-09-16 - B[lues] B[oy] King, Itta Bena Miss, blues singer (Thrill is Gone)
1925-11-30 - Maxwell Street Jimmy Charles Davis Thomas, blues musician
1926-01-03 - Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist
1926-02-18 - Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat, Homer & Eddie)
1926-12-11 - Big Mama Thornton, blues singer (Ball & Chain, Stronger than Dirt)
1927-07-04 - Neil Simon, Bronx, playwright (Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Biloxi Blues)
1928-02-26 - Antione "Fats" Domino, NO LA, rhythm & blues pianist (Blueberry Hill)
1928-04-19 - Alexis Korner, Paris, musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him)
1928-08-16 - Eddie Kirkland, Jamaican/US blues guitarist (Have Mercy)
1928-09-27 - Earring George Mayweather, blues Harmonica Player
1928-11-25 - James "Jimmy" Johnson, US gospel/blues singer/guitarist
1928-12-12 - Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist
1929-09-18 - Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player
1930-01-10 - Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues singer
1930-01-27 - Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rosemark TN, blues singer (Call on the Drummer), (d. 2013)
1930-07-28 - Junior Kimbrough, American bluesman (d. 1998)
1931-11-06 - Mike Nichols, [Peschowsky], director (Catch 22, Biloxi Blues)
1931-11-16 - Hubert Sumlin, American blues musician
1932-04-07 - Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger
1932-05-27 - [Herman] Junior Parker, Arkansas, blues vocalist/songwriter (Mystery Train)
1932-10-01 - Albert Collins, Leona TX, blues guitarist (Frosty, Showdown)
1933-12-29 - Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist
1934-03-14 - Shirley Scott, swing/blues organist (with Stanley Turrentine)
1934-03-17 - Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar
1934-06-09 - Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist
1934-07-30 - Ben Piazza, Little Rock Ark, actor (Blues Brothers, Ben Casey, Dallas)
1934-09-03 - Freddie King, Gilmer Tx, blues singer (Hideaway)
1934-12-09 - [Amos] Junior Wells, Memphis Tn, blues singer (In My Younger Days)
1935-01-09 - Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer
1935-04-16 - Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist
1935-07-01 - James Cotton, blues vocalist
1935-09-28 - Koko Taylor, [Cora Walton], US vocalist (Queen of the Blues)
1936-07-30 - George "Buddy" Guy, US blues guitarist (Stone Crazy)
1936-09-25 - Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman
1936-12-04 - Larry Davis, blues singer/guitarist
1937-02-14 - Magic Sam, rocker (Chicago Bluesman)
1937-03-27 - Johnny "Clyde" Copeland, US blues guitarist/singer (Lion's Den)
1938-07-04 - Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me)
1940-05-10 - Taurean Blacque, Newark New Jersey, actor (Neal Washington-Hill Street Blues)
1940-06-25 - Clint Warwick, [Eccles], Birmingham England, bassist (Moody Blues)
1940-12-01 - Richard Pryor, Ill, comedian/actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy)
1941-01-07 - Robert Hicks, rocker (Paul Butterfield Blues Band)
1941-01-12 - Long John Baldry, England, blues vocalist (Don't try to Lay No Boogie)
1941-11-01 - Johnny Kendall, [Johan Donkerkaat], Dutch blues singer
1941-12-27 - Michael 'Mike' Pinder, Birmingham UK, rocker (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)
1941-12-29 - Ray Thomas, England, rock vocalist (Moody Blues-Nights in White Satin)
1942-03-30 - Graeme Edge, England, rock drummer (Moody Blues-Your Wildest Dreams)
1942-12-17 - Paul Butterfield, Chicago, blues musician (Better Days)
1943-01-07 - Leona Williams, singer/songwriter (Ladies Get the Blues)
1943-01-19 - Janis Joplin, Port Arthur Tx, bluesy rock singer (Down on Me)
1943-03-22 - George Benson, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, American jazz/blues singer/guitarist (Greatest Love of All)
1943-07-28 - Mike Bloomfield, Chicago Ill, blues guitarist/singer (Analine)
1943-11-13 - John Paul Hammond, NYC, blues singer (So Many Roads)
1944-01-31 - Charley Musselwhite, blues musician (Stand Back, Louisiana Fog)
1944-03-26 - Diana Ross, [Earle], Detroit, (Supremes, Lady Sings Blues, Mahogany)
1944-07-26 - Kiel Martin, Pitts Pa, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues)
1944-10-28 - Dennis Franz, Maywood Ill, actor (Buntz-Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue)
1944-10-29 - Denny Laine, [Brian Hines], rock guitarist (Moody Blues, Wings)
1945-04-16 - Stefan Grossman, NYC, country blues singer (Yazoo Basin Boogie)
1945-12-09 - Michael Nouri, Wash DC, actor (Beacon Hill, Bay City Blues)

Deaths in Music

Deaths 1 - 100 of 103

1933-03-04 - Willie Walker, US jazz singer/guitarist (Dupree Blues), dies at 36
1936-06-17 - Kenneth Loach, TV director (Singing the Blues in Red), dies
1938-08-16 - Robert Johnson, US Delta-blues singer/guitarist, poisoned at 27
1939-12-22 - Ma Rainey, "Mother of the Blues", US blues singer/composer, dies at 53
1948-02-07 - "Red" McKenzie, blues-jazz singer (played comb-with-tissue-paper), dies
1948-06-01 - Sonny Boy Williamson, [John Lee], blues player, dies at 34
1949-08-18 - Paul J Mares, US jazz trumpetist/composer (Tin Roof Blues), dies at 49
1949-12-06 - Lead Belly, [Huddie William Ledbetter], blues singer, dies at 64
1958-03-28 - William Christopher Handy, US conductor/composer (St Louis Blues), dies at 84 in New York
1958-08-15 - William L C "Big Bill" Broonzy, US blues singer/guitarist, dies at 65
1963-05-24 - Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
Blues Musician Lead BellyBlues Musician Lead Belly (1949-12-06)
1965-05-25 - Sonny Boy Williamson, [Aleck Miller], blues player, dies at 65
1967-04-29 - J. B. Lenoir, African American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s, dies at 38
1967-05-22 - Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues) and playwright (Mulatto), dies at 65
1968-02-27 - Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
1969-10-03 - Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
1969-12-01 - Magic Sam, American blues guitarist and singer (b. 1937)
1970-07-17 - Juano Hernandez, actor (St Louis Blues, Two Loves), dies at 74
1972-06-08 - Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
1973-03-05 - Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
1974-03-28 - Arthur Crudup, American blues singer and guitarist, dies of heart attack at 68
1974-05-24 - Duke Ellington, American musician, dies of cancer at 75
1974-07-27 - Lightning Slim, blues singer (Nothing But the Devil), dies at 61
1975-03-16 - T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64
1976-01-10 - Chester Arthur Burnett, US blues pianist/harmonica player, dies at 65
1978-12-12 - Clifton Chenier, US accordionist (Bayou Blues), dies at 53
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone WalkerBlues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker (1975-03-16)
1981-09-14 - [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
1983-02-02 - Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
1983-04-30 - Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70
1983-11-22 - Michael Conrad, actor (Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 58
1984-01-01 - Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928)
1984-10-17 - Alberta Hunter, US blues singer/composer, dies at 89
1986-03-11 - Sonny Terry, American blues musician (b. 1911)
1986-11-01 - Sippie Wallace, blues singer, dies at 88
1988-08-15 - Ray Buchanan, US blues gitarist, dies at about 48
1989-12-01 - Alvin Ailey, US choreographer (Blues Suite, Revelations), dies at 58
1990-03-18 - Robin Harris, actor (House Party, Mo' Better Blues), dies at 36
1990-08-27 - Stevie Ray Vaughan, American blues guitarist, dies in a helicopter crash at 35
1990-12-28 - Kiel Martin, actor (Det LaRue-Hill Street Blues), dies of cancer at 46
1992-01-29 - Willie Dixon, blues composer (I'm a Man, Backdoor Man), dies at 76
1992-04-20 - Johnny Shines, Delta blues singer/guitarist, dies at 76
1992-06-09 - Clarence Miller, blues/jazz vocalist, dies at 69 of a heart attack
1992-12-21 - Albert King, US blues singer/guitarist (Crosscut Saw), dies at 71
1993-01-06 - John B "Dizzy" Gillespe, blues trumpeter, dies of cancer at 75
1993-03-04 - Art Hodes, Russ/US jazz/blues pianist/editor (Jazz Record), dies
1993-05-30 - Sun Ra, blues pianist/orchestra leader, dies of strokes at 79
1993-11-24 - Albert Collins, blues guitarist (Don't Lose Your Cool), dies at 61
1994-01-09 - Silas Hogan, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 82
1994-01-30 - Byron "Wild Child" Gipson, blues Singer, dies at 64
1994-02-02 - John Wesley Funchess Littlejohn, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 62
1994-02-05 - Kenneth "Buddy" Scott, blues guitarist/Singer, dies at 59
1994-02-14 - Gary "BB" Coleman, blues vocal/guitarist/producer, dies at 47
1994-02-22 - "Papa" John Creach, US jazz musician (Papa Blues), dies at 76
1994-03-06 - Moses Rascoe, blues singer, dies at 77
1994-04-12 - Q T Macon, blues vocal/guitar, dies at 60
1994-04-19 - Larry Davis, blues Singer/Guitarist, dies at 57
1994-05-06 - Haskell "Cool Papa" Sadler, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 59
1994-05-11 - Danny Overbea, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 68
1994-06-14 - Harry "Little" Caesar, blues singer/actor (City Heat), dies at 66
1994-07-13 - Eddie Boyd, blues vocal/pianist, dies at 79
1994-09-04 - Louis Myers, blues guitarist /harmonica player, dies at 64
1995-01-01 - Ted Hawkins, US blues singer (Watch Your Step), dies at 58
1995-02-03 - Turner Fodrell, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
1995-02-12 - Earring George Mayweather, blues harmonica player, dies at 66
1995-02-18 - Eddie Williams, blues/Jazz Bassist, dies at 82
1995-02-28 - Herman "Ace" Wallace, blues guitarist/singer, dies at 69
1995-03-17 - Sunnyland Smart, jazz/blues singer/pianist (Delta Blues), dies at 87
1995-03-24 - Joey Long, blues/cajun guitarist, dies at 62
1995-04-23 - Lonesome Sundown, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 66
1995-06-27 - Prez "Kidd" Kenneth, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 61
1995-07-23 - Floyd McDaniel, blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
1995-08-13 - Jesse Thomas, blues singer, dies at 84
1995-09-19 - Louis "Mr Bo" Collins, blues SInger, dies at 63
1995-09-21 - Vernell Townsend, blues/gospel singer, dies at 64
1995-09-23 - Booker T Laury, blues pianist/vocalist, dies at 81
1996-02-03 - Wild Jimmy Spruill, blues guitarist, dies at 61
1996-02-16 - Walter Brown "Brownie" McGhee, American blues singer/guitarist, dies at 80
1996-04-03 - Roosevelt "Booba" Barnes, bluesman, dies at 59
1996-04-23 - Leonard Kuntstat, blues discographer, dies at 70
1997-08-12 - Luther Allison, blues performer (Motown), dies of cancer at 57
1997-11-25 - Fenton Robinson, US blues guitarist (Tennessee Woman), dies at 62
1998-01-15 - Amos "Junior" Wells, blues musician, dies at 63
1998-01-15 - Junior Wells, blues harpist, dies at 63
1998-01-16 - David "Junior" Kimbrough, blues musician, dies at 67
1998-01-26 - S P Leary, Texan Blues drummer (Muddy Waters), dies at 67
1999-01-21 - Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (b. 1920)
2002-11-28 - Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
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2004-06-10 - Ray Charles, Grammy winning crooner who blended gospel and blues, dies aged 73
2005-04-13 - Johnnie Johnson, American blues musician (b. 1924)
2005-07-21 - Long John Baldry, British blues musician (b. 1941)
2006-09-23 - Etta Baker, American blues guitarist (b.1913)
2006-11-17 - Ruth Brown, American blues singer (b. 1928)
2006-11-21 - Robert Lockwood Jr., American blues guitarist (b. 1915)
2006-12-25 - James Brown, rhythm & blues, gospel, jazz, soul and funk singer or simply the Godfather of Soul (Genius of Love, Hot Pants) dies at 73 from heart failure
2007-02-02 - Eric von Schmidt, American folk/blues singer-songwriter (b. 1931)
2007-07-05 - George Melly, British jazz & blues musician (b. 1926)
2008-08-15 - Jerry Wexler, music producer and coiner of the term "Rhythm & Blues"
2009-03-04 - John Cephas, American Piedmont blues guitarist (b. 1930)
2009-03-20 - Mel Brown, American/Canadian Blues Guitarist (b. 1939)
2009-06-03 - Koko Taylor, American blues musician, popularly known as the "Queen of the Blues." (b. 1928)


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