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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and one of the founders of the Eagles, Don Henley is celebrating his 71st birthday today. When Don first came to California from his native Texas, he stayed at fellow Texan Kenny Rogers house. Don then got a job in Linda Ronstadt’s backing band and that band became […]

In 1980, Eagles founding member Don Henley was asked if the band would ever play together again. His reply was “when Hell freezes over”. Fast forward 14 years…. On May 27, 1994, the Eagles began their “Hell Freezes Over” tour at Irvine Meadows in So. California. The tour would last for over 2 years. 24 […]

7th April 2015, The original manuscript of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ sold for $1.2m (£806,000) at a New York auction. The 16-page draft had been expected to fetch as much as $1.5m (£1m) at the Christie’s sale. McLean said writing the song was “a mystical trip into his past”. The repeatedly mentioned phrase “the day […]

One half of The Everly Brothers, Don Everly has 81 candles on his birthday cake today. Don was the older of the brothers by 2 years. His younger brother Phil Everly passed away a few years ago. The music of the Everly Brothers influenced the Beatles, who referred to themselves as “the English Everly Brothers” […]

1st February 1937, Born on this day, American singer, songwriter Don Everly, from The Everly Brothers who had the 1958 UK & US No.1 single ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’. Other hits include: ‘Wake Up Little Susie,’ ‘Bird Dog,’ ‘Cathy’s Clown,’ ‘Walk Right Back’ and ‘Crying in the Rain’. The music of the […]

15th Jan 1972, Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ started a four week run at No.1 in the US singles chart. The song is a recounting of “The Day the Music Died” (a term taken from the song) the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper (Jiles Perry Richardson, Jr.), and […]

25th Oct 1969, ‘Sugar Sugar’ by The Archies was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. It stayed at the top for eight weeks, and was also No.1 in the US, selling over six million copies worldwide. The Archies were a rock group based on comic book characters. More on Sugar Sugar here: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/pages/the_archies_sugar_sugar The […]


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