1952 – When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year’s Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires a 26-year-old hairdresser named Chuck Berry.
1966 – The Monkees TV show makes its debut, with four actors chosen to portray a pop band based on The Beatles. The fictional band becomes very real and they eventually play on their own recordings instead of studio musicians.
1963 – Nineteen-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who had done some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin’ Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager shortly thereafter and makes them add the “g” to Rollin’.
Get an exclusive listen to modern day guitar demi-god Gary Clark, Jr.’s debut album, Blak and Blu, accessible on iTunes here. Clark’s album will be available for purchase next Tuesday, October 22nd, and shortly after he’ll be performing in Philly at the Theatre of the Living Arts on November 10th. Tickets for that show are available here.