Happy 85th birthday to Little Richard, born Richard Wayne Penniman in Macon, Georgia’s Pleasant Hill section December 5, 1932. One of rock ‘n’ roll’s inventors and certainly its most flamboyant founder—Richard was pioneering glam rock when David Bowie was still in high school. He influenced rockers as wide ranging as the Beatles to Patti Smith.
Happy 75th birthday to Jimi Hendrix, born November 27, 1942, in Seattle, WA. His first name actually was John, but his father, James, later changed it to match his own.
Jimmy enlisted in the army in 1961, serving with the 101st airborne “Screaming Eagles.” By 1965 he was a popular session guitarist playing for the leading black stars from Little Richard to Ike and Tina before becoming a headliner.
Alas, Jimi overdosed when he was only 27.
Happy 77th birthday to John Winston Lennon, born October 9, 1946. Oddly, if he still were alive he might actually look like Wilfred Bramble now.
October 10, 1985: Orson Welles, 70, dies of heart failure while sleeping. Before going to bed he’d spent the night writing stage directions for his next project.
Happy birthday to the one, the only Groucho, born October 2, 1890, on East 78th Street in Manhattan.
October 2, 1959: Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone premieres on CBS with the episode, “Where is Everybody?”
March 19, 1962: With the release of his eponymously named first album, the world meets Bob Dylan.
Happy 48th anniversary to John and Yoko, married March 20, 1969, by registrar Cecil Wheeler in a ten-minute ceremony at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar (near Spain).