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In September 1964.

In September 1964, “MGM” label released the self-titled, debut Animals (The) album. It was recorded January – July 1964, and was produced by Mickie Most.


  • Eric Burdon – vocals
  • Hilton Valentine – guitar, backing vocals
  • Alan Price – organ, vibraphone, guitar, bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Chas Chandler – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • John Steel – drums
  • Val Valentin – engineer

Track listing:

  1. The House of the Rising Sun – traditional, arranged by Alan Price
  2. The Girl Can’t Help It – Bobby Troup
  3. Blue Feeling – Jimmy Henshaw
  4. Baby Let Me Take You Home – Wes Farrell, Bert Russell
  5. The Right Time – Lew Herman
  6. Talkin’ Bout You – Ray Charles
  7. Around and Around – Chuck Berry
  8. I’m in Love Again – Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino
  9. Gonna Send You Back to Walker – Johnnie Mae Matthews
  10. Memphis, Tennessee – Chuck Berry
  11. I’m Mad Again – John Lee Hooker
  12. I’ve Been Around – Fats Domino

On August 5, 2022.

On August 5, 2022, Michael Anthony Lang died aged 80. He was musician (piano, keyboards, organ, synthesizer) and composer, recorded more than 2500 film scores, and worked with some of the biggest names of modern music such as Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, John Lennon, Marvin Gaye, Ray Charles, Vince Gill, Milt Jackson, Lee Konitz, Diana Krall, Arturo Sandoval, Josh Groban, Frank Zappa, Lee Ritenour, Oliver Nelson, Bud Shank, Kenny Rogers, Barbra Streisand, Solomon Burke, Tom Waits, Peggy Lee, Vanessa Williams, Jose Feliciano, Bette Midler, Russell Watson, Michael Bolton, Don Ellis, Robbie Williams, Paul Anka, Sarah Vaughan, Amy Grant, Willie Nelson, Natalie Cole, Dusty Springfield, Melissa Manchester, Neil Diamond, Shelly Manne and Stan Kenton.  

On August 1, 1967.

On August 1, 1967, “Columbia” label released “Carryin’ On with Johnny Cash & June Carter” album by Johnny Cash and June Carter. It was recorded August 1964 – May 1967, and was produced by Don Law.


  • Johnny Cash – vocals, guitar
  • June Carter – vocals
  • Carl Perkins, Luther Perkins, Bob Johnson – guitar
  • Norman Blake – guitar, dobro
  • Marshall Grant – bass
  • W.S. Holland – drums
  • Charlie McCoy – harmonica
  • Bill McElhiney, Karl Garvin – trumpet
  • Phil Balsey, Jan Howard, The Carter Family – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Long Legged Guitar Pickin’ Man – Marshall Grant
  2. Shantytown – Johnny Cash, June Carter
  3. It Ain’t Me Babe – Bob Dylan
  4. Fast Boat to Sydney – June Helen Carter, Anita Carter
  5. Pack Up Your Sorrows – Richard Farina, Pauline Marden
  6. I Got a Woman – Ray Charles
  7. Jackson – Billy Ed Wheeler, Jerry Leiber
  8. Oh What a Good Thing We Had – Johnny Cash, June Carter
  9. You’ll Be All Right – Johnny Cash, June Carter
  10. No No No – Johnny Cash
  11. What’d I Say – Ray Charles

In May 1960.

In May 1960, “Warner Bros” label released “It’s Everly Time”, the third Everly Brothers (The) studio album. It was recorded in March 1960.


  • Don Everly – vocals, guitar, arranger
  • Phil Everly – vocals, guitar, arranger
  • Chet Atkins, “Sugarfoot” Garland – electric guitar
  • James Clayton – steel guitar
  • Floyd Cramer, Marvin H. Hughes – piano
  • Floyd T. “Lightnin'” Chance – bass
  • “Buddy” Harman Jr. – drums
  • Tom Palumbo – photography
  • George Avakian – liner notes


All tracks by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, except where noted.

  1. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) – Don Everly
  2. Just in Case – Boudleaux Bryant
  3. Memories Are Made of This – Tichard Dehr, Terry Gilkyson, Frank Miller
  4. That’s What You Do To Me – Bob Montgomery, Earl Sinks
  5. Sleepless Nights
  6. What Kind of Girl Are You – Ray Charles
  7. Oh True Love
  8. Carol Jane – Dave Rich
  9. Some Sweet Day
  10. Nashville Blues
  11. You Thrill Me (Through and Through)
  12. I Want You to Know – Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino

In October 1961.

In October 1961, “Atlantic” label released “The Genius Sings the Blues”, the ninth Ray Charles album. It was recorded 1952 – 1960, and was produced by Ahmet Ertegün and Jerry Wexler.


  • Ray Charles – vocals, piano, organ
  • Marcus Belgrave – trumpet
  • Joe Bridgewater – trumpet
  • Riley Webb – trumpet
  • John Hunt – trumpet 
  • David Newman – alto, baritone and tenor saxophone 
  • Bennie Crawford – baritone saxophone
  • Don Wilkerson – tenor saxophone
  • Edgar Willis – bass 
  • Roosevelt Sheffield – bass
  • Teagle Fleming – drums
  • William Peeples – drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Ray Charles, except where noted.

  1. Early in the Mornin’ – Dallas Bartley, Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan
  2. Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
  3. The Midnight Hour – Sam Sweet
  4. (Night Time Is) The Right Time – Napoleon Brown, Ozzie Cadena, Lew Herman
  5. Feelin’ Sad – Guitar Slim
  6. Ray’s Blues
  7. I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
  8. I Believe to My Soul
  9. Nobody Cares
  10. Mr. Charles’ Blues
  11. Some Day Baby
  12. I Wonder Who

On August 15, 2008.

On August 15, 2008, Gerald “Jerry” Wexler died aged 91. He was music journalist and producer, one of the main music industry personalities in the period from the 50s through the 80s. He played significant role in signing and producing many of most famous music acts of that period, including Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, the Allman Brothers, Chris Connor, Wilson Pickett, Dire Straits and Dusty Springfield. Wexler coined the term “Rhythm and Blues” while writing for “Billboard” magazine in the late 1940s. In 1987, Wexler was inducted to the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, and in 2017 to the “National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame”.

In April 1961.

In April 1961, “Columbia” label released “Listen to Cliff!”, the third Cliff Richard studio album. It was recorded in 1960, at “Abbey Road Studios” in London, and was produced by Norrie Paramor.


  • Cliff Richard – lead vocals
  • Hank Marvin – lead guitar
  • Bruce Welch – rhythm guitar
  • Jet Harris – bass guitar
  • Tony Meehan – drums
  • Malcolm Addey – engineer

Track listing:                                                       

  1. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
  2. Blue Moon – Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
  3. True Love Will Come to You – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  4. Lover – Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers
  5. Unchained Melody – Alex North, Hy Zaret
  6. Idle Gossip – Floyd Huddleston, Joseph Meyer
  7. First Lesson in Love – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  8. Almost Like Being in Love – Alan Jay Lerner, Frederick Loewe
  9. Beat Out Dat Rhythm on a Dream – Georges Bizet, Oscar Hammerstein II
  10. Memories Linger On – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  11. Temptation – Nacio Herb Brown, Arthur Freed
  12. I Live for You – Peter Chester, Bruce Welch
  13. Sentimental Journey – Les Brown, Bud Green, Ben Homer
  14. I Want You to Know – Dave Bartholomew, Fats Domino
  15. We Kiss in a Shadow – Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

In April 1961.

In April 1961, “Blue Note” label released “Home Cookin’”, the 17th Jimmy Smith album. It was recorded July 1958 – June 1959, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, NJ, and was produced by Alfred Lion.


  • Jimmy Smith – organ
  • Percy France – tenor saxophone
  • Kenny Burrell – guitar
  • Donald Bailey – drums
  • Rudy Van Gelder – engineer
  • Reid Miles – design
  • Francis Wolff – photography
  • Ira Gitler – liner notes

Track tracks by Jimmy Smith except where noted.

  1. See See Rider – Ma Rainey
  2. Sugar Hill – Kenny Burrell
  3. I Got a Woman – Ray Charles, Renald Richard
  4. Messin’ Around
  5. Gracie
  6. Come on Baby – Kenny Burrell
  7. Motorin’ Along – Jimmy McGriff

On March 14, 1991.

On March 14, 1991, Jerome Solon Felder aka Doc Pomus died aged 65. He was singer and songwriter, co-writer (together with Mort Shuman) of big number of hits, many of them became rock and roll standards, including: “A Teenager in Love”, “Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Hushabye”, “This Magic Moment”, “Turn Me Loose”, “Sweets For My Sweet”, “Go, Jimmy, Go”, “Little Sister”, “Can’t Get Used to Losing You”, “Suspicion”, “Surrender” and “His Latest Flame”. He also co-wrote with Phil Spector few successful tracks including “Young Boy Blues”, “Ecstasy”, “First Taste of Love” and “What Am I to Do?” His songs were performed by hundreds of artists including The Beatles, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Elvis Costello, Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Bad Company, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Buble, Dolly Parton, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, Emmy Lou Harris, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, John Hiatt, The Beach Boys, B.B. King, Dion, The New York Dolls, Shawn Colvin and Los Lobos. As singer Pomus performed with Milt Jackson, Mickey Baker, and King Curtis. In 1991 he was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, in 1992, in the “Songwriters Hall of Fame”, and in 2012 into the “Blues Hall of Fame”.

On January 11, 2005.

On January 11, 2005, “High Note” label released “I Remember Brother Ray”, the 34th David “Fathead” Newman album. It was recorded in August 2004, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, and was produced by David “Fathead” Newman and Houston Person. The album was paying tribute to his bandleader and mentor Ray Charles.


  • David “Fathead” Newman – tenor saxophone
  • John Hicks – piano
  • Steve Nelson – vibraphone
  • John Menegon – bass
  • Winard Harper – drums

Track listing:

  1. Hit the Road Jack – Percy Mayfield
  2. Georgia On My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell
  3. When Your Lover Has Gone – Einar Aaron Swan
  4. Drown in My Tears – Henry Glover
  5. ‘Deed I Do – Fred Rose, Walter Hirsch
  6. It Had to Be You – Isham Jones, Gus Kahn
  7. Ruby – Mitchell Parish, Heinz Roemheld
  8. Them That Got (I Ain’t Got Nothing Yet) – Ray Charles, Ricci Harper