Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Dan Murphy

Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum performs in the UBS Forum (MPR / Nate Ryan)

History Highlight:

Dan Murphy, guitarist of Soul Asylum, is 57 today. Murphy retired from the band - saying he had reached the end of his interest in living life on the road - but up until then he had been the only remaining original member of the group since its founding in 1983, besides lead singer Dave Pirner. These days, Murphy enjoys life as an antique furniture collector and dealer.

Also, Today In:

1954 - 19-year old Elvis Presley signed a recording contract with Sun Records and quit his job at The Crown Electric Company later that day.

1962 - The Rolling Stones made their live debut at The Marquee Club in London. Their material included the Chicago blues as well as Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley songs. Bassist Bill Wyman joined in December 1962 and drummer Charlie Watts the following January 1963 to form the band's original rhythm section.

1969 - Zager and Evans' "In The Year 2525" hit No. 1. The song was written and composed by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label (Truth Records) in 1968. Sadly, the song was the band's only hit, and they broke up in 1971.

1975 - KC and the Sunshine Band's "Get Down Tonight" enters the charts.

1979 - It was "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, where the White Sox and Tigers played a doubleheader. The plan was to play disco albums between games, but the fans became unruly and rushed the field, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.

1997 - The French magazine Le Figaro published an interview with George Harrison where he blasted modern music, taking aim at U2 and the Spice Girls.

1999 - Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst was arrested in St. Paul, MN for kicking a security guard in the head at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

2003 - Saxophonist, composer and arranger Benny Carter died at age 95. He worked with Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and composed many TV themes including Ironside and M-Squad.

2008 - Singer Earl Nelson (Earl Lee Nelson) died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. One half of the duo Bob And Earl (who recorded "Harlem Shuffle" in 1963), Nelson sang background vocals on "Rockin' Robin", a U.S. No. 2 for The Jackson 5 in 1972.


KISS drummer Paul Charles Caravello, better known by his stage name Eric Carr, was born today in 1950.

Christine McVie is 76.

Ray Gillen of Black Sabbath was born today in 1960.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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