Happy Birthday to John Mayall, “The Godfather of British Blues”, who turns 85 years-old today. Born to a jazz aficionado, the songwriter and vocalist taught himself to play guitar, organ, and harmonica and later formed a band called “The Bluesbreakers”, which included at various times Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and Mick Taylor. John moved to California and in 1969 his hit song “Room To Move” became a rock classic. This month he released his 66th album, Three For The Road, recorded live in Germany, which followed on the heels of the brilliant new studio album “Talk About That,” featuring Joe Walsh, who checked off a bucket-list item by playing with one of his heroes. WATCH a mini-doc… (1933)

With a full calendar of touring booked from coast to coast and all over the world, the John Mayall saga continues into 2019 with his music as vital as it has ever been. – Photo by Frank Schwichtenberg, CC license

MORE Good News on this Date:

  • ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ by The Beatles was released in the UK and, for the first time in the country’s history, advanced pre-orders for a record passed the one-million mark (1963)
  • Pong was unveiled by Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari who placed the arcade game in a Sunnyvale, California tavern where it became the first commercially successful video game, launching Atari as the first major video game company (1972)
  • Northern Ireland‘s Protestant and Catholic power-sharing government was formed when 10 members were elected to the new Northern Ireland Assembly. (1999)
  • The Assisi Basilica dedicated to St. Francis reopened two years after an earthquake sent the vaulted, magnificently frescoed ceiling crashing down in the hillside Italian town. (1999)

And, on this day in 1898, the Irish author C. S. Lewis (Clive Staples) was born.CS Lewis

He and his good friend, J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit) taught together at Oxford University, and Lewis wrote the much-loved Chronicles of Narnia, books that center upon a group of English children who venture into a fantasy world by way of a magical closet.

Happy 91st Birthday to Vin Scully, one of the greatest sports announcers of all time.

Photo by Floatjon, CC license

Known for his dulcet voice and lyrically descriptive style, he spent 66 years calling Dodger games, the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history. He always opened his games saying, “It’s time for Dodger baseball!Also beloved for his NFL football play-by-play, he knew what he wanted to be at 8 years old, and retired last year, 81 years later. (1927)

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