It's the birthday of John Coltrane , born in Hamlet, North Carolina (1926). When asked to describe his style, he said, "I start in the middle of a sentence and move both directions at once." He played with Johnny Hodges, Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis before forming his own quartet in 1961. He quit drugs cold turkey after Davis fired him for falling asleep on stage, and he said the month he locked himself in an empty room was a spiritual awakening for him; he asked God for "the means and the privilege" to play music for people and make them happy.
And it's the birthday of Ray Charles, born Ray Charles Robinson in Albany, Georgia (1930). They called him the "Father of Soul." He first got national attention in the mid-1950s with his performance of "I Got A Woman," which fused rhythm and blues, gospel, and jazz.
Today is the 68th birthday of Bruce Springsteen, the American rock musician known for his poetic lyrics, themes of working-class America, and a big, classic rock sound. His musical influences include Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Van Morrison, and Elvis. He was born in New Jersey to a working-class family and his mom took out a $60 loan to buy him a guitar when he was 15.
He began recording albums in 1973 with Greetings from Asbury Park. John Landau wrote a glowing review that put him on the map: “I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. […] He is a rock ’n’ roll punk, a Latin street poet, a ballet dancer, an actor, a joker, bar band leader […] rhythm guitar player, extraordinary singer, and a truly great rock ‘n’ roll composer. […] He parades in front of his all-star rhythm band like a cross between Chuck Berry, early Bob Dylan, and Marlon Brando.”
Starting October 12th this year, Springsteen will be performing a Broadway show featuring songs and readings from his autobiography, Born to Run. To prevent scalpers buying up too many tickets, Springsteen is selling seats through Verified Fan, a technology made by Ticketmaster to prevent internet bots from buying tickets for resale.
Springsteen has sold over 120 million records worldwide. He’s won 20 Grammy’s, two Golden Globes, and has released 18 albums. His concerts often run three hours long and, even at 68, he performs so athletically on stage that he regularly ends the show soaked in sweat. He said: “You can’t be afraid of getting old. Old is good, if you’re gathering in life. Our band is good at understanding that equation.”
He also said: “I looked at myself, and I just said, ‘Well, you know, I can sing, but I’m not the greatest singer in the world. I can play guitar very well, but I’m not the greatest guitar player in the world.’ So, I said, ‘Well, if I’m going to project an individuality, it’s going to have to be in my writing.’