Rock music has a robust history, so every Wednesday, J.A. Bartlett of the Hits Just Keep On Comin' talks about the biggest and most intriguing moments from years past...
This week in 1938, James Jamerson was born on Edisto Island in South Carolina. Originally a jazz musician, he became one of the most frequently heard and influential bass players in history as part of the house band at Motown. It's his bass that opens My Girl, and he's heard moving the earth on Dancing in the Street -- and upwards of 30 other #1 singles. He died in 1983.
This week in 1957, Eddie Van Halen was born in Amsterdam. He's one of rock's most inventive guitar players with an instantly recognizable sound, and his Wikipedia entry is worth reading mainly for its obsessive attention to details Van Halen himself might not be aware of. Here's Eddie on Late Night With David Letterman in 1984, performing a smokin' instrumental version of Panama:
History that sucks, after the jump.