Bluesman Jimmy McCracklin had a hit with a catchy tune called “The Walk” back in ’57 and with the rockin’-bluesy “Just Got to Know” in ’62. Born on this day in 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri (or Helena, Arkansas), he died in San Pablo, Calif., in 2012.

Also born today:

Jazz pianist George Shearing (1919-2011), composer of “Lullaby of Birdland” — born in Battersea, London, England.

Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg (1951-2007), who hit #2 with the love song “Longer” in 1979 — born in Peoria, Illinois.