1994 – Lee Allen, whose wailing sax graces such prime slices of R&B as Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti,” dies in Los Angeles at age 68.
1993 – Saxophonist Don Myrick of Earth, Wind & Fire dies.
1993 – Clifford Jordan dies of cancer in Manhattan at age 61. Jordan was a jazz saxophonist and big-band leader known for his improvisations and his light, floating approach. He recorded more than 35 albums.
1990 – Stu Sweatman plays at Del Mar station. Ozzy Osbourne and entourage shows up at the gig and checks it out. Zakk Wylde comes on stage and jams Led Zep’s “Rock N Roll” and “Stormy Monday”. The House Rocks… Ozzy was sober and kewl.
1987 – Bryan Adams records a live version of the Christmas song “Run Rudolph Run.”
1978 – The Grateful Dead play a concert at the foot of Egypt’s Great Pyramid. There’s more than just T-shirt sales at stake. The band intends to get the Arabs and Israelis to settle their differences to music. Using King Cheops’ tomb as an echo chamber, the Dead play with a team of Nubian drummers […]
1977 – Eagles: Hotel California US LP is no. 1 chart topper this day in rock history!
1976 – At Seattle’s Kingdome, Paul McCartney & Wings play for a crowd of 67,100, setting an indoor attendance record.
1969 – The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr, receives its premiere at a Royal Command Performance in London. Outside the cinema, John Lennon and Yoko Ono parade with placards reading “Britain Murdered Hanratty,” referring to a man many believe was wrongly executed for murder in 1962. Isn’t that John Cleese in there […]
1968 – Beatles open their Apple Corporation office at 95 Wigmore Street, London.
1967 – Jazz guru John Coltrane dies of liver cancer in New York at age 40.