2008 – Alton Kelley, one of the founding members of the ’60s San Francisco rock scene, died Sunday June 1st, 2008 at his home in Petaluma after a long illness. He was 67. Mr. Kelley will be remembered as the creator (with his artistic partner, Stanley Mouse) of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, such […]
2005 – Brian Wilson issues a desperate plea for any information on the whereabouts of Markus Sandlund, a cellist from the Stockholm Strings & Horns who played on his recently released recreation of the lost Beach Boys album “SMiLE.” Sandlund had been vacationing in Thailand when the area was battered by a tsunami following a […]
2004 – The Native American Cultural Center calls for a boycott of CBS after OutKast perform “Hey Ya!” dressed as American Indians during the Grammy broadcast. “We’re not attacking OutKast as artists,” says Andrew Brother Elk, “but we are going to question the commercialization of our symbols.”
1997 – Bob Dylan releases Time Out of Mind. Critics call it a masterpiece this day in rock history! Time Out of Mind is Bob Dylan’s 30th studio album, released in 1997 by Columbia Records. For fans and critics, the album marked Dylan’s artistic comeback after he struggled with his musical identity throughout the 1980s, […]
1979 – Before the Cooper’stown restaurant in Phoenix, there was Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today it’s hit by a firebomb that destroys $200,000 worth of merchandise. Cooper blames disco fans.
1975 – Led Zeppelin play “Kashmir” live for the first time during a gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam. “Kashmir” is considered to be one of Led Zeppelin’s most successful songs, and all four band members agreed that this was one of their best musical achievements. John Paul Jones suggested that it showcases all of […]
1971 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian),” The Raiders (formerly Paul Revere and the Raiders). It is the group’s biggest hit and last to hit the top 20.
1968 – Elvis’ film Stay Away Joe premieres. Presley plays Joe Lightcloud, an Indian with Burgess Meredith for a father. Songs include “U.S. Male.” (Words & music by Weisman – Wayne) Ho jump down, spin around, let’s have a party Look who’s back, Stay Away Joe Chock taw, chick a Shaw, gonna drink me hearty […]
1949 – Bruce Springsteen is born in Freehold, N.J., which last time we looked was indeed still in the U.S.A. Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock […]
1947 – Carlos Santana is born n Autlan de Navarro, Mexico… this day in rock history! Carlos Santana has been reinventing and reshaping the landscape of the known universe’s musical culture for close to four decades. A visionary artist with no regards for genre boundaries, Carlos’ fluid sound long ago laid claim to the concept […]
1946 – Freddie Mercury of Queen is born in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Freddie Mercury (born Farrokh Bulsara; September 5, 1946 – November 24, 1991) was a Zanzibar-born British musician, best known as the lead singer and co-founder of the rock band Queen (inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001). He was noted […]
1944 – One of rock’s maddest geniuses, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, is born in Great Bookham, England. George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943 in Great Bookham, Surrey) is an English rock musician. He is best known as the bass player, main songwriter, and a lead vocalist of the English rock band Pink Floyd from […]