1970 – Led Zeppelin perform at Sweden’s Goteborg Courthouse. While Jimmy Page plays the instrumental “White Summer,” a fan in the audience decides to accompany him by tootling on a harmonica. When the song is over, the offended Page spits on him.
1963 – The Beatles begin their first tour of Sweden in Karlstad.
1963 – Yngwie Malmsteen is born in Stockholm Sweden this day in rock history! Yngwie Johann Malmsteen (born Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck on June 30, 1963 in Stockholm, Sweden) is a Swedish guitarist, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader. Malmsteen became notable in the mid-1980s for his technical fluency and neo-classical metal compositions. Four of his albums, […]
1951 – Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy is born in Dublin, Ireland. Philip Parris Lynott (20 August 1949 – 4 January 1986) was a singer, bassist, instrumentalist, and songwriter, who first came to prominence as the frontman of Thin Lizzy. Early life Lynott was born in Hallam Hospital (now Sandwell General Hospital) in West Bromwich […]
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 […]
1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz (pronounced Haium) on August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-born American hard rock bass guitarist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as “The Demon,” his blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging persona in the hard rock band Kiss, an […]
1945 – Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1939 – Teen idol Frankie Avalon (Francis Avallone) is born in Philadelphia. Career By the time he was 12, Avalon began making appearances on U.S. television for his trumpet prowess, and as a teenager, played with Bobby Rydell in a band known as Rocco and the Saints. In 1959, his songs “Venus” and “Why” both […]
1926 – Chuck Berry is born in St. Louis this day in rock! Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Chuck Berry is an influential figure and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. According to the Rock and Roll […]