1905 – Big band leader and trombone soloist Tommy Dorsey is born. He dies on Nov. 26,
1930 – Eddie Bo, the pianist who recorded the minor 1969 R&B hit “Hook and Sling, Part 1,” is born in New Orleans. Eddie Bo (born Edwin Joseph Bocage, September 20, 1930 in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Algiers and in the 9th Ward) is an American singer and one of the last New […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
1935 – Kit Lambert, who helped introduced the Who’s Pete Townshend to the mod phenomenon as the band’s manager, is born. He also produced albums like The Who Sell Out and Tommy. … I want one!
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 […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
1943 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “In the Blue of the Evening,” Tommy Dorsey Orchestra/Frank Sinatra.
1947 – Keith Moon of the Who is born in Wembley, England. He dies on Sept. 7, 1978 at age 32, from an overdose of the sedative Heminevrin. Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. He gained notoriety for exuberant drumming and his […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
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 […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
1949 – David Coverdale of the groups Whitesnake and Deep Purple is born in Saltburnon- Sea, England. David Coverdale (born September 22, 1951 in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire) is an English rock vocalist most famous for his work with the English hard rock band Deep Purple, and his later band Whitesnake. Career Coverdale, briefly a student […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
1950 – Metal drummer Tommy Aldridge (Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake, Black Oak Arkansas) is born in Jackson, Miss. Person Tommy Aldridge Right click for SmartMenu shortcuts
1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is born in Birmingham, England. Robert John Arthur Halford (born August 25, 1951) is an English singer and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist for the heavy metal band Judas Priest. Halford has a three-and-a-half octave vocal range (D2-B5). He is one of the most respected […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
1953 – Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is born in Montgomery, Ala. Tommy Roland Shaw (born September 11, 1953) is an American guitarist, best known for his work with the rock band Styx. In between his stints with Styx, he has played with the supergroup Damn Yankees and Shaw Blades, and has released several solo albums. […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. His biggest hit is the top 20 song “Veronica” in 1989, which he writes with Paul McCartney. Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick MacManus 25 August 1954) is an English musician and singer-songwriter, with Irish ancestry. Costello came to prominence as an early participant in London’s […] ↓ Read the rest of this entry…
2012 – Van Halen postpones over 30 concert dates in the US on This Day in Rock Music History! — 2012 – Van Halen postpones over 30 concert dates in the US on This Day in Rock Music History! The band’s official website, van-halen.com, took down all its dates after [...]
2011 – Forbes magazine’s annual Celebrity Power 100 names Lady Gaga the World’s most powerful Celebrity on This Day in Rock! — 2011 – Forbes magazine’s annual Celebrity Power 100 names Lady Gaga the World’s most powerful Celebrity on This Day in Rock! FORBES’ CELEBRITY POWER LIST 2011 TOP 20 1. Lady Gaga 2. Oprah [...]
2010 – Radio Station, “Absolute Classic Rock” names, “Stairway to heaven” the UK’s favorite classic rock song on This Day in Rock! — 2010 – Radio Station, “Absolute Classic Rock” names, “Stairway to heaven” the UK’s favorite classic rock song on This Day in Rock! Listeners of the famed radio station voted in [...]
2007 – On This Day in Rock, Michael Jackson’s personal belongings were in the possession — 2007 – On This Day in Rock, Michael Jackson’s personal belongings were in the possession of an auctioneer and a New Jersey man who was auctioning off said items, was [...]
2006 – Producer Dallas Austin is jailed in Dubai for alleged drugs… — 2006 – Producer Dallas Austin is jailed in Dubai for alleged drugs offenses. The hit-maker – who has crafted songs for TLC, Gwen Stefani, Madonna, and Michael Jackson [...]
2004 – Willie Nelson undergoes successful endoscop… — 2004 – Willie Nelson undergoes successful endoscopic carpal tunnel release surgery.
2004 – The Strokes play a homecoming show at New York’s… — 2004 – The Strokes play a homecoming show at New York’s Central Park, covering Guided By Voices’ “A Salty Salute.”
2001 – Susannah McCorkle, a jazz and cabaret singe… — 2001 – Susannah McCorkle, a jazz and cabaret singer who performed in major clubs and concert halls throughout the country, dies at the age of 55. A preliminary investigation determines [...]
2000 – Toby Keith performs his single “Country Com… — 2000 – Toby Keith performs his single “Country Comes to Town,” during his appearance on CBS’ two-hour, made-for-TV movie, “The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood.” The telefilm stars original [...]
2000 – Three ex-members of the Dead Kennedys are a… — 2000 – Three ex-members of the Dead Kennedys are awarded approximately $220,000 in damages after a San Francisco jury finds that band leader Jello Biafra (real name Eric Reed Boucher) [...]
2000 – The Allman Brothers announce that founding … — 2000 – The Allman Brothers announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of the veteran Southern rockers’ summer tour. In a statement, the band says, “sadly, [...]
2000 – Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate thei… — 2000 – Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a U.S. tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas.
2000 – At Joe’s Pub in New York, former Verve fron… — 2000 – At Joe’s Pub in New York, former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft debuts a host of tracks from his forthcoming solo album, “Alone With Everybody.”
2000 – James Brown is sued for harassment and wrongful… — 2000 – James Brown is sued for harassment and wrongful dismissal. The suit, filed by a former employee in California Superior Court, alleges Brown was proud of his [...]
1990 – Five weeks after debuting at No. 39 on Char… — 1990 – Five weeks after debuting at No. 39 on Chart Toppers’s Hot 100 chart, Madonna’s Vogue, originally slated to be a “B” side for her single “Keep It Together,” [...]
1989 – Surfaris drummer Ron Wilson dies… — 1989 – Surfaris drummer Ron Wilson dies this day in rock history. The Surfaris were an American surf music band formed in Glendora, California in 1962. They are best known for [...]
1984 – On this day, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon… — 1984 – On this day, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been on the American charts for 10 years solid. http://www.thisdayinrock.com/?p=7441
1979 – Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex-w… — 1979 – Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd. Harrison, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are among the musicians who perform at the wedding reception.
1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Ticket to Rid… — 1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles. It is the first Beatles single to feature Paul McCartney on lead guitar.
1960 – Alan Freed is indicted for accepting Payola on This Day in Rock Music History! — 1960 – Alan Freed is indicted for accepting Payola on This Day in Rock Music History! DJ Alan Freed was indicted for accepting up to $30,000 in bribe monies, called [...]
1952 – Grace Jones is born in Spanishtown, Jamaica… — 1952 – Grace Jones is born in Spanishtown, Jamaica. In the 1970s she becomes a cover girl for the magazines Vogue, Elle and Der Spiegel. She appears in the films [...]
1947 – Greg Herbert of Blood Sweat & Tears is born on This Day in Rock! — 1947 – Greg Herbert of Blood Sweat & Tears is born on This Day in Rock! Greg died on January 31st 1977 of an accidental drug overdose. Amoung his credited [...]
1945 – Pete Townshend, lead guitarist/songwriter o… — 1945 – Pete Townshend, lead guitarist/songwriter of the Who, is born in London. His biggest solo hit is the top 10 “Let My Love Open the Door” in 1980. Pete Townshend [...]
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