Waky Week in Rock History
Today's Birthdays Wednesday 12/4/13
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington is 62.
Chris Hillman is 69. Hillman is best known for his work with the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
"Southside" Johnny Lyon is 65. He's the frontman for the group Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes.
Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon is 74.
Moby Grape bassist Bob Mosley is 71.
Today In History Wednesdaay 12/4/13
The Chordettes hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Mr. Sandman."
Carl Perkins was inspired to write the classic "Blue Suede Shoes" after performing at a high school dance and hearing a boy chastise his date about stepping on his shoes.
Elvis Presley jammed with Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash at the Sun Records studio in what was called, quote, "The Million-Dollar Quartet."
While many radio stations had reportedly banned Elvis Presley's Christmas album because they didn't find it appropriate for Elvis to be singing religious music, a disc jockey in Kingston, Ontario played his album and invited listeners to comment. Only 56 of 800 callers didn't approve.
The Ventures released the album "Walk Don't Run."
Gene Chandler released the single "Duke Of Earl."
The Lettermen broke into the Top 40 chart with "When I Fall In Love."
The Beatles released the album "Beatles For Sale" in the UK.
Keith Richards was knocked unconscious during a concert In Sacramento, California, when he touched an ungrounded mic with his electric guitar. After a brief interruption, Richards returned to finish the show.
The Byrds hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season.)"
James Brown hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart with "I Got You (I Feel Good.)"
A Soviet music critic told the "New York Times" that The Beatles, quote, "have become rich idols of the Philistines."
In an effort to better understand the generation gap, President Richard Nixon, Vice President Spiro Agnew, and a number of U.S. governors spent hours watching movies of, quote, "simulated acid trips" and listened to, quote, "anti-establishment rock music."
Badfinger released the single "Day After Day."
Sly & the Family Stone hit number one on the pop singles chart with "Family Affair."
Don McLean's "American Pie" and Jonathan Edwards' "Sunshine" broke into the Top 40 chart.
Ike & Tina Turner performed on the "Bill Cosby Show."
A member of Deep Purple's security team died in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bodyguard was rumored to have gotten into a fight with a local promoter, during which he was pushed into an elevator shaft and fell six floors. He supposedly survived the fall, and even hailed a taxi to take him to a hospital. While he's said to have died in the cab, his body was never recovered.
Guitarist Tommy Bolin died of a heroin overdose at the age of 25. Bolin had worked with Deep Purple.
Eric Clapton released the album "Backless."
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced that the group would not continue after the death of drummer John Bonham.
The album "Classic Yes" was released.
Roy Orbison performed his last concert. The show was in Cleveland, Ohio, just two days before his death.
Van Halen performed a free concert in Dallas to make up for a concert the group had to cancel three years earlier.
Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer. He was 52.
Family and friends said goodbye to Tiny Tim at his funeral in Minneapolis.
Black Sabbath reunited for a couple of shows in the group's hometown of Birmingham, England.
Bruce Springsteen received an award from the NAACP for his humanitarian community service.
Jimmy Cliff was among the performers at a tribute concert for the late Bob Marley in Jamaica.
Barry Manilow and Carly Simon were among those who took part in the lighting of the Christmas tree in New York's Rockefeller Center.
Elton John conducted his fourth "Out of the Closet Sale" with partner David Furnish, selling more than 17-thousand of their clothing items and accessories to raise money for John's AIDS charity.
The late Warren Zevon and George Harrison, as well as Bob Dylan, former Doobie Brother Michael McDonald, and Randy Newman, were among those who received multiple nominations for the upcoming Grammy Awards.
Elvis Presley's guitarist Scotty Moore was admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville when doctors discovered he had a subdural hematoma, or blood between his brain and skull. He had surgery for the condition the next day.
Tina Turner was among those saluted at the annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala in Washington, DC.
Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics to The Beatles' song "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" was one of the top-dollar items at Christie's annual Rock & Pop auction, going for 192-thousand-dollars. A 1968 Fender Stratocaster once owned by guitar legend Jimi Hendrix was another big-ticket item, selling for 168-thousand-dollars. They both went to the same buyer.
Billy Joel released the single "Christmas in Fallujah" exclusively through iTunes. The song was a fundraiser for Homes For Our Troops, a non-profit organization that adapts houses to accommodate members of the military returning home from combat with severe disabilities.
Joe Satriani filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Coldplay, claiming the British band plagiarized his song "If I Could Fly" with their hit "Viva La Vida."
Sammy Hagar hosted an opening party for a new Cabo Wabo Cantina at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
Paul McCartney attended a special State Department Dinner, hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the White House as one of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors recipients.
A glove Michael Jackson wore during his "Bad" tour sold at auction for 330-thousand-dollars.
Madonna was announced as the Super Bowl 46 halftime performer.
Neil Diamond was saluted with an all-star concert in Washington, DC as one of the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors recipients.
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Today's Birthdays Tuesday 12/3/13
Ozzy Osbourne is 65.
Former Starship singer Mickey Thomas is 64.
.38 Special guitarist Don Barnes is 61.
Today In History Tuesday 12/3/13
The Beatles met Brian Epstein.
The Rolling Stones' "Little Red Rooster" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
The Beatles began their last UK tour with a show in Glasgow, Scotland, while the single "We Can Work It Out" backed with "Day Tripper" was released in the UK.
The New Vaudeville Band's "Winchester Cathedral" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Temptations' "(I Know) I'm Losing You" broke into the Top 40.
The Monkees played their first concert, at the International Center Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Ray Charles received a five year suspended sentence and a ten-thousand-dollar fine after he was convicted of possession of heroin and marijuana.
The Supremes were the guest on "Tennessee" Ernie Ford's TV special.
Elvis Presley's comeback TV special, "Elvis," aired on NBC.
The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burned down when Frank Zappa was performing there. Deep Purple later recorded the song "Smoke On The Water" about the incident.
Ringo Starr released the single "You're Sixteen."
Reggae superstar Bob Marley and wife Rita were among those injured when a number of gunmen shot up Marley's home in Kingston, Jamaica.
A giant pig was seen floating over London as the inflatable prop used for the cover of Pink Floyd's album "Animals" broke loose.
Jackson Browne let it all hang out, dropping his pants at the urging of a fan who told him to, quote, "get loose" at a show in Oakland, California.
Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre" hit number one on the UK pop singles chart.
Linda Ronstadt's album "Simple Dreams" hit number one on the album chart, bumping Fleetwood Mac's "Rumors" from the top spot.
Chicago's "Baby What a Big Surprise" peaked at number four on the pop singles chart.
Eleven fans were trampled to death at a Who concert in Cincinnati when the crowd rushed through the entry way at a general admission seating venue.
Judas Priest and CBS Records were sued. The suit alleged that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band's music for six hours.
A video for John Lennon's "I'm Losing You," from the box set "The John Lennon Anthology," debuted on VH1. The clip featured drawings done by Lennon, animated by David Spafford.
Authorities called off the search for missing Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, who was knocked off a boat off the Northern California Coast into the Pacific Ocean four days earlier.
The late George Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani asked fans to observe a minute of silence, quote, "in honor of George's journey."
"Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music," the star-studded tribute concert honoring the late Beatle and New York City, was released as a DVD and VHS.
The late George Harrison was among those honored by UNICEF at a gala hosted by the charity recognizing the celebrities who had used their star power to support the organization.
Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Toronto.
Barbra Streisand lost an invasion of privacy case against a photographer who posted pictures of her Mailbu estate on an environmental website.
Tina Turner was among the guests at a dinner reception for Kennedy Center Honors recipients in Washington, DC.
Smokey Robinson was among those saluted at the annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, DC.
Gene Simmons taped a guest appearance on the ABC dramedy "Ugly Betty."
Elvis Costello's Sundance Channel series "Spectacle" made its debut. Elton John was his first guest.
Stevie Wonder was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace in a ceremony at the UN Secretariat Building in New York. The organization gives the title to celebrities who promote UN activities and ideals through public appearances and media contacts.
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was arrested on suspicion of assault. His alleged victim was reportedly his 21-year-old Russian girlfriend. The 62--year-old rocker was released on bail several hours later.
Paul Anka filed for divorce from Anna Yeager, his wife of 18 months, just hours after Yeager called the police to report a domestic dispute. Yeager called 911 twice, telling officers Anka had pulled a gun on her a night earlier, but when police checked video footage they saw no evidence of wrongdoing. Anka and Yeager's short but stormy marriage also included a November 2008 incident in which Yeager was arrested for aiming a piece of ice at Anka's head.
Neil Diamond was among the stars who took part in a special White House reception as one of the year's Kennedy Center Honors recipients.
Carole King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Today's Birthdays Monday 12/2/13
Def Leppard bass player Rick Savage is 53.
Former Manfred Mann bassist Tom McGuinness is 72.
The Tremeloes drummer Dave Munden is 70.
The Association drummer Ted Bluechel Jr. is 71.
Today In History Monday 12/2/13
Phil Harris' "The Thing" hit number one on the pop chart.
Sam Cooke's "You Send Me" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Danny and The Juniors made their debut on "American Bandstand" performing "At The Hop."
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and Buddy Holly's "Oh Boy" broke into the Top 40.
Bobby Darin was the subject of TV's "This is Your Life."
Ringo Starr had his tonsils removed at University College Hospital in London.
Aretha Franklin, Bobby Vinton, and Freddie Cannon were guests on the TV show "Shindig!"
Bobby Darin was the guest on Andy Williams' TV show.
The Blues Magoos released the album "Psychedelic Lollipop."
Gladys Knight and the Pips' "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" hit number one on the Billboard R&B chart.
The Monkees' "Daydream Believer" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
The Cowsills' "The Rain, The Park, And Other Things" peaked at number two on the pop singles chart.
Spanky & Our Gang's "Lazy Day" peaked at number 14 on the pop singles chart.
American Breed's "Bend Me, Shape Me" was released.
George Harrison joined Delaney & Bonnie's tour with a show in Bristol, England.
Santana's self-titled album was certified Gold.
Former Animals frontman Eric Burdon began distributing bumper stickers that said "Curb the Clap" in an effort to support the Los Angeles Free Clinic.
Led Zeppelin released the single "Black Dog" in the U.S.
The Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Loggins & Messina's "Your Mama Don't Dance" broke into the Top 40.
Dr. Hook released the single "Cover of the Rolling Stone."
After a show at the Montreal Forum, The Who and some companions were jailed overnight for allegedly causing six-thousand-dollars worth of damage to a local hotel.
Billy Swan's single "I Can Help" and the Moody Blues' album "This Is The Moody Blues" were certified Gold.
Elvis Presley began what ended up being his last run of shows in Las Vegas.
Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" hit number one on the pop singles chart.
Stevie Wonder performed the album "Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants" with the National Afro-American Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Jerry Lee Lewis checked himself into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome his addiction to painkillers.
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons appeared on the talk show "Geraldo" to discuss "Sex On The Road."
The Rolling Stones shot the video "Almost Hear You Sigh" at a studio in Toronto.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Free Fallin'" and Rod Stewart's "Downtown Train" broke into the Top 40.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that B.J. Thomas, Gene Pitney, and the Shirelles were owed one-point-two-million-dollars in unpaid royalties for material they recorded in the 1960s and '70s.
The Grateful Dead kicked off a mini-tour with a show in Denver, Colorado.
Peter Gabriel's album "Us" was certified Gold.
Journey's single "When You Love A Woman" was certified Gold.
Jimmy Buffett performed a concert in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama. It was his first show in the city in eight years. Proceeds from the gig went to victims of Hurricane Georges.
The Rush album "Different Stages Live" was certified Gold.
Bon Jovi was among the winners at the "My VH1 Music Awards '01."
Cher was named the 2002 Billboard Music Awards' Artist Achievement winner.
Meat Loaf resumed his European tour with a show in Dublin, Ireland, eleven days after he had surgery to correct a heart defect that caused an irregular heartbeat.
Ray Charles announced that he was recovering from hip replacement surgery in Beverly Hills.
Alice Cooper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Simon & Garfunkel performed at Madison Square Garden, marking their first show in New York in ten years.
Smokey Robinson was among the guests at a dinner reception for Kennedy Center Honors recipients in Washington, DC.
The lead singer for Shocking Blue died. Mariska Veres, who's best remembered for her powerful vocals on the chart-topping 1970 hit "Venus," had been battling cancer. She passed away in her Netherlands hometown of The Hague at the age of 59.
Brian Wilson and Diana Ross were among those saluted at an all-star gala concert in Washington, DC as 2007 Kennedy Center Honors recipients.
New releases included the "Cadillac Records" movie soundtrack.
The Alan Parsons Project's Eric Woolfson died following a battle with cancer. He was 64.
Heart and Jason Bonham gave a tribute performance celebrating Led Zeppelin as one of the Kennedy Center Honors recipients.
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Today's Birthdays Friday 11/29/13
The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere is 69.
Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau is 62.
The Cure bassist Michael Dempsey is 55.
Trumpet player Chuck Mangione is 73.
Blues guitarist John Mayall is 79.
Today In History Frdiay 11/29/13
Bobby Darin won two Grammy Awards. He picked up Best New Artist of the Year as well as Record of the Year with "Mack the Knife." Johnny Horton won a Grammy for the song "The Battle Of New Orleans."
The Beatles released the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" backed with "This Boy" in the UK. It sold a million copies in three days.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney met members of the Miracles at a restaurant in London.
The Governor of Colorado declared it "Rolling Stones Day" because the group had sold out a concert at Denver Coliseum.
Bob Dylan finished work on the album "John Westley Harding," his first effort following his 1966 motorcycle accident.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono issued their first album, "Unfinished Music No. 1 - Two Virgins." The disc's controversial cover featured a photo of the couple naked. It was Lennon's first solo release. Meanwhile, The Beatles' self-titled "White" album set a new sales record in the UK, moving two-million copies in its first week out.
The Who released its first concept album, "The Who Sell Out."
John Lennon received a fine of 360-dollars after he was convicted of cannabis possession. Lennon had explained that it was an old stash he'd forgotten about, and that he no longer used marijuana. Yoko Ono had been arrested with him, but she was cleared of any charges.
The Beatles hit number one on the pop singles chart with both sides of the single "Come Together" backed with "Something." It was the group's only two sided hit single to make it to the top of the charts.
Blood, Sweat, & Tears peaked at number two on the pop singles chart with the song "And When I Die."
Three Dog Night's "Eli's Coming" peaked at number ten on the pop singles chart.
Elvis released the single "Don't Cry Daddy."
The Guess Who's "Undun" peaked at number 22 on the pop singles chart.
Santana's album "Welcome" and Kris Kristofferson's album "Jesus Was A Capricorn" were certified Gold.
Queen hit number one on the UK pop singles chart with "Bohemian Rhapsody."
The Who released the single "Squeeze Box."
Jerry Lee Lewis was charged with shooting a firearm within city limits after he accidentally shot his bass player Norman "Butch" Owens" twice in the chest while trying to hit a bottle.
New releases included AC/DC's album "If You Want Blood You've Got It" and The Rolling Stones' single "Shattered."
Kiss performed for what the guys said would be the last time.
Paul Simon filed two lawsuits against CBS Records in the New York State Supreme Court in an attempt to leave the label.
Supertramp recorded part of its live album "Paris" during its show at Le Pavillon in Paris.
U2 released the album "Boy."
The box set "Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live 1975-1985" debuted on the Billboard Top 100 chart at number one. The single "War" broke into the Top 40.
Bon Jovi hit number one on the pop singles chart with "You Give Love A Bad Name."
Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar married model Kari Karte. At the time he was the frontman for Van Halen, and bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony were among the guests at the ceremony.
Numerous artists, including David Bowie, Elton John, and Tom Jones, recorded Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" for charity. The single raised more than two-point-85-million-dollars for the Children in Need Charity.
Elvis Presley topped the E! Online Entertainment list of the 12 Entertainers of the Century.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, kicked off a three day tribute to keyboardist Johnnie Johnson.
Former Beatle George Harrison died following a lengthy battle against cancer. He was 58.
Eric Clapton led an all-star concert honoring the late George Harrison. Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty were among those who performed at the "Concert for George" benefit tribute show in London.
Queen, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, and U2's Bono performed at the 46664 AIDS awareness concert in South Africa. The show aired two days later as part of MTV's World AIDS Day programming.
Jimi Hendrix's 1968 version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" was named the top cover tune of all time by Britain's "Daily Telegraph" newspaper.
U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" debuted at number one on the UK album chart.
INXS released the album "Switch." It was the group's debut effort with new frontman J.D. Fortune.
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton met up with the band in Uncasville, Connecticut. He sat in with the group to perform "Back in the Saddle," which was taped for a NASCAR promotion, and later returned to the stage for four other songs. Hamilton was not on the road with Aerosmith because he was still recovering from treatments he had over the summer for throat cancer.
U2's Bono met with Japan's prime minister, and praised him for the country's contribution to the fight against poverty and AIDS.
A number of the late Syd Barrett's personal items, as well as the home in which the rocker lived after leaving Pink Floyd, went up for bid at an auction in Cambridge, England.
Jackson Brown hosted his Jackson Browne & Friends: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, California. The "friends" included Bonnie Raitt, Joan Baez, and Ry Cooder.
Jethro Tull's concert in Mumbai, India was cancelled in the wake of a three-day terrorist attack on the city in which nearly 200 people were killed.
The late Michael Jackson was named Entertainer of the Year, and Chaka Khan and The Gap Band's Charlie Wilson were also honored at the 2009 Soul Train Awards. The event, which was taped in Atlanta a few weeks earlier, aired on Centric.
The Four Aces co-founder Al Alberts died or renal failure in Arcadia, Florida. He was 87.
Madonna was in Mexico City for the opening of her first Hard Candy Fitness Center.
Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced to four years in jail after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter earlier in the month in connection with the death of pop superstar Michael Jackson.
Eric Clapton and Florence and the Machine frontwoman Florence Welch were among the guest performers at The Rolling Stones' second "50 and Counting" show in London.
With earnings of 88-million-dollars, Roger Waters was second behind Dr. Dre on "Forbes" magazine's "Top Earning Musicians" list. Dre pulled in 110-million. Elton John, U2, Bon Jovi, and Paul McCartney were also in the top ten.
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