Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1937, songwriter, singer, pianist and guitarist Wanda Jackson.

Born today in 1945, Richard “Ric” Lee drummer with Ten Years After.

Born today in 1950 Tom Petty, singer, songwriter and guitarist with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, solo and member of The Travelling Wilburys.

Born today in 1951, Al Greenwood founding member and keyboardist with Foreigner.

Today in 1960, Roy Orbison went to number in the UK for the first time with “Only The Lonely”.

Today in 1962, Bobby “Boris” Pickett and The Crypt-Kickers went to number 1 in the US with “ The Monster Mash”.

Today in 1973, The Rolling Stones went to number 1the US with “Angie”.

Today in 1976, Led Zeppelin’s film, “The Song Remains the Same”, a mixture of live concert footage and fantasy sequences, premiered in New York.

Today in 1977, the plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd to their next gig ran out of fuel and crashed. Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines and road manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed. Gary Rossington, Allen Collins, Billy Powell and Leon Wilkeson were seriously injured, but recovered.

Died today in 1997, Henry Vestine songwriter and guitarist with Canned Heat, aged 52.

Died today in 2105, Cory Wells (Emil Lewandowski) singer with Three Dog Night aged 74.

Today in rock history is a daily post where you can come and listen to a compilation of rock songs as put together daily by our very own rock historian, Nechtan, while you catch up on the news of the day here.

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