Today in rock history

Born today in 1933, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist John Mayall. Considered one of the founding figures of UK rock and blues. His band The Bluesbreakers had at various times many musicians who would find fame including Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwod, John McVie, Peter Green, Jack Bruce and Mick Taylor.


Born today in 1944, Twink (John Alder) drummer, singer and songwriter with several acts including The Pretty Things.

Born today in 1947, Ronnie Montrose singer, songwriter and guitarist with Montrose and Gamma, along with session work for other acts.

Born today in 1951, Barry Goudreau  guitarist with Boston.

Today in 1963, The Beatles released “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the UK.

Today in 1969, The Beatles went to number 1 in the US with the double-A side “Come Together / Something”.

Today in 1986, Bon Jovi went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “You Give Love A Bad Name”.

Today in 1986, Bruce Springsteen went on number on the US album chart with “Live / 1975-85″.

Died today in 2001, George Harrison songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Beatles, The Travelling Wilburys and solo, aged 58.

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