Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1940, singer, songwriter, pianist and guitarist, Dr. John (Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack).


Born today in 1948, Leroy “Lonnie” Jordan songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist (primarily keyboards) with War.

Born today in 1948, John “Rabbit” Bundrick songwriter and keyboardist with Kossoff Kirke Tetsu and Rabbit, Free and Pete Townsend/The Who.

Born today in 1949, Randy Z (Randy Zehringer) drummer with The McCoys.

Born today in 1950, Gary Pihl guitarist with Sammy Hagar and Boston.

Born today in 1955, Peter Koppes guitarist with The Church.

Born today in 1960, Brian Ritchie singer and  bassist with Violent Femmes.

 

Today in 1970, two months after his death Jimi Hendrix went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”.

Today in 1975, Queen released “A Night At The Opera”.

Today in 1979, Dr Hook went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with ”When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman”.

Today in 1981, Queen (with David Bowie) went to number 1 in the UK with “Under Pressure”.

Today in 1987 Billy Idol went to number1 in the US with his version of “Mony Mony”

Died today in 1995, Peter Grant manager of Led Zeppelin, aged 60. Acknowledged as having changed the way record companies and concert promoters dealt with musicians.

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