Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1942, James Robert “Bob” Mosley, songwriter, singer and bassist with Moby Grape.


Born today in 1944, Chris Hillman singer, songwriter and bassist with The Byrds.

Born today in 1944, Dennis Wilson songwriter, singer and drummer with The Beach Boys.

 

Born today in 1947, Terry Woods songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with The Pogues.

Born today in 1951, Gary Rossington songwriter and guitarist with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Today in 1960, The Crickets released their single “I Fought the Law”.

Today in 1964 The Beatles released their fourth album, “Beatles For Sale” in the UK.

Today in 1965, The Byrds went to number 1 in the US with “Turn, Turn, Turn”.

Today in 1971, Led Zeppelin went to number 1on the UK album charts with their 4th album.  Also today in 1980 the three surviving members officially called an end after the death of drummer John Bonham.

Today in 1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. This inspired Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water”, they were in Montreux at that time to record an album at the Casino the next day and watched the fire from their hotel.

Died today in 1976, Tommy Bolin songwriter, singer and guitarist with Zephyr, The James Gang, Deep Purple and solo, aged 25.

Died today in 1993, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Frank Zappa, aged 52.

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