Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1943, Michael “Mike” Smith songwriter, keyboardist and singer with The Dave Clark Five.

Died today in 1949, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, singer, songwriter and guitarist, aged 61.

Born today in 1955, Rick Buckler (Paul Richard Buckler) drummer with The Jam.

Born today in 1956, Randall “Randy” Rhoads, songwriter and guitarist with Quiet Riot and Ozzy Osbourne.

Today in 1968, The Rolling Stones released their album “Beggars Banquet”.

Today in 1975, Paul Simon went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Still Crazy After All These Years”.

Today in 1982, a compilation album of John Lennon’s solo work called “The John Lennon Collection” went to number1 on the UK album chart.

Today in 1986, Europe went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “The Final Countdown”.

Died today in 1988, songwriter, singer and guitarist Roy Orbison aged 52.

Died today in 201, Richard Hugh “Huw” Lloyd-Langton, songwriter and guitarist with Hawkwind.

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