Today in rock history

Born today in 1939, Eulis “Soko” Richardson drummer with several acts including John Mayall.

Born today in 1942, Bobby Elliot drummer with The Hollies.

Born today in 1943, Jim Morrison songwriter and lead singer with The Doors.

Born today in 1944, George Baker  (Johannes Bouwens) songwriter and singer with The George Baker Selection.

Born today in 1947, Gregg Allman, songwriter, guitar, keyboards and singer with The Allman Brothers Band

Born today in 1951, Dan Hartman songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with The Edgar Winter Group.

Born today in 1957, Phil Collen songwriter and guitarist with Def Leppard.

Today in 1973, Roxy Music went to number 1 on the UK album chart with “Stranded”.

Died today in 1975, Gary Thain bassist with Uriah Heep, aged 27.

Today in 1979, Styx went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “Babe”.

Today 1979, The Police went to number 1 on the UK singles chart with “Walking on the Moon”.

Killed today in 1980, John Lennon songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Beatles and solo.

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