Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1930, Earl Hooker songwriter and guitarist, a major influence on many guitarists (particularly for his slide playing)


Born today in 1941, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet).

Born today in 1948, Ronnie Van Zant songwriter and singer with Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Born today in 1952, Melvyn Gale cellist with Electric Light Orchestra.

Today in 1965, The Who released their first single “I Can’t Explain”.

Today in 1966, The Rolling Stones received a Gold record for their album “December’s Children (and Everybody’s)”

Today in 1972, “American Pie” by Don McLean went to number 1 on the US Billboard’s Hot 100.

Today in 1977, the Eagles went to number 1 on the US album chart with “Hotel California”.

Today 1983, Men At Work went to number 1 on the US singles chart with “Down Under” and number 1 on the album chart with “Business As Usual”.

Died today in 1994, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter Harry Nilsson aged 54.

Died today in 1998, singer, songwriter and harmonica player Junior Wells (Amos Blakemore Jr), aged 63.

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