MARC PERLMAN of The Jayhawks
MIKE BLOOMFIELD of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band/The Electric Flag
RICK WRIGHT of Pink Floyd
SIMON KIRKE of Bad Company/Free
In 1958, Billboard magazine warned that driving along listening to rock & roll music could “cost the motorist money.” Researchers from the Esso gas company said the rhythm of rock & roll could cause the driver to be foot heavy on the pedal, making them waste fuel.
In 1970, The Australian western film Ned Kelly opened, marking Mick Jagger’s acting debut.
CONWAY SAVAGE of Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
In 1940, Bugs Bunny made his official screen debut in A Wild Hare.
In 1976, After a long battle, John Lennon was finally issued his green card granting him permanent residency in the US.
MICK JAGGER of The Rolling Stones/SuperHeavy
ROGER TAYLOR of Queen
In 1968, on Mick Jagger’s 25th birthday, London Records objected strenuously to the graffiti-scrawled, sleazy restroom wall cover of The Rolling Stones’ Beggar’s Banquet album and postponed the release date until it was suitably altered.
In 1979, The “newest selling tool for rock” was the promotional video proclaimed an article in Rolling Stone magazine that cited “Boys Keep Swinging” by David Bowie and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
In 1960, Roy Orbison reached #2 on the US singles chart with “Only The Lonely,” his first hit. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley, so Orbison decided to record it himself.
In 1965, A young Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band with Al Kooper and Barry Goldberg at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. It’s been widely reported that folk music purists tried to boo Dylan off the stage, but an alternative account claims audience members were actually upset by poor sound and a short set.
In 1966, The final US concert with Brian Jones as part of The Rolling Stones took place in San Francisco.
In 1960, “Walk Don’t Run,” by The Ventures, made it all the way to #2 on the singles charts. The record marked the initial pairing of rock with surf music.
In 1967, the second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow, was certified Gold, largely on the strength of “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit.”
In 1969, On the day that The Beatles recorded “Sun King” and “Mean Mr. Mustard” for their forthcoming Abbey Road album, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of a song called “Come And Get It,” which he gave to The Iveys (soon to become known as Badfinger).
FRAN HEALY of Travis
MARTIN GORE of Depeche Mode
In 1966, Frank Sinatra went to #1 on the US album chart with Strangers In The Night.
In 1980, Grateful Dead keyboard player Keith Godchaux, 32, died of injuries sustained in a car crash two days earlier.
DON HENLEY of Eagles
EMILY SALIERS of Indigo Girls
GEORGE CLINTON of Parliament/Funkadelic
RICHARD DAVIES of Supertramp
In 1963, The Beach Boys released “Surfer Girl”; it was the first song Brian Wilson ever wrote or produced.
In 1968, The Byrds’ album Sweetheart Of The Rodeo was released on this day.
CAT STEVENS/YUSUF ISLAM (born Steven Georgiou)
HOWIE EPSTEIN of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
MICHAEL “FITZ” FITZPATRICK of Fitz And The Tantrums
In 1956, Elvis Presley was termed “the most controversial entertainer since Liberace” by Billboard magazine. On the same day, Elvis was booked for three appearances on Ed Sullivan’s widely watched Sunday night variety program — this after Sullivan declared that Elvis and his gyrating hips would never be welcomed back.
In 1979, Genesis’s album Duke went Gold, thanks to songs like “Misunderstanding” and “Turn It On Again.”