1936 Traveling Wilbury Roy Orbison born… 1960 Def Leppard’s Steve Clark born… 1976 Ramones release debut album… 1976 Jethro Tull releases Too Old To Rock & Roll, Too Young To Die... 1991 Joe Walsh releases Ordinary, Average Guy... 2008 Sotheby’s auctions Eric Clapton’s Rolex watch for $505,000… 2009 The Dead appear on the David Letterman Show… 2011 John & Julie Fogerty spend 20th anniversary rollin’ on a Mississippi river boat… 2015 ELO & Traveling Wilbury Jeff Lynne gets star on Hollywood Boulevard...
Peter Frampton was born on this day in 1950 in Kent in the UK. Peter and David Bowie met in a technical high school that Frampton's father was an arts instructor at and encouraged both to pursue music. Peter would go on to join a group known as The Herd and later become a member of Humble Pie at just 18. His bold decision to go solo in 1971 would be rewarded with the release of Frampton Comes Alive!, the 1976 double live release that became one of the best selling live albums in Rock history.
Other Noteworthy April 22 events in Classic Rock...
of the 1951 Roxy Music, Ace and Mike & The Mechanics vocalist Paul Carrack born 1978 John Belushi & Dan Ackroyd debut their Blues Brothers act on Saturday Night Live… 1980 J. Geils Band releases Love Stinks… 1981 Eric Clapton crashes car in Seattle and is hospitalized briefly... 1984 Rush releases Grace Under Fire… 2010 Derek Trucks breaks his led in a softball game, but plays the following night with the Allman Brothers Band in Macon, Georgia.
The Rolling Stones started the 70's with a new studio album and a new rocord company. Sticky Fingers became the first lp released on Rolling Stones Records on this day in 1971. The raw back-to-basics appraoch the group took to recording it made it a favorite of many fans.
Other Noteworthy April 21 events in Classic Rock...
1947 Animals John Weider & Iggy Pop born… 1987 Tom Petty releases Let Me Up I've Had Enough... 1990 Paul McCartney performs for 180,000 in Rio… 1990 Sammy Hagar Cabo Wabo Flagship bar opens in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico… 1993 Drummer Bill Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead rescues a drowning 17 year-old swimming of the northern California coast…, former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman marries Suzanne Accosta in France 1998 Robert Plant & Jimmy Page release Walking To Clarksdale... 2001… Peter Buck of REM charged with air rage during a British Air flight from Seattle… 2005 Bruce Springsteen does a tour warm-up set for a few hundred at the Paramount Theater in Asbury Park… 2007 Jimi Hendrix guitar brings high bid of $407k at auction in New York to raise money for Hurricane Katrina relief… 2016 Prince found dead in the elevator of his Paisley Park mansion near Minneapolis...
Get A Grip, the album that would become Aerosmith's best selling album, got its release on this day in 1993. More than 20 million copies of the Boston band's eleventh studio album would sell world wide.
Other noteworthy albums released on April 20 include Jethro Tull's Benefit (1970), Roger Daltrey's self-titled debut solo album (1973) and the Black and Blue by the Rolling Stones (1976)
The Beatles started recording Magical Mystery Tour on 4/20/1967.
Deep Purple makes concert debut in Denmark on this night in 1968.
John Belushi sings Hey Bartender with the Allman Brothers at the Capittol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey the night of 4/20/1979.
Former Faces member Steve Marriottwas killed in a house fire on this date in 1991.
Guitarist Vivian Campbell did his first concert with Def Leppard during Freddie Mercury tribute at Wembley Stadium 4/20/1992.
Pearl Jam announces Jack Irons would be replaced by former Soundgarden member Matt Cameronon this day in 1998.
On 4/20/2015, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd enters guilty pleas on drug charges and threatening to kill a man and his daughter
The Doors released their 6th album on this day in 1971. LA Woman was the last before Jim Morrison's death that summer in Paris and was a strong indication of what a force the band would have continued to be had his life not gone off the rails.
Rockers of note born on April 19 include Alexis Korner born (1928), Alan Price of the Animals (1941) and Mark Volman of the Turtles (1944). Actress Kate Hudson, the former wife of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, was born on this day in 1979.
The 10 page notebook of drawings and notes kept by 12 year-old John Lennon auctioned for $225,000 on 4/19/2006.
Levon Helm dies of cancer at 71 in New York City on this day in 2012.
The Foo Fighters did a live set at a Niles, Ohio record store on RSD2015.
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett, Green Day were inducted by the Rock Hall Of Fame during a Cleveland ceremony on this night in 2015.
On this day on 1973, the Eagles released an album filled with songs based on the wild west days in the US that they recorded in the UK. Desparado, the group's second lp, was produced by Glyn Johns in Island Records London studio, where he rode herd, refusing to let the group do more than a few takes of each song to keep them from getting too polished. Tequila Sunrise and the title track, the closing songs on side one, became the biggest songs from the album, trailed by Outlaw Man from side two. Although described as a concept album, the group did not set out to tie the stories of songs in with one another, making it more of a theme release.
The Band did its final formal concert as Bob Dylan's backing group on this night in 1969.
Paul McCartney released his self-titled solo album in was released on April 17, 1970.
Felix Papalardi of Mountain was shot and killed by his wife on this day in 1983 in their New York City apartment with a gun he had given her as a giit.
On 4/17/2007, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Stevie Nicks and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young performed at a memorial concert for Ahmet Ertegun. The Atlantic Records chairman had died from injuries sustained when he had fallen backstage while attending a Rolling Stones concert.
E Street Band keyboard player Danny Federici passed away on this day in 2008.
He was the voice and rhythm guitarist of Foghat, the band whose cover of Willie Dixon's I Just Want to Make Love to You put him and Foghat on the radar of a lot of fans. 'Lonesome' Dave Peverett was born on this day in 1943. He cut his teeth in the Blues infused band Savoy Brown before defecting from the group and taking Roger Earl (drums) and Tony Stevens (bass) with him to form Foghat.
The title track to Fool For the City and Slowride on the group's 3rd album, established Foghat as one of the best hard rocking bands of the 70's. The group's following albums did well, but things unraveled in the 80's
A 1993 reunion of the core members put Foghat back in front of fans for several tours, but Peverett developed kidney cancer and passed away in February of 2007.
Other Rockers of note born on April 16th include Bill Spooner of the Tubes and peter Garrett of Midnight Oil (1953)
The Electric Light Orchestra did its first concert on this night in 1972.
Scorpions put out Savage amusement on 4/16/1988.
David Lee Roth got busted buying marijuana in Washington Square Park in New York City on this day in 1993, and Pearl Jam Rocked Saturday Night Live on 4/16/1994.
The Rolling Stones released Aftermath in the UK on this day in 1966. The Us release (pictured) would come more than a month later with Paint It Black added in place of a few of the titles on the British edition. The album was the first by the group to be comprised almost entirely by Jagger/Richards songs.
Eight years later on April 15, Lynyrd Skynyrd released its second album. Leading off with Sweet Home Alabama, the song that became a Southern Rock Anthem and closing with the group's amped up version of JJ Cale's Call Me The Breeze, Second Helping added to the legions of fans the debut album and solid performances as opening act on the Who's US tour earned it.
Billy Joel sustained a broke wrist in in a motorcycle crash on 4/15/1982.
Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) of the Ramones died of lymphoma on this day in 2001
Richard Hugh Blackmore was born on this day in 1945 in Somerset, UK. At age 11, the future founding guitarist in Deep Purple was given a guitar by his father, along with classical guitar lessons. Ritchie was still in his mid-teens when he began getting the chance to do some session work for other artists.
Blackmore's role in Deep Purple began in 1968 and continued through assorted lineup changes until 1974, when he left to form Rainbow. A return to Deep Purple was arranged in 1984. A decade later, Rainbow took him away again for a few years before disbanding again in 1997, when Blackmore and Candice Night formed an acoustic duo billed as Blackmore's Night.
Pete Townshend made his solo live debut on 4/14/1974.
On this day in 1980, a New Jersey state assemblyman introduced a bill to make Born To Run the official state song... apparently failing to note that the song is all about escaping the 'deathtrap and suicide rap' of being stuck in the Garden State.
And on 4/14/2016, Bruce Springsteen joined Bob Seger on stage inn Detroit to do Tenth Avenue Freeze-out
Bon Jovi, the Cars, Dire Straits and the Moody Blues got inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame on this night in 2016 in Cleveland..
Little Feat's Lowell George came into this world on this day in 1945. His father supplied fur coats, boas and other fur apparel to Hollywood studios and the movie stars of the day. Lowell started on harmonica and guitar but shifted to flute to get into his high school orchestra and marching band. He also picked up saxophone while a student and was classmates with future Little Feat guitarist Paul Barrere.
George's first Rock band was Factory, started in 1965. The following year, drummer Richie Hayward joined the group. When Factory shut down, George was hired by Frank Zappa's to be the rhythm guitarist in the Mothers of Invention in 1968, a gig he had for five albums.
After a falling out with Zappa, George and bassist Ray Estrada left the Mothers and formed Little Feat with Hayward and keyboard player Billy Payne.
George lived hard and battled drugs and drink throughout his career and died of a heart attack on June 29, 1979, the morning after doing a Washington DC concert on a solo tour.
Other Rockers of note born on April 13 include E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg (1951) and Mark Ford of the Black Crowes (1966).
Albums released April 13 include
David Bowie's Aladdin Sane (1973)
Tango in the Night - Fleetwood Mac (1987)
Warren Zevon - Learning to Flinch (1993)
Jeff Beck - Emotion
David Crosby was arrested in his dressing room in Dallas on cocaine and weapons charges on this night in 1982.
And Bruce Springsteen's mother accepted his induction into the Freehold, NJ High School Hall of fame on this day in 2006.
John Mellencamp's career really hit stride with the release of Ameircan Fool on this day in 1982. The album lodged itself in the top spot of the Billboard album charts for more than two months and ended up the biggest selling album of the entire year.
Steppenwolf’s John Kay (Joachim Krauledat) was bon on 4/12/1944 and Pat Travers on the same day 1in 1954.
Mickey Thomas replaces Marty Balin in the Jefferson Starship on this date in 1979. R.E.M. released Murmur 4/12/1983. And on this day in 2010, Roger Waters announced his The Wall tour of the US…
Neil Young was out with his 16th album on this day in 1988. This Note's for You. Young's jab at corporations co-opting music was provoked by Michelob beer commercials that featured Eric Clapton, Genesis and others, but the title song's lyrics took a swing Anheuser Busch, Miller, Pepsi and Coca Cola, with Young singing "Ain't Singin' for Pepsi, ain't singing for Coke" and "Ain't singin' for Miller, don't sing for Bud".
The video for the song featured Michael Jackson (who appeared in Pepsi ads) and Spuds McKenzie, Budweiser's marketing mascot at the time, lookalikes.
Bob Dylan's pro performing career launched on this day in 1961, when a then 19 year old Bob opened for John Lee Hooker.
Peter Green announced he had found God and was quitting Fleetwood Mac on 4/11/1970.
Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertenelli were married on this day in '81.
Metallica axed Dave Mustaine on 4/11/1983
Sam Prater of Sam & Dave died in a car crash on tis day in 1983. Other musicians lost on 4/11 include Jesse Winchester (2014) and John 'Jay' Geils (2017).
Elton John's US debut album got released on this day in 1970. (Empty Sky, his first album in the UK would not get its US release until 1975).
Your Song, Take Me to the Pilot and Border Song were the album's biggest tracks but overall, the lp was loaded with solid songs.
Original Beatle bass player Stuart Sutcliff died of an aneurysm at just 22 on 4/10/1962.
Stray Cats leader Brian Setzer was born 4/10/1959.
Drummer Mickey Hart joined the Grateful Dead today in 1968.
On this day in 1970, Paul McCartney announced he would no longer record with John Lennon.
John Fogerty released The Blue Ridge Rangers, his first album outside Creedence Clearwater Revival, on 4/10/1973.
Jethro Tull put out a pair of albums on this date; Heavy Horses in 1978 and Broadsword and the Beast in '82.
Alice in Chains recorded its Unplugged album 4/10/1996.
Gary Cherone made his live debut of his short-lived run as Van Halen's front man on this night in 1998.
The country side of Bob Dylan was introduced on the John Wesley Harding album Bob released at the end of 1967. He got deeper into it on the album he released on this day in 1969. Nashville Skyline featured a surprisingly smooth voiced Dylan joined by Johnny Cash on the lead track, Girl from the North Country and accompanied on other tracks by a host of highly regarded players, including Charlie Daniels, Norman Blake, Fred Carter Jr., Pete Drake and Charlie McCoy.
Gene Parsons of the Byrds was born on 4/9/1944.
Jeff Beck collapsed on stage during a Yardbirds concert in France on this night in 1966. King Crimson made its live debut at a London club on 4/9/1969.
34 year-old Rolling Stone Bill Wyman announced his plan to marry 18 year-old pop singer and model Mandy Smith on this day in 1989.
Fleetwood Mac announced that Mike Campbell and Neil Finn were in and Lindsey Buckingham was out of the band on 4/9/2018.
One of the great releases of the mid 70's hit the street on this day in 1975.Toys In The Attic, Aerosmith's third album, was recorded as the group was coming off a long tour in support of Get Your Wings that upped the band's live performance chops. Producer Jack Douglas put the improved skills to good use on solid songs, including two that would be among the Boston band's biggest; Sweet Emotion and Walk This Way.
Toys In The Attic went on to sell close to 10 million copies and helped establish the Bad Boys Form Boston in the ranks of the biggest concert draws in Rock.
Rockers born on April 8 include Steve Howe of Yes (1947) and Guns N' Roses guitarist Izzy Stradlin (1962).
4/8/1994 An electrician discovered Kurt Cobain's body in the Nirvana member's home 3 days after his suicide.
Faces veteran and Rolling Stones member Ron Wood was among those rescued from a burning yacht off the coast of Brazil south of Rio de Janeiro on this day in 1998.
The Rolling Stones did their first concert in China on this night in 2006.
The Grateful Dead launched the tour that produced the triple album Europe '72 on this and the following nights at the Empire Pool in Wembley in 1972.
Released on November 5th, the album went Double Platinum, helping the band offset the mountain of bills run-up transporting their huge sound system and sizable crew around the continent.
Rockers born on April 7 include Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann (1946) Jefferson Airplane and New Riders of the Purple Sage drummer Spencer Dryden (1938), and original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams.
Bruce Springsteen opened his first full scale European tour in Germany on this night in 1981.
On 4/7/1985 Eddie Van Halen was detained when a handgun was found in his carry-on bag at the Burbank, CA Airport.
Drummer Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Emerson, Lake and Powell), lost his life in a car wreck on this day in 1991.
On 4/7/2016, Motley Crue front man Vince Neil and actor Nicholas Cage got were involved in an altercation stemming from what one, the other or both of them considered to be overly aggressive behavior by an autograph seeker outside a Las Vegas hotel.
The Beatles opened their Revolver album sessions on this date in 1966 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Pink Floyd confirmed that Syd Barrett was out of the band on 4/6/1968.
The Rolling Stones were awarded their own subsidiary label by Atlantic Records on this day in 1971.
Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, the Eagles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Oak Arkansas and Earth Wind & Fire played the first California Jam festival in Ontario, California.
4/6/1979 Rod Stewart marries Alana Hamilton in Beverly Hills.
Miami Steve Van Zandt started a hiatus from the E Street Band to concentrate on a solo career on this day in 1984. He would rejoin in 1999 double his workload by landing a role in the Sopranos the same year.
Ann & Nancy Wilson belted out the National Anthem for the Seattle Mariners home opener on 4/6/1993.
1942 Allan Clarke of the Hollies born… 1965 Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready born… 1980 Grateful Dead play Saturday Night Live… REM does first paid gig, playing at a friend’s party… 1981 Bob The Bear Hite of Canned Heat dies of a heart attack… 1994 Kurt Cobain commits suicide in his Seattle home… 1998 Former Rainbow drummer Cozy Powell killed in a car wreck… 2006 John Mellencamp plays the Turning Stone…
1983's Eliminator '83's Eliminator was the album that ignited international acclaim for trio ZZ Top, but plenty of fans of that little 'ole band from Texas like the earlier albums more than Eliminator and ones that followed.
Their second, Rio Grand Mud, got released on this day in 1972.
Francine and Just Got Paid were the only tracks that got much airplay, and the album fell short of enough sales to make much a of a dent in the charts (104), but it was a hint of the great things from the group. Billy Gibbons called the album 'the first record that brought us into step with the writing experience". Tres Hombres, the album the band released in the summer of '73 really kicked things up a notch.
Born on 4/4... Blues titan Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield, Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley, Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore.
Genesis opened its 1978 US tour on this night in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Some of Jerry Garcia's ashes were sprinkled into the Ganges River in India on 4/4/1996. Later, more would be scattered in the waters near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Aerosmith's Steven Tyler belted out God Bless America between innings of the Yankee vs Red Sox home opener at Fenway Park in Boston on this day in 2010.
Jim Morrison was arrested on this day in 1969 on a lewd behavior charge based on the contention he had exposed himself during a March concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami. The raucous concert did include the Doors front man between and during songs exhorting fans using language that included profanity and what some considered lewd gestures. Even though there was no conclusive evidence he actually pulled anything out of his trousers, the jury convicted him on the indecent exposure count. He was sentenced to 6 months, but died two years later while an appeal of the conviction was still pending. 41 years later, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist issued a posthumous pardon, writing that he saw no point in the singer having a "...blot on his record for something he may or may not have done when he was essentially a kid."
Rockers of note born on April 3 include The Band's Richard Manuel (1943), Grand Funk Railroad bass player
Mel Schacher (1951), Mick Mars of Motley Crue (1953) and Skid Row's Sebastian Bach (1968).
Steve Miller reportedly carted an ex girlfriend's clothing to the curb and set it on fire on this day in 1975.
Brian Johnson was announced as Bon Scott's successor in AC/DC on this day in 1980.
Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Dave Navarro got axed by the RHCP on April 3, 1998.
Bob Burns, the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd died in a car crash on this day in 2015.
A couple of Classic Rock Leons were born on April 2d. On this day in 1942, Claude Russell Bridges, who changed his name to Leon Russell, and Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson, whose middle name was Russell.Sadly, neither is around for their birthdays. Wilkerson passed away in 2001 and we lost Leon Russell in 2016.
Cars drummer David Robinson was also born on this day in 1949.
Rod Stewart started recording songs for his third album on 4/2/1971. Although it was a solo album, all of the members of the Faces played on Every Picture Tells A Story. The familiarity of working together made the sessions go so well that the album was completed and released within 8 weeks.
Bad Company released Straight Shooter, its solid followup to the strong debut album, on this day in 1975. And the Rolling Stones put out Flashpoint 4/2/1991.
Today was the opening day of the The Mar y Sol Festival in 1972. The 4 day event was staged near Manati in Puerto Rico and drew around 35,000 fans. The biggest names on the bill that actually played included the Allman Brothers Band, Billy Joel, Alice Cooper, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the Faces, the J Geils Band, and BB King.
Black Sabbath, boldly highlighted on the poster, was a no-show. Others were promoted but cancelled, foremost among them Fleetwood Mac. Agitation over the absence of several of the promoted bands and some accidental deaths, some by drugs, some by drowning at the adjacent beach, marred the festival and reports that he was likely to be arrested caused the promoter to flee the festival early.
Ronnie Lane of the Faces was born on April 1, 1946.
4/1 album releases of note include Journey's self titled album (1975), 2112 from Rush (1976) an the Grateful Dead's Reckoning (1981)
David Gilmour lost several guitars in a break-in of his home on 4/1/76. Elvis Costello played sets at three New York City clubs on this night in 1979. Van Halen and David Lee Roth parted ways on April 1, 1985. Bruce Springsteen opened his Working On A Dream tour on this night in 2009, and Axl Rose broke his foot in a GNR reunion tour warm-up date at an LA club on this night in 2016.
Angus Young roared to live on this day in 1955. The younger AS/DC brother to Malcolm was just 18 when AC/DC got its start and 20 when the group's debut album dropped.
Other Rockers of note born on 3/31 include Mott The Hoople and Bad Company veteran Mick Ralphs and Thijis Van Leeer of Focus, both in 1948.
Jimi Hendrix torched his first guitar on the opening night of a tour on this day in 1967.
Final day of March album releases include Paul McCartney's London Town (1978), Scorpions Animal Magnetism (1980),and Def Leppard's Adrenalize (1992) and Bruce Springsteen doubled down by releasing a pair of albums on March 31, 1992 - Lucky Town and Human Touch.
The world gained an astonishingly great guitarist on March 30, 1945 when Eric Patrick Clapton was born in Surrey. His mother, Patricia Clapton, was just 16 at the time of his birth and his father, a 25 year-old soldier from Canada, was away in WWII action and opted return to Quebec instead of to his wife and son. Eric and his mother lived with her mother and stepfather until Patricia married another Canadian soldier and moved to Germany, leaving Eric with his grandparents in the UK.
His schooling took a backseat to music when Eric was in his mid teens. At 17, he joined a band known as the Roosters, a group that played mostly R&B material. He hooked up with the Yardbirds in the fall of 1963, spent a few months as a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in 1965 and the following year formed Cream with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker. Baker would make the move to Blind Faith with Eric in 1969. The group that included Traffic's Steve Winwood and Ric Grech from Family would break-up after just one studio album and tour. Clapton's follow-up to that was the also short-lived Derek and the Dominos. His prolific solo career began with his self-titled 1970 debut album.
Eric was the first three time inductee to the Rock Hall Of Fame... as a member of the Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.
Other noteworthy 3/30 births include Jethro Tull, inventor of the seed drill and namesake of the band fronted by Ian Anderson (1674), Mood Blues drummer Graeme Edge (1942) and Ray Styles of The Tubes (1950).
The album cover photo for the Beatles Sgt. Pepper was taken on this day in 1967.
John Belushi joined the Grateful Dead on US Blues at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ on this night in 1980.
John Wetton joined Asia on 3/30/1984. Eddie Vedder performed Quadrophenia with the Who at Royal Albert Hall on this night in 2010 and Nils Lofgren was out some guitars and other gear when his tour's equipment trailer was busted into on this day in Dallas in 2018.