This Week In Rock History – December 10 – December 16



Eddie Jones a.k.a. Guitar Slim: December 10, 1926 (blues musician, guitar and vocals)

Big Mama Thornton: December 11, 1926 (R&B musician)

McCoy Tyner: December 11, 1938 (jazz pianist)

Frank Sinatra: December 12, 1915 (Singer)


Mascis: December 10, 1965 (guitar, Dinosaur Jr.)

Meg White: December 10, 1974 (drums, The White Stripes)

Stevie Young: December 11, 1956 (guitar, ACDC)

Nikki Sixx: December 11, 1958 (bass, Motley Crue)

Dickey Betts: December 12, 1943 (guitar, The Allman Brothers Band)

Clive Bunker: December 12, 1946 (drums, Jethro Tull)

Tim Reynolds: December 15, 1957 (guitar, Dave Matthews)

Tony Hicks: December 16, 1945 (guitar, The Hollies)

Billy Gibbons: December 16, 1949 (vocals & guitar, ZZ Top)

Robben Ford: December 16, 1951 (blues, jazz, & rock guitarist)



Otis Redding: December 10, 1967 (R&B and Soul musician, vocals, guitar, piano)

Jim Hall: December 10, 2013 (jazz guitarist)

Sam Cooke: December 11, 1964 (soul singer and composer)

Ravi Shankar: December 11, 2012 (Sitar player)

Home Sick James: December 13, 2006 (blues guitarist)

Fats Waller: December 15, 1943 (jazz pianist and composer)


Rick Danko: December 10, 1999 (bass, The Band)

Dinah Washington: December 14, 1963 (R&B and blues vocalist and pianist)

Stuart Adam: December 16, 2001 (guitar, Big Country)


Got LIVE If You Want It! By The Rolling Stones is released: December 10, 1966

“The Who By Numbers” is certified Gold: December 10, 1975

Wings Over America by Wings is released: December 10, 1976

John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band is released: December 11, 1970

James Brown’s live album Revolution of the Mind is released on December 11, 1971

Led Zeppelin IV is certified Diamond, with over 10 million US sales: December 11, 1990

Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s Brain Salad Surgery goes gold: December 12, 1973

Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady” is released on December 13, 1967.

Foghat’s “Slow Ride” is released on December 13, 1975.

Bob Dylan’s first single “Mixed-Up Confusion” was released on December 14, 1962.

John Lennon’s “Instant Karma!” is certified Gold: December 14,1970.

Jimmy Hendrix’s first single “Hey Joe” is released: December 16,1966


Otis Redding and most of his band are killed in a tragic airplane crash. Otis Redding was one of the greatest soul singers of his era, and wrote and recorded the first posthumous #1 song, “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay”: December 10, 1967

The Steve Miller Blues Band drops “Blues” from its name and signs a lucrative deal with Capitol Records: December 10, 1967

Led Zeppelin get together for a one-off reunion concert at the O2 arena in London with John Bonham’s son Jason on the drums: December 10, 2007

Sam Cooke is shot and killed at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles. The manager of the motel, who shot him 3 times, claimed that Cooke assaulted her and attempted to rape her companion. The shooting was ruled as a justifiable homicide: December 11, 1964

The Rolling Stones perform a show that would be later released as The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus video in 1996. The show was, appropriately in light of the title, performed on a circus stage. The show featured appearances by The Who, Marianne Faithfull, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, and supergroup The Dirty Mac composed of John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards. Wow! December 11, 1968

Genesis make their live U.S. debut at Brandeis University in Massachusetts: December 11, 1972

Jerry Lee Lewis marries, in secret, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown. This would eventually lead to the downfall of his career: December 12, 1957

Pink Floyd play for the first time at the Royal Albert Hall in London: December 12, 1966

Jim Morrison plays his final show with The Doors at the Warehouse in New Orleans: December 12, 1970

Guitarist Mick Taylor announces he is leaving The Rolling Stones: December 12, 1974

The Who officially announce their breakup: December 16, 1983