Born this Week in Rock History

T-Bone Walker: May 28, 1910 (blues singer-songwriter and guitarist)

Papa John Creach: May 28, 1917 (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, violin)

Gladys Knight: May 28, 1944 (Soul singer)

John Fogerty: May 28, 1945 (Creedence Clearwater Revival, guitar)

Irmin Schmidt: May 29, 1937 (Can, Keyboards)

Gary Brooker: May 29, 1945 (Procol Harum, piano)

Ron Levy: May 29, 1951 (Blues pianist)

Noel Gallagher: May 29, 1967 (Oasis, singer/guitarist)

Nicky “Topper” Headon: May 30, 1955 (The Clash, drums)

Tom Morello: May 30, 1964 (Rage Against The Machine, Guitar)

Sven Pipien: May 30, 1967 (The Black Crowes bass)

John Bonham: May 31, 1948 (Led Zeppelin, drums)

Tommy Emmanuel: May 31, 1955 (Acoustic Guitarist)

Ronnie Wood: June 1, 1947 (The Rolling Stones, guitar)

Michael Landau: June 1, 1958 (Blues Guitarist)

Alan Wilder: June 1, 1959 (Depeche Mode, multi-instrumentalist)

Simon Gallup: June 1, 1960 (The Cure, bass

Charlie Watts: June 2, 1941 (The Rolling Stones, drums)

Steve Brookins: June 2,1951 (.38 Special, Drums)

Jimmy Rogers: June 3, 1924 (blues guitarist/harmonica player, Muddy Waters)

Ian Hunter: June 3, 1939 (Mott The Hoople, Lead Singer)

Curtis Mayfield: June 3, 1942 (Pivotal Soul Musician)

Mike Gordon: June 3, 1965 (Phis, bass)

Died this Week in Rock History

Doctor Ross: May 28, 1993 (Blues singer/harmonica player

Carl Radle: May 30, 1980 (Derek and the Dominos, bass)

John Kahn: May 30, 1996 (The Jerry Garcia Band, bass)

Vince Welnick: June 2, 2006 (Grateful Dead, keyboards)

Bo Diddley: June 2, 2008 (Rock and Roll singer-songwriter and guitarist)

Music releases and the top of the charts

 “River Deep, Mountain High” by Ike and Tina Turner is Released: May 28, 1966

The Doobie Brothers’ LP Stampede is certified gold: May 28, 1975

The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” hits #1: May 29, 1971

Alice Cooper’s LP Welcome To My Nightmare is certified gold: May 30, 1975

The Eagles, “One Of These Nights” was released: May 31, 1975

Breakfast In America By Supertramp is certified Gold: May 31, 1979

Paul McCartney and Wings, “Live And Let Die” was released: June 1, 1973

KISS, Love Gun was released: June 1, 1977

Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson” hits #1: June 1, 1968

The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was released: June 2, 1967

David Bowie, David Bowie was released: June 2, 1967

The Wing’s Red Rose Speedway hits top charts: June 2, 1973

Lynyrd Skynyrd releases their fourth live album, Lyve from Steel Town.: June 2, 1998

Jethro Tull’s hit album Thick As A Brick Hits #1: June 3, 1972

This week in Rock History

Bill Graham organizes a Vietnam Veterans benefit concert featuring The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, and Country Joe: May 28, 1982

Bing Crosby records “White Christmas.”: May 29, 1942

Herndon Stadium in Atlanta holds one of the first outdoor rock concerts, featuring Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed, and B.B. King. Nine thousand people attend: May 29, 1959

Three dozen audience members attending the day’s Grateful Dead show at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom are treated for hallucinations after drinking apple juice purposefully spiked with LSD (some say by the band themselves): May 29, 1971

KISS play their last concert in their traditional makeup (although, reformed with all original members, they would return to the painted faces in 1996): May 29, 1983

The Beatles begin recording “The White Album”: May 30, 1968

Led Zeppelin begin recording what would be their final studio album while still together, In Through The Out Door: May 30 1978

Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and B.B. King gather for a benefit concert to raise money for New Orleans public schools struggling to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Though too ill to perform, Katrina survivor Fats Domino attends as a special guest: May 30, 2009

Chuck Berry opens his amusement park “Berry Park” in Missouri “May 31, 1961

During his vocal overdub on the Beatles song “Revolution 1,” John Lennon begins to shout and scream “all right” and other wordless nonsense vocalizations over the long six-minute jam of the original recording, joined by Yoko Ono (attending her first Beatles session). The screaming and conversation between he and Yoko would become an integral part of the eventual track “Revolution 9”: May 31, 1968

The Who secures its place as the World’s Loudest Rock Band with a 120-decibel, 76,000-watt blast of a performance at Charlton Athletic Grounds in London. The record would stand for nearly a decade: May 31, 1976

The Rolling Stones play a sold-out gig at the 100 Club in London, for 400 people. Very lucky people: May 31, 1982

The Rolling Stones visit the US for the first time, arriving at New York’s Kennedy Airport in order to kick off their first American tour, an event which would inspire their song “Flight 505.” June 1, 1964

The Beatles added some overdubs to “Yellow Submarine.” These included John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water while shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” The Beatles also marched around the studio in a conga line singing “We all live in a yellow submarine”: June 1, 1966

Ed Sullivan’s last show featured Gladys Knight: June 1, 1971

Ron Wood joins The Rolling Stones on tour for the first time: June 1, 1975

Electric Light Orchestra begin their first US tour: June 2, 1973

The Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama is added to the National Historic Register” June 2, 2006

Elvis’ home in Graceland is opened to the public: June 3, 1982

By Patrick Ortiz

 

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