BORN THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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)

Art Neville: December 17, 1937 (keyboard, The Meters)

Paul Butterfield: December 17, 1942 (vocals and harmonica, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band)

Jim Hodder: December 17, 1947 (drums, Steely Dan)

Paul Rodgers: December 17, 1949 (vocals, Free & Bad Company)

Chas Chandler: December 18, 1938 (bass, The Animals)

Sam Andrew: December 18, 1941 (guitar, Big Brother and the Holding Company)

Keith Richards: December 18, 1943 (guitar, The Rolling Stones)

Elliot Easton: December 18, 1953 (guitar, The Cars)

Maurice White: December 19, 1941 (vocals, Earth, Wind. & Fire)

Peter Criss: December 20, 1945 (drums, KISS)

Chris Robinson: December 20, 1966 (singer, Black Crowes)

Harmonica Slim: December 21, 1934 (blues harmonica player)

Frank Zappa: December 21, 1940 (Guitar and Vocals, The Mothers of Invention)

Paco De Lucia: December 21, 1947 (Flamenco Guitarist)

James Gurley: December 22, 1939 (guitar, Big Brother and the Holding Company)

Richard Parry: December 22, 1942 (sax, Pink Floyd)

 

DIED THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY

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

Big Joe Williams: December 17, 1982 (Delta blues vocalist, guitarist, composer)

Captain Beefheart: December 17, 2010

Jimmy Nolen: December 18, 1983 (guitarist, James Brown)

Blind Lemon Jefferson: December 19, 1929

James Gurley: December 20, 2009 (guitar, Big Brother and the Holding Company)

Jimmy McCraclin: December 20, 2012 (blues pianist)

Albert King: December 21, 1992 (blues guitarist and vocalist)

Ma Rainey: December 22, 1939 (blues vocalist)

Joe Cocker: December 22, 2014 (blues-rock vocalist)

 

MUSIC RELEASES AND TOP OF THE CHARTS: 

Elvis’ Christmas Album goes #1

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

Pink Floyd release “Careful With That Axe, Eugene” on December 17, 1968.

David Bowie drops his fourth studio album “Hunky Dory”: December 17, 1971

Sly and the Family Stone hit #1 with “There’s a Riot Going On”: December 18, 1971

A Day at the Races by Queen goes gold: December 18, 1976

John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” hits #1 on the U.K. charts: December 20, 1980

The Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations” goes gold: December 21, 1966

The Rolling Stones release Their Satanic Majesties Request: December 21, 1967

Traffic’s John Barleycorn Must Die goes gold: December 21, 1970

Harry Chapin’s “Cats in the Cradle” hits #1: December 21, 1974

The Doobie Brothers release “Black Water”: December 21, 1974

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” returns to #1 in the UK after Freddie Mercury’s death: December 21, 1991

Joni Mitchell’s For the Roses goes gold: December 22, 1972

Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band’s Live Bullet goes gold: December 22, 1976

 

THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY!

 

The Who officially announce their breakup: December 16, 1983

The Who perform what is supposedly their last concert, during their “farewell tour”, in Toronto. As it turns out, it’s not their last: December 17, 1982

On his 38th birthday, Keith Richards is playing with The Rolling Stones at a show in Hampton, Virginia, when a fan rushes the stage. Keith sees him coming and hits him with his guitar. As security intervenes, Richards straps his guitar back on and continues playing: December 18, 1981

 

Alice Cooper opens a restaurant in Phoenix called Cooper’stown. At the opening, Cooper performs with his original bandmates Michael Bruce and Neil Smith. The three hadn’t played toether in 24 years. On the restaurant’s menu: Welcome to My Nightmare Chili. Sounds delicious! December 18, 1998

 

During a Rolling Stones concert in Hampton, VA, a fan climbed onto the stage and rushed Keith Richards and Mick Jagger. To stop him, Richards took out his Telecaster and hit the man with it. A security guard escorted the fan out. Then Keith went right on playing: December 18, 1981

Carl Perkins records his song “Blue Suede Shoes”. He had written it two days prior. It would go on to become a famous cover by Elvis Presley: December 19, 1955

Ronnie Wood exits the band The Faces and joins The Rolling Stones: December 19, 1975

Jethro Tull is formed: December 20, 1967

Joe Walsh officially joins The Eagles: December 20, 1974

John Lennon’s hit single “(Just Like) Starting Over” becomes his first ever #1 hit as a solo artist in the UK. Lennon

 was murdered just 12 days before this achievement: December 20, 1980

 

Crosby, Stills & Nash perform together live for the very first time: December 21, 1968

 

Janis Joplin, now a solo artist, makes her live solo debut at a function for Stax/Volt. Booker T. & the MG’s also play at the event: December 21, 1968

 

Elvis Presley and President Nixon have a temporarily secret meeting in the White House about drug policy: December 21, 1970

 

The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, and Eric Burdon & The Animals all play the “Christmas on Earth Continued” festival at The Olympia, London. John Peel DJ’d the event, which went all-night and included a paddling pool, a movie theatre, and light shows: December 22, 1967

 

Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band makes his film acting debut in the filmRush: December 22, 1991

 

Happy Holidays, 

Patrick Ortiz 

 

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