Born This Week in Rock History

Adrian Belew: December 23, 1949 (guitar, King Crimson)

Eddie Vedder: December 23, 1964 (vocals, Pearl Jam)

Lemmy: December 24, 1945 (vocals, Motorhead)

Doyle Bramhall II: December 24, 1968 (blues guitarist)

Cab Calloway: December 25, 1907 (big band leader)

Noel Redding: December 25, 1945 (bass, Jimi Hendrix Experience)

Jimmy Buffett: December 25, 1946

Joe Louis Walker: December 25, 1949 (blues guitarist)

Annie Lennox: December 25, 1954 (singer, The Eurythmics)

David Knopfler: December 27, 1952 (guitar/vocals, Dire Straits)


Died This Week:

Eddie Hazel: December 23, 1992 (guitar, Parliament-Funkadelic)

Oscar Peterson: December 23, 2007 (jazz pianist)

Dean Martin: December 25, 1995

James Brown December 25, 2006

Curtis Mayfield: December 26, 1999 (singer, The Impressions)


Releases and top charts:

“Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head” is certified Gold: December 23, 1696

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” reaches #1: December 24, 1988

“My Sweet Lord” by George Harrison hits #1: December 26, 1970

Led Zeppelin II is #1 in the US: December 27, 1969

“Just Like Starting Over” by Lennon goes #1 in America: December 27, 1980


This Week in Rock History:

Elton John has a first meeting with who would eventually be his star writing and producing team: December 23, 1969

A psychedelic club opens in London with Pink Floyd being the house band: December 23, 1966

The Beach Boys make their live debut: December 23, 1961

Punk band Green Day plays a huge show at Madison Square Garden: December 25, 1994

The Grandfather of Soul James Brown dies of heart failure at the age of 73: December 25, 2006

Led Zeppelin starts their first US tour in Denver and is the opening act for Vanilla Fudge: December 26, 1968

Jimi Hendrix writes the lyrics to “Purple Haze” in his dressing room between performances at London’s Uppercrust Club: December 26, 1966

The Faces formally disband: December 27, 1975



Patrick Ortiz