Born This Week:

Johnny Otis: December 28, 1921 (blues guitarist)

Edgar Winter: December 28, 1946 (rock multi-instrumentalist)

Rick Danko: December 29, 1943 (bass, The Band)

Cozy Powell: December 29, 1947 (drums, Jeff Beck Group)

Bo Didley: December 30, 1928 (blues musician)

Odetta: December 31, 1930 (pivotal folk musician)


Died This Week:

Freddie King: December 28, 1976

Lemmy: December 28, 2015 (singer, Motorhead)

Natalie Cole: December 31, 2015 (jazz singer)



Releases and top charts

John Lennon releases “Mother”: December 28, 1970

The Beatles’ White Album hits #1: December 28, 1968

Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle” hits #1 3 months after he died: December 29, 1973

The Beatle’s “Beatle’s ‘65” is certified gold: December 31, 1965



This Week in Rock History:

Joni MitchellFleetwood MacSteppenwolf and the Grateful Dead, land in Hallandale, Florida’s Gulfstream Park to entertain 100,000 fans at Miami Pop Festival II, the East Coast’s first major rock festival. : December 28, 1968

Emerson, Lake, and Palmer announce their breakup: December 30, 1978

Bing Crosby wins the battle of Christmas albums by overtaking Elvis’ number one spot: December 30, 1957

Motley Crue play their final show: December 31, 2015

The Band of Gypsys make their concert debut: December 31, 1969


Patrick Ortiz

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