The Joker Steve Miller Band

This Week in Rock History, the classic Steve Miller Band album The Joker was certified gold! How THAT for a midnight toker, eh?

Here’s what else happened This Week in Rock History:

Born This Week in Rock History

Chris Hillman: December 4, 1944 (bass, The Byrds)
Dennis Wilson: December 4, 1944 (drums, The Beach Boys)
Gary Rossington: December 4, 1951 (guitar, Lynyrd Skynyrd)
Sonny Boy Williamson (II): December 5, 1912 (blues musician, blues harp and vocals)
Little Richard: December 5, 1935 (rock and roll pioneer, vocals and piano)
Jim Morrison: December 8, 1943 (vocals, The Doors)
Gregg Allman: December 8, 1947 (vocals, organ, and keys, The Allman Brothers Band)

Jim Morrison of The Doors in 1969

Jim Morrison of The Doors in 1969.

Died This Week in Rock History

Tommy Bolin: December 4, 1976 (guitar, Deep Purple)
Frank Zappa: December 4, 1993 (vocals and guitar, The Mothers of Invention)
Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter: December 6, 1949 (blues and folk musician, vocals and guitar)
Roy Orbison: December 6, 1988 (rock and roll musician, vocals and guitar)
Dee Clark: December 7, 1990 (R&B and soul vocalist)
John Lennon: December 8, 1980 (vocals and guitar, The Beatles)

Lead Belly playing an accordion

Lead Belly.

Music Releases and Top of the Charts

Santana is certified gold: December 4, 1969
The Byrds’ “Turn! Turn! Turn!” hits #1: December 4, 1965
The Beatles, The First Christmas Record  was released: December 6, 1963
Steve Miller’s The Joker album is certified gold: December 6, 1973

Steve Miller Band The Joker album art

The Joker by Steve Miller Band

 

This Week in Rock History

On December 2, 1971, Taj Mahal performed a special show at Wilmington State Penitentiary for the prisoners on death row.

On December 4, 1956, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash recorded the “Million Dollar Quartet” sessions, which were produced by the legendary Sam Phillips. The songs, mostly spirituals, were never released publicly until the early 1980’s.

On December 4, 1980, Led Zeppelin decides to disband in the wake of John Bonham’s tragic death: December 4, 1980

On December 5, 1968, Graham Nash quit The Hollies and soon thereafter formed his new supergroup, Crosby, Stills and Nash.

The infamous Altamont concert was held in Altamont, California on a speedway on December 6, 1969. The show was organized by headlining act The Rolling Stones and also included Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Santana, and Jefferson Airplane. The show was conceived of as a sort of “Woodstock West.” Unfortunately, unlike Woodstock, the show was an unmitigated disaster. Part of the issue stemmed from the presence of Hell’s Angel’s, who were working security for the show. Four people in the crowd of 300,000 died, including Meredith Hunter who was stabbed to death.

The incomparable John Lennon was murdered in New York City on December 8, 1980. The terrible occurrence took place in New York City, outside of the Dakota Hotel, at 11:07 PM. Lennon sustained several gunshot wounds. A half hour later the former Beatle and successful solo artist was pronounced dead. The Beatles, of course, are considered by many to be the greatest rock band of all time, and Lennon helped to produce an unfathomable amount of beloved songs in the rock catalog.

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