Today in rock history

Born today in 1949, Lamar Williams, bass?with?The Allman Brothers Band (72-76).

Born today in 1959,?Geoff Tate songwriter, singer, saxophone and keyboardist with Queensryche.

Born today in 1959, Carl ?Chas? Smith aka Chas Smash (Cathal Smyth) singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Madness.

Today in 1966, David Jones changed his name to?David Bowie so as to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees. He would later explain that he chose “Bowie” because he likes that “big American bear-killin’ knife?, and today in 1977?David Bowie?released the album ?Low?.

Today in 1975, Three Dog Night?were awarded a Gold record for their album, “Joy to the World – Their Greatest Hits”.

Today in 1975, Joe Walsh was presented a Gold record for his third solo album, “So What”.

Today in 1978, the album ?Rumours? by Fleetwood Mac set a record by being at number 1 on the US album chart for 31 weeks.

Died today in 1992, Jerry Nolan drummer with The New York Dolls aged 45.

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