Today in rock history

Today in Rock History:

Born today in 1947, David Byron  (David Garrick) songwriter and original lead singer with Uriah Heep.


Born today in 1949, Tommy Ramone (Tamas Erdelyi) songwriter and drummer with The Ramones.

Born today in 1953, Louie Perez songwriter, percussionist and guitarist with Los Lobos.

Born today in 1961, Eddie Jackson bassist with Queensryche.

Today in 1969, Fleetwood Mac had their first (and only) number 1 on the UK singles chart with ?Albatross?

Today in 1972, the triple album ?The Concert For Bangladesh? by George Harrison and Friends went to number 1 on the UK album chart.

Today in 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she shot from her house into the entrance of the school across the road. When asked why she did it, she replied, ?I don’t like Mondays?

Today in 1983, ?Business As Usual? by Men At Work went to number in the UK album chart and ?Down Under? also went to number 1 on the UK singles chart. The album and single were also at number 1 in the US at the same time, a feat last achieved by Rod Stewart in 1971.

Died today in 1992, songwriter, singer, double bassist and guitarist Willie Dixon, a major influence on the blues and rock. He wrote over 500 songs many of which have become blues/rock standards including ?You Shook Me?, ?I Can’t Quit You Baby?, ?Hoochie Coochie Man? and ?Little Red Rooster?.

Today in rock history is a daily post where you can come and listen to a compilation of rock songs as put together daily by our very own rock historian, Nechtan, while you catch up on the news of the day here.

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