Monday July 13th
1942 – Drummer Stephen Jo Bladd of the J. Geils Band is born in Boston.
1942 – Roger McGuinn of the Byrds is born in Chicago.
1967 – Herman’s Hermits kick off their North American tour in Calgary, Alberta. With The Who opening up for them,
1968 – Steppenwolf release “Born to Be Wild” to the delight of bikers everywhere. The lyrics are responsible for the term “heavy metal.”
1969 – New York’s Flushing Meadows Singer Bowl plays host to a festival that sees sets from the Jeff Beck Group, Vanilla Fudge, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, and Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin literally play a set that no one can follow, and Vanilla Fudge pull out of the lineup rather than try to top it
1973 – Queen release their self-titled debut album.
1974 – Eric Clapton releases his hit version of “I Shot the Sheriff.”
1978 – The BBC bans the Sex Pistols song “No One Is Innocent.”
1993 – At the All-Star baseball game in Baltimore, Rush’s Geddy Lee treats the audience to his interpretation of “Oh Canada.”
2004 – New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane dies in Los Angeles due to complications from leukemia. He is 55.
2006 – Evanescence’s Amy Lee reveals that bassist William Boyd is the latest musician to leave her multi-platinum band2007 – Rod Stewart collected his CBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.