Today in rock history Sunday 20th December
1947 – KISS drummer Peter Criss is born in Brooklyn,New York.
1948 – Born on this day Alan Parsons, British studio audio engineer,
musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of
The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon for
which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons’ own
group, The Alan Parsons Project released several albums.
1956 – Born on this day, Guy Babylon, keyboards, Elton John Band.
963 – In this year’s NME poll, the Beatles win Best World Vocal Group and Best British Vocal Group.
1966 – Born on this day, Chris Robinson, The Black Crowes.
1967 – Singer Ian Anderson forms Jethro Tull with his former John Evans Blues Band mate, bassist Glenn Cornick, in Blackpool.
1972 – Led Zeppelin performs at the Brighton Dome.
1975 – Joe Walsh replaces guitarist Bernie Leadon in the Eagles.
1980 – Motorhead’s bassist Philthy Taylor amuses friends after a gig in
Belfast by showing them how he can bounce on his head. He ends up
breaking a bone in his neck in the process.
2000 – Founding 10,000 Maniacs guitarist Robert Buck dies of complications resulting from liver failure.
2001 – Tommy Lee exclaimed his ex-wife Pam Anderson an unfit mother.
The drummer filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court alleging
his son’s say to him ‘We hate Mommy’! Also, his son Brandon had been
quoted as using the F-word, he learned from his mommy.
Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum, won a High Court
battle over who wrote their song A Whiter Shade of Pale. He played organ
on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody.
2011 – Paul McCartney to debut 2012 with awesome cover tunes album.