Today in rock history Monday 21st December
1940 – Frank Zappa is born in Baltimore.
1943 – English blues guitarist Albert Lee is born in Leominster.
1963 – The Beatles perform their first Christmas show at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford.
1964 – Ode to a High Flying Bird, a picture book tribute to Charlie
Parker by Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, is published in England.
1967 – The Rolling Stones release their psychedelic stinker Their Satanic Majesties Request in the United States. The album reaches No. 2 in the American album charts, below the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour. The Beatles themselves hold a costume party at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel to celebrate their Mystery Tour film’s transmission on the BBC.
1968 – Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band perform at the Stax/Volt Yuletide Thing at Memphis’ Mid South Coliseum.
1974 – At the Rainbow Theatre in London, Bad
Company are joined for a jam onstage by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones
of Led Zeppelin. The group performs B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby.”
1978 – Rod Stewart settles out of court with drummer Mickey Waller, who
claims he was not paid royalties for his work on 1974’s Smiler album.
1979 – California governor Jerry Brown holds a fundraiser at the San
Diego Sports Arena, with performances from the Eagles, Chicago and
Brown’s girlfriend Linda Ronstadt.
1980 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(Just Like) Starting Over,” John
Lennon. The song reaches No. 1 13 days after Lennon is shot to death in
1989 – Carlos Santana becomes the proud father of Angelica Faith.
1992 – Blues guitarist Albert King dies from a heart attack in Memphis.
2005 – Sir Elton John marries his longtime partner David Furnish at a civil union service in Windsor.