Today in rock history Friday 25th December
1944 – Canned Heat guitarist Henry Vestine is born in Washington, D.C.
1945 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding is born in Folkestone, England.
1954 – The great R&B vocalist Johnny Ace dies
in a backstage game of Russian roulette before a Houston Christmas
concert. A young Lou Reed was so distraught he wore a black armband to
1957 – Shane McGowan of the Pogues is born in Kent.
1959 – This morning young Richard Starkey receives his first drum set
1960 – 12 year old James Taylor receives his first guitar for Christmas.
1965 – George Harrison proposes to Patti Boyd as they drive to a
Christmas dinner in London.
1967 – Paul McCartney becomes engaged to his girlfriend, the actress Jane Asher. However, they never marry.
1971 – Guitarist Noel Hogan of the Cranberries is born.
1981 – The inmates of Norfolk Correctional Center
outside of Boston are treated to a Christmas concert by the J. Geils
Band. Peter Wolf tells the cons, “We wanna be the first to buy you all a
free drink on the outside.”
1998 – Bryan MacLean, guitarist and singer of folk-rock group Love, dies in Los Angeles of an apparent heart attack. He is 52.