Today in rock history Sunday 27th December
1942 – Moody Blues keyboardist and singer Mike Pinder is born in Birmingham.
1944 – Mick Jones of Foreigner is born in London.
1947 – Drummer Peter Criss (Peter Crisscoula) of Kiss is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1948 – Guitarist Larry Byrom, who has performed with Steppenwolf and Kenny Rogers, is born.
1952 – Dire Straits guitarist David Knopfler, brother of Mark, is born.
1960 – The Beatles play a “welcome home” gig in
Liverpool after their recent residency in Hamburg, Germany. Stuart
Sutcliffe does not appear with them, as he decided to spend the winter
1963 – The London Times declares that Lennon and McCartney are “The
Outstanding Composers of 1963,” with music critic Richard Buckle raving
that they are “the greatest composers since Beethoven.”
1963 – In the British pop paper NME, Richard Green reports on rising
combo the Rolling Stones.
1964 – The Who appeared at the Ealing Club, Ealing Broadway, London, England.
1967 – The Doors appeared on the Jonathon Winters Show CBS TV show from Los Angeles, California.
1967 – Bob Dylan releases his long-awaited follow-up to Blonde on
Blonde, John Wesley Harding.
1969 – The Rolling Stones’ Let It Bleed reaches No. 3 in the American
album charts. At No. 1 is the Beatles’ Abbey Road, followed by Led
1975 – Queen started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘A Night At The Opera’ the group’s first No.1 album.
1979 – The second London concert to benefit Kampuchea organized by Paul McCartney has as its headliners Ian Dury and the Clash.
1999 – Diva Zappa, the late Frank Zappa’s 20-year-old daughter, releases
her first record to radio. The single, titled “When the Ball Drops,” is
“basically… about my hunt for someone to make out with for the
millennium,” Zappa explains.
2008 – Thieves broke into a house belonging to Allman Brothers Band
singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman in Georgia and stole a coin
collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings. Two men where
charged with the burglary two days later.
2008 – Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Delaney Bramlett died in Los
Angeles from complications after gall bladder surgery. Was a member of
Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and worked with George Harrison, The
Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, J.J. Cale, and Eric Clapton.