Today in rock history Wednesday 30th December
1928 – Bo Diddley (Otha Ellas Bates McDaniel) is born in McComb, Miss.
1946 – Patti Smith is born in Chicago.
1947 – Jeff Lynne is born in Birmingham, England. The singer-songwriter
is a member of Electric Light Orchestra and the Traveling Wilburys.
1965 -The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Man, The Hollies and Gerry and the
Pacemakers all appeared on tonight’s UK TV pop show ‘Shindig!’
1966 – Pink Floyd and Soft Machine appeared at the UFO presents Night Tripper at the Blarney Club, London.
1968 – Led Zeppelin appeared at Gonzaga University Gymnasium, Spokane on
their first North American tour supporting Vanilla Fudge.
1972 – Brownsville Station, Sha-Na-Na and Bruce Springsteen (who was the
opening act), all appeared of the Ohio Theatre, Columbus, Ohio.
1978 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer announce their break-up.
1989 – Krist Novoselic of Nirvana marries Shelli Dilley in Tacoma, Wash.
1991 – Bruce Springsteen and wife Patti Scialfa have a daughter, Jessica Rae Springfield. She is the couple’s second child.
2001 – Nickelback went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘How You Remind Me’.
2002 – The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer
took place in London. Strummer had died of a suspected heart attack on
2006 – Veteran British singer Rod Stewart is among the music industry
stalwarts feted in the Queen’s New Year Honours list. Stewart is made a
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), for services to
2010 – Rocker Axl Rose has been voted the best frontman of all time, ahead of stars including Freddie Mercury and John Lennon.
The Guns N’ Roses singer gained the most votes to take the top spot
in a Musicradar.com poll, fighting off competition from Queen star
Mercury, who landed in second place.
Led Zeppelin icon Robert Plant came in third place, while Ronnie
James Dio – who passed away earlier this year – claimed the fourth spot
as the frontman of Black Sabbath and Heaven & Hell. Beatles legend
Lennon rounded out the top five.
2011 – Iron Maiden’s Number Of The Beast narrator Barry Clayton passes away.