Today in rock history Friday 4th December
1942 – Byrds bassist Chris Hillman is born in Los Angeles. He also was a founding member of the Flying Burrito Brothers.
1944 – Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys is born in Hawthorne, Calif.
1948 – Johnny Lyon, who garnered fame as the titular Southside Johnny of
Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and a pal of Bruce Springsteen,
is born in Neptune, N.J.
1951 – Guitarist and drummer Gary Rossington, one of the founding members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, is born in Jacksonville, Fla.
1956 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins hold an impromptu recording session at Sun Studios, Memphis, Tenn.
1964 – The Beatles Fan Club in Britain announces it has 65,000 members.
1968 – In a New York Times article, a Soviet music critic declares that
the Beatles “have become rich idols of the Philistines.”
1971 – Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ entered the US Hot 100. The eight and
a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.
1971 – T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release ‘Electric Warrior’.
1975 – Tragedy strikes Deep Purple in Jakarta,
Indonesia, after their bodyguard Patsy Collins falls six floors down an
elevator shaft in their hotel. Rumors persist that Collins had gotten
into a fight with local promoters who owed the heavy-metal band money.
Collins was still conscious after his fall and got into a taxi demanding
to be taken to the hospital, but he died en route. Mysteriously, his
body is never recovered.
1976 – Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple dies of a drug overdose at the age of 25.
1980 – Led Zeppelin announces its decision to break up.
1988 – Roy Orbison performs in Akron, Ohio. It’s his last concer.
1991 – Van Halen perform a free concert in Dallas to make up for a show
back in 1988 when singer Sammy Hagar lost his voice mid-set..
1993 – Frank Zappa dies at age 52 in Los Angeles. The avant-garde rocker had been suffering from pancreatic cancer.
2012 – Randy Blythe from ‘Lamb of God’ is charged over the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010.
2015 - Former Stone Temple Pilots and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota. He was 48 years old.