Today in rock history Saturday 5th December
1935 – Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) is born in Macon, Ga., the son of a minister.
1938 – J.J. Cale is born in Oklahoma City. The two J’s stand for Jean Jacques, by the way.
1944 – Lucas Sideras, drummer with Greek prog rockers Aphrodite’s Child, has a birthday today.
1964 – The Rolling Stones have their second U.K. No. 1 with their cover
of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.”
1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Turn! Turn! Turn!” The Byrds.
Songwriter Pete Seeger adapted the lyrics from the Book of Ecclesiastes.
1967 – Pink Floyd finish their tour supporting Jimi Hendrix at Green’s
Playhouse in Glasgow, Scotland. Throughout the tour, the Nice guitarist
Davy O’List has been drafted in when regular singer Syd Barrett either
has been too out of it to play or simply hasn’t deigned to show up.
1968 – The Rolling Stones’ launch party at London’s Queensgate Hotel for Beggars Banquet
soon degenerates into a near-riot. Waitresses serve food dressed as
medieval wenches. During the dessert course, a custard pie fight begins,
with most of the pastries aimed at record label execs who vetoed the
Stones’ toilet cover art. Brian Jones, about to be fired by the band,
delivers a few well-placed pies directly into Mick Jagger’s face.
1969 – Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant prevents Atlantic from releasing “Whole Lotta Love” as a single in the U.K.
1980 – John Lennon gives his final Rolling Stone
interview to Jonathan Cott. Mark David Chapman leaves Honolulu to fly
to New York, where he will shoot John Lennon three days later.
1993 – Ex-Gin Blossoms lead guitarist Douglas Hopkins shoots and kills
himself at his home in Tempe, Ariz. He is 32. Hopkins was fired from the
band the previous year.
2000 – A new song inspired by a soldier’s act of mercy in the Kosovo
conflict is among 24 tracks included on ex-Pink Floyd principal Roger
Waters’ new live album “In The Flesh.”
2004 – Sir Elton John receives a Kennedy Center honor in Washington,
2005 – Audioslave’s lead groaner Chris Cornell at last has reason to smile: his wife gives birth to son … Christopher Cornell.