Today in rock history Sunday 6th December
1947 – Guitarist Kim Simmonds, who rode the British blues boom with his group Savoy Brown, is born in Newbridge, Wales.
1956 – Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M is born.
1956 – Randy Rhoads, a guitar god of a different stripe with Ozzy Osbourne’s band, is born in Santa Monica, Calif.
Randall William “Randy” Rhoads.
1964 – In the NME year-end poll, the
Rolling Stones are voted No. 1 U.K. R&B Group and Best New Group.
Mick Jagger is named Best New Disc or TV Singer.
1965 – The Rolling Stones go into RCA’s Hollywood Studios to record “Mother’s Little Helper” and “19th Nervous Breakdown.”
1966 – The Beatles perform two takes of “When I’m 64,” marking the first
Abbey Road session for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
1967 – The Beatles open their Apple Boutique on London’s Baker Street.
1969 – Ringo Starr appears on The David Frost Show.
1969 – In Britain, the double-A-sided
“Something”/”Come Together” becomes the first Beatles single since “Love
Me Do” not to peak at either No. 1 or No. 2. Instead, the band has to
make do with the No. 4 position.
1969 – The Rolling Stones’ hold an ill-fated concert at California’s
Altamont Speedway, where a fan is stabbed to Death near the stage.
1978 – Out on bail after a prison stint on Riker’s
Island, Sid Vicious decides to spend the evening at New York’s Hurrah
club. There he gets into a fight with Patti Smith’s brother and ends up
smashing a glass in his face.
1980 – In the studio, John Lennon mixes
“Walking on Thin Ice.” He’s also interviewed by British DJ Andy Peebles.
Mark David Chapman arrives in New York after flying there from
Honolulu. He checks into a YMCA nine blocks from John Lennon’s
1988 – Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack while on a visit to his mother near Nashville, Tenn. He is 52.
1994 – Pearl Jam release their third album, the stripped-down and punky Vitalogy. It peaks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
1999 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will induct Eric
Clapton, Lovin’ Spoonful, the Moonglows, Bonnie Raitt, James Taylor, and
Earth, Wind & Fire next year.
2004 – One of the worst kept secrets in rock becomes a secret no longer
when Motley Crue announce they are reforming for their first tour in
2005 – Rapper 50 Cent and veteran modern rock act Green Day are the
toast of Las Vegas, as each nab six trophies at the 2005 Chart Toppers