Saturday, April 7, 2012


John Oates

Born on this date:
1915, Billie Holiday, singer
1937, Charlie Thomas, singer, The Drifters,
1938, Spencer Dryden, drummer, Jefferson Airplane
1943, Mick Abrahams, guitarist, Jethro Tull
1949, John Oates, singer, Hall and Oates
1951, Janis Ian, singer

Rock Pills:
1956, CBS Radio Network premiered Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party.

1962, while watching Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated at the Ealing Jazz Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones for the first time. Jones, originally from Cheltenham, called himself Elmo Lewis and sat in with the band, playing slide guitar during Korner’s set.

1975, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore played his final concert with the Mk III lineup of Deep Purple in Paris. After a nine-year stint in Rainbow, he would return to the group (in its Mk II configuration) in 1984.

1979, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, The Boomtown Rats and Ted Nugent appeared at the California World Music Festival at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

1981, The Who’s ex-manager and producer, Kit Lambert, died of a cerebral haemorrhage after falling down a flight of stairs at his mother’s home in Fulham, London. The previous evening Lambert had been injured in a beating at a nightclub.

1981, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first full-scale tour outside America, covering ten countries, in Hamburg, Germany.

1985, Wham! became the first Western act to play in China, with a performance at the Workers’ Gymnasium in Beijing.

Patsy Kensit & Liam Gallagher
1988, during a European tour, Alice Cooper nearly hanged himself when a safety rope snapped during a rehearsal. Cooper dangled for several seconds before a roadie saved him.

1994, Lee Brilleaux, singer and harmonica player with R&B band Dr. Feelgood, died of cancer at the age of 41.

1997, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit.

2000, Heinz (neĆ© Heinz Henry Georg Schwartze), bass player and singer with The Tornados, died at the age of 57. The Tornados’ Joe Meek-produced 1962 U.K. #1, “Telstar,” made them the first British group to score a U.S. #1. Heinz also had a 1963 solo hit with “Just Like Eddie,” a tribute to Eddie Cochran (which featured future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore).

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