Saturday, October 20, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON OCTOBER 20

Tom Petty
Born on this day:
1937, Wanda Jackson, singer, guitarist
1950, Tom Petty, singer, songwriter, guitarist
1964, Jim Sonefeld, drums, vocals, Hootie & The Blowfish


Rock Pills:
1969, The Who played the first of six nights at New York’s Filmore East performing a two-hour show featuring the songs from Tommy.

1976, Led Zeppelin’s film The Song Remains the Same premiered in New York City. The charity night raised $25,000 for the Save the Children fund.

1977, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Missouri. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew, who were due to play at Louisiana University that evening.

1978, The Police made their U.S. debut at CBGB in New York. The trio had flown on low-cost tickets with Laker Airtrain from the U.K., carrying their instruments as hand luggage.

Lynyrd Skynyrd
2006, George Michael openly smoked a cannabis joint during an interview on a TV show. The singer was filmed backstage at in Madrid, Spain, where the drug is legal. Michael said, “It’s the only drug I’ve ever thought worth taking, this stuff keeps me sane and happy. But it’s not very healthy.”

2007, Paul Raven, bassist with post-punk band Killing Joke, died of a suspected heart attack at age 46 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was recording. He left the band in 1987, before forming Murder Inc and joining Ministry, Prong and Mob Research.

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