Classic Rock Almanac September 16, 2017

ANNIVERSARIES

2009-Singer Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary dies while undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia in Danbury, CT. She was 72.

2008-Lindsey Buckingham releases Gift of Screws, his fifth solo album.

2002-U2 singer Bono joins The Rolling Stones at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago for “It’s Only Rock and Roll.”

2000-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces a slate of nominees, which includes Paul Simon and Steely Dan, both of whom are elected and inducted in March 2001.

1978-The Grateful Dead play in Egypt at the pyramids.

1978-Boston‘s second album, Don’t Look Back, goes to number-one on Billboard‘s album chart.

1977-Enjoying a career resurgence just days short of his 30th birthday, T. Rex leader Marc Bolan dies in England when his wife, Gloria Jones, crashes their car into a tree.

1977-Talking Heads: 77, the band’s first album, is released by Sire Records.

1971-The Who‘s Who’s Next album is certified gold.

1970-Jimi Hendrix makes his final public appearance, jamming with Eric Burdon and War at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London

1970-Led Zeppelin ends The Beatles‘ eight-year run as the U-K’s most popular group, according to the annual Melody Maker reader’s poll.

1966-Bassist Pete Quaife leaves The Kinks and is replaced by John Dalton.

1965-The Rolling Stones do “Satisfaction” on the Shindig season premiere as ABC’s prime-time rock and roll show shifts to a twice-weekly half-hour format. Network censors cut the line “trying to make some girl” thinking it alluded to unwed pregnancy. Also appearing on the show are The McCoys (“Hang on Sloopy”), The Byrds (“I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”) and The Everly Brothers.

BIRTHDAYS

Ean Evans – Died in 2009
Lynyrds Skynyrd‘s bassist for most of the first decade of the 21st century died of lung cancer on May 6th, 2009. He’d also playind with The Outlaws. Born 1960.

Kenney Jones – 69 years old
The English drummer has been in The Small Faces, The Faces and The Who. His most recent band was The Jones Gang. Born 1948.

Ron Blair – 69 years old
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers bassist. Born 1948.

B.B. King – Died in 2015
The Memphis blues legend, who was born Riley King and given the nickname Blues Boy, enjoyed his biggest pop success with the 1970 single “The Thrill Is Gone.” He continued to tour and record well into his 80s, and his name graces nightclubs in Memphis, New York and Los Angeles. He died May 14th, 2015 at the age of 89. Born 1925.

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