Today’s Question: Today is the 50th anniversary of Jethro Tull‘s first live show, which took place at the legendary Marquee Club in London. In the five decades since that show, Tull has had more than 20 official members, of which two were born in the U.S. Which instrument did both of them play?
Stumped? Here are some hints.
- One of them hailed from Minneapolis and was only a member of Tull for a year, from mid-1980 to mid-1981.
- The other came from Mount Kisco, New York and, at 27 years, was the band’s third longest-running member behind Ian Anderson and Martin Barre.
- The second American was also the fifth and final member of Tull to play this instrument, which was first handled in the group by Clive Bunker.
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2006-Bono joins President George W. Bush at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC. The U2 frontman uses the multi-faith, bi-partisan gathering to promote his One charity campaign.
2005-Good Vibrations, a musical built on hits of The Beach Boys, opens on Broadway, beginning a run that lasts only two-and-a-half months.
1992-Todd Rundgren and girlfriend Michele Gray have a son they name Rebop.
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1980-On the first anniversary of Sid Vicious‘s death, a thousand London punks march from Chelsea to Hyde Park. His mother, Ann Beverly, who was to have led the march, misses the fun because she’s in a hospital, having suffered a drug overdose the night before.
1979-Ex-Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, under indictment for the murder of his girlfriend and out on bail for a subsequent fight with Patti Smith‘s brother in a New York rock club, dies of a heroin overdose.
1977-New York-based punk poet-journalist-singer Patti Smith signs with Arista Records.
1976-The Ramones enter Plaza Sound Studios in New York’s Radio City Music Hall to begin recording their debut album.
1969-Tommy James and the Shondells‘ “Crimson and Clover” hits number-one. (Joan Jett‘s version of the song reaches number-seven in 1982.)
1968-Genesis release their first single, “The Silent Sun,” in the UK.\
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