Classic Rock Almanac

Classic Rock Almanac April 14, 2018

April 14, 2018


2012-The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its Class of 2012: Guns n' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, Small Faces/Faces, Beastie Boys and Freddie King; producers Don Kirshner, Cosimo Matassa, Tom Dowd and Glyn Johns; and the backing groups The Crickets, The Famous Flames, The Midnighters, The Comets, The Blue Caps and The Miracles.

2009-The late George Harrison is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Paul McCartney attends the ceremony, as do Harrison's widow and son, Tom Hanks, Eric Idle, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Joe Walsh.

2008-Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.

2008-Styx headlines a tribute to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bo Diddley at the Vic Theater in Chicago.

1983-Bassist Pete Farndon of The Pretenders dies of a drug overdose, the second member of the band to do so. Farndon was 29 years old.

1980-Seven months after their debut album, The Knack release another, "...but the little girls understand."

1980-Elton John and Olivia Newton-John sing "Candle in the Wind" together on her ABC TV special. Gene Kelly, Cliff Richard, Karen Carpenter and Ted Knight also appear on the show.

1980-Two classic British heavy metal albums are released in the U.K., Judas Priest's British Steel, featuring "Living After Midnight" and "Breaking the Law," and Iron Maiden's self-titled debut, featuring "Running Free," "Sanctuary" and the title track.

1979-The Doobie Brothers top the Billboard singles chart with "What a Fool Believes." It's the 500th number-one hit of the rock and roll era.

1974-Pete Townshend performs his first solo concert. It takes place at London's Roundhouse and is a charity appearance to help a community center buy a bus.

1972-David Bowie releases "Starman" b/w "Suffragette City" as the first single from The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. 

1969-The Beatles record "The Ballad of John and Yoko" at Abbey Road in London.

1966-The Who launch their first full-scale British tour, with a pair of shows in Southampton. Their set includes "Barbara Ann," "My Generation," "I Can't Explain," "Substitute" and "Dancing in the Streets." The bill also includes The Spencer Davis Group.

1965-The Beatles announce that their second movie, due that summer, will be called Help!.


Kenny Aaronson - 66 years old
The Brooklyn-born bass player in Stories ("Brother Louie") has since played with Hall & Oates, Graham Parker, Bob Dylan, Foghat, Sammy Hagar and many others. Born 1952.

Ritchie Blackmore - 73 years old
Blackmore's Night/ex-Deep Purple/ex-Rainbow guitarist. Born 1945.