Classic Rock Almanac October 20, 2020

October 20, 2020
Tom Petty

Rick Diamond

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ANNIVERSARIES

1968-After six US Top 40 hits over the past eighteen months, The Yardbirds give their final performance at Liverpool University.

1973-The Rolling Stones had the number one song in the US with "Angie".

1976-Led Zeppelin's film, The Song Remains the Same, a mixture of concert footage and fantasy sequences, premieres in London.

1977-Three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, his sister Cassie Gaines (one of three backing singers) and manager Dean Kilpatrick were killed in a plane crash en route from Greenville, South Carolina, to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1997-Henry Vestine, guitarist for Canned Heat, died at the age of 52 from heart and respiratory failure.

2001-An all-star lineup including David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Elton John and The Who appear at The Concert For New York City at Madison Square Garden in a five hour show to benefit the victims of the 9/11 attack.

BORN TODAY

1950-Tom Petty
iconic singer and songwriter, frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch, died October 2, 2017.

1951-Alan Greenwood
keyboards with Foreigner