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This Day In Rock History: Dec 9th


Billy Joel
Billy Joel

  • 1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album ‘Fresh Cream’ in the UK. The three piece of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single ‘I Feel Free’ on the same day.
  • 1968, Free appeared at the The Marquee Club in London England. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Led Zeppelin.
  • 1972, Neil Diamond released the live double album Hot August Night, from a concert on August 24, 1972, which was one of ten sold out concerts that Diamond performed that month at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. The album peaked at No.5 on the US chart and spent 29 weeks at No.1 on the Australian chart.
  • 1978, Chic started a seven week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Le Freak.’ Nile Rodgers later stated that the song was devised during New Years Eve of 1977, as a result of him and bassist Bernard Edwards being refused entrance to Studio 54, in New York City, where they had been invited by Grace Jones, due to Jones’s failure to notify the nightclub’s staff. He said the lyrics of the refrain were originally “Fuck off!” rather than “Freak out!”
  • 1978, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious was charged with assault after attacking Todd Smith, singer Patti Smith’s brother, at a Skafish concert at Hurrah, a New York dance club. Vicious was sent to Rikers Island metro jail for fifty-five days to undergo a painful and enforced detoxification.
  • 1989, Billy Joel started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’. Its lyrics are made up from rapid-fire brief allusions to over a hundred headline events between 1949 (Joel was born on May 9 of that year) and 1989, when the song was released on his album Storm Front.
  • 1991, During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns N’ Roses played the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.
  • 1992, George Harrison was the recipient of the first Century Award, presented by Tom Petty at the third Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, California.
  • 2000, U2 made their first-ever appearance on the long-running NBC program ‘Saturday Night Live.’ The band played ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Elevation.’
  • 2003, Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne’s accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.
  • 2005, A man charged with stealing more than $300,000 worth of Elvis Presley’s jewelry from the Elvis-A-Rama museum appeared in a Las Vegas court. 30 year old Eliab Aguilar was arrested on November 3rd after police said he approached a retired Elvis impersonator and offered to sell him several items including Presley’s 1953 class ring from Humes High School worth $32,000, a 41 carat ruby and diamond ring worth $77,000 and a gold-plated Smith & Wesson .38 special.
  • 2010, Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Centre in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000. The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.
  • 2013, Recipients honored at the 36th annual national John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts were: pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer Herbie Hancock; singer and songwriter Billy Joel and guitarist and songwriter Carlos Santana.

Born on this day:

  • 1932, Born on this day, Junior Wells, US blues singer, harmonica player. Worked with Muddy Waters, Van Morrison, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, toured with The Rolling Stones in 1970. He died on 5th January 1998
  • 1941, Born on this day, Sam Strain, The O’Jays, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Love Train’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Neil Innes, vocals, guitar, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, 1968 UK No.5 single ‘I’m The Urban Spaceman’. Composed music for Monty Python’s Flying Circus wrote and performed The Rutles a TV spoof on The Beatles.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Dennis Dunaway, bassist with the Alice Cooper Band who co-wrote some of the band’s most notable songs, including ‘I’m Eighteen’ and ‘School’s Out’.
  • 1950, Born on this day, Joan Armatrading, singer, songwriter, (1983 UK No.11 single ‘Drop The Pilot’).
  • 1954, Born on this day, Jack Sonni, guitarist, Dire Straits.
  • 1957, Born on this day, Donny Osmond, singer, (1971 US No.1 single with ‘Go Away Little Girl’, a 1972 UK No.1 single with ‘Puppy Love’ plus seven other UK Top 40 singles). As part of The Osmonds he enjoyed a 1971 US No.1 single with ‘One Bad Apple’, and the 1974 UK No.1 single with ‘Love Me For A Reason’.
  • 1958, Born on this day, Nick Seymour, bass, Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single ‘Weather With You’).
  • 1964, Born on this day, Paul H. Landers, rhythm-guitarist, Rammstein.
  • 1969, Born on this day, Jakob Dylan, guitar, vocals, The Wallflowers, (1997 US No.3 album, ‘Bringing Down The Horse’).
  • 1971, Born on this day, Geoff Barrow, Portishead, (1995 UK No.13 single ‘Glory Box’).
  • 1972, Born on this day, Frank Wright III, ‘Tre Cool’, drums, Green Day, (he replaced the band’s former drummer John Kiffmeyer in 1990). Green Day are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. He has also worked on the Green Day side-projects The Network and the Foxboro Hot Tubs.
  • 1978, Born on this day, Chris Wolstenholme, bass, Muse, (2003 UK No.1 album ‘Absolution’, 2003 UK No.8 single, ‘Time Is Running Out’). Muse were nominated for five Grammy Awards, of which they won Best Rock Album for The Resistance.

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