Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is 70.
Grand Funk Railroad/KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is 61.
Singer Cy Curnin of The Fixx is 56.
On this day in 1957, 22-year-old rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis married the daughter of his bass player. The bride, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, was also Jerry Lee's second cousin. And, to be perfectly honest, Jerry was still married to his second wife at the time. Oh, those were the days!
On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' "12x5" album began a three week run at #3 as "She's Not There" by the Zombies peaked at #2 on the singles charts.
On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first major concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show, like most of their early gigs, was for charity. In this particular instance, the beneficiary was a famine relief organization.
On this day in 1970, Steven Stills released the song "Love The One You're With" just as Eric Clapton's cover of "After Midnight" peaked at #18 on the charts. "Love The One You're With" eventually topped out at #14.
On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones began sessions in Munich for what eventually became their 1976 "Black And Blue" album. On this same day, the band announced the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor, who had replaced founding member Brian Jones five years earlier. When asked of Taylor's replacement, Mick Jagger quipped, "No doubt we can find a brilliant six-foot-three blonde guitarist who can do his own make-up." The "Black And Blue" album was eventually recorded with several guitarists, including Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel and one Ron Wood (late of The Faces). It was Woody, who was neither blonde nor even close to six-foot-three, who eventually replaced Taylor.
On this day in 1981, AC/DC's highest charting album ever, "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #1 and four million sold.
On this day in 1985, keyboardist Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's London office at the age of 47. Stewart was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, but their manager Andrew Loog Oldham fired him because he didn't have "the right look." Stewart instead became the band's road manager, their indispensable sideman, best friend and, as Keith Richards has since described him, "the very soul of The Rolling Stones."
On this day in 1987, Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" peaked at #14 on the singles charts.
This Sunday night at 8pm on 100.3 The Sound of Los Angeles, OFF THE RECORD with Joe Benson will feature music of Boston and Joe's brand new conversation with band mastermind Tom Scholz. Check out the promo!
Among model train enthusiasts, Rock & Roll Hall Of Famer Rod Stewart is known for his fanatical passion for his model trains as much as George Sellios' set-up in his Fine Scale Miniatures store in Peabody, Massachusetts is renowned for its intricacy. So how cool was it when the 68-year-old singer, while in Boston for his concert last Wednesday, made a detour to George's store? Roddy was so in awe of Sellios' complex train display that he told George that he was going to tear out and upgrade his own layout back in L.A. "It's incredible," Sellios said. "He was just like a little kid running around here, going from spot to spot. Just so natural." Just before Rod's entourage dragged him out of the store 45 minutes before his concert was to start, Stewart even asked Sellios for his autograph. Right so!
New York City will host a four-day series of events this February celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' historic first trip to America. The NYC Beatles 50 extravaganza — featuring several multi-act tribute concerts at venues around the Big Apple — will roll February 6th through February 9th. One of the highlights should be the "America Celebrates The Beatles - All-Star Concert" on February 7th at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem (where The Beatles never played). Also, a two-day "Across the Universe" Beatles Music Festival will feature an all-day series of performances by a variety of artists on February 8th and 9th. Admission to most of the shows are priced at $50 or less, with proceeds benefiting the Food Bank for New York City.
It was Mark Twain who said: "I was seldom able to see an opportunity until it had ceased to be one."
It was Zig Ziglar who said: "Those who dare not, do not!"
It was Lance Armstrong who said: "You can teach someone how to control their strength, but you can't teach them to be strong."