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This Day In Rock History: Dec 27th

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Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler

  • 1963, The music critics from the UK newspaper The Times, named John Lennon and Paul McCartney as The Outstanding Composers of 1963. Two days later, the Sunday Times’ music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the same two songwriters “the greatest composers since Beethoven.”
  • 1969, Led Zeppelin II was at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over six million copies in the US.
  • 1969, Diana Ross and the Supremes went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’, the group’s 12th US No.1. A No.13 hit in the UK.
  • 1975, Queen started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with A Night At The Opera, the group’s first No.1 album.
  • 1975, The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ronnie Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance and drummer Kenny Jones joined The Who.
  • 1975, The Staple Singers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Do It Again’ the group’s second US No.1.
  • 1975, Future Smiths singer Steve Morrissey had a letter published in this week’s music magazine the NME, complaining about the lack of media coverage for the New York Dolls.
  • 1976, Blues guitarist Freddie King died of heart trouble and ulcers aged 42. Eric Clapton covered his ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ on his Layla album. Major influence on British and American blues-rock musicians such as Jimmy Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, Peter Green and Eric Clapton.
  • 1980, John and Yoko’s  Double Fantasy album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. ‘Just Like Starting Over’ started a five-week stay at No.1 on the singles chart.
  • 1981, American composer, pianist, singer, actor, and bandleader Hoagy Carmichael died aged 82. Composer of ‘Georgia On My Mind’, (covered by many acts including Ray Charles), ‘Star Dust’ and ‘Lazy River’.
  • 1983, Walter Scott lead singer of Bob Kuban & The In-Men, who scored a 1966 US hit with ‘The Cheater’, was seen alive for the last time. On April 10th, 1987, his badly decomposed, bound body was found floating face down in a cistern, he’d been shot in the back. Scott’s second wife, Jo Ann Calceterra, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in his murder and received a five-year sentence. Her boyfriend (whom she married in 1986), James H. Williams Sr. was found guilty of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Walter Scott as well as his previous wife, Sharon Williams. James Williams received two life terms.
  • 1985, Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon married model Yasmin Parvanah.
  • 1986, Jackie Wilson had the UK Christmas No.1 single with ‘Reet Petite’ two years after Wilson’s death, following its use in a commercial for Levi’s. Written in 1957 by Berry Gordy and Tyran Carlo, the success of the song helped Gordy fund the launch of Motown Records.
  • 1989, A former chef at the Chuck Berry owned restaurant Southern Air started court proceedings against Berry alleging that the singer had installed secret video cameras in the ladies toilets. A further 200 other women also took action claiming that the recordings were used for improper sexual fetishes.
  • 2008, Thieves broke into a house belonging to The Allman Brothers Band singer and keyboardist Gregg Allman in Georgia and stole a coin collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings. Two men where charged with the burglary two days later.
  • 2008, Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Delaney Bramlett died in Los Angeles from complications after gall bladder surgery. Was a member of Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and worked with George Harrison, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, J.J. Cale, and Eric Clapton.
  • 2008, Taylor Swift started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Fearless’. As of 2013, Swift had sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital single downloads worldwide. Forbes estimates that she is worth over $220 million.

Born on this day:

  • 1931, Born on this day, Scotty Moore, guitarist, whose first group was Doug Poindexter & the Starlite Wranglers. He played on the first Sun Studios session with Elvis Presley and went on to a lengthy career with Presley, playing on many of his most famous recordings including ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’,’Mystery Train’, ‘That’s All Right’, ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’.
  • 1941, Born on this day, Les Maguire, Gerry And The Pacemakers, (1963 UK No.1 single ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ 1965 US No.6 single, ‘Ferry Across The Mersey’).
  • 1941, Born on this day, Mike Pinder, The Moody Blues, (1965 UK No.1 single ‘Go Now’ and 1968 UK No.19 & 1972 US No.2 single ‘Nights In White Satin’).
  • 1942, Born on this day, Mike Heron, The Incredible String Band, UK folk group, (1967 album ‘The 5000 Spirits or The Layers Of The Onion).
  • 1943, Born on this day, Pete Quaife, bass, The Kinks (1964 UK No.1 & US No.7 ‘You Really Got Me’, 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Waterloo Sunset’ plus 19 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1944, Born on this day, Mike Jones, guitar, Foreigner, (1985 UK & US No.1 single ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’)
  • 1948, Born on this day, Larry Byrom, guitar, Steppenwolf, (1969 UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).
  • 1952, Born on this day, David Knopfler, Dire Straits, left in early 1980, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘Sultans Of Swing’).
  • 1961, Born on this day, Youth, Killing Joke, (1985 UK No.16 single ‘Love Like Blood’), producer, worked with U2.
  • 1972, Born on this day, Matt Slocum, guitarist, keyboards, Sixpence None The Richer, (1999 UK No.4 single, ‘Kiss Me’, 1999 US No.8 single ‘There She Goes’).
  • 1984, Born on this day, Spectacular Blue Smith, singer, Pretty Ricky, (2007 US No.1 album ‘Late Night Special’).
  • 1988, Born on this day, Hayley Williams, singer, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’ and their 2013 self-titled fourth studio album hit No.1 on the US chart.

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