Tuesday, 20 December 2016
Today in rock history 20th December
1944 – Blood Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby is born in New York. 1945 – KISS drummer Peter Criss is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1948 – Born on this day Alan Parsons, British studio audio engineer, musician, and record producer. 1956 – Born on this day, Guy Babylon, keyboards, Elton John Band. 1966 – Born on this day, Chris Robinson, The Black Crowes. 1966 – The Beatles record vocal harmonies and bells for use on “When I’m Sixty-Four.” 1967 – Singer Ian Anderson forms Jethro Tull with his former John Evans Blues Band mate, bassist Glenn Cornick, in Blackpool, England. The name comes from an 18th century farming tool inventor. 1975 – Joe Walsh replaces guitarist Bernie Leadon in the Eagles. 1980 – Motorhead’s bassist Philthy Taylor amuses friends after a gig in Belfast by showing them how he can bounce on his head. He ends up breaking a bone in his neck in the process. 2001 - Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that his ex-wife Pamela Anderson is an unfit mother. 2006 – Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum, won a High Court battle over who wrote their song A Whiter Shade of Pale. He played organ on the 1967 hit and argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody. 2011 – Paul McCartney to debut 2012 with awesome cover tunes album on This Day in Rock Music History. Inspired by songs that influenced John and Paul in the early days of the Beatles, the album will also have two new originals.