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This Day In Classic Rock

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Slowhand is a Leadfoot.  One of Eric Clapton's cars. (Frazier Harrison/Getty Images)

Slowhand is a Leadfoot. One of Eric Clapton’s cars. (Frazier Harrison/Getty Images)

It was tonight in 1967 that 154 Austrian Rolling Stones fans were arrested when a “riot” broke out at a 14,000 seat gig after a fan threw a smoke bomb on stage.

On this day in 1967, vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Steve Winwood left the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic with singer/drummer Jim Capaldi, multi-instrumentalist Chris Wood and singer/guitarist Dave Mason.

It was tonight in 1969 that Bruce Springsteen’s new band “Child” made it’s debut at the Pandemonium Club in Wanamassa, New Jersey.

It was today in 1977 that Fleetwood Mac were beginning a 7 date tour of Britian, just as their Rumors album hit #1 on the U.S. Charts.

Also in 1977, future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ABBA were at number one in Britian with the face-melting rocker “Knowing Me, Knowing You”.

It was today in 1990 that Eric Clapton, O.B.E. was fined almost $500 and banned from driving for 3 months by Walton-On-Thames Magistrates Court for “Cracking the ton” (105 mph) in a 30 zone.

Tonight in 1999 the Black Crowes played a show in Knoxville, TN. One year later a teenager who had been sitting in the 2nd row, Joshua Harmon, sued the band claiming significant hearing loss. Everyone in the Paramount theater in 1979 could have sued The Clash.

It was today in 2006 that a schoolbook containing an illustration by a 12-year-old John Lennon of Lewis Carroll’s poem The Walrus and the Carpenter…the inspiration for I Am The Walrus…sold at auction for $239,733.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Leon Russell is 70 today. Born Claude Russell Bridges in Lawton Oklahoma, Leon started playing live at age 14 and still does so today, but he is most famous for his 1972 hit “Tightrope”, and as a session musician and sideman playing with many of the biggest names in rock, pop,  and country.

Another Leon…Lynyrd Skynyrd’s bass player until he died in 2001 …Leon Wilkeson would be 60.

David Robinson is 62. He was the drummer for Boston area bands The Cars and Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers. It was Robinson who came up with the Cars band name and served as art director for all of their albums.

Be safe, Crowski.

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Eric Clapton with one of his cars: a nice little coupe. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

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