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This Day In Classic Rock

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Happy Birthday Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Happy Birthday Mike McCready of Pearl Jam. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It was tonight in 1962 that the Beatles played a special show for their fan club that marked the end…after the first set…of the black leather jackets they wore in Germany.  For the second set they changed into their new suits.

It was today in 1967 that British Monkees fans marched from London’s Marble Arch to the U.S. Embassy to protest the impending call-up of Davy Jones, who was exempted from Royal military service so he could care for his father.

It was today in 1980 that Genesis had their 1st #1 album, Duke, coming several years after Peter Gabriel left the band.

It was toni9ght in 1980 that R.E.M. played their frist show ever, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in their hometown of Athens, GA.

It was today in 1981 that Canned Heat’s singer Bob “The Bear” Hite died of a heart attack at 36.

It was today in 1994 that a security system installer found the body of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in the room above the detached garage of his Viretta Park home in Seattle, dead of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun blast.  The electrician called the police and radio station KXRX, not necessarily in that order.  Within a half hour or so, KING TV had a reporter and camera crew in the KXRX studio, asking DJ Scott Vanderpool, one of the first to play the band,  if he thought Nirvana would get a new singer.  He threw them out, and 20 minutes later was all over CNN and other national media as “Steve Zanderpool“.

It was today in 2008 that Apple computer’s iTunes overtook Wal-Mart as the largest retailer of music in the U.S.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Peter Grant would be 77 today, most famous as the ruthless manager of Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, and the Yardbirds. His occasional use of a cricket bat was parodied in the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap.  Before getting into managing rock bands (and terrorizing promoters and would-be bootleggers), Grant was an actor, with bit parts in A Night To Remember (as a Titanic crewmember), The Guns of Navarrone (as a British commando), and Cleopatra (as a palace guard).  His television appearances included The Saint and The Benny Hill Show.

Allan Clarke is 70, singer of The Hollies who started the band with his childhood friend Graham Nash.

Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland is 64.

Agnetha Faltskog is 62,  the blonde singer of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees ABBA, who really aren’t very rock and roll.

And Pearl Jam lead guitarist and stand-up guy  Mike McCready is 46.

Be safe, Crowski

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