The Rolling Stones unveiled Brian Jones’ replacement today in 1969 at a photo-op press conference in London’s Hyde Park, where he would make his live debut a month later at their legendary free concert. Mick Taylor had replaced Peter Green (who had quit to start Fleetwood Mac) in John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He was all of 20 years old at the time, and thought he was being called in as a session musician. He quit the Stones in 1974, but they were arguably the biggest rock band in the world during his tenure. Mick is now ranked at #37 on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists Of All Time list.
Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco tonight in 1975. The shows were recorded, and would become the best-selling live rock album of all time: Frampton Comes Alive.
John Lennon appeared on TV for the last time tonight in 1975, on a show that had been taped at the Hilton Hotel in New York in April: Salute To Sir Lew “The Master Showman”. Other guests included Tom Jones, Peter Sellers, and Julie Andrews. The show’s namesake, Sir Lew Grade (Lev Winogradsky) had begun his showbiz career as a dancer, but became a media mogul most famous for getting the the Muppets and the British show The Prisoner on American television, and for acquiring a controlling interest in Lennon and McCartney’s publishing arm Northern Songs Ltd., and for selling it to Michael Jackson in 1985.
The Queen of England was at it again today in 2003, making Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore and the Police’s Sting Commanders of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for bringing vast amounts of treasure into the royal coffers. Gerry Marsden of Liverpool’s Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Erroll Brown of Hot Chocolate were given the lesser rank of “Member”. Uh huh huh. He said “Member”.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Uriel Jones would be 78, the hard-hitting and highly influential drummer for Motown’s in-house band The Funk Brothers. He played on the original versions of Please Mr. Postman, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, and Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) to name but a few. He died in 2009.
Dennis Locorriere is 63, the lead singer and guitarist for Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show.
Guitarist and Keyboard player Howard Leese is 61. He helped Seattle’s Own Heart produce their demo at Mushroom Studios in Vancouver in 1974, and was asked to join the band shortly after. He stayed until 1997, and has played with the Paul Rodgers Band since. Guitar effects maker Toadworks sells a Howard Leese signature flanger called the Barracuda.
Be safe, and happy humpday! –Crowski