Robert Allen Zimmerman, known around the synagogue as Shabatai Zisel ben Avraham, and on other artist’s recordings on which he played piano and/or harmonica as Elston Gunn, Bob Landy, and Tedham Porterhouse, legally changed his name today in 1962 to Bob Dylan, after his favorite poet Dylan Thomas. He later said of the change “You’re born, you know, the wrong names, the wrong parents. I mean, that happens. You call yourself what you want to call yourself. This is the land of the free.” Though he takes occasional breaks, Bob has been on what he calls his “Never ending Tour” since June of 1988. He is joined by his friend Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits at the Key Arena Saturday Ocotber 13th.
The Beatles played a show in Bournemouth in Southern England today in 1964. The show was opened by “A new and unknown London group”, The Kinks.
Pink Floyd’s road manager, Peter “Puddy” Watts, who supplied the maniacal laughter heard on their Dark Side of the Moon album, died of a heroin overdose today in 1976.
Chicago’s singing songwriting bass player Peter Cetera further distanced himself from the increasingly soft-rock band he had recently quit after the album Chicago 17 with a soft-rock number one hit of his own today in 1986: Glory of Love was the theme to the movie The Karate Kid, Part II.
The Liverpool England music store where The Beatles and other Mersey-beat artists had purchased the tools of their trade, Rushworth and Dreaper, closed its doors forever today in 2000, after 150 years in business.
Another historic British business, the London men’s clothiers Cordings, in business since 1839, was saved from bankruptcy when one of its well-heeled patrons, Eric Clapton, purchased a 50% interest in it today in 2004. Clapton had been shopping there since a window display caught his eye when he was 16.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
The Band’s keyboard player Garth Hudson is 75, and prone to nodding off. He fell asleep at his keyboard in the KZOK studio in 2011.
Rainbow’s 3rd lead singer and Deep Purple’s 4th, Joe Lynn Turner is 61.