Rock n Roll history notes & birthdays – July 12
The Rolling Stones
In 1962, the Rolling Stones played their first gig at the Marquee club in London. Their line-up consisted of lead vocalist Mick Jagger, guitarists Keith Richards and Brian Jones, Dick Taylor on bass, pianist Ian Stewart and Mick Avory, later of the Kinks, on drums. Avory and Taylor would be replaced by Tony Chapman on drums and Bill Wyman on bass. Chapman didn’t work out and drummer Charlie Watts completed the Stones’ line-up in January 1963.
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Van Cliburn (pianist) is 78
– Born in Louisiana
Bill Cosby (actor-comedian) is 75
– Former star of the long running sitcom The Cosby Show
Christine McVie (singer, Fleetwood Mac) is 69
– Was married to Fleetwood bassist John McVie, but they divorced in 1977
Denise Nicholas (actress) is 68
â€œHarriet Delongâ€ on In the Heat of the Night
Richard Simmons (fitness guru) is 64
– Born Milton Teagle Simmons
Walter Egan (singer) is 64
– Best known for his hit â€œMagnet and Steelâ€
Jay Thomas (actor) is 64
â€œBill Meisterâ€ in Mr. Holland Opus
Cheryl Ladd (actress) is 61
â€œKris Munroeâ€ on Charlieâ€™s Angels
Sandi Patty (gospel singer, For My Friends) is 56
– Known as â€œThe Voiceâ€
Mel Harris (actress) is 56
â€œHopeâ€ on thirtysomething
Rolanda Watts (talk show host) is 53
– Announcer of the courtroom show Judge Joe Brown
Dan Murphy (guitarist, Soul Asylum) is 50
– Also a member of Golden Smog
Robin Wilson (singer, Gin Blossoms) is 47
– Born in Detroit, Michigan
Lisa Nicole Carson (actress) is 43
â€œReneeâ€ on Ally McBeal
Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skater) is 41
– Is an Olympic Gold Medalist
Shannon Lawson (country singer) is 39
– Born in Kentucky
Magoo (rapper) is 39
– Best known for his work in the rap duo Timbaland & Magoo
Brock Lesnar (wrestler) is 35
– Former WWE champion
Michelle Rodriguez (actress) is 34
â€œAna Luciaâ€ on Lost
Topher Grace (actor) is 34
â€œEric Formanâ€ on That 70â€™s Show
Erik Per Sullivan (actor) is 21
â€œDeweyâ€ on Malcolm in the Middle
,strong>Events This Day in Rock History
1954â€¦Sun Recordsâ€™ Sam Phillips signed Elvis Presley to his first recording contract.
In 1958â€¦The Oâ€™Jays formed in Canton, Ohio. They were originally known as The Triumphs.
In 1962â€¦The Rollinâ€™ Stones made their live debut at Londonâ€™s Marquee Club. They would later add the letter â€œG.â€
In 1968â€¦The Monkeesâ€™ Micky Dolenz married Samantha Juste. They divorced in 1975.
In 1970â€¦A solo Janis Joplin played her first gig backed by The Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Kentucky.
In 1977â€¦Thin Lizzy headlined the Reading Festival in England.
In 1979â€¦Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joined Whitesnake.
In 1979â€¦DJ Steve Dahl tried to kill off disco with a Disco Demolition Night at Chicagoâ€™s Comiskey Park. A bonfire was started into which disco records were pitched while the crowd chanted, â€œDisco sucks.â€ Most participants took the spare vinyl home, though.
In 1983â€¦David Bowie kicked off his North American Serious Moonlight Tour in Montreal.
In 1983â€¦Trafficâ€™s sax player Chris Wood died at age 39.
1992â€¦Axl Rose was arrested at New Yorkâ€™s Kennedy Airport on charges of inciting a riot following a disastrous 1991 Guns Nâ€™ Roses concert in St. Louis.
In 1993â€¦Prince performed at his Paisley Park studios in a special concert to benefit a Minneapolis community radio station.
In 2000â€¦A statue honoring John Lennon was unveiled in London. The sculpture was of a handgun with a knotted barrel.
In 2002â€¦New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg declared today â€œChicago Day in New Yorkâ€ after the â€œ25 or 6 to 4â€ soft rockers.
In 2002â€¦Ben Harper performed with The String Cheese Incident in East Troy, Wisconsin, weeks before the surviving members of The Grateful Dead reunited in the same venue.
In 2003â€¦Rob Halford announced that he would rejoin Judas Priest for a new album and tour â€“ their first together in 13 years.
In 2004â€¦Apple Computers announced it had sold 100-million songs via its iTunes Music Store, just 15 months after opening. The 100-millionth song sold was Zero 7â€™s â€œSomersault (Dangermouse remix).â€
In 2004â€¦Courtney Love left a hospital where she was treated for what her lawyer said were â€œgynecologicalâ€ problems.
In 2006â€¦Weezer frontman and Harvard grad Rivers Cuomo announced that the band was on hold again.