Rock n Roll history notes & birthdays – July 12

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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
“Harriet Delong” 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 “Magnet and Steel”

Jay Thomas (actor) is 64
“Bill Meister” in Mr. Holland Opus

Cheryl Ladd (actress) is 61
“Kris Munroe” on Charlie’s Angels

Sandi Patty (gospel singer, For My Friends) is 56
– Known as “The Voice”

Mel Harris (actress) is 56
“Hope” 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
“Renee” 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
“Ana Lucia” on Lost

Topher Grace (actor) is 34
“Eric Forman” on That 70’s Show

Erik Per Sullivan (actor) is 21
“Dewey” on Malcolm in the Middle

,strong>Events This Day in Rock History
1954…Sun Records’ Sam Phillips signed Elvis Presley to his first recording contract.

In 1958…The O’Jays formed in Canton, Ohio. They were originally known as The Triumphs.

In 1962…The Rollin’ Stones made their live debut at London’s Marquee Club. They would later add the letter “G.”

In 1968…The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz married Samantha Juste. They divorced in 1975.

In 1970…A solo Janis Joplin played her first gig backed by The Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Kentucky.

In 1977…Thin Lizzy headlined the Reading Festival in England.

In 1979…Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joined Whitesnake.

In 1979…DJ Steve Dahl tried to kill off disco with a Disco Demolition Night at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. A bonfire was started into which disco records were pitched while the crowd chanted, “Disco sucks.” Most participants took the spare vinyl home, though.

In 1983…David Bowie kicked off his North American Serious Moonlight Tour in Montreal.

In 1983…Traffic’s sax player Chris Wood died at age 39.
1992…Axl Rose was arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport on charges of inciting a riot following a disastrous 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis.

In 1993…Prince performed at his Paisley Park studios in a special concert to benefit a Minneapolis community radio station.

In 2000…A statue honoring John Lennon was unveiled in London. The sculpture was of a handgun with a knotted barrel.

In 2002…New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg declared today “Chicago Day in New York” after the “25 or 6 to 4” soft rockers.

In 2002…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 2003…Rob Halford announced that he would rejoin Judas Priest for a new album and tour – their first together in 13 years.

In 2004…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 7’s “Somersault (Dangermouse remix).”

In 2004…Courtney Love left a hospital where she was treated for what her lawyer said were “gynecological” problems.

In 2006…Weezer frontman and Harvard grad Rivers Cuomo announced that the band was on hold again.


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