Posts tagged "hard rock"

Today in Music History: The Clash

On this date thirty-one years ago, members of The Clash get into a fight with several members of the audience during a concert in Hamburg:       

Today in Music History: Queen

On this date nine years ago, Queen’s Bohemian  Rhapsody is voted the UK’s favorite all-time single in a Guinness Hit Singles poll.  The runners-up, in order, are Imagine, Hey Jude, Dancing Queen, and Like a Prayer.  Here’s a high-def video:      

Today in Music History: Mick Ronson

On this date eighteen years ago, Bowie guitarist/producer and Mott the Hoople arranger/member Mick Ronson dies of liver cancer at age forty-six.  He also worked with artists as diverse as David Johansen, Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Dylan, and Morrissey.  Here is something live from his stint in the Spiders from Mars:      

Today in Music History: Johnny Thunders

On this date twenty years ago, Johnny Thunders dies in a New Orleans hotel room under mysterious circumstances.  The Keith Richards-influenced guitarist for glam/punk legends New York Dolls and founder of the Heartbreakers (with Richard Hell) is thirty-eight.  Here is a vintage Dolls clip from the Whiskey:      

Today in Music History: Prince

On this date twenty-five years ago, Prince’s Kiss starts a two-week run at the top of the charts.  This is his third number-one single after When Doves Cry and Let’s Go Crazy.  Here he performs Kiss on Ellen in ’04:

Today in Music History: Janis Joplin

On this date forty years ago, Janis Joplin had the number one album – Pearl – six months after she died.  Here is a great rocker from this album, performed on the Dick Cavett Show in June of ’70:      

Today in Music History: Jimi Hendrix

On this date forty-four years ago, Jimi Hendrix sets his guitar on fire for the first time at the Finnsbury Park Astoria in north London.  He was billed below the Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens, and Engelbert Humperdinck (!) and this got him some desired attention.  He doesn’t set his guitar on fire in this clip, but... Read more »

Today in Music History: Led Zeppelin

On this date thirty-six years ago, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti is the number one album.  All six of their albums are now in the top 100.  Here’s a personal favorite from Graffiti:      

Today in Music History: Randy Rhoads, Luther Ingram, Paul Kossoff

On this date thirty-five years ago, Free guitarist Paul Kossoff dies of heart failure on a flight from L. A. to New York.  He is twenty-five.  Six years later, Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist and former member of Quiet Riot Randy Rhoads is killed in a plane crash.  He is also twenty-five.  Twenty-five years later, soul singer and songwriter... Read more »

Today in Music History: Eric Clapton / Yardbirds

On this date forty-six years ago, Eric Clapton leaves the Yardbirds due to musical differences.  He wanted them to stick with blues and didn’t like the commercial sound of their first hit.  Here is that great first hit:      
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