This Day In Rock History

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This Day In Rock History: October 20th


1950 Tom Petty (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Traveling Wilburys) is born in Gainesville, Florida.

1951 Al Greenwood (keyboardist for Foreigner) is born in New York.

1962 "Monster Mash" by Bobby Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers hits #1 on its way to becoming the most famous Halloween song of all time. Pickett's vocals are his impression of Boris Karloff, who was known for his role as Frankenstein's monster.

1997 Canned Heat guitarist Henry "The Sunflower" Vestine, age 52, dies of respiratory and heart failure in a Paris hotel room just after finishing a European tour with the band.


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1977 Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines from Lynyrd Skynyrd were all killed along with manager Dean Kilpatrick when their rented plane ran out of fuel and crashed into a densely wooded thicket in the middle of a swamp in Gillsburg, Mississippi. The crash seriously injured the rest of the band and crew who were due to play at Louisiana University that evening.


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1997 Henry Vestine, guitarist for Canned Heat, died at the age of 52 from heart and respiratory failure.


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A few albums that was released....



1980 ● U2 —— Boy ► Alt. Pop-Rock

1981 ● Quarterflash —— Quarterflash ► Pop-Rock

1992 ● Elton John —— Rare Masters ► Pop-Rock

1998 ● Aerosmith —— A Little South Of Sanity ► Hard Rock

1998 ● Black Sabbath —— Reunion ► Hard Rock

1998 ● Heart —— Heart Presents A Lovemonger’s Christmas ► Holiday Rock

1998 ● Kansas —— King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Kansas ► Prog/Arena Rock


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This Day In Rock History: October 21st



1942 Rock and blues guitarist Elvin Bishop is born in Glendale, California, but grows up on a farm in Elliott, Iowa.

1943 Ron Elliott (lead guitarist for The Beau Brummels) is born in Healdsburg, California.

1946 Trumpeter Lee Loughnane (of Chicago) is born in Elmwood Park, Illinois.

1947 Bass guitarist Tetsu Yamauchi (of The Faces and Free) is born in Fukuoka, Japan.

1952 Brent Mydland (fourth keyboardist for Grateful Dead) is born in Munich, Germany. He is raised in San Francisco, and Antioch, California.

1977 Meat Loaf releases the landmark album Bat Out Of Hell. Written by Jim Steinman and produced by Todd Rundgren, it's one of the most popular albums of the '70s, eventually selling over 14 million copies in America.

2006 Sandy West (drummer for The Runaways) dies of lung and brain cancer at age 47.


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A few albums that was released....


1990 ● Don Dokken —— Up From The Ashes ► Hard Rock/Heavy Metal

1997 ● Grand Funk Railroad —— Bosnia ► Hard Rock

2003 ● The Allman Brothers Band —— Live At The Atlanta International Festival: July 3 & 5, 1970 ► Southern Rock

2003 ● Rush —— Rush In Rio ► Prog/Art Rock

2013 ● Motörhead —— Aftershock ► Heavy Metal


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This Day In Rock History: October 22nd


1942 Rock singer Bobby Fuller, known for his hit "I Fought The Law" with his group The Bobby Fuller Four, is born in Baytown, Texas, but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah.

1945 Guitarist Leslie West (of Mountain) is born Leslie Weinstein in New York City.

1946 Eddie Brigati (singer/tambourine player for The Young Rascals) is born in Garfield, New Jersey.

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This Day In Rock History: October 22nd


1969 Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognized by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.

2017 Australian musician, songwriter and record producer George Young died aged 70. Young, the brother of AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young, was a member of the Easybeats and co-wrote the band's 1966 hit 'Friday On My Mind'. Born in Scotland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, forming The Easybeats after he met Dutch-born artist Harry Vanda in Sydney. After the band broke up in 1969, Vanda and Young embarked on a songwriting career that saw the pair produce dozens of hits. They became two of Australia's best-known songwriters, with Young's work including 'Love Is In The Air' and 'Yesterday's Hero' both hits for John Paul Young.

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This Day In Rock History: October 22nd


2021 Jay Black, lead singer of Jay And The Americans, passed away of complications from pneumonia at the age of 82. After taking over from John Traynor in 1963, Black, whose real name was David Blatt, led the band to nine Billboard Top 40 hits, including "Come A Little Bit Closer" (#3 in 1964), "Cara Mia" (#4 in 1965) and "This Magic Moment" (#6 in 1969).

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A few albums that was released....


1974 ● Kiss —— Hotter Than Hell ► Hard Rock

1976 ● Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band —— Night Moves ► Heartland Rock

1976 ● Elton John —— Blue Moves ► Pop-Rock

1976 ● Led Zeppelin —— The Song Remains The Same ► Hard Rock

1988 ● Ozzy Osbourne —— No Rest For The Wicked ► Hard Rock

1996 ● Journey —— Trial By Fire ► Prog/Art Rock

1996 ● Van Halen —— Best Of Van Halen, Vol. I ► Hard Rock


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