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30th Dec 1939, Born on this day, American music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bass guitarist Felix Pappalardi. He produced Disraeli Gears for Cream and The Youngbloods’ first album. He was a founding member of the American hard rock band/heavy metal forerunner Mountain. Pappalardi was shot and killed by his wife, Gail, on April 17, 1983, […]

At approximately 3 am on Dec. 30, 1999, George Harrison was the victim of an intruder at his home, Friar Park in Oxfordshire, England, when a disturbed 33-year-old Liverpudlian, Michael Abram broke into George’s home and stabbed the former Beatle several times in the chest with a six-inch knife. Abrams thought he was on a […]

30th Dec 1928, Born on this day, Bo Diddley guitarist, singer, (R&B hits, ‘Bo Diddley’, ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’, 1963 UK No.34 single ‘Pretty Thing’). When The Beatles first went to the US, John Lennon was asked what he would like to see; he replied ‘Bo Diddley.’ Bo Diddley died from […]

America released their self titled debut LP on Dec. 29, 1971. When it was first released, the song “A Horse with No Name”, was not on the record. “A Horse” was released as a single in late 1971and when it became a worldwide hit in early 1972, the album was re-released with that track. The […]

29th Dec 1947, Born on this day, English rock drummer Cozy Powell, who worked with The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell and Black Sabbath. Powell scored the 1973 solo UK No. 3 hit single ‘Dance With The Devil’. Powell was killed in a car crash […]

Grand Funk Railroad released their 2nd LP “Grand Funk” on Dec. 29, 1969. The album is also known as “The Red Album.” In making this record, the band and the producers concentrated more on Mark Farner’s guitar because of the imbalance the band achieved on their first album “On Time”. They felt that the bass […]

29th Dec 1980, American singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs ‘If I Were A Carpenter’ (covered by Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Four Tops, Leon Russell, Small Faces, Robert Plant and Bob Seger,) and ‘Reason To Believe’, (covered by Rod Stewart). Hardin appeared at the […]

28th Dec 1983, Having made two successful dives below a friend’s yacht to find items he’d drunkenly thrown off his own boat three years before, The Beach Boys Dennis Wilson took one last dive into the Pacific and never returned from the boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California. With the help of President Reagan […]

The 2nd Miami Pop Festival of 1968 started on Dec. 28th of that year. “Miami Pop Festival” was the name of two different music festivals that took place in May and December 1968 at Gulfstream Park, a horse racing track in Hallandale, Florida, just north of Miami. Apart from the venue, the two events were […]

On Dec. 27, 1967, The Doors played a live concert at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. That night they also appeared on the Jonathon Winters television show. The Doors had taped their appearance a couple of days earlier. Now there is really nothing unusual about these events. The reason we are bringing it up […]


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