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7th Dec 2016, Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died aged 69 after a battle with cancer. One of the founding fathers of progressive rock, the band combined heavy rock riffs with a classical influence. They scored hit albums with Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery […]

7th Dec 1967, Otis Redding went into the studio to record ‘(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay’. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn’t see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash. Redding wrote the first verse of the song, under the abbreviated title ‘Dock […]

Happy birthday to Rick Buckler, born on 6 Dec 1955, drummer with The Jam who had 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No.1 hits. ‘That’s Entertainment’ and ‘Just Who Is the 5 O’Clock Hero?’ remained the best-selling import singles […]

5th Dec 1938, Born on this day, JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter. Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include ‘After Midnight’ by Eric Clapton, Phish and Jerry Garcia, ‘Cocaine’ by Eric Clapton, ‘Clyde’ by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook, and ‘Call Me the Breeze’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, […]

4th Dec 1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalised by Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke On The Water’. In 1967 the Casino became the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was the brainchild of music promoter Claude Nobs. On the night of the […]

3rd Dec 2014, English keyboard instrumentalist Ian McLagan died of a stroke age 69. He was a member of Small Faces and The Faces and also worked with many other artists including with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen. More on the Small […]

3rd Dec 2015, American musician and singer-songwriter Scott Weiland died aged 48. He was found in cardiac arrest on his tour bus in Bloomington, Minnesota, just before he was scheduled to go on stage with his band The Wildabouts. He was 48 years old. Weiland was best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple […]

Happy birthday to Ozzy Osbourne born on 3rd Dec 1948, (John Michael Osbourne), vocals, Black Sabbath, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Paranoid’, the bands self-titled 1970 album was voted as the best British rock albums ever by Kerrang! in 2005.). Solo (1986 UK No.20 single ‘Shot In The Dark’). Star of The Osbournes MTV show. More […]

2nd Dec 1966, David Bowie released ‘Rubber Band’, his first single on the Deram label. It was part of a three-track audition tape Bowie’s new manager Kenneth Pitt used to persuade the label to sign him. Despite some good reviews in the music press, the single was a flop, once more failing to break into […]

2nd Dec 1976, The first day of the photo shoot for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover took place at Battersea Power Station in London, England with a giant inflatable pig lashed between two of the structure’s tall towers. A trained marksman was hired ready to fire if the inflatable escaped, but was not […]


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