More of today’s rock history lesson:
1988: Miami-based dance-pop band Will To Power reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for one week with a medley of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”.
1986: Judas Priest and CBS Records were sued by James Vance and the family of Raymond Belknap alleging that they were responsible for Vance & Belknap forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves in the head after listening to Judas Priest’s records for six hours. The lawsuit would later be dismissed in 1990.
1980: Kiss performed their last concert with original guitarist Ace Frehley at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand until their 1996 reunion tour.
1979: Eleven people were trampled to death after a stampede to claim general admission seats at The Who’s concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.
1977: Paul McCartney & Wings topped the U.K. Singles Chart for the first of nine weeks with “Mull of Kintyre” which became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the U.K.
1976: In Kingston, Jamaica, seven gunmen broke into Bob Marley’s home and began shooting. Marley, his wife Rita & manager were in the home, but weren’t hurt.
1976: A 40 foot inflatable pig was being photographed outside of London when it broke free from its moorings & drifted toward the east. There was a warning issued to pilots that a flying pig was on the run. The pig was used for the album cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals.
1971: During a Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention concert in Montreux, Switzerland, the building burned down. Deep Purple immortalized the incident in their song “Smoke on the Water” released the following year.
1969: John Lennon was offered title role in the rock opera Jesus Christ, Superstar. The offer was withdrawn the following day.
Ozzy Osbourne born in 1948
Mickey Thomas-singer for Jefferson Starship born in 1949
Duane Roland-guitarist for Molly Hatchet born in 1953