Today in 1963, the London Times’ music critics named John Lennon and Paul McCartney Outstanding Composers of 1963. Two days later, Sunday Times music critic Richard Buckle named Lennon and McCartney “the greatest composers since Beethoven.”
The number one album today in 1969 was “Led Zeppelin II” …
… the same day that the number one single was this group’s last:
The number one single today in 1975:
The number one British album today in 1975 was Queen’s “A Night at the Opera,” then the most expensive rock album ever produced:
The number one album today in 1975 for the third consecutive week was “Chicago IX,” which was actually “Chicago’s Greatest Hits”:
The number one album today in 1980 was John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy”:
And now for Today’s Ironic Moment in Rock History: Today in 1983, Walter Scott, lead singer of Bob Kuban and the In-Men, was seen alive for the last time.
Scott’s decomposed, tied-up body was found floating in a cistern in April 1987. Scott’s wife’s boyfriend was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. Scott’s wife was convicted of hindering prosecution and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Birthdays begin with Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s first guitarist and the man said to be the first lead guitarist of rock and roll:
Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues:
Mick Jones of Foreigner:
Larry Byrom of Steppenwolf:
One death of note today in 2008: Delaney Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends: