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UltimateClassicRock.com

December 12, 2018


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Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is 75.
Grand Funk Railroad/KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is 65.
Singer Cy Curnin of The Fixx is 61.

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On this day in 1965, The Yardbirds' groundbreaking arrangement of Bo Diddley's "I'm A Man" peaked at #17 on the charts.

On this day in 1972, a very young Genesis made their American concert debut at Boston's Brandeis University.

On this day in 1973, a film crew shot footage of Jimmy Page climbing a mountain behind his Scottish home on Loch Ness on a cold winter's night for the Led Zeppelin film "The Song Remains the Same." Pagey later explained, "I wanted to get a full moon in the shot and it came up in December." Truly art for art's sake.

On this day in 1976, Bob Seger's classic "Night Moves" began its journey to #4 on the singles charts via backseats and dorm rooms across America.

On this day in 1982, Pat Benatar's "Shadows Of The Night" peaked at #13 as The Pretenders' "Back On The Chain Gang" started a run to #5 and Sammy Hagar's "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy" began its march towards #13 — the highest charting single of his solo career.

On this day in 2004, U2's "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" hit #1 as it was selling over three million copies.

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Which one of these handpicked selections is your fave Unc's Quote Of The Day?

It was James Russell Lowell who said: "The foolish and the dead alone never change their opinion."

It was Hunter S. Thompson who said: "Every now and then you run up on one of those days when everything's in vain."

It was Coach John Wooden who said: "It isn't what you do, but how you do it."

It was Henry Ford who said: "Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."



UncUpdate B-day Graphic

Former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is 75.
Doobie Brothers/Steely Dan alum Michael McDonald is 66.
Grand Funk Railroad/KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is 65.
Singer Cy Curnin of The Fixx is 60.

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On this day in 1957, 22-year-old rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis married the daughter of his bass player. The bride, 13-year-old Myra Gale Brown, was also Jerry Lee's second cousin. And, if that weren't enough, Jerry was still married to his second wife. Oh, those were the days!

On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones' "12x5" album began a three week run at #3 as "She's Not There" by the Zombies peaked at #2 on the singles charts.

On this day in 1966, Pink Floyd played their first major concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show, like most of their early gigs, was for charity. In this particular instance, the beneficiary was a famine relief organization.

On this day in 1970, Steven Stills released the song "Love The One You're With" just as Eric Clapton's cover of "After Midnight" peaked at #18 on the charts. "Love The One You're With" eventually topped out at #14.

On this day in 1970, The Doors played their last live gig with frontman Jim Morrison. They made it halfway through their set at The Warehouse in New Orleans before the extremely drunk Morrison completely lost it. Upon their return to Los Angeles, the band finished recording the "L.A. Woman" album before Morrison took off for Paris in March. Three months later he was dead.

On this day in 1974, The Rolling Stones began sessions in Munich for what eventually became their 1976 "Black And Blue" album. On the same day, the band announced the departure of guitarist Mick Taylor, who had replaced founding member Brian Jones five years earlier. When asked of Taylor's replacement, Mick Jagger quipped, "No doubt we can find a brilliant six-foot-three blonde guitarist who can do his own make-up." The "Black And Blue" album was eventually recorded with several guitarists, including Wayne Perkins, Harvey Mandel and one Ron Wood (late of The Faces). It was Woody, who was neither blonde nor even close to six-foot-three, who eventually replaced Taylor.

On this day in 1981, AC/DC's highest charting album ever, "For Those About To Rock, We Salute You," entered the charts on its way to three weeks at #1 and four million sold.

On this day in 1985, keyboardist Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's London office at the age of 47. Stewart was a founding member of The Rolling Stones, but their manager Andrew Loog Oldham fired him because he didn't have "the right look." Stewart instead became the band's road manager, their indispensable sideman, best friend and, as Keith Richards has since described him as "the very soul of The Rolling Stones."

On this day in 1987, Aerosmith's "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" peaked at #14 on the singles charts.


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