Classic Rock Almanac June 24, 2016


Today’s Question: Jeff Beck celebrates his 72nd birthday today (June 24th).

Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page were briefly bandmates in The Yardbirds. What song is on Beck’s first solo album, Truth, and Led Zeppelin’s self-titled debut album?
a) “I Can’t Quit You Baby”
b) “You Shook Me”
c) “I Ain’t Superstitious”
d) “Blues Deluxe”

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2004-A vintage Stratocaster which Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sets a world record for a guitar auction when it sells for 959-thousand dollars at Christie’s in New York. Proceeds go to Clapton’s Crossroads Center

2000-The unique Who and Jimmy PageBlack Crowes tour — in which the two acts play alternate nights at the same venues, using the same road crews — kicks off at The World in Chicago. Problems with Page’s back quickly cut short his involvement in the venture.

1999-Over a hundred of Eric Clapton‘s guitars are auctioned at Sotheby’s in New York, raising more than five-million-dollars for his Crossroads rehabilitation center in Antigua. The 1956 Fender Stratocaster he nicknamed “Brownie” goes for 450-thousand dollars, the highest price ever paid for a single guitar.

1972-The Eagles‘ first hit, “Take it Easy,” breaks onto the Top 40 on the Billboard singles chart.

1972-The Rolling Stones‘ show in Fort Worth, Texas is filmed for the movie Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones.

1966-The Rolling Stones kick off their North American tour at Manning Bowl in Lynn, Massachusetts. The Stones begin their set with “Not Fade Away” and close with “Satisfaction.” That day, the band is told that much of their tour equipment has been stolen, including Brian Jones‘s custom-made electric dulcimer.

1965-John Lennon publishes his second book, A Spaniard in the Works.


John Illsley – 67 years old
Original Dire Straits bassist.  Born in 1949.

Mick Fleetwood – 69 years old
The drummer has been in Fleetwood Mac from its start as a British blues band in the ’60s through ’70s superstardom as a trans-Atlantic pop group. The lanky Englishman has also done solo projects, penned an autobiography, played a record executive in Showtime’s made-for-cable movie Mister Music in ’99 and co-founded FleetwoodOwen, a company which conducts auctions of rock and roll memorabilia.  Born in 1947.

Colin Blunstone – 71 years old
The voice of The Zombies sang on such ’60s hits as “She’s Not There,” “Tell Her No” and “Time of the Season.” After recording solo and sometimes with the Alan Parsons Project, he reunited with keyboardist-songwriter Rod Argent in 2000 and resumed the Zombies’ recording and touring career.  Born in 1945.

Jeff Beck – 72 years old
After leaving The Yardbirds, the English guitarist hired a young Rod Stewart to sing in his Jeff Beck Group, which had future Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood on bass. He later formed Beck Bogert and Appice with former members of Vanilla Fudge, recorded several albums with keyboardist Jan Hammer and is still active as a solo artist. He is one of the few artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice (with The Yardbirds and on his own).  Born in 1944.

b) “You Shook Me”




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