Classic Rock Almanac July 9, 2016


2010-Carlos Santana is headed to the altar for the second time. During a Santana show in Chicago, Cindy Blackman, a jazz and rock drummer best known for recording and touring with Lenny Kravitz, performs on “Corazon Espinado,” following it with a drum solo. When it ends, Carlos asks her to the front of the stage and proposes marriage to her, which she accepts.

2004-Courtney Love is rushed to New York’s Bellevue Hospital on her 40th birthday, just hours after a court in L.A. issues a bench warrant for her arrest. Love’s hospitalization occurs after police are called to her Manhattan apartment to investigate a report of bottles being thrown from a window.

1999-Elton John has a pacemaker inserted.

1995-The Grateful Dead play their final concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field. A month later, Jerry Garcia will suffer a heart attack and die while in drug rehab.

1992-Mick Jagger becomes a grandfather when daughter Jade gives birth to a baby girl.

1988-Cheap Trick get their only number-one single, as “The Flame” goes to the top of the Billboard chart.

1983-The Police‘s “Every Breath You Take” starts a nine-week run at number-one on the pop chart.

1978-Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones jam with Muddy Waters at Chicago’s Quiet Knight.

1976-Aerosmith‘s Rocks album is certified platinum for one million sales.

1972-Paul McCartney & Wings, traveling aboard their double-decker bus, begin a 26-stop European tour in Chateauvillan, France. It’s McCartney’s first time on the road since the end of The Beatles.

1968-The Doors perform at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas. “Soul Kitchen” opens the show and “Light My Fire” closes it. During that song’s extended instrumental, Jim Morrison jumps offstage and offers his microphone to audience members. Several people shout happily into it, but a policeman does not. Morrison then mocks the cop by mimicking being frisked.

1964-The Animals‘ “House of the Rising Sun” hits number-one in the U-K. It will top the U.S. charts two months later.

1955-Bill Haley & His Comets top the Billboard singles chart with “Rock Around the Clock,” the first rock and roll song to reach number-one.


Jim Kerr – 57 years old
The Simple Minds singer was married to Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Born in 1959.

Bon Scott (Ronald Belford) – Died in 1980
The AC/DC singer, who was Scottish, died of an alcohol overdose February 19th, 1980 at 33. He was inducted posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band in 2003.  Born in 1946.


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