Classic Rock Almanac July 18, 2016


Today’s Question: The Grateful Dead released their second studio album, Anthem of the Sun, on July 18th, 1968.

Which one of these core Grateful Dead members made his album debut with them on Anthem of the Sun?
a) Mickey Hart
b) Phil Lesh
c) Bob Weir
d) Bill Kreutzmann

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2008-Ex-Guns n’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is arrested for possession of narcotics in Hollywood just days after he’d announced he would appear on V-H-1’s latest rehab show, Sober Living.

2008-Paul McCartney joins Billy Joel during Billy’s second encore at the Last Play at Shea (Stadium) in New York. As a Beatle, McCartney played the ballpark’s historic first rock concert. Tony Bennett, Steven Tyler, Garth Brooks and Roger Daltrey also appear during the show.

2008-Paul Simon files a five-million-dollar copyright-infringement lawsuit against a Japanese clockmaker, claiming that the company put “Bridge Over Troubled Water” on one of its clocks without his permission.

1995-Neil Young and his manager, Elliot Roberts, form Vapor Records.

1988-Former Velvet Underground singer Nico (Christa Paffgen) dies in a bicycling accident on the island of Ibiza at age 49.

1980-Billy Joel‘s Glass Houses tops the album chart.

1980-George Thorogood and the Destroyers‘ second album, 1978’s Move It on Over, is certified gold by the RIAA for half a million sales.

1978-Def Leppard plays its first public gig, at a school in Sheffield, England. Their fee (roughly $12) is paid out of a teacher’s pocket.

1975-Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band and Bob Marley & the Wailers begin a week co-headlining New York’s intimate (and now legendary) Max’s Kansas City.

1970-Original Genesis guitarist Anthony Phillips plays his last show with the band.

1969-The Doors release Soft Parade. The album yields the Top 10 hit “Touch Me.”

1968-The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun.

1963-The Beatles record “Till There Was You,” “There’s a Devil in Her Heart,” and the Motown songs “Money” and “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” at Abbey Road in London. The American imports take considerable time?11 takes for “Hold on Me” and seven for “Money.”


Wally Bryson – 67 years old
Raspberries lead guitarist.  Born in 1949.

Lonnie Mack (McIntosh) – Died in 2016
The guitarist’s instrumental version of Chuck Berry‘s “Memphis” made the Top 5 in 1963. He also played bass on some tracks (including “Roadhouse Blues”) by The Doors. He died at 74 on April 21st, 2016. Born in 1941.

Ian Stewart – Died in 1985
Stu,” the Rolling Stones‘ original keyboardist, was kicked out of the band for reportedly being “too ugly” and became their road manager instead. He did play with them live from time to time, led his own boogie-woogie band, Rocket 88, and was the inspiration for Led Zeppelin‘s “Boogie With Stu.” He died of a heart attack December 15th, 1985 at 47. Born in 1938.

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – Died in 2000
The theatrical R&B singer (and actor) is best known for “I Put a Spell on You.” His style was widely influential. After he died of an aneurysm February 12th, 2000 at 70, it was claimed that he had fathered nearly five dozen children in his life. Born in 1929.

a) Mickey Hart (Keyboardist Tom Constanten, who spent just two years with them, also made his debut on Anthem of the Sun.)




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