Classic Rock Almanac July 20, 2016

TRIVIA

Today’s Question: Today (July 20th) is the 50th birthday of Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard.

Gossard, Jeff Ament and Eddie Vedder appeared in the 1992 movie Singles as members of what fictional band?

a) Street Talk
b) Perfect Strangers
c) The Travelers
d) Citizen Dick

 

 scroll down for today’s answer

ANNIVERSARIES

2008-Paul McCartney gives an outdoor show in Quebec City, Canada — his only North American gig of the year. He tells the crowd in the heavily French-speaking city and hotbed of separatism to “smoke the pipes of peace.”

2004-Van Halen release a two-disc greatest hits collection called Best of Both Worlds. It features three brand new songs recorded with Sammy Hagar.

1986-Santana celebrate their 20th anniversary at a San Francisco concert that features a jam with all previous members of the band.

1986-On the birthday of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook, the movie Sid and Nancy premieres in London. Gary Oldman stars as the late Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious and Chloe Webb plays his murdered girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. The then-unknown Courtney Love also has a small role in the film.

1985-Sting‘s solo debut, The Dream of the Blue Turtles, enters the Top 40.

1979-The Electric Light Orchestra takes out magazine ads dedicating the release of “Don’t Bring Me Down” to Skylab.

1975-In Providence, Rhode Island, on the first night of the Born to Run Tour, “Miami” Steve Van Zandt plays his first concert as a member of Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band.

1974-Joey Ramone steps out from behind the drum kit and becomes the lead vocalist for the then-unknown Ramones.

1965-Columbia Records releases “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single turns out to be Bob Dylan‘s biggest hit ever, climbing to number-two on the U.S. pop chart.

1964-The Beatles release a new single and album on Capitol. Highlights of Something New are “Things We Said Today,” “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You,” “If I Fell,” “Matchbox” and “Tell Me Why.” And “If I Fell,” backed with “I’m Happy Just to Dance With You” is also issued as a 45.

1957-Paul McCartney joins The Quarrymen two weeks after meeting (and impressing) the Liverpool skiffle band at a church picnic. The 15-year-old guitarist is invited to join by the group’s Pete Shotton after they meet on the street.

BIRTHDAYS

Stone Gossard – 50 years old
Pearl Jam/Brad/ex-Mother Love Bone guitarist. Born in 1966.

Paul Cook – 60 years old
Sex Pistols/Man Raze/ex-Professionals/ex-Edwyn Collins drummer. Born in 1956.

Carlos Santana – 69 years old
After bursting into stardom following a memorable Woodstock performance, the Californian’s self-named band scored hits in the ’70s with “Black Magic Woman,” “Oye Como Va” and “Evil Ways.” The Mexican-born guitarist was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. A year later, his Supernatural album topped the charts, sold many millions and brought him his first number-one single (“Smooth”) and a sweep of the major Grammy categories. Born in 1947.

John Lodge – 71 years old
The bassist replaced Clint Warwick after The Moody Blues‘ first hit (“Go Now”) and has been a key bandmember ever since. Born in 1945.

TRIVIA ANSWER
d) Citizen Dick












 

 

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