Today’s Question: Guitarist and bandleader Rick Derringer celebrates his 69th birthday today (August 5th).
Derringer’s first band, The McCoys, opened The Rolling Stones’ entire 1966 U.S. tour. Just over a decade later, his own band, Derringer, served as the warm-up act on a 1977 U.S. tour by another major British band. Which group was it?
a) Pink Floyd
b) The Who
c) Led Zeppelin
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2009-Steven Tyler accidentally dances off a stage in Sturgis, South Dakota. He is airlifted to Rapid City Regional Hospital with a broken shoulder and lacerations to his head. Aerosmith cancel the rest of their tour with ZZ Top as a result.
2005-Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, having lost the legal right to perform as The Doors, bill themselves as D-21-C in a VH1 Classic special taped in Atlantic City, New Jersey. They later use the name Riders on the Storm.
1992-Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro dies after an acute allergic reaction to accidentally inhaled pesticides or of cocaine-related causes (or both) at age 38.
1984-Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band begin a 10-night stand at Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1983-David Crosby is sentenced to eight years in prison for drug and firearm possession. (He is paroled in 1986.)
1976-The Beach Boys celebrate their 15th anniversary in an N-B-C special. Produced by Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels, the show combines concert footage and interviews with Brian Wilson.
1975-Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry marries Elissa Jerret. The couple divorces in 1985.
1974-Eric Clapton does a recording session with bluesman Freddie King in Miami. They finish three songs together.
1967-Pink Floyd‘s first album, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, is released in Great Britain.
1967-Van Morrison, formerly the singer of Belfast’s Them, releases his first solo single, “Brown Eyed Girl.”
1966-The Beatles release Revolver in the U-K. Featuring “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Got to Get You Into My Life,” the L-P will reach America three days later.
Pat Smear (George Ruthenberg) – 57 years old
Foo Fighters/ex-Nirvana/ex-Germs guitarist. Born in 1959.
Chris Jagger – 67 years old
Singer/brother of Mick Jagger. Born in 1949.
Rick Derringer (Zehringer) – 69 years old
The lead voice and guitarist on The McCoys‘ “Hang on Sloopy” and “Fever” enjoyed ’70s solo success with “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo.” The Indiana native played on and produced Edgar Winter‘s number-one hit “Frankenstein.” Born in 1947.
c) Led Zeppelin