Classic Rock Almanac August 27, 2016

ANNIVERSARIES

2008-Kevin Cogill, the blogger who posted nine unreleased tracks from Guns n’ RosesChinese Democracy in June, is arrested for violating federal copyright laws.

2006-The Black Crowes announce that keyboardist Ed Harsch has left the band.

1992-John Lennon‘s handwritten lyrics to “A Day in the Life” are auctioned off for $87,000.

1990-On tour with Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and three members of Clapton’s entourage are killed when their helicopter goes down in East Troy, Wisconsin. The guitarist was 35.

1982-Robert Plant‘s first solo album, Pictures at Eleven, is certified gold.

1978-Former Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord joins Whitesnake.

1977-The R-C-O All-Stars Dr. John, Band drummer Levon Helm, Booker T. & the MG’sSteve Cropper and “Duck” Dunn, Paul Butterfield and Fred Carter — rock a barbeque at Helm’s home in Woodstock, New York.

1977-Jackson Browne performs at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. The show will yield both hit singles from his live album Running on Empty, — its title track and “The Load-Out/Stay.” Coincidentally, these are the only songs taken from this show to make the the album.

1967-Beatles manager Brian Epstein is found dead of an overdose of sleeping pills in his London apartment at age 32. Police rule it an accident. The Beatles find out about it while with studying the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at University College in Bangor, Wales.

1965-The Beatles visit Elvis Presley at his Bel-Air home. Despite rumors of a jam session, none takes place, although Paul McCartney does say later that he showed Elvis some things on the bass. The King was in California shooting the movie Harum Scarum. The Fab Four were enjoying a night off during their U-S tour.

BIRTHDAYS

Glen Matlock – 60 years old
The Sex Pistols‘ original bassist (who co-wrote many of their songs) was booted out in favor of Sid Vicious. He then formed The Rich Kids and has played with many other bands since then. Born in 1956.

Alex Lifeson – 63 years old
Rush guitarist. Born in 1953.

Neil Murray – 66 years old
Ex-Black Sabbath/ex-Whitesnake bassist. Born in 1950.

 

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