Classic Rock Almanac October 10, 2016


Today’s Question: Van Halen singer David Lee Roth celebrates his 62nd birthday today.

Roth did something unusual when he released his first solo album, Eat ‘Em and Smile, that he’d never done before and hasn’t done since. What was it?
a) He went on a solo acoustic tour to promote it.
b) He held a wild release party for it at his home that resulted in many thousands of dollars in damages to his neighborhood.
c) He drove around L.A. for one whole week in a custom 1951 Mercury, blasting the album from its speakers.
d) He re-recorded all his vocals in Spanish and released this version to the Latin-American market. (It was titled Sonrisa Salvaje)

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2007-Bruce Springsteen‘s Magic debuts at number-one in Billboard — his eighth number-one album.

1992-Guns n’ Roses guitarist Slash marries model Renee Suran.

1979-Fleetwood Mac Day is declared in Los Angeles as the group gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1978-Steve Tyler and Joe Perry are injured when a tossed cherry bomb explodes onstage during an Aerosmith show in Philadelphia.

1978-Infinity, the first Journey album to feature singer Steve Perry, is certified platinum.

1977-The Rolling Stones start recording the Some Girls album in Paris. The sessions produce the hits “Miss You” and “Shattered.”

1976-The Sex Pistols begin recording “Anarchy in the U-K” in London.

1970-Cosmo’s Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival  begins its eighth week atop the Billboard album chart.

1970-Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother is released in the U-K.

1969-The Kinks release their seventh studio album, the conceptual Arthur, Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire. It features “Victoria,” which becomes a minor hit and also helps establish the group at FM rock radio.

1966-The Beach Boys release “Good Vibrations,” their final number-one hit of the ’60s. “Let’s Go Away for a While” is the B-side.


Simon Townshend – 56 years old
One of Pete Townshend‘s younger brothers, the singer-guitarist records and performs with his own band and is a touring member of The Who. Born in 1960.

David Lee Roth – 62 years old
In between bouts of singing with Van Halen and pursuing a solo career, “Diamond Dave” trained as an EMT, wrote a memoir and hosted a radio show. Born in 1954.

d) He re-recorded all his vocals in Spanish and released this version to the Latin-American market. (It was titled Sonrisa Salvaje)


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