Classic Rock Almanac May 29, 2017

ANNIVERSARIES

2009-Ozzy Osbourne issues a statement concerning his lawsuit against bandmate Tony Iommi, seeking half of the Black Sabbath trademark. “After three years of trying to resolve this issue amicably, I feel I have no other recourse… Tony, I am so sorry it’s had to get to this point…I don’t have the right to speak for Geezer and Bill, but I feel that morally and ethically the trademark should be owned by the four of us equally. We’ve all worked too hard and long in our careers to allow you to sell merchandise that features all our faces, old Black Sabbath album covers and band logos, and then you tell us that you own the copyright. The Black Sabbath legacy should live on long after we have all gone. Please do the right thing.”

2002-Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth kick off their joint tour outside Cleveland.

1976-Brian May of Queen marries his longtime girlfriend, Chrissy Mullen, in England.

1971-Paul McCartney releases his version of the nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” It goes Top 30.

1971-The Rolling Stones top both the U-S album and singles charts with Sticky Fingers and “Brown Sugar,” respectively.

1964-The Rolling Stones‘ first U-S album, England’s Newest Hitmakers, is released as London Records 375. “Not Fade Away,” the band’s first U-S single, leads off side one, followed by “Route 66,” “I Just Want to Make Love to You” and the Jagger-Richards originals “Now I’ve Got a Witness” and “Little by Little.” Side two contains “King Bee,” “Carol,” “Tell Me,” Holland-Dozier-Holland‘s “Can I Get a Witness,” “You Can Make It If You Try” and Rufus Thomas‘s “Walking the Dog.”

BIRTHDAYS

Mike Porcaro – Died in 2015
The brother of Toto co-founders Steve and Jeff Porcaro replaced original bassist Mike Hungate in 1982, after the group’s fourth album. In 2010, it was announced that he had A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), and he died of it at 59 on March 15th, 2015. Born 1955.

Gary Brooker – 72 years old
In 1962, he and guitarist Robin Trower formed The Paramounts, which evolved into Procol Harum, best known for 1967’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” The singer-pianist toured during the early ’80s with Eric Clapton and has been a member of Ringo’s All-Starr Band. Born 1945.

 


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