Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 4

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to Gary Rossington, who from the original Lynyrd Skynyrd is still in the band?

Answer: December 10, 2007

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • Happy birthday to: Southside Johnny, and also Gary Rossington – a founding guitarist and current member of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
  • 1968: Fleetwood Mac embarks on its first tour of the U.S.
  • 1971: CBS-TV airs George Harrison’s “Concert for Bangla Desh” which had been taped that august at Madison Square Garden.
  • 1976: Guitarist Tommy Bolin dies from a heroin overdose at age 25. The former guitarist of James Gang had been hired by Deep Purple to replace Ritchie Blackmore and was on a solo tour supporting Jeff Beck.
  • 1980: Two months after the death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin issues a statement saying that can not continue on as a band without the irreplaceable Bonzo.
  • 1997: The Recording Industry Association of America updates the sales amounts of 11 Led Zeppelin albums, making Zeppelin second only to The Beatles as the all-time top-selling artist.

From the WZLX ticket stash…The Allman Brothers Band opened a three night stand at the Tea Party in 1969…In ’75 The Kinks were at the Orpheum…

…And in 1988 Keith Richards with his Expensive Winos played the first of two nights at the Orpheum.

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