Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: August 5 in Classic Rock History

Pink Floyd released its groundbreaking 1st album “Piper at the Gates of Dawn” on this day in 1967. Years later, after “Dark Side of the moon” made Floyd international superstars, their label repackaged that first album and the band’s second into a double album moronically entitled what?

ANSWER: “A Nice Pair”

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for August 5th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1967: Pink Floyd released its groundbreaking 1st album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The group’s co-founder and original guitarist Syd Barret wrote most of the record.
  • 1972: The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” was re-released and became a hit single again. The song originally came out in ’67 on the Days of Future Passed album.
  • 1981: The Moody Blues were back, topping the U.S. album charts with Long Distance Voyager.
  • 1983: David Crosby was sentenced to five years imprisonment for cocaine possession. He also received a three-year sentence for possession of firearms, but was released after a few months behind bars. Crosby spent the rest of his time on probation in California.
  • 1992: Drummer Jeff Porcaro died of cardiac arrest at age 38. The co-founder of Toto was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack.
  • 1994: Billy Idol entered a hospital after overdosing.
  • 2004: Cincinnati, Ohio’s city council lifted a 25-year ban on festival seating at concerts. The ban was implemented in 1979, after eleven people were crushed at a general admission show by the Who.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played the Garden.
  • 1977: The Steve Miller Band was there as well.
  • 1979: The Kinks performed on the lawn at the Lenox Music Inn.

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