The Rolling Stones made their live debut tonight in 1962 with Dick Taylor (later of The Pretty Things) on bass, and Mick Avory (later of The Kinks) on drums at the Marquee Club in London. They would add Bill Wyman on bass in December, Charlie Watts on drums in January of ’63 (which is why Keith Richards this year blew off reunion tour rumors, saying January of 2013 would be their 50th anniversary), and the letter “g” to the end of their name.
George Harrison smashed up his brand-new Jaguar “E” this afternoon in 1964, as he was leaving for a gig in Brighton. Beatle fans snatched up bits of broken glass as souvenirs. One of the opening bands that night, The Shubdubs, featured drummer Jimmy Nichol, who they would later use as a stand-in for the ailing Ringo on their first Australian tour.
Lincoln, Nebraska pop duo Zager and Evans went to #1 today in 1969 on the U.S. charts with a song already on the British charts, making In The Year 2525 the only#1 “One Hit Wonder” on both sides of the Atlantic.
Ron Wood left his wife Jo today in 2008, moving in with an 18 year old Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova. He and Jo had been married 23 years.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Christine Anne Perfect is 69, better known by the name she took when she married Fleetwood Mac bass player John McVie. By the time she was asked to join the band on keyboards and vocal, she’d done backup vocals and the cover art for their album Kiln House.
Bassist John Wetton of Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, Wishbone Ash, U.K., and Asia is 63.
Iron Butterfly’s bass player in the 70’s, Phil Kramer, would be 60 today. After the band he went to night school and got a degree in Aerospace Engineering, worked on the guidance system for the MX Missile, and then went on to he software industry. In 1995 he disappeared after going to LAX to pick up an investor, and became the focus of a nationwide search on TV shows like America’s Most Wanted and Unsolved Mysteries. His remains were found almost 5 years later in his minivan at the bottom of a Malibu canyon by photographers taking pictures of old car wrecks. The death was ruled a suicide, largelyon the evidence of a cell phone call he made at the airport when he called L.A. Police and said: “I’m going to kill myself, and I want everyone to know O.J. Simpson is innocent…they did it.”