Rock N’ Roll Diary: November 23

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to Bruce Hornsby, a solo artist and a hired hand to help the grateful Dead through some keyboard-less times. Where is Hornsby from?

Answer: Williamsburg, VA

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

  • 1954: Happy birthday to pianist and singer/songwriter Bruce Hornsby, who also helped The Grateful Dead out on a number of occasions.
  • 1974: The Rolling Stones are banned from appearing on BBC Radio after they show late for two programs: “Saturday Club” and “Top Gear.”
  • 1976: Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested outside of Graceland in Memphis while brandishing a pistol and demanding to see Elvis. He is charged with public intoxication and possession of a deadly weapon.
  • 1989: Paul McCartney begins his first tour in 13 years, kicking it off in Los Angeles to support the new album Flowers in the Dirt.
  • 1991: Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury announces he has AIDS. He would die the next day at the age of 45.

From the WZLX ticket stash…The Grateful Dead played the Citi Performing Arts Center (then known as the Music Hall) in 1969.

The show came just three months after The Dead played the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival.

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