Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 20

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to Peter Criss, original drummer for Kiss. He wrote and sang “Beth,” which was a huge hit for the band. What was the original title of the song?

Answer: “Beck” (for Becky)

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

  • Happy birthday to: Peter Criss, the original drummer for KISS. Also celebrating a birthday today is Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.
  • 1967: Ian Anderson and Glen Cornick leave the John Evans Band to form Jethro Tull with guitarist Mick Abrahams and drummer Clive Bunker.
  • 1969: The Rolling Stones album Let it Bleed displaces Abbey Road by The Beatles as the #1 album in England.
  • 1970: The Who perform the last in a series of “Tommy” shows at London’s Roundhouse Club. The Who’s opening act for that night is a fresh-faced young Elton John.
  • 1975: The Eagles hire solo star Joe Walsh as their new guitarist. His first album with the band is “Hotel California.”
  • 1980: John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” is the number #1 single in England.
  • 2006: Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton announces that doctors have declared him cancer-free. The rocker had been battling throat cancer, which forced him to miss the band’s fall tour.
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