Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 6

Carter Alan /

It’s the birth date of the late Syd Barrett, original singer/songwriter/guitarist and guiding light of Pink Floyd. How many complete albums did he finish with the band?

Answer: Just the first – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (not counting compilations)

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

  • 1964: The Rolling Stones began their first headlining tour of England.
  • 1990: The Rolling Stones’ “Steel Wheels” tour had grossed over $100 million, at the time a new record.
  • 1993: More Stones news. Bassist Bill Wyman announced on the BBC that he would be leaving the band after 32 years!
  • 1996: The Beatles’ “Free As a Bird” single, which had been finished by the three surviving Beatles from a 1977 John Lennon demo, reached #6 on the American charts. It was the first new Beatles song in 25 years
  • 2002: Officials in Champagne, Illinois announced that the city was renaming part of main street as “REO Speedwagon Way” after the group, which formed in that city.
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