Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 26

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to Eddie van Halen! Who is older, Eddie or his brother Alex?

Answer: Alex by a year and a half

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

  • 1974: Ringo Starr hit #1 with his single “You’re 16.”
  • 1977: Fleetwood Mac founding member Peter Green was committed to a mental institution after attacking an accountant who had been trying to deliver a royalty check of $30,000 to his house.
  • Also in 1977: While opening a concert for Bob Seger, singer Patti Smith fell off a stage in Tampa and had to be rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches in her head.
  • 1986: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down and killed his girlfriend.
  • 1997: ZZ Top, James Brown, and the Blues Brothers performed at the Superbowl XXXI Halftime Show.
  • 2003: Santana played at Super Bowl XXXVII.
  • From the WZLX ticket stash…Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales played Symphony Hall in 1972.
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