Rock N’ Roll Diary: February 19

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath! What was his first pro band?

Answer: The Rockin’ Chevrolets

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

  • Happy birthday: Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath – the only member who is in every lineup!
  • 1972: Paul McCartney’s single “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” was banned in England under a law that prohibits artists from commenting on issues under a crown investigation. The song criticized Britain’s infamous “Sunday Bloody Sunday” killings.
  • 1977: Fleetwood Mac released the album Rumors. It yielded four top-10 singles and today is one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  • 1980: AC/DC frontman Bon Scott was found dead in London while on tour. He was only 33 and died of alcohol poisoning.
  • 1981: “Sub-conscious plagiarism” was the ruling for George Harrison, who was ordered to pay $587,000 for copying parts of the 1963 Chiffons hit “She’s So Fine” in his song “My Sweet Lord.”
  • 1991: B.B. King was honored at the New York Hard Rock Cafe with a Lifetime Achievement award presented by Gibson Guitars, the manufacturer of his beloved guitar “Lucille.”
  • In the WZLX ticket stash…Bon Jovi played the Centrum in 1993!
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