Happy birthday to Neil Schon, guitarist for Journey, and before that, Santana. On which Santana album did he make his professional debut?
Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!
- Happy Birthday: Neil Schon, guitarist for Santana and a founding member of Journey! And happy birthday also to Johnny Van Zandt, who took over as singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd after his brother Ronnie died tragically in a plane crash.
- 1967: Pink Floyd released the single “Arnold Layne” from debut record Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Pirate Radio station “Radio London” banned the song for its talk of transvestites. However, the BBC didn’t.
- 1970: The Jefferson Airplane were fined $1,000 for singing profanity while on stage in Oklahoma City. The ordinance prohibiting obscene language while in concert was drawn up a year earlier when Jim Morrison of The Doors allegedly exposed himself at a Miami concert.
- 1976: Mick Jagger was admitted into a New York City hospital for a respiratory infection. Jagger and his girlfriend signed the hospital register “Mercedes” and “Benz.”
- 1977: Keith Richards was busted in a Toronto hotel by Royal Canadian Mounties who discovered an ounce of heroin in his room – Richards received a suspended sentence and was ordered to perform a benefit Rolling Stones concert.
- 2006: Four toilets that had been in the late Jerry Garcia’s home were sold on eBay. They went to the internet casino GoldenPalace.com.
- From the WZLX ticket stash…ZZ Top played the Providence Civic Center in 1976.