Rock N’ Roll Diary: July 16

Carter Alan /

Happy birthday to Stuart Copeland of the police. He recorded new wave solo material under a pseudonym. What was it?

Answer: Klark Kent

Here’s the rest of the Rock N’ Roll Diary for today:

  • 1966: Cream was formed by Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce, and Eric Clapton . They had their live debut on July 31st of that year at the Windsor Jazz and Blues festival.
  • 1981: Harry Chapin died in an auto accident in Jericho, NY. His VW rabbit was rear-ended by a tractor trailer and he had a massive heart attack.
  • 1984: Pink Floyd and Eric Clapton launched a joint tour with a show in Stockholm.
  • 1996: Styx co-founder and drummer John Panozzo died from gastrointestinal hemorrhage at his home in Chicago. He was 47.
  • 2008: R.E.O. Speedwagon was the headliner for “Ridin’ the Storm Out – Floods of 2008 Relief Concert,” a benefit for those in the Midwest battling floods. The show, which took place in Polk County, Iowa, brought in 275-thousand-dollars, while additional money was raised via donations.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1971: Creedence Clearwater Revival was at the Garden.
  • 1974: Edgar Winter played the Cape Cod Coliseum.
  • 1976: Jefferson Starship flew into the Garden.
  • 1977: Blue Oyster Cult played the Cape Cod Coliseum.
  • 1978: The marquee above the Paradise read Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
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