Rock N’ Roll Diary: July 27

Carter Alan /

Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson died in his sleep in 2001. Although he grew up in Jacksonville, where he connected with the other members of the band, he was born in New England. Where?

Answer: Newport, RI

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

  • 1971: George Harrison’s plans for a concert to benefit the starving in Bangladesh were announced. The concert was held on August 1st and featured such performers as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr and others.
  • 1976: After a four-year legal battle, John Lennon finally received his green card and became a U.S. citizen.
  • 1976: Bruce Springsteen filed a $1 million breach of contract suit against former manager Mike Appel. Appel filed for and won the right to keep Springsteen out of the recording studio until the suit was settled out of court in 1977. All this legal drama delayed Springsteen’s fourth album Darkness on the Edge of Town for over two years.
  • 1986: During its European tour, Queen performed before a crowd of 80,000 in Budapest, the first western act to play there since 1964.
  • 1999: Eric Clapton released his 2-CD compilation Blues.
  • 2007: Kiss frontman Paul Stanley was hospitalized after suffering a “cardiac event” while prepping for a concert in San Jacinto, California. Doctors became concerned when the rocker’s pulse skyrocketed to 190 beats per minute and stayed that high for more than an hour. Because it was so close to showtime, Stanley encouraged his band to play the show without him, marking the first time Kiss performed as a trio.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1971: Steven Stills was at the Garden.
  • 1974: The Allman Brothers played there.
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