Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: December 12 in Classic Rock History

Happy birthday to Dickie Betts. What was the guitarist’s final album of new studio material with the Allman Brothers Band before they fired him from the group?


ANSWER: 1994’s “Where it All Begins.”

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for December 12th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • Happy birthday to: Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band and Paul Rodgers of Free, Bad Company & the Firm.
  • 1964: Kinks singer Ray Davies marries a 17-year-old fan. They have two kids and manage to stay married until 1973.
  • 1968: The Rolling Stones film their Rock and Roll Circus TV show with John Lennon, Jethro Tull, Eric Clapton, and others.
  • 1969: The Plastic Ono Band, starring the hastily assembled Eric Clapton, Alan White, Klaus Voorman and John & Yoko Lennon, makes its concert debut at the Toronto Peace Festival. The group had never performed live together before hitting the stage.
  • 1983: David Bowie plays the final date of his “Serious Moonlight” tour in Bangkok.
  • 1985: David Crosby surrenders to federal authorities in West Palm Beach, Florida after spending 17 days as a fugitive on drug and weapons charges and Ian Stewart, the keyboardist, road manager and legendary 6th Stone, dies of a heart attack in London. He was 47.
  • In 2003, Mick Jagger received his Knighthood at Buckingham Palace.

From the WZLX ticket stash…the Allman Brothers Band played at UMass Amherst in 1969…Foghat was at the Orpheum in 1976…And Boston played the first of two nights at the House of Blues in a benefit for children’s charities.

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