Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: December 29 in Classic Rock History

In 1967, Dave Mason quit Traffic the first of three times! He left after the recording of the debut album “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and before the second album, which was entitled what?


ANSWER: Just “Traffic.”


What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for December 29th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • Celebrating birthdays: Ray Thomas of The Moody Blues and British pop singer and Mick Jagger’s one time girlfriend Marianne Faithful.
  • 1963: John Lennon and Paul McCartney are called the greatest composers since Beethoven in an article in the London Sunday Times.
  • 1967: Dave Mason quits Traffic shortly after the group’s debut album “Mr. Fantasy” enters the charts. It is the first of three times that Mason would depart from the band.
  • 1975: Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane call it quits after seven years and one daughter.
  • 1980: Songwriter Tim Hardin, author of “Reason to Believe” and other songs, dies of a suspected heroin overdose at his apartment in Los Angeles.
  • From the WZLX ticket stash…

  • The Grateful Dead was at the Boston Tea Party in 1969
  • In ’77 the Marshall Tucker Band, Pure Prairie League, and Jonathan Edwards played the Providence Civic Center
  • The Talking Heads played the Paradise Theater
  • In 1999, J. Geils Band played a special reunion gig at the Orpheum to say goodbye to 1999!
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