Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: May 30 in Classic Rock History

Happy Memorial Day! What rock and roll veteran worked first in a sheet metal shop and had to be convinced by his bandmates to finally give up the steady gig and commit to rock and roll?


ANSWER: That sheet metal worker was Roger Daltrey.

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for May 30th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1966: The Beatles released the “Paperback Writer” single. It featured the B-side “Rain”, which popularized the use of “backmasking”, or vocals and music recorded backward onto a forward track.
  • 1969: The Beatles released the single “The Ballad of John and Yoko” in England. The song featured only John Lennon and Paul McCartney singing & playing the music.
  • 1971: Three dozen Grateful Dead fans were treated for hallucinations caused by LSD they had unwittingly ingested when the drug was used to spike an apple drink served at a concert in San Francisco. Although members of The Dead were suspected of supplying the drug, they were not formally accused.
  • 1980: Carl Radle, best-known as the bass player for Derek and the Dominos died of a chronic kidney problem. He was 37 years old.
  • 1997: Neil Young was forced to cancel a European tour after deeply cutting his index finger while slicing a sandwich. His doctors told him he wouldn’t be able to play the guitar while the wound was healing.
  • Checking the WZLX Ticket Stash…Van Morrison played the Boston Tea Party for the first of three nights in 1968…And in ’79 Lou Reed performed at The Paradise.
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