Keith Moon died on this day in 1978. The lovable madcap drummer of the Who played a gig with the band for the BBC on Dec. 31st, 1970. What stunt did Moon do to ring out that year?
ANSWER: He broke apart his kit and threw it into the audience.
What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for September 7, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!
- 1963: Bob Dylan charted for the first time with his classic “Blowin’ in the Wind” off the Freewheelin’ LP.
- 1976: Paul McCartney declared “Buddy Holly Week” in honor of Holly’s birthday. McCartney incidentally owns publishing rights to nearly all of Holly’s material.
- 1978: It was a sad day when Who drummer Keith Moon died in his London flat after attending the film premiere of “The Buddy Holly Story”. The legendary drummer od’d on a tranquilizer prescribed to curb his alcoholism.
- 1985: David Bowie and Mick Jagger shared the number one spot on the British singles chart with their duet of “Dancing in the Street” which they recorded for Live Aid.
- 2003: Legendary singer/songwriter Warren Zevon passed away after a lengthy battle with lung cancer. He was 56.