Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: July 28 in Classic Rock History

It’s the birthday of Simon Kirke, drummer of Bad Company. Previously he was part of the internationally-famous band Free. But before that, he began his professional career in what London group?

ANSWER: Black Cat Bones

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for July 28th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1970: Mick Jagger made his acting debut in Melbourne, Australia, with a lead role in the filmNed Kelly.
  • 1972: Mott the Hoople released “All the Young Dudes.” The song was written by David Bowie who gave it to the band to encourage them not to break up. Bowie’s idea worked: the song was a hit.
  • 1973: Grand Funk released We’re an American Band, the same day a rock festival at Watkins Glen attracted 600,000 rock fans to upstate New York for music with the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, and the Band.
  • 1978: National Lampoon’s Animal House hit the theaters.
  • 1979: 65,000 people attended the World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium with Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, Journey & Thin Lizzy headlining.
  • 1987: The Beatles sued Nike and Capitol Records in an attempt to stop their song “Revolution” from being used in a commercial. The effort failed.
  • 1993: Rod Stewart’s CD Unplugged and Seated was certified platinum.
  • 2007: Eric Clapton hosted his second Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Jimmie Vaughn, and Derek Trucks were among the participants.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1975: Dave Mason and Poco played the Cape Cod Coliseum.
  • 1994: Jimmy Buffet was also at Great Woods.

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