Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: August 3 in Classic Rock History

Bad Company’s self-titled first album went to #1 on this day in 1974. Both singer Paul Rodgers and drummer Simon Kirke joined after their group Free disbanded. Mick Ralphs performed previously in Mott the Hoople while bassist Boz Burrell had played bass and sang in what notable English outfit?

ANSWER: King Crimson

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for August 3rd, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • Happy Birthday: Tony Bennett & James Hetfield of Metallica
  • 1971: Paul McCartney announced the formation of his new band Wings which included wife Linda and Denny Laine, an original member of The Moody Blues.
  • 1987: Def Leppard released its 4th album Hysteria. The release went on to sell over 20 million copies and became one of the defining albums of the 80’s.
  • 2002: Bob Dylan made his first appearance at the Newport Folk Festival since his legendary 1965 performance during which folk purists boo’ed him for playing an electric set.
  • 2004: A proposed reunion tour by Traffic was scrubbed because drummer Jim Capaldi was ill. While at the time he said he was suffering from a stomach ailment, he actually had cancer and died in January 2005.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1982: Elton John played the Garden.
  • 1985: Motley Crue rocked Lynn at the Manning Bowl.

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