CDJ Today: December 27 in Classic Rock

December 26, 2017
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Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues in 1975. CC BY SA 3.0. Credit: Jim Summaria

December 27, 1932 – Radio City Music Hall, the world’s largest indoor theater at the time, opens in New York City with a massive six-hour show. With 6,200 seats and a stage spanning 10,000 square feet, more than 300 million people have gone to Radio City to enjoy movies, stage shows, concerts, and special events.

December 27, 2008 – Thieves break into a house belonging to Gregg Allman in Georgia and steal a coin collection, knives and unreleased concert recordings. Two men are charged with the burglary two days later.

Classic Rock Birthdays

December 27, 1944 – Mick Jones, guitar (Foreigner)
December 27, 1952 – David Knopfler, guitar, vocals (Dire Straits)
December 27, 1948 – Larry Byrom, guitar (Steppenwolf)
December 27, 1943 – Peter Sinfield, lyricist (King Crimson)
December 27, 1941 – Mike Pinder, keyboards (The Moody Blues)
December 27, 1950 – Terry Bozzio, drums (Missing Persons, Frank Zappa)

Rock Remembrances

December 27, 2008 – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Delaney Bramlett dies in Los Angeles from complications of gall bladder surgery. He was 69. Bramlett was a member of Delaney & Bonnie & Friends and worked with many rock icons – he taught George Harrison to play slide guitar and Clapton credited him with teaching him how to sing rock vocals.   He also recorded or worked with Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, The Everly Brothers and many others.

December 27, 2015 – Singer Stevie Wright of the Easybeats dies in Australia of pneumonia. He was 68. Born in England, Wright was the lead singer of the Sydney-based band who had the 1966 world-wide hit “Friday on My Mind.” The Easybeats were widely regarded as the biggest Australian pop band of the 1960s and Wright was Australia’s first international pop star.

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