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CDJ Today: December 20 in Classic Rock

December 20, 1980 – Motörhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor accidentally breaks his neck after being lifted above the head of a friend in a test of strength, only to be dropped upon his head. Taylor continued to play in Motörhead with the aid of a neck brace, as is visible in the music video...
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CDJ Today: December 19 in Classic Rock

December 19, 1975 – Ronnie Wood officially leaves The Faces, leaving him free to join The Rolling Stones months later. Classic Rock Birthdays December 19, 1944 – Alvin Lee (born Graham Anthony Barnes), guitar, vocals (Ten Years After) (d. 2013) December 19, 1957 – Doug Johnson, keyboards (Loverboy...
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Having Some Fun at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Expense

For anyone who ever watched 60 Minutes, think of this as the “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” bit at the end of each show. Kind of fitting as this is my year-end blog. Who the heck are the voters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?? Try as they do, they never seem … Continue reading Having Some Fun...
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CDJ Today: December 18 in Classic Rock

December 18, 1983 – Keith Richards marries model and actress Patti Hansen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger is Richards’ best man. December 18, 1988 – Mike Peters of The Alarm has his eyes burnt by spotlights during a show in Chester, England. He regains his sight two weeks later. December 18...
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CDJ Today: December 17 in Classic Rock

December 17, 1994 – Richie Sambora of Bon Jovi marries actress Heather Locklear in Paris. They divorce in 2006. December 17, 1969 – Singer Tiny Tim marries Miss Vicki Budinger on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson with 40 million people watching. The program receives the second largest ratings...
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U.S. Postal Service Will Honor John Lennon with 2018 Stamp

John Lennon will be honored by the United States Postal Service in 2018 with a commemorative Forever stamp. The stamp will be released as part of the Music Icon series which has previously included Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, among others. While Lennon was born in the...
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CDJ Today: December 16 in Classic Rock

December 16, 1994 – Davy Jones, former lead singer of The Monkees, is charged with a DUI after being stopped on a rural Pennsylvania road near his home. Jones is released on $5,000 bail. Classic Rock Birthdays December 16, 1949 – Billy Gibbons, guitar, vocals (ZZ Top) December 16, 1945 – Tony Hicks...
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CDJ Today: December 15 in Classic Rock

December 15, 1977 – The Sex Pistols are refused entry into the U.S. two days before their scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live. Johnny Rotten is denied because of drug convictions, Paul Cook and Sid Vicious because of “moral turpitude” and Steve Jones because of his criminal record. Elvis...
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CDJ Today: December 14 in Classic Rock

December 14, 1980 – There is a 10-minute silent vigil worldwide at 2PM EST in New York City to remember John Lennon. Over 100,000 people gather in Central Park; 30,000 people observe silence in Liverpool. For those ten minutes, every radio station in New York City goes off the air. At least three...
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Reveals 2018 Inductees

Bon Jovi, The Moody Blues, The Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone will all be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 it was announced Wednesday. The inductees were chosen by the organizations international voting body that includes artists, historians and industry members. Nominees...
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