TRIVIA: What did Boston guitarist Tom Scholtz invent?
ANSWER: The Rockman guitar amplifier.
2008 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its 23rd annual induction ceremony in New York. The Class of 2008 consists of The Dave Clark Five, The Ventures, Madonna, John Mellencamp and Leonard Cohen as performers. Philly soul moguls Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff receive the newly named Ahmet Ertegun Award, as the Hall resumes honoring standout producers and songwriters.
2003 – The 18th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, honoring AC/DC, The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions, The Police and The Righteous Brothers.
1998 – His Pilgrim album yields the introspective hit “My Father’s Eyes,” which wins Eric Clapton a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
1990 – Whitesnake hits #28 with “The Deeper the Love”.
1979 – The Sex Pistols sign with English A&M Records in a ceremony held outside Buckingham Palace. After many of its star artists protest the signing, the label will drop the band in a week, without actually releasing any product. The Pistols get to keep the signing money.
1979 – Stephen Stills with opening band Irakere played Kent State’s KSU Memorial Gym.
1977 – Pink Floyd’s Animals album is certified platinum.
1975 – John Lennon releases “Stand by Me.” The only hit from his Rock and Roll album of oldies covers will reach the Top 20.
1973 – Pink Floyd played Kent State University’s KSU Memorial Gym on their Dark Side Of The Moon tour. The group performed near Cleveland three times during this tour, which lasted from 1972 – 1973 both before and after the album was released. They played the Allen Theatre, KSU and Blossom.
1968 – During a concert at Winterland in San Francisco, Cream records the versions of “Spoonful” and “Crossroads” that are on the group’s Wheels of Fire album.
1966 – The Beach Boys record the vocals for “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
Tom Scholz – 67 years old
American rock musician, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist, best known as the founder and guitar player of the band Boston. He is also the inventor of the Rockman guitar amplifier. He has been described by Allmusic as “a notoriously ‘un-rock n’ roll’ figure who never enjoyed the limelight of being a performer,” preferring to concentrate almost exclusively on his music, and in more recent years, spending much of his time working with charities.
Born in 1947
Edie Brickell – 48 years old
The solo/Gaddabouts/Heavy Circle/Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians singer is married to Paul Simon. She won a Best American Roots Song Grammy in 2014 for “Love Has Come for You,” the title track from her collaborative album with Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Born in 1966