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CDJ Today: November 12 in Classic Rock

Neil Young in 1983
Neil Young in 1983

November 12, 2000 – Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones breaks both of his legs after a car crashes into him in England.  Wood’s wife, Jo, was driving the couple’s BMW when they were involved in an accident. Wood was unhurt, but when he stepped from the car to direct traffic, he was struck by another car and the impact shattered both his legs.

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 12, 1964 – David Ellefson, bass (Megadeth)
November 12, 1945 – Neil Young, vocals, guitar (Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young)
November 12, 1947 – Buck Dharma (born Donald Brian Roeser),  vocals, guitar (Blue Öyster Cult)
November 12, 1955 – Les McKeown (born Leslie Richard McKeown) vocals (Bay City Rollers)
November 12, 1944 – Booker T. Jones, vocals, keyboards (Booker T. & the M.G.’s)

Rock Remembrances

November 12, 2008 – Mitch Mitchell (born John Ronald Mitchell), dies in Portland, Oregon of natural causes.  He was 61.  Mitchell was a popular session drummer prior to joining the Jimi Hendrix Experience, where he became “one of the greatest drummers of all time” according to numerous musicians and fans.  In 2005, he was named the 23rd greatest drummer of all time by Rolling Stone.

November 12, 2003 – Tony Thompson dies of kidney cancer in Los Angeles, California.  He was 48.  Thompson was the drummer of The Power Station, and passed away just two months after bandmate Robert Palmer died from a heart attack.  Thompson was also a member of Chic, and so highly thought of that he was asked to join Led Zeppelin after John Bohnam’s death – unfortunately, the reunion did not happen due to Thompson being involved in a serious car accident.

November 12, 2011 – Doyle Bramhall dies of heart failure in Alpine, Texas after suffering from pneumonia.  He was 62. Bramhall worked with both Jimmie Vaughan and Stevie Ray Vaughan and was a fixture in the Austin, Texas music scene.  He is the father of blues musician Doyle Bramhall II.

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