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CDJ Today: October 8 in Classic Rock

Fleetwood Mac Tusk
Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk album, released this day in 1979.

October 8, 2010 – Ozzy Osbourne blasts the Westboro Baptist Church for paraphrasing lyrics from his song “Crazy Train” after they tell reporters the U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are “punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.” Ozzy says, “I am sickened and disgusted by the use of “Crazy Train” to promote messages of hate and evil by a church.”

October 8, 1979 – Fleetwood Mac release their first double album, Tusk, which is  the follow-up to Rumours.  Costing over $1 million to record, at the time it was the most expensive rock album ever made.  It sold 4 million copies worldwide, and featured the USC Trojan Marching Band on the title song “Tusk.”

October 8, 1987 – Chuck Berry is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His film biography, Hail, Hail Rock & Roll also premieres that night.

Backstage Access: Hail, Hail to Chuck Berry – The King of Rock and Roll

October 8, 1985 – Little Richard crashes his sports car into a telephone pole in West Hollywood and is taken to Cedars-Sinai Hospital with a broken right leg, bruised ribs and head and facial injuries. Little Richard was driving his car at approximately 60 mph in a 30 mph zone, and was trapped in the car for 30 minutes while county firefighters used the “jaws of life” to pry him loose. Police determine that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Classic Rock Birthdays

October 8, 1948 – Johnny Ramone (born John William Cummings), guitar (Ramones) (d. 2004)
October 8, 1965 – C. J. Ramone (born Christopher Joseph Ward), bass (Ramones)

Rock Remembrances

October 8, 1990 – B. J. Wilson (born Barrie James Wilson), dies of pneumonia.  He was 43. Wilson, who had been the drummer in Procol Harum during their formative years, collapsed after a drug overdose in 1987 and was in a vegetative state until his death from pneumonia three years later. During his career, Wilson played briefly with AC/DC after Phil Rudd left in 1983 and also played on the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack.  He was also asked to be the original drummer for Led Zeppelin by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

October 8, 2013 – Philip Chevron (born Philip Ryan), the guitarist with Irish band The Pogues, dies of oesophageal cancer. He was a 56. Chevron joined the Pogues after the release of their first album, 1984’s Red Roses for Me, as a temporary member. By the time the band released the follow-up, Rum, Sodomy & the Lash, Chevron had become a permanent fixture , and contributed one of the Pogues’ most beloved songs, “Thousands Are Sailing.”

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