July 12, 2007 – Rod Stewart is awarded the CBE Order of the British Empire by Prince Charles in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
July 12, 1963 – The Rolling Stones play their first ever gig outside London when they appeared at The Alcove Club in Yorkshire supporting The Hollies.
Classic Rock Birthdays
July 12, 1950 – Eric Carr (born Paul Charles Caravello), drums, vocals (Kiss) (d. 1991)
July 12, 1943 – Christine McVie (born Christine Anne Perfect), keyboards, vocals (Fleetwood Mac)
July 12, 1967 – John Petrucci, guitar, vocals (Dream Theater)
July 12, 1962 – Dan Murphy, guitar, vocals (Soul Asylum)
July 12, 1952 – Philip Taylor Kramer, bass (Iron Butterfly) (d. 1995)
July 12, 1948 – Walter Egan, vocals, guitar
July 12, 1983 – Chris Wood, co-founder of Traffic, dies of pneumonia in England. He was 39. Wood also worked with Free and the Small Faces, and played with Jimi Hendrix in 1968, appearing on Electric Ladyland.
July 12, 1979 – Minnie Riperton dies of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 31. Her biggest song was the Stevie Wonder produced “Loving You” which went to #1 in 1975. Her daughter is actress/comedian Maya Rudolph.