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CDJ Today: July 6 in Classic Rock

Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane

July 6, 1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men (featuring Lennon) were appearing.  McCartney impresses Lennon by playing Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula” from Gene Vincent.  He also shows Lennon how to tune his guitar, something he’d been paying someone else to do for him.  About two weeks later, McCartney is invited to join the band.

July 6, 1977 –  In Montreal, Pink Floyd become so disenchanted with the crowd that David Gilmour refuses to play the encores, and Roger Waters spits at fans climbing the mesh that separates the crowd from the band. This show lays the groundwork for Pink Floyd’s next album The Wall. Waters later says, “I loathed playing in stadiums … I kept saying to people on that tour, ‘I’m not really enjoying this … there is something very wrong with this.'”

July 6, 1975 – Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones are arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.  Hundreds of people gather outside city hall as word spreads. British Embassy officials are called, and no one spends time behind bars after posting bail.

July 6, 1965 – Jefferson Airplane forms in San Francisco.  A “Jefferson Airplane” is slang for a roach clip, but guitarist Jorma Kaukonen says their name came from a nickname given to him by a friend,  “Blind Thomas Jefferson Airplane,” a tribute for blues pioneer Blind Lemon Jefferson.

Classic Rock Birthdays

July 6, 1949 – Mike Shrieve, drums (Santana, HSAS)
July 6, 1952 – Graham Oliver, guitar (Saxon)
July 6, 1945 – Rik Elswit, guitar (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show)
July 6, 1925 – Bill Haley, vocals, guitar (Bill Haley & His Comets) (d. 1981)

Rock Remembrances

July 6, 2003 – Skip Battin (born Clyde Battin), bassist and songwriter with The Byrds, dies of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 69.  Battin also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and joined his ex-Byrds mate Gene Parsons in The Flying Burrito Brothers.

July 6, 1971 – Louis Armstrong dies of a heart attack in Queens, New York City.  He was 69. Armstrong was a jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader whose influence on the development of jazz is unparalleled.  He also bridged the gap between the highly segregated black and white world at the time, a privilege reserved for very few African-American public figures.  He was posthumously given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1972 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.  New Orleans’ airport is named after him and in 1995 the U.S. Post Office issued a commemorative stamp featuring his image.

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