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CDJ Today: May 12 in Classic Rock

Steve Winwood. Credit Sam Erickson
Steve Winwood. Photo credit: Sam Erickson

May 12, 1967 – Pink Floyd perform what may have been the first concert in quadraphonic sound when they place loudspeakers at the back of the concert hall at “Games for May,” a swanky affair at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. Adding to the otherworldly experience,  Roger Waters throws potatoes at a gong, Nick Mason mic’s up a saw to cut through a log, Richard Wright creates huge soap bubbles to waft over the crowd, and the band’s roadies toss daffodils into the crowd.  Aaaah, the 60’s.  We can smell it now.

May 12, 1971 – Mick Jagger marries Bianca Macias in a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France.  Guests include the Stones, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills and Paul McCartney. Daughter Jade is born 5 months later.

May 12, 2008 – Neil Young has a trapdoor spider named after him by a professor at East Carolina University, who is a big fan.  Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi joins East African isopod cirolana mercury (Freddie Mercury), and wood roach cryptocercus garciai (Jerry Garcia).

May 12, 1968 – Brian Jones makes his final live appearance with the Rolling Stones in Wembley, England. He would be dead a little more than a year later.

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Classic Rock Birthdays

May 12, 1961 – Billy Duffy, guitar (The Cult)
May 12, 1959 – Ray Gillen, vocals (Black Sabbath, Badlands) (d. 1993)
May 12, 1958 – Eric Singer (born Eric Doyle Mensinger), drums (Kiss)
May 12, 1950 – Billy Squier, vocals, guitar
May 12, 1948 – Steve Winwood, vocals, keyboards (The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith)
May 12, 1946 – Ian McLagan, keyboards (Small Faces, Faces, Rolling Stones) (d. 2014)
May 12, 1942 – Ian Dury, vocals (Ian Dury and the Blockheads) (d. 2000)
May 12, 1954 – Barry Borden, drums (Molly Hatchet)

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