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CDJ Today: November 9 in Classic Rock

Alan Gratzer of REO Speedwagon
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November 9, 1967 – The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine is published in San Francisco in newspaper format. It sells for 35¢, which is about $2.48 today. The cover features a photo of John Lennon and the lead article is on the Monterey Pop Festival. The first issue also conveniently includes a free roach clip. The name of the magazine hails from three sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first Bob Dylan record and of course, the band, The Rolling Stones.

November 9, 2010 – A fire in a 10,000 square foot warehouse used to store Neil Young‘s vintage cars, guitars, paintings, and cases of other memorabilia causes damages estimated at over $800,000.  An investigation later determines that the fire started in a 1959 Lincoln Continental and spread to the warehouse. Young had outfitted the car with electric batteries and a biodiesel-powered generator as part of his company, LincVolt.

November 9, 1999 – Gary Glitter, charged under his real name, Paul Gadd, appears in a London court to defend himself against charges of seducing and sexually humiliating a 14-year-old female teenage fan in 1980. Glitter is later acquitted of those charges, but goes to jail for four months after admitting to owning a collection of 4,000 hardcore photographs of children being abused on his computer.  He is currently in prison for 16 years on separate charges for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

November 9, 1967 – Roger McGuinn kicks David Crosby out of The Byrds. Crosby recalls that frontman Roger McGuinn and bassist Chris Hillman “came zooming up in their Porsches and said that I was impossible to work with and I wasn’t very good anyway and they’d do better without me. And frankly, I’ve been laughing ever since. F— ’em. But it hurt like hell. I didn’t try to reason with them. I just said, ‘it’s a shameful waste… goodbye.’” Crosby shortly thereafter formed Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Backstage Access:
Rediscovering Chris Hillman

Classic Rock Birthdays

November 9, 1948 – Alan Gratzer, drums (REO Speedwagon)
November 9, 1952 – Dennis Stratton, guitar (Iron Maiden)
November 9, 1948 – Joe Bouchard, bass, (Blue Öyster Cult)
November 9, 1941 – Tom Fogerty, guitar (Creedence Clearwater Revival) (d. 1990)
November 9, 1943 – Dennis Provisor, vocals, keyboards (The Grass Roots)
November 9, 1936 – Mary Travers, vocals (Peter, Paul and Mary) (d. 2009)

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Rock Remembrances

November 9, 2015 – Andy White, christened one of the fifth Beatles, dies after a stroke in New Jersey. He was 85. White replaced Ringo Starr on drums on the Beatles’ first single, “Love Me Do” and also appeared on “P.S. I Love You,” which was the B-side of “Love Me Do.”  White also worked with many other musicians and groups including Rod Stewart, Chuck Berry and Bill Haley & His Comets, and played on albums by Herman’s Hermits, on Tom Jones’s hit song “It’s Not Unusual” and on “Shout” by Lulu.

November 9, 2017 – Chuck Mosley, former lead singer of Faith No More and Bad Brains, dies of a heroin overdose at his home in Cleveland.  He was 57.  Mosley was the co-writer of Faith No More’s “We Care A Lot,” which was the band’s first big hit.

Faith No More – “We Care A Lot”

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