Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1962 – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Mick Taylor meet Brian Jones at the Ealing Club, a London hangout for those who like the blues.

1969 – Robert Fripp forms King Crimson.

1971 – Crosby, Stills & Nash’s double live album “4 Way Street” is released. Showcasing the group’s range and versatility, it includes group performances and solo spots.

1973 – MCA Records releases Elton John’s “Daniel.” The song makes it to #2.

1973 – David Bowie scores his first US Top 40 hit with “Space Oddity” which peaks at #15.

1974 – Steely Dan’s biggest hit single, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” is released. It rises to #4 and pulls the album from which it came, “Pretzel Logic,'”up to #8 on the album charts.

1981 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band start their first European tour in Hamburg, Germany.

2008 – Bob Dylan is awarded an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his impact on music and culture.

2017 – The 32nd annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony is held in Brooklyn, New York. Yes, Journey, Pearl Jam and Joan Baez are among the inductees.


Ravi Shankar 1920

Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane) 1943

Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead) 1946

Janis Ian 1951