Today in rock history: on this date in 1961, identical twins Kim and Kelley Deal were born in Dayton, Ohio. Best known for their involvement with leading alternative band The Breeders, both sisters have each played significant roles in the creation and livelihood of independent rock for decades. Kim also served as bassist for the highly influential band The Pixies through that band most integral time period, the late 1980s through the early 1990s.
Concert review: The Rolling Stones still let it rock at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando
Today in rock history: on this date in 1966, The Rolling Stones reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard singles chart in the United States with its single, “Paint It Black.” The single wound up becoming the third chart-topper in the U.S. for the band as well as being the band’s sixth No. 1 hit in its native England. “Paint It Black” is significant in that it was the first No. 1 that featured a sitar, a traditional Indian stringed instrument that makes a very distinctive sound. The single was also the source of controversy when released due to a misplaced comma within its title that caused an outcry. The bands record label originally titled the track “Paint It, Black” which led to criticism for appearing to have racial overtones.
Today in rock history: on this date in 1949, country music legend Hank Williams made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry, the long-running and integral country music program. Williams, one of the most distinctive and gifted songwriters in the history of country music, performed his current single at the time, the now-classic “Lovesick Blues.” Hank was an instant hit and was called out for six encores. Williams would appear on the program again, which took place at the mother church of country music, The Ryman Auditorium, before his untimely death at age 29 in 1953.
Today in rock history: on this date in 1940, rock and roll pioneer Joey Dee was born in Passaic, New Jersey. Born Joseph DiNicola, the singer became successful and recognized for his involvement in the popularity of the dance craze known as the twist. Dee’s massive hit single “Peppermint Twist” with his band The Starlighters was released in 1961 and became a million selling single. Its follow up, “Hey Let’s Twist” was also a hit as well as serving as the title track for a film Joey starred in that too kept the popularity of the new dance alive. Now regarded as the “Godfather of the Twist,” Joey Dee is still musically active and celebrates his 78th birthday today.