Events in Canadian Rock

For the month of

December

 

December 5, 1947 - Jim Messina, guitarist for Loggins and Messina and Buffalo Springfield is born

December 6, 1969 - The Rolling Stones play a free "thank you" concert for 300,000 fans at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California. Among the performing guests are Jefferson Airplane, Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The hastily organized event rapi dly falls into a disaster when four people die, including one who was stabbed by a Hell's Angel who was hired to act as a security guard. The murder is filmed and included in the film "Gimme Shelter" which premiers exactly one year later.

December 8, 1969 - Te stifying at his trial for possesion of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court, Jimi Hendrix claims that he has smoked pot four times and hashish five times, taken LSD five times and sniffed cocaine twice and that he had now "outgrown" drugs. Afte r eight hours of deliberations, the jury finds him not guilty.

December 9, 1943 - Rick Danko of The band was born.

December 11, 1971 - Blood, Sweat & Tears lead singer David Clayton Thomas is among the performers making public service announcements and press statements in support of the Canadian "Save the Seals Campaign."

December 23, 1971 - Joni Mitchell, earns her first gold disc as a performer with her third album, "Ladies of the Canyon."

December 24, 1974 - James Taylor, Carly Simon, Linda Rondstadt and Joni Mitchell are spotted crooning Christmas carols around the streets of Los Angeles.

December 28, 1968 - The Miami Festival, the first big rock festival held on the east coast, gets under way in Hallendale, Florida. Tickets go for six and seven dollars and 100,000 people show-up at the three day event. Those appearin g include Jose Feliciano, Procul Harem, Three Dog Night, Chuck Berry, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, the Turtles and Canned Heat.

December 31, 1947 - Burton Cummings of The Guess Who was born.

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