Re: This Day In Rock History
This Day In Rock History: August 12th
1949 Dire Straits leader, guitarist, songwriter and vocalist, Mark Knopfler, is born.
1968 Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham play together for the first time in London’s West End. The first song they play is a cover of Johnny Burnette’s “Train Kept A-Rollin’.” The rehearsal session sounds promising and the musicians decide to call themselves Led Zeppelin.
1970 Janis Joplin performs her final concert at Harvard University. The show closes with her version of Gershwin’s “Summertime.” Joplin fatally overdoses on heroin less than two months later.
1989 A cover of Ian Hunter's "Once Bitten Twice Shy" puts Great White into the Top 10 (#5) on the pop chart.
1991 "Metallica" (aka "The Black Album") is out. The group's fifth studio album contains "Enter Sandman" and "The Unforgiven." Staying on the Billboard 200 for 307 weeks, the album sells over 30 million copies worldwide.