Today in Music History: Paul Weller Debuts The Style Council

Paul Weller unveiled his new band, Style Council Today in Music History.
Paul Weller unveiled his new band, Style Council Today in Music History. (album artwork)

History Highlight:

Today in 1983, Paul Weller unveiled his new group The Style Council at an anti-nuclear benefit gig in London. The former singer and guitarist with The Jam chose a much more soul-oriented sound for his new project which ran for six years and produced five studio albums and one EP.

Also, Today In:

1966 - "I Am A Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel, was on its way up the singles chart. It would be their third hit.

1972 - The Rolling Stones released their classic double-album Exile On Main Street, the second album on their own label. It featured the hit singles "Tumbling Dice" and "Happy"; Keith Richards was featured on lead vocals on the latter. The album would prove to be one of band's most influential.

1978 - The 90,000 tickets available for Bob Dylan's forthcoming concerts at London's Wembley Empire Pool were all snatched up in less than eight hours.

1991 - A judge in Macon, Georgia, threw out a wrongful death suit against Ozzy Osbourne after a local mother and father were unable to prove their son had been spurred on by Ozzy's music to attempt suicide.

2002 - On this day, The Rolling Stones arrived in New York's Van Cortland Park via a blimp, announcing 32 North American dates as part of their 40th anniversary world tour.

Birthdays:

Matt Helders, drummer for Arctic Monkeys, is 27 today.

Jerry Nolan, drummer for New York Dolls, was born today in 1946.