Today in Music History: Happy Birthday, Dave Grohl

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Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing on 'Let's Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince.' The special was broadcast Tuesday, April 21, 2020, on the CBS Television Network and streaming on CBS All Access. (Monty Brinton/CBS)

History Highlight:

David Eric Grohl was born on this day in 1969, making him 52 today. Best-known as the founder and frontman of Foo Fighters, he was first established as the drummer for Nirvana. In 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with former Nirvana bandmates Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic. The Foo Fighters have been around since 1994, have won 12 Grammys, an American Music Award, four Brit Awards, and two MTV Video Music Awards. But the pandemic has been hard on Grohl, preventing him from performing live like all other musicians. In an Atlantic article published last year, he said, "I'm hungry for a big old plate of sweaty, ear-shredding, live rock and roll, ASAP. The kind that makes your heart race, your body move, and your soul stir with passion." He added, ""We need moments that reassure us that we are not alone. That we are understood. That we are imperfect. And, most important...we need each other."

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1963 - Charlie Watts performed his first concert as the drummer for The Rolling Stones at the Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho, outside of London.

1966 - David Bowie released his debut single "Can't Help Thinking About Me" on Parlophone Records in the U.K. and Warner Bros. in the U.S. Bowie also changed his stage name from David Jones to David Bowie to avoid confusion with The Monkees' Davy Jones.

1970 - Diana Ross made her last appearance with The Supremes at the New Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. At the conclusion of the show, new lead singer Jean Terrell was brought onstage and introduced to the audience. The Supremes are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. At their peak in the mid-1960s, the group rivaled the Beatles in worldwide popularity.

1973 - Elvis Presley performed his "Aloha from Hawaii" concert which was broadcast on television worldwide via satellite to an audience of one billion.

1978 - The Sex Pistols played their last live gig at Winterland in San Francisco. Johnny Rotten famously closed the show by asking the crowd, "Ever feel like you've been cheated?" The group would reunite in 1996, 2003 and 2007.

1984 - Paul McCartney reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart with "Pipes of Peace".

1992 - New York Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan died after he fell into a coma after suffering a stroke a few weeks earlier in New York City. He was 45 years old.

2005 - A $100,000 statue honoring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

2010 - Guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with the United Nations' first ever Pathways To Peace Award.


Clarence Carter, singer and guitarist, is 85.

Allen Toussaint, singer, songwriter, producer, was born today in 1938.

Zakk Wylde of the Ozzy Osbourne band is 54.

James Todd Smith (LL Cool J) is 53.

Caleb Followill, lead singer for Kings of Leon, is 39.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.

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