On This Day | Rock History for December 11-20

On this day December 11th to December 20th

December 11

David Gates (born 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the group Bread, which reached the tops of the musical charts in Europe and North America on several occasions in the 1970s.

Jermaine Jackson (born 1954) is an American singer, bassist, composer, a member of The Jackson 5, older brother of American pop stars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson.

Nikki Sixx (born 1958) is an American musician, songwriter, author, fashion designer, radio host, and photographer, best known as the co-founder and bassist of the band Mötley Crüe.

Zacky Vengeance (born 1981) is the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist for the American Metal band Avenged Sevenfold.

December 12

Dickey Betts (born 1943) is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer best known as a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band.

Rob Tyner (December 12, 1944 – September 17, 1991) remains best known as lead singer for the American proto-punk rock band MC5.

Bruce Kulick (born 1953) is an American guitarist, musician and a member of the band Grand Funk Railroad. Previously, Kulick had been a longtime member of the band Kiss.

Dave Meniketti (born 1953) is the singer, songwriter and lead guitarist for 1980’s Heavy Metal band Y&T.

Sheila E. (born 1957) is an American drummer and percussionist, perhaps best known for her work with Prince and Ringo Starr.

Dan Hawkins (born 1976) is an English rock guitarist. He is best known as a guitarist and backing singer of theUK band, The Darkness.

December 13

Jeff Baxter (born 1948) is an American guitarist, known for his stints in the rock bands Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers during the 1970s.

Ted Nugent (born 1948) is an American guitarist, musician, singer, author, reserve police officer, and activist. FromDetroit,Michigan, he originally gained fame as the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes, before embarking on a lengthy solo career.

Tom DeLonge (born 1975) is an American rock musician. He is the guitarist and one of the two lead vocalists for the American pop punk band Blink-182.

Amy Lee (born 1981), best known as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence.

Taylor Swift (born 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter, musician and actress.

December 14

Cliff Williams (born 1949) is an English bassist and backing vocalist, who has been a member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC since mid-1977.

December 15

Carmine Appice (born 1946) is an American rock drummer of Italian background and is the older brother of drummer Vinny Appice by 12 years. Appice is best known for his associations with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, and the power trio Beck, Bogert & Appice.

Paul Simonon (born 1955) is an English musician and artist best known as the bass guitarist for punk rock band The Clash.

Dave Mackintosh is the drummer for the British power metal band DragonForce.

Mark Jansen (born 1978), is a heavy metal musician. As guitarist, Jansen founded After Forever with Sander Gommans, and was one of the main songwriters since their debut album Prison of Desire. He left After Forever in 2002, and after his departure the band took a new musical direction. Mark Jansen started a new symphonic metal band called Sahara Dust, which was later renamed Epica.

December 16

Tony Hicks (born 1945) is a guitarist and singer who has been a member of the British pop group The Hollies since 1963.

Benny Andersson (born 1946) is a Swedish musician, composer, a former member of the Swedish musical group ABBA (1972–1982).

Billy Gibbons (born 1949) is an American musician, actor and car customizer, best known as the guitarist of theTexasblues-rock band ZZ Top.

Robben Ford (born 1951) is an American blues, jazz and rock guitarist.

Benjamin Kowalewicz (born 1975) is the lead singer of the Canadian rock band Billy Talent.

December 17

Paul Rodgers (born 1949) is an English rock singer-songwriter, best known for his success in the 1970s as a member of Free and Bad Company.

Earl Hudson (born 1957) is the drummer for Bad Brains.

Mike Mills (born 1958) is an American multi-instrumentalist and composer who was a founding member of the alternative rock group R.E.M..

Sara Dallin (born 1961) is an English musician mostly noted for her membership of the group Bananarama.

Neil Sanderson is the drummer, backing vocalist, and co-founder of the Canadian band Three Days Grace.

December 18

Chas Chandler (18 December 1938 — 17 July 1996) was an English musician, record producer and manager of several successful music acts.

Sam Andrew (born 1941) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, artist and founding member and guitarist of Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Keith Richards (born 1943) is an English musician, songwriter, and founding member of the Rolling Stones.

Bill Nelson (born 1948) is an English guitarist, songwriter, producer, painter and experimental musician. Bill Nelson played with Be-Bop Deluxe.

Randy Castillo (December 18, 1950 – March 26, 2002) was best known as Ozzy Osbourne’s drummer during the mid 1980s to the early 1990s, and later as drummer for Mötley Crüe, from 1999-2002.

Elliot Easton (born 1953) plays lead guitar and sings backing vocals for The Cars.

Greg D’Angelo (born 1963) is a drummer most famous for his work in the American band White Lion.

Mille Petrozza (born 1966) is a German guitarist and singer. He is best known for being the lead vocalist of the band Kreator.

Raymond Herrera (born 1972) is the drummer for industrial metal band Arkaea. He is a former member of the industrial metal band Fear Factory and Mexican death metal band Brujeria.

December 19

Alvin Lee (born 1944) is an English rock guitarist and singer. Along with Leo Lyons formed the core of the band Ten Years After in 1960.

Zal Yanovsky (December 19, 1944 – December 13, 2002) was a Canadian rock musician. Born inToronto, he was the son of political cartoonist Avrom Yanovsky. He played lead guitar and sang for the Lovin’ Spoonful.

John McEuen (born 1945) is an American folk musician and entertainer. He was one of the earliest members of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Jimmy Bain (born 1947) is a Scottish bassist most famous for playing in the bands Rainbow and Dio.

Doug Johnson (born 1957) is the keyboardist for the Canadian rock band Loverboy.

Mikko Paananen (born 1974) is the current and founding bassist of the rock band HIM.

December 20

Bobby Colomby (born 1944) is an innovative jazz-rock fusion drummer, and an original member of the group Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Peter Criss (born 1945) is an American drummer and singer, best known as the original drummer for the rock band Kiss.

Alan Parsons (born 1948) is a British audio engineer, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of several significant albums, including The Beatles’Abbey Roadand Let It Be, as well as Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons’ own group, The Alan Parsons Project

Chris Robinson (born 1966) is the singer of the rock and roll band The Black Crowes.