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Sterling Whitaker

Sterling Whitaker is a Nashville-based musician and music journalist. He is the author of two books; 'Unsung Heroes of Rock Guitar,' and 'The Grand Delusion: The Unauthorized True Story of Styx.' He has appeared as a guest on VH1, BBC Radio, and radio all over North America. Whitaker is also very involved in animal rescue.

41 Years Ago – Keith Emerson Injures Hands at ELP Concert

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The progressive-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer were never really notable for their restraint, either in the complexity and execution of their music or in their over-the-top live shows. Keyboardist Keith Emerson was a particularly flamboyant live performer, but his onstage antics could have cost him his career on Feb. 2, 1973, when he injured his hands in an accident involving pyrotechnics.

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51 Years Ago – Neil Young Plays His First Professional Gig

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Neil Young has enjoyed one of the most influential careers of any contemporary musician. His inimitable vocal and guitar styles and his sheer songwriting ability have earned him the respect of peers, critics and fans alike, but Young's beginnings weren't nearly as glorious. On Feb. 1, 1963, the 17-year-old aspiring musician reportedly went from the bedroom to the stage, playing his first professional gig at a country club in Winnipeg, as part of the group the Squires.

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43 Years Ago – The Beatles’ ‘White Album’ Played in Court During Charles Manson Trial

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In 1969, terror and paranoia swept through the film and music communities of Los Angeles after actress Sharon Tate, Hollywood hairstylist Jay Sebring, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, aspiring screenwriter Wojciech Frykowski and 18-year-old Steven Parent were brutally murdered in a house on Cielo Drive. In a bizarre twist to an already sensational story, the Beatles' 'White Album' wound up being played in court during the subsequent murder trial of Charles Manson, who claimed to have planned the killing spree because of messages he believed were buried in the music.

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51 Years Ago: Charlie Watts Joins the Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones may have publicly celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2012, but according to guitarist Keith Richards, the band members themselves count January 2013 as their real anniversary. That's because that month, Charlie Watts officially joined the Stones, and he has been a mainstay of the group ever since.

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46 Years Ago: Jimi Hendrix Arrested in Sweden

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Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was almost as well known for his energetic, anything-can-happen stage performances as for his innovative musicianship. But during a brief tour of Sweden in January of 1968, the guitarist got a little too wild off stage and got himself arrested, for which he was detained for two weeks.

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35 Years Ago: The Who Announce Kenney Jones as Keith Moon’s Replacement

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Drummer Kenney Jones was already highly regarded in the British rock scene by the end of 1978, when he got the unexpected opportunity of a lifetime: being tapped to replace the late Keith Moon in the Who. The group announced its new drummer in January 1979, but Jones' tenure with the band would prove to be difficult and relatively brief, punctuated by internal strife and changing musical trends.

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39 Years Ago: Mick Taylor Quits the Rolling Stones

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Guitarist Mick Taylor is widely acknowledged as the most technically accomplished musician ever to perform as one of the Rolling Stones. His tenure in the band saw him play on some of their most important albums, but it was relatively short-lived; he quit the band on Dec. 12, 1974, just before the Stones recorded 'Black and Blue.'

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