Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. September 22 is one.

  • 1951

    September 22, 1951: David Coverdale is born. He fronted Deep Purple from 1973-1976, founded Whitesnake (a band named after his penis) in 1978, went 8-times platinum with their self-titled album in 1987, and teamed up with Jimmy Page for another platinum-selling album in 1993. Quite the career! Oh, and he was married to Tawny Kitaen. You probably remember their videos.

  • 1958

    September 22, 1958: Joan Marie Larkin is born. You know her as Joan Jett, one of the most important and influential women in rock history. Whether it’s as founding member of The Runaways, or through her chart-topping solo records, her multiple on-screen credits, or her production work, Joan Jett is a proper legend. Let’s watch her take her rightful place in the Rock Hall back in 2015.

  • 1969

    September 22, 1969: Matt Sharp, Weezer‘s founding bass player, is born. If you love the first two Weezer albums the most, you have Matt to thank, in part. He was a driving force in Weezer’s early years, tempering Rivers Cuomo’s creativity with focus and motivation. And he played a mean hacky sack in the “Say It Ain’t So” video.

  • 1992

    September 22, 1992: Blind Melon releases their self-titled debut album. I maintain that, if Shannon Hoon hadn’t died in 1995, Blind Melon would have survived well past the ’90s as a vital and relevant alternative rock act. And it all starts with this magnificent album with all its musical layers. You know “No Rain,” so let’s flash back to “Tones of Home.”

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