December 11 Rock And Roll History
It's time for rock and roll history on WZOZ!
On this day in 1968, the Rolling Stones' "Rock and Roll Circus" began filming. Other artists who appeared in the film were John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the Who, and Eric Clapton, as well as a host of clowns and acrobats. The film wasn't actually issued until 1996.
In 1973, Ace Frehley, guitarist for the band KISS, was almost electrocuted at a show in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. He was carried from the stage, but was able to return 10 minutes later to finish the show.
In 1989, four Led Zeppelin albums were certified multi-platinum by the RIAA: Presence, Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti, and In Through the Out Door.
In 2012 on this day, Ravi Shankar, an Indian sitar player whose playing majorly influenced the Beatles' later work, died at age 92.
And in 2016, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a speech he'd written to be read on his behalf at the ceremony, he said he'd thought that his odds of winning were as likely as him "standing on the moon." Patti Smith performed "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall," but apologized when she got too nervous to recall the lyrics.