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Paul McCartney Dubs his New Band "Wings"
Paul McCartney chooses to name his new band "Wings" on September 3, 1971. The original line up included McCartney, his wife Linda, former Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine and drummer Denny Seiwell. Wings soared with 14 top 10 hits in the U.S. including six that reached number one. McCartney continues to tour as a solo artist and just dropped a brand new single, the title track from his forth-coming studio album "New" due to release in October.
Free Guitarist Slips into Coma
Free guitarist Paul Kossoff is thought to be dead after slipping into a drug-induced coma on August 30, 1975. Though it was only a scare and Kossoff fully recovered, the guitar legend would die less than a year later at the age of 25. He would join Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and Andy Fraser to form Free in 1968. The band's greatest success was found in their third album "Fire and Water" in 1970 which produced the rock classic "All Right Now". Free disbanded in 1973 with Rodgers and Kirke departing to form Bad Company. Even with his promising career cut short by addiction, Kossoff was ranked in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". His grave marker is inscribed "All Right Now".
Kinks Classic Unleashed
British rockers The Kinks released "Lola" on August 29, 1970. A single release from the album "Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One" the tune tells the story of a romantic interlude between a transvestite and a young man. The Kinks collected a top ten hit with the song. The band was founded by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in London in 1964. The Kinks were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. Ray Davies will release a new book Americana: The Kinks, the Road and the Perfect Riff" in October.