Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page in the same band?!?! -- Bowie loves his covers... -- Remembering a reggae legend who met an untimely end...

"Pin-Ups" album cover, Oct. 1973. (Courtesy of RCA Records)

10/19/1966 (52 years ago today) - The Yardbirds arrive in New York City ready to kick off a North American tour with the unbelievable twin-lead-guitar line-up featuring Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck! So what happens? After performing only two shows, Jeff Beck quits the group due to acute tonsillitis, and the tour will roll on with only Jimmy Page on guitar. Meanwhile, Beck forms a new group with an up-and-coming young mod/singer named Rod Stewart: look out, The {newly named} Jeff Beck Group is about to become the stuff of legend (with none other than Ronnie Wood....on bass!!!) -- The Yardbirds, on the other hand, are about to implode, but the seeds of the future Led Zeppelin have already been sown. A rather busy year for two of classic rock's all time best axe-men...

10/19/1973 (45 years ago today) - Incredibly misunderstood when released on this date, David Bowie's seventh studio LP "Pin-Ups" contained no original material, a let-down for some of the faithful, but {really, honest!} this collection of cover versions of some of David's personal favorites has aged extremely well -- Featuring tracks originally done by the likes of Pink Floyd, The Who, The Kinks and The Animals and, as usual, Bowie was ahead-of-the-curve, making damn sure the world would hear the roots of British Invasion artists, but done up in full-throttle-Ziggy-Stardust-style courtesy of Mick Ronson's astonishing lead guitar work (as good as anything else he ever recorded with The Dame). If you haven't heard this one in awhile, it's definitely worth going back to with fresh ears. Meant to be played at maximum volume, of course...

10/19/1944 - Born on this date, reggae master artist/multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Peter Tosh; an original member of Bob Marley's Wailers, Peter decided to go solo in 1974 -- Highly regarded by his peers, Peter was the real Rastafarian deal, from humble beginnings on the street corners of Trenchtown, Jamaica, to performing with Mick Jagger on "Saturday Night Live" -- Tosh LP's "Legalize It" (1976) and "Bush Doctor" (1978) are considered his best, deftly mixing ska, rockabilly and R&B with traditional reggae sounds. Tragically, Peter was murdered by burglars that broke into his home on September 11, 1987.

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