Today in Heavy Metal History

Events in Music

  • 1968-07-20 Iron Butterfly's "In-a-gadda-da-vida" becomes 1st heavy metal song to hit charts, it comes in at #117

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1982-01-20 Heavy metal musician Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat on stage in Des Moines, Iowa

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne

Birthdays in Music

  • 1944-04-05 Dave Holland, heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest-Breakin' the Law)
  • 1945-08-19 Ian Gillian, heavy metal rocker (Deep Purple-Knocking at Backdoor)
  • 1945-12-24 Lemmy [Ian Kilminster], heavy metal musician (Motorhead), born in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire (d. 2015)
  • 1948-05-05 Bill Ward, heavy metal drummer (Black Sabbath), born in Birmingham, England

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1948-12-03 Ozzy Osbourne, English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter (Black Sabbath-Bark at the Moon), born in Birmingham, England

Rock Vocalist Ozzy Osbourne
Rock Vocalist
Ozzy Osbourne
  • 1950-05-12 Billy Squier, Mass, heavy metal guitarist (Don't Say No)
  • 1951-04-27 Ace Frehley, heavy metal rocker (Kiss-Beth, Frehley's Comet), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-08-25 Rob Halford, English heavy metal singer-songwriter (Judas Priest - Got Another Thing), born in Sutton Coldfield, England
  • 1952-04-06 Udo Dirkshneider, heavy metal rocker (Accept-Balls to the Wall, Udo)
  • 1952-08-06 Vinnie Vincent, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Ashes to Ashes)
  • 1953-06-29 Don Dokken, heavy metal rocker (Dokken-Alone Again)
  • 1954-06-05 Michael "Nicko" McBrain, English heavy metal drummer (Iron Maiden-Powerslave), born in London, England
  • 1955-01-10 Michael Schenker, heavy metal rocker (MSG-Coming on Strong, Scorpions)
  • 1955-10-29 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot) (d. 2007)
  • 1956-06-14 King Diamond [Kim Petersen], Copenhagen, Denmark, heavy metal musician (Merciful Fate, King Diamond)
  • 1956-12-06 Randy Rhoads, Heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), born in Santa Monica, California (d. 1982)
  • 1956-12-23 Dave Murray, English heavy metal guitarist and songwriter (Iron Maiden), born in London, England
  • 1957-02-27 Adrian Smith, heavy metal guitarist (Iron Maiden-Aces High)
  • 1958-04-13 Randy Piper, heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild)
  • 1958-08-07 Bruce Dickinson, heavy metal rocker (Iron Maiden-Run to Hills)
  • 1958-08-09 Greg Chaisson, heavy metal rocker (Badlands-Dreams in the Dark)
  • 1959-07-03 Stephen Pearcy, heavy metal vocalist (RATT-Round & Round), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1959-08-01 Joe Elliott, English heavy metal vocalist (Def Leppard-Hysteria, Rock of Ages), born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • 1959-08-19 Steve Grimmett, heavy metal rocker
  • 1959-08-22 Juan Croucier, heavy metal rocker (Ratt-Round & Round)
  • 1960-06-19 Simon Wright, heavy metal drummer (AC/DC)
  • 1960-08-04 Robbin Crosby, heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round)
  • 1960-08-12 Morty Black, heavy metal rocker (TNT-7 Seas)
  • 1960-08-15 Tommy Aldridge, heavy metal rocker (Ozzy-Diary of a Mad Man)
  • 1960-10-13 Joey Belladonna, Oswego NY, heavy metal vocalist (Anthrax-Protest)
  • 1960-11-25 Kasey Smith, heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It), born in Queens, New York
  • 1961-01-14 Mike Tramp (Trempenau), Denmark, Copenhagen Denmark, heavy metal rocker (White Lion-Mane Attraction)
  • 1961-04-12 D D Verni, heavy metal rocker (Overkill-Hello From the Gutter)
  • 1961-04-18 Kelly Hansen, heavy metal rocker (Hurricane-I'm on to You)
  • 1961-05-29 David Palmer, heavy metal drummer (ABC, AC/DC)
  • 1961-07-26 Gary Cherone, heavy metal vocalist (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1961-08-20 Rick Rael, heavy metal rocker
  • 1961-08-29 Tony MacAlpine, heavy metal rocker (Solo-Edge of Insanity)
  • 1961-08-31 David Chastain, heavy metal rocker (Chastain-Rule of Wasteland)
  • 1962-04-18 Mick Sweda, heavy metal (Bulletboys, King Kobra-Ready to Strike)
  • 1962-08-25 Mazzi Rawd, heavy metal rocker
  • 1962-08-25 Vivian Campbell, heavy metal rocker (White Snake-Here I Go Again)
  • 1963-01-28 Danny Spitz, heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-Protest & Survive)
  • 1963-04-10 Warren DeMartini, heavy metal musician (Ratt)
  • 1963-04-20 Brett Edward Garsed, Victoria Australia, heavy metal artist (Nelson)
  • 1963-04-20 Kal Swan, heavy metal rocker
  • 1963-04-24 Joey Vera, heavy metal rocker (Armored Saint-Aftermath)
  • 1963-07-24 Paul Geary, heavy metal drummer (Extreme-More Than Words), born in Boston, Massachusetts

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1963-08-03 James Hetfield, American heavy metal rocker (Metallica-Helpless), born in Downey, California

Metallica Rocker James Hetfield
Metallica Rocker
James Hetfield
  • 1963-08-24 John Bush, US heavy metal singer (Anthrax-Armed & Dangerous)
  • 1963-08-31 Reb Beach, heavy metal rocker (Winger-17)
  • 1963-12-26 Lars Ulrich, Danish/US heavy metal drummer (Metallica-Kill 'em All)
  • 1963-12-31 Scott Ian, American heavy metal guitarist (Anthrax-I'm the Man), born in Queens, New York
  • 1964-02-01 Jani Lane, [John Kennedy Oswald] heavy metal musician and singer (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1964-04-06 Johnny Dee, heavy metal drummer (Britny Fox-Boys in Heat, King Kobra)
  • 1964-04-13 Bill D'Angelo, heavy metal rocker
  • 1964-08-13 Ian Haughland, heavy metal rocker (Europe-The Final Countdown)
  • 1964-11-12 Dave Ellefson, Jackson, Minnesota, American heavy metal bassist (Megadeth)
  • 1964-12-23 Eddie Vedder, Evanston, Illinois, American heavy metal singer (Pearl Jam-Justine)
  • 1965-07-09 Frank Bello, American heavy metal musician (Anthrax)
  • 1965-10-29 Steven Sweet, Wadsworth Ohio, heavy metal artist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1965-10-30 Gavin Rossdale, Kilburn, London, English heavy metal vocalist and actor (Bush)
  • 1966-08-20 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist (Pantera)
  • 1966-08-22 Mark Michaels, heavy metal guitarist (Teach Yourself Rhythm Guitar)
  • 1967-04-18 Jayce Fincher Jr, heavy metal bassist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1967-07-22 Pat Badger, heavy metal bassist (Extreme-More Than Words)
  • 1967-09-15 Jerry Dixon, heavy metal bassist (Warrant-Cherry Pie)
  • 1968-02-19 Frank Watkins, US heavy metalist bass (Obituary, Cause of Death)
  • 1968-03-15 John Tardy, US heavy metalist (Obituary, Slowly We Rot)
  • 1968-08-24 Andreas Kisser, Brazilian heavy metal guitarist (Sepultura)
  • 1969-01-25 Jesse Harte, Rome Ga, heavy metal vocalist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1969-06-06 Douglas Lee Mitchell, Miles Mi, heavy metal artist (Southgang)
  • 1969-11-14 Butch Walker, Rome Ga, heavy metal guitarist (Southgang-Tainted Angel)
  • 1974-08-30 Matt Bongiovi, heavy metal rocker (cousin of Jon Bon Jovi)
  • 1978-09-03 Valfar, Norwegian heavy metal vocalist/musician (Windir) (d. 2004)

Weddings in Music

  • 1988-06-19 Danny Spitz, heavy metal artist (Anthrax), weds Valerie

Deaths in Music

  • 1982-03-19 Randy Rhoads, heavy metal guitarist (Quiet Riot), dies in an air crash at 25
  • 2004-12-08 Dimebag Darrell, heavy metal guitarist in band Pantera is shot & killed while performing onstage in Columbus Ohio by crazed fan Nathan Gale
  • 2007-11-19 Kevin DuBrow, American heavy metal singer (Quiet Riot), dies of an overdose at 53
  • 2010-05-16 Ronnie James Dio, American heavy metal vocalist (b. 1942)
  • 2011-08-11 Jani Lane, American heavy metal musician (Warrant) dies of alcohol poisoning aged 47
  • 2015-12-28 Lemmy [Ian Kilminster], heavy metal musician (Motorhead), dies at 70