Today is D-Day on the A to Z Blog Challenge. It bears no resemblance to that D-Day of June 6, 1944, when the Allied Forces assaulted fortress Europe. It does mean that we pause at the letter "D" as we continue on our journey through Rock and Roll history.
How could I write about Rock and Roll history without talking a little bit about one of the most prolific songwriters that America has ever produced, that is, the iconic Elston Gunn. You don't know who that is? Perhaps you know him as Robert Zimmerman. No? I am talking about Bob Dylan.
Bob Dylan has been writing songs and performing since 1959, that is, 56 years. Bob Dylan's music has influenced more bands and artists too numerous to list. His music has been covered by some of the greats of rock and roll.
The Byrds covered Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," and "My Back Pages" to name two. Jimi Hendrix cover of "All Along the Watchtower" is the definitive recording of this Dylan song.
Bod Dylan is a true master of his craft and has made significant contributions to Folk Music, Protest Songs, Rock and Roll, and Jazz and he is still going strong to this date.
My next "D" artist is the British heavy metal band called Def Leppard. These lads come from South Yorkshire, England. They began as many bands did back in the day. Some lads meet in High School and decide to form a band. The play a few gigs. Members leave, new members join until just the right mix of personality and music come together just right. This is essentially the story of Def Leppard.
I first came to like the band when I heard their third album, "Pyromania." They had an interesting way of using two lead guitars in their arrangements. Their music was good, hard charging Rock and Roll. Their fourth album "Hysteria" became a classic as did Pyromania.
One event in the band's history that cemented me as a fan is that their drummer, Rick Allen, lost his left arm in a car accident. Most bands would have sent him packing. Not Def Leppard! They found a way that Elliot could still drum using both legs and his remaining arm thereby staying in the band. You seldom see such loyalty among people.
There have been more personnel changes in Def Leppard through the years but they are still rocking as is their original drummer Rick Elliot. Rock On!