Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Today in rock history 17th January

1948 – Born on this day, Mick Taylor, guitar, John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, joined The Rolling Stones, in 1969 left in 1974.
1963 – Appearing at The Marquee Club, London were the Cyril Davies All Stars, The Velvets and, bottom of the bill, The Rolling Stones.
1963 – The Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.
1964 – The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On’, ‘Poison Ivy’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’. It peaked at No.15 on the UK charts.
1967 – The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon’s contribution to The Beatles song "A day in the life".
1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
1970 – Appearing at the Felt Forum New York City, The Doors. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming ‘Absolutely Live’ album.
1971 – Born on this day, Kid Rock.
1975 - Bob Dylan released Blood on the Tracks, an album which has gone on to be recognized as one of Dylan’s best albums.
1984 – No. 1 US Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes.
1996 – In a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., Pink Floyd are officially inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
2002 – Metallica’s James Hetfield and his wife Francesca welcome the birth of their third child, a baby girl named Marcella.
2005 – Tenacious D drafts a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. The show features solo sets from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Queens of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and Beck, all of whom stick around for a show-closing jam.
2008 – The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
2011 – Don Kirshner,who’s guiding light led some of POP’s biggest stars from the 1950s thru the 1970s, died today of Heart failure in his home in Boca Raton, Fla at the age of 77.
An early promoter of Pop/Rock music, he propelled the careers of many bands including Kansas.
2016 - Dale Griffin, drummer and founding member of the British Glam-Rock band Mott The Hoople, passed away at the age of 67.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Today in rock history 16th January

1942 – Born on this day, William Francis, keyboards, vocals, Dr Hook,
1957 –The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times.
1970 – Police close an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs at a London gallery for alleged obscenity.
1973 – Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people.
1978 – Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1979 – Cher’s divorce from Gregg Allman was finalised.
1980 – Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.
1984 – Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200 (£117).
1985 – David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London.
1988 – 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’.
1992 – Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1996 – Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured
1998 – The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah cancels the premiere of Nick Broomfield’s documentary “Kurt and Courtney,” about late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love.
1999 – Legendary Los Angeles nightclub the Whisky A Go-Go begins a weeklong slate of concerts to mark its 35th anniversary.
2000 – It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values.
2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one.
2007 – Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
2011 – A brick from The Cavern Club, a check for 11 pounds signed by Ringo Starr, an “authentic” Beatles wig. These and thousands of other objects related to the “Fab Four” were luring Beatles fans to a new museum in Buenos Aires.
2015 - After deliberating for just one hour, a jury ruled that '80s Pop star Rick Springfield did not injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert more than a decade earlier.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Today in rock history 15th January

1928 – According to bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, today was the day he bought his first guitar. “Cost me only five dollars,” he claimed.
1941 – Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) is born in Glendale, Calif.
1948 – Born on this day, Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd
1952 – Born on this day, Melvyn Gale, cello, Electric Light Orchestra
1959 – Pete Trewavas, bassist with English ’80s prog rockers Marillion, is born in Middlesborough.
1965 – The Who release their single “I Can’t Explain” in the U.K., where it goes to No. 8.
1965 – Bob Dylan completes the recording of Bringing It All Back Home. His magnum opus (so far) was laid down in two days.
1965 – Born on this day, Adam Jones, guitarist, Tool.
1966 – The Beatles remain at No. 1 this week in the United States with “We Can Work It Out.”
1967 – Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.
1970 – Bag One, an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs, opens at the London Art Gallery.
1972 – Manager Peter Grant turns down an invitation for “Led Zeppelin and his musicians” to play in Cannes, France, by publishing the request in today’s issue of Record Retailer.
1973 – The Rolling Stones announce a benefit concert for Managua, Nicaragua. The hometown of Bianca Jagger was recently devastated by an earthquake.
1977 – The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hotel California’ the group’s third US No.1 album.
1980 – The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
1984 – Bette Midler films the video for her cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” with Mick Jagger.
1991 – Sean Lennon’s updated version of his father John’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ was released to coincide with the United Nation’s midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
1992 – Elton John’s bassist Dee Murray dies of cancer in Nashville.
1994 – Harry Nilsson, a pal of John Lennon’s whose golden pipes appeared on classics like “Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Without You,” dies from heart disease in Agoura Hills, Calif.
1998 - Harmonica player Junior Wells, who played with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Buddy Guy died of lymphoma. He was 63 years old.
2001 – The Brit awards committee announces that U2 will receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the February 26 ceremony in London, despite actually coming from Ireland.
2008 – Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
2016 - Just days after his death on January 10th, albums by David Bowie made up 25% of the UK album chart and thirteen of his singles were in the Top 100.

Today in rock history 14th January

1955 – Disc jockey Alan Freed holds his first Rock `n’ Roll Party stage show in New York. Acts include the Clovers, Fats Domino and the Drifters.
1959 - Geoff Tate, singer for Queensryche is born
1960 – G.I. Elvis Presley is promoted to a sergeant.
1961 – Mike Tramp, singer with metal two-hit-wonders White Lion, is born in Denmark.
1963 – The Rolling Stones perform for the first time with new recruit Charlie Watts on drums at London’s Flamingo Jazz Club.
1963 – Bob Dylan performs on Richard Farina’s album Dick Farina, billing himself as Blind Boy Grunt.
1966 – David Bowie release his first single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” on Parlophone Records.
1967 – The Jefferson Airplane perform at the Human Be-In in San Francisco, where attendees were asked to bring food, flowers, beads, feathers, bells and banners.
1967 – Born on this day, Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne Band.
1969 – Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters is born.
1972 – Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1973 – Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is arrested on drugs possession charges.
1978 – The Sex Pistols perform before a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. At the end of an era-defining gig, Johnny Rotten asks the audience, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” and walks out on the band.
1982 – Born on this day, Caleb Followill, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, Kings of Leon.
1989 – Paul McCartney releases his album of rock covers, Back in the USSR, exclusively in the Soviet Union today.
1992 – Jerry Nolan drummer with The New York Dolls died from a fatal stroke.
1993 – US alternative group The Pixies announced that they had split.
1995 – Pearl Jam performs with Neil Young for a Voters for Choice benefit in Washington, DC.
1999 – Hard rock band Metallica sues Victoria’s Secret, claiming that the lingerie and accessories manufacturer infringed on its trademark by marketing a line of “Metallica” lip pencils.
2000 – Melissa Etheridge tells Rolling Stone that David Crosby fathered her two children with Julie Cypher.
2003 – The Who’s Pete Townshend arrested at his London home on suspicion of a number of offenses connected with child pornography, including the making of indecent images. He is later released without being formally charged.
2003 – Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had ‘publicly humiliated’ her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.
2004 – The White Stripes’ Jack White pleads not guilty to assaulting the Von Bondies’ singer Jason Stollsteimer in December. White says he was acting in self-defense.
2005 – A $100,000 (£58,823) statue honouring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
2011 – Who frontman Roger Daltrey revealed that, just before the band were set to play at the Super Bowl last year, he came face to face with his own mortality. “Suddenly my voice wasn’t behaving in a normal way. It was becoming hard work to sing,” Daltrey recalled.
Daltrey sought out the care of Dr. Steven Zeitels, Director of the Mass General Voice Center and professor at Harvard Medical School.
Daltrey was scheduled for surgery and underwent the knife the week before Christmas. “I got depressed after surgery, during what I call the big silence, that’s when I realized what it would be like to not have a voice,” Daltrey said. “I had two weeks of silence. Silence and no drinking. How’s that for a good Christmas. So, you know, it was the strangest Christmas I’ve ever had.”
2015 - According to a poll conducted by Forbes magazine, Fleetwood Mac tickets were the highest priced by touts.

Today in rock history 13th January

1947 – Chris Thomas, who has produced classic albums like For Your Pleasure, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and Kick, is born in Middlesex.
1947 – John Lees, vocalist/guitarist with prog rockers Barclay James Harvest, is born.
1954 – Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1963 – In Birmingham, the Beatles make a recording for Thank Your Lucky Stars, their first British national TV appearance.
1963 – Bob Dylan plays a folk singer in the BBC radio play The Madhouse of Castle Street. He fills out his performance by singing “Blowin’ in the wind"
1964 – Bob Dylan releases Another Side of Bob Dylan.
1964 – The Beatles release their breakthrough single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the United States. Bob Dylan mishears the middle eight as “I get high, I get high, I get high.”
1966 – George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly’s nightclub on Jermyn Street in London’s West End.
1967 – The Rolling Stones appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together”
1967 – Jimi Hendrix performs at London’s Bag O’Nails club before an audience that includes Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
1970 – Born on this day, Zach de la Rocha, vocals, Rage Against The Machine.
1973 – Eric Clapton performs at the Rainbow Theatre in a concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend in order to help Clapton shake his alcoholism.
1973 – Slade scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Slayed’.
1978 – The Police started recording their first album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray.
1980 – Bob Dylan kicks off the second leg of his Gospel Tour in Seattle meeting with great success.
1983 – Neil Young kicks off his association with a new label, Geffen Records, with ‘Trans,’ an album of heavily synthesized, computer-generated songs interspersed with breezy love songs.
1986 – Sex Pistol members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They settled out of court.
1991 – The crowd at Dayton, Ohio’s Ervin J. Nutter Center get introduced to Guns N’ Roses time, as the band take the stage at 12:25 AM to play a two-and-a-half-hour-long show.
2001 – Tickets go on sale for U2’s Elevation tour but, despite worries about the dangers of festival seating, sell out almost instantly.
2003 – Police in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 lost tapes made the Beatles in raids on bootleggers.
2003 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impounded seven computers from his £15 million ($25.5 million) home in Richmond, Surrey.
2004 – A Canadian furniture store apologizes to the widow of Frank Zappa for using his song “Watermelon in Easter Hay” without consent in a TV commercial.
2011 – Money For Nothing banned 25 years after release. Canadian broadcasters stop playing original version of Dire Straits classic after just one complaint.
2013 – Black Sabbath announce the title of the their new album as ’13’

Friday, 12 January 2018

Today in rock history 12th January

1941 – English blues singer Long John Baldry is born in London. He gave both Rod Stewart and Elton John their first breaks in the music biz by employing them to play in his band.
1945 – Gravelly-voiced Maggie Bell, one time singer with Stone the Crows and a signing to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label, is born in Glasgow.
1963 – Bob Dylan is given the part of a folk singer on a BBC radio play, “The Madhouse on Castle Street.”
1964 – The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium performing ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’ and ‘Twist And Shout’. The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250, now, just three months later, their fee was £1,000.
1969 – The psychedelic film Wonderwall premieres in London, with a soundtrack by George Harrison. Halliwell’s Film Guide says the movie is “vapid and witless.” Oasis write a song about it.
1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “The Joker,” Steve Miller Band.
1977 – EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last two months.
1977 – Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £750 ($1,275) for possession of cocaine found in his car after the guitarist had been involved in a car crash.
1977 – The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer’s Stewart Copeland’s London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.
1981 – It was reported that the White House had expanded its record library by including albums by Bob Dylan, Kiss and The Sex Pistols.
1984 – Motley Crue opens its first U.S. tour at Madison Square Garden, New York.
1993 – Van Morrison failed to turn up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner, making him the first living inductee not to attend.
1993 – Cream reform at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Other inductees are Creedence Clearwater Revival – who don’t reform at all – the Doors – who can’t reform – Van Morrison, Sly & the Family Stone, Frankie Lymon, Dinah Washington and Etta James.
1995 – The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, the late Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Al Green, Neil Young, the Orioles and the late Frank Zappa are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1998 – Tonight at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas & the Papas, Santana, Lloyd Price, Gene Vincent, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton.
2000 – It’s announced that Bob Dylan will receive Sweden’s Polar Music Award.
2004 – Frank Zappa’s widow Gail appears in a Quebec City courtroom as proceedings open in her lawsuit against the Ameublements Tanguay furniture store. She alleges they used a portion of Zappa’s “Watermelon in Easter Hay” as background music in a TV commercial without permission.
2005 – It was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalised by The Beatles was to close.
2005 – Green Day’s American Idiot returns to the top of the U.S. album charts, knocking Eminem’s Encore down to No. 2.
2013 - The Beatles first single, "Love Me Do", entered the pubic domain in Europe, thanks to copyright laws in the European Union that said copyright for recorded music expires after 50 years.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Today in rock history 11th January

1895 – Born on this day, Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ.
1942 – The big man – Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band – is born in Norfolk, Va.
1946 - Tony Kaye-keyboardist for Yes is born
1963 – The Whisky A-Go-Go, the Hollywood club devoted to the cutting edge of rock, opens. The Doors were discovered there by Elektra boss Jac Holzman when opening for Love at the Whisky in 1966.
1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Purple Haze’. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.
1967 – Pink Floyd begin two days of recording with producer Joe Boyd, working on the tracks “Interstellar Overdrive,” “Arnold Layne,” “Let’s Roll Another One” and “Nick’s Boogie.”
1968 – Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel.
1969 – The Rolling Stones go to No. 5 in the American album charts with their new release Beggars Banquet.
1969 – Jethro Tull release their debut album This Was.
1975 – Led Zeppelin play “Kashmir” live for the first time during a gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam.
1985 - The first Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The ten day festival featured artists such as Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Yes, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions and Whitesnake.
1999 – At this year’s American Music Awards, Billy Joel receives the Special Award of Merit and Blondie perform “No Exit” with rapping assistance from Coolio.
2000 – Several fans of Slipknot are arrested in Oklahoma City, Okla. after a promoter oversells one of their concerts.
2003 - T. Rex drummer Mickey Finn died from alcohol related liver problems in a London hospital. He was 55 years old.
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller.
2004 – Rock wildman Ted Nugent requires 40 stitches to his leg after wounding himself with a chainsaw. Nugent was in Waco, Texas, taping a segment of his VH1 series Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments.
2005 – Singer/songwriter Jimmy Griffin, best known for his work with 1970s soft rock act Bread, dies at his home near Nashville of complications from cancer.
2005 – Spencer Dryden, the drummer for legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, dies of cancer at his home in Petaluma, Calif. He was 66.
2008 – Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events.
2016 - David Bowie topped the UK album chart with his latest release "Blackstar" less than 24 hours after his death.