Albert Collins – b. 1932 – d. 11/24/93
Michael “Cub” Koda (Brownsville Station, solo) – b. 1948 – d. 6/30/2000
Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash) – 67
Earl Slick (Phantom, Rocker & Slick, New York Dolls, Little Caesar, Dirty White Boy, John Waite, David Bowie, solo) – 62
Don McLean – 69
Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike & the Mechanics, Red 7) – 64
Sting (The Police) – 63
Jim Root (Slipknot, Stone Sour) – 43
Mike Rodden (Hinder) -
Eddie Cochran – b. 1938 – d. 4/17/60
Chubby Checker – 73
Lindsey Buckingham (Buckingham/Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, solo) – 65
Keb Mo’ (Kevin Roosevelt Moore) – 63
Jack Grondin (.38 Special) – 63
Stevie Ray Vaughan – b. 1954 – d. 8/27/90
Douglas Allen Woody (The Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule + more) – b. 1955 – d. 8/25/2000
Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe, Methods of Mayhem, Rock Star Supernova, Jack’s Mannequin, solo) – 52
Frank Hannon (Tesla) – 48
Josh Klinghoffer (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dot Hacker, Ataxia, Warpaint, The Bicycle Thief) – 35
Jim Fielder (Blood, Sweat & Tears, Buffalo Springfield) – 67
Duke Robillard (Duke Robillard Band, Roomful of Blues, The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 66
Gil Moore (Trimph) – 61
Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime) – 55
Steve Miller (Steve Miller Band) – 71
Brian Connolly (Sweet) – b. 1945 – d. 2/9/97
Brian Johnson (AC/DC, Geordie) – 67
Ronni Le Tekro (TNT) – 67
‘Fast’ Eddie Clarke (Motorhead, Fastway) – 64
Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats, Band Aid, USA for Africa, Live Aid, Live 8) – 60
Troy Luccketta (Tesla) – 55
David Bryson (Counting Crows) – 53
Kevin Cronin (REO Speedwagon) – 63
David Hidalgo (Los Lobos, Los Super Seven, Latin Playboys, Houndog) – 60
Matthew Sweet (Community Trolls, Oh-OK, The Thorns, Susanna Hoffs, solo) – 50
Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Bash & Pop, Perfect, Guns N’ Roses, Soul Asylum, Alien Crime Syndicate, solo) – 48
William Butler (Arcade Fire) – 32
Dino Valente / Chester William Powers Jr. (Quicksilver Messenger Service, solo) – b. 1937 – d. 11/16/94
Colin Cooper (Climax Blues Band) – b. 1939 – d. 7/3/08
Kevin Godley (10cc, Hotlegs, Godley & Creme, Doctor Father, The Magic Lanterns) – 69
Dave Hope (Kansas, AD, Kerry Livgren) – 65
John Cougar Mellencamp – 63
Marc Storace (Krokus) – 63
Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) – 61
Ricky Phillips (The Babys, Bad English, Coverdale/Page, Ted Nugent, Styx) – 61
Thom Yorke (Radiohead) – 46
Bobbie Brown (model, actress, ex-wife of Jani Lane) – 45
Ray Royer (Procol Harum and Freedom) – 69
Johnny Ramone (The Ramones) – b. 1948 – d. 9/15/04
Hamish Stuart (Average White Band, Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan + more) (65)
John Gallagher (Raven) – 56
C.J. Ramone (The Ramones) – 49
John Lennon – b. 1940 – d. 12/8/80
John Entwistle (The Who) – b. 1944 – d. 6/27/02
Jackson Browne – 66
Caleb Quaye (Elton John, Hookfoot, Mick Jagger, Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Hall & Oates, solo) – 66
Sharon Osbourne – 62
Michael Lee Smith (Starz, Fallen Angels, solo)
Kurt Neumann (BoDeans) – 53
Mark Edwards (Steeler, Lion) -
Sean Lennon (Singer, songwriter, film composer; Albert Hammond, Jr., Cibo Matto, With The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band) – 39
David Lee Roth (Van Halen, solo) – 60
Eric Martin (Eric Martin Band, Mr. Big) – 54
Simon Townshend (The Who, Casbah Club, Roger Daltrey, solo) – 54
Dean Roland (Collective Soul, Magnets and Ghosts) – 42
Daryl Hall (Hall & Oates, solo) – 68
Al Atkins (Judas Priest, Holy Rage, Atkins / May Project, sessions, solo) – 67
Andy McCoy (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, Shooting Gallery, The Cherry Bombz, U.K. Subs) – 52
Scott Johnson (Gin Blossoms) – 52
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo) – 66
Jeff Keith (Tesla) – 56
Gonzo Sandoval (Armored Saint) – 51
Paul Simon – 73
Robert Lamm (Chicago) – 70
Sammy Hagar (Montrose, HSAS, Van Halen, Chickenfoot) – 67
Craig MacGregor (Foghat) – 65
Rick Vito (Fleetwood Mac) – 65
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax) – 54
Dan McCafferty (Nazareth) – 68
Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) – 68
Al Atkins (Judas Priest) – 67
A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister) – 55
Barry McGuire (The New Christy Minstrels) – 79
Frank DiMino (Angel, Paul Raymond Project, solo) – 63
Tony Cavazo (Hurricane, Snow) – 60
‘Dizzy’ Dean Davidson (Britny Fox, Blackeyed Susan, solo) -
Fred Turner (Bachman Turner Overdrive) – 71
Bob Weir (Grateful Dead, The Other Ones, The Dead, Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, Scaring the Children, RatDog, Furthur) – 67
Tony Carey (Rainbow) – 61
Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) – 54
Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace, Antemasque, Pigface, Rocket Juice & the Moon) – 52
Jay Reynolds (Malice, Metal Church) -
Chad Gray (Hellyeah, Mudvayne) – 43
John Mayer (solo, John Mayer Trio) – 37
Gary Puckett (Union Gap) – 72
Jim Seals (Seals & Crofts) – 1941
David St. Hubbins/Michael McKean (Spinal Tap) – 67
Pino Palladino (The Who, John Mayer Trio, The Law) – 57
Ziggy Marley – 46
Chuck Berry – 88
Billy Cox (The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys) – 73
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers) – b, 1948 – d.2/8/05
Gary Richrath (ex-REO Speedwagon) – 65
Laura Nyro – b. 1947- d.4/8/97
Dan Lilker (ex-Anthrax, Brutal Truth, S.O.D., Nuclear Assault) – 49
Peter Tosh (The Wailers, guest appearances, solo) – b. 1944 – d. 9/11/87
Keith Reid (Procol Harum) – 68
Patrick Simmons (Doobie Brothers, solo) – 66
Karl Wallinger (The Waterboys, World Party) – 57
Ric Lee (Ten Years After) – 69
Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys, solo) – 64
Al Greenwood (Foreigner) – 63
Phil Kennemore (Y&T) – b. 1953 – d. 1/7/11
Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett, Ricky Byrd and The Skeleton Crew) -
David Ryan (Lemonheads) – 50
Jim “Soni” Sonefeld (Hootie & the Blowfish, solo) – 50
Fred Coury (Cinderella, Arcade, London) - 47
Manfred Mann (Earth Band) – 74
Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs, Blues Brothers, Otis Redding, Tower of Power, Ringo Starr, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm + many more) – 73
Elvin Bishop (Butterfield Blues Band, solo) – 72
Lee Loughnane (Chicago) – 68
Tetsu Yamauchi (ex-Faces, Free) – 68
Brent Mydland (Grateful Dead) – b. 1952 – d. 7/26/90
Steve Lukather (Toto, Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band) – 57
Kenny Chaisson (Keel) – 51
Nick Steven Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss) – 43
Leslie West (Mountain, solo) – 69
Eddie Brigati (Young Rascals) – 1946
Greg Hawkes (The Cars, The New Cars) – 62
Bobby Blotzer (Ratt, Contraband) – 56
Cris Kirkwood (Meat Puppets) – 54
Dave McClain (Machine Head) – 49
Jon Foreman (Switchfoot, Fiction Family, solo) – 38
Greg Ridley (Humble Pie, Spooky Tooth) – b. 1943 – 11/19/03
Wurzel (Michael Burston) (Motorhead) – b. 1949 – d. 7/9/11
Michael Burston (ex-Motorhead) – 63
‘Weird’ Al Yankovic – 55
Robert Trujillo (Suicidal Tendencies, Infectious Grooves, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica) – 50
J.P. Richardson “The Big Bopper” – b. 1930 – d. 2/3/59
Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Wilie & the Poor Boys, solo) – 78
Ted Templeman (Producer) – 70
Jerry Edmonton (Steppenwolf) – b. 1946 – d. 11/28/93
“Buffin” Griffin (Mott The Hoople) – 66
Ben Gillies (Silverchair, Tambalane) – 35
Jon Anderson (Yes, ABWH) – 70
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – 67
Matthias Jabs (Scorpions) – 59
Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, 70% Proof, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, The Foster Brothers, The Robbie McIntosh Band, Filthy McNasty) – 57
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot) – 53
John Leven (Europe) – 51
Keith Hopwood (Herman’s Hermits) – 68
Bootsy Collins (James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic) – 63
Garry Tallent (E Street Band) – 65
Byron Allred (The Steve Miller Band) – 65
KK Downing (Judas Priest) – 63
Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver) – 47
Charlie Daniels (Charlie Daniels Band) – 78
Rickie Lee Reynolds (The Knowbody Else, Black Oak Arkansas, others) – 66
Desmond Child (Producer/Songwriter) – 61
Dave Wyndorf (Monster Magnet) – 58
Ben Harper – 45
Mike Clark (Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy)
Denny Laine (ex-Wings, ex-Moody Blues) – 70
Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) – 68
Kevin Dubrow (Quiet Riot) – b. 1955 – d. 11/19/07
Ricky “Ricochet” Reynolds (Black Oak Arkansas) – 64
Steven Sweet (Warrant) – 47
Eric Gales – 40
Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship) – 75
Chris Slade (Toomorrow, Uriah Heep, AC/DC, Manfred Mann, The Firm, Gary Moore, Asia, Tom Jones, Michael Schenker Group, Paul Rodgers) – 68
Timothy B. Schmidt (Poco, Eagles) – 67
Freddy Curci (Sheriff, Alias, Zion, The Cranberries, solo)
Joey Belladonna (Anthrax, Belladonna) – 54
Gavin Rossdale (Bush) – 49
Russ Ballard (Argent) – 69
Bob C Benberg / Bob Seibenberg (Bees Make Honey, Heads Up, Supertramp) – 65
Larry Mullen (U2) – 53
Mikkey Dee (Motorhead, Don Dokken, King Diamond) – 51
Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Electronic, Johnny Marr and the Healers, Modest Mouse, The The, The Cribs) – 51
Carey Howe (Leatherwolf) -
Adam Horovitz aka Ad-Rock (Beastie Boys) – 48
Rogers Stevens (Blind Melon, Extra Virgin, The Tender Trio) – 44
Johnny Moeller (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 44
Today in Rock History:
1962: The Beatles sign their first real management contract with Brian Epstein, with George and Paul’s fathers signing for their sons, who are still minors. Epstein gets 25 percent of the group’s earnings.
1964: The Beatles’ debut film, A Hard Day’s Night, becomes the first movie to debut behind the “Iron Curtain” of Communist countries when it is shown in Prague.
1965: At Carnegie Hall, Bob Dylan presents his new backup band, formerly Ronnie Hawkins’ backup band, known as the Hawks. Eventually, they will simply become known as (and famous as) The Band.
1966: Jimi Hendrix makes his UK stage debut when he jumps onstage to jam with Cream at London Polytechnic.
1967: Traffic makes its stage debut at London’s Saville Theatre.
1967: Mick Jagger’s apartment in London is burglarized, with girlfriend Marianne Faithfull’s furs and jewelry being among the items listed stolen.
1968: John Sebastian leaves the Lovin’ Spoonful.
1970: Jimi Hendrix is laid to rest at Seattle’s Greenwood Cemetery, under a headstone that reads “Forever In Our Hearts, James ‘Jimi’ Hendrix 1942 – 1970.” Mourners include Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter, members of Derek and the Dominoes, and Miles Davis.
1976: In an attempt to end his cocaine addiction, David Bowie leaves England and moves to West Berlin, where he begins collaborating with Iggy Pop and Brian Eno.
1977: The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first musician, singer/songwriter Elton John.
1980: Paul Simon’s semi-autobiographical film One Trick Pony, in which he stars, is released in the US. Critical and audience reaction is tepid.
1982: Sony introduces the world’s first digital compact-disc player in Tokyo, which sells for about $650.
1983: The first worldwide David Bowie convention is held in London’s Cunard Hotel.
1998: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty is awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
1965: Manfred Mann plays Prague in Czechoslovakia, becoming the first Western band to take the stage behind the infamous Communist “Iron Curtain.”
1967: The entire Grateful Dead are arrested for marijuana possession in San Francisco.
1976: In response to John Belushi’s popular caricature of himself on Saturday Night Live, Joe Cocker appears on the show, singing a dual-Cocker duet with Belushi on “Feelin’ Alright.”
1977: After a plot is uncovered to steal it, Elvis Presley’s body is moved from its Memphis mausoleum to its final resting place in the Meditation Garden at Graceland.
1986: The Everly Brothers are awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
2004: 55-year-old Billy Joel causes a stir by marrying his third wife, the 22-year-old cooking student Katie Lee, at his Long Island home.
1901: The first record company, The Victor Talking Machine Company, is incorporated, later merging with the Radio Corporation of America to become RCA-Victor.
1964: John Lennon writes “I Feel Fine.”
1965: Johnny Cash is stopped by US Customs officials at the Mexican border on suspicion of heroin smuggling and found to be holding over 1,000 prescription narcotics and amphetamines. He receives a suspended sentence.
1977: The TV event Elvis In Concert, filmed just weeks before the King’s death, is shown on CBS, with good friend Ann-Margret hosting. It shocks many with the depiction of a bloated and drug-addled Elvis Presley in his final days.
1978: Aerosmith posts bail for 30 fans convicted of smoking pot during their show at the Fort Wayne Coliseum in Ft. Wayne, IN.
1980: At tonight’s show in Ann Arbor, MI, the first of his new tour, Bruce Springsteen forgets the words to his anthem “Born To Run.”
1988: Hollywood premiers the acclaimed documentary Imagine: John Lennon.
2000: After being questioned for nearly an hour by his parole board, John Lennon’s killer is denied release on his first eligible parole, with the board stating that letting him free would “deprecate the seriousness of the crime.”
2003: The film of the benefit concert The Concert For George, an all-star tribute to the recently deceased ex-Beatle George Harrison, opens in US theaters.
2007: The Rolling Stones’ “A Bigger Bang” tour, named after their latest album, sets a new world record for grosses when the two-year jaunt rakes in nearly 560 million dollars.
1961: Bob Dylan debuts at Carnegie Hall, playing for a grand total of 53 fans.
1963: A 17-year-old Eric Clapton, late of the Roosters and Casey Jones and the Engineers, joins the Yardbirds for tonight’s gig at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England, replacing original guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham.
1964: Dusty Springfield interviews the Beatles on this, their first appearance on England’s ITV television program Ready Steady Go!
1968: Cream begins their announced farewell tour with a performance at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
1974: Thin Lizzy debut their new twin-guitar attack with new additions Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson at tonight’s concert in Wales.
1980: For their work on the recent Fleetwood Mac single “Tusk,” the University of Southern California Country marching band is presented with a platinum version of the album of the same name by three members of the rock band.
1988: Determined to finally clean his system of the alcohol and drugs he’s been abusing for years, Ringo Starr, along with wife Barbara Bach, flies to Tucson, AZ to enter the Sierra Tucson Rehabilitation Clinic. He will stay six weeks.
1994: Singer Glenn Frey’s stomach surgery causes the Eagles to postpone their much-anticipated reunion tour, puckishly titled Hell Freezes Over.
1999: Jimi Hendrix’s half-sister Janie announces her plans to exhume the body of her famous brother and move it to a mausoleum where curious onlookers can view it for a price. The public outcry forces her to shelve the idea.
1947: The first taped radio show is broadcast on ABC, a performance by Bing Crosby that demonstrated the capabilities of the new Ampex 200 recorder.
1962: The Beatles release their first single, “Love Me Do” b/w “P.S. I Love You,” in the UK. That night, it is played on Radio Luxembourg, owned by EMI, representing the first time a Beatles song is ever heard on the airwaves.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience forms in London.
1975: The three original Wailers — Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Bunny Wailer — perform together for the last time at Stevie Wonder’s benefit concert, the Wonder Dream Concert, in Kingston, Jamaica.
1999: After breaking up “permanently” in 1983, the Who reform with an announcement by singer Roger Daltrey that the trio will re-form for a Las Vegas concert.
2000: The book The Beatles Anthology, some twenty years in the making, is published in the US. Price: $60.
1967: Jimi Hendrix performs on the new BBC 1 radio show Top Gear, with Stevie Wonder, who was visiting the studios, sitting in on drums for a jam called (appropriately enough) “Jammin’” and a version of Stevie’s “I Was Made To Love Her.”
1977: Rod Stewart is named in a $15 million “palimony” suit by actress Britt Eklund.
1978: The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger apologizes to activist Jesse Jackson, who raised a public outcry over the lyrics of the Stones’ recent song “Some Girls,” specifically the line “black girls just want to get —— all night.” Jagger refuses calls to change the lyrics.
2002: Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones donates 100,000 pounds to the school he once attended in Dartford, England, for musical instruments and a band director. The resultant musical center is named after the singer.
1952: The Philadelphia dance show Bandstand, hosted by Bob Horn and, later, by Dick Clark as American Bandstand, debuts on WFIL-TV.
1964: The Beatles appear (on tape) during a special British Invasion-themed episode of the popular ABC-TV variety show Shindig!, performing “Kansas City / Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey!,” “I’m A Loser,” and “Boys.”
1967: After a London hotel accuses the Mamas and the Papas’ Cass Elliot of running out on her bill, the singer is jailed overnight and strip-searched, forcing the cancellation of both an upcoming gig and television appearance.
1967: Promoter Sid Bernstein, who had promoted the Beatles at their first two Shea Stadium concerts, offers one million dollars to the group, who is retired from the road, to perform a third concert there. They refuse.
1968: At the fifth game in baseball’s World Series (Detroit vs. St. Louis), Jose Feliciano stuns and outrages the attendees with his jazzy acoustic take on the US National Anthem.
1975: The US Court of Appeals overturns the longstanding deportation order for John Lennon, ruling that Lennon, in being held accountable for violating a foreign law (a 1968 rap for possession of marijuana in England), had been denied due process.
1978: The Rolling Stones perform their new single, “Beast Of Burden,” on tonight’s episode of NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live.
1982: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is given a one year suspended sentence for cocaine possession.
1966: Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapses while on stage at a Sussex University gig in England, just after completing his epic 20-minute solo on “Toad.”
1968: “Mama” Cass Elliot’s initial solo engagement at Caesars’ Palace is a disaster, with Elliot collapsing from exhaustion and her backup band ill-rehearsed. While hospitalized, she contracts tonsillitis, forcing the cancellation of the entire two-week engagement.
1977: NBC airs The Paul Simon Special, which again reunites the singer with old friend Art Garfunkel.
1987: The acclaimed Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll premieres in US theaters on the same day that Berry himself is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1777 N. Vine.
1987: Promoting their space-themed Afterburner record, ZZ Top book passage on what is announced as the first passenger flight to the moon.
1988: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards performs his first solo single, “Take It So Hard,” on tonight’s episode of Saturday Night Live.
1989: After Rolling Stone Ron Wood suggested the Who were reforming for the money alone, Who guitarist Pete Townshend publicly answered: “Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop,” referring to the Stones’ legendary miscue Dirty Work.
1992: The US Postal Service issues a booklet of commemorative rock and roll stamps featuring Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Otis Redding, Bill Haley, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, and Dinah Washington.
1964: The Rolling Stones cancel an upcoming South African tour when the British Musicians Union declares an embargo of the country due to their apartheid polices.
1967: Legendary New York DJ Murray The K is fired from station WOR-FM, where he had moved to take advantage of the new free-form format of FM radio, when the station’s new owners decided to move to a set playlist.
1973: Priscilla Presley finalizes her divorce from Elvis with a second, revised settlement giving her $14,200 a year in support, $725,000 in cash now, half of the sale of the couple’s Palm Springs home, and five percent of all new recordings. The ex-couple leave the courthouse holding hands.
1975: On father John Lennon’s 35th birthday, Yoko Ono gives birth to Sean Ono Taro Lennon.
1978: The Faces’ Ian McLagan marries his longtime girlfriend, former model (and first wife of Keith Moon) Kim Kerrigan.
1980: Despite years of hits in the UK, Gary Glitter declares bankruptcy.
1984: The extraordinarily popular children’s show Thomas The Tank Engine And Friends begins its run on BBC-TV, featuring a narrator by the name of Ringo Starr.
1902: Kalamazoo, MI, mandolin maker Orville Gibson founds the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co, Ltd. In 1936 it would create the first commercially successful electric guitar.
1959: Paul McCartney helps to force the last non-Beatle member of the Quarrymen, Ken Brown, from the skiffle group after Brown gets paid for an engagement at Liverpool’s Casbah Club for which he was too sick to perform. This leaves the Quarrymen as John, Paul, and George; by May of the following year, the group, now featuring Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best, would be known as the “Beatals.”
1970: The first issue of the legendary UK rock newspaper Sounds is published.
1970: The US’ Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head, Nicholas Johnson, responds to recent comments made by Vice President Spiro Agnew that attacked radio stations for playing songs that contained “drug culture propaganda… (in) too many of the lyrics the message of the drug culture is purveyed,” saying, “If we really want to do something about drugs, let’s do something about life… The song writers are trying to help us understand our plight and deal with it. It’s about the only leadership we’re getting. They’re not really urging you to adopt a heroin distribution program, Mr. Vice President.”
1978: At tonight’s Aerosmith show in Philadelphia, PA, an audience member tosses a “cherry bomb” firecracker onto the stage, injuring singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry. Thereafter, the band performs behind a chain-link fence.
1979: Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declares today “Fleetwood Mac Day” and unveils a star for the band on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6608 Hollywood Blvd.
1979: The film The Rose, a thinly-veiled biopic of Janis Joplin starring Bette Midler, premieres in Hollywood.
1999: Las Vegas’ Grand Hotel holds an auction of several hundred thousand dollars’ worth of Elvis memorabilia, including the King’s wristwatch, cigar box, and his 1956 Lincoln Continental.
2001: Dennis DeYoung sues Styx, his former band, for touring and singing his songs without him. He’d left the band in 1999 due to chronic fatigue syndrome.
1970: Elvis Presley is made an honorary “special” deputy sheriff of Bel Air, CA.
1975: The very first musical guest on the new NBC-TV series Saturday Night (later Saturday Night Live) is Janis Ian, who performs her hit “At Seventeen.”
1991: Apple Computers settles their first trademark lawsuit against the Beatles’ Apple Corps for a paltry $29 million, an issue that the Beatles’ handlers would open back up when the Internet made music sales possible on computers.
1955: Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems — vinyl record players, complete with an assortment of classical records, mounted under the dashboard.
1962: The Beatles meet Little Richard for the first time when they open for him at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, England. Though Richard apparently finds John and George “rude,” he is quite taken with Paul, reportedly to the point of attempting to seduce him. On the same day, the band’s first single, “Love Me Do,” enters the British charts.
1966: The Moody Blues, still in their first incarnation as a white R&B band, split up.
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience play their first headlining gig, opening at Paris’ Olympia Theatre.
1969: Tom Zarski, a student at Eastern Michigan University, calls WKNR in Detroit, MI, and informs DJ Russ Gibb on air of the rumor that Paul McCartney died in a car crash, perhaps as long ago as 1966. Zarski tells Gibb that by playing a section of the band’s “Revolution 9″ backwards, a clue emerges: the phrase “Turn me on, dead man.” Gibb proceeds to do just that. Listeners are stunned.
1975: Singer Rod Stewart ends his longtime association with The Faces by playing one final gig with them at Nassau Coliseum in New York.
1979: Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson has his right eye torn open by a thorn, situated on a rose an adoring fan threw on stage at the band’s Madison Square Garden concert.
1980: Eight audience members are stabbed by a fellow concertgoer at a Blood Sweat and Tears show in Los Angeles.
1994: MTV airs the reunion concert special of Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, entitled Unledded.
1996: Though they’ve refused to release it on video for 27 years, largely due to dissatisfaction over their own performance, the Rolling Stones finally release their landmark 1968 all-star BBC television special, The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus.
2002: The new Elvis Presley compilation 30 No. 1 Hits debuts at #1 on the US album charts, the first Presley album ever to do so.
2003: For the first time since his notorious rendition at a Detroit baseball game in 1970, singer Jose Feliciano is invited to sing the US national anthem, performing it at a Florida Marlins playoff game with no incident.
2005: A 1974 Rolls Royce that belonged to late Queen singer Freddie Mercury is auctioned off on eBay.
1963: Beatlemania begins in earnest at the Beatles appear on the popular BBC television show Sunday Night At The Palladium, performing “She Loves You,” “From Me To You,” “I’ll Get You,” and “Twist And Shout.” 15 million people in the UK alone watch the live performance on television, while thousands of fans pack nearby Argyll Street to catch a glimpse of the group.
1970: The ashes of Janis Joplin are scattered into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Stinson Beach in California.
1975: Neil Young undergoes throat surgery in Los Angeles to remove a growth from his vocal cords.
1990: In a move that stuns his longtime fans, Bob Dylan is invited to perform at the West Point US Military Academy. Oddly, he performs his scathing anti-war attack “Masters Of War”; even more strangely, several cadets turn his protest song “Blowin’ In The Wind” into a singalong.
1998: The box set The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live, 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall Concert” is released, featuring the first ever commercial release of the notorious concert where Dylan “went electric” and suffered a folk-purist heckler calling him a “Judas.”
1998: Eric Clapton opens his Crossroads detox center in Antigua, charging $9,000 US for a month of rehab.
2000: The Eagles’ Don Henley is sued by a fan who claims the singer bashed her on the head with maracas after she tried to take his picture at an Arkansas concert.
1964: Charlie Watts, drummer for the Rolling Stones, marries his first and only wife, Shirley Ann Shepherd, in Bradford, England. They’re still married.
1966: Former R&B cover band Pink Floyd debut an entire set of psychedelic originals at tonight’s gig at All Saints Hall in London.
1966: Grace Slick makes her first stage appearance with the band Jefferson Airplane at their Fillmore West gig in San Francisco.
1969: Fred LaBour, entertainment reviewer for the University of Michigan student newspaper The Michigan Daily, turns his assigned review of the new Beatles album, Abbey Road, into a satirical piece headlined “McCartney Dead; New Evidence Brought to Light.” In the article, LaBour repeats the musical “clues” that center around the recent “Paul Is Dead” rumors and adds several of his own. He also invents the name “William Campbell” as Paul’s “replacement.” This finally causes the mainstream press to take note of the phenomenon, and when contacted by other media outlets, LaBour furthers what he thinks is a joke by validating every rumor within the rumor.
1971: The current owners of the Specialty Records catalog sue Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty for half a million dollars for allegedly copying several elements of Little Richard’s “Good Golly Miss Molly” for the band’s single “Travelin’ Band.” Ironically, CCR had covered “Good Golly” just a year before “Travelin’ Band.” The suit is later dropped.
1971: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on ABC-TV’s The Dick Cavett Show to promote John’s new album Imagine, Yoko’s new book, and their upcoming art exhibition.
1972: Joe Cocker and six members of his touring band are arrested after a concert in Adelaide, Australia, when police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their hotel rooms. The group are not charged but instead given four hours to leave the country.
1977: At the personal request of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Linda Ronstadt sings the US national anthem at the beginning of their third World Series game against the New York Yankees.
2000: The Beatles’ official autobiography Anthology hits #1 on the New York Times nonfiction bestseller list.
2004: Eric clapton is busted for speeding in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Mercuil, France, and fined 750 Euros.
1960: While in Hamburg, The Beatles back Wally Eymond, the guitarist for Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, on his version of George Gershwin’s “Summertime.” As Beatles drummer Pete Best is absent from the session, the band plays with Rory Storm’s drummer, Ringo Starr. This is the first known recording of the group together, though the master is lost to history; two years later, the group would hire Ringo permanently.
1965: Jimi Hendrix signs his first recording contract — for one dollar plus one percent of his royalties.
1968: The former New Yardbirds, now known as Led Zeppelin, perform their first gig under that name at England’s Surrey University.
1973: Having experienced respiratory problems for the past four days, Elvis Presley is admitted to Memphis’ Baptist Memorial Hospital, where Dr. George Nichopoulos, Elvis’ personal physician, discovers his patient’s addiction to Demerol.
1973: The US Supreme Court upholds, by a 7-2 vote, the 1971 FCC directive that bans radio DJs from playing songs that glorify drugs.
1973: The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards is found guilty in Nice, France, of possessing and intending to distribute both marijuana and heroin. He receives a one-year suspended sentence, is fined 5,000 francs, and is forbidden from entering the country for two years.
1980: For the first time ever, London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios auctions off thousands of dollars of equipment, including some used on Beatles recordings.
1991: Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty is the proud father of son Shane Cody, his fourth child.
1995: Paul and Linda McCartney make a memorable appearance on tonight’s “Lisa The Vegetarian” episode of FOX’s The Simpsons, doing their voiceovers only on condition that the Lisa character stay a vegetarian forever after.
1972: Internal strife between the three remaining band members — reportedly due to leader John Fogerty’s reluctance to give up creative control — lead to today’s public breakup of Creedence Clearwater Revival. The press statement tries to put the best possible face on the incident, “We don’t regard this as breaking up. We look at it as an expansion of our activities.”
1986: Chuck Berry is the center of an all-star “60th birthday” bash in his hometown of St. Louis, a tribute concert — held three days before his actual 60th — where the legendary rocker is joined by Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Robert Cray, Linda Ronstadt, and many others on stage at the local Fox Theatre. The making of the concert and the show itself are filmed by veteran director Taylor Hackford for the critically acclaimed hits 1987 documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘N’ Roll.
2001: After Bob Dylan hires extra security guards in preparation for his comeback “Love And Theft” tour, two of the guards turn Dylan himself back when the singer forgets his own pass. The new guards are fired.
2002: Billy Joel leaves the Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT, where it is rumored he’s been undergoing treatment for alcoholism.
2003: Simon and Garfunkel open their new “Old Friends” Tour with a concert in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
1919: The Radio Corporation of America, soon to be simply known as RCA, is founded by General Electric as a publicly-held monopoly, much the same way “the phone company” was originally envisioned.
1957: Elvis’ third film, Jailhouse Rock, has its world premiere at the Loews State Theatre in Memphis, TN — the same moviehouse where Elvis had his first job as an usher just five years earlier.
1962: The Beatles make their very first television appearance anywhere when part of their afternoon show at the Cavern in Liverpool is broadcast live on Granada television’s People And Places. The band performs two songs: “Some Other Guy” and “Love Me Do.”
1963: The Beatles record the first of their “Christmas Records,” spoken word greetings sent out on vinyl to members of their fan club.
1967: Hair, the world’s first hippie rock musical, makes its public debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
1967: The Beatles attend a small, quiet memorial service for their manager Brian Epstein, held at the New London Synagogue in St. John’s Wood (near the Abbey Road Studios).
1969: Having been refused union admission to American stages for four years due to both the Davies’ brothers incessant fighting and a procedural violation during their last appearance on the NBC-TV show Hullabaloo!, the Kinks make their triumphant return, opening for Spirit at the Fillmore East in New York.
1981: One man is killed and another injured in an attempted burglary of Rolling Stones ticket offices in Maryland.
1993: Savatage co-founder and guitarist Criss Oliva died when an oncoming car crossed the median and struck Criss’ 1982 Mazda RX-7 head-on, killing him instantly and seriously injuring his wife, Dawn. The drunk driver with seven prior DUIs served a mere 18 months for vehicular homicide.
1995: The largest video release of all time is made by Rhino Home Video: 21 cassette tapes featuring 58 episodes of NBC-TV’s The Monkees.
1999: Having been diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia, Johnny Cash is admitted to Baptist Hospital in Nashville.
2000: At a charity auction organized by Mick Fleetwood in London, singer George Michael pays one and a half million pounds for the upright piano on which John Lennon wrote the 1971 hit “Imagine.”
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation, or BBC, the first national broadcasting corporation, is founded on this day in London.
1957: For the Quarrymen’s gig at the New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool, Paul McCartney joins the group on stage for the first time, as a guitar player. Having made a few mistakes on his solo for Arthur Smith’s “Guitar Boogie,” a distressed and nervous McCartney attempts to repair his image by showing Quarrymen leader John Lennon some of the songs he’s composed. John responds in kind, leading to the beginning of the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership.
1959: 75 teens are arrested outside of the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, KS after a riot breaks out, further goading civic leaders to decry the rock and roll “menace.”
1963: Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 19 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).
1964: The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, the Nashville Teens, and Tommy Tucker.
1967: The Richard Lester movie How I Won The War, an antiwar satire featuring John Lennon in the role of Pvt. Gripweed, opens at London’s Premiere Theatre, with all four Beatles attending.
1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are busted for marijuana possession in their apartment in London’s Montague Square, a flat leased to them by Ringo and previously lived in by Jimi Hendrix. Having gotten wind of the bust ahead of time (and also having begun experimenting with heroin), John, Yoko, and John’s friend Pete Shotton clean the place to within an inch of its life, but the police nevertheless claim to find approximately 230 grains of cannabis resin, enough to arrest the two. Later in the day, fater paying a 150 pound fine, the pair are released, but not before Yoko begins to feel discomfort in her stomach, an ominous symptom of the miscarriage she will soon suffer.
1969: In Hawaii, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for possession of marijuana.
1969: Rod Stewart joins the Faces, formerly known as the Small Faces.
1969: A clearly ill Bill Haley plays the First Annual Rock and Roll Revival show at New York’s Madison Square Garden and, at the end of his set, receives an eight-minute standing ovation.
1975: Paul Simon reunites with former partner Art Garfunkel on tonight’s second-ever episode of Saturday Night Live, performing “Scarborough Fair,” “The Boxer,” and their new single, “My Little Town.”
1986: Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries her second husband, Portugese music composer Eduardo Quintela.
1961: At a show in Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England, two popular local groups combine on stage to form the Beatmakers, performing Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say?,” the pop standard “Red Sails in the Sunset,” and Charles’ “Hit the Road, Jack.” The groups? Gerry and the Pacemakers and the Beatles.
1966: The Yardbirds, now featuring Jeff Beck on lead guitar and Jimmy Page on rhythm guitar, arrive in New York City to start their first American tour.
1970: The Australian outlaw film Ned Kelly, featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, is released to scathing reviews.
1981: At the Holiday Star Theater in Merriville, IN, Bob Dylan calls up longtime friend Larry Kegan, wheelchair-bound since the age of 15, and lets his perform Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down” as tonight’s encore.
1997: Glen Buxton, one of the founding members and the lead guitarist of the original Alice Cooper band, died of pneumonia. Glen co-wrote “Schools Out,” “I’m Eighteen” and “Elected.”
1964: A riot predictably breaks out during the Rolling Stones first-ever Paris gig, leading to the arrest of 150 concertgoers at the Olympia Theatre.
1966: The Yardbirds (featuring Jimmy Page) record a version of their hit “Over Under Sideways Down” as a jingle for General Foods’ Great Shakes beverages.
1968: The Yardbirds end their stage career with a gig at Liverpool University.
1969: The Who begin a six-night run at the Fillmore East in New York, performing their new rock opera “Tommy” in its entirety.
1974: Former Animals lead singer Eric Burdon and his wife Rose celebrate the birth of their first daughter, which they name Mirage. (They will later think better of it and rename her Alexandria.)
1976: Marking time while lead singer Robert Plant recovers from a debilitating car accident, Led Zeppelin release the concert documentary The Song Remains The Same, a document of three 1973 shows at Madison Square Garden interspersed with several slightly ridiculous “fantasy” sequences. Though critical reaction is not kind, it goes on to be a success, as does the obligatory soundtrack album.
1977: Guitarist Steve Gaines, lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt, and backup singer Cassie Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are all killed when the band’s small Convair plane runs out of fuel and does down en route from Greenville, SC, to their next gig in Baton Rouge, LA. Crash landing in a forest near Gillsburg, MS, the accident also takes the lives of the band’s assistant road manager as well as the two pilots, not to mention severely injuring the rest of the band and most of the other two dozen passengers. The remaining members would not reunite for another decade.
1979: Bob Dylan appears on tonight’s episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live to perform three new religious songs from his upcoming album Slow Train Coming, shocking listeners with his new fundamentalist Christian direction.
1994: In a surprise appearance, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young take the stage during Bob Dylan’s concert at New York’s Roseland Ballroom and perform “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″ and “Highway 61 Revisited” with the legend himself.
2001: The Concert For New York City, a benefit show for victims of the recent 9/11 terrorist attacks, is staged at Madison Square Garden, featuring (among others) The Who, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, James Taylor, and David Bowie.
1908: The first two-sided vinyl record (!) was offered for sale by the Columbia label in an ad running in this week’s Saturday Evening Post.
1956: Elvis Presley visits his favorite local movie theater, the Memphian, and is beset by a adoring crowd who, in the ensuing melee, scratch his new Cadillac. Thus begins Elvis’ new habit of renting the entire theater whenever he wants to watch a movie.
1971: In Paris, Mick Jagger and girlfriend Bianca become the proud parents of Mick’s first child, Jade.
1975: The city of Los Angeles declares this “Elton John Week” and awards the musician his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6915 Hollywood Blvd.
1976: Keith Moon plays what is to be his final show with the Who, a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
1985: The Cinemax cable TV special Carl Perkins and Friends, taped to honor the 30th anniversary of his hit “Blue Suede Shoes,” is taped with special guests George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Dave Edmunds, and Ringo Starr.
1992: Elvis’ first grandson, Benjamin Storm, is born to Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough.
1992: Elton John sues the syndicated US television show Hard Copy for alleging that the singer moved to the Atlanta suburbs to be near an AIDS treatment facility.
2003: Elton John signs the deal for the first of his famous “Red Piano” concerts at Las Vegas’ Ceasar’s Palace.
2005: Bob Seger sings the US national anthem before today’s World Series game between the Detroit Tigers and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
1964: Mod rockers the High Numbers fail their audition with the EMI label, but within a year will find success on Brunswick Records as The Who.
1968: Jimi Hendrix “All Along the Watchtower” hits UK chart
1969: An understandably miffed and somewhat confused Paul McCartney issues an official press release through Apple stating that he is not, in fact, dead, and then retires to his farm in Scotland (where Life magazine will track him down to further prove his not-deadness).
1988: Elton John sells out his upcoming show at Madison Square Garden, setting a venue record with 26 straight Elton sellouts.
1996: Apple announces that The Beatles have sold an unprecedented 19 million albums this year as a result of the Anthology juggernaut, with 41% of those sales, according to polls, going to fans who weren’t even born when the group broke up.
1998: Bob Dylan plays a “homecoming” show in Duluth, MN, the closest he’s played to his nearby hometown of Hibbing in nearly three decades.
2000: George Michael pays almost three million dollars for John Lennon’s famous upright Steinway piano, on which the ex-Beatle wrote the international anthem “Imagine.” Michael issued a statement saying, in part, “I know that when my fingers touch the keys of that Steinway, I will feel truly blessed.”
1966: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single ‘Hey Joe’, at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band the The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit. The Byrds also performed and recorded a version of the song.
1966: The Yardbirds, in their first concert featuring Jimmy Page on lead guitar, open at San Francisco’s Fillmore West.
1969: Columbia Records announces its intention to prosecute the purveyors of Great White Way, an unauthorized collection of unreleased Bob Dylan demos that is often considered the first “bootleg” record.
1970: Santana “Abraxas” hits #1 in U.S.
1972: The Fifties-revival drama That’ll Be The Day, starring Ringo Starr, David Essex, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and the Nashville Teens’ John Hawken, begins filming in England.
1976: Led Zeppelin make their belated US television debut on an episode of the syndicated Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.
1976: Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘If You Leave Me Now’. It was the group’s 18th Top 40 and first No.1, It went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance.
1978: CBS Records becomes the first record label to raise the price of albums to an unheard-of $8.98.
1980: On the same day that John Lennon’s “comeback” single, “Starting Over,” is released, his future killer signs out of his detail as a security guard for the last time. Instead of signing “Chappy,” as he usually does, the killer tellingly signs out as “John Lennon.”
1989: Nirvana played their first ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle’s Riverside Club in North East England. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.
1995: Def Leppard gave themselves a place in the Guinness book Of World Records, by playing three gigs in three continents in 24 hours. Tangier, London and Vancouver.
1998: A St. Louis federal judge rules that the local Fort Zumwalt High School Marching Band is not allowed, as per the ruling of the superintendent of schools, to include Jefferson Airplane’s pro-drug hit “White Rabbit” in its repertoire as part of a “Sixties medley.”
1960: A 17-year-old art student named Keith Richards runs into his old schoolmate, an economics student named Mick Jagger, at a train station in London. Richards notices the R&B albums under Jagger’s arm, and before long the two form their first group — Little Boy Blue and the Blue Boys.
1962: The Beatles give their first-ever radio interview, on Radio Clatterbridge, a closed-circuit radio station serving Cleaver and Clatterbridge Hospitals in Wirral, near Liverpool. Paul is quoted as saying “John is, in fact, the leader of the group.”
1964: The Rolling Stones make their US television debut when they appear on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show. After screaming fans practically tear the studio seats apart, Sullivan declares to reporters: “I promise you they’ll never be back on our show. It took me 17 years to build this up, I’m not going to have it destroyed in a matter of weeks. We won’t book any more rock ‘n’ roll groups. Frankly, I didn’t see the group until the day before the broadcast. I was shocked when I saw them.” The group returns to the program five times.
1968: The New Yardbirds, soon to be known as Led Zeppelin, make their live concert debut at England’s Surrey University, described on the poster as the “first big dance of the term.”
1986: Bon Jovi “Slippery When Wet” hits #1 in U.S.
1991: RIP – Bill Graham- Concert Promoter
1997: Johnny Cash reaches over to pick up a dropped guitar pick at today’s concert in Flint, MI and falls over on stage; apologizing, he reveals to the audience that he is in the early stages of Parkinson’s Disease. The crowd, thinking Cash is joking, laughs at the comment.
2006: Forbes.com’s sixth annual Top-Earning Dead Celebrities list reports that Elvis Presley’s estate comes in second (beaten out by Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain). Also in the top twenty: John Lennon, Johnny Cash, George Harrison, Ray Charles, and Bob Marley.
1961: Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records, his first recording contract.
1964: On the last day of recording their fourth album, Beatles For Sale, the Beatles are visited by rockabilly legend Carl Perkins, an early idol of theirs. The group decides then and there to cover Perkins’ “Honey Don’t.” At one point, Ringo calls the Sun records artists “Mr. Perkins,” to which he replies, “Son, I wish you’d just call me Carl. Mr. Perkins is my daddy.”
1965: The Beatles receive Members of the British Empire (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II in a ceremony staged at Buckingham Palace. It is the first such honor ever given to a rock band, causing many former recipients, many distinguished military personnel, to return their medals in disgust. According to John, the group is so nervous beforehand that it gets high on marijuana in a palace bathroom; during the ceremony, when Her Majesty asks the group how long it’s been together, Ringo replies “forty years.” Later, a press conference is held at the Saville Theatre.
1968: Having been fired from WOR-FM, Legendary DJ Murray The K moves across town in New York, becoming one of the WMCA-AM “Good Guys.”
1968: The two day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Canned Heat all appeared.
1970: Mrs. Alta Mae Anderson, mother of Meredith Hunter, the Rolling Stones concertgoer murdered by Hell’s Angels at their Altamont show, sues the band for hiring the infamous biker club as security.
1970: A wake was held at the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin’s close friends; Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.
1970: The mother of Meredith Hunter, the man slain at the ill-fated Altamont festival, sues the Rolling Stones.
1975: Elton John performs at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, dressed in a sequined Dodger outfit. It’s the last date on his sold-out American tour.
1980: Paul Kantner of Jefferson Starship suffers what is thought to be a stroke while recording the band’s latest album but is later revealed to be a brain embolism. He recovers after two weeks’ hospitalization.
1992: Julie Fogerty, wife of husband John Fogerty of CCR, gives birth to the couple’s first son (and Fogerty’s fourth total), Tyler Jackson.
1992: Pearl Jam sets a first week sales record by selling 950,000 copies of the “Vs.” album
1998: US Federal courts refuse to issue an injunction against makers of mp3 players, one which the RIAA has been pushing for in light of rampant piracy.
2007: Acting on the advice of director David Lynch, folk-pop icon and former student of the Maharishi, Donovan, begins drawing up plans for The Invincible Donovan University, a college for studying transcendental meditation.
1957: Police in Oakland, CA inform Elvis Presley that he is not allowed to swivel his hips onstage in tonight’s performance at the Oakland Auditorium; Elvis responds by sarcastically wiggling only his little finger while singing. The cops film the show anyway, just in case.
1962: The Rolling Stones — with the original lineup of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, and Tony Chapman — cut their first demos at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London, recording covers of Muddy Waters’ “Soon Forgotten,” Jimmy Reed’s “Close Together,” and Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover.” Future drummer Charlie Watts has for now decided to stick with his (relatively) lucrative job in advertising.
1970: Black Sabbath kicked off their first tour of North America at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey. Throughout this tour they would share bills with the likes of Alice Cooper, The James Gang, Three Dog Night, Jethro Tull, The Small Faces, Badfinger, and Mungo Jerry.
1975: Bruce Springsteen, riding on hype for his latest album, Born To Run, finds himself the first rocker to make the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week.
1979: Elton John collapses during his show atollywood’s Universal Amphitheatre and is hospitalized for “exhaustion.”
1979: Iron Maiden lands on the front cover of the U.K.’s Sounds magazine. The accompanying article claims the band and others are the New Wave of British Heavy Metal.
1980: John Lennon’s killer purchases the .38 revolver (a five-shot Charter Arms “Off Duty” special) with which he will eventually kill his idol.
1984: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne become the proud parents of a daughter — 1984 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne become the proud parents of a daughter, Kelly. Kelly will later launch her own singing career off the success of the reality TV show ‘The Osbournes’.
1988: Rattle And Hum, the U2 documentary, has its world premiere in Dublin.
1990: Slaughter hits #19 with “Fly to the Angels”.
2003: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers receive the Legend award at the 2003 Radio Music Awards, despite Petty’s album The Last DJ slamming the current state of the radio. Stevie Nicks is the presenter.
2003: Stone Temple Pilot singer Scott Weiland is arrested for DUI in Los Angeles after allegedly driving his BMW into a parked van.
2004: Rod Stewart tops the U.S. album charts for the first time in 25 years with Stardust: The Great American Songbook Volume III.
2007: Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard’s Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: “Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard’s Hospital.”
2007: Metallica perform the first of two acoustic sets at Neil Young’s annual Bridge School Benefit Concert in Mountain View, CA. Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and Jack Irons (formerly of Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers) appear. The second show is the following day. The Bridge School is a nonprofit learning facility for physically or verbally impaired children.
2007: Guitar Hero III launch events in L.A. and N.Y.C feature appearances by Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash (L.A.) and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (N.Y.C).
2009: U2’s ‘84 release “The Unforgettable Fire’ gets a 25th anniversary reissue with b-sides, alternate takes and a new song – “Disappearing Act.” The song was originally recorded during the ’83 sessions but set aside. The band did additional work on the tune for inclusion on the album.
“Abbey Road” is released for download to The Beatles: Rock Band video game. It’s the first Beatles album available for downloadable purchase in the game’s music store. The album is also available for Xbox360 and PlayStation 3.
2010: Kings Of Leon’s “Come Around Sundown” is #1 on Billboard’s Rock and Alternative Albums charts (#2 on the Billboard 200). The band’s fifth full-length album also debuts at #1 in Australia, Canada, Belgium, and the U.K.
2010: Kid Rock lashes out at Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler for his decision to join the judges panel on American Idol. “It’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” says Rock. “[Steven] is a sacred American institution of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and he just threw it all out the window. And if [Steven made the decision] himself, he needs some serious counseling. I love him to death, but I gotta speak the truth.” Tyler responds, “he’s just jealous, he’s just jealous.” A few days later, Godsmack frontman Sully Erna calls Tyler’s move brilliant. “ I think he’s gonna be the male Paula Abdul, ’cause he’s a little bit dingy, you know what I mean?! He’s probably all pilled up.” Tyler joins Randy Jackson and fellow newbie Jennifer Lopez on the Idol panel.
2012: Joe Bonamassa (Black Country Communion) and Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) are among those who perform during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute to Chuck Berry titled Roll Over Beethoven: The Life and Music of Chuck Berry.
2012: Rolling Stones memorabilia once owned by the band’s rhythm guitarist, Ronnie Wood, is up for auction at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. The items were awarded to Jo Wood as part of the couple’s divorce settlement. “Some items, Ronnie’s a little upset about selling,” says Darren Julien, president and CEO of Julien’s Auctions. A ’55 Fender Stratocaster guitar that Wood played onstage sells for $60,800 and a lithograph that Wood drew of guitarist Eric Clapton, signed by both, goes for $5,120. A portion of the proceeds benefit the musicians’ charity MusiCares.
1961: According to the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, this is the day on which a customer named Raymond Jones entered Epstein’s Liverpool record store, NEMS, and requested a copy of the Beatles singing “My Bonnie” (a 45 the group had cut in Hamburg, Germany with singer Tony Sheridan). Epstein, impressed that someone would ask for a record cut by a local group but only available as an import, tracks the band down at the Cavern Club and offers to manage them. Several Liverpool scenesters have since cast doubt on this story, claiming the group was already well-known in town.
1961: Ground is broken for the construction of New York City’s Shea Stadium.
1972: The Who’s recent anthem “Join Together” is adopted as the official song of the United States Council For World Affairs.
1985: Bob Dylan’s five-LP Biograph, the first major commercially successful box set, is released by Columbia.
2003: Tonight’s The Night, a musical play written around the hits of Rod Stewart, opens in London’s West End.
2003: David Bowie and his wife, the supermodel Iman, sign up as the new spokesmodels for Tommy Hilfiger.
1969: New York underground newspaper Rat becomes the first publication to compile the various rumored “clues” to the “Paul Is Dead” phenomenon.
1971: RIP- Duane Allman
1983: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” becomes the longest charting LP of all time, with its 491st week on U.S. top 200. It dethroned Johnny Mathis’ “Greatest Hits” (April 1958-July 1968)
1987: Rolling Stones guitarist and sometime painter Ron Wood gets his first public presentation, Decades, in London, featuring mostly portraits of Wood’s famous friends over the past two decades.
1990: The inductees for the sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are announced, a list which includes Wilson Pickett, Ike and Tina Turner, The Byrds, The Impressions, LaVern Baker, Jimmy Reed, and John Lee Hooker.
2003: A study by the Neilsen ratings people finds that a full third the sales of Beatles 1 were to new fans between the ages of 19 and 24, skewing the fan base even younger than it had been previously.
2005: The wax figures of the younger Beatles used in the cover of the band’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album are auctioned off for 81,500 pounds in London after being discovered languishing in the backroom of Madame Tussauds’ famous wax museum.
1967: Rolling Stones leader Brian Jones, already deep in drug addiction, pleads guilty in a London court to possession of cannabis and not guilty to possession of cocaine and methedrine. He spends the night in Wormwood Scrubs prison and is released on bail the next day after being sentenced to nine months, a sentence which will eventually be suspended.
1970: A Miami court sentences Doors leader Jim Morrison to six months in prison and a fine of $500 for allegedly exposing himself during a concert there in March of the previous year. The case is still on appeal when Morrison dies the following July.
1970: Davy Jones guest-stars as himself in tonight’s “The Teen Idol” episode of ABC-TV’s Make Room For Granddaddy.
1972: Elton John becomes the first rock star since the Beatles to perform for Queen Elizabeth II at her annual Royal Command Variety Performance in London.
1978: KISS’ ill-advised live-action kiddie movie KISS Meet The Phantom Of The Park premieres on NBC-TV.
1979: Bianca Jagger, Mick’s first wife, is granted a divorce after eight years of marriage.
1993: Meatloaf’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” hits #1 in U.S.
1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces its upcoming induction of David Bowie, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Pink Floyd, The Shirelles, Jefferson Airplane, Little Willie John, and the Velvet Underground.
1998: KISS, both with their signature makeup and without, appear on tonight’s “…Thirteen Years Later” episode of Fox-TV’s Millennium.
2003: Paul McCartney becomes the proud parent of his first child with second wife Heather Mills, a daughter named Beatrice Milly.
2007: After losing the top spot to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain the year before, Elvis Presley once again tops Forbes Magazine’s list of highest-earning dead celebrities. John Lennon is second on the list; fellow ex-Beatle George Harrison is fourth.
1963: The Beatles return from a tour of Sweden to find 50,000 screaming fans waiting for them at London’s Heathrow Airport, the surest proof yet that Beatlemania is a national phenomenon. Waiting at the airport is American TV host Ed Sullivan, who notices the furor. “Who are those guys?” he asks a bystander, who tells him they are “England’s foremost singing group.” Having never heard them, Sullivan nevertheless immediately contacts manager Brian Epstein to book the band for three appearances on his CBS show early in 1964.
1964: For the first time since January 1964, the Beatles do not have a song currently on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. No less than 14 singles hit the charts in the previous ten months.
1967: The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is released on 750 pounds’ bail from Wormwood Scrubs prison in London after being charged with marijuana possession. Seven fans are arrested for demonstrating outside the prison gates.
1967: The Stooges make their live debut at a Detroit, MI, Halloween party.
1968: Paul McCartney’s new girlfriend, Linda Eastman, moves into his London home.
1970: Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas marries actor Dennis Hopper, a marriage that is annulled seven days later.
1970: Led Zeppelin’s “III” hits #1 in U.S.
1974: Members of Led Zeppelin launch their new artist-owned label, Swan Song, at the Chislehurst Caves in England, with the Pretty Things, Bill Wyman, and Groucho Marx — not to mention several dozen naked models — attending.
1975: Southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band headline a fundraising concert for Presidential nominee Jimmy Carter.
1975: Queen release “Bohemian Rhapody”
1976: Elvis Presley makes his last recording, singing Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go” over a pre-recorded backing track in the Jungle Room of his Graceland home.
2000: Napster announces a deal with entertainment giant BMG to make its illegal file-sharing software into a paid subscription service.
2005: The white suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road sells at a Las Vegas Amnesty International charity auction for $118,000.
2007: Elvis Presley tops the annual Forbes magazine list of most profitable dead celebrities, his estate having taken in $49 million over the past year. John Lennon makes the #2 spot; George Harrison, James Brown, and Bob Marley also make the list.