Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Today in rock history 30th March
1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson, a master of the blues harmonica whose songs were covered by the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, Canned Heat, and Rod Stewart, is born in Jackson, Tenn. 1945 – Eric Clapton is born in Ripley, 1948 – Jim Dandy Mangrum of Black Oak Arkansas is born in Black Oak, Ark. 1964 – British press report first Mods and Rockers clash in Clacton 1967 – The cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is photographed at a studio on London’s Flood Street, using cardboard cutouts and wax figures to represent the Beatles’ heroes. The effigies featured include Edgar Allan Poe, Lenny Bruce, Vidal Sassoon, Laurel and Hardy, Bob Dylan, and Huntz Hall. 1967 – Pink Floyd debut on UK singles chart with Arnold Layne. 1968 – In London, David Bowie makes his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in Pierrot in Turquoise. 1970 – Led Zeppelin walk off stage during a Pittsburgh gig and say they won’t play until the police stop intimidating the audience. Ten minutes later they resume the show. 1974 -Steely Dan debut on UK LP chart with Pretzel Logic. 1974 – Ramones play first show at the Performance Studio with Joey playing drums. 1975 – Jeff Beck releases his first solo album, Blow by Blow, in the U.S. 1976 – The Sex Pistols play their first gig at London’s 100 Club. There are 50 people in the audience, including the next English person you meet. 1984 – Greg Lake leaves Asia to be replaced by the band’s original bassist/singer, John Wetton. 1987 – Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of the Clash are arrested on charges of shooting pigeons. 1999 – It is announced that anti-American feeling over the bombing of Yugoslavia has prompted rock group KISS to cancel three concert dates in Russia. 2003 – Limp Bizkit unveil guitarist Wes Borland’s replacement when they play Wrestlemania. Their new axe-man is Mike Smith, formerly of Snot. 2004 – Welsh rock band The Stereophonics play a gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust. They’re joined onstage by Ron Wood, The Jam’s Paul Weller, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield. 2004 – Guns N’ Roses pull out of the Rock in Rio – Lisbon festival following the sudden departure of guitarist Buckethead. 2006 – Led Zeppelin: A man is removed from a flight to London on suspicion of terrorism after a taxi driver reports he was listening to The Clash’s “London’s Burning” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” on his way to the airport. Harraj Mann is released without charge. 2012 – Jerry Lee Lewis ties the knot for the 7th time.