Monday, 25 April 2016
Today in rock history 25th April
1923 – Albert King (US blues guitarist) is born this day. 1945 – Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born 1950 – Steve Ferrone, drummer with the Average White Band and Eric Clapton, is born in Brighton 1958 – Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen hits UK chart. 1964 – The Beatles have an amazing 14 singles on the American chart. 1974 – Jim Morrison’s widow, Pam, dies in Hollywood at the age of 27. Police suspect heroin use may have played a part in her death. 1974 – Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ No. 1 hit “The Streak. 1981 – Wings break up after Denny Laine leaves the band. Paul McCartney says he will carry on as a solo artist. 1987 – U2 replace Beastie Boys at top of US LP chart with The Joshua Tree. 1990 – The Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock sells at a London auction for $295,000. 1993 – The Grateful Dead gather around one of their own, saying they will help pay for artist Stanley “Mouse” Miller’s liver transplant. Miller created the band’s distinctive skull-and-roses logo. 1994 – The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. 1994 – A judge sentences Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz to 200 hours’ community service after he beats up a TV cameraman during River Phoenix’s funeral. 1997 – U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet. 1997 – Warren Haynes and Allen Woody quit the Allman Brothers Band to tend to their careers as Gov’t Mule. 2000 – Eric Clapton is reunited on a TV stage in London with his former Derek & the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock, for their first performance together in 29 years. 2003 – Jim Morrison’s parents sue the Doors 21st Century – made up of Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger and The Cult’s Ian Astbury – claiming their U.S. tour “maliciously misappropriated” the name and logo of the original Doors lineup. 2004 – Piano man Billy Joel drives his car into a house in Long Island. Nobody is seriously injured. It’s his third car crash in two years. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo “Devils & Dust” tour in Michigan, at Motown’s Fox Theatre. 2010 – Starting this week, Amazon.com will stream a new single from the upcoming self-titled Stone Temple Pilots album.