Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Today in rock history 8th June

1942 – Chuck Negron vocalist for Three Dog Night is born 1944 – Boz Scaggs (William Royce Scaggs) is born in Ohio. He plays with Steve Miller in 1959 and again from 1967-69. 1947 – Mick Box, guitarist for Uriah Heep is born. 1954 – United States record companies distributed the first ever 45rpm vinyl discs. 1967 – The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ went to No.1 in the UK. Costing £25,000 ($42,500) to produce the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart. 1969 – Founder member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones announced that he was leaving the group, saying that he no longer saw ‘eye to eye’ with the rest of the band. 1970 – Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border. 1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Long and Winding Road,” The Beatles. 1974 – Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with ‘Monkey Grip’, 1974 – David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album ‘Diamond Dogs’. 1974 – Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes. 1974 – Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Band On The Run’, his third solo US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK. 1989 – At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action. 1991 – Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘More Than Words’, a No.2 hit in the UK. 1991 – Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home. 1998 – Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Sting, Pete Townshend and Sir Elton John are among the mourners at a private service for McCartney’s late wife, Linda, at St. Martins-in-the-Fields church in London 1998 – The Rolling Stones announce that they are postponing the U.K. dates on their current European tour until June of the following year. 1998 – Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London. 2001 – AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45). 2003 – Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. 2003 – Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bring Me To Life.’ 2003 – Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won’, the bands seventh US No.1 album. 2009 – Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will be missing the opening string of dates of the band’s Guitar Hero tour while he recovers from recent surgery.

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