Friday, 15 July 2016

Today in rock history 15th July

1949 – Producer Trevor Horn is born in Hertfordshire, 1952 – New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders is born in Leesburg, Fla. 1956 – Joseph “Satch” Satriani is born 1956 – Born on this day, Ian Curtis, guitar, vocals, Warsaw, Joy Division, 1958 – John Lennon’s mother, Julia, dies in a road accident in Liverpool, England, thereby providing the young songwriter with plenty of angst-ridden solo material. 1963 – Paul McCartney is busted for speeding and fined 17 pounds for the offense. 1967 – Jefferson Airplane and the Doors perform at the Anaheim Civic Center in California. Jim Morrison behaves himself. 1968 – Creedence Clearwater Revival release their self-titled debut album. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival release their very popular fifth album, Cosmo’s Factory. 1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” Three Dog Night. The song is written by Randy Newman. 1971 – Yoko Ono appears at the London department store Selfridges, where she signs copies of her book Grapefruit. John Lennon turns up to lend a wrist. 1973 – A depressed Ray Davies, balancing a beer can on his head, announces he is retiring from music during a Kinks concert at London’s White City Stadium. 1974 – Elton John re-signs with MCA. Elton will receive $8 million for delivering his next five albums to the record label, including Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. 1989 – Pink Floyd perform in Venice on a floating stage. Seems like a good idea. But the 200,000 people who gather to see them end up causing damage to the city’s bridges and make marble crumble from centuries-old buildings. 1994 – Phil Collins, whose songs like “In the Air Tonight” dwelled on the breakup of his first marriage, announces that he’s divorcing his latest wife, Jill. 1999 – The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir marries his lady Natasha. 1999 – Opening night of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s North American reunion tour. 1999 – Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. 2002 – Sir Paul McCartney was named the highest-earning music star of the year so far after selling tickets worth £33.9m during his recent US tour. 2004 – U2 called in police after thieves nicked a copy of the bands latest album ‘Vertigo’. The CD was stolen during a photo shoot with the band in the south of France. 2006 – Avril Lavigne is married to sweetheart Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 in Montecito, California. 2007 – The UK music industry reacted angrily at a decision to give away ‘Planet Earth’ the new album by Prince as a ‘covermount’ with the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

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