Sunday, 17 July 2016

Today in rock history 18th July

1929 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – one of rock’s original showmen – is allegedly born on this date in Cleveland. 1939 – Singer Dion (Dion DiMucci) is born in the Bronx, N.Y. 1950 – Golden Earring drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk is born in the Hague, Netherlands. 1960 – It’s reported that Elvis has taken out a mortgage on Graceland for $164,000. 1964 – The Rolling Stones get their first U.K. No. 1 with “It’s All Over Now.” 1966 – Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four (“I Fought the Law”) dies at age 23. 1968 – The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun. Their second album fails to chart. 1969 – Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band make their first appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. 1970 – Pink Floyd and Deep Purple play a free concert at London’s Hyde Park that attracts an audience of 20,000. 1972 – Boston Mayor Kevin White helps get Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones out of jail in Warwick, R.I., so they can make their performance at the Boston Garden. The two were arrested for getting into a scuffle with a Providence, R.I., photographer. 1973 – Jethro Tull sell out three nights at the Los Angeles Forum in one-and-a-half hours. 1978- Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School in Sheffield, England in front of 150 students. 1981- The Texxas Jam was held at the Astrodome in Houston. The lineup included REO Speedwagon, Heart, Foghat & Blue Oyster Cult. 1988 – Nico – smack-addicted former lead singer with the Velvet Underground and the very model of a doomed diva – dies after falling off her bicycle in Ibiza. 1988 – A California court upholds an earlier decision clearing Ozzy Osbourne’s song “Suicide Solution” of being responsible for a teenager taking his own life in 1984. 1989 – Jefferson Airplane re-form. Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, and Grace Slick are joined by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, who left the Airplane to play with Hot Tuna. 1994 – Singer Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries marries Don Burton in Ireland. 1994 – The Rolling Stones play a secret gig in a Toronto nightclub for their fans. 2006 – Pamela Anderson tells her Web site that she’s become engaged to Kid Rock – for a second time. 2007- Sting was ordered to pay his former chef $50,000 after being sued for sexual discrimination for being fired because she was pregnant.

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