Monday, 4 July 2016

Today in rock history 5th July

1944 – The Band’s Robbie Robertson is born in Toronto. 1950 – Huey Lewis (Hugh Cregg III) is born in New York City. 1954 – Elvis Presley invents rock ‘n’ roll as he, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black start messing around on a song called “That’s All Right” at Memphis’ Sun Studios. 1964 – David Jones (aka David Bowie) and the King Bees release the single “Liza Jane.” 1964 – The Irish band Them, featuring Van Morrison, record “Gloria.” 1966 – Chas Chandler goes to see Jimi Hendrix play at Cafe Wha? in New York’s Greenwich Village. The former Animal later tells Hendrix he should move to London in order to launch his career. 1968 – John Lennon sells his psychedelic Rolls Royce. 1968: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album which went on to peak at number fifty-two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S. 1969: The Who & Chuck Berry co-headlined the Pop Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1969 – The Rolling Stones turn their free Hyde Park concert into a memorial service for Brian Jones, who died in his swimming pool on July 3. Jagger reads Shelley’s “Adonais” by way of tribute and the band releases thousands of butterflies over the crowd. Sadly, most of the insects had themselves expired. 1971 – A Led Zeppelin gig in Milan turns violent when police fire tear gas at the crowd. The band escapes unharmed, but numerous arrests are made and a roadie is hit in the head with a bottle. 1975 – Pink Floyd premiere their Wish You Were Here album in a performance that takes in fireworks, Spitfire planes flying overhead, and even a model plane that crashes into the stage. 1978 – EMI halts production of the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured complain about the use of their images in the cover art. 1988 – A movement to ban Grateful Dead concerts in the town of Oxford, Maine, crumbles after the protestors learn that they would have to ban concerts at the county fair, too. 1989 – Rod Stewart is knocked unconscious after hitting his head onstage. 1990: Kiss had to cancel a scheduled concert in New Haven, CT due to Paul Stanley sustaining neck & back injuries in a car accident the previous day in Pelham, NY. 1995 – More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb. 1995 – Sorry, Pearl Jam. The Justice Department announces that it will not be investigating antitrust charges against Ticketmaster. 2005: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who’s seen Pink Floyd’s record sales go up after Live 8 suggested that all other Live 8 performers donate their royalties to charity.

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