Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Today in rock history September 14th

1946 - Pete Agnew-bassist for Nazareth born in Dumferline, Scotland. 1949 – Steven Gaines, guitarist with Lynyrd Skynyrd, is born in Seneca, Mo. 1950 – Free guitarist Paul Kossoff is born in Hampstead, England. 1963 – In the U.K., the No. 1 single is the Beatles’ “She Loves You.” It becomes England’s best-selling single until the record is broken by Paul McCartney’s “Mull of Kintyre” in 1977. 1964 – It’s announced that Beatles manager Brian Epstein will record his own album, reading from his book A Cellarful of Noise. 1968 – In one of the daffier examples of government policy, 40 foreign officials of the U.S. Information Agency attend a Blood, Sweat & Tears concert in Washington, D.C. The reason? It seems the concert will familiarize them with cultural developments in the U.S. 1968 – What’s next for the Who’s Pete Townshend? He tells Rolling Stone today that he’s working on a rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy. 1969 – Genesis play their first paying gig at an English cottage owned by Peter Gabriel’s former Sunday school teacher. Hence the name. 1978 – The Grateful Dead play a concert at the foot of Egypt’s Great Pyramid. There’s more than just T-shirt sales at stake. The band intends to get the Arabs and Israelis to settle their differences to music. 1981 – Director Alan Parker begins production on Pink Floyd the Wall. The film was originally to interpolate live footage of the band performing at Earls Court, but instead tells the story of a confused rocker portrayed by Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof. 1997: Pete Townshend unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street in London to mark where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-1969. 1999 – Sheryl Crow and friends stage a free concert for 25,000 lucky fans in New York’s Central Park 2006 – Singer, actress, drug survivor and onetime Mick Jagger girlfriend Marianne Faithfull announces she is being treated for breast cancer. 2007 – The Beatles-inspired movie, “Across The Universe” opens. 2008 – Metallica started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their ninth album ‘Death Magnetic’. 2008 – Singer Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden was one of the pilots who flew specially chartered flights after 85,000 tourists were stranded in the US, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe after Britain’s third-largest tour operator went into administration.

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