Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Today in rock history September 20th

1948 – Styx drummer John Panozzo is born 1963 – The Rolling Stones’ second single, “Poison Ivy,” is withdrawn. 1964 – The Beatles wrap up their American tour with a charity show in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bob Dylan visits them backstage and later introduces the bandmates to pot. 1966 – George Harrison journeys to India to meet with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time. 1966 – Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Boston metal band Extreme is born in Portugal 1967 – Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the identical twin sons of singer Ricky Nelson, are born. They form the rock group Nelson and hit No. 1 in 1990 with “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.” 1968 – Ben Shepherd, bassist for Seattle grunge outfit Soundgarden is born in Okinawa, Japan. 1969 – No. 1 on both the American and British albums charts today is Blind Faith, the only album by the supergroup that features Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker. 1969 – The Beatles’ publishing company, Northern Songs, is bought by Associated TV for 1 million pounds, while their new business affairs manager, Allen Klein, negotiates an increased royalty rate for the band with EMI/Capitol. 1970 - The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison was found guilty in Miami of exposing himself onstage during a concert the previous year though he was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior. 1971 - Peter Frampton departed Humble Pie to start a successful solo career. His debut solo album Wind of Change was released the following year. 1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for growing a crop of marijuana at their farmhouse in Campbeltown, Scotland. 1973 – Jim Croce dies in a plane crash in Natchitoches, La. 1973 – Los Angeles’ Roxy club opens with a show by Neil Young & Crazy Horse. 1983 – Former Blind Faith members Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are among the performers at the ARMS benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert raises money for research into multiple sclerosis. 1991 – Nirvana kicks off a six-week U.S. tour. 2003 – Rocker Melissa Etheridge exchanges vows with her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in California, in spite of a law preventing homosexuals from marrying in the state. 2005 – “New Sensation” hit-makers INXS select J.D. Fortune (surely not his real name) to be their front man in the final episode of the reality series Rock Star: INXS. 2006 – The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards says he’s finally given up drugs … because they’re not strong enough. “I think the quality’s gone down,” 2010 - Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher who inspired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd died of Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home in Jacksonville, FL. He was 77 years old.

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