Sunday, 25 September 2016
Today in rock history September 26th
1945 – Vocalist Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music is born in Durham, England. 1961 – Bob Dylan gets a steady gig. He spends the next two weeks at Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village, opening for the Greenbriar Boys, a local bluegrass group. 1964 – The Kinks release their single “You Really Got Me.” 1965 – Queen Elizabeth II awards the Beatles the Order of the British Empire. John Lennon later returns his to protest poor sales of “Cold Turkey,” Vietnam, and whatever else was bugging him that morning. 1968 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones is found guilty of marijuana possession. A judge fines him $150. 1969 – Promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It quickly becomes the epicenter of the city’s psychedelic-band boom. 1970 – John Lennon begins recording sessions for what will become his therapeutic John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album. 1974 – John Lennon releases his solo album Walls and Bridges. Featuring the Elton John-assisted single “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” it becomes his last album of original material for six years. 1979 – The Clash release their first single in America. “I Fought the Law,” a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four number, fails to chart. 1981 - Bruce Dickinson replaced Paul Di’Anno as the singer for Iron Maiden. 1986 – Having been delayed by nearly a year, Mick Jagger’s longform video Running Out of Luck finally arrives in stores to scant notice. 1988 – Keith Richards releases his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap 1989 – Paul McCartney begins his Get Back tour – in which he plays several Lennon/McCartney compositions live for the first time – at the Drammenshallen, in Dramen, Norway. 1996 – The Grateful Dead unveil their new line of ties at a New York art gallery. 1999 – Deep Purple play London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. 2003 – British singer Robert Palmer, best known for his dapper dressing style and his iconic videos in the 1980s for songs like “Addicted to Love,” dies. He is 54. 2003 – Metallica’s James Hetfield puts his restored black 1967 Chevrolet Camaro up for sale – on eBay! 2004 – Green Day top the UK charts with their punk-rock concept album American Idiot.