Saturday, 3 September 2016

Today in rock history September 4th

1946 – Quicksilver Messenger Service see two members born today. In San Diego, it’s guitarist Gary Duncan. At the Coronado Naval Air Station in California, it’s drummer Greg Elmore. 1951 – Martin Chambers, the original drummer with the Pretenders, is born in Hereford, England. 1960 – Kim Thayil, guitarist for the Seattle-based grunge-group, Soundgarden, is born in Seattle, Wash. 1962 – The Beatles record “Love Me Do” at Abbey Road studios in London. 1964 – The Animals give their debut U.S. performance at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1965 – The Who stop by London’s Battersea Dog’s Home to buy a guard dog. When they come out, the quartet discover that their equipment van has been stolen. 1968 – The Rolling Stones’ latest single, “Street Fighting Man,” is banned in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention is being held, because of its political content. 1970 – George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord.” The song becomes his first solo No. 1 single, but in 1976, it’s declared that he subconsciously plagiarized the Chiffons’ “He’s So Fine.” 1971 – Paul McCartney tops the singles chart with “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey.” 1980 – Yes sell out three nights at New York’s Madison Square Garden. This edition of the band boasts Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn, but no Jon Anderson. 1986 – Gregg Allman is arrested on charges of drunk driving in Florida. He had only recently gotten his license back after a five-year suspension. 1996 – In 1996, Cat Stevens signed copies of his first album in 18 years. Most of the album was spoken-word and was titled, The Life of the Last Prophet. 1997 – After performing during the MTV Video Music Awards pre-show in New York, Pat Smear publicly announces that he will no longer be the guitarist for the Foo Fighters, and introduces Franz Stahl as his replacement. 2003 – Nineties hit-makers the Spin Doctors (“Two Princes”) announce their reformation. 2008 – The first guitar torched on stage by Jimi Hendrix sold for £280,000 at an auction of rock memorabilia. The Fender Stratocaster was burned at the end of a show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, north London, in 1967.

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