Friday, 14 October 2016
Today in rock history 15th October
1935 – Barry McGuire, who scored the world’s most miserable No. 1 with “Eve of Destruction,” is born in Oklahoma City. 1942 – Moby Grape drummer Don Stevenson is born in Seattle. 1955 – Buddy Holly (with Bob Montgomery) opens a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas. 1960 – Ringo Starr plays with the Beatles for the first time. The group is backing Wally Eymond in a Hamburg studio on his version of “Summertime.” Pete Best was unavailable to drum, and so the skin-beater with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes stepped in. 1964 – Crazed vocalist Screaming Lord Sutch stands for parliamentary election in England. 1965 – At San Francisco State College, Country Joe & the Fish perform at a Vietnam Day Committee Teach-In. 1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract, he received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings. 1966 – Jefferson Airplane singer and new mom Signe Anderson makes her last appearance with the band at San Francisco’s Fillmore before quitting the group to have a baby. She’s replaced the next day by new singer Grace Slick. 1966 – Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine perform at the All Night Rave, an event sponsored by the English underground newspaper International Times. 1971 – Former teen idol Rick Nelson performs at an oldies show at Madison Square Garden, but is booed when he debuts some new material. He later writes the song “Garden Party” about the experience. 1987 – Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia begins a sold-out two-week solo residency on Broadway. 1989: Eddie Van Halen & Michael Anthony of Van Halen participated in the first World Music Invitational Pro/Am celebrity golf tournament at Stonebridge Ranch in Dallas. 1995: Paul & Linda McCartney made a guest appearance on The Simpsons. They made their appearance on the condition that Lisa Simpson is to remain a vegetarian for the remainder of the program’s run. 1996 – Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is charged with attacking a cameraman outside a Los Angeles club after the hapless photographer tried to take snaps of him and Pamela Anderson Lee. 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne cancels his European tour after undergoing treatment for a nervous tremor. His doctors say the ailing rocker does not have Parkinson’s Disease. 2003 – One-time KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg outside of Los Angeles’ Rainbow Room during a melee by some irate club-goers.