Sunday, 16 October 2016

Today in rock history 17th October

1946 – Jim Tucker, original guitarist with the Turtles, is born in Los Angeles. 1962 – The Beatles perform on TV for the first time today, on the British programme People and Places. 1963 – The Beatles have lunch with four Boyfriend magazine contest winners at the Old Vienna restaurant in London. Later in the day the group records The Beatles’ Christmas Record. 1967 – Bob Dylan begins recording John Wesley Harding. 1967 – The Beatles attend a memorial service for manager Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue. 1968 – Jose Feliciano releases “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans booed Feliciano when he performed his meandering interpretation earlier during the 1968 World Series. 1969 – The Kinks play their first concert in the U.S. in four years, supporting Spirit at New York’s Fillmore East. The American Federation of Musicians banned the group from playing there after a disastrous 1965 tour during which the band spent as much time fighting onstage as playing music. 1973 – In a court in Nice, France, Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg receive suspended sentences of one year for drug possession. Both also have to pay a $1,000 fine and Richards is barred from entering France for two years. 1986 – Run-D.M.C.’s remake of “Walk This Way,” a collaboration with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, enters the Top Forty. It becomes the first big rap-rock crossover hit, reaching #4. 1988 – Opel, a collection of previously unreleased material by Syd Barrett, is released in England. 1991 – John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast.” 1999 – Veteran rock band Santana sees its newest release “Supernatural” jump to the top spot at the nation’s retailers. It’s the Carlos Santana-led group’s first No. 1 release in 28 years. 2000: The piano that John Lennon used to write Imagine was sold to George Michael for $2 million in an auction organized by Mick Fleetwood. 2008 –A slightly revised track listing for the new Guns N’ Roses album, “Chinese Democracy”, has now been posted at BestBuy.com. 2013 –Alex and Kelly Van Halen divorced over 20 years ago, yet Kelly has kept Van Halen as her surname. Now the company that controls the group’s name is suing her for trademark infringement

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