Monday, 3 October 2016

Today in rock history 4th October

1947 - Jim Fielder-bassist for Blood, Sweat & Tears is born 1961 – Bob Dylan makes his concert hall debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, earning $20 for the night. Of the 53 people that attended, most were friends. 1963 – Eric Clapton replaces Anthony Topham in the Yardbirds. 1963 – The Beatles make their first appearance on the UK rock and roll TV show Ready Steady Go!, where they are interviewed by fellow performer, Dusty Springfield. 1968 – One of the original super groups, Cream, a trio consisting of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, set out on their farewell tour. 1969 – “Abbey Road”, the last album recorded by The Beatles, enters the UK charts at number one. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at the top of the US album chart with “Green River”, the group’s first number one album. 1970 – Janis Joplin is found dead in a room at the Landmark Motel in Hollywood from an accidental heroin overdose. 1974 – Irish rockers Thin Lizzy play their first date with the twin-guitar line-up of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson in Aberystwyth, Wales. 1975 – Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” LP hits #1 on the US album chart 1980 – Queen had their second US number 1 song when “Another One Bites the Dust” hit the top of the Billboard chart. 1980 – Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood present the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for their contribution to the album “Tusk”. 1988 – Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach fly to Tucson, Arizona to enter an alcohol abuse program. Over six weeks later, they complete the program and return to England. 1990 – Two separate lawsuits are combined on appeal against CBS Records and Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 17 year old Harold Hamilton and 16 year old Michael Waller, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide after listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution”. The Supreme Court would refuse to reinstate the case. 1996 - Van Halen announced that former Extreme singer Gary Cherone would be replacing Sammy Hagar. 1999 - Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release asking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to remove Black Sabbath from the ballot. Black Sabbath was later inducted in 2006. 2005 – Michael Gibbins, drummer for Badfinger on their hits “Come And Get It”, “Day After Day” and “No Matter What”, died in his sleep at the age of 56. 2010- Joe Satriani releases 14th Studio Album ‘Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards

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