Friday, 11 November 2016

Today in rock history 11th November

1945 – Guitarist Chris Dreja, a founding member of the Yardbirds, is born in Surbiton, Surrey. 1945 – Guitarist Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge is born in New York City. 1947 – Black Oak Arkansas bassist Pat Daugherty is born in Jonesboro, Ark. 1950 – Born on this day, Jim Peterik, guitar, keyboards, vocals, Ides Of March. 1950 - Rudy Sarzo-bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, Quiet Riot & Whitesnake is born. 1963 – In Birmingham, England, the Beatles dress up as policemen in order to escape a crowd of fans. 1965 – The Velvet Underground makes its performance debut at a high school dance in Summit, N.J. 1969 – The Doors’ Jim Morrison is arrested for allegedly attacking a stewardess during a flight from Los Angeles to Phoenix. He is charged with public drunkenness and interfering with the flight of an aircraft. The stewardess later withdrew her evidence and charges were dropped 1970 – Bob Dylan publishes his first book, Tarantula. 1970 – Two albums called Plastic Ono Band are released today. The first is the classic by John Lennon. The second is the more “experimental” of the two, recorded by Yoko Ono and featuring jams like “Why” followed by 10 minutes of “Why Not?” 1972 – Bassist Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band is killed in a motorcycle accident in Macon, Ga., three blocks from the site of Duane Allman’s motorcycle death the previous year. 1973 – Several radio stations broadcast a live Mott the Hoople show to the nation. Later it turns out the concert was just the band’s studio cuts with applause dubbed inbetween. 1985 – After 18 years and several name changes, the group Starship scores its first No. 1 hit with “We Built This City,” a song originally written by Martin Page for his band QFeel. 1986 – Pink Floyd issue a statement saying that although Roger Waters is no longer with the band, they will continue using the name. 1997 – Following in the footsteps of Garth Brooks, Metallica holds a free concert in Philadelphia to celebrate the release of its newest album “Re-Load.” 2003 – David Bowie pulls the Toulouse, France date of his Reality tour after coming down with laryngitis. 2003 – John Mellencamp address a class in rock music history at Indiana University, sharing a key bit of rock ‘n’ roll wisdom: “You’ve got to believe in yourself no matter where your dream leads you.” 2010 – Slash wins album of the year at The Classic Rock Of Honour Awards

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