Monday, 21 November 2016
Today in rock history 20th November
1944 – Producer Mike Vernon is born in Harrow, England. As well as introducing John Mayall to Eric Clapton, he was responsible for the ’60s output of blues bands like Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack and Ten Years After. 1946 – Guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville, Tenn. 1947 – Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is born in New York. 1950 – Gentle Giant’s guitar midget, Gary Green is born. 1954 – Frank Marino (Francesco Antonio Marino), guitarist for Mahogony Rush is born. 1959 – WABC-TV in New York fires DJ Alan Freed after he refuses to deny that he accepted payola. 1964 – John Lennon films a comic sketch for the British TV series Not Only but Also with Dudley Moore on Wimbledon Common. 1964 – On the British music show Ready Steady Go tonight, the Rolling Stones lip-sync their songs “Off the Hook,” “Around and Around,” and “Little Red Rooster.” 1965 – Michael Diamond, better known to Beastie Boys fans as Mike D, is born in New York. . 1968 – Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites are approached by Albert Grossman to help the newly solo Janis Joplin put together her own band. 1970 – Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a lyric to “Apeman” and make it acceptable for radio airplay. 1971 – Led Zeppelin play the first of two “Electric Magic” shows at London’s Wembley Empire Pool. The shows incorporate trapeze artists, performing pigs, and vaudeville performers with Bronco, Stone the Crows, and the headliners. Tickets for the shows sold out in four minutes. 1973 - During a concert at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed onstage after someone spiked his drink with horse tranquilizer. Audience member, 19 year old Scot Halpin filled in for the final three songs of The Who’s set. 1991 – The Rolling Stones announced they’d signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years. 1994 – David Crosby receives a liver transplant. 1998 – Alanis Morissette does an in store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album for the day are donated to a local children’s hospital. 2003 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will induct Prince, George Harrison, Traffic, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, and doo-wop group the Dells in 2004. 2007 – Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions. 2010 - After the end of Bob Dylan’s concert in Amherst, MA, a man with a fake crew pass walked into a pizza parlor and ordered 178 pizzas and never came back to pick the pizzas up. The staff worked until 5:30 a.m. to fill the order.