Sunday, 6 November 2016

Today in rock history 5th November

1946 – Gram Parsons (Cecil Connor) of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers is born in Winter Haven, Fla. 1948 – Guitarist Don McDougal of the Guess Who is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 1957 – Air Supply guitarist David Moyse is born. 1959 – Bryan Adams is born in Vancouver, Canada. 1965 – In today’s English Jewish Chronicle, Princess Margaret says, “I think the Beatles believe that MBE stands for Mister Brian Epstein. 1965 – Decca Records releases the Who’s new single, “My Generation.” 1970 – Led Zeppelin release “Immigrant Song” as a single in the U.S. 1973 – The Who perform in Newcastle, England, to support their Quadrophenia album. During the performance, a backing tape turns out to be 15 seconds behind Keith Moon’s vigorous drumming. In his frustration, Pete Townshend storms off stage and doesn’t come back until a half-hour later. 1987 – ‘Tunnel of Love’ becomes Bruce Springsteen’s fourth #1 album. 1995 – Queen releases its first studio album since the Deaths of Freddie Mercury. “Made In Heaven” includes Mercury’s final vocal track on a song titled “Mother Love.” 1999 – The members of Van Halen announce that Gary Cherone is leaving the band. 2000 - The Who made a guest appearance on The Simpsons’ 250th episode. Pete Townshend didn’t voice himself as he thought somebody else would like in Yellow Submarine. Townshend’s brother Paul provided the voice of Pete. 2003 – Johnny Cash enjoys a posthumous triumph at the Country Music Awards. The late Man in Black wins Album of the Year, Single of the Year and Music Video of the Year for “Hurt.” 2003 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are forced to abandon a U.K. concert after a giant crack appears in the floor of the venue. 2005 – Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing ‘fuzz’ guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound.

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