Thursday, 15 December 2016
Today in rock history 16th December
1949 – Guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is born in Houston, Tx. 1964 – Ringo Starr leaves hospital after having had his tonsils removed. 1965 – On British TV tonight, the Beatles appear in their own tribute The Music of Lennon-McCartney. The group perform “We Can Work It Out,” and there are appearances from Peter Sellers, Marianne Faithfull, Cilla Black, Peter & Gordon, Lulu, Billy J. Kramer, Esther Phillips and Richard Anthony. 1967- The NME in the U.K. announced that The Rolling Stones were launching their record label Mother Earth & that Marianne Faithfull was their first signing. The label never appeared. 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono travel to Toronto to perform at the Peace Festival. During their stay they reside on Ronnie Hawkins’ farm. Billboards reading “War Is Over! If You Want It” go up in 11 cities as part of the Lennons’ own peace campaign. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival walk away with an armload of gold records as five of their singles and five of their albums are certified as gold-sellers by the Recording Industry Association of America. 1974 – Mott the Hoople breaks up. 1983 – The Who announced that they were splitting up. 1993 – MTV airs Nirvana’s Sony Studios, New York “Unplugged” performance. 1999 – Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announces plans to join the race for London’s first ever elected mayor. The 53-year-old impresario plans to run as an independent with some ideas to make the Pistols proud: brothels outside the houses of Parliament; legalizing marijuana; allowing London pubs to stay open all night. 2001 – Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big Country, is found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He is 43. 2004 – Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne’s former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay. 2005 - U2’s Vertigo tour was declared the top grossing tour of 2005 grossing $260 million & drew 3 million people to 90 sellout concerts. 2007 – Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become “boring”.