Sunday, 25 December 2016
Today in rock history 26th December
1940 – Songwriter/producer Phil Spector is born. He produced John Lennon’s “Imagine” and George Harrison’s “Bangla-Desh.” 1963 - Lars Ulrich-drummer for Metallica is born 1967 – The Beatles alienate a large portion of their fan base with the premiere of their psychedelic movie Magical Mystery Tour on British TV. Paul McCartney remembered, “Everybody was looking for a plot, but it purposely wasn’t there.” 1967 – The Doors begin a weeklong series of concerts at San Francisco’s Fillmore West with Chuck Berry. 1968 – Led Zeppelin gives its U.S. debut performance in Boston. 1970 – George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” becomes the first Beatles solo single to top the Billboard Hot 100. Five years later, a New York state judge would find Harrison guilty of copyright infringement for plagiarizing the Chiffon’s 1963 hit, “He’s So Fine”. 1972 – Mick and Bianca Jagger fly to Nicaragua to begin searching for Bianca’s mother, who they fear might have been lost in the recent earthquake that struck Managua. 1981 – AC/DC started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘For Those About To Rock We Salute You’. 1991: Ted Nugent gave an anti-drug message to fans before a concert in Saginaw, MI telling fans “Jimi Hendrix thought I was stupid, and I thought he was a god. Now he’s dead, & I’m still Ted.” 2003 – Bruce Springsteen is named the year’s top concert draw.