Thursday, 8 December 2016
Today in rock history 7th December
1949 – Tom Waits is born in Pomona, Calif. He claims that he was born in the back of a moving taxi. 1962 – The Rolling Stones audition bass players at the World’s End pub in Chelsea, London. One candidate is Bill Wyman. He gets the job partly because he has tons of cool equipment the band can use. 1963 – The No. 1 album in the U.K. this week is With the Beatles. The Beatles themselves appear on the British TV program Juke Box Jury. 1968 – Eric Burdon announces that he will break up the Animals following a concert at Newcastle City Hall, in England, on December 22. 1968 – The Beatles’ self-titled double album, referred to as The White Album because of its cover, tops the British albums chart. 1973 – Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis declares that he owns the rights to the band’s name and assembles a second Fleetwood Mac to tour around the country. After a lengthy legal fight, the second Fleetwood Mac become Stretch. . 1986 – Huey Lewis and the News sing the national anthem a cappella before a San Francisco 49ers-New York Jets football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. 1991 – “Achtung Baby” by U2 debuts at No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s pop albums chart. 1993 – Despite protests, Guns N’ Roses say that their cover of Charles Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl” will stay on the album The Spaghetti Incident? Royalties from their recording will go to the son of a Manson family victim. 1999 – The Eagles hold a press conference to announce that their first Greatest Hits package has become America’s best-selling album. 2000 – In a New York TV studio, B.B. King performs with Elmo and Big Bird for an episode of Sesame Street. 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne tells the Los Angeles Times that his stuttering and physically unstable condition was caused by a cocktail of prescription medicine. 2004 – Actor William Shatner’s infamous 1968 album “The Transformed Man,” which finds the venerable Capt. Kirk reading poetry over ultra-serious musical accompaniment and covering such contemporary classics as Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” is reissued by Geffen. 2004 – Welsh rockers The Stereophonics announce they have replaced drummer Stuart Cable, who was sacked in 2003, with the Argentine skinsman Javier Weyler. 2005 – The MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in a royal vault at St James’ Palace. 2008 - Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend were honored at the Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture in The Who.