Friday, 13 January 2017

Today in rock history 13th January

1947 – Chris Thomas, who has produced classic albums like For Your Pleasure, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and Kick, is born in Middlesex. 1947 – John Lees, vocalist/guitarist with prog rockers Barclay James Harvest, is born. 1954 – Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1963 – In Birmingham, the Beatles make a recording for Thank Your Lucky Stars, their first British national TV appearance. 1963 – Bob Dylan plays a folk singer in the BBC radio play The Madhouse of Castle Street. He fills out his performance by singing “Blowin’ in the wind" 1964 – Bob Dylan releases Another Side of Bob Dylan. 1964 – The Beatles release their breakthrough single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the United States. Bob Dylan mishears the middle eight as “I get high, I get high, I get high.” 1966 – George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly’s nightclub on Jermyn Street in London’s west End. 1967 – The Rolling Stones appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” 1967 – Jimi Hendrix performs at London’s Bag O’Nails club before an audience that includes Beatles manager Brian Epstein. 1970 – Born on this day, Zach de la Rocha, vocals, Rage Against The Machine. 1973 – Eric Clapton performs at the Rainbow Theatre in a concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend in order to help Clapton shake his alcoholism. 1973 – Slade scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Slayed’. 1978 – The Police started recording their first album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. 1980 – Bob Dylan kicks off the second leg of his Gospel Tour in Seattle meeting with great success. 1983 – Neil Young kicks off his association with a new label, Geffen Records, with ‘Trans,’ an album of heavily synthesized, computer-generated songs interspersed with breezy love songs. 1986 – Sex Pistol members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They settled out of court. 1991 – The crowd at Dayton, Ohio’s Ervin J. Nutter Center get introduced to Guns N’ Roses time, as the band take the stage at 12:25 AM to play a two-and-a-half-hour-long show. 2001 – Tickets go on sale for U2’s Elevation tour but, despite worries about the dangers of festival seating, sell out almost instantly. 2003 – Police in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 lost tapes made the Beatles in raids on bootleggers. 2003 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impounded seven computers from his £15 million ($25.5 million) home in Richmond, Surrey. 2004 – A Canadian furniture store apologizes to the widow of Frank Zappa for using his song “Watermelon in Easter Hay” without consent in a TV commercial. 2011 – Money For Nothing banned 25 years after release. Canadian broadcasters stop playing original version of Dire Straits classic after just one complaint. 2013 – Black Sabbath announce the title of the their new album as ’13’

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