Monday, 16 January 2017
Today in rock history 16th January
1942 – Born on this day, William Francis, keyboards, vocals, Dr Hook, 1957 –The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times. 1970 – Police close an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs at a London gallery for alleged obscenity. 1973 – Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people. 1978 – Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital. 1979 – Cher’s divorce from Gregg Allman was finalised. 1980 – Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. 1984 – Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200 (£117). 1985 – David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. 1988 – 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’. 1992 – Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. 1996 – Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured 1998 – The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah cancels the premiere of Nick Broomfield’s documentary “Kurt and Courtney,” about late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love. 1999 – Legendary Los Angeles nightclub the Whisky A Go-Go begins a weeklong slate of concerts to mark its 35th anniversary. 2000 – It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values. 2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one. 2007 – Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire. 2011 – A brick from The Cavern Club, a check for 11 pounds signed by Ringo Starr, an “authentic” Beatles wig. These and thousands of other objects related to the “Fab Four” were luring Beatles fans to a new museum in Buenos Aires.