Sunday, 1 January 2017
Today in rock history 1st January
1942 – Singer Joe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish is born in El Monte, Calif. 1950 – Morgan Fisher is born. As well as playing keyboards for English acts like the Love Affair and Mott the Hoople, Fisher also produced albums by the Dead Kennedys, Wayne/Jayne County and Cherry Vanilla. 1962 - The Beatles perform their first audition for Decca Records in London. However, the company’s A&R man is unimpressed by their 15-song set of standards and originals. He passes on them, and signs the Tremeloes instead. 1965 – The New Musical Express reports that the Nashville Teens, the Zombies and the Hullabaloos have all been denied work visas that would permit them to perform in the United States. Unfortunately, the English groups have already entered the country to start a tour 1967 – The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company perform at the New Year’s Wail/Whale in San Francisco. Hell’s Angels hosts the bash to thank Haight-Ashbury hippies for bailing Angel Chocolate George from jail. 1976 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant walks unassisted for the first time since his August 1975 car accident in Greece. 1984 – Alexis Korner, whose band Blues Incorporated gave many English musicians their start in the business, dies aged 55 of lung cancer in London. 1999 – Club Days by Van Halen is released. 2000 – George Harrison leaves hospital following a knife attack at his English mansion by a crazed fan. Doctors tell him that he will be able to play the guitar again, despite suffering a hand wound. 2002 – Bush leader Gavin Rossdale proposes to his longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. She says “Yes.” 2002 – Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapton marries Melia McEnery, his 25-year-old American girlfriend, in a private ceremony that includes the christening of his two daughters. 2011 - Rock ‘n’ roll great Chuck Berry was feeling fine and headed back to his hometown of St. Louis, associates said on Sunday, hours after the musician fell ill during a New Year’s performance in Chicago.