Saturday, 21 January 2017

Today in rock history 21st January

1938 – Gruff-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack is born in Brooklyn as Bob Smith. 1941 - Richie Havens is born 1963 – Bob Dylan performs his new song “Masters of War” at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village. 1965 – The U.S. Immigration Department forces the Animals to cancel a performance at New York’s Apollo Theater. Instead, the English group appears on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1965 - The Rolling Stones arrive in Australia, where they will shortly begin a tour with support act Roy Orbison. A crowd of 2000 people greets them. 1965 – The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Well, not really. The only actual Byrd who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn (later known as Roger McGuinn). Session men replace the rest of the band. 1966 – George Harrison marries Patti Boyd. The couple later divorces and she marries Eric Clapton. 1974 – Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia throws a post-concert party for Bob Dylan at the gubernatorial mansion. 1979 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant becomes a proud father for the third time. Wife Maureen gives birth to a son, Logan. 1980 – Born on this day, Benjamin Moody, guitar, Evanescence. 1982 – B.B. King donates his collection of 20,000 records to the University of Mississippi. 1984 – Yes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart ‘ 1992 – Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 (£1,588). 2003 – David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. 2003 – The Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson plays his first gig with new band Hookah Brown. Hookah Brown split later in the spring. 2004 – Evanesence singer Amy Lee apologises to Cold for erroneously declaring the hard rockers had broken up after guitarist Terry Balsamo jumped ship to join her band. 2004 – Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes joins The Dead, a touring group featuring the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. 2006 – A plane carrying Bon Jovi skids off the runway at Hamilton International Airport in Canada. Fortunately for hair metal, no one is injured.

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