Thursday, 26 January 2017

Today in rock history 26th January

1948 – Born on this day, Corky Laing, drums, Mountain. 1949 – Derek Holt, bassist with the Climax Blues Band, is born in Stafford, England. 1950 – Paul Pena, a blues musician who wrote Steve Miller’s hit “Jet Airliner" is born. 1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen is born this joyful day. 1965 - During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig. 1966 – The Animals’ Eric Burdon sings lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert. 1967 – In the Village Voice today, you can read Jack Newfield’s article “Brecht of the Jukebox, Poet of the Electric Guitar” about Bob Dylan. 1969 – In the midst of recording Let It Be at the Apple Studios, the Beatles lay down a series of rock ‘n’ roll covers, including “Shake Rattle And Roll,” 1969 – Led Zeppelin play a four-hour set at the Boston Tea Party. 1970 – John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma” with producer Phil Spector. 1973 – Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blockbuster’. The groups only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits. 1974 – The Doobie Brothers open their first European tour at The Rainbow in London. 1975 – The BBC shows a documentary on David Bowie called “Cracked Actor.” 1977 – Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac’s founding guitarists, is committed to an English mental institution. Cause? He fired a pistol at a messenger who was trying to deliver a check for his portion of song royalties. 1977 – Patti Smith falls off stage whilst opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Fla. 1986 – Allen Collins from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. 1991 – Queen had their second UK No.1 with ‘Innuendo’. 1997 – ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. 2000 – Rage Against the Machine try to force their way into the New York Stock Exchange. The stunt was part of a video the radical band was shooting in Wall Street with filmmaker Michael Moore for their song “Sleep Now in the Fire.” 2000 – Courtney Love gets into a fight with a photographer at the Sundance Film Festival. 2003 – Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. 2004 - Sex Pistols singer John Lydon appeared on the U.K. reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here set in the Australian outback. Lydon left after four days earning $42,500 to appear on the programme. 2006 – Babyshambles singer/addict and occasional Kate Moss squeeze Pete Doherty is arrested twice in one day for suspicion of possessing drugs. 2007 – The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m (£76.2m) in 2006.

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