Friday, 27 January 2017
Today in rock history 28th January
1943 – Guitarist Dick Taylor is born in Dartford, original bassist with the Rolling Stones. 1949 – Drummer Eddie Bayers, who has played with Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, is born. 1963 – The Rolling Stones record five tracks with producer Glyn Johns in their efforts to interest a label. 1965 – The Who appear on the British TV show Ready Steady Go! for the first time. An enthusiastic response for their performance of “I Can’t Explain” is assured, as managers Kit Lambert and Pete Stamp have packed the audience with their hardcore mod following. 1966 – The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run up debts of 10,000 pounds. The club became world famous as one of the Beatles’ earliest venues. 1968 – Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theatre. 1969 – After the Beatles cut versions of “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” for single release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Allen Klein for the first time at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 1978 – A fan asks Ted Nugent to sign his arm. With a Bowie knife. Nugent obliges. Controversy ensues. 1978 – The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. 1982 – Jackson Browne and Lynne Sweeney have their first child, Ryan Daniel Browne. 1983 – The greatest British rock ‘n’ roller ever, Billy Fury, dies in a London hospital after collapsing at his home. He had suffered from heart trouble. 1985 – More than 40 artists gather at A&M’s Hollywood studios to record “We Are the World” under the collective name “USA for Africa." 1988 – To promote the latest leg of their Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, Pink Floyd float a giant inflatable bed down the Thames. 1994 – Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of Wayne’s World II in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock Café, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 ($42,500) from the sale of Linda’s vegetarian burgers. 1995 – Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page turns up at a Black Crowes show in London. Page plays with the band in Paris on February 4 and in 1999 they both embark on a world tour that ends when Page puts out his back. 2005 – Nickelback’s Ryan Vikedal, drummer with the Vancouver rockers since 1996, leaves the band. 2005 – Legendary rock drummer Jim Capaldi with U.K. folk-prog legends Traffic, dies after a brief fight with stomach cancer. He is 60-years-old. 2009 – Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida.