Monday, 2 January 2017

Today in rock history 2nd January

1942 – Born on this day, Chick Churchill, keyboards, Ten Years After. 1955 – Five thousand people attend Johnny Ace’s funeral in Memphis. The R&B star accidentally killed himself in a game of Russian roulette. 1964 – The Rolling Stones perform their new single “I Wanna Be Your Man” on Top of the Pops TV programme. 1968 – The entire shipment of John and Yoko’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores. 1969 – Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band. 1969 – Shooting for the Beatles documentary Let It Be begins as the band meet at London’s Twickenham Studios to rehearse songs for a worldwide satellite broadcast. 1971 – The George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album. 1972 – Syd Barrett plays an unannounced solo gig at King’s College Cellar, Cambridge. 1975 – Born on this day, Douglas Seann Robb, Hoobastank. 1975 – The Allman Brothers Band is named “Outstanding Community Organization” by the Georgia Department of Corrections. 1975 – In efforts to defend himself from deportation, John Lennon and his lawyers are granted access to Department of Immigration files. Lennon wants to find out if he’s been barred from the U.S. because of drug use, or his remarks about President Richard Nixon. 1976 – Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London’s Olympia. 1979 – Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier. 1994 – Meat Loaf started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’ 2005 – Green Day top the first UK albums chart of the year with American Idiot. 2009 – According to official US sales figures AC/DC were the biggest sellers of 2008 with over 3.4m sales.

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