Tuesday, 3 January 2017
Today in rock history 3rd January
1926 – George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles’ most memorable recordings, is born in London. 1945 – Stephen Stills is born in Dallas. 1946 – Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is born in Sidcup. 1963 – The Beatles begin their first headlining tour in Scotland at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin. The promoter bills them as “The ‘Love Me Do’ Boys – The Beatles.” 1964 – The Beatles’ “She Loves You” is heard for the first time in the United States when Jack Paar screens footage of the group on his television show. 1964 – Guitarist Raymond McGinley of Scotland’s Teenage Fanclub is born. 1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys refuses to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice, saying he is a conscientious objector. 1967 – Benjamin Darvill, harmonica player with the Crash Test Dummies, is born. 1969 – Two Virgins arrives at Newark Airport in New Jersey. However, the shipment of 30,000 copies of the album is confiscated by police, who object to what they call the “pornographic” picture of the naked couple on the front cover. 1974 – Bob Dylan and the Band open a landmark 39-date U.S. tour in Chicago. 1992 – Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr marries British actress Patsy Kensit in London. The actress was previously married to Big Audio Dynamite ex-keyboardist Dan Donovan. Kerr ended a six-year marriage to Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde. 2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with the Cutting Crew dies aged 51. 2011 – The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album is been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000.