Friday, 6 January 2017

Today in rock history 6th January

1946 – Syd Barrett (Roger Barrett) of Pink Floyd is born. He names the group after bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. 1947 – Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny is born in Wimbledon, England. Her definitive folk vocals also graced records by Led Zeppelin. 1953 – Born on this day, Malcolm Young, guitar, AC/DC. 1958 – Gibson guitars launched it’s ‘Flying V’ electric guitar. 1964 – The Rolling Stones kick off their first headlining tour in Harrow, England. Support comes from American girl group the Ronettes, Marty Wilde, and the Swinging Blue Jeans. 1968 – Born on this day, Muzz Skillings, bass, Living Colour. 1968 – The Beatles sit at No. 1 in the album charts with Magical Mystery Tour. 1970 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London. 1971 – In Vancouver, Neil Young performs on Canadian soil for the first time since he left his homeland to join Buffalo Springfield in 1965. 1975 – Pink Floyd begin recording their album-long tribute to Syd Barrett, Wish You Were Here, on the former front man’s 29th birthday. 1975 – A thousand Led Zeppelin fans, who had been waiting for tickets to go on sale at the Boston Gardens for a February show, riot and cause $30,000 worth of damage to the venue’s lobby. Mayor Kevin White cancels the concert. 1977 – EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols, giving the band £40,000 ($68,000) to release them from their contract. 1987 – Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London. 1990 – Phil Collins started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘…But Seriously’. 1993 – Bass guitarist Bill Wyman announces that he has officially left the Rolling Stones. The group last toured together in 1990. 1993 – David Bowie reportedly lost over £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud. 1997 – Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison’s estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10- foot-wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths. 1999 – Alanis Morissette spends the day working at an Ottawa soup kitchen. 2001 – Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site. 2003 – The estate of George Harrison sue a Staten Island doctor who they allege forced the late Beatle to sign a guitar while he was critically ill with cancer. The estate seeks possession of the autographed instrument. 2004 – Foo Fighter Dave Grohl goes into a Los Angeles studio with Garbage to lay down drums for the track “Bad Boyfriend,” due to appear on the band’s as-yet untitled fourth album. 2009 – Ron Asheton, guitarist for The Stooges is found dead. The cause of death is unknown but suspected to be a heart attack. 2011 – New records… Old Acts… like Pink Floyd help earn 14% gain for Vinyl record sales from last year. Reporting a 2.8 million units sold.

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