Saturday, 7 January 2017

Today in rock history 7th January

1944 – Mike McGear who was really Paul McCartney’s brother – is born. 1945 – Dave Cousins, leader of the British folk-prog group the Strawbs, is born. 1946 – Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is born in New York. 1948 – Kenny Loggins is born in Everett, Wash. 1955 – ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. 1959 – The Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine is born. 1964 – The Beatles record a session for the BBC Saturday Club program, during which they make their only known recording of the Chuck Berry song “Johnnie B. Goode.” 1970 – Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall. 1973 – David Bowie appears live at Newcastle City Hall, England. 1980 – Hugh Cornwall of The Stranglers was found guilty of possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was fined £300 ($510) and sentenced to three months in Pentonville prison. 1990 – Appearing at Wembley Arena, London, Chris Rea on his ‘Road To Hell tour’. 1993 – R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio. 1994 – Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last U.S. show. 1994 – Oasis started recording their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, at Monrow studios in South Wales. 1998 – According to the London Times, two brass busts have been stolen from the grounds of George Harrison’s mansion in Oxfordshire. 2002 – Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2003 – Rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne renews his vows with wife Sharon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. During the ceremony, a $15,000 diamond necklace the couple were due to raffle off is pilfered by talent agent Renee Tab. 2004 – The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson becomes a dad when his wife, actress Kate Hudson, gives birth to a boy in Los Angeles. 2004 – Still on the mend from a near-fatal ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne cancels his forthcoming UK tour, which was due to kick off in February. 2011 – Kings of Leon refused to let Prince Harry win a table tennis match The ‘Sex on Fire’ group’s drummer Nathan Followill thinks the 26-year-old royal ‘ is ‘cool’ but his competitive nature came to the forefront when they recently met at London’s The O2.

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