Friday, 17 February 2017
Today in rock history 17th February
1960 – Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album ‘Elvis’ 1967 – The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ at Abbey Road studios, London. John’s lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. 1969 – Johnny Cash records a session in Nashville, Tenn., with Bob Dylan. 1970 – Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year. 1972 – At the end of a 14 date UK tour, Pink Floyd started a three night run at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Tickets cost £1 ($1.7). 1972 – Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer’s home. 1972 – Born on this day, Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist and vocalist with Green Day. 1975 – John Lennon’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album was released in the US. 1979 – Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when ‘Parallel Lines’ started a four-week run at the top of the charts. 1979 – The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City. 1989 - Whitesnake singer David Coverdale married actress Tawny Kitaen in Bel Air, CA. Kitaen appeared in five music videos for Whitesnake. The couple would divorce in 1991. 2000 – John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. 2004 - Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic pulled out of the race for lieutenant governor of Washington, his reason given was “I found out first hand that it’s really considered bad form to run against an incumbent of your own party”. 2004 - Don Henley attacked the current state of the music industry in the Washington Post in an editorial saying when he started in the business “music was vital and important to our culture”. He also added “Labels signed cutting edge artists & FM radio offered an incredible variety of music, music touched fans in a unique and personal way & our culture was enriched & the music business was healthy. That’s all changed.” 2004 – The Darkness confirms its status as the UK's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London’s Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band _ which led the nominations going into the awards, with four _ won for best British group, British rock act and British album for “Permission to Land". 2005 – A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. 2011 – Rod Stewart just became a father for the eighth time. Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster gave birth to a son, Aiden.