Sunday, 26 February 2017

Today in rock history 26th February

1932 – Country star Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Ark. 1943 – Paul Cotton (Poco) is born. 1943 – The very hirsute Canned Heat singer Bob “Bear” Hite is born in Torrance, Calif. 1950 – Born on this day, Jonathan Cain, keyboards, Journey 1965 – Guitarist Jimmy Page releases his first solo single, “She Just Satisfies.” The noted session musician and future Led Zeppelin genius goes on to join the Yardbirds after it fails to chart. 1966 – The Rolling Stones release “19th Nervous Breakdown.” It becomes their ninth hit single, reaching No. 2 on the American charts. 1966 – The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ was at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s seventh US album chart topper. 1973 – During a 9-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. 1977 – Fleetwood Mac: Rumours hits UK LP chart. 1979 – During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned. 1980 – After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. 1995 – Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Fla., supporting their live “No Quarter” reunion album. 1997 – Ellen DeGeneres hosts this year’s Grammys. Eric Clapton wins Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Change the World.” 1997 - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, & Neil Peart of Rush received the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award from the Canadian government, for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor. 1998 – Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan. 2001 – A woman repeatedly accused of stalking Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose is charged with violating her probation after visiting Rose’s home in Malibu, Calif. 2002 – The Eagles, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are among those taking part in Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights, held in the Los Angeles area to raise funds for the Recording Artists Coalition. The organization is working toward changes in the California Labor Code that affect recording artists. 2002 – Alanis Morissette releases her third chart-topping album Under Rug Swept, featuring the single “Hands Clean.” 2005 – The wife of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had been cheating on his wife. 2010 – Faith No More’s Frontman, Mike Patton, exposes himself during a concert in Brisbane.

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