Friday, 17 March 2017

Today in rock history 17th March

1941 – Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) is born 1951 – Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham is born in Santa Monica, Calif. 1962 – Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, featuring guitarist Alexis Korner and drummer Charlie Watts, begin a Saturday-night residency at London’s Ealing Jazz club. During their tenure there, young guitarist and R&B fanatic Brian Jones will join the band. 1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recoding of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording. 1967 – Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is born in Chicago. 1971 – Peter Gabriel married his girlfriend Jill. They were together on and off for 17 years. 1973 – Dr Hook’s single ‘On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at No.6 on the US chart. 1975 – Born on this day, Justin Hawkins, vocals, The Darkness. 1976 – The Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” prompts boxer Rubin “Hurricane”‘ Carter’s retrial. 1990 – Rick Grech, bass player with Family, Blind Faith and Traffic died of kidney and liver failure. 1998 – Van Halen release their first album with new singer Gary Cherone, titled Van Halen III. 2002 – Nickelback started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Silver Side Up.’ 2003 – Paul McCartney tops the Rolling Stone rich list, with earnings of $72 million. 2003 – Dire Straits singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler is hospitalized after his motorcycle collides with a car in London. He suffers a broken collarbone and six broken ribs. 2004 – The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry. 2005 – Justin Hawkins from The Darkness became the centre of the latest hands-on activity at Madame Tussauds in London. His wax double would judge the air guitar skills of visitors who would be invited to play an imaginary guitar with smoke and music pumping out. Hawkins said: ‘I find the process of air guitaring rather silly. What makes a good air guitarist? Alcohol. ‘ 2005 – Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival.

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