Sunday, 19 March 2017

Today in rock history 19th March

1946 – Born on this day, Paul Atkinson, guitar, The Zombies, 1953 – Born on this day, Billy Sheehan, bass guitarist, Mr. Big, 1958 – During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire. 1964 – UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented The Beatles with their awards for show business personalities of the year for 1963 at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 1965 – Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.” 1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre, Ottawa, Canada. 1970 – David Bowie marries his first wife, Angie Barnett. 1971 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin. The song is the second posthumous No. 1 song of the rock era 1974 – Jefferson Airplane is re-named Jefferson Starship. 1976 – Paul Kossof guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler died of heart failure on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. 1982 – Randy Rhoads, the lead guitarist for heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, is killed when the plane in which he is flying buzzes Osbourne’s tour bus and crashes into a house. 1996 – The second Beatles Anthology series was released. The album featured ‘Real Love’, a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon. 2001 - Aerosmith, Queen, Steely Dan, Paul Simon & Michael Jackson were some of the acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Kid Rock inducted Aerosmith, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters inducted Queen, & Moby inducted Steely Dan. 2002 – Sharon Osbourne announces that the line-up for this year’s Ozzfest will include her husband Ozzy, System of a Down, P.O.D., Audioslave and Drowning Pool. 2003 – War isn’t a joke for comedy rockers Tenacious D. They cancel the remainder of their European tour as the U.S. begins bombing Baghdad.

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