Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Today in rock history 22nd March
1931 – William Shatner, famed Star Trek actor and odd interpreter of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” is born in Montreal. 1943 – Vocalist Keith Relf of the Yardbirds is born in Surrey. 1946 – Harry Vanda, guitarist with Australian pop act the Easybeats (“Friday on my Mind”), is born in the Netherlands. He went on to produce several AC/DC albums 1948 – Randy Jo Hobbs, who played bass for Montrose, is born in Union City, Ind. Montrose includes lineup Sammy Hagar, Bill Church, and Ronnie Montrose. 1958 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets play Gaumont, Salisbury, UK. 1965 – Bob Dylan releases Bringing It All Back Home, which contains his first electrical efforts. 1967 – The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater. 1967 – Beatles begin Within You and Without You at Abbey Road. 1974 – The Eagles release their third album, On the Border. 1974 – Ten Years After play their last gig – at the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1975 – No. 1 on the Billboard charts is Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. No. 3 is Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. 1978 – All You Need is Cash (Eric Idle’s Beatles satire) gets its first TV showing. 1978 – The Police sign to A&M Records. 1980 – Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall US 45 is no. 1 chart topper. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers hit: “These Dreams,” by Heart. The song is the group’s first chart topping single. 1994 – Ted Nugent records a public service announcement warning kids against inhaling aerosol spray cans. 2000 – In the presence of Angus Young, the Spanish town of Leganes unveil a sign designating a street “Calle de AC/DC.” 2000 – A fan falls 90 feet to his death during a KISS concert at the Oakland Arena in California. 2003 – Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose sends the Offspring a cease and desist letter after they announce plans to call their new album Chinese Democrazy 2004 – Marilyn Manson gets on bended knee and proposes to longtime girlfriend, burlesque artist Dita von Mona Teese 2004 – Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. 2006 – Aerosmith cancel their North American tour as Steven Tyler enters hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denies the singer is suffering from throat cancer.