Thursday, 20 April 2017

Today in rock history 20th April

1945 - Jimmy Winston-keyboardist for The Small Faces born this day. 1948 - Craig Frost-keyboardist for Grand Funk Railroad and Bob Seger’s Silver Bullet Band debuts upon the earth. 1966 – During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’. 1967 – During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Barnstable. 1968 – Deep Purple makes its live debut in Denmark. 1970 – Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets, 25 shillings. 1971 – Born on this day, Mikey Welsh, bass, Weezer. 1985 – The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. 1991 – Credence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty marries Julie Lebiedzinksi in Bristol, Ind. 1991 – Steve Marriott dies in a fire at his home in Essex, England. Aged 44. He was a guitarist and lead singer for the rock bands Small Faces and Humble Pie. 1992 – ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. 1996 – Tickets ranging in price from $27.50 – $85.00 go on sale for the KISS reunion tour. This marks the first time in 15 years that all four original members of the ’70’s rock group join together in original costume and face paint. 1999 – The “No Security” tour, the Rolling Stones’ first arena outing in 20 years wraps with a make-up date at the San Jose Arena in California. 2000 – Robert Plant appeared at Disney’s Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theatre. 2001 – A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie. 2002 – In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana’s recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. 2011: Judas Priest guitarist and founding member K.K. Downing announced that he was leaving the band citing differences with management and the band. 2012 – Bert Weedon, guitarist who wrote ‘Play in a Day’ died today at 91.

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