Friday, 12 May 2017
Today in rock history 13th May
1941 – Joe Brown was that rarity – an English rock ‘n’ roll guitarist whose early singles influenced a young Paul McCartney. He is born today in Lincolnshire. 1945 – “Magic” Dick Salwitz of the J. Geils Band is born in New London, Conn. 1946 – Bassist Danny Klein of the J. Geils Band is born in New York City. 1950 – Danny Kirwan, guitarist and vocalist in early incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, is born. 1966 – Darius Carlos Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Charleston, S.C. 1966 – The Kinks record “Sunny Afternoon.” 1966 – The Rolling Stones release the future No. 1 “Paint It Black.” 1970 – The Beatles documentary Let It Be premieres in New York. 1971 – Jefferson Airplane call a halt to recording their latest album after Grace Slick crashes her Mercedes in San Francisco. 1983 – Iron Maiden unleash Piece of Mind. 1985 – Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in Lake Oswego, Ore. They divorce in 1989. 1993 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler and Barry White lend their voices to the season finale of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” 2004 – Courtney Love pleads not guilty to assault charges, then holds a press conference in the Manhattan Criminal Court ladies restroom. She is alleged to have hit a fan over the head with a mic stand during a New York club show. 2004 – KISS’ Gene Simmons comes under fire from the Australian Muslim community after branding the Islamic culture “vile” in a Melbourne radio interview. 2007 – Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him – then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man – said May was an “impostor” and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter “Brian May.” 2011 – Rolling Stone Magazine voted “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan as the best ever song.