Wednesday, 31 May 2017
Today in rock history 31st May
1944 - Mick Ralphs from Mott The Hoople is born 1948 – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) is born this day 1961 – Chuck Berry opened an amusement called “Berry Park” near St Louis 1962 – The Beatles performed at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany 1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine 1973 - Steely Dan received their first Gold record for their debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill which went on to be certified Platinum 20 years later. 1976 - The Who entered the Guinness Book of World Records for performing the loudest concert in history at the time during their concert at England’s Charlton Athletic Grounds with 76,000 watts at 120 decibels. This record would stand for nearly a decade. 1989 - Keith Richards is given the Living Legend Award at New York’s International Rock Awards. Later an all-star jam takes places featuring Richards, Eric Clapton & Tina Turner. 1993 – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea Hurley have their first child in Red Bank, N.J. They name their daughter Stephanie Rose. 1995 – Bob Dole blasts Hollywood, singling out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. He later admits he hasn’t seen or heard much of what he’s criticized. 1999 – “Behind the Music,” VH1’s highest-rated original series, begins airing at 9 p.m. nightly. The broadcasts kick off with the premiere of “The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.” 2005 – The Salvation Army close Strawberry Fields, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” 2006 – A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York’s Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series “Storytellers,” which premieres a month later on the music channel.