Thursday, 20 July 2017
Today in rock history 20th July
1945 – John Lodge, bassist and songwriter for the Moody Blues, is born in Birmingham 1947 – Carlos Santana is born in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico 1952 - Jay Jay French-guitarist for Twisted Sister is born today 1956 – Paul Cook, drums, Sex Pistols, is born 1963 – The Rolling Stones play the Wisbech Corn Exchange in England, their biggest venue yet. 1964 – Chris Cornell, frontman for megagroups Soundgarden and Audioslave is born in Seattle, Wash 1965 – Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single becomes his first major hit, reaching No. 2. 1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off his first English tour since he was hounded out of the country for being married to his 13-year-old cousin in May 1958. 1968 – Jane Asher announces that Paul McCartney has broken off their engagement. 1974 – The Doobie Brothers play England’s Knebworth Festival with the Allman Brothers and Van Morrison. 1974 – The Ramones decide to make their drummer Joey Ramone the lead vocalist. 1979 – Electric Light Orchestra takes out advertisements dedicating the release of “Don’t Bring Me Down” to Skylab. 1982 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor. The song is the theme from the film “Rocky III.” 1986 – To celebrate his 39th birthday, Carlos Santana plays a reunion concert with the original members of his band. 1986 – Van Halen manager Ed Leffler is beaten up by an unknown assailant in a Dallas hotel elevator. 1996 – Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is arrested for assault and then later released after playing on the Lollapalooza ’96 tour stop in N. Carolina. 2003 – Elvis’ Tooth Goes on Sale on Ebay 2004 – The Best of Both Worlds (Van Halen) is released 2008 – John Lydon denied claims by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party that he was racially abused and attacked by a member of the Sex Pistols’ entourage at a music festival in Barcelona. 2010 - Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi issued a joint statement that Osbourne’s lawsuit the previous year over ownership of the Black Sabbath name was amicably resolved.