Saturday, 29 July 2017
Today in rock history 29th July
1946 – REO Speedwagon keyboardist Neal Doughty is born in Evanston, Ill. 1953 – Vocalist Geddy Lee of Rush is born in Toronto. 1956 – Carl Perkins was on the UK singles with ‘Blue Suede Shoes 1956 –Patti Scialfa of the E Street Band – and Mrs. Bruce Springsteen – is born. 1959 – John Sykes of Whitesnake is born this day 1963 – The Newport Folk Festival is held this year after a four-year layoff. Headliners include Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary. With a good sense of timing, Peter, Paul & Mary also release their interpretation of Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which later goes to No. 2. 1965 – The Beatles’ second film – “Help!” – premieres in London. Queen Elizabeth is in attendance. 1966 – The Beatles: The U.S. teen magazine Datebook reprints an earlier quote by John Lennon stating that “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” This prompted Beatles Bonfires and the banning of their music by radio stations. 1966 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, N.Y., home; he goes into seclusion. 1967 – Doors: ‘Light My Fire’ US 45 is no. 1 chart topper. Later, Jim Morrison will sing the correct lyrics after Ed Sullivan asked him not to because of risque subject matter. 1968 – The Byrds head off to South Africa to tour. However, one Byrd who isn’t going is Gram Parsons, who is protesting South African apartheid. 1970 – The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ends. The band informs manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf” and begins to consider starting its own label. 1973 – The takings from two Led Zeppelin concerts are stolen from the group’s New York hotel. The thieves are said to have gotten away with more than $180,000. 1976 – Eric Clapton begins his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre. 1980 – David Bowie opens on stage in Denver in the title role of “Elephant Man” to critical acclaim. 1987 – Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream introduces their Cherry Garcia flavour, named after the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. 1990 – Elton John checks into a suburban Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem. 1994 – Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour marries Polly Samson at England’s Marylebone Registry Office. 2003 – Bobby Thompson, Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager, dies in his hotel room in Birmingham, Mich., after a long battle with throat cancer. He is 50. 2004 – Bobby Gillespie, singer with British rock band Primal Scream, is awarded undisclosed damagers in a libel suit against a tabloid that alleged he was having an affair with supermodel Kate Moss. 2005 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love”, gathered from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder. 2006 – Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez. 2007 – Paul Stanley of Kiss suffered heart problems. Paul was playing a show in California when he felt a strange chest pain… Paramedics tried to create a regular rhythm after his heart jumped up to 190 beats per minute.