Monday, 10 July 2017

Today in rock history 7th July

1940 – Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) is born in Liverpool, 1957 – Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 with ‘All Shook Up’, 1962 – The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Birkenhead. The show was a dance for the local golf club, the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in to hear and see The Beatles. 1963 – The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966. 1966 – The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sunny Afternoon’, the group’s third and last UK No.1. 1967 – The Monkees open a national tour with little-known Jimi Hendrix as the opening act. 1968 – The Yardbirds finally call it quits, leading guitarist Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds in order to fulfill some tour commitments. The group, featuring Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, becomes Led Zeppelin. 1969 – George Harrison recorded his new song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland. 1973 – Paul McCartney & Wings release “Live and Let Die.” 1978 – The Grateful Dead played the first of four nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. 1986 – David Lee Roth releases his first solo album, Eat ‘Em and Smile. Rolling Stone decides, “Roth seems to have taken up the challenge from replacement shouter Sammy Hagar to enter into a full-scale battle of the bozos.” 1986 – Bob Dylan performs a second gig with the Grateful Dead, joining them for three songs. 1995 – Rod Stewart’s jet is forced to land at Landvetter Gothenburg International Airport in Sweden after it collides with a bird. 2000 – Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield aggravates a chronic back injury before a show at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The band plays its scheduled sets on the Summer Sanitorium tour in Atlanta, Sparta, Ky., and Irving, Texas, with bassist Jason Newstead handling vocal chores on several songs 2003 – Godsmack cancel their European tour due to “a few projects with contractual deadlines that couldn’t be moved,” according to a spokesperson for the Boston rockers. 2004 – A judge rules that the independent Cleopatra Records label can release Hollywood Rose: The Roots of Guns N’ Roses, an album of early recordings and demos, over the objections of singer Axl Rose. 2006 – Pink Floyd co-founder Roger “Syd” Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes. 2007 – Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham’s own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade. 2007 - Twelve concerts took place around the world as part of Live Earth to raise awareness of global warming. These concerts took place in London, New York, Washington D.C., Sydney, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Rome and Antarctica. Some of the artists that performed included The Police, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Cat Stevens & Spinal Tap 2010 – Paul McCartney celebrated Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday performing at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

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