Friday, 11 August 2017
Today in rock history 10th August
1909 – Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars, is born. 1947 – Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1976 – Elton John sells out his first Madison Square Garden show. 1982 – Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman are Frank Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa. The two quickly recite “Valley Girl.” 1985 - Over nine months after its initial release, Reckless by Bryan Adams reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart where it would stay for two weeks. 1985 – After Paul McCartney advises him to invest in a music catalog, Michael Jackson buys ATV’s for $47.5 million. The catalogue contains 251 Beatles songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1993 – Billy Joel is sued by songwriter Gary Zimmerman, who says Joel’s No. 3 “River of Dreams” sounds suspiciously like one of his own tunes. Zimmerman wants $10 million. 1995 – Jimmy Buffett serenades President Bill Clinton on his birthday. 1995 – Bob Dylan releases his statement about the death of Jerry Garcia the day before. He says, “He’s the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at its core and screams up into the spheres 1995 – Tonight on the Late Show With David Letterman the musical guests are Van Halen. 1996 – Tickets to the Pearl Jam concert at the University of Toledo go on sale. However, because of an AT&T screw up, people who try to buy tickets by phone get a busy signal instead. 1999 – It is announced that Oasis founding member Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs has decided to leave the band. 2000 – The recording industry asks Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters. 2005 – A judge rules that legendary New York punk club CBGB does not have to pay its landlord $90,000 in back rent. The Bowery Residents’ Committee are attempting to evict the venue from the neighborhood. 2011 – Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band canceled a series of summer concerts. The 63 Year old Rock and Roll Hall of famer was having respitory problems.