Tuesday, 15 August 2017
Today in rock history 14th August
1941 – David Crosby is born David Van Courtland in Los Angeles 1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later. 1966 – John Lennon can’t win. After he apologizes for his “more popular than Jesus” remarks earlier in the week, the London Catholic Herald brands his apology “arrogant.” Meanwhile, the Beatles play the first rock concert held at Cleveland Stadium before 24,000 people. 1970 – At a La Jolla, Calif., hotel, Stephen Stills is arrested and charged with cocaine possession 1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.” It becomes his breakthrough single in the U.S., going to No. 1. 1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalogue rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1988 – Robert Calvert, the “resident poet with Hawkwind, dies in Kent, England, of a heart attack. 1994 – On the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Santana performs at Woodstock II. 1995 – Members of the Grateful Dead meet and decide to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s Death 1999 – Van Halen singer Gary Cherone is given a Courage Award by the American Life League for his stance against abortion. 1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square. 2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos. 2004 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announces he is being treated for throat cancer. 2004 – The Strokes play the first Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival in New York. Also performing are Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Big Star, and The Raveonettes. 2008 - Jackson Browne sued Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee over unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a McCain campaign commercial in Ohio.