Thursday, 3 August 2017
Today in rock history 3rd August
1955 – Rock ‘n’ roll litigation as Bill Haley files suit against Essex Recordings. Now that he’s a big star, he accuses his old label of releasing his early recordings, which are “of inferior quality to said plaintiff’s current releases.” 1963 – Bob Dylan appears as a guest at a Joan Baez show in Camden, N.J. 1963 – Metallica’s James Hetfield is born this day 1963 - The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the last time, almost two years to the day after they started playing there as a regular fixture. 1966 – The South African government bans the broadcast of Beatles songs after John Lennon makes his “more popular than Jesus” remark. 1966 – The Rolling Stones record “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow” in Los Angeles. 1968 – “Hello, I Love You” becomes the Doors’ second and last No. 1 single. 1968 – The Newport Pop Festival starts today, featuring performers like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Steppenwolf. 1969 – Janis Joplin sings with Little Richard at the Atlantic City Pop Festival. 1971 – Paul McCartney announces he’s forming Wings. 1974 – Here’s a weird gig Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band opening for Canadian songbird Anne Murray in New York. 1974 – Guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers. 1987 - Def Leppard released their fourth album Hysteria which went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart the following year & sell 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. 1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. 1989 – The Rolling Stones film the video for “Mixed Emotions,” probably the last good song they ever recorded. 2004 – Legendary Southern Rock figure Lacy Van Zant dies at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., due to chronic pulmonary illness. He is 89. 2004 – Traffic cancel their reunion tour after drummer Jim Capaldi is diagnosed with a severe gastric ulcer. 2005 –Melissa Etheridge announces she is cancer free nine months after being diagnosed with the disease. 2006 – Arthur Lee, the singer and guitarist for psychedelic rock pioneers Love, dies at the Methodist University Hospital in his hometown of Memphis after battling leukemia. He is 61.