Friday, 11 August 2017

Today in rock history 9th August

1946 – Golden Earring bassist and keyboardist Rinus Gerritsen is born in the Hague, Netherlands. 1964 – In Forest Hills, N.Y., Joan Baez and Bob Dylan play the same bill for the first time. 1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ set at England’s Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival inspires such fervor in the audience that the organizers tell him to cut his set short. 1973 – Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell leave Wings. 1975 – Major Promoter Don Kirshner, holds the first Rock Music Award Show in Santa Monica, Calif. The winners include the Eagles, Bad Company, and Stevie Wonder. 1978 – Muddy Waters performs for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. 1980 – A thief steals 10 Gerald Scarfe illustrations based on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. The pictures were exhibited in the foyer of London’s Earls Court, where the band was performing five shows. 1980 - AC/DC reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart with Back in Black which spent two weeks on top of the chart. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in the U.S. & went on to sell 45 million copies worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album of all time. 1986 - Queen performed their final concert with Freddie Mercury at the Knebworth in England in front of 120,000 people. 1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2. 1995 – Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in San Francisco. He is 53. 1996 – The Ramones split. 2003 - Roger Daltrey made his Los Angeles stage debut at the Hollywood Bowl playing Dr. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. 2010 – Welcome news for Van Halen fans: The clearest signs that an album and tour are in the works for next year have emerged.

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