Not to be put off by the poor support of the Glaxo Club gig, those Borderland guys have arranged another charity gig, it's on Saturday 13th October at Rainton Meadows Arena Houghton Le Spring DH4 5PH. Fundraiser for the Chris Snaith Fund (for Brain Cancer Research).
This Machine are back on the map with a new website, Facebook page and also a new addition to their line up.
Recently joining the band is Paul Richardson, some of you may know him from Black Rose, Slip of the Tongue, Destroyer and also doing a mean Eddie Van Hailen in top tribute band Van Hailen UK.
Paul joins the familiar line up of Norman, Tony, Le Sequel and the Hamster of Doom to make This Machine a 5 piece again. Check out their revamped Facebook and website (featuring blogs, videos and everything else) at
To get a taste of the new line up then watch the band live HERE
Last few gigs of the year are
14th Dec Peterlee Central Club
15th Dec The Turbinia, Newton Aycliffe
28th Dec The market Tavern, Bedlington
30th Dec The Queens Head, Cullercoats
Very late change for tonight (Friday 7th) at the Blacksmiths Arms, Gosforth High Street as The Whole Hog were unable to make the gig so facilitated their replacement, who are Skullduggery who will take their place.
'Ere's one for ya; this review from back in 2008 (I think!) is of Wild Rumours and was penned by Riffs' Val . . .
Don't know who these guys are - any idea anyone?
Michelle Davies from Usworth and Washington Gardeners Club has contacted Riffs with gratitude not only for our support, but also for the support of all you local lads and lasses who gave so generously - the club raised a mighty £1600 in aid of Help For Heroes recently. Well done all you Usworth and Washington peeps!!!!
The Alexandra Grangetown Sunderland, Tickets £10.
A unique opportunity to join the band up
close and personal; we will be performing all the
Cooper greats with all the usual theatrics and then
join us for tea.....err Cooper style :-)
There will be restricted tickets sales
available but you can pre book with the band through
our FB page and limited tickets available from The
Alexandra and St Benedicts.
So please come and join us supporting St
If you can stop laughing long enough . . . anybody have an idea of who this band is?
yeah, I know this is not music-related but . . . this is horrific, horrific stuff......
Dozens of heavily-armed hunters rode into a national park in Cameroon, butchered over 600 majestic elephants, then hacked off their faces for their tusks. Poachers have annihilated half of central Africa’s last elephants. And no one's been able to stop them.
Brave investigators have gone undercover in poaching rings in ten African countries, and already more than 2,000 traffickers have been jailed!
It’s awe-inspiring stuff, and it’s won awards, but many funders are wary of going head-to-head with organised crime. We may be the best community to scale this extraordinary operation, fast.
Four elephants are killed an hour -- it’s a race against time before we lose these gentle giants forever. But if we each give now, this team can expand to more countries, lock up more kingpins and complicit officials -- and we can ramp up campaigning to protect these beautiful creatures and all of our vulnerable natural world.
Please log in to - Avaaz.org and give a few quid.
If you wish to donate immediately (as Riffs did) then go direct to the donation page
Another review from 2008 here, this one at The Three Tuns in Gateshead featuring punk stalwarts The Janitors - courtesy of Riffs' Val.
MEGA ROCK SATURDAY AT THE QUEEN VIC
Shame we were told about this gig only today (Monday) as we could have given you much more info than the poster. However, we can't. Oh, we do know it's for charity - but not which one! It was only thanks to Paul from Millennium that we have this info. And it's for this Saturday (13th) from 1pm till midnight.
NB: If you are putting on a gig that includes Rock or Metal and you would like publicity then tell us about it well in advance and we will do just that.
We now host a review of Last Minute, written in July of - we think - 2008. We are reasonably sure the band is still gigging to this day (please get in touch lads if you are)..
Just heard from Alan Fizzyfish concerning The Royal in Stanley, seems they are all at sixes and sevens with their booking diary - best double check if you reckon you have a gig with them.
Well, don't know about anyone else, but I've had a good ol' earful of Zeppelin this month (Zeptember) - and I mean that in a good way - cos I don't think there was a track up to Presence that I have not only not listened to, but re-downloaded in FLAC format. I realised initially listening to Motorhead by Motorhead off Motorhead that Mp3 just doesn't do it - not on 11 with quality digital headphones it certainly doesn't and I understand, I believe, I do sort of get the impression, that dear ol' Lemmy would sort of appreciate me hurtin mesel like, not far off pain. Tinnitus is the price for all that Rock and Metal; and I wouldn't change a damn thing. But back to Zep. Great band, and poor Plant has had some bad times in his life (yeah, and some good times). That first album, just don't get sick of it, every time I listen it's like the first time. Recorded for less than sixpence, and the lads were positively gushing with enthusiasm and skill. Those first few albums were truly inspirational and I just don't see how I could have enjoyed my youth without them.
The brilliant Baz Warne fails at Elvis impression
Well, being a lazy scrote of late I have not added any reviews from way back, and as more than a few people (wonder how many 'more' is, first off you need to guess how many a 'few' is, then guage how many 'more' is, then add them. I guess) have said they liked them, even though one person said "I don't see the point in hosting reviews from all those years ago". But, when you think about it, everything is in the past - it just depends how far back you want to go. Mmmm, anyway, this review (from Queen of cleavage) is of the always-brilliant Baz Warne.....Not too sure the date but I guess could be 2008.....
Well, credit where credit is due and we have just heard of another bunch of selfless musicians who are giving of their time - and of course, most importantly, skills - to support a very much needed local charity. When the lads found out the Activity Den in Stanley was in dire need of some help, it didn't take long for them to step forward with the unanimous shout "Here we are - and we're ready to Rock". So it is that The Straits UK are giving of their best on Friday October 19 at the Angel Inn, Durham. Some local support would be, to say the least, most appreciated . . . Oh, and if you are in a generous mood, there will be donations on the door.; please, don't be an old stinge.
"Upon us all a little rain must fall"
"Just a big big thank you from me and the boys from Big River for running our FOC Charity Fundraiser ad. The day was a great success and we raised over £1500 for Prostate Cancer UK. We had some great performers and a vast array of volunteers to make the day the success it was.
We are hoping to make it an annual event so once again thanks guys".
SO WHAT TIME IS YOUR BAND DUE ON - REALLY?
Call me a finnicky fuckpig, but if your gig intends to start around nine, please (and I don't really mean that 'please') do not list your gig as starting any earlier. It really boils my piss. Geddit?
Harks back to the night I was really really poorly (oh yes, we're talking proper Man Flu here) but I also really really (there just has to be another word for 'really', there really must) wanted to see the band. They advertised an 8.30pm start time so, being a punctual little twat, I got there dead on 8.30pm. Forego the usual JD and bought a very week orange and lemonade (eat your heart out Lemmy) and anticipated an iminent appearance . . . and waited . . . and waited . . . till at 9pm the band took to the stage (a full eight hours later by my flu-powered watch). So you can see why now it gets on my proverbial tits when a band or venue basically lies about what time the band is due on stage just to, presumably, get the punters to buy more drinks. Don't get me wrong, I can't STOP you doing it - but at Riffs (and of course at no other avenue in my life) I am in charge. So just see where it gets you. Oh, and while I'm on can we have a big cheer . . . well, I'm waiting . . . for Paul Tuns in Gateshead who has no qualms about being totally honest (does anyone remember honesty? - another dying virtue) and advertises his bands starting at 9.15.
Mick from Overdrive has contacted Riffs with the following info:
'Looks like The Royal in Stanley have gone to last Saturday of the month for bands. Just been in touch on FB so would advise any bands booked there to do the same. Heard a few stories so this might clear things up. New management there so would be good to keep this venue going.'
Riffs has just received an update to the Borderland gig on Sat Oct 13:
Please note admission to this event is by ADVANCE TICKETs ONLY. Anyone interested in booking tickets please contact David Snaith on 07789 774027 NO LATER than Weds 10th Oct. The venue has specified that no tickets can be available on the door. Many thanks for your understanding.
No doubt by now those Borderland guys will be saying: "where's our fuckin' advert you promised you lying Riffs shits?" And, y'know, I wouldn't blame them, but you gotta believe, ya just gotta believe that I am pretty busy and I do take my time over some ads to get it right (well, what I consider right anyway) and, after a few days, and with the picture Borderland supplied, the ad is now unveiled today - ta-dah.......... [always have some rock blasting in my headphones when on my pootah, and just finishishing this ad for Borderland's charity gig while listening to . . . Bowie's 'Heroes' - now how apt is that?!!]. Here's the ad.....
Mind you, looking at that oh-so-sweet cutie in the pic, I just can't imagine her saying "fuckin'".
Although . . .
Riffs is just getting a sniff of a very interesting Queen tribute appearing at the Benedictine Social Club Cramlington on Friday 9th Nov.
They are going under the name Qween and include some very accomplished musicians.
Tickets not yet on sale but we understand them to be around the six pound mark.
More as we get it . . . tap, tap, tap, tap,.............
BORDERLAND IS NOT A UFO TRIBUTE
Funny ol' day. Feel pissed on these painkillers, can hardly type properly and am missing out gigs. Shit, roll on op. Anyway, time to embarrass those Borderland chaps cos have just typed in to October listings not one but TWO charity gigs they are undertaking that month. Well done guys - wish there was something we can give you - hey shit man there is - a boxed advert free of charge for one whole month for whatever gig you want is totally yours. That do ya?!! (hope so cos we have fuck all else).
And if ya wanna hear some Zep then Stormy Monday (pic) on the 20th and 28th at the Black Bull Morpeth and the Star Inn Newcastle respectively should do you proud.
DANCING DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN
Well, it's Zeptember and, along with Planet Rock, we are celebrating in the way which only we can: Every band that plays any Zep songs in their set will be allowed to have their gig listing highlighted in the special Zeptember colour (I know, we couldn't believe it ourselves!). But, as Riffs psychic abilities are absolute zero, you must let us know what Zep tracks you play and then we will highlight your gig............And you may have noticed that the month - Zeptember if we haven't already mentioned it - culminates in a mega double bill with AC/DC GB along with Dizzy Lizzy. Just a tenner at Shildon Civic Hall. And not sure why we mentioned that cos it's nothing to do with Zep. Could be these strong painkillers which have a weird side-effect of making one feel very very drunk.
Thanks to 'Gerry' who points out our pics on the Index page are of Rattlesnake Road and features a good pal of his playing Bass and singing. His name is Stu Burlison and he is currently playing bass with the fabulous George Shovlin’ and the Radars he is also bassist / vocalist in Skullduggery along with Fred Purvis. Stu is very well known and has also played with top bands Messenger, Brass Alley and Under the Radar.
ROCK n ROLL TRAIN STEAMS INTO SHILDON
Fans of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy are in line for a special night when two of the countries best tribute bands play at Shildon Civic Hall on Saturday 29th September.
AC/DC GB and DIZZY LIZZY will take to the stage to perform all the well known classic tracks these two great rock bands have recorded over the years.
DIZZY LIZZY, who hail from Birmingham, have been praised by none other than Phil Lynott's own mum, Philomena, saying “these boys are the closest tribute to playing my sons music!” Enough said!
From Rosalie and The Boys are Back in Town, to Waiting for an Alibi and Emmerald, DIZZY LIZZY bring the iconic twin guitar harmony sound of Thin Lizzy back to life and deliver a performance the great man himself would be proud of.
AC/DC GB, from the North East of England themselves, are highly regarded as one of the most authentic tributes to the legendary Aussie rockers “AC/DC” around. Years of dedication and their meticulous attention to detail have ensured their shows are as close to a real DC gig as it is possible to get.
From the rasping vocals of Jono, to the neck wringing, duck walking energy of Angus; the wall of Marshalls, to the replica cannons..........be prepared for an outstanding night of hard hitting rock!
FOR THOSE ABOUT TO ROCK.......WE SALUTE YOU!!
Tickets £10 on the night. Doors open 19:00hrs. Show 19:45hrs
DIPTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
One day Music festival outside in the car park of The New Plough Dipton on Sunday 26th August from 1pm through until 9.30ish the line up as follows;
Scott Kiers 1.10pm to 2..00pm 50mins
Sofi Johnson 2.05pm to 2.55pm 50mins
Blue Diamond Duo 3.05pm to 4.05pm 60 mins
Fire Lady Luck Band 4.25pm to 5.40pm 75mins
White Feathers duo 5.55pm to 6.55pm 60 mins
The Pretty Weeds Band 7.30pm to 8.50pm 80mins
Here is a link to the New Plough facebook
If you are planning on going to the Three Tuns in Gateshead this weekend - and shame on you if you are not! - then please double check our Listings page as there have been a couple of changes.
We are bang up to date as we get all our info straight from Paul Tuns so be assured what you see on our Listings page is defo what is on.
ROCK SOLID RELEASE PROMO VIDEO
Great to hear from those solid rocksters featured on our Index page. By way of an update, the band is still going strong and coincidentally have just produced a short promo video filmed at ‘The Office’ now the Queen Vic.This is the link and Riffs urges you - and any other wannabee North-East Rock bands - to check them out on this stunning video - HERE
They are currently taking bookings for 2019, but people can see them over the next few weeks at the following venues:
Sunday 19th Aug - The Crook Hotel, (4pm)
Saturday 25th Aug - The Pelaw Inn
Sunday 26th Aug - The Mallard, Seaham (6pm)
Friday 31st Aug - The Penny Gill, Spennymoor
Saturday 1st September- The Mill House, Crook
Of course all of these dates are in Riffs Listings page.
HAT-TRICK FOR FLYING Vs AT ASHCON 2018
NEWS JUST IN . . . Rising Sun in Crawcrook has been taken over and cancelled all bands,
Just heard that The Market Tavern in Chester le Street has cancelled all bands. Dave from Rockers FM tells us: 'I have received a text from the management of the Market Tavern in Chester le street that the new company no longer will have bands on. We were booked to play there this Friday so presumably all bands forthwith will receive the same message. Cheers Dave'
ROCK AND METAL OVERLOAD AT HARTLEPOOL
I know only too well the lack of heavy Rock and Metal bands that play at the clubs - and often you have to suffer bingo between the bands - yes, believe it!!
So how cockahoop are we here at Riffs to be able to shout about a Heavy Metal and Rock gig at Hartlepool Supporters Club coming up Saturday Sep 16. It features heavier than hell tribute BLAKK SABBATH, supporting Newcastle-based RIFF RAFF.
A nice big stage - just gagging at the bit to hold up those Marshall stacks. And what an intro do Blakk Sabbath have!!!
The lads know how to tease and that long intro just shows how much thought these lads have put into their live show. Just check out this youtube video: HERE.
Tickets are just £8 / £10 available from ents24 (soz, but you'll need to pay that dreaded 'booking fee'!!)
Apparently the Fizzyfish review from way back has stirred up some great memories for many. Alan from the band got in touch with Riffs to tell us that although the exuberance and vitality for live gigs is still as powerful as ever there has, however, been a few changes to the band. I'll let Alan explain: 'We also have a new bassist, Tony Gardiner, a nice clean 30 year old from Stockton, he also teaches bass, is grade 8 qualified and plays Jazz, MU member and has even frequented the pit in musical theatre productions…. but when pushed into a large corner (he is very tall) spilled his guts and admitted he loves rock and metal and had previously played with the original Prog Metal band Tangent and covers band The Hunter. His first gig with us is at Josephs in Sunderland August 25th and we are confident he will help us pursue our touring of all the region’s best venues.'
Now it's those whacky Fizzyfish lads who gets the Riffs spotlight. Courtesy of Colin Smoult, this review is from 2006...
As Lenny from Tubesnake said "looks like it's gonna be a pretty decent event." Tickets £5 from the venue or the Tubesnake lads (also Tubesnake on Facebook). It's £6 on the door. And if you don't mind paying another pound then you can buy them online here: https://stanleyevents.nutickets.com/brock
It’s All In The Name!
After many years, line ups and gigs, NE/DC are evolving! After working hard to establish themselves as one of the best tributes to the legendary AC/DC in their home area, the band have decided to re-brand themselves as AC/DC GB and find more gigs around the country, as well as still playing their regular haunts in the North East. The decision came after consulting with various promoters, venues and fans, who all agreed the “GB” logo gave the lads more potential to break into new areas in the tribute market. Rest assured, the musicianship and performance will still be of the highest standard, and the show will be greatly enhanced where the venue size allows! The guys would like to thank everyone who has loyally supported them as NE/DC, and hope to see you all again very soon as AC/DC GB! Check them out at www.acdcgb.co.uk, or on FB.
More News just in . . . Not sure what is happending at The Royal in Stanley as some bookings seem still to be valid; best bet if you have a gig booked there to check it is still on.
News just in . . . The Royal in Stanley has changed hands and all current bookings are off. No news as yet on whether the new owners will be continuing the gig nights. Thanks to Alan Fizzyfish for this info.
SHAME ON THE NIGHT, SHAME ON YOU
We regretfully have to report that the Borderland gig at Glaxo Club in Barnard Castle has had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales. This gig was arranged to support those fearless North East Air Ambulance guys who not only save lives multiple times a week, but also risk their own. Borderland were quite prepared to give of their time and energy totally for free to support this worthwhile cause but, apparently, the great people of Barnard Castle and surrounding areas just don't feel the same. Don't know about you, but here at Riffs we're hanging our heads in shame..........
THURSDAY IS THE NEW MONDAY
Hard-working Ray, who sorts out the bands for The Red Lion in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, has been doing some extra sorting of late as they are moving their band nights from Monday to Thursday nights starting with DVD on August 2nd. Ray reckons he has contacted all the bands he needs to but . . . just in case, and of course, to let all the punters know . . . it's now Thursdays at the Red Lion, and not Mondays..................
Just heard from Paul Murdy who tells Riffs he has taken over the Masons Arms in Blyth. Apparently the booking 'diary' was less than useful and, apart from bands he has been able to contact, any other supposed bookings are no longer valid. So, if you had a gig booked - or would like a gig at The Masons Arms - then get in touch with Paul and he will do his best to accommodate. Paul can be contacted on Facebook 'murdy murdy'.
GRUMPIES STILL BELTING OUT
THOSE MUCH-LOVED CLASSICS
Nice to hear from those Grumpy lads who got such a kick out of reading Val's review of a gig of theirs from way back.
Still going strong, John pointed out that although Graeme has now left the band, his boots have been filled by John's son Liam who, at a mere 18, has "stepped up to the mark and is doing a fine job".
Another band that never seems to have a bad night.
[Oh, and we notice that on the review we spelt Graeme wrong (Graham). I do, at this very moment, have knife poised ready to remove my little finger . . .]
[jpic from when the Grumpies graced the Stormin' the Castle stage]
RUSS TIPPINS / BIG RIVER
HEAD THE WHEATSHEAF WHOPPA
Local lads Big River have organised an all day Charity Event to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.
One of the Big River guys told Riffs: 'This is an event we are organising because Alan, our lead singer, was struck with the disease and had to have his prostate removed, so this lies really close to his heart. He was very lucky as he was diagnosed early but some men are not that fortunate.'
This is our justgiving page where readers can engage with Alan's story: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/big-river
We are hoping for good tickets sales. Tickets have now been released and can be bought here:
It's at the Wheatsheaf in Durham Road, Birtley from noon until 11pm and there will be so much going on that Riffs pages are just not big enough to list them all!! There are some great raffle prizes on offer, one of which is a Cassidy electric guitar which has been given specifically for an exclusive online raffle only. Look at the top of the page; this is the link for that one: https://www.facebook.com/bigriveruk/---------------------------------------------------------------
The legend that is Russ Tippins, humble as always, points out that he is, actually, not headlining, and hopes to be on about 7. More importantly, he told Riffs "Really looking forward to playing this fest. Big River are sheer class and Alan personally asked me to be a part of it. Bring it on"
And if you are thinking 'hmmm, not sure whether to pop along to that one' can Riffs just list all the performers (not to mention all the behind-the-scenes peeps) who are giving of their time free of charge:
The Kingtones Duo
The Blarney Brothers
And we must mention again Big River who have managed to organise the whole kit and caboodle; many sleepless nights included, I suspect lads?!
Now it's the Grumpy Old Men's turn for our look back in time to 2008 when the band played their usual blistering set, this time at Gateshead's Three Tuns. Nice to see that a venue that was going so strong and had such a good reputation ten years ago, is not only going stronger than ever, but still holds the acolade of being on many bands' list of the place to play in the region. Mind you, same goes for The Grumpies - still rockin' our venues around the region with quality Rock classics.
|This week in . . .|
1964, Soul singer Sam Cooke was shot dead at the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. Bertha Franklin, manager of the motel, told police that she shot and killed Cooke in self-defense because he had attacked her. Police found Cooke's body in Franklin's apartment-office, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes, but no shirt, pants or underwear. The shooting was ultimately ruled a justifiable homicide.
1968, Liverpool folk group The Scaffold were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Lily The Pink', this year's Christmas No.1. 'Lily the Pink' was a new version of an older folk song entitled 'The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham', and a similar version was the unofficial regimental song of the Royal Tank Corps, at the end of World War II.
1968, Filming began for The Rolling Stones 'Rock & Roll Circus.' As well as clowns and acrobats, John Lennon and his fiancee Yoko Ono performed as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell, and Keith Richards. It was originally meant to be aired on the BBC, but the Rolling Stones withheld it because they were unhappy with their performance. The film was eventually released in 1996.
1971, Comedian Benny Hill was at No.1 on the singles chart with the innuendo-laden novelty song, 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)', giving Hill his only No.1 and the Christmas No.1 hit of 1971. The song was originally written in 1955 as the introduction to an unfilmed screenplay about Hill's milkman experiences.
1973, KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. The guitarist was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to finish the show.
1982, The Jam played their last ever gig as a band when they appeared in Brighton. Singer and guitarist Paul Weller went on to form The Style Council with keyboardist Mick Talbot. The permanent line-up grew to include drummer Steve White and Weller's then-wife, vocalist Dee C. Lee.
1983, The Flying Pickets were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Yazoo song 'Only You'. Also this years Christmas No.1 and the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK.
2000, Former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft was forced to cancel the remaining dates on his current UK tour after he fell on stage and broke two ribs. The accident happened during a show in Birmingham.
2016, Bob Dylan said it was "truly beyond words" to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a speech read on his behalf at the ceremony in Sweden, he said he thought his odds of winning were as likely as him "standing on the moon". Patti Smith performed 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' at the ceremony. But the singer had to apologise during her rendition after nerves got the better of her and she forgot the lyrics.
1961, The Beatles agent Sam Leach attempted to introduce the group to London agents by promoting a show at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot. The show was not advertised properly and, as a result, only 18 people attended. Local newspaper The Aldershot News failed to publish the advertisement for the show; however, the band and friends had their own fun after the show, including a mock funeral for Paul McCartney.
1964, In its second week of release, the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” becomes a million seller.
1966, Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album 'Fresh Cream'. The three piece of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single 'I Feel Free' on the same day.
1967, Cream’s second album, ‘Disraeli Gears’, enters the U.S. charts.
1967, The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
1967, The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” tops the charts.
1974, George Harrison releases Dark Horse, his first album on the label of the same name. His cover of the Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love” is a backhanded farewell to wife Patti Boyd, who took up with his friend Eric Clapton. Even weirder, Boyd and Clapton join Harrison on the track. Rolling Stone is perplexed enough to decide, “Dark Horse is ultimately something more than an embarrassingly bad record.”
1975, The Sex Pistols appeared at Ravensbourne College, Chistlehurst.
1992, Bassist Bill Wyman formally announces he is leaving the Rolling Stones.
2003, Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.
Week commencing December 3 . . .
Week commencing November 26 . . .1962, During sessions for the 'Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan' album, Bob Dylan recorded 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' and versions of 'Hero Blues', 'Whatcha Gonna Do', 'Oxford Town', and 'I Shall Be Free', at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.
1964, The film 'Ferry Cross The Mersey' premiered in London. Featuring Gerry And The Pacemakers, Cilla Black and other Liverpool acts. It was written by Tony Warren, creator of the longest running tv soap 'Coronation Street'.
1965, The Rolling Stones go into RCA’s Hollywood Studios to record “Mother’s Little Helper” and “19th Nervous Breakdown.”
1966, In the NME year-end poll, the Rolling Stones are voted No.1 U.K. R&B Group and Best New Group.
1966, The Beatles recorded Christmas and New Year's greetings for pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London. Both stations were broadcasting from ships anchored off the British coastline.
1968, The Rolling Stones released Beggars Banquet their seventh UK studio album. For the album (which included 'Street Fighting Man' and 'Sympathy for the Devil'), the Stones had gone to great lengths to toughen their sound and banish the haze of psychedelia and, in doing so, they launched a five-year period in which they would produce their very greatest records.
1969, Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1970, The Rolling Stones’ concert film “Gimme Shelter” premieres.
1986, Ringo Starr agrees to become a spokesman for a wine cooler company, becoming the first Beatle to get into advertising.
1988, American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52. Scored the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Pretty Woman', plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’. Formed his first band The Wink Westerners in 1949, was a member of The Traveling Wilburys (known as Lefty Wilbury) with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and had the 1988 UK No.21 single 'Handle With Care'. Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his life. His first wife, Claudette died in a motorcycle accident in 1966 and two of his three sons died in a house fire.
2004, One of the worst kept secrets in rock becomes a secret no longer when Motley Crue announce they are reforming for their first tour in five years.
1960, The Crickets released the single 'I Fought the Law' on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.
1991 – Van Halen perform a free concert in Dallas to make up for a show back in 1988 when singer Sammy Hagar lost his voice mid-set.
1980, Two months after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham, Led Zeppelin made decision to break up. The surviving members decided that it was not right to tamper with their legacy by bringing someone else in to play drums. In a statement, the band explained their decision: "We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
1976, American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida. Bolin was a member of Zephyr (1969 to 1971), The James Gang (1973 to 1974) and Deep Purple (1975 to 1976).
1975 – Tragedy strikes Deep Purple in Jakarta, Indonesia, after their bodyguard Patsy Collins falls six floors down an elevator shaft in their hotel. Rumors persist that Collins had gotten into a fight with local promoters who owed the heavy-metal band money. Collins was still conscious after his fall and got into a taxi demanding to be taken to the hospital, but he died en route. Mysteriously, his body is never recovered.
1971 – T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release ‘Electric Warrior’.
1971 – Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’ entered the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.
1967, This was the penultimate night of a 16-date UK package tour, on which Pink Floyd joined The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner to play at the City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Jimi Hendrix was having equipment problems and in his frustration rammed his Gibson Flying V into his speaker cabinets. Like an enormous arrow, the guitar became stuck in the amplifier, which the audience greeted as all part of the act.
1971, The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burnt to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. The incident is immortalized by Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water'. In 1967 the Casino became the venue for the Montreux Jazz Festival, which was the brainchild of music promoter Claude Nobs. On the night of the blaze, Nobs saved several young people who, thinking they would be sheltered from the flames, had hidden in the casino from the blaze. A recording of the outbreak and fire announcement can be found on a Frank Zappa bootleg album titled Swiss Cheese / Fire.
1971, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the chart with the Four Symbols album, otherwise known as Led Zeppelin IV. Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven', the album stayed on the US chart for one week short of an astonishing five years, selling over 23 million copies in the US alone.
1976, Workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package The Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK.'
1988, Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared in Cleveland, Ohio. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later.
2016, Wayne Duncan, bassist with Australian rock band Daddy Cool died following a stroke. Their debut 1971 single 'Eagle Rock' stayed at No.1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached No.1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies.
1961, Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4pm meeting (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was "taking a bath".
1965, The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on 12th December.
1965, The Who released their debut studio album My Generation in the UK. In the United States, it was released by Decca Records as 'The Who Sings My Generation' in April 1966, with a different cover and a slightly altered track listing. In 2003 it was named the second greatest guitar album of all time by Mojo magazine.
1966, The New Vaudeville Band started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral'. A No.4 hit in the UK.
1966, The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena, Honolulu. The massive success of the TV series and its spin-off records had created intense pressure to mount a touring version of the group.
1969, The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger's secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.
1976, A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London, after breaking free from its moorings. The pig, nicknamed Algie, was being photographed for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover. The Civil Aviation Authority issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run, and the pig eventually crashed into a barn in Godmersham, Kent, where the farmer complained of his cows being scared by the incident.
1979, A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats, another 26 fans were injured. The concert was using 'festival seating' where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. When the waiting fans outside the Coliseum heard the band performing a late sound check, they thought that the concert was beginning and tried to rush into the still-closed doors.
1986, Judas Priest were sued by two families, alleging that the band were responsible for their son's forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of 'do it' had been included in the Judas Priest song Better By You, Better Than Me from the Stained Class album and alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The trial lasted from 16 July to 24 August 1990, when the suit was dismissed.
2008, Composer, keyboardist and arranger Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.
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Week commencing November 19 . . .Week commencing November 19 . . .Week commencing November 19 . . .Week commencing November 19 . . .Week commencing November 19 . . .Week commencing November 19 . . .1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London - the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60s such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their second studio album Axis: Bold as Love. Hendrix expressed dismay regarding the album cover art, which depicts him and the Experience as various forms of Vishnu, incorporating a painting of them by Roger Law, from a photo-portrait by Karl Ferris. Hendrix stated that the cover would have been more appropriate had it highlighted his American Indian heritage.
1983, Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album Everybody's Rockin' featured a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young's shortest album.
1987, A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film The Wall to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.
2014, Phil Rudd, drummer of rock band AC/DC, pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Phil Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.
1969, The Beatles went to No.1 on the singles chart with their twenty-sixth release 'Come Together / Something', which became the group's 18th US No.1. Lennon was inspired by Timothy Leary's campaign for governor of California titled "Come together, join the party" against Ronald Reagan giving him the idea for the track. 'Something' was the first Beatles song written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side.
1976, Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying: 'We don't want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.'
2001, Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer aged 58. Following the breakup of The Beatles Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys. The youngest member of The Beatles (aged 16 when he joined), his compositions include ‘Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘Something’, and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Harrison released the acclaimed triple album, All Things Must Pass, in 1970, from which came the worldwide No.1 single 'My Sweet Lord.'
2007, Control, the biopic about late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis scooped five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards. The black-and-white film, which featured The Killers, David Bowie and New Order on the soundtrack, was shot for just £3m.
2007, Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.
1947, Born on this day (Thursday), Ronnie Montrose, guitarist, Montrose, Edgar Winter Group (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Frankenstein). He died on 3 March 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after taking his own life.
1964, The Shangri-Las went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the teen death song, 'Leader Of The Pack'. When released in the UK the song was refused airplay by the BBC (probably due to its death theme), where it went on to chart three times: No.11 in 1965; No.3 in 1972 (by which time the BBC ban had been lifted); and once again at No.7 in 1976.
1970, Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' Also the first release on the new MAM record label.
1976, The Tom Robinson Band made their live debut at The Hope & Anchor, London. The bands biggest hit '2-4-6-8 Motorway' peaked at No.5 in Oct 77. Robinson now also works as a radio presenter.
1991, Nirvana recorded a performance for Top Of The Pops. When asked to lip-sync 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at one point. He also changed some of the lyrics, exchanging the opening line "load up on guns, bring your friends," for "load up on drugs, kill your friends."
1993, Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton was killed in a car crash not far from his Santa Barbara, California home, he was 47. Steppenwolf had the 1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild'.
2013, It was reported that George Harrison's sister was living in a pre-fabricated home and "struggling for money" since her allowance from The Beatles star's estate was cut off about a year after he died. 82-year-old Louise Harrison admitted that she had no access to her brother's multi-million dollar fortune and was cash-poor living in rural Missouri. She never challenged her brother's estate, adding "I don't care about the money, it's been over ten years and I haven't made any ripples."
1961, Neil Christian and the Crusaders, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar, played a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London. The inmates were all dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wore homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.
1967, The 16-date package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner travelled to Belfast to appear for two shows at the Whitla Hall, Queens College. It was Jimi's 25th birthday and before the shows the guitarist was given a birthday cake by the promoters - this was to be the only concert that The Jimi Hendrix Experience played in Ireland.
1970, Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, tickets cost $5.00.
2005, Tony Meehan, drummer with The Shadows, died aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall at his London flat in Maida Vale. Had the 1963 No.1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other Top 40 singles. Left The Shadows in 1961 to work as a session drummer with Joe Meek. Also had the No.1 hit ‘Diamonds’ with Jet Harris.
1942, Born on this day (Tuesday), Jimi Hendrix guitarist, singer, songwriter who had the 1967 No.6 single 'Hey Joe', the 1970 No.1 single 'Voodoo Chile', and the 1968 US No.1 and UK No.6 album 'Electric Ladyland'. Hendrix, who is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history, made appearances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival. Hendrix died on 18th September 1970 after choking on his own vomit.
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Week commencing November 12 . . .Week commencing November 12 . . .1962, The Beatles travelled to St. James' Church Hall, London, for a ten-minute audition with BBC Television. The audition came about when Beatles fan David Smith of Preston, Lancashire wrote to the BBC asking for The Beatles to be featured on BBC television. Assuming that Smith was The Beatles' manager, the BBC wrote back to him offering The Beatles an audition. Smith brought his letter to NEMS Enterprises, and Clive Epstein (Brian's brother) arranged for audition to take place. Four days later, Brian Epstein received a polite "thumbs-down" letter from the BBC.
1965, Marc Bolan appeared live on the TV show Five O'Clock Funfair, performing 'The Wizard'.
1967, A 16 date package tour played its 7th night at the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff. Featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner, the entourage performed twice nightly. In 1974, Pink Floyd returned to the venue, which has since been demolished and replaced by the 'Really Welsh Pavilion'.
1975, Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and only cost £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.
1979, Keith Richard's girlfriend, Anita Pallenburg, was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. 17-year-old Scott Cantrell had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards, while in Pallenberg's bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.
1979, Pink Floyd released 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' which rapidly topped the charts in the UK, followed by the US and a further 9 countries. Featuring children from Islington Green School in North London, close to Floyd's Britannia Row Studios, it was the group’s first UK single since Point Me At The Sky in 1968, and their first chart hit since See Emily Play in 1967.
1994, Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter, committed suicide. (1968 US No. 8 single with Bobby Hart, 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite', also wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone' and 'Scooby- Doo Where Are You.' Sold over 40m records.
1970, Two months after his death Jimi Hendrix was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' the closing track on Electric Ladyland, the third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience. This was the guitarist's only No.1 single. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.
1976, The Stranglers, supported by Chelsea, appeared at The Nashville, London. This was Billy Idol's last gig with Chelsea, who then joined fame in the punk band Generation X before becoming a solo artist.
1988, Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page set out on his first ever-solo tour at The Hummingbird, Birmingham, appearing with John Miles and the son of Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham.
1995, Legendary manager of Led Zeppelin, Peter Grant, died from a heart attack aged 60. Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.
1964, The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a No.1 single when 'Baby Love' went to the top of the charts. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to No.1 in the United States.
1965, The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and The Golden Apples Of The Sun all appeared at the Glad Rag Ball, Empire Pool, London, tickets 30 shillings,
1976, Music weekly 'Sounds' made the Sex Pistols debut 45, 'Anarchy In The UK' its single of the week.
1983, English musician and songwriter Tom Evans from Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree after a bitter argument with Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland about the royalties for 'Without You'. (Evans co-wrote 'Without You' which was a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey). Family members said the singer, songwriter was never able to get over his former bandmate Pete Ham's suicide.
2003, Bassist Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. He was a member of the VIPs with Keith Emerson; Spooky Tooth; and Humble Pie who had the 1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'. He formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.
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Week commencing November 5 . . .Week commencing November 5 . . .1964, Rolling Stone Brian Jones was admitted to Passavant Hospital in Chicago with a temperature of 105, causing Jones to miss the last few dates on the Stones current tour.
1966, The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single. The lyric "She gets high/she gets high/she gets high" was changed to ‘She gets/she gets/she gets" in order to secure radio play.
1969, Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after badmouthing a policeman and using vulgar and indecent language. Joplin became upset after police moved into the hall forcing fans to move back to their seats. As the singer left the stage she confronted a detective calling him 'a son of a bitch' and told him she would kick his face in. She was released on $504 bail.
1971, In this week's Disc and Music Echo's Progressive album chart: No.5, Cat Stevens, 'Teaser and the Firecat, No.4, Hawkwind, 'In Search Of Space', No.3, Santana 'III', No.2, Rod Stewart, 'Every Picture Tells A Story' and No.1 John Lennon, Imagine.
1977, Led Zeppelin played the first of four shows at the Chicago Stadium, Illinois during their North American tour. Two more were scheduled for later in the tour but were cancelled due to the death of Robert Plant's son.
2007, Kenneth Donnell, from Glasgow, paid £83,000 for two tickets to see Led Zeppelin rehearse and perform at the O2 arena in London on the 10th December. Donnell bid for the tickets as part of an auction for the BBC's Children in Need.
1964, Decca Records released The Rolling Stones' 'Little Red Rooster'. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. The single was a No.1 hit and remains the only time a blues song has ever topped the pop chart.
1968, Rolling Stone Brian Jones bought 'Cotchford Farm' in Sussex. The author AA Milne who wrote Winnie The Pooh had owned the house.
1970, Syd Barrett released his second solo album Barrett only 10 months after his debut The Madcap Laughs. David Gilmour produced the whole album, which also featured performances by Pink Floyd's Richard Wright on keyboards. The album has since been reissued in remastered form with extra tracks from the sessions.
1976, Led Zeppelin scored their seventh No.1 with the film soundtrack double album The Song Remains The Same, peaking at No.2 on the US chart. The tracks were recorded at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 1973.
1976, The Melody Maker announced UK dates for the first major punk tour with The Sex Pistols and the Ramones co-headlining along with Talking Heads, The Vibrators and Chris Spedding. The 14-date tour which was due to start at Newcastle City Hall on Nov 29th never took place.
1992, Ronnie Bond drummer with The Troggs died today, Tuesday. Scored the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing' and 1966 UK No.1 ‘With A Girl Like You.’
2016, Leon Russell died in Nashville, he was 74. He led Joe Cocker’s band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, and appeared at George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. Many of his songs became hits for others, among them 'Superstar' (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, 'Delta Lady' for Joe Cocker and 'This Masquerade' for George Benson. More than 100 acts have recorded 'A Song for You,' which Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes.
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Week commencing October 29 . . .1965, The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ was pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3 in the UK and December 6 in the US.
1971, BBC TVs Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The chart show was presented by Tony Blackburn with guests Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.
1972, The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old.
1978, The Cars released 'My Best Friend's Girl', the first picture-disc single commercially available, which went on to be a No.3 hit on the UK charts and top 40 in the US.
1983, Mick Jagger appeared on the The Tube to defend the video to The Rolling Stones latest single 'Undercover Of The Night' which had been banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority. The Tube aired the video, but minus the scene where Mick was shot through the head. The single peaked at No.8.
1986, Pink Floyd issued a press statement stating that they intend to continue using the name without Roger Waters and were recording their next album.
1989, Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the album chart with 'The Road To Hell.' The iconic album cover features art by artist Adrian Chesterman who was also responsible for creating cover art for, amongst others, Motörhead for their 1979 'Bomber' album.
1990, Ted Albert the founder of Albert Productions died from a heart attack aged 53. His Australian based company helped launch the careers of The Easybeats, John Paul Young, The Angels, Rose Tattoo and AC/DC. In recognition of his contribution to the music industry, the Australasian Performing Right Association established the annual "Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music".
2004, Coldplay fan Sarah Sainsbury wrote to the band asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. Coldplay sent her a triple platinum disc worth over £4,000.
2011, The four original band members of Black Sabbath announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album followed by a world tour in 2012.
2015, Phil Taylor better known as "Philthy Animal" Taylor and drummer with Motorhead died aged 61. He was in the classic mark IV Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, Taylor, and Fast Eddie Clarke who recorded ten studio albums and the live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.
1967, The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, for the second, The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of them (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.
1975, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Space Oddity' the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Hallo Spaceboy' and 'Blackstar'.
1997, American session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer aged 67. Described by "Guitar Player" magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. He played on many TV themes including Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, M*A*S*H and Batman.
1999, Eighties hit making team Stock, Aitken and Waterman (known as the Hit Factory) went to court fighting over song rights. Stock and Aitken claimed Waterman owed them hundreds of thousands of pounds as musicians and songwriters.
2002, American Keyboard player Johnny Griffith died of a heart attack aged 66. He had been a member of the Motown records in-house Funk Brothers studio band and played on Marvin Gaye's 'Heard It Through The Grapevine', ‘I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)’ by Four Tops, and ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’ by The Supremes.
2014, The Rolling Stones faced a battle to win a $12.7m (£7.9m) insurance claim for concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger's girlfriend died. L'Wren Scott took her own life in March, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group had taken out a policy to be paid in the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including Scott. But underwriters said Scott's death may not be covered by the policy.
1949, Born on this day (Saturday), Peter Bramall, singer with British pub rock band The Motors who had the 1978 No.4 single 'Airport'.
1968, The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre.
1969, 'Something' the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the singles chart, it peaked at No.4 in the UK and went on to be a No.1 on the US chart. The song has been covered by over 150 artists, making it the second-most covered Beatles song after 'Yesterday'.
1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley.
1975, David Bowie made his US TV debut performing 'Fame', on the Cher CBS-TV show. Bowie, who was living in New York at the time, had written the song with John Lennon during a jamming session.
1980, KISS kicked off their 11 date Unmasked Tour of Australia and New Zealand laying two nights at Perth Entertainment Centre.
2008, AC/DC started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Black Ice' the bands fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. Black Ice went to #1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.
2009, Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool before walking off.
1966, The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s first No. 1. Bobby Hart who co-wrote the song got the idea for the lyrics when he turned on the radio and heard the end of The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer'. He thought Paul McCartney was singing "Take the last train", and decided to use the line when he found out McCartney was actually singing 'Paperback Writer'.
1967, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was a passenger on a train which crashed in South East London killing 49 people and injuring 78. Robin was treated for shock after the accident.
1977, The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols'. High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.
1998, Former Smiths singer Morrissey lost an appeal ruling that all band profits should have been split equally and faced a backdated payout to former Smiths member Mike Joyce estimated at £1million.
2003, Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity. The Righteous Brothers had the 1965 No.1 single 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', and the 1990 No.1 single 'Unchained Melody' first released in 1965.
2005, Guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing 'fuzz' guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Famous for his 1958 US No.16 single 'Rumble' which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare feat for a song with no lyrics.
2014, The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London, attended by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing "Morning Has Broken", "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Theme for an Imaginary Western". The Scottish-born bass player and singer had died last month as a result of liver disease.
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Week commencing October 22 . . . 1963, The night after The Rolling Stones had come off a 30-date UK tour with The Everly Brothers, they kicked off another 50-date UK club tour at the Top Rank Ballroom in Preston.
1967, Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they appeared at the Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco, California. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring singer Janis Joplin and singer / songwriter Richie Havens.
1969, Founder member of The Ink Spots, Ivory Watson died aged 60. The group, who formed in the early 1930s in Indianapolis, had the 1939 US hit ‘If I Didn't Care’, and ‘The Gypsy’ was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position for 13 weeks.
1971, The Who opened up The Rainbow Finsbury Park, London, appearing on the first of three nights.
2012, A copyright infringement lawsuit filed by songwriter Guy Hobbs against Elton John and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin over their hit song 'Nikita' was thrown out of court. The Judge ruled that both songs shared similar themes and phrases, but that these were prevalent in modern music.
1957, Sun Records released 'Great Balls Of Fire', by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and was a No.1 hit in the UK and No.2 in the US.
1964, During a Rolling Stones North American tour a 17 year-old fan fell from the balcony during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mayor of Ohio banned all future pop concerts, saying; "Such groups do not add to the community's culture or entertainment."
1973, David Bowie scored his second No.1 album when 'Pinups' started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The set contained Bowie covering his favourite 60s songs; his version of The Mersey's 'Sorrow' made No.3 on the singles chart (first recorded by The McCoys in 1965).
1991, A free concert was held in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco to honor the memory of promoter Bill Graham, who was killed in a helicopter crash the week before. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Grateful Dead, Journey and Joan Baez were the featured acts.
1997, Metallica came to a out of court agreement with a fan who claimed he lost his sense of smell after being dropped on his head by fans at one of their shows four years earlier.
1946, Born on this day (Saturday), Nick Simper, bass guitarist with Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, The Flower Pot Men, and Lord Sutch's Savages. Simper was in the 1966 car crash that killed Johnny Kid, he was a founder member of Deep Purple. He quit the band in 1969.
1963, The Konrads, featuring David Bowie appeared at Shirley Parish Hall, Shirley, Croydon.
1967, Cream released their second studio album Disraeli Gears which became the group's American breakthrough, becoming a massive seller in 1968, and reaching No.4 on the American charts. The album features the two singles 'Strange Brew' and 'Sunshine of Your Love'.
1969, Sugar Sugar by The Archies was at No.1 on the singles chart. The single became the longest running One Hit Wonder with eight weeks at the top of the charts.
1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival released Willy and the Poor Boys, the third studio album that the band released in this year. The album features the songs 'Down on the Corner', from which the album got its name, and 'Fortunate Son', which is a well known protest song and their version of the Lead Belly song 'Cotton Fields'.
1979, AC/DC played the second of three sold out nights at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, with Def Leppard supporting.
1984, The Rev Marvin Gaye Sr. was sentenced to a suspended six-year sentence and probation for the manslaughter of his son, Marvin Gaye. He later died at a nursing home in 1998.
2007, Led Zeppelin's eagerly-awaited reunion concert in London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger. The tribute concert in honour of late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun scheduled for 26 November would now take place on 10 December. More than a million fans applied for the 20,000 tickets available, which cost £125 each. Profits from the show would go towards scholarships in Ertegun's name in the UK, USA and the country of his birth Turkey.
2009, Ronnie Wood was given an Outstanding Contribution award at the Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony in London. Who guitarist Pete Townshend presented the award to Wood, who had joined The Rolling Stones full time in 1976.
1966, ? & the Mysterians went to No.1 on the US singles chart with '96 Tears'. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song was later a UK hit in the UK for The Stranglers in 1990.
1967, Cream played two shows at the Saville Theatre in London, billed as "Sundays At The Saville", The Bee Gees were appearing the following week.
1971, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer and was thrown from the motorcycle. The motorcycle bounced into the air, landed on Allman and skidded another 90 feet with Allman pinned underneath. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.
1984, American drummer Wells Kelly from Orleans and Meat Loaf died aged 45 after choking to death on his vomit. Had the 1976 US hit singles with Orleans, 'Still The One' and 'Dance with Me.'
1996, Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown said 'having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the universe, it's a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.'
2013, John Lennon's first home, in Liverpool, was sold for £480,000 at an auction held at The Cavern Club. The red brick terrace at 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, was where the member of The Beatles lived from birth, in 1940, until he was five. The property has a rear yard and is a few streets away from Penny Lane, made famous by The Beatles.
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1966, Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, "This isn't a rock 'n' roll group. This is an act."
1977, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home. Later in the evening, Keith and Anita Pallenberg accidentally set fire to their London hotel bedroom.
1979, Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.
2001, Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of Cancer. Had the 1971 No.3 single 'The Resurrection Shuffle'. Gardner formed 60s band The Birds with guitarist Ronnie Wood.
2004, Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen's greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury was proud of his Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.
2013, NME published their latest '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' list. The top 5 read: 1. The Smiths - 'The Queen Is Dead', 2. The Beatles - Revolver 3. David Bowie - 'Hunky Dory', 4. The Strokes - 'Is This It' and at 5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - 'The Velvet Underground'.
1963, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham.
1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single 'Hey Joe', at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 single by the Los Angeles garage band The Leaves; the band then re-recorded the track and released it in 1966 as a follow-up single which became a hit.
1976, The Jam played an afternoon show in Soho Market, London, and in the evening, The Clash appeared at The ICA in London.
1976, Led Zeppelin made their US television debut on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, they performed ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Dazed And Confused’.
1989, Nirvana played their first ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle's Riverside Club in North East England. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.
2014, Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. His death came just weeks before he was due to release his first album after 30 years. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. The singer first performed under the name of Shane Fenton.
2016, English singer-songwriter and television personality Pete Burns died following a sudden cardiac arrest. He was a member of the Mystery Girls (with Pete Wylie and Julian Cope), and then Dead Or Alive who scored the 1985 No.1 single 'You Spin Me Round, Like A Record'.
1966, The Beach Boys ‘Good Vibrations’ made its debut on the US singles chart. Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, the track was recorded over 6 weeks in four different Los Angeles studios, at a cost of over $16,000. The recording engineer would later say that the last take sounded exactly like the first, six months earlier. The record would reach No.1 on the US charts in December 1966.
1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records. The Jimmy Page produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.
1986, Jane Dornacker was killed in a helicopter crash during a live traffic report for WNBC radio in New York. Listeners heard the terrified voice of Dornacker screaming 'Hit the water, hit the water’ as the helicopter from which she and pilot Bill Pate were reporting, fell from the sky and crashed into the Hudson River. Dornacker had been a member of The Tubes and Leila And The Snakes.
1989, English folk singer, songwriter, poet, and record producer Ewan MacColl died aged 74. He wrote 'Dirty Old Town' and 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' (a No.1 hit for Roberta Flack in 1972). Planxty, The Dubliners, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash recorded his songs. He was the father of singer, songwriter Kirsty MacColl.
2003, Elliot Smith, US singer songwriter, committed suicide aged 34. One time member of Stranger Than Fiction, solo 1997 album 'Either/Or'.
2017, Australian musician, songwriter and record producer George Young died aged 70. Young, the brother of AC/DC's Angus and Malcolm Young, was a member of the Easybeats and co-wrote the band's 1966 hit 'Friday On My Mind'. Born in Scotland in 1946, he migrated to Australia with his family as a teenager, forming The Easybeats after he met Dutch-born artist Harry Vanda in Sydney. After the band broke up in 1969, Vanda and Young embarked on a songwriting career that saw the pair produce dozens of hits. They became two of Australia's best-known songwriters, with Young's work including 'Love Is In The Air' and 'Yesterday's Hero' both hits for John Paul Young.
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1960, Roy Orbison had his first No.1 single with 'Only The Lonely' and his first of 33 hits. The song was turned down by The Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley so Orbison decided to record the song himself.
1962, Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Crypt Kickers started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monster Mash', it became a No.3 in the UK eleven years later in 1973. The song had been Banned by The BBC as they deemed it offensive.
1976, The Led Zeppelin film 'The Song Remains The Same', premiered in New York City. The charity night raised $25,000 for the save the children fund.
1950, Born on this day (Saturday), Tom Petty, American singer and songwriter. He was the frontman of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wilburys and Mudcrutch. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers had the 1977 single 'American Girl', the 1989 No.28 single 'I Won't Back Down', and the 1991 No.3 album 'Into The Great Wide Open'. With the Traveling Wilburys, the 1988 No. 21 single 'Handle With Care'. Petty has also released a string of solo albums; throughout his career he has sold over 60 million albums. Petty died on 2 October 2017.
1967, The Bee Gees were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Massachusetts', the group's first of five No.1s. Engelbert Humperdink was at No.2 with ‘The Last Waltz’ and Traffic were at No.3 with ‘Hole In My Shoe.’
1974, Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grit over him. She then shot herself dead. Green suffered second degree burns.
2002, After a 15 year court battle, New York State's highest court ruled that the Ronettes did not have the right to share the money earned by their producer Phil Spector through the use of the group's songs in movies, television and advertising. Citing a 1963 contract signed by the group, the court also substantially reduced the amount they stood to gain from royalties on sales of records and compact discs.
1926, Born on this day (Thursday), Chuck Berry singer, songwriter and guitarist. Berry was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, who helped developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive; his lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism plus his own brand of showmanship became a major influence on subsequent rock music. He also had surprise hit in 1972 with the UK and US No.1 single 'My Ding A Ling'. A major influence on The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Berry's 'Johnny B. Goode' was one of the examples of music from Earth sent out to space. Berry died on 18 March 2017 aged 90.
1961, Decca records released 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline. The ballad, composed by Willie Nelson gave Cline a No.2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. It spent 21 weeks on the chart for Cline, and eventually became one of her signature tunes.
1972, Creedence Clearwater Revival split up following the failure of their most recent album, 'Mardi Gras'. After limited success as a solo act and some legal hassles with Fantasy Records, John Fogarty would have two big hits in 1985, 'Center Field' and 'Rock and Roll Girls'. John's brother Tom Fogarty died in September, 1990 and the surviving members have been touring as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.
2001, Two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his 'Love and Theft' tour should be tighter than ever didn't have a pass when he arrived backstage.
2010, Auburn University graduate student Justin Havird named a new species of fish, Lepidocephalichthys zeppelini, because the fish's pectoral fin reminded him of the double-neck guitar used by Jimmy Page. 'I'm a big Led Zeppelin fan, and I was listening to them while I was working on the fish,' Havird said. 'The structure that makes this species unique just reminded me of the guitar that Jimmy Page played'.
2015, Patti Smith was said to be moved to tears after a fan returned a bag of stolen goods to the singer, 36 years after they went missing. They included a shirt worn for a 1978 Rolling Stone cover shot and a bandana given to her by her late brother. The items went missing in June 1979 when a truck, which was carrying $40,000 in amplifiers, guitars and other musical equipment, was stolen from outside a hotel after Smith and her band played a show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.
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Week commencing October 1 . . . 1957, Although it was banned by some US radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, The Everly Brothers had their first No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wake Up Little Susie' (a No.2 hit in the UK).
1965, The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour.
1966, Pink Floyd played their first ever "underground" set when they appeared at All Saints Hall, Notting Hill, London.
1971, Music publishing firm, Arco Industries filed a $500,000 dollar lawsuit against Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty, claiming that Fogerty's song Travelin' Band "contained substantial material copied from Little Richard's Good Golly, Miss Molly". The suit was eventually dropped.
1996, 28 years after its creation, The Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus was finally released. The 1968 event put together by The Stones comprised two concerts on a circus stage and included performaces by The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and Jethro Tull. John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards. It was originally planned to be aired on BBC TV.
2008, Illustrator and rock cartoonist Ray Lowry died. He contributed illustrations for NME, Punch, Private Eye and The Guardian and designed the artwork for The Clash album London Calling.
1971, Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Maggie May' (first released as a B side to 'Reason To Believe'). The first of six UK No.1s for Stewart, spent five weeks at the top of the chart.
1971, The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’ ‘ the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.
1976, The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000. The contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the 'Anarchy In The UK' single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.
1990, All four members of The Stone Roses were each fined £3,000 after being found guilty of criminal damage at their former record companies offices.
2008, Paul McCartney (a vegetarian for 30 years), was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald's restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying "What sort of morons do McDonald's think Beatles fans are?"
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Week commencing September 24 . . . 1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for the radio show 'Top Gear.' Stevie Wonder who was also appearing on the show jammed with Hendrix.
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton, playing the musical interlude during the contest.
1972, During sessions at RCA Studios, New York City, David Bowie recorded 'The Jean Genie', which became the lead single from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. The track spent 13 weeks in the charts, peaking at No.2, making it Bowie's biggest hit to date. The line "He's so simple minded, he can't drive his module" would later give the band Simple Minds their name.
1978, Australia’s ‘King of rock 'n' roll’ Johnny O’Keefe died aged 43 of a heart attack. He was the first Australian rock’n’roll performer to tour the United States, and Australia’s most successful chart performer, with 29 Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1974,. O’Keefe’s 1958 hit, ‘Real Wild Child’, was covered by Iggy Pop in 1986.
1979, Buzzcocks, supported by Joy Division appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, tickets £2.50.
1979, Led Zeppelin's In Through The Out Door was at No.1 on the US album chart. Six versions of the cover were released, each depicting the same bar scene photographed from one of six different angles.
2007, Queen's groundbreaking promo for their 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody was named the best music video in a survey of music fans. Out of 1,051 adults polled by O2, 30% named the six-minute video (which took only three hours to shoot and cost a mere £3,500 to make), their favourite.
2010, A set of John Lennon's fingerprints were seized by the FBI from a New York memorabilia dealer who intended to sell them for $100,000 (£62,621) minimum bid. The prints were taken at a New York police station in 1976 when Lennon applied for permanent US residence. The bureau believed the card was still government property and was investigating how it landed in private hands.
2011, Starship's 'We Built This City' was named 'the worst song of the 1980s' in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. 'The Final Countdown' by the Swedish band Europe came in second and 'Lady in Red' by Chris de Burgh was third. Also making the top five were Wham!'s 'Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)' and 'The Safety Dance' by Men Without Hats.
1962, The Tornadoes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the instrumental, 'Telstar' (named after a communication satellite). The track went on to be the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart also reaching No.1.
1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page) appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, supported by Terry Reid's Fantasia, tickets cost 10/6. The Mayfair was a regular venue for up and coming acts, Pink Floyd, Mott the Hoople, Def Leppard, AC/DC, in fact anybody who was anybody had all appeared at the club which was demolished in 2000.
1970, US singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US No.1 single 'Me And Bobby McGee', and the 1971 US No.1 album 'Pearl'. She was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" and as "Pearl" to her friends, Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.
1975, Pink Floyd went to No.1 on the album chart with Wish You Were Here. The album featured a tribute to ex band member Syd Barrett, 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond'. Also No.1 in the US. For one of the shots on the album's cover, two stuntmen were used, Danny Rogers and Ronnie Rondell, who were dressed in a fire-retardant suit covered by a business suit. Initially the wind was blowing in the wrong direction, and the flames were forced into Rondell's face, burning his moustache. The two stuntmen changed positions, and the image was later reversed.
1980, Winners in the Melody Makers readers poll included Kate Bush who won Best female singer, Peter Gabriel won Best male singer, Best guitarist went to Ritchie Blackmore, Phil Collins won Best drummer, Genesis won Band of the year, Best single went to Pink Floyd for 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' and Saxon won brightest hope.
1999, It was reported that the sister of Jimi Hendrix was planning to exhume her brothers body and move it to a pay-to view mausoleum. Other plans for the new site included a chance for fans to buy one of burial plots around the guitarist's new resting-place.
2005, Mike Gibbins drummer with Badfinger died in his sleep at his Florida home aged 56. Badfinger had the 1970 UK No.4 & US No.7 single 'Come And Get It'. He had also been a member of The Iveys during the 60s.
2014, Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere And The Raiders died following a battle with cancer. Between 1961 and 1971, the band placed 15 songs on Billboard's Top 40, including the US Top 10 hits 'Kicks', 'Hungry', 'Good Thing' and 'Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be?'
1961, Phil Spector and partner Lester Sill released the first single on their new label Philles, The Crystals’ ‘Oh Yeah Maybe Baby.’ A little over a year later, they had a No.1 hit with ‘He’s a Rebel,’ and soon after, ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ and ‘Then He Kissed Me.’
1967, All six members of The Grateful Dead were busted by California narcotics agents for possession of marijuana at the groups' 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.
1970, Pink Floyd released their fifth, and first No.1 album Atom Heart Mother in the UK. The original album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text, nor any other clue as to what might be on the record. Storm Thorgerson, inspired by Andy Warhol's famous ‘cow wallpaper,’ has said that he simply drove out into a rural area near Potters Bar, England and photographed the first cow he saw. The cow's owner identified her name as ‘Lulubelle III’.
1982, Peter Gabriel and Steve Hacket joined their former band mates in Genesis for a one-time benefit performance at The Milton Keynes Bowl in Buckinghamshire, to help raise money for Gabriel's WOMAD project (World of Music, Arts and Dance).
1996, A Pearl Jam show in Hartford Connecticut ended in a riot when mass fighting broke out among the 30,000 strong crowds.
2002, Adam Ant escaped a prison sentence after a judge ruled that an incident in which he threatened drinkers with a replica pistol in a London pub was a result of mental illness. The 1980s pop star had been voluntarily having psychiatric treatment since the incident.
2012, British session guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (born James George Tomkins) died at the age of 71. Sullivan started his career in 1959 as a member of Marty Wilde’s band and when Wilde bought Sullivan a Gibson Les Paul guitar, it was allegedly the first in Britain. Sullivan taught future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore to play guitar, as well as helping Yes and Asia guitarist Steve Howe on his road to success. He featured on 55 No.1 hits, and worked with George Harrison, Frank Zappa, Thunderclap Newman, Love Affair, Long John Baldry, Marmalade and The Tremeloes. During Jimmy Page's session career, he (Paige)was known as ‘Little Jim’, to differentiate him from Big Jim.
1965, Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He introduced his new touring band on this tour, made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band.
1966, Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic. Hendrix made his official UK live debut a month later on Friday 25 Nov 1966, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Bag O'Nails Club, London.
1967, The first edition of Radio 1's 'Top Gear' was aired. Presented by John Peel and Pete Drummond they featured The Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose and Tomorrow featuring Keith West.
1970, Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church Seattle. Among the mourners; Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek and the Dominoes.
1975, 39 year old Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. And The MGs, was shot and killed by a burglar at his home. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn't badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. Jackson had returned home to what police described as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson's wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery. Booker T had backed such artists as Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam and Dave.
2015, An original tape of The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 was found after 50 years languishing in a desk drawer. It featured the Fab Four playing 'Some Other Guy' in September 1962, four weeks before their debut single came out. It was recorded after the group were filmed for Granada TV's Know The North, but was never broadcast.
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Week commencing September 17 . . . 1965, The Rolling Stones performed at the Gaumont Theatre in Hanley, Staffordshire. Also on the bill were The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, The End and The Habits. Bill Wyman produced singles and the debut album of The End, for Decca Records.
1974, Police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.
2004, Mick Jagger held a press conference with Dave Stewart at Essex House in New York City, to promote the soundtrack to the movie Alfie. The re-make of the 1966 film also featured Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow and Nadirah Nadz Seid. The track 'Old Habits Die Hard' from the soundtack by Mick Jagger and David A. Stewart won the BFCA Award, Golden Globe, Sierra Award and the World Soundtrack Award.
2016, A schoolboy from Philadelphia who skipped class to meet his musical hero handed his teacher an absence note with a difference. The typewritten note was signed by Bruce Springsteen. Fifth-grader Michael Fenerty met the star at a "meet-and-greet" in the Free Library of Philadelphia when Springsteen was in town signing copies of his new autobiography, Born to Run.
1961, Robert Shelton wrote a glowing review of Bob Dylan's support slot at Gerde's Folk City in the New York Times, calling him ‘One of the most distinctive stylists to play Manhattan in months’. On the same day Dylan played harmonica at a recording session produced by John Hammond.
1971, On the last night of their first ever Japanese tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of 'Whole Lotta Love', including 'Let That Boy Boogie', 'I Gotta Know', 'Twist and Shout', 'Fortune Teller', 'Good Times Bad Times' and 'You Shook Me'.
1976, Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.
1989, While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band. Bruce played a bunch of rock and roll classics, including Elvis Presley's 'Don’t Be Cruel,' and Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and 'Route 66.’ Bruce also donated $100,000 to a barmaid's hospital bill.
2004, Keith Moon's five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
1967, Working on new songs The Beatles recorded various parts for the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’, and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Fool On The Hill.’ Lennon received a letter from a pupil at Quarry Bank High School, that mentioned an English teacher was making his class analyse Beatles' lyrics. Lennon, amused that a teacher was putting so much effort into understanding the Beatles' lyrics, decided to write in his next song the most confusing lyrics that he could.
1968, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen's Hall in Dunoon, Scotland. Due to bad weather, all the ferries to Dunoon were cancelled, so Pink Floyd hired their own boat from Gourock and risked the rough seas to make the crossing, eventually appearing in front of 400 fans.
1979, Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. Member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman and Wings (1974 to 1977). When 'Something in the Air' by Thunderclap Newman went to No.1 in 1969, it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a UK No.1 single, as he was was just sixteen years old at the time.
1986, Metallica bass player Cliff Burton was crushed to death after the bands tour bus crashed between Stockholm and Copenhagen. During a European tour members from the band drew cards for the most comfortable bunk on the tour bus, Burton had won the game with an Ace of Spades and was asleep when the tour bus ran over a patch of black ice and skidded off of the road. He was thrown through the window of the bus, which fell on top of him.
2008, Pink Floyd's manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!
1937, American blues singer Bessie Smith died aged 43 after being involved in a car accident while traveling along Route 61 outside Memphis, Tennessee. Her 1923 song ‘Downhearted Blues’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.
1961, The Greenbriar Boys started a two-week residency at Gerde's Folk Club in New York. The opening act was Bob Dylan.
1965, At the end of a European tour Roger Daltry knocked out Keith Moon resulting in the singer being sacked from The Who. The band were playing two shows in one night in Denmark, when an argument broke about between all four band members. Daltrey was reinstated the following day.
1969, The Beatles released Abbey Road in the UK. The final studio recordings from the group featured two George Harrison songs 'Something' (Harrison's first A-side single), and 'Here Comes The Sun'. In their interviews for The Beatles Anthology, the surviving band members stated that, although none of them ever made the distinction of calling it the "last album", they all felt at the time this would very likely be the final Beatles product and therefore agreed to set aside their differences and "go out on a high note".
1995, AC/DC released Ballbreaker their 12th international studio album. The album which was produced by Rick Rubin, featured the return of former drummer Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of drinking and drug problems and a fight with founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.
2003, Singer, songwriter Robert Palmer died of a heart attack aged 54 in Paris France. He was a member of Vinegar Joe and Power Station (with Duran Duran members Andy Taylor and John Taylor with drummer and former Chic member Tony Thompson). As a solo artist had the 1986 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Addicted To Love' and the 1988 hit 'Simply Irresistible'.
2016, Universal, Warner Brothers, Sony and several other record labels filed a law suit against the operators of YouTube-mp3.org, a service that allowed its users to remove audio from videos streamed on YouTube. The court action, launched against a German company, alleged that "tens, or even hundreds, of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream ripping services each month."
1964, The Temptations begin recording 'My Girl' which went on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen US Top Ten hits.
1969, John Lennon recorded the track 'Cold Turkey', with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko. Lennon presented the song to Paul McCartney as a potential single by The Beatles, but was refused and released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with sole writing credits to him.
1972, Black Sabbath released their fourth studio album, 'Black Sabbath Vol. 4'. The album which features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert was originally to be titled 'Snowblind', after one of several songs referring to the band's cocaine use.
1975, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, 'Lonely Teardrops' and was two words into the line, "....my heart is crying" when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. He remained semi-comatose for the nine years until his death in 1984, at the age of 49. Van Morrison wrote the song 'Jackie Wilson Said', covered by Dexy's Midnight Runners.
1992, Two fans were stabbed and 20 arrests were made after trouble broke out at a Ozzy Osbourne gig in Oklahoma City. The sale of alcohol at the concert was blamed for the incident.
1999, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman became the first major artist to release an album on his own personalised digital MP3 player. The matchbox-sized device with no moving parts was one of the smallest of its kind in the world and featured encryption software designed in the UK to prevent piracy.
2015, David Gilmour's fourth studio album Rattle That Lock went to No.1 on the UK album chart. Gilmour had been writing the material for Rattle That Lock over the past five years, though he pointed out that one piano piece was recorded 18 years ago in his living room.
Week commencing September 17 . . .
1968, Led Zeppelin started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs.
1969, During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.
1969, Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. Their only UK gig was in Hyde Park, London on 7th Jun 1969.
1970, Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.
1975, 'Fame' gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon's voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: "Fame, Fame, Fame" from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.
1976, The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sub Way Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.
1976, AC/DC released their third studio album 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap'. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after 'Highway To Hell' and 'Back In Black'.
1997, Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defence attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.
2012, The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham