Rock History for Feb.21st. It happened on this day:
1964: The Rolling Stones release, “Not Fade Away”
1966: The Beatles release, “Nowhere Man” b/w “What Goes On”
In 1961 For what is almost surely the only time in their stage career, the Beatles play three separate gigs in three venues on one day: a lunchtime show at the Cavern followed by and evening show at Liverpool’s Casanova Club and a nighttime gig across town at Litherland Town Hall.
In 1964 A young pianist named Billy Joel joins his first rock band, a New York outfit called The Echoes which specializes in covering the new “British Invasion” bands.
In 1967, Pink Floyd started their first sessions at the EMI Studios on their debut album The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, working on the song ‘Matilda Mother’. While Pink Floyd were recording their album with former Beatles engineer Norman Smith, The Beatles themselves were working in the studio next door, recording ‘Fixing A Hole’ for their Sgt. Pepper’s album.
In 1972, Led Zeppelin released ‘Rock And Roll / Four Sticks’ as a 7 inch single in the US. The song was written as a spontaneous jam session, while the band were trying to finish ‘Four Sticks’
In 1986, Metallica released their third album, Master of Puppets. This was the last Metallica album with bassist Cliff Burton who was killed when the group’s tour bus over-turned in southern Sweden while touring to promote the album.
In 2001 Johnny Cash, recovering from pneumonia, is judged fit for release from a Nashville hospital so that he can attend this evening’s Grammy ceremonies and pick up his statuette for Best Male Country Vocal Performance.
In 2008 In what is reported as one of eBay’s most expensive sales yet, the online auction house brokers a deal between an unnamed US music collector and an unnamed Irish collector for three million albums and singles in various formats, for a grand total of about one dollar per item.
In 2012 Kingston Ontario Councillors name a block of Barrak St. after the Tragically Hip.