All the Rock news that happened on this day…..
1954, Bill Haley recorded ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film ‘Blackboard Jungle’, and went on to be a world-wide No.1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights
1963, Billed as ‘A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues’, The Beatles were one of eight other groups who appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.
1963, Bob Dylan performed his first major solo concert at the Town Hall in New York City.
1966, Jan Berry (Jan and Dean) was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck a short distance from Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry was partially paralysed and suffered brain damage. Berry was able to walk again after extensive therapy.
1967, Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.
1969, The 5th Dimension started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In’, a No.11 hit in the UK.
1973, The film ‘That’ll Be The Day’, premiered in London, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds.
1975, David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, ‘I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock ‘n’ roll records from me.’
1975, Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Philadelphia Freedom’, his fourth US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK.
1975, ‘Blow by Blow’, the first of two instrumental albums George Martin produces for Jeff Beck, is released. Beck’s best and best-selling album, it reaches #4.
1978, Bob Marley orchestrates a Peace Concert in Jamaica that features key reggae acts, including the Wailers, in an attempt to cool down the violent conflicts that are tearing Jamaica apart.
1989, Two DJ’s on Los Angeles station KLOS asked ‘what ever happened to David Cassidy’ The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1990, The Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147-4150, would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr after the four members of The Beatles.
2000, Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement.
2007, The Beatles’ company, Apple Corps, settled a £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band’s label, EMI. The suit alleged unpaid royalties on Beatles albums based on an audit of sales between 1994 and 1999, a period which included the release of three Anthology compilations. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
2010, The Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment that the group was “bigger than Jesus.” Lennon told a British newspaper in 1966 – at the height of Beatlemania – that he did not know which would die out first, Christianity or rock and roll.
2013, A study published in the journal Science stated that listening to new music was rewarding for the brain. Using MRI scans, a Canadian team of scientists found that areas in the reward centre of the brain became active when people heard a song for the first time. The more the listener enjoyed what they were hearing, the stronger the connections were in the region of the brain called the nucleus accumbens.
Born on this day;
John Kay, guitar, vocals, Steppenwolf, (1968 US No.2 and 1969 UK No.30 single ‘Born To Be Wild’).
1950, Born on this day, David Cassidy, US singer, (1972 UK No.1 single ‘How Can I Be Sure’, plus nine other UK Top 40 singles), The Partridge Family, (1970 US No.1 single ‘I Think I Love You’, 1972 UK No.3 single ‘Breaking Up Is Hard To Do’).