Monday, 20 April 2015
Today in rock history 21st April
Tuesday April 21st
1947 – Punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterburg) is born in Michigan.
1959 – Robert Smith of the Cure is born in Sussex, England.
1960 – Dick Clark admits that he had a financial stake in more than a quarter of the records played on American Bandstand. The congressional committee investigating payola orders him to sell off several of his holdings.
1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963-Beatles and Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club.
1967 – working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove.
1969 – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1970 – Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings.
1973 – Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 album in the UK.
1978 – Folk singer Sandy Denny dies at age 31 after falling down a flight of stairs. You can hear her on Led Zeppelin IV‘s “Battle of Nevermore” and with her band Fairport Convention on albums like 1969’s Unhalfbricking.
1981 – A car crash in Seattle hospitalizes Eric Clapton with bruised ribs and a lacerated shin.
1982 – Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling a tour. He was found living rough in Paris.
1990 – Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Behind The Mask.’
1990 – Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.
1993 – Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann saves a young surfer from a California riptide.
1993 – Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman marries the 33-year-old Suzanne Accosta in the south of France.
1994 – Courtney Love turns in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program.
2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting two crew members on an overnight flight from Seattle to London.
2004 – California rockers Hoobastank top the American singles chart with “The Reason.”
2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year