Saturday September 26th
1945 – Vocalist Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music is born in Durham, England.
1961 – Bob Dylan gets a steady gig. He spends the next two weeks at Gerde’s Folk City in New York’s Greenwich Village, opening for the Greenbriar Boys, a local bluegrass group.
1964 – The Kinks release their single “You Really Got Me.” It becomes their first American hit, peaking at No. 7.
1965 – Queen Elizabeth II awards the Beatles the Order of the British Empire.
1968 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones is found guilty of marijuana possession. A judge fines him $150.
1969 – Promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It quickly becomes the epicenter of the city’s psychedelic-band boom.
1970 – John Lennon begins recording sessions for what will become his therapeutic John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album.
1979 – The Clash release their first single in America. “I Fought the Law,” a cover of the Bobby Fuller Four number, fails to chart.
1988 – Keith Richards releases his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap, as people wonder if the Rolling Stones will ever get back together again.
1996 – The Grateful Dead unveil their new line of ties at a New York art gallery.
1999 – Deep Purple play London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
2003 – Metallica’s James Hetfield puts his restored black 1967 Chevrolet Camaro up for sale – on eBay!2004 – Green Day top the UK charts with their punk-rock concept album American Idiot.