Today in rock history Thursday 15th October
1935 – Barry McGuire, who scored the world’s most miserable No. 1 with “Eve of Destruction,” is born in Oklahoma City.
1942 – Moby Grape drummer Don Stevenson is born in Seattle
1955 – Buddy Holly (with Bob Montgomery) opens a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas.
1960 – Ringo Starr plays with the Beatles for the first time. The group
is backing Wally Eymond in a Hamburg studio on his version of
“Summertime.” Pete Best was unavailable.
1964 – Crazed vocalist Screaming Lord Sutch stands for parliamentary election in England.He loses
1965 – At San Francisco State College, Country Joe & the Fish
perform at a Vietnam Day Committee Teach-In. Always useful for Vietnam
demonstrations, that Country Joe.
1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract, he received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.
1966 – Jefferson Airplane singer and new mom Signe Anderson makes her
last appearance with the band at San Francisco’s Fillmore before
quitting the group to have a baby.
1966 – Former teen idol Rick Nelson performs at an oldies show at
Madison Square Garden, but is booed when he debuts some new material. He
later writes the song Garden Party about this.
1966 – Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine perform at the All Night Rave, an
event sponsored by the English underground newspaper International
1968 – Led Zeppelin makes its performance debut at Surrey University in England.
1987 – Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia begins a sold-out two-week solo residency on Broadway.
1991 – To John Fogerty, a son. The Creedence Clearwater Revival
songwriter and his wife, Julie, are the proud parents of Shane Cody.
1996 – Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is charged with attacking a
cameraman outside a Los Angeles club after the hapless photog tried to
take snaps of him and wife Pamela Anderson.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne cancels his European tour after undergoing
treatment for a nervous tremor. His doctors say the ailing rocker does
not have Parkinson’s Disease.
2003 – One-time KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg
outside of Los Angeles’ Rainbow Room during a melee by some irate
2004 – Mopey New York rockers Luna announce they are splitting. “That’s just what bands do,” shrugs Luna singer Dean Wareham.