Today in rock history Saturday 17th October
1946 – Jim Tucker, original guitarist with the Turtles, is born in Los Angeles.
1962 – The Beatles perform on TV for the first time today, on the British program People and Places.
1967 – Bob Dylan begins recording John Wesley Harding.
1967 – The Beatles attend a memorial service for manager Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue.
1969 – The Kinks play their first concert in the U.S. in four years, supporting Spirit at New York’s Fillmore East.
1971 – Humble Pie hits #73 with “I Don’t Need a Doctor”
1972 – Tom Donahue is make general manager of influential album-oriented
rock station KSAN-FM, a position he holds until his death in 1975.
1973 – In a court in Nice, France, Keith Richards
and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg receive suspended sentences of one
year for drug possession. Both also have to pay a $1,000 fine and
Richards is barred from entering France for two years. The two were
busted in 1971 at a party in Ville-France-Sur-Mer.
1986 – Run-D.M.C.’s remake of “Walk This Way,” a collaboration with
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, enters the Top Forty. It becomes
the first big rap-rock crossover hit.
1988 – Opel, a collection of previously unreleased material by Syd Barrett, is released in England.
1991 – John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering
dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor
later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough
1999 – Veteran rock band Santana sees its newest release “Supernatural” jump to the top spot at the nation’s retailers.
1999 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play the first rock concert at the brand-new Staples Center in Los Angeles.
2000 – Former Wham! singer George Michael buys the piano on which John
Lennon wrote “Imagine” in an auction organized by Mick Fleetwood.
2013 – Alex and Kelly Van Halen divorced over 20 years ago, yet Kelly has
kept Van Halen as her surname. Now the company that controls the group’s
name is suing her for trademark infringement.