Today in rock history Monday 19th October
1951 – Alan Greenwood, keyboards, Foreigner, is born
1961 – Although neither group has had any hits yet, the Beatles and
Gerry & the Pacemakers unite to form a Liverpool supergroup, the
Beatmakers, for a one-off show at Litherland Town Hall in England.
1964 – Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf kicks off the first day of a five-day
American Negro Blues Festival in England. Also performing are Willie
Dixon, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Sonny Boy Williamson. Thy certainly couldn't call it that now.
1965 – The Beatles spend the day recording The Beatles’ Third Christmas Record.
1966 – The Yardbirds land in New York to kick off their first American
tour. Jeff Beck leaves after playing two dates, leaving Jimmy Page to
take over the lead guitar slot.
1968 – Eighteen-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton plays with the Small
Faces during a London concert. He later joins lead singer Steve Marriott
in Humble Pie.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at Marylebone Magistrate’s Court
to answer charges of marijuana possession. They are remanded on bail
until November 28.
1974 – At London’s Island studios, Jimmy Page records “Scarlet” with
Keith Richards and Traffic’s Rik Grech. Vocal duties are handled by
Richards. Page pronounces the track “great, really good.”
2004 – Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appear in public
together for the first time in ten years at a Las Vegas rally for
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
2005 – U2’s Bono has lunch with George W. Bush in the White House. They
discuss G8, fighting AIDS, and probably their favorite Bible story.