Today in rock history Friday 23rd October
1947 – Humble Pie bassist Greg Ridley is born in Cumberland, England.
1959 – Novelty singer and accordionist “Weird Al” Yankovic is born in
Lynnwood, Calif. Among his parodies are “Like a Surgeon,” a parody of
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” and “Eat It,” a parody of Michael Jackson’s
1961 – Young folk singer Bob Dylan is interviewed for a second time by journalist Izzy Young.
1963 – The Beatles record “I Wanna Be Your Man,” then fly to Sweden to
start a tour there. The song was originally written by Lennon and
McCartney on the spur of the moment to provide their friends the Rolling
Stones with a hit single.
1966 – The Yardbirds, with new recruit Jimmy Page, perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore.
1969 – Columbia Records announces it will take legal action to stop
sales of Great White Wonder, the popular bootleg set of previously
unreleased Bob Dylan material.
1972 – Filming begins on That’ll Be the Day, a musical starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, and Keith Moon.
1978 – Sid Vicious tries to commit suicide at Rikers Island in New York.Vicious was waiting to be charged with murder following the
stabbing death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1980 – Signing off work, Mark David Chapman gives his name as “John Lennon.” He would kill the Beatle two months later.
1998 – A federal judge in St. Louis rules that the Fort Zumwalt High
School marching band will not be allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s
“White Rabbit” in its ’60s medley. The song had been banned by the high
school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use.