Today in rock history Monday 26th October
1944 – Them bassist Alan Henderson is born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1953 – Keith Strickland, drummer/guitarist with the B-52’s, is born in Athens.
1961 – Bob Dylan signs with Columbia Records after attracting the notice of the revered A&R man John Hammond.
1962 – Bob Dylan records with a band for the first time at sessions for his Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album.
1962 – The Beatles’ debut single, “Love Me Do,” enters the English chart.
1964 – The Beatles spend their last day recording tracks for the album
Beatles for Sale. Their rockabilly hero Carl Perkins visits them in the
1965 – Queen Elizabeth presents the Beatles with MBE’s at Buckingham Palace in London.
1967 – Pink Floyd performs the first of three nights at San Francisco’s Fillmore.
1970 – The mother of Meredith Hunter, the man slain at the ill-fated Altamont festival, sues the Rolling Stones.
1973 – John Lennon releases his “Mind Games” single in the U.S. It later peaks at No. 18.
1974 – Keith Richards files a planning application with his local
council, asking for permission to refurbish his Redlands, England,
mansion. The house burned down in 1973.
1980 – During a recording session, Jefferson Starship’s Paul Kantner
suffers a stroke. He later makes a full recovery after spending two
weeks in a Los Angeles hospital.
1998 – Shock-rock glam band Marilyn Manson kicks off its highly
anticipated Mechanical Animals tour in Kansas City, Mo., without
2001 – Courtney Love plays her first-ever solo show at the Ventura Theatre in Ventura, Calif.
2007 – Pete Doherty was given a suspended prison term for drugs and
motoring offences after admitting driving while uninsured, having no MOT
and while in possession of crack cocaine.