Today in rock history Friday 13th November
1939 – Nathaniel Dove, keyboardist with the Robert Cray Band, is born in Bryan, Texas.
1963 – Paul McCartney catches the flu. Hour-by-hour progress reports on his condition appear in the British press.
1964 – The first official biography of the Rolling Stones, Our Own Story, is published in Britain.
1966 – In today’s English Sunday Telegraph
is a report that two (unnamed) Beatles have approached Allen Klein with
a view to having him manage their affairs. Manager Brian Epstein
dismisses the report, which has upset both George and Ringo.
1968 – Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones buys Cotchford Farms. The English estate is where A.A. Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh, and where Jones is months later discovered dead at the bottom of his swimming pool. .
1969 – Having bought the island of Dorinch off Ireland, John Lennon declares any hippie who wishes is free to live there.
1972 – Led Zeppelin’s fifth tour of the U.K. sells out in four hours.
1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Whatever Gets You Through the
Night,” John Lennon. Elton John plays piano and organ and sings backing
vocals on the song.
1974 – After crashing a borrowed Porsche in Iowa
City, Iowa, the driver claims to be Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie
Blackmore. The real Blackmore was actually performing in San Francisco
2000 – The Beatles sanction their first official Web site,
www.thebeatles.com. The site launches in conjunction with the U.K.
release of “1,” a compilation of 27 British and U.S. No. 1 tracks.