Today in rock history Sunday 15th November
1950 – Pub rock performer Graham Parker is born in East London.
1959 – Johnny & the Moondogs – made up of
future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison – take
part in the finals of a talent competition in which the winner appears
on English TV’s Star Search. Unfortunately, the last bus back to Liverpool leaves before the judging is due to occur, and the band is forced to pull out.
1964 – In the middle of a tour of America, the Rolling Stones’ Brian
Jones is hospitalized with a fever and misses the band’s last four
1965 – The Beatles complete their sessions for Rubber Soul.
1968 – Janis Joplin performs with Big Brother & the Holding Company
for the last time on the East Coast at New York’s Hunter College.
1969 – Janis Joplin is arrested for allegedly using obscene language at a concert in Tampa, Fla.
1974 – The Faces release “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything,”
which becomes their last single when Rod Stewart announces he’s leaving
the band in 1976.
1992 – Ozzy Osbourne swears that tonight’s show
in Costa Mesa, Calif., will be his last concert ever. He’s joined
onstage by Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward in
an emotional reunion and, not surprisingly, is eventually convinced to
return to performing.
2000 – The man who nearly a year earlier broke into the home of and
stabbed former Beatle George Harrison is found not guilty by reason of
insanity in the U.K.’s Oxford Crown Court. Michael Abram is ordered
confined to a mental hospital indefinitely for his attack on Harrison
and his wife, which left George with a punctured lung.