Today in rock history Friday 20th November
1944 – Producer Mike Vernon is born in Harrow,
England. As well as introducing John Mayall to Eric Clapton, he was
responsible for the ’60s output of blues bands like Fleetwood Mac,
Chicken Shack and Ten Years After.
1946 – Guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville.
1947 – Poco drummer George Grantham is born in Cordell, Okla.
1947 – Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is born in New York.
1961 – Bob Dylan begins recording his self-titled debut in New York’s Columbia Studio A. John Hammond is producer.
1964 – John Lennon films a comic sketch for the British TV series Not Only but Also with Dudley Moore on Wimbledon Common.
1964 – On the British music show Ready Steady Go tonight, the Rolling
Stones lip-sync their songs “Off the Hook,” “Around and Around,” and
“Little Red Rooster.”
1967 – Today’s issue of Time delivers the verdict on the Doors’ second album, Strange Days.
The magazine’s rock writer decides the LP “takes its listeners not only
past such familiar landmarks of the youth odyssey as alienation and sex
but into symbolic realms of the unconscious – eerie nights world filled
with throbbing rhythms, shivery metallic tones, unsettling images.”
1967 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Incense and Peppermints,” Strawberry Alarm Clock.
1968 – Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites are approached by Albert
Grossman to help the newly solo Janis Joplin put together her own band.
1970 – Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a lyric to “Apeman” and make it acceptable for radio airplay.
1971 – Led Zeppelin play the first of two
“Electric Magic” shows at London’s Wembley Empire Pool. The shows
incorporate trapeze artists, performing pigs, and vaudeville performers
with Bronco, Stone the Crows, and the headliners. Tickets for the shows
sold out in four minutes.
1973 – The Who’s Keith Moon collapses during a
performance at San Francisco’s Cow Palace after someone spikes his drink
with horse tranquilizer. A 19-year-old member of the audience ends up
filling in on drums for three songs.
1975 – Undaunted by their disastrous concerts, the
Who kick off yet another American tour at Houston’s Summit. During the
after-show party, bassist John Entwistle is arrested on charges of
1976 – Paul Simon hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live where he performed
live with George Harrison on ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and ‘Homeward Bound’.
1991 – The Rolling Stones announced they’d signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years.
1994 – David Crosby receives a liver transplant.
1998 – Alanis Morissette does an in store performance for the opening
of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her
album for the day are donated to a local children’s hospital.
2003 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will induct Prince,
George Harrison, Traffic, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, and doo-wop
group the Dells in 2004.
2007 – Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after
their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have
refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.