Friday, 20 November 2015

Today in rock history 20th November

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 disorderly conduct.
 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.

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