Today in rock history Tuesday 24th November
1941 – Pete Best, who missed out on fame with the Beatles because Ringo
was funnier-looking than he was, is born in Madras, India.
1955 – Blondie drummer Clem Burke is born in New York.
1957 – Chris Hayes, guitarist with Huey Lewis & the News, is born in California.
1961 – Howlin’ Wolf arrives in London for his first European tour.
1962 – Poor old Pete Best – gets a birthday telegram from the band who
threw him over for Ringo Starr, reading, “Congratulations, many happy
returns, all the best, John, Paul, George, Ringo and Brian.”
1964 – Having changed their name from the High Numbers after their
manager fears they’ll be mistaken for a bingo game, the Who play the
first night of a new residency at the Marquee. They’re advertised as
“The Who – Maximum R&B.”
1966 – The Beatles begin sessions for their new album, the follow-up to
Revolver. They start with tracks that will appear on “Strawberry Fields
Forever,” which will become a non-LP single.
1967 – John Lennon has his first solo session at Abbey Road. He compiles
sound effects for the National Theatre production of Scene Three, Act
One. The play is based on a story that appeared in his book In His Own
1972 – ABC-TV premieres its new late-night show In Concert. Produced by
Don Kirshner, the program features performances by Alice Cooper, Poco,
and the Allman Brothers Band.
1974 – At New York’s Madison Square Garden, John Lennon rehearses with Elton John for the latter’s forthcoming concert.
1978 – Bob Dylan fans start wondering if their hero is changing his
religious direction when he plays a show in Fort Worth, Texas, wearing a
large cross around his neck.
1985 – Blues singer Big Joe Turner dies.
1991 – Kiss drummer Eric Carr dies in New York of cancer at 41. Doctors
removed a cancerous tumor in Carr’s heart in April but the cancer had
already spread to his lungs. He joined Kiss in 1982 when founding
drummer Peter Criss left the group.
1991 – Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury dies of AIDS-related pneumonia at 45.
1992 – Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman comes to a divorce
settlement with Mandy Smith. She will keep the couple’s house and its
contents, as well as claiming legal fees.
2003 – The original members of Motley Crue announce they’re reforming
for their first tour together in five years. Nikki Sixx admits Tommy Lee
and Vince Neil have yet to speak to each other.
2006 – Eagles of Death Metal are kicked off the Guns N’ Roses tour after
playing just one date. During the show, Axl Rose refers to the L.A.
rockers as “The Pigeons of Sh*t Metal.”
2007 – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea lost his multi-million pound
house in a wildfire that swept through Malibu, 53 other properties were
destroyed by the blaze. Flea told the Los Angeles Times the $4.8m
(£2.3m) property was “burnt to a crisp”.