Today in rock history Thursday 29th November
1933 – Born on this day, John Mayall, ‘father of the UK blues movement’,
his Bluesbreakers Band has featured Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Mick
Fleetwood, John McVie, Jack Bruce, Peter Green and Jimmy McCulloch.
1947 – Born on this day, Ronnie Montrose, guitarist, Montrose, Edgar
1951 – Boston guitarist Barry Goudreau is born in the city after which his band was named.
1960 – Paul McCartney and Pete Best were deported from West Germany
after being arrested on suspicion of arson after the hotel room they
were staying in mysteriously caught fire.
1964 – While dining at the Crazy Elephant restaurant in London, John
Lennon and Paul McCartney are introduced to two members of their Motown
heroes, the Miracles.
1965 – Colorado Gov. John A. Love declares today Rolling Stones Day, to celebrate the band’s sold-out gig tonight in Denver.
1966 – At Abbey Road, recording continues on the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.”
1968 – In England, it’s announced that the Beatles double album (aka The
White Album) has sold 2 million copies in its first week on sale, a new
1968 – John Lennon releases his first solo album, Unfinished Music No. 1 – Two Virgins. The record is sold in a plain brown wrapper due to its controversial cover photo of a naked Lennon and Yoko Ono.
1969 – John Lennon is fined $360 for cannabis
possession in London. He says that he no longer uses the drug and that
the stash discovered by police was left over from wilder times. Yoko Ono
is cleared of drug charges at the trial.
1979 – Former Keith Richards girlfriend Anita Pallenberg is cleared of
murder charges. A young male friend had been found dead in her New York
1979 – Kiss perform for what they say is the last time together.
1985 – Kiss played the first night on their 91-date North American Asylum Tour at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1986, ‘Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band Live / 1975-85′ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
1995 – Then Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar weds model Kari Karte atop a
San Francisco-area mountain. Bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Michael
Anthony and their wives are among the guests.
2001 – Following a battle with cancer that began in 1998, Beatles’ lead
guitarist George Harrison dies from his ailment at the age of 58.
2010 - Dokken singer Don Dokken is delaying his vocal surgery until January
so he can participate in the upcoming New Year’s Eve Benefit Concert for
original Y&T bassist Phil Kennemore who was recently been diagnosed
with metastatic cancer.