Today in rock history Tuesday 3rd November
1957 – Sun Records releases Jerry Lee Lewis’ definitive single “Great
Balls of Fire.” The single becomes his biggest hit, peaking at No. 2.
1964 – The mayor of Cleveland bans the Rolling Stones following a
17-year-old’s fall from a balcony during their gig at the Public Hall.
“Such groups do not add to the community’s culture or entertainment,”
sniffs Mayor Ralph Locker.
1977 – A Santa Monica (Calif.) Superior Court orders Bob Dylan to return
his children to his estranged wife, Sara. He had been granted temporary
custody while his ex- set up house in Hawaii.
1977 – Elton John announces he’s retiring from the stage during a concert in London. By February 1979, he was at it again.
1978 – The Cars arrive in England to begin a mini-tour promoting their debut single, “Just What I Needed.”
1991 – More than 300,000 people attend a free concert in San Francisco’s
Golden Gate Park in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham. Among the acts
performing are the Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young;
Joan Baez; Santana; and Journey (which reunited for the event).
1992 – The Grateful Dead announce they are discontinuing their tradition of playing a San Francisco concert on New Year’s Eve.
1995 – Hootie & the Blowfish reach an out-of-court settlement with
Bob Dylan. The band had used a portion of Dylan’s lyrics in its hit
“Only Wanna Be With You.”
1997 – Metallica came to a out of court agreement with a fan who claimed
he lost his sense of smell after being dropped on his head by fans at
one of their shows four years earlier.
2002 – Santana were at No.1 on the US alum chart with ‘Shaman’ their fourth US No.1 album.
2003 – Making a clear indication that nothing is beneath them, Aerosmith
perform the Hank Williams Jr. classic theme song “Are You Ready For
Some Football?” live on Monday Night Football.
2004 – Guitar legend Eric Clapton is made a CBE at Buckingham Palace.
2005 – With two trophies apiece, Coldplay and Green Day are the big
winners at the 12th MTV Europe Music Awards.