Today in rock history Thursday 5th November
1946 – Gram Parsons (Cecil Connor) of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers is born in Winter Haven, Fla.
1947 – Guitarist Don McDougal of the Guess Who is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1959 – Bryan Adams is born in Vancouver, Canada.
1965 – In today’s English Jewish Chronicle, Princess Margaret says, “I
think the Beatles believe that MBE stands for Mister Brian Epstein.”
1965 – Decca Records releases the Who’s new single, “My Generation.” The words still haunt Pete Townshend decades later.
1970 – Led Zeppelin release “Immigrant Song” as a single in the U.S.
1972 – ‘Europe ’72,’ a triple-live album from the Grateful Dead, is
released. Recorded during a 22-date European tour, it becomes their
highest-charting album to date, reaching #23.
1973 – The Who perform in Newcastle, England, to support their Quadrophenia
album. During the performance, a backing tape turns out to be 15
seconds behind Keith Moon’s vigorous drumming. In his frustration, Pete
Townshend storms off stage and doesn’t come back until a half-hour
1987 – ‘Tunnel of Love’ becomes Bruce Springsteen’s fourth #1 album,
following ‘The River’, ‘Born in the U.S.A.’ and ‘Live 1975-85′.
1995 – Queen releases its first studio album since the Deaths of Freddie
Mercury. “Made In Heaven” includes Mercury’s final vocal track on a
song titled “Mother Love.”
1999 – The members of Van Halen announce that Gary Cherone is leaving the band.
2003 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are forced to abandon a U.K. concert after a giant crack appears in the floor of the venue.