Today in rock history Monday November 23rd
1899 – The world’s first jukebox was installed at San Francisco’s’ Palais Royal Hotel.
1954 – Bruce Hornsby is born in Williamsburg.
1956 – Sheet metal worker Louis Balint was arrested after punching Elvis
Presley at a Hotel in Toledo. Balint claimed that his wife’s love for
Elvis had caused his marriage to break up. He was fined $19.60 but
ended up being jailed because he was unable to pay the fine.
1962 – The Beatles audition for BBC producers looking for bands with TV potential. They fail.
1964 – The Rolling Stones are banned from the BBC for unprofessionalism
after showing up late for appearances on the radio shows Top Gear and
1968 – Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalizes a deal to sign the
band to Atlantic Records after Dusty Springfield recommends Jimmy Page
to label boss Ahmet Ertegun.
1968 – It’s reported that San Francisco’s Family Dog collective has lost
its license to hold its famed marathon Grateful Dead concerts at the
1972 – Bob Dylan and wife Sara arrive in Durango, Colo., where he’s due to begin filming Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
1972 – Women’s Wear Daily announces that Mick Jagger has joined its Cat Pack list, which also features Henry Kissinger and Truman Capote.
1976 – Jerry Lee Lewis is arrested outside of Elvis Presley’s Graceland
mansion after waving a pistol and demanding to see “The King.”
1979 – Marianne Faithfull is arrested at the Oslo, Norway, airport for possession of marijuana.
1983 – Badfinger bassist Tom Evans commits suicide after the band splits
by hanging himself, just as Badfinger songwriter Pete Ham had done
eight years earlier.
2007 – Bono and The Edge from U2 made a surprise appearance at a charity
gig, playing four songs before 250 people. The London gig at the Union
Chapel was held as part of the Mencap’s Little Noise Sessions.
2010 – Gene Simmons wants Simon Cowell’s job – he’s convinced he
would make a better judge on the TV mogul’s reality singing contests
because he has real experience in the music industry.