Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Today in rock history 16th December

Today in rock history Wednesday 16th December
1945 – The Hollies’ guitarist Tony Hicks is born in Nelson, England.
 1949 – Guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top is born in Houston, Texas.
  1964 – Ringo Starr leaves hospital after having had his tonsils removed.
 1965 – Bob Dylan takes care of his Los Angeles publicity duties in support of his new album Highway 61 Revisited at a press conference.
 1965 – On British TV tonight, the Beatles appear in their own tribute The Music of Lennon-McCartney. The group perform “We Can Work It Out,” and there are appearances from Peter Sellers, Marianne Faithfull, Cilla Black, Peter & Gordon, Lulu, Billy J. Kramer, Esther Phillips and Richard Anthony.
  1967 – The NME reports that the Rolling Stones are launching their own Mother Earth label, with Marianne Faithfull as the first signing.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono travel to Toronto to perform at the Peace Festival. During their stay they reside on Ronnie Hawkins’ farm. Billboards reading “War Is Over! If You Want It” go up in 11 cities as part of the Lennons’ own peace campaign.
 1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival walk away with an armload of gold records as five of their singles and five of their albums are certified as gold-sellers by the Recording Industry Association of America: “Down on the Corner,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Bad Moon Rising,” “Up Around the Bend,” Cosmo’s Factory, Willy and the Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country and their 1968 debut Creedence Clearwater Revival.
 1974 – Mott the Hoople breaks up.
  1978 – Bob Dylan plays the last show of his massive Street Legal world tour at the Hollywood Miami Sportatorium and gives “Do Right to Me Baby” a rare airing.
 1983 – The Who announced that they were splitting up.
 1993 – MTV airs Nirvana’s Sony Studios, New York “Unplugged” performance.
 1999 – Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announces plans to join the race for London’s first ever elected mayor. The 53-year-old impresario plans to run as an independent with some ideas to make the Pistols proud: brothels outside the houses of Parliament; legalizing marijuana; allowing London pubs to stay open all night, instead of closing at 11 p.m.; legalizing the consumption of alcohol in public libraries. McLaren pulls out of the race three months later.
 2001 – Guitarist/singer/songwriter Stuart Adamson, formerly of Scottish act Big Country, is found dead in a Hawaii hotel room. He is 43.
 2003 – Rolling Stone Ron Wood joins the Stereophonics to play “Handbags and Gladrags” and The Beatles’ “Don’t Let Me Down” at their Earl’s Court show.
 2003 – A Web site offers up for auction an audio tape of five songs that the Beatles allegedly recorded in 1976 during a reunion at an L.A. studio. Paul McCartney’s spokesperson says, “I am not aware of any Beatles reunion during the ’70s.”
2004 – Gold and silver Black Sabbath discs were stolen from the Kent home of Ozzy Osbourne’s former manager Patrick Meehan. Police recovered the discs a week later after they were offered for sale on the internet auction site eBay.
 2005 – the surviving Beatles and relatives of the band’s late members began legal action against EMI to get royalties allegedly worth £30m.
2007 – Sir Paul McCartney said he left EMI, his record label of 45 years, as it had become “boring” and he had dreaded going to see its executives. McCartney told The Times that the company’s handling of his music had become “symbolic of the treadmill”. The ex-Beatle went on to sign a deal with Starbucks’ label, Hear Music.

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