Today in rock history Saturday 19th December
1944 – Alvin Lee of Ten Years After is born in Nottingham.
964 – Beatles for Sale spends its first week at No. 1 in the U.K. album charts. It knocks A Hard Day’s Night off the top spot, where it had spent the last 21 weeks.
1965 – Paul McCartney attends a preview of the musical Twang! at London’s Shaftsbury Theatre.
1968 – The struggling Led Zeppelin performs at the
Exeter City Hall in England for a fee of 125 pounds. On many dates in
the current tour, the band is billed as the New Yardbirds simply to draw
1969 – At London’s Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court Mick
Jagger is fined 200 pounds for possession of marijuana. His girlfriend
Marianne Faithfull is acquitted of a similar charge.
1974 – On his first ever solo world tour, George Harrison performs the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden.
1993 – The Byrds’ original drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure in Treasure Island, Fla.
1997 – Jimmy Rogers, blues guitarist for the original Muddy Waters band,
and soloist with such hits as “Walking By Myself,” dies from colon
cancer at the age of 73.
1999 – Goo Goo Dolls narrowly avoid serious injury when the military
plane they are aboard skids off the runway at a U.S. Naval Air Station
in Sicily, Italy. The group is on its way back from Bosnia, where they
had just performed for soldiers at Tuzla army base. The plane attempts
two landing approaches before touching down on the third attempt. The
plane skids off the runway and then slides back on again, damaging the
craft’s landing gear and wing. Passengers exit via emergency chutes onto
2003 – Kevin Eckenrod is sentenced to 25 months in
prison for impersonating Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He was arrested
and charged in April for stealing more than a thousand dollars while
kissing a misinformed Creed fan.
2003 – Bruce Springsteen and bandmate Nils Lofgren
attend the funeral of their friend, eccentric Wall St. tycoon John
Mulheren. Springsteen leads the assembly in Christmas carols, while
Lofgren sings “Wind Beneath My Wings.”