Today in rock history Tuesday 22nd December
1944 – Barry Jenkins, drummer with the Animals, is born in Leicester.
1948 – Cheap Trick’s baseball-hat-sporting guitarist Rick Nielsen is born in Rockford, Ill.
1961 – Heading back to Hibbing for Christmas, Bob
Dylan stops at the Minneapolis home of Bonnie Beecher. He plays a few
Woody Guthrie songs for his friend that are recorded. The set later
becomes the basis for Great White Wonder, one of the first ever bootleg releases.
1963 – In British cinemas today is The Beatles Come to Town, a newsreel documentary by Pathe news.
1967 – Pink Floyd play the Christmas on Earth Revisited event at
London’s Olympia. Throughout the concert, their singer Syd Barrett
simply gives the audience a frozen stare.
1969 – During their stay in Canada, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with
Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and discuss drug abuse with John Munro,
the Minister of Health.
1971 – After Yoko Ono tries to take her daughter
from father Tony Cox, a court awards custody of the child Kyoko to him.
Ono is allowed to visit Kyoko, but only if she posts a $20,000 bond as a
guarantee that she won’t kidnap the child.
1972 – Led Zeppelin performs at London’s Alexandra Palace. The Melody
Maker describes the Zep as “about as perfect a band as you could hope to
1973 – Stephen Stills loses a paternity suit
brought against him by Harriet B. Tunis. Stills’ defense team had tried
to discredit Tunis’ case by asking the jury, “How can you believe a
witness who works in the record business?”
1978 – The Who announce that the Faces’ Kenny Jones will be drafted as a replacement for their late drummer Keith Moon.
1978 – Todd Rundgren sues the British Musicians Union after they call a stop to a radio concert he was due to give.
1980 – An album called “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” was
released by Stiff Records. The entire disc contained 40 minutes of
1981 – Sotheby’s auction of rock ‘n’ roll
memorabilia in London sees an Abbey Road street sign sell for $600 and
an autographed program from the Beatles’ Royal Command Performance fetch
2002 – Joe Strummer, the Clash’s fiery frontman, dies of heart failure
after walking his dog around his hometown of Broomfield, England. He was
2003 – The White Stripes’ Jack White is charged with assault after an
alleged brawl with the Von Bondies’ leader Jason Stollsteimer.
2008 – Selling for £20,200, A
cassette tape of a “drunk” John Lennon recording a cover version of
‘Just Because’ by Lloyd Price.
2010 – Fans rejoice, The Abbey Road zebra crossing in north London, made
famous after appearing on a Beatles album cover was given Grade II
listed status. The crossing, the first of its kind to be listed, was
being recognised for its “cultural and historical importance” following
advice from English Heritage. The Beatles were photographed on Abbey
Road in Ian Macmillan’s iconic cover shot for the 1969 album ‘Abbey