Today in rock history Wednesday 23rd December
1940 – Born on this day, Jorma Kaukonen, guitar, Jefferson Airplane.
1941 – Songwriter Tim Hardin is born in Eugene, Ore.
1943 – Harry Shearer, the comic actor who portrayed bassist Derek Smalls in This is Spinal Tap, is born.
1945 – Born on this day, Ron Bushy, Iron Butterfly.
1949 – Mott the Hoople guitarist Ariel Bender is born.
1955 – Iron Maiden guitarist Dave Murray is born.
1959 – Chuck Berry was arrested after taking 14 year old Janice Norine
(who unbeknown to Berry was working as a prostitute), across a state
1962 – While staying in London, Bob Dylan performs at the King and Queen Pub.
1966 – The UFO Club opens in London’s Tottenham Court Road. With Pink
Floyd as the club’s house band, the venue becomes a hive of psychedelic
1966 – The BBC airs the last edition of Ready Steady Go! The show had
brought audiences such acts as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
1967 – John Lennon writes a get-well-soon letter
to his estranged father Alfred, who has taken ill. Lennon also sends
Alfred a car so that he can visit his son at Weybridge.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, distribute presents to the children of Apple’s staff.
1974 – George Harrison releases one of his rare Christmas records, “Ding Dong, Ding Dong.” It fails to crack the top 30.
1985 – Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves
after listening to the Judas Priest album ‘Stained Class.’ The two had
drunk beer, smoked marijuana and then listened to hours of the album.
Afterwards they took a shotgun to a nearby school playground where
Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then blew away his jaw, mouth and
nose but lived for more than three years before dying of effects of the
1987 – After Roger Waters threatens to get an
injunction preventing Dave Gilmour from trading under the Pink Floyd
name, the two sign an agreement that allows Gilmour to continue under
the name Pink Floyd. In return, Waters receives a royalty whenever an
image from his time with the band is used.
2002 – Sir Paul McCartney was granted his own coat of arms by the
College of Arms. The honour featured a Liver Bird, highlighting his
2003 – The White Stripes’ Jack White turns himself
into Detroit Police 13th (Woodward) Precinct. White is accused of
assaulting Von Bondies singer Jason Stollsteimer. He is photographed,
fingerprinted, and released on a $100 bond.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne is removed from intensive care to a private clinic
to recuperate from injuries he sustained after crashing an ATV on his
2006 – it was reported that U2 singer Bono was to given an honorary
knighthood in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and
2007 – The Police were the highest earning touring group for the past year, bringing in nearly $132 million (£66.5m)