Today in rock history Monday 7th December
1942 – Singer/songwriter Harry Chapin is born in New York City.
1958 – Psychedelic Furs bassist Tim Butler is born.
1962 – The Rolling Stones audition bass players at
the World’s End pub in Chelsea, London. One candidate is Bill Wyman. He
gets the job partly because he has tons of cool equipment the band can
1963 – The No. 1 album in the U.K. this week is With the Beatles. The Beatles themselves appear on the British TV program Juke Box Jury.
1968 – Eric Burdon announces that he will break up the Animals following a concert at Newcastle City Hall.
1968 – The Beatles’ self-titled double album, referred to as The White Album
because of its cover, tops the British albums chart.
1972 – Led Zeppelin perform at the Manchester Hardrock in England. “The
world’s most overrated band,” sniffs a Melody Maker reviewer.
1973 – Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis
declares that he owns the rights to the band’s name and assembles a
second Fleetwood Mac to tour around the country. After a lengthy legal
fight, the second Fleetwood Mac become Stretch. .
1984 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil crashes his ’72
Ford Pintero in Redondo Beach, Calif. His passenger, Hanoi Rocks’ Nick
“Razzle” Dingley, is killed. Neil is later found guilty of vehicular
1991 – “Achtung Baby” by U2 debuts at No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s pop albums chart.
1993 – Despite protests, Guns N’ Roses say that their cover of Charles Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl” will stay on the album The Spaghetti Incident? Royalties from their recording will go to the son of a Manson family victim.
1999 – The Eagles hold a press conference to announce that their first
Greatest Hits package has become America’s best-selling album.
2000 – In a New York TV studio, B.B. King performs with Elmo and Big Bird for an episode of Sesame Street.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne tells the Los Angeles Times
that his stuttering and physically unstable condition was caused by a
cocktail of prescription medicine. Osbourne was put on an array of
tranquilizers and amphetamines to combat depression after his wife was
diagnosed with cancer.
2004 – Actor William Shatner’s infamous 1968 album “The Transformed
Man,” which finds the venerable Capt. Kirk reading poetry over
ultra-serious musical accompaniment and covering such contemporary
classics as Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and the Beatles’ “Lucy in
the Sky With Diamonds,” is reissued by Geffen.
2005 – the MBE medal that John Lennon returned to the Queen was found in
a royal vault at St James’ Palace. Lennon returned his medal in
November, 1969 with a letter accompanying saying, “Your Majesty, I am
returning my MBE as a protest against Britain’s involvement in the
Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam and
against Cold Turky slipping down the charts. With Love, John Lennon.”
Historians were calling for the medal to be put on public display.