Saturday, 9 January 2016

Today in rock history 9th January

Today in rock history Saturday 9th January 1944 – Guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is born in Heston, England. 1950 – David Johansen, the mouth of the New York Dolls and Buster Poindexter’s alter ego, is born in Staten Island, N.Y. 1963 – Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated. 1965 – John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV shot Not Only … But Also, opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. 1965 – American promoter Sid Bernstein telephones Beatles manager Brian Epstein to propose the Fab Four play Shea Stadium. 1967 – The Beatles record the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for “Penny Lane.” 1973 – Japan refuses to issue a visa to singer Mick Jagger because he was busted for drugs in 1969. Because of this, the Rolling Stones have to cancel a proposed Asian tour. Jagger tells a reporter, “I don’t take drugs. I don’t approve of drugs and I don’t approve of people taking drugs, unless they’re very careful.” 1975 – The Beatles dissolved the company partnership after many successful years. The matter was handled in a London High Court. 1976 –‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ written and recorded by ‘Queen’ is number 1 in the UK. 1984 - 1984 by Van Halen is released. 1992 – Sting makes a guest appearance on the Fox animated TV comedy series “The Simpsons,” in the episode “Radio Bart.” 1995 – “Rolling Stone” releases its annual music awards with the people voting Green Day as best new band, Pearl Jam as best band and Nirvana tapped as artists of the year. 1997 – David Bowie celebrates his 50th Birthdays with a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, just one day after his actual birth date. The concert features special guests the Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Frank Black, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth and Placebo. 2001 – Stalker Karen McNeil is arrested outside Axl Rose’s home in Malibu, Calif. She is charged with violating her probation. McNeil had claimed to be married to Rose and communicated with him using telepathy. 2004 – Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres’ wife Alejandra gives birth to a son, Hector Alexander, in Florida. 2005 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil marries his girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. It’s Neil’s fourth marriage. The singer’s Surreal Life buddy MC Hammer performs the ceremony. 2006 – New York rockers the Strokes earned their first No. 1 U.K. with their third Rough Trade set, “First Impressions of Earth.”

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Today in rock history 8th January

Today in rock history Friday 8th January 1935 – Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss., one of a pair of twins. 1943- The Nice bassist Lee Jackson is born. 1946 – The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger is born in Los Angeles. 1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. 1947 – Terry Sylvester, Graham Nash’s replacement in the Hollies, is born in Liverpool. 1955 – Loverboy vocalist Mike Reno is born. 1957 – Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever ‘rock & roll tour’ of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney. 1966 – The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the groups seventh US chart topper. 1966 – ABC broadcasts the last ever episode of pop music program Shindig! The Kinks and the Who see off the twice-weekly show in explosive fashion. 1973 – Yoko Ono releases Approximately Infinite Universe, a double album whose highlights include songs like “I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window.” Ono explains she felt she should make a double LP because “if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album.” 1974 – Kiss is signed to its first recording contract. KISS drum up some press by performing a “dress rehearsal” shortly after signing to Casablanca Records and honing their carnival-esque image. Rolling Stone‘s reporter says, “The group plays very heavy, loud and ultimately monotonous rock in the Black Sabbath tradition. … A sure crowd-pleaser. 1975 – Tickets for three Led Zeppelin concerts at Madison Square Garden go on sale. The box office has to call on other ticket outlets to help cope with demand and sells out their 60,000 tickets in four hours. 1977 – Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Day At The Races.’ 1979 – The Canadian government names Rush “Official Ambassadors of Music.” 1991 – Steve Clark of Def Leppard is found dead in the living room of his London home by his girlfriend. The coroner rules that the 30-year-old died of a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs after a night of heavy drinking. 1995 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder hosts a national late-night radio show broadcast titled “Self Pollution Radio” from the band’s hometown of Seattle. 2001 – a woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N’ Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house. 2004 – Sheryl Crow, U2’s The Edge, Alicia Keys and Ben Affleck appear at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to speak out against digital piracy. 2006 – The Strokes top the U.K. album chart with their third LP, First Impressions of the Earth.

Brit Rock 9th January

Brit Rock 9th January 1. Oasis - Cigarettes and alcohol 2. Beck - Loser 3. Weezer - Buddy Holly 4. Soundgarden - Black hole sun 5. Cranberries - Zombie 6. REM - What's the frequency Kenneth? 7. Jeff Buckley - Grace 8. Nirvana - The man who sold the world 9. Stiltskin - Inside 10. Pink Floyd - Keep talking 11. Gin Blossoms - Hey jealousy 12. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush - Don't give up 13. Motorhead - Ace of spades 14. Hawkwind - Silver machine 15. Motorhead - Overkill 16. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo child 17. Motorhead - Orgasmatron 18. KilliT - See the end 19. Metallica - Enter sandman 20. Genesis - Tonight tonight tonight 21. The Beatles - Golden slumbers/Carry that weight/The end 22. The Who - See me, feel me 23. Queen - Seven seas of Rhye Hour three is sixty minutes of acid rock 1. Blind Faith - Can't find my way home 2. The Byrds - Eight miles high 3. Traffic - Paper sun 4. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick men 5. Matthew Southern Comfort - Woodstock 6. Deep Purple - Space truckin' 7. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't fear the reaper 8. Black Sabbath - Iron man 9. Three Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 10. Procul Harum - Homburg 11. Donovan - Mellow yellow 12. 5th Dimension - Aquarius/Let the sunshine in 13. Moody Blues - Nights in white satin 14. Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe

Timesweep 9th January

Timesweep 9th January Part 1 1. Steppenwolf - Magic carpet ride 2. Focus - Hocus pocus 3. Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra 4. Heart - Mag man Part 2 1. The Beatles - The night before 2. The Beatles - No reply 3. Rolling Stones - Get your kicks on route 66 4. The Animals - Don't let me be misunderstood 5. Them - Gloria 6. The Who - I can't explain 7. The Yardbirds - For your love 8. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 9. Bob Dylan - Like a rolling stone Part 3 1. T-Rex - Deborah 2. Steve Miller Band - The joker 3. Cream - White room Part 4 1. Neil Young - Transformer man 2. Dire Straits - Money for nothing 3. The Who - I can't explain Part 5 1. The Faces - Pool hall Richard 2. Eric Clapton - I shot the sheriff 3. Suzi Quatro - Devil gate drive Part 6 1. Jackson Browne & Clarence Clemons - You're a friend of mine 2. Barclay James Harvest - Mockingbird 3. Yes - Wondrous stories Part 7 1. Ozzy Osbourne - No more tears 2. Nirvana - In bloom 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple man Part 8 1. ELO - Evil woman 2. Nashville Teens - Tobacco road 3. Rolling Stones - You can't always get what you want 4. Badfinger - Come and get it Part 9 1. Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the moonlight 2. Ted Nugent - Cat scratch fever 3. Queen - We are the champions 4. Status Quo - Dirty water Part 10 1. David Bowie - Heroes 2. Sex Pistols - God save the queen 3. Fleetwood Mac - The chain Part 11 1. Rainbow - Kill the king 2. Eddie And The Hotrods - Do anything you wanna do 3. Neil Young - Like a hurricane 4. Santana - She's not there

Rock Talk - Lemmy

Rock Talk - Lemmy
1. Motorhead & Girlschool - Please don't touch
2. Buddy Holly - You're so square (baby I don't care)
3. Hawkwind - Silver machine
4. Motorhead - Motorhead
5. Motorhead - Overkill
6. Motohead - Bomber

Part 2
1. Motorhead - Killed by death
2. Motorhead - Get back in line
3. Motorhead - Orgasmatron
4. Motorhead - Iron fist
5. Motorhead - Ace of spades
6. Metallica - For whom the bell tolls

Today in rock history 7th January

Today in rock history Thursday 7th January
1944 – Mike McGear  who was really Paul McCartney’s brother – is born.
  1945 – Dave Cousins, leader of the British folk-prog group the Strawbs, is born.
  1946 – Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is born in New York.
 1948 – Kenny Loggins is born in Everett, Wash.
 1955 – ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time.
  1959 – The Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine is born.
 1964 – The Beatles record a session for the BBC Saturday Club program, during which they make their only known recording of the Chuck Berry song “Johnnie B. Goode.”
1970 – Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall.
 1973 – David Bowie appears live at Newcastle City Hall, England.
  1980 – Hugh Cornwall of The Stranglers was found guilty of possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was fined £300 ($510) and sentenced to three months in Pentonville prison.
  1990 – Appearing at Wembley Arena, London, Chris Rea on his ‘Road To Hell tour’.
  1993 – R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio.
  1994 – Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last U.S. show.
 1994 – Oasis started recording their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, at Monrow studios in South Wales.
 1998 – According to the London Times, two brass busts have been stolen from the grounds of George Harrison’s mansion in Oxfordshire.
  2002 – Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33.
 2003 – Rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne renews his vows with wife Sharon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. During the ceremony, a $15,000 diamond necklace the couple were due to raffle off is pilfered by talent agent Renee Tab.
  2004 – The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson becomes a dad when his wife, actress Kate Hudson, gives birth to a boy in Los Angeles.
  2004 – Still on the mend from a near-fatal ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne cancels his forthcoming UK tour, which was due to kick off in February.

2011 – Kings of Leon refused to let Prince Harry win a table tennis match
The ‘Sex on Fire’ group’s drummer Nathan Followill thinks the 26-year-old royal  ‘ is ‘cool’ but his competitive nature came to the forefront when they recently met at London’s The O2.
Nathan said: ‘We’re still pretty wide-eyed about meeting dignitaries but he’s the cool prince I think. He picked up a ping-pong bat backstage and we went at it.
”m not sure what the etiquette is when you play a prince at table tennis, but hey I’m the king aren’t I? A king trumps a prince. I think the other guys thought, ‘Maybe you should let a real prince win.’
‘But he is so tall and he’s got military training so I figured he can look after himself. It was a hard-fought battle but I took him in the end.’

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Today in rock history 6th January

Today in rock history Wednesday 6th January
1946 – Syd Barrett (Roger Barrett) of Pink Floyd is born. He names the group after bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
1948 – Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny is born in Wimbledon, England. Her definitive folk vocals also graced records by Led Zeppelin.
1953 – Born on this day, Malcolm Young, guitar, AC/DC.
1958 – Gibson guitars launched it’ ‘Flying V’ electric guitar.
1960 – Born on this day, Muzz Skillings, bass, Living Colour.
 1964 – The Rolling Stones kick off their first headlining tour in Harrow, England. Support comes from American girl group the Ronettes, Marty Wilde, and the Swinging Blue Jeans.
  1968 – The Beatles sit at No. 1 in the album charts with Magical Mystery Tour.
  1970 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  1971 – In Vancouver, Neil Young performs on Canadian soil for the first time since he left his homeland to join Buffalo Springfield in 1965.
 1975 – Pink Floyd begin recording their album-long tribute to Syd Barrett, Wish You Were Here, on the former front man’s 29th birthday.
 1975 – A thousand Led Zeppelin fans, who had been waiting for tickets to go on sale at the Boston Gardens for a February show, riot and cause $30,000 worth of damage to the venue’s lobby. Mayor Kevin White cancels the concert.
 1977 – EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols, giving the band £40,000 ($68,000) to release them from their contract.
 1987 – Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
  1990 – Phil Collins started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘…But Seriously’.
 1993 – Bass guitarist Bill Wyman announces that he has officially left the Rolling Stones. The group last toured together in 1990.
 1993 – David Bowie reportedly lost over £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.
 1997 – Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison’s estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10- foot-wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.
  1999 – Alanis Morissette spends the day working at an Ottawa soup kitchen.
 2001 – Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.
 2003 – The estate of George Harrison sue a Staten Island doctor who they allege forced the late Beatle to sign a guitar while he was critically ill with cancer. The estate seeks possession of the autographed instrument. 
 2004 – Foo Fighter Dave Grohl goes into a Los Angeles studio with Garbage to lay down drums for the track “Bad Boyfriend,” due to appear on the band’s as-yet untitled fourth album. 
  2009 – Ron Asheton, guitarist for The Stooges is found dead. The cause of death is unknown but suspected to be a heart attack.
 2011 – New records… Old Acts… like Pink Floyd help earn 14% gain for Vinyl record sales from last year. Reporting a 2.8 million units sold.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Today in rock history 5th January

Today in rock history Tuesday 5th January
1950 – Chris Stein of Blondie is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
 1954 – Elvis Presley cuts a 10-minute long demo tape at Memphis Recording Studio.
 1962 – The Beatles release their single “My Bonnie.” When a fan in Liverpool asks record shop owner Brian Epstein for the single, Epstein further investigates the Fab Four and has his life changed: he becomes their manager.
 1963 – In today’s issue of Billboard an interview with Leonard Chess finds the Chicago-based label boss opining that “as it stands today, there’s virtually no difference between rock ‘n’ roll, pop and rhythm & blues. The music has completely overlapped.”
 1963 – Bob Dylan flies from London to Rome in pursuit of his girlfriend Suze Rotolo. He’s accompanied by the folksinger Odetta. Once in Italy, Dylan discovers that Rotolo has returned to the United States. He scores a gig at a folk club in Rome and writes both “Girl from the North Country” and “Boots of Spanish Leather.”
 1966 – The Beatles record overdubs onto the film The Beatles at Shea Stadium. That night, John Lennon goes nightclubbing with ’50s rocker P.J. Proby.
 1967 –  During The Beatles Sgt Pepper sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on ‘Penny Lane.’
 1977 – Led Zeppelin rehearse at Emerson Lake & Palmer’s studio in preparation for a North American tour.
 1978 – The Sex Pistols make their U.S. debut at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta.
 2000 – Former Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford announces that he’s written his old band-mates a letter of conciliation, fanning rumors of a reunion.
 2001 – The Kentucky Court of Appeals reverses the conviction of a woman arrested for wearing a Marilyn Manson T-shirt. She was accused of harassment because her shirt bore the legend, “I am the God of ****.
2003 – Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after being stopped in California speeding in a black BMW convertible. He failed a breath test and was taken to Berkeley county jail and was later released on $1,053 (£657) bail.
 2004 – Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend’s purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious.
 2005 – Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He is 50.

Today in rock history 4th January

Today in rock history Monday 4th January
1947 – Progressive rock drummer Chris Cutler, who has played with Pere Ubu and the Residents, is born in Washington, D.C.
 1960 – Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is born.
  1962 – In a sign of their burgeoning local popularity, the as-yet-unsigned Beatles top Mersey Beat‘s poll for best group.
  1963 – In London, Bob Dylan spends his second day shooting the TV play Madhouse in Castle Street.
 1965 – Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million.
1970 – George Harrison records the second guitar solo for “Let It Be.” It’s the last Beatles recording session to feature Harrison, Paul McCartney and George Martin, as well as the last recording session of the Beatles as a band.
 1971 – At London’s Abbey Road studios, Pink Floyd begin sessions for Meddle, the follow-up to their 1970 album Atom Heart Mother. The same month director Stanley Kubrick asks the band if he can use Atom Heart Mother as the soundtrack for his A Clockwork Orange. The band say no.
 1973 – Australia announces that they have placed an “entry ban” on an un-named member of the Rolling Stones. The Immigration Ministry lifts the ban five days later, but the Stone’s identity is never revealed.
 1973 – Rolling Stone magazine announces that The Allman Brothers Band has hired Lamar Williams as the replacement for Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash in 1972.
 1976 – Beatles road manager Mal Evans comes to a bizarre end in Los Angeles. He’s shot by LAPD marksmen after threatening them with a rifle at his girlfriend’s apartment.
  1977 – The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding a plane to Amsterdam.
 1986 – Thin Lizzy’s bassist-singer Phil Lynott dies aged 35 in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. His kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse.
  2000 – Carlos Santana’s remarkable 1999 comeback receives further validation when the veteran Latin rocker is nominated for 10 Grammy Awards.
  2001 – Police raid a record store in Glasgow, Scotland and confiscate T-shirts promoting the Goth metal band Cradle of Filth.
 2001 – Courtney Love filed a lawsuit against her alleged stalker claiming that Lesley Barber, the ex-wife of her current boyfriend Jim Barber, drove over her foot. This had forced her to forfeit her role in a forthcoming film and lost her the £200,000, ($340,000) fee that went with it.
  2004 – Ray Davies of the Kinks is shot in the leg in New Orleans. Ray was pursuing two men who stole his lady companion’s purse.
2006 – the house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Today in rock history 3rd January

Today in rock history Sunday 3rd January
1926 – George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles’ most memorable recordings, is born in London.
 1945 – Stephen Stills is born in Dallas.
 1946 – Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is born in Sidcup.
 1963 – The Beatles begin their first headlining tour in Scotland at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin. The promoter bills them as “The ‘Love Me Do’ Boys – The Beatles.”
 1964 – The Beatles’ “She Loves You” is heard for the first time in the United States when Jack Paar screens footage of the group on his television show.
 1964 – Guitarist Raymond McGinley of Scotland’s Teenage Fanclub is born.
 1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys refuses to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice, saying he is a conscientious objector.
 1967 – Benjamin Darvill, harmonica player with the Crash Test Dummies, is born.
 1969 – Two Virgins arrives at Newark Airport in New Jersey. However, the shipment of 30,000 copies of the album is confiscated by police, who object to what they call the “pornographic” picture of the naked couple on the front cover.
 1974 – Bob Dylan and the Band open a landmark 39-date U.S. tour in Chicago.
   1992 – Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr marries British actress Patsy Kensit in London. The actress was previously married to Big Audio Dynamite ex-keyboardist Dan Donovan. Kerr ended a six-year marriage to Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde.
 2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with the Cutting Crew dies aged 51.
 2011 – The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album is been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000.

Today in rock history 2nd January

Today in rock history Saturday 2nd January
1942 – Born on this day, Chick Churchill, keyboards, Ten Years After.
 1955 – Five thousand people attend Johnny Ace’s funeral in Memphis. The R&B star accidentally killed himself in a game of Russian roulette.
1964 – The Rolling Stones perform their new single “I Wanna Be Your Man” on Top of the Pops TV programme.
 1968 – the entire shipment of John and Yoko’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
 1969 – Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band.
 1969 – Shooting for the Beatles documentary Let It Be begins as the band meet at London’s Twickenham Studios to rehearse songs for a worldwide satellite broadcast.
 1971 – the George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album.
  1972 – Syd Barrett plays an unannounced solo gig at King’s College Cellar, Cambridge.
 1975 – Born on this day, Douglas Seann Robb, Hoobastank.
1975 – The Allman Brothers Band is named “Outstanding Community Organization” by the Georgia Department of Corrections.
 1975 – In efforts to defend himself from deportation, John Lennon and his lawyers are granted access to Department of Immigration files. Lnnn wants to find out if he’s been barred from the U.S. because of drug use, or his remarks about President Richard Nixon.
1976 – Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London’s Olympia.
 1979 – Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier.
  1994 – Meat Loaf started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’
  2005 – Green Day top the first UK albums chart of the year with American Idiot.
2009 – According to official US sales figures AC/DC were the biggest sellers of 2008 with over 3.4m sales.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Today in rock history 1st January

Today in rock history Friday 1st January
1942 – Singer Joe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish is born in El Monte, Calif.
1945 – Born on this day, Jim Gordon, American drummer, one of the most requested session drummers in the late 1960s and 1970s. Gordon co-wrote Layla with Eric Clapton.
 1950 – Morgan Fisher is born. As well as playing keyboards for English acts like the Love Affair and Mott the Hoople, Fisher also produced albums by the Dead Kennedys, Wayne/Jayne County and Cherry Vanilla.
1962 -  The Beatles perform their first audition for Decca Records in London. However, the company’s A&R man is unimpressed by their 15-song set of standards and originals. He passes on them, and signs the Tremeloes instead.
 1965 – The New Musical Express reports that the Nashville Teens, the Zombies and the Hullabaloos have all been denied work visas that would permit them to perform in the United States. Unfortunately, the English groups have already entered the country to start a tour
1967 – The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company perform at the New Year’s Wail/Whale in San Francisco. Hell’s Angels hosts the bash to thank Haight-Ashbury hippies for bailing Angel Chocolate George from jail.
  1976 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant walks unassisted for the first time since his August 1975 car accident in Greece.
  1984 – Alexis Korner, whose band Blues Incorporated gave many English musicians their start in the business, dies aged 55 of lung cancer in London.
1999 – Club Days by Van Halen is released.
 2000 – George Harrison leaves hospital following a knife attack at his English mansion by a crazed fan. Doctors tell him that he will be able to play the guitar again, despite suffering a hand wound.
  2002 – Bush leader Gavin Rossdale proposes to his longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. She says “Yes.”
  2002 – Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapton marries Melia McEnery, his 25-year-old American girlfriend, in a private ceremony that includes the christening of his two daughters.
2011 - Rock ‘n’ roll great Chuck Berry was feeling fine and headed back to his hometown of St. Louis, associates said on Sunday, hours after the musician fell ill during a New Year’s performance in Chicago.