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
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
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.