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
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
2004 – Ray Davies of the Kinks is shot in the leg in New Orleans. Ray was pursuing two men who stole his lady
2006 – the house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.