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
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
1966 – The Beatles record overdubs onto the film The Beatles at Shea
Stadium. That night, John Lennon goes nightclubbing with ’50s rocker
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
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
2005 – Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He is 50.