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