Thursday, 7 January 2016

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.’

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