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This Day In Rock History: Dec 1st

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Joni Mitchell
Joni Mitchell

  • 1957, Buddy Holly  and the Crickets appeared on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’, performing ‘That’ll Be The Day’ and ‘Peggy Sue’. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing ‘You Send Me’.
  • 1961, The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the The Cavern in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey. Between 1961 -1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions.
  • 1964, The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60’s such as Jimi Hendrix,David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.
  • 1967, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, Outer Limits and Amen Corner played at the Central Hall, Chatham. The Chatham Standard later reported: ‘Hendrix opened his act with the Beatles’ number Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. Once upon a time this sort of noise could not be reproduced outside a studio. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of Hey Joe and Purple Haze and The Troggs Wild Thing.
  • 1976, The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV’s live early evening ‘Today’ show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury)Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: ‘You dirty bastard…you dirty fucker…what a fucking rotter!’ Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on 9th Feb 1993.
  • 1984, Jim Diamond was at No.1 in the UK singles chart with ‘I Should Have Known Better.’ The song was displaced after one week by Band Aid’s charity single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’’. Diamond publicly requested that people not buy his single, but instead buy Do They Know It’s Christmas?
  • 1989, Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of cocaine, (two weeks later he also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was sentenced to spend 9-14 months in rehab).
  • 2013, Bob Dylan was placed under judicial investigation in France for allegedly provoking ethnic hatred of Croats. It followed a legal complaint lodged by a Croat association in France over a 2012 interview Dylan gave to Rolling Stone magazine. In the interview Dylan allegedly compared the relationship between Jews and Nazis to that of Serbs and Croats.
  • 2014, Phil Rudd the drummer of rock band AC/DC pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Phil Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand’s Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.

Born on this day:

  • 1930, Born on this day, Matt Monro, UK singer, (1964 UK No.4 & US No.23 single ‘Walk Away’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 hits). He died on 7th February 1985.
  • 1934, Born on this day, Billy Paul, (1972 US No.1 & 1973 UK No.12 single ‘Me and Mrs Jones’).
  • 1936, Born on this day, Lou Rawls, US singer, (1976 US No.2 & UK No.10 single ‘You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine’). Rawls died from lung cancer on 6th January 2006 aged 72.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Bette Midler, singer, actress, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’). Worked with Barry Manilow, starred in the film ‘The Rose’ based on the life of Janis Joplin.
  • 1944, Born on this day, Eric Bloom, guitar, vocals, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No.12 & 1978 UK No.16 single ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’).
  • 1944, Born on this day, John Densmore, drums, The Doors, (1967 US No.1 & UK No.49 single ‘Light My Fire’ & 1971 single ‘Riders On The Storm’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, Gilbert O’Sullivan, singer, songwriter, (1972 UK No.1 single ‘Clair’, 1972 US No.1 single ‘Alone Again Naturally’, plus 13 other UK Top 40 singles).
  • 1951, Born on this day, Jaco Pastorius, jazz bass player, (1976 hit with Weather Report, ‘Birdland’). Also worked with Joni Mitchell and Pat Metheny. Died on 21st September 1987 aged 35. He suffered irreversible brain damage after being beaten into a coma after an altercation with a bouncer at the Midnight Club in Fort Lauderdale.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Stephen Batt, Japan, (1982 UK No.5 single ‘Ghosts’).
  • 1963, Born on this day, Sam Reid, Glass Tiger, (1986 UK No.29 single ‘Don’t Forget Me, When I’m Gone’).
  • 1974, Born on this day, Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, American keyboardist known for his work with The Mars Volta, Jack White and an array of bands from the Long Beach music scene. Owens died on 14th October 2014 aged 39 due to a heart attack in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico.
  • 1977, Born on this day, Brad Delson, guitar, Linkin Park, (2002 US No.2 & UK No.4 single ‘In The End’, 2002 US No.2 & 2001 UK No.4 album ‘Hybrid Theory’).

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