THIS DAY IN ROCK

September 25th: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, John Bonham, Green Day and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: 'Heart Full Of Soul' by the Yardbirds peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.

1965: 'We Gotta Get Out Of This Place' by the Animals peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.

1965: The Beatles cartoon series premiered on ABC TV in the US. The first story was titled 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' and had the group exploring the ocean floor in a diving bell where they met a lovesick octopus.

1967: The Beatles began recording the new Paul McCartney song 'The Fool on the Hill' at Abbey Road, London. John and George played harmonicas, Paul played a recorder and recorded his lead vocal and Ringo played drums.

1969: John Lennon recorded the track 'Cold Turkey', with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko.

1971: Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1971: David Bowie and America both appeared at Friars in Aylesbury, England, tickets cost 50p.

1971: Deep Purple went to No.1 on the UK chart with their sixth album 'Fireball'.

1972: Black Sabbath released their fourth studio album, 'Black Sabbath Vol. 4'. The album which features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert was originally to be titled 'Snowblind', after one of several songs referring to the band's cocaine use.

1973: Goats Head Soup by the Rolling Stones is certified gold.

1976: Greatest Hits by War peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks. That same day, "Summer" peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1976: Wings played a charity concert in St Marks Square, Venice to raise funds for the historic city. The night was a success but the weight of the equipment used by the group caused more damage to the square.

1980: John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption, (40 shots in 4 hours). During live sets his drum solo, ‘Moby Dick,’ would often last for half an hour and regularly featured his use of his bare hands. In 2007, Ludwig issued a limited edition drum kit in Bonham's memory.

1980: The Grateful Dead played the first of fifteen nights at the Warfiled Theatre, San Francisco, California.

1981: The Rolling Stones kicked off a 50-date North American tour at the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia.

1981: 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' b/w 'I'm Gonna Win' by Foreigner is released.

1981: 'Promises In The Dark' by Pat Benatar is released.

1982: Queen made a guest appearance on US TV's Saturday Night Live, where they performed 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Under Pressure'.

1990: Drummer Dave Grohl auditioned for Nirvana and was instantly given the job. Grohl's last band Scream had recently split-up.

1992: Two fans were stabbed and 20 arrests were made after trouble broke out at a Ozzy Osbourne gig in Oklahoma City. The sale of alcohol at the concert was blamed for the incident.

1993: Nirvana went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'In Utero' the bands first UK No.1 album.

1993: Human Wheels by John Mellencamp enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Seven.

1999: Stephen Canaday of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils was killed when the vintage WW II plane he was flying in, rolled, inverted and crashed into a tree. The pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall.

1999: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman became the first major artist to release an album on his own personalized digital MP3 player. The matchbox-sized device with no moving parts was one of the smallest of its kind in the world and featured encryption software designed in the UK to prevent piracy.

2000: Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion "meaningless", Osbourne went on to say "Let's face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."

2006: U2 and Green Day perform a version of the song "The Saints Are Coming" at the New Orleans Superdome before the hometown Saints take on the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football. It's the first game at the Superdome since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005. The song was originally recorded by the Scottish group the Skids.


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