October 11th: Kenny Loggins, Dave Grohl, Tommy Lee, Freddie Mercury and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles made their first appearance on the UK singles chart with 'Love Me Do', which peaked at No. 4 on the chart.

1967: The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.

1968: During a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road, six saxophonists recorded parts for 'Savoy Truffle' for the forthcoming White Album. George Harrison distorted the saxophones to get the desired sound.

1980: The Police scored their second UK No.1 album with their third studio release 'Zenyatta Mondatta', which featured, 'Don't Stand So Close to Me', 'Canary in a Coalmine and 'De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da.'

1980: 'I'm Alright' by Kenny Loggins peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1986: 'Throwing It All Away' by Genesis peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1987: Joe Cocker and his wife Pam are married.

1988: Former Beatle Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara started treatment for alcohol abuse at a clinic in Tucson, Arizona.

1990: Drummer Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia.

1991: Apple Computers settled a lawsuit launched by The Beatles' record company, Apple Corporation, over name and logo rights. The computer company reportedly paid $29 million to settle the suit.

1997: Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Candle In The Wind 97' A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.

1999: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.

2005: Rod Stewart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honour a career spanning more than 40 years.

2005: Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

2009: 54-year-old Jo Wood, wife of The Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood, was granted a divorce after 24 years of marriage on the grounds of adultery. The couple split in 2008 after the guitarist, 64, began a relationship with a 20-year-old woman.

 «  Return to previous page
 »  Send to a friend