THIS DAY IN ROCK

November 11th: Jim Morrison, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Cars and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ is pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3 in the UK and December 6 in the US.

1967: Van Morrison performs "Brown Eyed Girl" on American Bandstand.

1968: John Lennon and Yoko Ono released their first album together, the infamous Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins. The album, which featured John and Yoko nude on the front and back covers, has been jokingly referred to over the years as the "most talked about album to have never been played."

1969: The FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested Jim Morrison for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom Baker had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. The pair spent the night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail.
 
1970: Black Sabbath makes live debut at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles.

1970: The Bob Dylan novel Tarantula is published.

1972: Allman Brothers bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old.

1973: Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a 'live' Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.

1977: During an Australian tour Fleetwood Mac appeared at the RAS Sydney Showgrounds. Also on the bill, Santana, Little River Band and The Kevin Borich Express.

1978: "Beast Of Burden" by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.

1978: The Grateful Dead perform "Casey Jones," "I Need A Miracle," and "Good Lovin'" on Saturday Night Live.

1978: The Cars released the first picture-disc single commercially available, 'My Best Friend's Girl' which made No.3 in the UK charts.
 
1978: David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowies first ever show in Australia.

1986: Pink Floyd issued a press statement stating that they intend to continue using the name without Roger Waters and were recording their next album.

1989: Bad English started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When I See You Smile', a No.61 hit in the UK.

1990: A 21 year-old AC/DC fan died after being attacked outside the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey where the band were playing a gig that night.

1992: Bruce Springsteen's MTV Unplugged episode, retitled MTV Plugged (since he and his band played electric instruments), premieres.

2004: Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones and Queen were inducted into the UK's first music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. One act had been chosen by TV viewers of a Channel 4 program to represent each decade since the 1950s. Williams represented the 1990s, Michael Jackson the 1980s, Queen the 1970s, the Rolling Stones the 1960s, and Cliff Richard the 1950s.


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