November 15th: Janis Joplin, Iron Maiden, Eddie Money, Dire Straits and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1959: Johnny and the Moondogs, aka The Beatles, played in the final heat of the 'TV Star Search' competition at The Hippodrome Theatre, Manchester, England. Judging was done by the volume of applause each group received when it is called back onto stage at the end of the night. Since the Moondogs had no money to stay overnight in Manchester, they were forced to head back to Liverpool before they were called back onto stage.
1964: Rolling Stone guitarist Brian Jones was admitted to Passavant Hospital in Chicago with a temperature of 105, causing Jones to miss the last few dates on the Stones current tour.
1965: The Rolling Stones made their US TV debut on Hullabaloo, performing ‘Get Off Of My Cloud’.

1966: The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single. The lyric "She gets high/she gets high/she gets high" was changed to “She gets/she gets/she gets" in order to secure radio play.

1966: The Jefferson Airplane record "Somebody To Love."

1969: Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after badmouthing a policeman and using vulgar and indecent language. Joplin became upset after police moved into the hall forcing fans to move back to their seats. As the singer left the stage she confronted a detective calling him 'a son of a bitch' and told him she would kick his face in. She was released on $504 bail.

1969: The self-titled debut from Crosby, Stills & Nash peaks at Number Six on the album chart.

1969: Santana's self-titled debut peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1969: The Grateful Dead plays a benefit for the Vietnam Moratorium Day at The Lanai Theater in Crockett, California.

1969: "Something" by the Beatles peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1974: Golden Earring, with support band Lynyrd Skynyrd appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1981: Bruce Dickinson makes his official debut as the lead singer for Iron Maiden.

1984: R.E.M. played the first date on the bands second UK tour at Tiffany's Ballroom, Newcastle, England.

1984: Kiss played the first North American date on their 119 date Animalize Tour at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

1986: "Take Me Home Tonight" by Eddie Money peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1987: Dire Straits became the first act to sell over three million copies of an album in the UK. It contained five, top 40 singles: ‘Money for Nothing,’ ‘So Far Away,’ ‘Walk of Life,’ ‘Brothers in Arms’ and ‘Your Latest Trick.’

1992: Ozzy Osbourne announced his retirement from touring after a gig in California, saying "Who wants to be touring at 46."

1998: U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Best Of 1980-1990', the bands seventh UK No.1 album.

2000: Michael Abram, the Liverpool man who stabbed George Harrison after breaking into his home, was awarded a not guilty verdict at Oxford's Crown Court. But the verdict was returned in view of Abrams mental history, and he was taken into care.
2007: Kenneth Donnell, from Glasgow, paid £83,000 for two tickets to see Led Zeppelin rehearse and perform at the O2 arena in London on the 10th December. Donnell bid for the tickets as part of an auction for the BBC's Children in Need.

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