THIS DAY IN ROCK

November 16th: Stephen Stills, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, John Lennon and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles recorded their second appearance on Radio Luxembourg, for the program The Friday Spectacular. The Beatles were interviewed they played in front of a live audience. Both sides of their latest single, 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You' were played.

1968: The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Electric Ladyland'. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and featured guest appearances by Dave Mason, Steve Winwood and Al Kooper. Barry Ryan was at No.1 on the Disc & Echo UK singles chart with 'Elosie'.

1968: Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the north of England when they appeared at Manchester College of Science & Technology.

1970: 'Stephen Stills' by Stephen Stills is released.

1971: Frank Zappa appeared on this week's UK TV music show the 'Old Grey Whistle Test', playing live and showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.

1971: During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Baths Hall, Ipswich, England, tickets £1.

1971: The first Led Zeppelin album is certified gold.

1974: 'Alice Cooper's Greatest Hits' by Alice Cooper peaks at Number Eight on the album chart.

1974: John Lennon was at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Whatever Gets You Through The Night.' Elton John played on the session and made a deal with Lennon that if the song reached No.1, Lennon would have to appear on stage live with Elton. Lennon kept his side of the deal and appeared live with Elton. They played three songs together: ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘Whatever Gets You Through the Night.’ Backstage after the concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary split.

1974: 'When The Eagle Flies' by Traffic peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.

1974: 'Photographs & Memories/His Greatest Hits' by Jim Croce peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: Queen welcomes a group of semi-nude female bicyclists to the stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City during a performance of the song "Fat Bottomed Girls."

1978: The Clash, supported by The Slits appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1979: "Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd is released.

1979: "Wonderful Christmas Time" by Paul McCartney is released.

1985: Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Built This City', it made No.12 in the UK.

1985: U2 launched their own record label 'Mother Records.'

1985: 'Scarecrow' by John Cougar Mellencamp peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1985: "You Belong To The City" by Glenn Frey peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1987: Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, England for supplying heroin to a man who later died.

1989: Stevie Nicks plus Richard Marx appeared live at The NEC, Birmingham, England.

1991: "Don't Cry" by Guns N' Roses peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1991: "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" by Bryan Adams peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.

1994: Quicksilver Messenger Service singer-guitarist Dino Valente dies at age 51. Valente is also known for writing the Youngbloods hit "Get Together."

1996: The Beatles 'Anthology 3' went to No.1 on the UK album chart.

1999: Eddie Van Halen undergoes successful hip replacement surgery.

2000: Elton John told a London High Court that his former manager John Reid betrayed him over touring costs. The singer said Reid, had been "caught with his hands in the till". Elton was suing Andrew Haydon, former managing director of John Reid Enterprises, his management company alleging Haydon was negligent in allowing JREL to charge him "several millions" in overseas tour expenses.

2002: Texan multi-billionaire David Bonderman hired The Rolling Stones to play at his 60th birthday party held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. The bands fee was £4.4m.

2006: Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart which was made up of sales figures from the last fifty years showed their Greatest Hits compilation had sold 5,407,587 copies. The Beatles occupied second place with ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.’

2010: The Beatles' back catalogue was finally made available on iTunes, after years of negotiations. For the first time consumers would now be able to purchase some of the Fab Four's most popular songs via the store. Apple and record label EMI had been in talks for years about getting the catalogue online. Apple chief executive and Beatles fan Steve Jobs said it had "been a long and winding road to get here. We love the Beatles and are honoured and thrilled to welcome them to iTunes."


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