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On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles received silver LP discs for 'Please Please Me' and 'With the Beatles' at a ceremony held at EMI House in London. They also received a silver EP for 'Twist and Shout' and a silver single for 'She Loves You'. The band then attend a cocktail party and a formal lunch in the EMI boardroom with company executives and invited guests.

1965: Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul and Barry Ryan all appeared at the ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland, North East England.

1967: 'Strange Days' by the Doors peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.
1967: 'Vanilla Fudge' by Vanilla Fudge peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it spends a total of four weeks.

1968: 'Electric Ladyland' by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is certified gold.

1972: Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose aged 29. Member of Neil Young's Crazy Horse and writer of 'I Don't Wanna Talk About It', covered by Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge and Everything But The Girl. The Neil Young song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose).

1972: 'Witchy Woman' by the Eagles peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.

1975: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play their first-ever European show at the Hammersmith Odeon in London. The footage is released in 2005 on the Born To Run 30th anniversary reissue.
1978: 'Tormato' by Yes peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: Billy Joel went to No.1 on the US album chart with '52nd Street', his first US No.1 album.

1978: This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, The Cars, 'My Best Friend's Girl', No.4, Rod Stewart, 'Do You Think I'm Sexy', No.3, Dan Hartman, 'Instant Replay', No.2, Olivia Newton- John, 'Hopelessly Devoted To You' and No.1, The Boomtown Rats, 'Rat Trap' giving the Irish band their first UK No.1 single and the first chart topper by a punk or new wave act.
1978: The Blues Brothers appear as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live, performing "Soul Man."

1983: R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US when they appeared on Channel 4 UK TV show 'The Tube'. The following night they made their live UK debut when the played at Dingwalls, London.
1985: 'Rock A Little' by Stevie Nicks is released.

1990: Paul McCartney's birth certificate sells for $18,000 at auction.

1992: Black Sabbath were honored with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.

1993: Nirvana performs for MTV's Unplugged series. They tape the whole show straight through, with no retakes, and it airs a month later.
1993: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder is arrested and booked for disturbing the peace and public drunkenness in New Orleans after he and Chicago White Sox pitcher Jack McDowell get into a barroom brawl with a waiter. Vedder is released on $600 bail.

1995: The Beatles Anthology premieres on ABC-TV. The three surviving Beatles, with the full cooperation of John Lennon's wife Yoko Ono, teamed up to produce the mini-series, which featured contemporary interviews with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, as well as archival interviews with Lennon. The project actually began almost immediately after the group's breakup in the spring of 1970. The Beatles' late right-hand man, Neil Aspinall, began compiling raw footage for the documentary, which was originally going to be called The Long And Winding Road. The project, which was always on the group's back burner, was even mentioned by Lennon during a 1980 deposition in a lawsuit against the producers of the Broadway musical Beatlemania. Lennon went on record at the time as saying that the group would eventually reunite to cap off the documentary.
1998: Metallica's self-titled 1991 album, also known as "The Black Album," is certified 11-times platinum. That same day, two other Metallica discs, 1986's Master Of Puppets and 1997's Reload, are certified quintuple platinum and triple platinum, respectively.

2000: Queen guitarist Brian May marries Anita Dobson.

2001: R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills appear on the Thanksgiving episode of The Simpsons. In the show, the trio's animated likenesses perform in Homer's garage and join the Simpsons for a tofu turkey dinner.

2003: American composer and orchestral arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack in London aged 55. Worked with Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, Roger Daltrey, Aerosmith, Tom Petty, David Bowie, Queensryche, Rush, Metallica, Bryan Adams, and Sting. Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams' ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’

2003: John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the Beatles' 1965 song "Nowhere Man" sell for $455,000 at an entertainment memorabilia auction held by Christie's in New York City.

2005: An interview with John Lennon's murderer Mark David Chapman airs on NBC's Dateline.

2007: US celebrity publicist Paul Wasserman, died aged 73 of respiratory failure. His clients included the Rolling Stones, The Who, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. His career ended in 2000, when he was jailed for six months for swindling some of his friends by falsely claiming to be selling shares in investment schemes that he said were backed by stars like U2.

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