THIS DAY IN ROCK

December 2nd: Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Styx, Rolling Stones and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles recorded an appearance on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show. The Beatles played ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The program was broadcast on April 18, 1964.

1969: 'Santana' by Santana is certified gold.

1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at The Royal Ballroom, Bournemouth, England.

1972: 'Close To The Edge' by Yes peaks at Number Three on the album chart.

1972: 'Phoenix' by Grand Funk Railroad peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1972: 'Caravanserai' by Santana peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1973: The members of The Who are arrested in Montreal for destroying a suite at the Hotel Place Bonaventure. They spend six hours in a police cell, before agreeing to pay the hotel $3,200 to settle the damages bill, which is $7,000. The incident inspires bassist John Entwistle to write his song "Cell Number 7."

1978: Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy', the singers fifth UK chart topper. A plagiarism lawsuit by Brazilian musician Jorge Ben Jor confirmed that the song had been derived from his composition 'Taj Mahal'. Stewart agreed to donate all his royalties from the song to United Nations Children's Fund.

1978: 'Pieces Of Eight' by Styx peaks at Number Six on the album chart.

1987: During a UK tour, INXS played at Newcastle City Hall, supported by Sinead O'Connor.

1995: 'Stripped' by the Rolling Stones enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Nine.

1997: A man died after falling from a balcony during a Rolling Stones concert at Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan.

1999: David Bowie played his first UK show in over two years when he appeared at the Astoria Theatre in London infront of 2,000 fans.

2001: Creed started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Weathered'.

2007: Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. Items sold included the family's custom pool table for $11,250 (£5,470) and a pair of Ozzy's trademark round glasses went for $5,250 (£2,553). The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the kitchen fetched $10,000 (£4,862), while skull-adorned trainers worn by Ozzy sold for $2,625 (£1,276).


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