December 4th: Kiss, Tommy Bolin, Queen, John Lennon, Frank Zappa and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles made their London-area debut on television when they appeared in a live broadcast from Wembley on ‘Tuesday Rendezvous’, on ITV station Rediffusion. The Beatles performed live, doing lip-sync performances of ‘Love Me Do’ and 45 seconds of ‘P.S. I Love You.’

1964: The Beatles released their fourth album 'Beatles For Sale'. The album featured: ‘No Reply’, ‘I'm a Loser’, ‘Baby's in Black’, ‘Rock and Roll Music’, ‘I'll Follow the Sun’, ‘Mr. Moonlight’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’, ‘Eight Days a Week’, ‘Words of Love’, ‘Honey Don't’, ‘Every Little Thing’, ‘I Don't Want to Spoil the Party’, ‘What You're Doing’, and ‘Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby’. It spent 11 weeks as the UK No.1 album.

1965: The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' the group's second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.

1971: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with the 'Four Symbols' album. Featuring the 8-minute track 'Stairway To Heaven', the album stayed on the US chart for 1 week short of 5 years, selling over 11 million copies.

1971: T Rex scored their first No.1 album with their 6th release 'Electric Warrior'.

1971: Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ entered the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.

1975: 'Alive!' by Kiss is certified gold.

1976: 'Beth' b/w 'Detroit Rock City' by Kiss peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.

1976: Boston's self-titled debut peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.

1976: American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25. Member of Zephyr (1969 to 1971), The James Gang (1973 to 1974) and Deep Purple (1975 to 1976).

1976: 'A Night On The Town' by Rod Stewart peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.

1977: During a North American tour, Queen appeared at the University Arena, Dayton, Ohio.

1979: U2 appeared at The Hope and Anchor, Islington, London. Misnamed ‘The U2s’, they played to only nine people and the show ended abruptly after The Edge broke a guitar string.

1980: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announce that the band will not continue following the death of John Bonham.

1982: 'The John Lennon Collection' started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart.

1989: Lenny Kravitz made his UK live debut at London's Borderline Club

1993: Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostrate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention and solo including the 1969 album 'Hot Rats' and 1974 album 'Apostrophe.' Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, 'Freak Out'. He married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, in 1967, they had four children: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.

2004: Elton John is honored by the John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., for his ongoing contributions to American culture.

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