December 6th: Randy Rhoads, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Bon Scott, Europe and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1956: Guitarist Randy Rhoads, Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard Of Ozz, is born. He dies in 1982.

1961: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best met with Brian Epstein for further discussions about his proposal to manage them. Epstein wanted 25% of their gross fees each week. He promises that their bookings will be better organised, more prestigious, and will expand beyond the Liverpool area. He also promises that they will never again play for less than £15, except for Cavern lunchtime sessions, for which he will get their fee doubled to ten pounds. Lennon, as leader of The Beatles, accepts on their behalf.

1962: Bob Dylan recorded ‘A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall’ during a session at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

1965: The Rolling Stones record ‘19th Nervous Breakdown’ and ‘Mother's Little Helper’ at RCA's Hollywood Studios in Los Angeles.

1966: The Beatles recorded Christmas and New Year's greetings for pirate radio stations Radio Caroline and Radio London. Both stations were broadcasting from ships anchored off the British coastline.

1967: The Beatles started a seven-week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Hello Goodbye' their 13th No.1 single.

1969: Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.

1969: The Rolling Stones played a free festival at Altamont in California, along with Jefferson Airplane, Santana, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death as the group played by Hell's Angels who'd been hired to police the event. It's claimed Hunter was waving a revolver. One other man drowned, two men were killed by in a hit-and run accident and two babies were born.

1970: The Rolling Stones movie 'Gimme Shelter', documenting the events leading up to and including the Altamont concert in 1969, opens.

1971: During a UK tour Crosby, Stills & Nash played the first of two nights at The Festival Hall in London.

1973: 'The Joker' by Steve Miller is certified gold.

1975: Rev Charles Boykin of Tallahassee, Florida organized the burning of Elton John and Rolling Stones records, claiming they were sinful. Boykin was reacting to the results from a survey that said, 984 of the 1,000 local unmarried mothers had sex when listening to rock music.

1977: 'You Love The Thunder' by Jackson Browne is released.

1979: 'Highway To Hell' by AC/DC, the last album with singer Bon Scott, is certified gold.

1980: The Police appeared at the Fox Theater, Atlanta, Georgia supported by R.E.M.

1982: U2 appeared at The Hammersmith Palais, London, England.

1986: Europe were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Final Countdown'. They became only the second Swedish act to score a UK No.1. The song reached No.1 in 25 countries and the song's lyrics were inspired by David Bowie's song 'Space Oddity'.

1986: 'Hip To Be Square' by Huey Lewis & the News peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1988: American singer songwriter Roy Orbison died of a heart attack aged 52. Scored the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Pretty Woman', plus over 20 US & 30 UK Top 40 singles including ‘Only the Lonely’ and ‘Crying’. Formed his first band The Wink Westerners in 1949, was a member of The Traveling Wilburys (known as Lefty Wilbury) with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty and had the 1988 UK No.21 single 'Handle With Care'. Orbison endured a great deal of tragedy in his life. His first wife, Claudette died in a motorcycle accident in 1966 and two of his three sons, died in a house fire.

1996: The soundtrack to the film 'She's The One' by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is certified gold.

1997: 'Reload' by Metallica enters the album chart at Number One.

2000: The Foo Fighters kicked off a 5-date UK tour at the Manchester Apollo.

2002: Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler plays himself and Santa Claus on the Disney Channel program Lizzie McGuire.

2005: Queen guitarist Brian May is honored at Buckingham Palace in London, where he receives his Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire (CBE) award and is presented with a medal by Queen Elizabeth II.

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