THIS DAY IN ROCK

December 9th: The Band, The Moody Blues, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1943: The Band's singer-bassist Rick Danko is born. He dies in 1999.

1961: The Beatles played at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot to a crowd of just 18 people. The date had not been advertised, owing to the local newspaper's refusal to accept the promoter's cheque. After the show The Beatles became rowdy, getting themselves ordered out of town by the local police.

1966: The Beatles album 'A Collection Of Beatles Oldies' was released in the UK.

1967: The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.

1968: Free appeared at the Marquee Club in London England. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Led Zeppelin.

1972: A stage version of The Who's rock opera Tommy opens at London's Rainbow Theatre. Among the performers are Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Ringo Starr, and others. They're backed by the London Symphony Orchestra.

1972: The Moody Blues started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Seventh Sojourn'.

1972: 'Ventura Highway' by America peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1974: John Lennon showed up in the Monday Night Football booth and talked sports with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell.

1974: 'Odds And Sods' by The Who is certified gold.

1978: 'Comes A Time' by Neil Young peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: 'A Single Man' by Elton John peaks at Number 15 on the album chart.

1992: George Harrison is awarded the first Billboard Century Award in Universal City, California. Tom Petty makes the presentation.

1989: Billy Joel started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Didn't Start The Fire', a No.7 hit in the UK.

1991: During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n' Roses played the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

1995: 'Anthology Vol. 1' by the Beatles enters the album chart at Number One, where it stays for three weeks.

1995: 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad' by Bruce Springsteen enters the album chart at its peak position of Number 11.

2000: U2 made their first-ever appearance on the long-running NBC program 'Saturday Night Live.' The band played ‘Beautiful Day’ and ‘Elevation.’

2003: Ozzy Osbourne was admitted to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, Berkshire after being injured in a quad bike accident at his UK home. The 55 year-old singer broke his collarbone, eight ribs and a vertebra in his neck. News of Osbourne's accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message.

2010: Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Centre in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000. The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.


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