THIS DAY IN ROCK

December 10th: Bob Dylan, Van Halen, Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Queen and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1961: The Beatles appeared at Hambleton Hall, Huyton in Liverpool after returning to Liverpool from their first live performances in south England and London. The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full £15 were very unhappy.

1964: The Beatles had their sixth UK No.1 single with 'I Feel Fine', also a US No.1.

1965: The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and the Great Society play a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco. It's the first show that Bill Graham promotes at the venue.

1965: Bob Dylan appeared at the Community Concourse, San Diego, California.

1967: The Byrds played the first of an 8 night run at the Whisky-a-go-go, Hollywood, California.

1968: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Marquee Club, London, tickets cost 7 & 6 in advance. Other acts appearing at the club this month included Joe Cocker, The Who and Free.

1969: A jury in Toronto finds Jimi Hendrix not guilty of heroin and marijuana possession.

1971: Playing the first of two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by jealous boyfriend Trevor Howell. Zappa broke one of his legs and suffered a fractured scull.

1975: "The Who By Numbers' by The Who is certified gold.

1976: Billy Idol's new band Generation X made their live debut at The Central College Of Art, London.

1977: 'Street Survivors' by Lynyrd Skynyrd peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1977: 'Moonflower' by Santana peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1978: Van Halen begins recording the 'Van Halen II' album.

1980: John Lennon's body is cremated in Hartsdale, New York.

1983: Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards married 27-year old Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday.

1983: 'Undercover' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1983: 'Love Is A Battlefield' by Pat Benatar peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, the same day that Live From Earth peaks at Number 13 on the album chart.

1983: Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Say Say Say'. It was Jackson's 10th No.1 (solo & The Jackson's) and McCartney's 29th, (solo and The Beatles).

1983: Stevie Nicks performs 'Stand Back' and 'Nightbird' on Saturday Night Live.

1988: Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Look Away', the group's third US No.1, not a hit in the UK.

1988: During their 222-date Damaged Justice world tour, Metallica played the first of two nights at Cow Place in San Francisco, California.

1993: The Grateful Dead welcomes guest Branford Marsalis for their entire show at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in Los Angeles.

1998: Bruce Springsteen won a $2 million court battle to ban an album of his early songs. The case revolved around a dispute over copyright ownership between Bruce and a former manager.

1998: A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300, ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles' 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles had played. Also sold for £5,195 ($8,500), was a set of autographs of five Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961.

1999: Rick Danko died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, New York. The Canadian guitarist and singer joined The Hawks in 1963 who went on to work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, (with Robbie Robertson, Richard Manuel and Garth Hudson). Renamed The Band who released their 1968 debut Music from Big Pink (featuring the single ‘The Weight’). The Band released the 1978 concert film-documentary triple-LP soundtrack ‘The Last Waltz.’

2005: Queen overtook The Beatles to become the third most successful act of all time. Sales in 2005 showed that Queen had now overtaken The Beatles to make it into third place, spending 1,755 weeks on the British singles and album charts. The Beatles slipped to fourth place, with 1,749 weeks. Elvis had spent 2,574 weeks on the singles and album charts, making him number one in the Top 100 most successful acts of all time. Sir Cliff Richard remained in second place, clinching 1,982 weeks.

2007: Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London's 02 arena. Original band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 20,000 tickets available for the show.

2010: The original hand-written lyrics to Bob Dylan's 'The Times They Are A-Changin' sold at a New York auction for $422,500. Adam Sender, a hedge fund manager and art collector, outbid five others, placing telephone bids. The song, one of Dylan's most politically charged, was the title track of his 1964 album.


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