THIS DAY IN ROCK

January 1st: The Yardbirds, Procol Harum, Genesis, The Clash and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records in West Hampstead, London. A&R boss at Decca, Dick Rowe, turned them down. The producer rejects the band, saying that guitar groups are not the "in" thing, and signs Brian Poole & the Tremeloes instead.

1964: The Rolling Stones, the Hollies, the Swinging Blue Jeans, Dusty Springfield and the Dave Clark Five are among the acts appearing on the first edition of the BBC's weekly TV show Top Of The Pops.

1965: The Yardbirds, with Eric Clapton, played two shows at The Odeon Cinema, Hammersmith in London. One at 6.15 and 8.45pm.

1967: The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single ‘Break on Through’ on Shebang, KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles. The single peaked No. 126 on the US chart mainly due to lack of airplay after censors objected to the drug use implied by the line "she gets high", which is repeated in the middle section of the song.

1972: Marc Bolan signed a deal with EMI to release records in the UK on his own T Rex Wax co. label.

1976: Procol Harum, John Miles, Barclay James Harvest, Baker Gurvitz Army and Snafu all appeared at the Great British Music Festival, London, tickets £3.30.

1977: Genesis played the first of three nights at the new-look Rainbow Theatre, London, tickets cost £2.50 ($4.25). The theatre had been completely renovated at a cost of £80,000 ($136,000).

1977: The Clash played the opening night at punk's first real venue, The Roxy Club in London.

1977: Wings were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Mull Of Kintyre.' Spending nine weeks at No.1 in became the first single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK.

1980: The makeup designs worn by Kiss singer-guitarist Paul Stanley and singer-drummer Peter Criss are registered with the United States Patent And Trademark Office.

1989: Nirvana signed a one-year recording contract with Sub Pop records. The Seattle based label began not as a record label but as a fanzine, called Subterranean Pop, in the early 80’s, also signed Soundgarden and Mudhoney.

1990: New American radio station WKRL in Florida played the Led Zeppelin track 'Stairway To Heaven' for 24 hours, as a prelude to an all Zeppelin format.

2002: Eric Clapton married 25-year old Melia McEnery the mother of his baby daughter at a secret ceremony at the 15th Century St Mary Magdalen Church in Riplley, Surrey, England.

2007: Queen beat The Beatles to be crowned greatest British band of all time by BBC Radio 2 listeners in the UK. They pipped the Fab Four in a live contest, trouncing other finalists The Rolling Stones, Oasis and Take That. The bands were judged on song-writing, lyrics, live performances, originality and showmanship. More than 20,000 listeners voted by email, text and phone.

2011: Chuck Berry cut short a concert at Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois after collapsing on stage an hour into the show. Berry slumped over a keyboard and did not move for a couple of minutes before being helped off stage, he returned 15 minutes later only to be forced off again almost immediately. The 84 year-old later re-emerged on stage but told fans he had no strength to continue performing.


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