THIS DAY IN ROCK

January 11th: Jethro Tull, Billy Joel, Nirvana, Pete Townshend and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles recorded their first national TV show 'Thank Your Lucky Stars'. They mimed to their new single 'Please Please Me' which was released on this day.

1969: 'Beggars Banquet' by The Rolling Stones peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Purple Haze'. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.

1975: 'Junior's Farm' b/w 'Sally G' by Paul McCartney & Wings peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.

1975: 'Only You' by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Six on the pop chart. That same day, Goodnight Vienna peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1975: 'Bungle In The Jungle' by Jethro Tull peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.

1975: 'Dark Horse' by George Harrison peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.

1975: 'The Entertainer' by Billy Joel peaks at Number 34 on the pop chart.

1980: The Pretenders' self-titled debut album is released.

1985: A Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.

1986: 'Tonight She Comes' by The Cars peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.

1987: During a UK tour, Motley Crue appeared at the Edinburgh Playhouse.

1989: 'American Dream' by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released.

1990: Paul McCartney played the first of 11 sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

1992: 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' by Nirvana peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it spends two weeks. That same day, Nevermind hits Number One on the album chart, where it also spends two weeks.

1992: The tribute album 'Two Rooms: Celebrating The Music Of Elton John and Bernie Taupin' peaks at Number 18 on the album chart. It features covers by The Who, Eric Clapton, Rod Stewart, Phil Collins, the Beach Boys, Tina Turner, Hall & Oates, Sinead O'Connor, and others.

2002: Mickey Finn percussionist and sideman to Marc Bolan in T Rex, died of kidney and liver problems aged 55.

2003: Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68m, The Rolling Stones $58m, Elton John $47m, The Who $20m, Ozzy Osbourne $18m, Peter Gabriel $10m, Yes $6m, Elvis Costello $5m, The Moody Blues $4m and Jethro Tull $3m.

2003: Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it.

2004: Ted Nugent is injured while shooting his VH1 series 'Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments' when a chain saw cuts into his leg, and the wound takes 40 stitches to close.

2005: The Nazareth CD and DVD 'Nazareth: Homecoming - The Greatest Hits Live In Glasgow (Collector's Edition)' is released.

2005: The Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers DVD 'Soundstage Presents: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers' is released.

2005: Jefferson Airplane drummer Spenser Dryden dies at age 66.

2008: Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events. Organisers hoped the Capital of Culture tag would attract an extra two million visitors to Liverpool and boost the economy by £100m.


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