January 17th: Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Mötley Crüe, The Police and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.

1964: The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On’, ‘Poison Ivy’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’. It peaked at No.15 on the UK chart.
1967: The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon's contribution to The Beatles song 'A Day In The Life'.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
1969: Led Zeppelin I, the band's debut album, was released in the US, coinciding with the band's first headlining US concert tour. It was to peak at No. 10 in the US chart, and at No. 6 in the UK. The RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 10 million copies in the US alone.

1969: 'Yellow Submarine' by the Beatles is released. That same day, the band finishes shooting the footage for what becomes the Let It Be movie.

1970: The Doors played the first of four shows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming 'Absolutely Live' album.

1970: 'Cold Turkey' by John Lennon peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart.

1975: Talking Heads rehearse for the first time in their downtown New York City loft after relocating from Rhode Island.

1976: 'Over My Head' by Fleetwood Mac peaks at Number 20 on the pop chart.

1981: Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, who later left. Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob "Mick Mars" Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join, after turning them down, in April of this year.

1981: 'De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da' by the Police peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart.

2003: A long-lost recording featuring John Lennon and Mick Jagger was set to spark a biding war at a London auction. The acetate record was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing the blues song 'Too Many Cooks' and Lennon playing guitar. The track had never been released because the two artists were both signed to different record companies.

2008: The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.

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