THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1964: The Beatles made their US chart debut when 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.

1965: The Rolling Stones recorded 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on 'Play With Fire.'

1967: Jimi Hendrix recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops and also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London.
 
1969: Pink Floyd played three shows in one day: first at the Homerton College, Cambridge, then the London College of Printing, London and finally at Middle Earth, The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London, England in the early hours of January 19th.

1970: Styx singer-keyboardist Dennis DeYoung marries his wife Suzanne.

1973: Pink Floyd begins recording their album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon.'

1973: The Rolling Stones headline a benefit concert at The Forum in Los Angeles for Nicaraguan earthquake relief. The show raises $200,000, and Mick Jagger donates $150,000 more himself. Santana also performs at the event. Jagger's wife at the time, Bianca, is Nicaraguan.

1974: Former members from Free (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to score a US No.1 album with their debut release.

1975: Queen bassist John Deacon marries Veronica Tetzlaff.

1975: Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Down Down', the group's only UK No.1 from 52 hits between 1968 and 1996.

1978 The first Van Halen single, 'You Really Got Me' b/w 'Atomic Punk,' is released.

1984: Van Halen kicked off their 103-date '1984' North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.

1985: Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia is arrested in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park while freebasing cocaine in his car. He is ordered into a rehab program and agrees to play a benefit show for the Haight-Ashbury Free Food Program.

1986: 'You're A Friend Of Mine' by Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne peaks at Number 18 on the pop chart.

1986: 'Face The Face' by Pete Townshend peaks at Number 26 on the pop chart.

1986: 'Sex As A Weapon' by Pat Benatar peaks at Number 28 on the pop chart.

1986: 'Go' by Asia peaks at Number 46 on the pop chart.

1987: Steve Winwood and Eugenia Crafton are married.

1989: '5150' by Van Halen is certified quadruple platinum, while OU812 is certified triple platinum.

1989: At the fourth annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, The Rolling Stones are inducted by Who leader Pete Townshend, who tells them, "Guys, whatever you do, don't try to grow old gracefully. It wouldn't suit you." Other inductees include Dion, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and the Temptations.

1991: During an AC/DC North American tour three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd at a gig in Salt Lake City.

1992: 'No Son Of Mine' by Genesis peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.

1993: Elton John resigned his directorship of Watford Football Club.

2001: Bassist Jason Newsted announces he is leaving Metallica after 14 years, citing personal reasons.

2001: ZZ Top performs in Washington, D.C., at an inaugural ball for President George W. Bush.

2002: Bad Company is joined onstage by Journey guitarist Neal Schon at the Konocti Harbor Resort in Kelseyville, California, for a version of "Saving Grace," a song he and Paul Rodgers co-wrote for Rodgers's 1997 album Now And Live. Later in the show, Schon rejoins Bad Company for the blues standards "Crossroads" and "Standing Around Crying."

2002: Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony signs autographs at the annual National Association Of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention in Anaheim, California.

2003: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington unveils the Gary Rossington Signature SG Model, which is a clone of the Gibson guitar he's been playing throughout Skynyrd's career, at the NAMM (the International Music Products Association) musical instrument convention in Anaheim, California.

2003: The Rolling Stones perform at Madison Square Garden in New York City, which is broadcast on HBO.

2005: An EP called '46664 1 Year One,' with songs by Paul McCartney and Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, Queen and Nelson Mandela, reggae star Jimmy Cliff with Sting and Tony Rebel, and Da Universal Playaz is available on iTunes. Proceeds go to help support former South African leader Mandela's AIDS charity.

2005: The 1991 Paul McCartney concert film 'Get Back' is released on DVD.

2005: Ted Nugent and ZZ Top attend a cocktail party for President George W. Bush's second inauguration.

2006: INXS kicks off their first North American tour with singer J.D. Fortune at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia.

2007: Peter Frampton kicks off the season for the PBS series Soundstage with the first part of a two-show performance.

2011: The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects - setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a hunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.


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