January 21st: Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, T. Rex, Yes, Billy Idol and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on the Radio Luxembourg program ‘The Friday Spectacular’. They chat with the host and play ‘Please Please Me’ and ‘Ask Me Why’.

1965: Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date of tour in Australia and New Zealand.

1966: George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’

1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone guitarist Brian Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session. The track was released in the US as a single in 1968, peaking at #20.

1973: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date Pacific tour at Honolulu International Centre, Hawaii.

1974: T. Rex appeared at Newcastle City Hall, England, tickets cost $2.55.

1984: Yes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart 'a No.28 hit in the UK.

1987: Bruce Springsteen inducted Roy Orbison into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

1989: Phil Collins scored his seventh US No.1 single with 'Two Hearts'.

1992: Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 and ordered to appear in a series of anti-drug commercials.

2003: David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. Palmer was the keyboard player for Jethro Tull between 1969 and 1980. He played on all the Tull classics including 'Thick As A Brick' and 'Aqualung.'

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