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On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles played two gigs, the first was at the El Rio Club/Dance Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, supported by Wayne Fontana and the Jets. Then The Beatles drove 20 miles to their next gig at King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.

1965: During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig at The Town Hall in Brisbane.

1965: 'Downtown' by Petula Clark was at No. 1 on the US singles chart. A young Jimmy Page had played as a session guitarist on the track, giving him his first US No.1 hit, (and a No. 2 hit in the UK).

1970: John Lennon wrote, recorded and mixed his new single 'Instant Karma' all in one day.

1971: 'Black Magic Woman' by Santana peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1973: Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Blockbuster'. The glam rockers only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits.

1974: Ringo Starr went to No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Johnny Burnette 1960 hit 'Your Sixteen', a No.3 hit in the UK.

1975: The BBC 'Omnibus' documentary 'Cracked Actor' a film about David Bowie was shown on UK TV.

1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a $51,000 royalty cheque to him.

1980: During their 22 date UK tour, The Clash appeared at Deeside Leisure Centre.

1985: Foreigner started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Agent Provocateur'.

1986: Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members.

1989: Bon Jovi kicked of the North American leg of their New Jersey Syndicate Tour at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

1991: Queen had their second UK No.1 with 'Innuendo'. It was the third longest No.1 song of all time behind The Beatles 'Hey Jude' and Simple Minds 'Belfast Child'. The flamenco guitar solo on the track was performed by Yes guitarist Steve Howe.

2003: Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. The singer lost control of his Mercedes S500 and skidded for 100 yards before crashing. The accident happened in The Hamptons, New York.

2007: The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132m and American country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earned $110.5m in the past year.

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