THIS DAY IN ROCK

January 27th: David Bowie, Def Leppard, Tom Petty, Rod Stewart and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles appeared at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool. The group had played here many times before but this was their last performance at the venue. Brian Epstein became infuriated when the promoter paid The Beatles' fee (£15 pounds) with handfuls of loose change. Epstein took this as an insult to the group, and made sure that The Beatles never played for that promoter (Brian Kelly) again.

1968: 'She's A Rainbow' by the Rolling Stones peaked at Number 25 on the pop chart.

1971: David Bowie arrived in the US for the first time; he couldn't play live because of work permit restrictions, but attracted publicity when he wore a dress at a promotion event.

1976: David Bowie filed a $2 million suit against attorney Michael Lippman claiming that he had taken a 15% agents fee instead of the customary 10%.

1977: The Clash signed to CBS Records in the UK for £100,000.

1980: Def Leppard played the first of two nights at The Marquee, London. Tickets cost $3.40.

1988: Pink Floyd played the fist of 9 nights at The Entertainment Center, Sydney, Australia.

1990: 'Free Fallin' by Tom Petty peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1990: 'Downtown Train' by Rod Stewart peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

2009: Road Chef, the Watford Gap UK Motorway services operator, paid £1,000 at an auction for a collection of celebrity signatures, which were collected by former employee, Beatrice England. The book included signatures of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, The Eagles and Dusty Springfield. The Blue Boar services as it was once known received so many famous guests in its 50-year history that Jimi Hendrix mistook it for a London nightclub as it was mentioned so often by his contemporaries.


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