THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1963: The first Beatles single 'Please Please Me' was released in the US on the Vee Jay label.

1963: The Blues By Six plus The Rolling Stones appeared at The Manor House, London, tickets cost 4 shillings, ($0.56c).

1964: Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.

1969: John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents. John was named as Rolling Stones Man Of The Year.

1969: The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, England.

1969: Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California.

1970: Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Led Zeppelin II'. Released in November 1969, and featuring the US No. 4 single 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to stay on the UK chart for 136 weeks. Also reaching No. 1 in the US, the RIAA in the US has now certified it as having sold over 12 million copies in the US alone.

1970: 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window' by Joe Cocker, a cover of the Beatles song, peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart.

1970: 'Willie And The Poorboy' by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it spends three weeks.

1970: 'The Band' by The Band peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.

1970: 'The Plastic Ono Band - Live Peace In Toronto 1969' by the Plastic Ono Band peaks at Number 10 on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1971: Guitarist Tom Fogerty quits Creedence Clearwater Revival.

1979: Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles' Record Plant Studio.

1980: Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.

1981: 'Passion' by Rod Stewart peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1981: 'Zenyatta Mondatta' by the Police peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it spends six weeks.

1981: 'Seven Bridges Road' by the Eagles peaks at Number 21 on the pop chart.

1981: John Lennon was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Woman', an ode to his wife Yoko Ono. It was Lennon's third No.1 in seven weeks after his death on December 8, 1980.

1994: Blind Melon's lead singer Shannon Hoon was forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony for his loud and disruptive behavior. Hoon was later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone.

2000: English guitarist and singer Dave Pevertt died from kidney cancer aged 56. Had been a member of Savoy Brown and Foghat who had the 1970's hit singles 'My Babe' and 'Slow Ride'.

2001: U2 played a secret show at London's Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen's Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.

2004: Queen's single 'We Will Rock You' topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band's classic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy 'School of Rock.'


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