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On This Day in Rock

1967: The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of 'A Day in the Life'. At the Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.

1972: David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour.

1973: 'Do It Again' by Steely Dan peaks at Number Six on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1973: Elton John had his first UK No.1 album when 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player' started a six-week run at the top of the charts.

1974: Record producer Phil Spector was injured in a car crash. He needed extensive plastic surgery that dramatically altered his looks. Details of how the accident happened were kept secret.

1974: Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum, California.

1977: The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.

1979: Rod Stewart started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy', his third US No.1. (and a No.1 hit in the UK). Also today Rod started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Blondes Have More Fun.'

1990: 'Janie's Got A Gun' by Aerosmith peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1998: Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport. Rose was later released on bail.

2005: Who singer Roger Daltrey was awarded the CBE by The Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

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