THIS DAY IN ROCK

February 13th: Bob Dylan, Dave Edmunds, Elton John, The Cult and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.

1967: The Beatles released the double A sided single 'Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane' on Capitol Records in the US. The single spent 10 weeks on the chart peaking at No.1.

1969: Bob Dylan recorded 'Lay, Lady, Lay' at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee.

1970: On this day, Friday the 13th, Black Sabbath released their debut self-titled studio album on Vertigo records in the UK. Peaking at #8 on the charts, the album has been recognised as the first main album to be credited with the development of the heavy metal genre.

1971: 'I Hear You Knocking' by Dave Edmunds peaks at Number Four on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1971: 'Tumbleweed Connection' by Elton John peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it spends four weeks.

1974: David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose 'the world's first Gay National Anthem.'

1976: Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, 'A Trick Of The Tail' featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phill Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist.

1980: Thin Lizzy leader Phil Lynott married Caroline Crowther the daughter of TV personality Leslie.

1982: The marble slab was stolen from the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd's singer Ronnie Van Zant. Police found it two weeks later in a dried up river bed.

1993: The Cult went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Pure Cult.'

1997: During their The Alive Worldwide tour, Kiss played the first of three sold out nights at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

2004: Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour.

2005: U2 were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own', their 6th No.1, taken from their album 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb'.

2007: Rod Stewart was paid $1 million when he performed at a billionaire's birthday bash. Stewart was booked to play a one-hour gig to help Steve Schwarzman celebrate his 60th birthday held at New York's Park Avenue Armory.


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