THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1964: The Beatles scored their first US No.1 album with 'Meet The Beatles!' The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks.

1965: The Beatles start recording their Help! album by laying down "Ticket To Ride." 1965, Canada's new maple-leaf flag was unfurled at ceremonies in Ottawa.

1968: John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo joined them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st comparing the experience to be like a 'Butlins holiday camp.' Much of the Beatles' 'White Album' was written during their stay.

1979, "Just The Way You Are" by Billy Joel wins Grammys for Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year.

1981: American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. He was a member of the Paul Butterfield Band and Electric Flag and had played on Bob Dylan's album 'Highway 61 Revisited'. In 2003 he was ranked at number 22 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

1988: After singer Joe Elliot had referred to El Paso as 'the place with all those greasy Mexicans', Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted.

1991: Kelly Embe, the ex-girlfriend of Rod Stewart, filed a $25 million palimony suit in Los Angeles.

1995: ZZ Top files a lawsuit against the Steridyne Corporation for naming its gel-filled bedsore product "The ZZ Topper."

1997: U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Discotheque', the bands third UK No.1 single. The entire track was leaked onto the internet in December 1996, forcing U2 to move the release date.

2000: Sting pulled-out of a concert in Vienna in protest at the inclusion of Jorg Haider's far right freedom party in Austria's new government. Lou Reed had also cancelled shows in the country.

2006: The gravesite of AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott in Western Australia is classified with a "heritage listing."

2008: A flat once rented by the Beatles in London went up for sale for £1.75m. The band shared the three-bedroom top floor property in Green Street, Mayfair in the autumn of 1963. A publicity photo of the Fab Four peering over a banister, used as the cover for the December 1963 edition of The Beatles Book, was taken at the top of the property's communal stairwell.


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