THIS DAY IN ROCK

February 19th: Jerry Garcia, Bon Scott, Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Lee and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1961: Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia is thrown through the windshield of a car he's riding in with some friends when it goes off the road and flips. He suffers a broken collarbone and some bruises, but one person is killed, and Garcia later tells journalist David Gans, "I had this feeling that my life had been spared to do something."

1963: The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England. The Beatles had 'Please Please Me' at No.1 on the NME singles chart.

1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song 'You're Going To Lose That Girl' in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album.

1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide in Australia.

1977: Manfred Mann's Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song 'Blinded By The Light.' The track was the first single from Bruce Springsteen's 1973 debut album Greetings from Asbury Park N.J. The Earth Band's version features several changed lyrics. The most prominent change is in the chorus, where Springsteen's "cut loose like a deuce" is replaced with "revved up like a deuce." Springsteen himself has said that it was not until Manfred Mann rewrote the song to be about a "feminine hygiene product" that it became popular.

1980: AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott dies at age 33. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a London hospital after a heavy night's drinking. Scott was found in the passenger seat of a friend's parked car. The official coroner's report stated that he had "drunk himself to death", after suffocating on his own vomit.

1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest, due to his wife Sharon hiding all his clothes so he couldn't go outside. Osbourne who apparently thought he was relieving himself on a pile of rubble was banned from ever playing in San Antonio, Texas again, a ban which was lifted in 1992.

1995: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Baywatch actress Pamela Anderson on a Cancun beach, Mexico where the bride wore a white bikini. Anderson and Lee who married only four days after meeting and had videotaped their sexual activities while on vacation which was later stolen and released on the Internet. After suing the video company who released the tape, the Lees entered into a confidential settlement agreement. The couple divorced in 1998.


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