THIS DAY IN ROCK

February 20th: Kurt Cobain, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Great White and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1960: Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at a High School in Seattle.

1963: The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program "Parade of the Pops." Performing 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me', the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire.

1965: 'Heart Of Stone' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 19 on the pop chart.

1967: Pink Floyd appeared at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich, England.

1967: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is born. He dies in 1994.

1970: The single 'Instant Karma' by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the 22nd January 1970.

1971: Yes appeared at Kingston Poly, London, England. Support act was Queen. Tickets cost 50p ($0.85c).

1972: During a tour of Australia, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Kooyong Tennis Courts, Melbourne in Australia.

1972: Alice Cooper and Badfinger appeared at The Convention Hall in San Diego, California.

1976: All four members of Kiss had their footprints implanted on the pavement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

1976: Marc Bolan played at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England.

1982: 'Abacab' by Genesis peaks at Number 26 on the pop chart.

1982: Pat Benatar married her guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

1991: Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy' Awards.

2003: 100 people died after pyrotechnics ignited a club during a gig by Great White in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Great White guitarist Ty Longley was also killed in the accident. Two brothers who owned the club were charged, along with the former tour manager with involuntary manslaughter. Foam soundproofing material at the edge of the stage set alight and the blaze spread quickly in the one-story wooden building as fans all tried to escape through the same exit. Great White began a tour in July 2003 to raise money for the survivors and families of victims.

2008: A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The 'Black and Blue' LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3.


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