THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off a 58-date UK tour at the Invicta Ballroom in Chatham, Kent. Half the dates saw the Stones playing two shows in one evening.

1967: The first session recording George Harrison's new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios, London. George was the only Beatle to perform on this song, which was still called 'Untitled'. Harrison played the swordmandel and tamboura, Natver Soni played tabla, Amrat Gajjar played dilruba, PD Joshi played swordmandel, and an undocumented musician played a droning tamboura.

1968: Jimi Hendrix is profiled in Life magazine, which calls him "the most spectacular guitarist in the world."

1969: Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their album 'Goodbye.'

1969: Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6).

1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan's first book of poetry 'The Warlock Of Love' was published, priced at 12 and 6.

1969: During a Scandinavian tour, Led Zeppelin played at the Brondby Pop Club in Norregard. Also on the bill, The Keef Hartley Band, Ham and Swedish band Made In Sweden.

1975: Led Zeppelin went to No.1 on the UK chart with the double album 'Physical Graffiti', the first on their own 'Swan Song' label, the album spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.

1975: The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Black Water', the group's first of two US No.1's.

1977: Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England.

1980: 'Refugee' by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.

1980: 'Heartbreaker' by Pat Benatar peaks at Number 23 on the pop chart.

1986: Starship went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sara', it reached No.66 in the UK.

1989: The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.

1997: U2 went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Pop', the bands sixth UK No.1 album.

1999: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel and George Martin are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, along with Curtis Mayfield, the Staple Singers, Charles Brown, Del Shannon, Dusty Springfield and Bob Wills & his Texas Playboys.

2000: Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 a month to $10,000. Mick was asked to confirm that he was the father of her child by the court, while Ms Morad was seeking a $10 million settlement. Morad told the court her monthly expenses: $3,500 for a nanny; $3,000for food and $3,350 to rent her place on New York's Upper West Side.

2000: Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become 'an item'. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.

2002: Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check-in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon's face with the words 'Above Us Only Skies.'

2004: George Harrison, Bob SegerTraffic and ZZ Top were all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City.

2008: Six people were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Isle of Wight Festival by trying to sell fake tickets and wristbands. A police investigation was launched after alleged counterfeit tickets were discovered at last year's event, which was headlined by the Rolling Stones.

2011: Disney Studios scrapped plans for a 3D remake of The Beatles' 1968 film Yellow Submarine. The new film which was being developed by Forrest Gump Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis was going to incorporate the 16 Beatles songs and recordings from the original animated film. Budget issues and a cancelled meeting with surviving Beatles' members were cited as reasons for the film's demise.


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