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On This Day in Rock

1963: The Rolling Stones played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience.

1965: Help! by the Beatles is released.

1966: The Spencer Davis Group were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Somebody Help Me', the group's second UK No.1.

1967: David Bowie's novelty record 'The Laughing Gnome' was released in the UK.

1967: A riot broke out at Warsaw's Palace Of Culture as The Rolling Stones made their first appearance in an Iron curtain Country; police used tear gas in a battle with 2,000 fans.

1968: Phil Spector married Ronettes singer Veronica Bennett. The couple divorced n 1973 with Bennett citing several instances of alleged cruelty.

1969: The recording of 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word 'Christ' was edited in backwards to avoid the ban.

1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London.

1971: The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of 'drug-oriented records' including 'White Rabbit' by Jefferson Airplane, 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' by Procol Harum and The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'

1973: Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Houses Of The Holy', also a No.1 in the US. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photo shoot.

1975: After rumours that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck or Chris Spedding variously would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.

1979: The Doobie Brothers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'What A Fool Believes', the group's second US No.1, it made No.31 in the UK.

1979: Dire Straits by Dire Straits peaks at Number Two on the album chart.

1979: Enlightened Rogues by the Allman Brothers Band peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for four weeks.

1980: A New Jersey state assemblyman proposes that Bruce Springsteen's "Born To Run" be declared the state anthem.

1982: Diver Down by Van Halen is released.

1983: The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June 14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.

1987: Tango In The Night by Fleetwood Mac is released. Soon after, singer-guitarist Lindsey Buckingham leaves the band.

1993: Paul McCartney kicked off a 24-date North American tour at the Sam Boys Silver Bowl in Las Vegas.

1994: Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain's occupation as Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock.

2009: Former Beatle George Harrison was honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.

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