THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1964: The Rolling Stones first album was released in the UK, it went to No.1 two weeks later and stayed on the chart for 40 weeks, with 11 weeks at No.1.

1964: The Beatles filmed the "chase scenes" for A Hard Days Night with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, 'A Hard Day's Night' at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.

1967: Cream appeared at the 'Daily Express Record Star Show' at The Empire Pool, Wembley, England.

1970: Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart.

1971: 'Oye Como Va' by Santana, a cover of the Tito Puente song, peaks at Number 13 on the pop chart.

1972: The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London.

1972: Pink Floyd appeared at the Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. A typical set list on this the Dark Side of The Moon tour was: The Dark Side of the Moon (entire album), One of These Days, Careful with that Axe Eugene, Echoes, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.

1973: During his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.

1976: Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American Rocks Tour.

1977: 'The First Cut Is The Deepest' by Rod Stewart, a cover of the Cat Stevens song, peaks at Number 21 on the pop chart.

1977: 'The Things We Do For Love' by 10CC peaks at Number Five on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1983: 'Mr. Roboto' by Styx peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1985: During the North American leg of their Unforgettable Fire tour, U2 played the first of three nights at The Centrum, in Worcester, Massachusetts.

1988: 'Devil Inside' by INXS peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1993: David Lee Roth was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana.

1993: Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 'Earth Day' along with Ringo Starr, Don Henley and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of the Beatles in 1965.

1996: Kiss appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years.

1999: Guitarist-drummer Alexander "Skip" Spence (the Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Quicksilver Messenger Service) dies at age 52.


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