May 6th: Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Boomtown Rats, Spinal Tap and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1965: In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of 'Satisfaction', following Richard's purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day.

1966: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on 'I'm Only Sleeping' and worked on various mixes of the track.

1966: During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan played the first night of 11 UK dates at the ABC in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

1967: Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.

1967: 'I'm A Man' by the Spencer Davis Group peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, the same day that Gimme Some Lovin' peaks at Number 54 on the album chart.

1967: 'My Back Pages' by the Byrds, a cover of the Bob Dylan song, peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart, the same day that Younger Than Yesterday peaks at Number 24 on the album chart.

1967: The Best Of The Lovin' Spoonful by the Lovin Spoonful peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1972: 'Doctor My Eyes' by Jackson Browne peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.

1972: The Tyrannosaurus Rex double album 'Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows' went to No.1 in the UK. The longest title of an album ever at the time!

1977: The Boomtown Rats played their first gig in England when they appeared at Studio 51, London.

1978: Earth by Jefferson Starship peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for seven weeks.

1978: Point Of Know Return by Kansas peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: London Town by Wings peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for six weeks.

1984: Fictional group Spinal Tap played a gig at New York's CBGB's.

2002: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen was voted the UK's favorite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book. 'Imagine' by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and 'Hey Jude', The Beatles No.3, 'Dancing Queen' by Abba was fourth and Madonna 'Like A Prayer' was in fifth place.

2004: A sale at Christie's in London, England became the most successful pop auction in the company's history after Beatles memorabilia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison went for £100,000. Also sold - a coloured felt-pen drawing by Lennon (£10,000), a letter with his signature (£5,500), and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish (£9,500).

2005: Audioslave became the first American rock group to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba.

2005: US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen's latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content. The retailer - which stocked CDs at its branches in the US - said it would be promoting other albums instead.

 «  Return to previous page
 »  Send to a friend