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On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles started a 30 week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album 'Please Please Me', making it the longest running No.1 album by a group ever. The bands follow up 'With The Beatles' replaced it at the top of the charts on 7th December 1963 and stayed there for 21 weeks.

1964: During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones were refused lunch at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, where they were staying because they were not wearing jackets and ties. The following day the Daily Express ran the story with the headline, 'The Rolling Stones gather no lunch.'

1965: The Byrds make their TV debut, performing their version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" on Hullabaloo.

1970: The triple soundtrack album 'Woodstock' was released in the US, going gold within two weeks.

1972: John Lennon appeared on the US television 'Dick Cavett Show', claiming he was under surveillance from the FBI.

1973: Wings kicked off their first official tour at the Bristol Hippodrome, playing 15 UK shows.

1974: Led Zeppelin attended a Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: ‘Wait a minute’if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what were doing.’ All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.

1978: At the end of their News Of The World 46 date tour, Queen played three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

1979: Rod Stewart appeared at Cobo Arena, Detroit, on his 'Blondes Have More Fun' tour, tickets $12.50.

1980: Thin Lizzy appeared live at The Guildhall, Preston, England, tickets £3.50.

1985: Bruce Springsteen and a small group of friends went out for a boy’s night out in Lake Oswego, Oregon, two nights before his wedding to Julianne Phillips. Drinking in the Gemini pub Springsteen sang a number of songs, karaoke-style, to his own records in the jukebox.

1985: Southern Accents by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers peaks at Number Seven on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1991: 'She Talks To Angels' by the Black Crowes peaks at Number 30 on the pop chart.

2003: Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland,' Right up until his death, Redding had been taking legal action against the Hendrix estate for payment estimated at £3.26 million for his part in recordings and for ongoing royalties. Had also been a member of Fat Mattress and formed The Noel Redding Band.

2005: Jimmy Page plays a bit of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" to start the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange, to celebrate the initial public offering of the Warner Music Group. Page's Les Paul and Marshall amps are so loud that no one on the floor of the exchange can hear the opening bell.

2011: One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000 (£6096.00), the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage. The recent completion of the transaction placed the purchase as the world's rarest and most expensive vintage t-shirt.

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