THIS DAY IN ROCK

July 1st: The Band, Slade, Steppewolf, Bon Jovi, Ron Wood and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles recorded their next single at EMI Studios, London, ‘She Loves You’ and ‘I'll Get You’, completing the two songs in less than four hours. Released in August this year, ‘She Loves You’ went on to become The Beatles' first million-selling single.

1967: The Beatles started a 15 week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band', the group's 10th US No.1 album.

1968: The Band released their debut album Music From Big Pink. The album, which features their first hit single The Weight, was recorded in studios in New York and Los Angeles in 1968, and followed the group's backing of Bob Dylan on his 1966 tour (as The Hawks).

1969: John Lennon, Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.

1972: Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Me Bak 'Ome', the group's second No.1. The song was produced by the bands manager Chas Chandler.

1973: Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at Earl's Court London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00. Special 'Slade' trains were running form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to the show.

1975: 10cc were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'. The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: "Be quiet, big boys don't cry...", which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, Cheshire where the band recorded the track.

1977: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1981: Rushton Moreve, bass player with Steppenwolf was killed in motorcycle accident Santa Barbara, California, aged 32. Had the 1968 US No.2 single 'Born To Be Wild' and he co-wrote their hit ‘Magic Carpet Ride.’

1983: A New Jersey based quintet calling themselves Bon Jovi signed to Phonogram's Mercury records.

1990: Over a lunch meeting Mark Knopfler, John Illsley and Dire Straits manager, Ed Bicknell decide to reform the group, record an album and plan a world tour.

1995: DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack. He was the master of ceremonies for the rock 'n' roll generation of the '60s on radio, and later on television during the '70s.

2000: Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band ended their Reunion tour with a ten night run at New York's MSG.

2001: Rolling Stone Ron Wood was commissioned to paint a group portrait of diners who are regulars at the West End London restaurant The Ivy. Elton John and Pet Shop Boy Neil Tennant were two pop stars to be included in the portrait.

2002: Six postage stamps designed by Paul McCartney went on sale in The Isle Of Man. With proceeds from their sale going to the Adopt-A- Minefield charity.

2006: Roger Waters, Texas, Starsailor, The Who, Razorlight and Primal Scream all appeared at the two day Hyde Park Calling festival in London.

2008: Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley, died at the age of 60 from cancer of the oesophagus. Galley also played with Trapeze, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell and the Blue Jays.


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