THIS DAY IN ROCK

July 5th: Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Procol Harum, David Gilmour and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1948: Lynyrd Skynyrd backup singer Cassie Gaines, the sister of singer-guitarist Steve Gaines, is born. She, her brother, and Skynyrd frontman Ronnie Van Zant die in the band's 1977 plane crash.

1963: The Beatles played at the Plaza Ballroom in Dudley in the West Midlands. Appearing with The Beatles - Denny and the Diplomats, led by Denny Laine, who went on to join the Moody Blues and eventually, Paul McCartney's group Wings.

1965: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed a Folk-Rock group that would evolve into the Jefferson Airplane, the premier San Francisco psychedelic band of the late '60s. The Airplane made its debut the following month at a Haight-Ashbury club, and was signed to RCA later in the year.

1966: On the recommendation of Rolling Stone Keith Richards' girlfriend, Chas Chandler from The Animals went to see Jimi Hendrix play at The Cafe Wha in New York City. Chandler suggests that Hendrix should come to England, which he does and Chandler became his manager.

1969: The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais' and released 3,500 butterflies; it was also guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut with the Stones. King Crimson, Family, The Third Ear Band, Screw and Alexis Korner's New Church also appeared on the day.

1969: The Who, Chuck Berry and Bodast all played two shows (5.30 and 8.30pm), on this Sunday night at The Royal Albert Hall. Tickets from 5 to 30 shillings.

1969: 'Spinning Wheel' by Blood, Sweat & Tears peaks at Number Two on the pop chart.

1972: Procol Harum and The Eagles appeared at the Golden Hall, San Diego, California.

1975: Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Steve Miller and Roy Harper all appeared at The Knebworth Festival, England, tickets cost £3.50. Pink Floyd premiered their new album 'Wish You Were Here' with the help of Spitfires, pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage.

1978: The manufacturing of 'Some Girls' by The Rolling Stones was halted at EMI's pressing plant after complaints from celebrities including Lucille Ball who were featured in mock advertisements on the album sleeve.

1980: The Rolling Stones scored their ninth UK No.1 album with 'Emotional Rescue'.

1995: More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb.

2005: Pink Floyd's David Gilmour said artists who had seen album sales soar after the Live 8 concerts should donate their profits to charity, saying: "This is money that should be used to save lives." UK sales figures released two days after the London concert showed Pink Floyd’s Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd had risen by 1343%, The Who’s - Then and Now by 863% and Annie Lennox - Eurythmics Greatest Hits by 500%.


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