THIS DAY IN ROCK

July 9th: Jim Morrison, Steve Miller Band, Pretenders, Cheap Trick and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1962: Bob Dylan recorded ‘Blowin' In the Wind’ at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City during an afternoon session.

1965: The Who appeared at the Locarno Ballroom, Basildon, England.

1966: 'Paperback Writer' by the Beatles hits Number One on the pop chart, the same day that "Rain" peaks at Number 23.

1967: On a US tour supporting The Monkees, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appear at the Convention Hall, Miami, Florida. After it becomes plainly apparent that the group is not suited to teenybopper audiences, the tour’s promoter Dick Clark and Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler concoct a story saying that the conservative Daughters of the American Revolution group had complained at Jimi’s act and so the Experience left the tour after just six shows.

1969: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded ‘Maxwell's Silver Hammer.’ John Lennon returned to the studio after recovering from a car crash in Scotland, and a bed was installed in the Abbey Road studio for Yoko, who was pregnant, and who had been more seriously injured in the car accident.

1971: Doors frontman Jim Morrison is buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

1972: Paul McCartney and Wings played their very first show in the small French town of Chateauvillon. The band included Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough and Paul's wife, Linda. It was McCartney's first time on the road since the Beatles quit touring in 1966. The band travelled on a double Decker London bus with a psychedelic interior.

1974: Crosby Stills Nash & Young kicked off a reunion tour in Seattle in front of 15,000 fans.

1977: 'Jet Airliner' by the Steve Miller Band peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1978: The Rolling Stones jammed with one of their early idols Muddy Waters during a gig in Chicago.

1979: The Pretenders kicked off a 23-date UK tour at Smatyz, Chester. The bands single 'Kid' was released this week.

1983: The Police started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Every Breath You Take' also No.1 in the UK. Taken from the bands album Synchronicity, Sting won Song of the Year and The Police won Best Pop Performance for the song at the 1984 Grammy Awards.

1986: During their 26-date 'Magic Tour', Queen played at St. James' Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1988: Cheap Trick went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Flame', the group's only US No.1.

1995: The Grateful Dead give their last concert with leader Jerry Garcia at Chicago's Soldier Field. Jerry would die of a heart attack a month later while in drug rehab.

1999: A statement was issued by Jerry Hall's lawyers saying that she had formally agreed to separate from husband Mick Jagger after more than 8 years of marriage.

1999: Elton John had a pacemaker fitted in an operation at a London hospital following reports about his ill health. Sir Elton was forced to cancel a series of concerts.

2004: David Bowie was forced to cancel a string of European shows after emergency heart surgery. The 57 year-old singer had an operation last month in Germany, where he was on tour, to treat "an acutely blocked artery". The star's cancellation last month of 11 European dates was originally attributed to a shoulder injury.


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