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On This Day in Rock

1965: During a North American tour, The Beatles played two shows at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California to a total of 28,700 fans.

1968: The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets, 25 shillings, ($3.00).

1968: 'Sunshine Of Your Love' by Cream peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.

1968: 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' by the Vanilla Fudge, a version of the Supremes hit, peaks at Number Six on the pop chart.

1969: During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville. Also on the bill: BB King, The Incredible String Band, Sam & Dave and Janis Joplin.

1971: The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones, filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties.

1973: Goat's Head Soup by the Rolling Stones is released.

1973: 'Live & Let Die' by Paul McCartney & Wings is certified gold.

1974: Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was quoted as saying; 'I gave up drugs when the doctor told me I had six months to live.'

1974: Traffic made their last live performance at the annual UK Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included; Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum. £5.50 for a weekend ticket.

1975: Rod Stewart and the Faces, Loggins & Messina, Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd all appeared at Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California.

1976: George Harrison was found guilty of 'subconscious plagiarism' of the Ronnie Mack song 'He's So Fine' when writing 'My Sweet Lord'. Earnings from the song were awarded to Mack's estate; The Chiffons then recorded their own version of 'My Sweet Lord'.

1980: During a North American tour, Queen appeared at the Convention Centre, Rochester, New York.

1985: 'Brothers In Arms' by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album charts. The album also topped the charts in 25 other countries and went on to sell over 20 million worldwide.

1985: 'Summer Of '69' by Bryan Adams peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.

1989: The Rolling Stones kicked off the Budweiser sponsored 61-date North American 'Steel Wheels' tour at the Veteran's Stadium, Philadelphia.

1990: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Wonder sang 'Amazing Grace' at a memorial service held for guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan who had been killed in a helicopter crash 4 days earlier.

1991: Guns N' Roses, Skid Row and Nine Inch Nails all appeared at London's Wembley Stadium.

1991: Metallica started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, 'Metallica'. The album featured ‘Enter Sandman’ ‘Sad But True’, ‘The Unforgiven’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’ went on to sell over 10 million copies in the US alone.

1991: 'Wind Of Change' by the Scorpions peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

2006: The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage auto cue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing.

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