THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles' first formal recording session at EMI's Abbey Road studios took place. George Martin was unhappy with a previous session on June 6, so he called The Beatles back into the studio to try again. They recorded six songs, including 'Love Me Do' and 'Please Please Me.'

1965: The Beatles started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Help', the title of their second film and the group's ninth US No.1.

1965: The Who had their van stolen containing over £5000 worth of equipment outside the Battersea Dogs Home. The band were inside the home at the time buying a guard dog. The van was later recovered.

1965: 'Like A Rolling Stone' by Bob Dylan peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1968: The Beatles recorded promotional videos for ‘Hey Jude’ and ‘Revolution’ at Twickenham Film Studios. The vocals are recorded live over the pre-recorded instrumental tracks to get round the current British Musicians Union ban on lip-sync performances. For ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles were accompanied by a 36-piece orchestra and 300 fans and other assorted extras who join in singing the long refrain.

1971: Taken from the album 'Ram', Paul and Linda McCartney went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the US only released 'Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey'. McCartney's first US solo No.1.

1971: During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada.

1971: 'Riders On The Storm' by the Doors peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.

1971: Every Good Boy Deserves Favour by the Moody Blues peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1972: Concessionaire Francisco Caruso was killed during a Wishbone Ash concert in Texas after refusing to give a fan a free sandwich.

1972: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on Jerry Lewis' Muscular Dystrophy Telethon Show on US television.

1974: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman is certified gold.

1976: Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album after being on the charts for over a year. The album went on to sell over 5 million copies in the US and was the first of three No.1 albums for the group.

1979: The Grateful Dead played the first of three nights at Madison Square Garden, New York, New York City.

1980: A new version of Yes, with Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes and Trevor Horn played the first of three sold out nights at New York's Madison Square Garden.

1982: Survivor were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the theme from the film Rocky III 'Eye Of The Tiger', their only chart topper. Survivor won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance for the song.

1982: The Steve Miller Band started a two week run at No.2 on the US singles chart with 'Abracadabra' the group's third US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1982: During a North American tour, Queen appeared at PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada.

1982: The second day of the US Festival, which is sponsored by Apple Computer founder Steve Wozniak, gets underway in San Bernardino, California. Performers include Dave Edmunds, Eddie Money, Santana, the Cars, the Kinks, Pat Benatar, and headliners Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

1984: U2 played the first of five nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre in Australia during their Unforgettable Fire World tour.

1986: After just getting his driving license back after a five-year suspension, Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers Band was arrested in Florida for drunk driving.

2007: The Police played the first UK date on their Reunion tour when they played two nights at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham, England.

2008: The first guitar torched on stage by Jimi Hendrix sold for £280,000 at an auction of rock memorabilia. The Fender Stratocaster was burned at the end of a show at the Astoria in Finsbury Park, north London, in 1967. The sale held in London also included the Beatles' first management contract, signed in 1962 by all four members of the group and manager Brian Epstein, sold for £240,00.


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