September 5th: Freddie Mercury, The Animals, Gary Rossington and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1946: Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is born. He dies in 1991.

1963: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth UK tour at The Astoria London. A 32-date package tour with Mike Berry and the Innocents, The Mojos and Simon Scott and the Leroy's.

1964: The Animals started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'House Of The Rising Sun'. When first released the record company printed the time of the song on the record as three minutes feeling that the real time of four minutes was too long for radio airplay.

1964: 'And I Love Her' by the Beatles peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart, the same day that "If I Fell" peaks at Number 53.

1965: The Rolling Stones recorded their eighth single 'Get Off Of My Cloud' at RCA studios in Hollywood. The song peaked at No.1 in the US and the UK.

1966: John Lennon started work in Germany on his role as Private Gripweed in the film 'How I Won The War'.

1967: Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles began recording John Lennon’s new song ‘I Am the Walrus’, recording 16 takes of the basic backing track.

1968: On their first ever visit to the UK, The Doors appeared on Top of The Pops performing 'Hello I Love You' live on the TV show.

1970: Absolutely Live by the Doors peaks at Number Eight on the album chart.

1970: Chicago II by Chicago peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two non-consecutive weeks.

1971: During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at Chicago International Amphitheatre.

1973: Buckingham-Nicks by Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks is released.

1975: 'Listen To What The Man Said' by Paul McCartney & Wings is certified gold.

1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington was seriously injured in a car crash in Florida.

1981: Stevie Nicks went to No.1 on the US album with Bella Donna, featuring the tracks ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’ (the Tom Petty duet), ‘Leather and Lace’ (with Don Henley), ‘Edge of Seventeen’ and ‘After the Glitter Fades.’

1981: 'Fire And Ice' by Pat Benatar peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.

1981: Don't Say No by Billy Squier peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1987: Ian Astbury of The Cult was arrested after a show in Vancouver ended in a riot. Staff at the concert claimed they were assaulted by Astbury, who spent the night in the local police cells.

1991: R.E.M.'s 'Losing My Religion' wins MTV's Best Video award.

1992: John Mellencamp and model Elaine Irwin are married. They have two sons together.

1993: Halfway through a Pearl Jam concert at the Gorge in George, Washington, hundreds of ticketless fans crash through two metal fences, slide down a 25-foot drop and try to rush the stage. More than 100 are treated for minor injuries.

1996: No Code by Pearl Jam enters the album chart at Number One.

1998: Aerosmith scored their first US No.1 single with the Diane Warren written song 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'.

2001: Don Henley appears before the California State Senate in Sacramento in an effort to change the structure of music industry contracts. Also appearing are Courtney Love, Patti Austin, LeAnn Rimes, and members of the Dixie Chicks.

2002: Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's second wife accepted £50,000 libel damages over an article in the Sunday Mirror. The paper had suggested that Mills acted dishonestly over cash collected for an earthquake appeal.

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