THIS DAY IN ROCK

October 24th: Rolling Stones, Humble Pie, Santana, Kurt Cobain and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: On the first day of their first foreign tour, The Beatles spent the day in Stockholm, Sweden, recording a performance for a radio program entitled "The Beatles popgrupp fran Liverpool pa besok i Stockholm", (The Beatles pop group from Liverpool visiting Stockholm). The Beatles, enthused by the chance to play before an audience that wasn't screaming, played seven songs, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’ ‘Money’, ‘You Really Got a Hold On Me’, ‘She Loves You’, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ and ‘Twist and Shout.’

1964: The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11 date North American tour playing two shows at The New York Academy of Music.

1969: Humble Pie appeared at the Empire, Sunderland, England supported by David Bowie.

1970: Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the UK album chart with the 'Atom Heart Mother', the group's first No.1.

1970: Santana scored their first US No.1 album with 'Abraxas'.

1973: John Lennon began litigation against the US government, accusing them of tapping his telephone.

1973: Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £205 after admitting having cannabis, Chinese heroin, mandrax tablets and a revolver at his Chelsea home.

1977: Rolling Stone Keith Richards pleaded guilty to possessing heroin to a court in Toronto. He was given a one year suspended sentence and ordered to perform a benefit concert for the blind.

1979: Paul McCartney received a medallion cast in rhodium after being declared the most successful composer of all time. From 1962 to 1978, McCartney had written or co-written 43 songs that had sold over a million copies each.

1981: The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida, supported by Van Halen.

1987: Sting went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his third solo release 'Nothing Like The Sun.' The title comes from Shakespeare's Sonnet #130 ("My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun"), which Sting used in the song "Sister Moon". The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.

2006: Forbes.com revealed that Kurt Cobain had overtaken Elvis Presley as the highest earning dead celebrity. Cobain's work earned $50m in the 12 months to October 2006, compared with Presley's $42m. Former Beatle John Lennon earned $35m.


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