Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Dave Keuning
Born on this day:
1945, Chuck Portz, bass, The Turtles
1948, Milan Williams, keyboards, guitar, The Commodores
1969, James Atkin, vocals, EMF
1976, Dave Keuning, guitarist, The Killers

Rock Pills:
1958, Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43-date tour at the Brooklyn Paramount Theatre, New York. Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, The Pastels, Jo-Ann Campbell and Ed Townsend. On most days, the acts played two shows.

1964, a second day of testing continued aboard a converted Danish passenger ferry off the English coast. Radio Caroline, the legendary “pirate radio station,” would begin full-time transmission the following day at noon.

1967, The Beatles worked on the Sgt. Pepper track, “Good Morning, Good Morning,” at EMI Studios, London. John Lennon, who was inspired to write the song from a Kellogg’s Cornflake TV commercial, decided he wanted to end the song with animal sound effects.

1974, Delta blues singer and guitarist Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who wrote “That’s All Right, Mama” (covered by Elvis Presley) and “My Baby Left Me,” died of a stroke at the age of 68.

1976, in Buffalo, New York, Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer.

1998, Kiss played the first of five sold-out nights on their ‘Alive II’ World Tour at the Tokyo Budokan, Japan.

2005, after playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego. The 131-date world tour would see the band playing in North America, Europe, South America and Japan. By the time it finished, the Vertigo Tour had sold 4,619,021 tickets, grossing $389 million — the second-highest figure ever for a world tour.

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