Friday, March 30, 2012


Eric Clapton
Born on this day:
1942, Graeme Edge, drums, The Moody Blues
1945, Eric Clapton, guitar, vocals, songwriter
1950, Re Styles, guitar, vocals, The Tubes
1964, Tracy Chapman, singer-songwriter
1968, Celine Dion, singer
1979, Norah Jones, singer

Rock Pills:
1963, 16-year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit and U.S. #1, “It’s My Party,” produced by Quincy Jones.

1967, During an appearance by The Jimi Hendrix Experience on Top of the Pops to plug their latest single, “Purple Haze,” a technician mistakenly put on the backing track to Alan Price’s “Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear,” to which Hendrix responded, “I don’t know the words to this one, man.”

1967, The historic photo session for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sleeve took place on a set designed by British pop artist Peter Blake and his wife Jann Haworth and was photographed by Michael Cooper at Chelsea Manor Studios, London

1976, The Sex Pistols played their first show at The 100 Club, London. The band began a weekly residency at the venue in June.

1978, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon are arrested in Camden Town, London after shooting down racing pigeons with air guns from the roof of their Rehearsal Rehearsal Studio in Chalk Farm. Four police cars and a helicopter were required to make the arrest. Their fines totaled £800 ($1,360).

1982, U2 played the second of two nights at the San Francisco Civic Centre in California.

1984, David Gilmour appeared as a soloist on the British TV show The Tube, broadcast live from Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

1996, The Prodigy started a three-week run at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Firestarter,” the first single from their album The Fat of the Land. The wah-wah guitar riff was sampled from The Breeders’ track “S.O.S.”

2000, Mick Jagger made a nostalgic visit to his old school, Dartford Grammar, to open the new arts center that had been named after him. The singer said he had spent the worst years of his life at the school.

2001, Country star LeAnn Rimes reached an out-of-court settlement in a lawsuit brought against her father and her former manager, in which she claimed the pair had stolen $12 million from her.

2007, A middle-aged man was arrested by police and detained under the Mental Health Act after trying to force his way into Paul McCartney’s Sussex home, screaming “I must get to him.” The man burst through security patrols and guards who feared an assassination attempt and scrambled to intercept him as he sped towards the front door. He was finally halted by trees and a fence just yards from the property.

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