Saturday, April 14, 2012


Ritchie Blackmore
Born on this date:
1942, Tony Burrows, singer, The Flower Pot Men, Edison Lighthouse
1945, Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist, Deep Purple, Rainbow
1946, Patrick Fairley, bassist, Marmalade
1948, Larry Ferguson, keyboardist, Hot Chocolate
1969, Martyn Le Noble, bassist, Porno for Pyros

Rock Pills: 
1956, Decca Records signed auditioning country singer Bobby Helms. The following year Helms released the massive holiday hit, “Jingle Bell Rock.”

1963, The Beatles popped in on the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond-on-Thames to check out the then-unsigned Rolling Stones.

1965, Elvis Presley’s Girl Happy opened in theaters in the U.S. The movie co-starred Shelley Fabares and The Addams Family’s Uncle Fester, Jackie Coogan.

1967, Polydor Records released the Bee Gees’ “New York Mining Disaster 1941” with a promotional slogan declaring them “the most significant talent since The Beatles.” The record became a Top 20 hit in the U.K. and U.S.

1969, The Beatles’ recording of “The Ballad of John and Yoko” took place with just two members, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous on account of the use of the word, “Christ.”

1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live U.K. debut, playing the first of two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

1971, the Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of “drug-oriented records,” including “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum and The Beatles’ “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”

1973, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run on the top of the U.K. album chart with Houses of the Holy, also a #1 in the U.S. The young girl, featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, was six-year-old Samantha Gates.

1975, The Rolling Stones announced the replacement for departed guitarist Mick Taylor: former Faces guitarist and Jeff Beck Group bassist Ronnie Wood.

Pete Farndon
1983, Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He had been sacked from the group on June 14, 1982 (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure).

1986, at the height of the backwards-masking hysteria, evangelist Jim Brown claimed that the theme to the children’s TV show, Mr. Ed, contained hidden Satanic messages.

1994, Kurt Cobain was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home in Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain’s occupation as “Poet/Musician” and his type of business as “Punk Rock.”

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