Monday, April 23, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON APRIL 23

Steve Clark
Born on this day:
1955, Ray Burns, (Captain Sensible)
1960, David Gedge, The Wedding Present
1960, Steve Clark, guitarist with Def Leppard
1964, Simon Matthews, Jesus Jones
1968, Paul Clifford, bass, The Wonder Stuff

Rock Pills:
1960, while staying at his aunt’s pub The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire, Paul McCartney and his friend John Lennon performed acoustically in the pub’s taproom as The Nerk Twins.

1971, The Rolling Stones released their classic album Sticky Fingers. The album made #1 in the U.K. and the U.S. and was the band’s first release to be distributed through Atlantic Records. The cover, showing a pair of jeans with a working zip, was designed by Andy Warhol who was paid £15,000 for his artwork.

1975, during a North American tour Pink Floyd played the first of five sold-out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

1976, The Ramones released their eponymous debut album in the U.S. On the same date The Sex Pistols played The Nashville Rooms, west London supporting The 101’ers featuring Clash vocalist Joe Strummer.

Joan Jett
1977, former Runaways guitarist Joan Jett appeared at the Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles, supported by Blondie.

1988, Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang “Happy Birthday” to him.

1991, founder member of The New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, dies in mysterious circumstances in a New Orleans hotel room. Real name John Genzale, from Queens, New York, he renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in 1972 and made just two albums. After leaving the NY Dolls, Thunders and Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan formed The Heartbreakers with ex-Television bassist Richard Hell.

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