Friday, August 24, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON AUGUST 24

Jim Capaldi
No.1
1959 Browns: 'Three Bells' US 45
1963 Stevie Wonder: 'Twelve-year-old Genius' US LP
1974 Paul Anka: '(You're) Having My Baby' US 45
1985 Huey Lewis: 'The Power of Love' US 45
1991 Metallica : Metallica : UK LP

Births
1938 David Frieberg (Jefferson Airplane)
1942 Fontella Bass (Rescue Me)
1943 John Cipollina (Quicksilver Messenger Service)
1951 Mike Derosier (Heart)
1944 Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
1945 Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep)
1945 'Mollie' Duncan (Average White Band)
1961 Mark Bedford (Madness)

Miscellany
1956 'Studio 51', London's first rock-and-roll club, opens. Rory Blackwell is the first to play
 
1963 Little Stevie Wonder becomes the first artist to make No. 1 on US pop singles, LP and R&B charts at the same time, with 'Twelve-Year-Old Genius' (LP) and 'Fingertips'
 
1966 The Doors started recording their first album at Sunset Sound Recording Studios, Los Angeles.
 
1967 Patti Harrison talks husband George into attending lecture by Mahareshi Mahesh Yogi at the London Hilton. Having sent a note requesting an audience, the Mahareshi invites them and the other Beatles and friends to University College, Bangor where he is holding a Spiritual Regeneration Course
 
1969 Arlo Guthrie's film 'Alice's Restaurant' premieres in Los Angeles and New York
 
1975 Queen started recording 'Bohemian Rhapsody' at Rockfield studio’s in Monmouth, Wales, (the song was recorded over three weeks). Freddie Mercury had mentally prepared the song beforehand and directed the band throughout the sessions. May, Mercury, and Taylor sang their vocal parts continually for ten to twelve hours a day, resulting in 180 separate overdubs.
 
1977 Singer, songwriter Waylon Jennings was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine.
 
1979 Cars play Central Park, New York to an audience of half a million
 
1979 B.B. King celebrates his 30th anniversary in music with a gig at the Roxy Club in Los Angeles
 
1981 Mark Chapman is sentenced to twenty years in jail for the murder of John Lennon
 
1983 Jerry Lee Lewis's fifth wife, Shawn, found dead
 
1989 Huge charity performance of 'Tommy' at Universal Amphitheatre, with Elton John, Robert Plant, Phil Collins and Billy Idol
Tom Petty
 
1990 Judas Priest successfully defended themselves against a lawsuit, after two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class album.
 
1990 Sinead O'Connor refuses to perform if the United States National Anthem is played before her show at the Garden State Arts Plaza in Homdel, New Jersey.. Several radio stations ban her music.
 
1991 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' "Learning To Fly" enters the singles chart at No.28..
 
1994 Drummer Dave Abruzzese quits Pearl Jam.
 
1996 Oasis singer Liam Gallagher failed to turn up for the recording of the bands MTV unplugged session at London's Royal Festival Hall in front of 400 fans.

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