Tuesday, October 16, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON OCTOBER 16

John Mayer
Born on this day:
1938, Nico, singer, Velvet Underground
1943, Fred Turner, bass, vocals, Bachman Turner Overdrive
1947, Bob Weir, guitar, The Grateful Dead
1962, Flea, bass, vocals, Red Hot Chili Peppers
1977, John Mayer, US singer, songwriter

Rock Pills:
1965, The Beatles recorded “Day Tripper” at Abbey Road studios London in three takes, they then added vocals and other overdubs, completing the song before the end of the day.

1969, Record company executive and founder of the Chess record label Leonard Chess died of a heart attack aged 52. Home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, The Moonglows, The Flamingos Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson.

1974, The Grateful Dead played the first of five nights at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco, California.

1976, One hit wonder Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Disco Duck, (part one).” Dees was a US TV and radio presenter.

1986, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton and Robert Cray joined other artists on stage in St Louis, for Chuck Berry's 60th birthday concert, as featured in the film 'Hail Hail! Rock & Roll'.

Bob Dylan
1992, Bob Dylan's 30th Anniversary tribute took place at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, guests include Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, George Harrison, Roger McGuinn. 

2001, two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his 'Love and Theft' tour should be tighter than ever didn't have a pass when he arrived backstage.

2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself, Blondie and Talking Heads also found fame after performing at the club, which helped launch US punk music. The venue first opened in December 1973, its full name CBGB OMFUG standing for "country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers".

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