Thursday, October 18, 2012


Chuck Berry
Born on this day:
1926, Chuck Berry, singer, songwriter, guitarist
1947, Laura Nyro, singer, songwriter
1949, Joe Egan, singer, songwriter, Stealers Wheel
1977, Simon Rix, bass, Kaiser Chiefs

Rock Pills:
1957, Paul McCartney made his first appearance with The Quarry Men at New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool. The line-up for The Quarry Men was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, has composed which Lennon contributes, marking the birth of the Lennon & McCartney songwriting partnership.

1966, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first gig as a band supporting French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Paris Olympia in France.

1967, The Bee Gees were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Massachusetts,” the group's first of five U.K. #1's. Engelbert Humperdink was at #2 with “The Last Waltz” and Traffic were at #3 with “Hole in My Shoe.”

1968, John and Yoko were taken to Paddington Green police station and charged with obstruction, after cannabis was discovered at the apartment they were staying in. Lennon pleaded guilty the following month and was fined £150.

1979, The Buggles hit #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The group was a studio band featuring producer Trevor Horn. Famously, the clip for the song was the first ever music video shown on MTV.

The Buggles
1986, Huey Lewis and the News went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with Fore!

1996, Joni Mitchell was interviewed by Morrissey for the promotional CD Words and Music by Reprise Records to promote her new releases Hits and Misses.

2002, after a 15 year court battle, New York State's highest court ruled that the Ronettes, did not have the right to share the money earned by their producer Phil Spector through the use of the group's songs in movies, television and advertising. Citing a 1963 contract signed by the group, the court also substantially reduced the amount they stood to gain from royalties on sales of records and compact discs.

2005, an image of a naked John Lennon, taken on the last day of his life, was named the top U.S. magazine cover of the past 40 years. The Rolling Stone front cover, taken by Annie Leibovitz and showing Lennon curled around Yoko Ono, was picked by editors, artists and designers.

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