Monday, April 16, 2012

Today in Rock History – April 16th

Rock History

1963, The Beatles perform on BBC TV for the first time on The 625 Show.

1964, The Rolling Stones first album was released in the UK, it went to No.1 two weeks later and stayed on the chart for 40 weeks, with 11 weeks at No.1.

1964, The Beatles filmed the “chase scenes” for A Hard Days Night with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.

1967, Cream appeared at the ‘Daily Express Record Star Show’ at The Empire Pool, Wembley, England.

1969, Desmond Dekker and the Aces were at No.1 on the singles chart with ‘The Israelites’, making Dekker the first Jamaican artist to have a No.1 single.

1969, Elektra Records dropped Detroit’s MC5 from their label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper that included the company logo and said; “Fuck Hudsons.” The band were protesting at the Michigan department store’s refusal to stock their albums.

1972, The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London.

1973, During his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.

1974, Queen play their first American concert at Denver’s Regis College.

“It’s boring to be 70, I don’t want to be there, I’ll be dead and gone, I don’t have any aspirations to be 70…”
Freddie Mercury - 1979

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