Rock ‘n’ Roll moments in History this Week
Rock n Roll Moments in History that Happened this week…
On the 14th…
In 1969, In Amsterdam The Jimi Hendrix Experience were recorded live in concert, for Dutch Television Show ‘Fan Club’.
In 1972, In New York the soul singer Linda Jones died aged 26 following an appearance at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. She will be remembered for her single ‘Hypnotised‘.
In 1972, at the Grammy awards, Carol King wins album of the year with ‘Tapestry’ and Carly Simon walks away with the award for best new artist.
In 1978, Blondie were No.2 in the UK with their rendition of Randy Rainbows track ‘Denis’.
On the 15th…
In 1912, the blues guitarist Sam ‘Lightnin” Hopkins was born, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix are amongst the numerous artists who cite him as an inspiration to their music.
In 1955, Ray Charles was No.2 in the US with ‘I Got a Woman’. This song will be later widely considered the first song to blend Gospel and R&B together and become a genre in its own right; Soul.
In 1968, in London, The Rolling Stones embark upon daily sessions begining at 7pm and running continuosly until 8am to create the album ‘Beggars Banquet’. Some of the fruits of this labour include ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash‘, and ‘Street Fighting Man‘
The Rolling Stones album cover for Beggars Banquet
In 1969, Janis Joplin appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
Cover of Rolling Stone ft. Janis Joplin
In 1969, T-Rex frontman Marc Bolan’s first book of poetry was published, titled ‘The Warlock of Love‘.
In 1982, The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame which had been established since ’69 finally inducts Bob Dylan.
On the 16th…
In 1965, The Rolling Stones were No.1 in the UK with single ‘The Last Time’
In 1970, during a concert in Hampton Virginia, Mowtown singer Tammi Terrell collapsed and died in Marvin Gaye’s arms. Following the incident, Gaye took a hiatus, going into isolation and not performing live for four years.
In 1977, after being signed to A&M for less than a week, the Sex Pistols were fired.
In 2010, in England music fan Vic Kemp discovered a tape at a car-boot sale featuring a rare recording of a Led Zeppelin gig in 1971. In an interview Kemp explained ‘I was going through a stand of CDs at the car boot at Portman Road and the guy who was selling them said, ‘You might be interested in this, it must have been recorded by someone standing at the front with a microphone. You can hear Robert Plant talking to the audience quite clearly.” The bootleg tape was purchased for just a few quid!
On the 17th…
In 1919, Nat King Cole was born.
In 1945, Patti Boyd the future wife of George Harrison and inspiration for Eric Clapton’s song ‘Layla’ was born.
In 1957, Elvis Presley purchased Graceland.
In 2004, The Kinks frontman Ray Davies received a CBE from her majesty for his services to music at Buckingham palace.
On the 18th…
In 1967, Pink Floyd sign their first recording contract with label EMI.
Pink Floyd’s Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
In 1972, T-Rex played the first of two shows at Wembley’s Empire which both sold out.
In 1977, The Clash released their first single, titled ‘White Riot’.
In 1976, in London, the premiere for the film ‘The man who Fell to Earth’ based on the Walter Tevis novel, starring David Bowie is held.
On the 19th…
In 1958, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Yorkshire on his only ever UK tour.
In 1965, The Tailor and Cutter Magazine publishrd an article appealing to members of The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties…fashion of the time meant men that ties were no longer worn with shirts and tie makers were facing financial troubles. Mick Jagger diplomatically explained ‘The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theatre’
The Rolling Stones
In 1971, T-Rex were No.1 with ‘Hot Love’ and continued to be for six weeks.
In 1975, Led Zeppelin played at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada in the first of two sold out shows. Their set list included ‘Rock And Roll’, ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘Whole Lotta Love’, ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Heartbreaker’.
On the 20th…
In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibralter. They went on to spend their honeymoon in Amsterdam capaigning for an international ‘Bed-in’ for peace.
Lennon and Yoko during their Bed-in for peace.
In 1971, in the US charts, Janis Joplin began a two week run at No. 1 with a cover of Krist Kristofferson and Fred Foster’s song ‘Me And Bobby McGee’.
In 1977, Lou Reed was banned from performing at the London Palladium for his affiliation with Punk.
1982, in the US Joan Jett and The Blackhearts began a seven week long run at No.1 with their song ‘I Love Rock n Roll.’