Tuesday, June 7, 2011

This Week In Rock History

1958--Jerry Lee Lewis and his producer, Sam Phillips, take out a full page ad in Billboard Magazine attempting to explain his recent divorce and subsequent marriage to his 14 year old cousin Myra.

1960--Drummer Tommy Moore quits The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. Moore would later regret his decision.

1963--After they appear on the BBC television program Thank Your Lucky Stars, The Rolling Stones' manager, Andrew Loong Oldham, is told by the show’s producer that if he wants the band to be a success he should "get rid of that vile looking singer with the tire-tread lips."

1964--Chicago police are called in to stop a press conference being held by The Rolling Stones in the middle of Michigan Street.

1965--Roy Orbison, who had only days before reconciled with his 25 years old wife Claudette, witnesses Claudette being injured when her motorcycle collides with a truck. Orbison had written the song "Claudette", a hit for the Everly Brothers, about her.

1966--A DJ at a European radio station announces on the air that Who singer Roger Daltrey has been killed in a car accident. In fact, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who was involved in the accident, and he was only mildly injured.

1971--John Lennon and Yoko Ono join Frank Zappa and The Mother's of Invention on stage at the Fillmore East in New York.

1977--Alice Cooper lost his most famous prop when a rat being served as dinner to Cooper's boa constrictor, bit the snake and killed it. Cooper held public auditions to replace the snake.

1991--Eddie Kendricks is arrested at the funeral of fellow Temptations member David Ruffin for non-payment of nearly $30,000 in child support.

1998--Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are seen together for the first time in 28 years when all three attend the funeral of Paul's wife Linda.

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