Friday, June 24, 2011

This Week In Rock History

1957--The Quarrymen, consisting of Rob Davis, Eric Griffith, Collin Hanton and John Lennon, play on the back of a coal truck in the town center to celebrate Liverpool's 750th anniversary. In the audience that afternoon was as 15 year-old Paul McCartney.

1966--Jackie Wilson is arrested for starting a riot after he refuses to obey police orders to stop singing to a frenzied crowd of 400 fans. He is later convicted of public drunkenness and fined $30.

1967--The Beatles premieres "All You Need Is Love" on live TV to over 400 million viewers.

1974--Rare Earth drummer Peter Hoorelbeke is arrested after throwing his drumsticks into the crowd.

1975--Singer/songwriter Tim Buckley passes away from a drug overdose at the age of 28. His son, musician Jeff Buckley, would also die young, drowning in a slackwater channel of the Mississippi river at 30.

1977--Witnesses in Madison, Wisconsin saw Elvis Presley stop his limo, jump out and confront two teenage boys who were beating up on a smaller boy at a gas station. Elvis was heard to say "I'll take you on!" as the young boy ran inside the gas station to safety. The two teenagers apologized and Elvis got back in his limo and drove off.

1981--After 14 years and numerous hit singles, Steely Dan announce they are breaking up.

1981--Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon and is sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He has subsequently been denied parole six occasions.

1990-- Gary Busey, who played Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, pays $237,419 for one of Holly's acoustic guitars at an auction at Sotheby's in New York. The guitar came in a tooled leather case made by Holly himself.

2006--Victor Willis, the "police officer" in The Village People, pleads "no contest" to drug possession charges.

2009--Michael Jackson, The King of Pop, died of heart failure at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

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