Tuesday, June 28, 2011

This Week In Rock History

 1957--Buddy Holly and The Crickets record Peggy Sue, which will go on to reach #3 on the US charts. The song was called "Cindy Lue," after Holly's niece, right up until the day of recording when Crickets drummer Jerry Allison convinced Holly to re-title it after Allison's current girlfriend Peggy Sue Garron.  The gesture was Allison's way of apologizing following a fight with Garron.  It must have worked because the two were married a year later. 

1964--Peter and Gordon reach number one "World Without Love" written by Peter Gordon's sister Jane's finance Paul McCartney. The song was released without a writer's credit due to McCartney's desire to see if he could write a hit song without using his name.

1970--UK band The Smile make their first public performance with their new name, Queen.

1971--Don McLean releases American Pie debuting it on KNEW-FM in New York. The song would go to become the longest #1 song in rock history, coming in at 8 minutes, 36 seconds.

1975--Sonny and Cher divorce after 11 years of marriage, four days later Cher would marry Greg Allman of the Allman Brothers.  This marriage would last four years.

1975--The Jackson Five leave Motown Records for Epic. They would be forced to change their name to The Jackson, since Motown owns the rights to the name Jackson Five.

1976--Police raid the home of Neil Diamond claiming they are responding to a burglary call.  The raid was actually a search for drugs, which turn up nothing after a three-hour search. Diamond apparently takes the intrusion well, signing autographs for officers as they leave.

1986--Wham! hold their farewell concert before a sold out crowd of 75,000 at London's Wembly Stadium.

2002--Who bassist Pete Entwistle is found dead in his hotel room on the eve of a world tour. The cause of death is later attributed to a cocaine induced heart attack.

2008--A Beatles interview from April 30, 1964, in which John Lennon and Paul McCartney discussed how they met and the way they composed songs together, was broadcast by the BBC after it was discovered in a film can in a damp garage in south London.

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