Wednesday, August 10, 2011

This Week in Rock History

1957--The Quarrymen, an early incarnation of The Bealtes, make their debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. After ten minutes the club’s owner, Alan Sytner, tell them to "cut the bloody rock!"

1962--A twenty-one year old Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan.

1693--Thirteen year old "Little" Stevie Wonder has his first #1 hit, "Finger Tips #2."

1964--A band called The Young World Singers release the song "Ringo for President"

1969--The iconic photograph of The Beatles crossing the street in front of Abbey Road Studios is taken. Six shots were taken and the photo shoot lasted less than ten minutes.

1970--Janis Joplin performs what would be her final concert at Harvard University.

1971--Saxophonist King Curtis, who played saxophone on the Coaster's hit "Yakety Yak," is stabbed to death outside of his New York home. He was 37.

1972--Paul and Linda McCartney are arrested for drug possession after a concert in Gothenburg Sweden. Paul is fined $1,000 and Linda $200.

1984--Ray Parker Jr. reached #1 with the theme to the movie Ghostbusters. Huey Lewis would later successfully sue Parker claiming that Ghostbusters was a rip off of Lewis' I want a New Drug.

1986--David Crosby is released from prison after serving three years for drug and weapons possession.

1986--Queen give their last public performance.

1989--An L.A. judge throws out a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of a young man who committed suicide after listening to Ozzy's song Suicide Solution.

1995--Guitarist Jerry Garcia dies from a heart attack while in a California rehab center.

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