Thursday, September 29, 2011

This Week In Rock History

1887--Emile Berliner, a 36 year-old German immigrant, patents the first disc style record player, the Gramophone, replacing the cylinder style Edison players.

1956--Elvis re-shoots the ending to the film Love Me Tender after test audiences respond poorly to his death at the end of the film.

1961--Bob Dylan records harmonica for his friend, Caroline Hester's first album. The producer, John Hammond, is so impressed with Dylan he signs him to a contract and arranges to start recording in October.

1962--Brian Epstein signs on to manage the Beatles. John and Ringo sign for themselves, but Paul and George are signed for by their fathers, since they are both still under 18.

1968--John Sebastian leaves the Lovin' Spoonful to pursue a solo career. His biggest solo hit would be a song called "Welcome Back," the theme to the television show Welcome Back Kotter.

1972--Rory Storm, the leader of the band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, takes his own life in a suicide pact with his mother. The Hurricanes are most often remembered as the group that Ringo Starr left in 1962 to play drums for the Beatles.

1975--Jackie Wilson suffers a massive heart attack on stage in New Jersey in the middle of his song "Lonely Teardrops." Wilson would never regain consciousness, but live in a coma until 1984.

1977--James Brown's entire band walks out on him in Hallandale, Florida. They claimed they were underpaid and over worked.

1980--John Bonham is found dead after an all night drinking binge. He was staying at the home of fellow Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page.

1986--Metallica bass player Cliff Burton is killed when their tour bus flipped over on a rural road in Sweden. 24 year-old Burton was thrown through the window of the bus, which then landed on top of him, crushing him.

2010--Elton John's mother announced that she would be auctioning off some of her son's memorabilia when she moved into a smaller house. Among the items were tour jackets and more than 100 Gold and Platinum discs.

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