Wednesday, October 19, 2011

This Week In Rock History

1956—Elvis Presley is mobbed by zealous fans when he stops at a Memphis gas station. The gas station owner, Edd Hopper, angered at the disruption, slaps Elvis upside the head. In return, the King punches Hopper in the eye and lays out another gas station employee who attempts to jump into the fray.

1957—Paul McCartney plays on stage with John Lennon for the first time when he makes his debut as the lead guitarist of The Quarrymen.

1962—Bob Dylan records his self-titled first album in one day, for a total production cost of $400.

1964—Just over 5 years after former Crickets lead singer Buddy Holly's death in a plane crash (in a privately chartered Cessna), Holly's replacement in the Crickets, David Box, is killed when his privately chartered Cesna crashes.

1969—Paul McCartney holds a press conference to dismiss rumors that he was, in fact, dead.

1972—Chuck Berry, over a decade after his musical heyday, has his first and only #1 record with the novelty tune My Ding-a-Ling, a song recorded live at a show for which Berry arrived over an hour-and-a-half late.

1974—Following a heated argument, Al Green's girlfriend, Mary Woodson, burst in on the soul singer in the bath and poured boiling grits over his head, causing third degree burns to his stomach, arms and back. Woodson would shoot herself moments after the attack.

1976—Keith Moon plays his final gig with The Who before entering rehab for alcoholism. Moon would die of an overdose of the drug Heminevrin, prescribed to him to help fight withdrawal from alcohol.

1980—Mark David Champan left his job as a security guard, signing himself out for the evening as John Lennon. Six weeks later, Champan would shoot and kill Lennon outside his New York City apartment.

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