Thursday, February 9, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1968Jimi Hendrix was presented with a key to the city of Seattle. He also played a free show for students at Garfield High School, where he was given an honorary diploma. Hendrix was thrown out of the school at the age of 16, apparently for holding the hand of a white girl in class.

1969George Harrison has his tonsils removed. Immediately following the surgery, the hospital destroy tonsils, worried that they could be stolen and auctioned off.

1971Frank Zappa's concert at London's Royal Albert Hall is canceled after a representative of the venue found obscene lyrics in the score of "200 Motels"

1976Paul Simon reaches #1 for the first, and only, time as a solo artist with the song “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”. The single knocked out of the #1 position by Simon was “Break Away” by Art Garfunkle.

1990—Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry, alleging that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. Berry agreed to settlement with 59 women that cost him over $1.2 million plus legal fees

2000Screamin' Jay Hawkins, best known for his 1956 hit “I Put A Spell on You” dies due to complications from surgery. A known womanizer, Hawkins has been confirmed as the father of at least 75 children, with more waiting on DNA results.

2001—After 26 years with the band, Eagles guitarist Don Felder receives a message through his lawyer that “[The Eagles] have decided to go on without him”

2005--Roger Daltrey of The Who was awarded the CBE by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry.

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