Thursday, February 16, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1955-Buddy Holly, performing as part of a country/western duo with Bob Montgomery, opens for Elvis Presley in Lubbock Texas.

1957-Cuban officials announce a ban on all rock-and-roll programs on television, calling the music "offensive to public morals and good customs."

1959-Elvis Presley gives an impromptu concert at the Lido Club in Paris while on leave from the army.

1964--A British company shipped a ½ ton of Beatles wigs to the US. An American reporter later asked John Lennon, "How do you feel about teenagers imitating you with Beatle wigs?" John replied "They're not imitating us because we don't wear Beatle wigs."

1965-Nat “King” Cole died at the age of 47 from lung cancer, the result of smoking 3 packs of cigarettes a day for over 20 years.

1968-Syd Barrett is fired from the band Pink Floyd and replaced by David Gilmour. Barrett, whose erratic behavior and emotional instability lead to his dismissal, will spend the rest of his life in seclusion.

1972-Led Zepplin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore when officials won't let them off the plane because of their long hair.

1980-33 year old AC/DC lead singer Bon Scott is found dead in his car after a night of heavy drinking. The cause of death is determined to be acute alcohol poisoning, and listed on his death certificate as “death by misadventure”

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