Thursday, February 23, 2012

This Week In Rock History

1956—A nearly forgotten Cleveland, Ohio law banning public dancing by anyone under 18 years old unless accompanied by an adult, is resurrected and enforced by police in the wake of the growing rock-and-roll craze.

1969—The psychedelic film Candy, about a liberated young woman, receives an X rating from the MPAA due to a graphic sex scene involving the title character and the character of Emmanuel, the Mexican gardener, played by Ringo Starr.

1973The Byrds make their final concert appearance. At the time Roger McGuinn is the only remaining original member.

1986—MTV dedicated 22 hours to running all 45 episodes of the original Monkees television show consecutively in order.

1990—At the 32nd annual Grammy Awards, Milli Vanilli win the Grammy for best new artist. They would be stripped of the award the following November when it was admitted that Fab Morvan and Rob Palitus did not sing or play a single note on the album.

1998—At the 40th annual Grammy Awards Bob Dylan took home the statue for best album for Time Out of Mind, while his son Jacob Dylan won best song (with his band The Wallflowers) for “One Headlight

2000—At an auction of rock-and-roll memorabilia, the engagement ring Sex Pistol bassist Sid Vicious gave to his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, is put on the block for just under $2500. In 1978 Vicious was charged with the stabbing death of Spungen, but died of a heroin overdose before he could stand trial.

2003—A pyrotechnics mishap at a Great White concert in Rhode Island starts a fire that claims the life of 99 concertgoers, as well as guitarist Ty Longley.


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