This Day In Rock History: September 29th


It’s important to know your rock history, here at Radio NOVA we bring you ten rock stories from the sixties, seventies, eighties, nineties and the noughties.

On this day in rock history: September 29th.

1961: Bob Dylan plays a support slot at Gerde’s Folk City venue, writing about the show, critic Robert Shelton of the New York Times said he was, ‘One of the most distinctive stylists to play Manhattan in months’.


1966: Jimi Hendrix adds bassist Noel Redding as the final member of the Jimi Hendrix Experience. Redding had been unsuccessfully auditioning for Eric Burdon’s new Animals lineup.

1967: The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’ at Abbey Road studios. The track featured the sound of the radio dial being tuned through numerous stations, finally stopping on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s ‘King Lear’.

1976: Jerry Lee Lewis enjoyed his birthday 41st celebrations a little too much, accidentally shooting his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been trying to shoot a soda bottle and shot the bassist twice in the chest. Owens made a full recovery.

1979: The Police had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Message In A Bottle’, the band’s third number 20 hit.

1987: Pink Floyd released their thirteenth studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason. The album cover shoot featured 800 hospital beds, dragged onto Saunton Sands in Devon, unfortunately no one checked the weather forecast and heavy rain interrupted the photo shoot and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later.

1989: While riding his hog, Bruce Springsteen stopped off at the famous 1960s rock bar Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the bar’s house band named The Mile High Band. Bruce played Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and ‘Route 66.’ He also sent a waitress at Matt’s Saloon a check for €78,000 to pay outstanding hospital bills.

1999: The Manic Street Preachers were fined €35,000 after smashing up equipment during their show at Scotland’s T In The Park festival.

2004: Keith Moon‘s custom-made five-piece drum kit, set an auction world record selling for €170,000 in London to an American collector, at the time it was a record for a set of drums.

2004: The Sun reported that Michael Jackson had a secret fourth child who was 19 years-old. The story claimed that Norwegian Omar Bhatti was born after a one night stand.