Taking 10 for John Lennon and meeting the new Clash album, today in music history for December 14th.
We start today in 1962, when Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were known as The Rollin’ Stones during this period.
1971, Led Zeppelin IV was riding high in the Top 10 of the US album charts. In 2006, the album was rated No.1 on Classic Rock magazine’s ‘100 Greatest British Albums’ poll and No.1 in a poll conducted by Guitar World.
1972, Born To Boogie the Ringo Starr directed movie premiered in London. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England starring Ringo Starr, Marc Bolan and T. Rex and was released on The Beatles Apple Films label.
1979, The Clash released their third studio album London Calling.
1980, Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attend a memorial in New York’s Central Park.
1998, Billy Preston pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants who allegedly participated in starting fires, staging thefts and rigging car crashes for which a total of 18 fraudulent insurance claims were filed. Here’s Billy being brilliant with The Beatles..
1999, Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, England in front of 300 people with David Gilmour, Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and the legendary Mick Green (of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates) on guitar. It marked McCartney’s last gig of the year and the 20th Century.
Happy birthday to Mike Scott, singer, songwriter, The Waterboys and Peter ‘Spider’ Stacy of The Pogues.
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