Today was a Sunday afternoon in England in 1964, and Bob Dylan was playing his first big show there. A “Folksong Concert” at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Bob debuted a new song, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, and got a telegram from a guy who wanted to meet him by the name of John Lennon. They didn’t.
It was today in 1975 that Sir Elton Hercules John’s “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboys” album was certified platinum for sales of a million copies, the first time an album had ever achieved that milestone on the day of its release.
Tom Petty’s L.A. house in Encino burned down on this day in 1987, set ablaze by an arsonist. The incident was supposedly the inspiration behind his song “I Won’t Back Down“. Repairs were estimated at $800,000, not including guitars.
It was today in 1989 that The Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman opened his “Sticky Fingers” restaurant in London. It is not affiliated with the Sticky Fingers Barbecue chain in the Southeast U.S. Bill quit the Stones in ’92, and has since moved on to selling Bill Wyman signature metal detectors.
It was tonight in 1990 that Nirvana played their last show with the drummer on most of their first album, the delightful Chad Channing, in Boise Idaho. Chad ended up being the Pete Best of Nirvana when he was replaced by Dave Grohl.
It was today in 2006 that Sir Paul McCartney and his wife of the last four years Heather Mills announced they were breaking up. Heather had complained to friends about living at the remote McCartney home in Peasmarsh, Sussex, and that Paul was a “boring old fart” who didn’t have any friends and never wanted to throw parties or do anything except occasionally go down to the pub with one of his roadies. She also claimed that Paul and Linda’s daughter Stella was “jealous” and “evil”. She ended up with a £24.3 million lump sum payment and about $55,000 a year in child support for their daughter Beatrice. Paul later said “There’ll be no more nagging, no more chaos, no more Heather … bliss. I have peace at last”.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Multi-instrumentalist Taj Mahal (Henry Saint Clair Fredericks) is 70.
Yes and King Crimson drummer Bill Bruford is 63.
And former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese is 43.
Be safe, Crowski.