Bo Diddley performed live for the first time tonight 1955 at Harlem’s Apollo Theater.

The Rolling Stones then-manager Andrew Loog Oldham and partner Tony Calder launched their label Immediate Records with a party tonight in 1965.  Guests included Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, and Nico (the Warhol-crowd supermodel who would later sing with the Velvet Underground). Their first release is now the official state song of Ohio: The McCoys (who featured a pimply young Rick Derringer on guitar) hit Hang On Sloopy. The label would also become home to The Small Faces, Keith Emerson’s The Nice, and various projects from a young producer and studio musician by the name of Jimmy Page.

The Beatles were at Abbey Road studios in London today in 1969, putting the finishing touches on I Want You (She’s So Heavy), and then working on the running order for the Abbey Road album.  It would mark the last time all four of them were there together.

Robert Plant celebrated his birthday tonight in 1971 with many of you as guests, when Led Zeppelin played at the Seattle Center Coliseum.

Def Leppard’s drummer Rick Allen made his first live appearance with the band tonight in 1986 since losing his left arm when he crashed his Corvette two years earlier.  Def Leppard earned the respect and admiration of drummers worldwide for their handling of Allen’s accident: They never seriously thought of finding a new drummer, their approach was more “Way to go, you’d better figure out how you’re going to play now”, which Allen did using a variety of electronics.

Aerosmith headlined the legendary Marquee Club in London tonight in 1990, joined toward the end for a jam with Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.  This was the third location of the influential music venue, and Pagey pointed out that he’d now played all three Marquees, and that the new Charing Cross Road location faithfully reproduced the previous one on Wardour Street with “cigarette and beer stained carpets and people passed out on the floor”.

Rob Tinsley of Stoke -On-Trent, England, filed for divorce today in 2004, naming Canadian singer Bryan Adams as “The Other Man” in the papers, having to cope with his wife’s obsession with Adams in the form of a six-foot cardboard stand-up at the foot of their bed, and other looney behaviour.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Pedal-steel guitar player Sneaky Pete Kleinow would be 77 today. Before he died in 2007 he was a founding member of country-rock pioneers The Flying Burrito Brothers, and added twang to albums by The Byrds, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Spencer Davis, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Joe Cocker, and The Steve Miller Band.

Guitarist Dave Brock, founder of influential British space-rock band Hawkwind is 71.

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk’s lead singer and keyboardist Ralf Hütter is 66.

Chicago’s trombone player and brass-arranger Jim Pankow is 65.

The mild-mannered frontman of Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant, is 64.

Thin Lizzy bass player and frontman Phil Lynott would be 63.

The Knack singer and guitarist Doug Fieger would be 60.


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