The Beatles played a show at the end of their 1964 tour tonight at New York’s Paramount Theater. The 3,682 fans in attendance paid a whopping $100 to get in ($740.74 in today’s dollars), with the proceeds going to charity.

Other than the fact that we only have to change one letter, it’s the main reason KZOK refers to this month as “Zeptember”: It was today in 1968 that Jimmy Page began recording what were then still The New Yardbirds at Olympic Studios in London. The album that would be called Led Zeppelin I took only 36 hours of studio time, as it was mostly recorded live with very few overdubs…they were that good. We still have no plans to refer to next month as “Aldo Nova-ember”.

John Lennon announced today in 1969, in a meeting with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, that he was quitting the Beatles.

The first and only album from Blind Faith, a “supergroup” comprised of Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech, went to number one in England today in 1969, and a few days later in the U.S. The album’s original artwork, a photo of a very young topless girl holding a silver spaceship, was considered quite shocking at the time and was banned in many places.

Jim Morrison was acquitted on charges of “lewd and lascivious behavior” in Miami today in 1970 stemming from a Doors concert a year-an-a-half earlier in Coconut Grove. He was, however, found guilty of “indecent exposure” for showing “Little Jim” to the audience, and for using profanity in public. He was sentenced to a $500 fine and 7 months “at hard labor”. Jim’s lawyers appealed, but he died in Paris before serving the sentence. He was posthumously pardoned by then-Florida governor Charlie Crist in 2010.

Paul and Linda McCartney were busted for possession of wacky tobbaccy today in 1972 at their farm in Scotland. It wasn’t the first time, and it would not be the last.

David Bowie had his first number one U.S. hit today in 1975 with a song he had written with John Lennon about something John knew more about than him at that time: Fame.

Behind Back in Black and Highway To Hell, AC/DC’s third-best selling album is Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. It was released today in 1976.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Styx’s rhythm-section twins, drummer John and bass player Chuck Panozzo were born today in 1948.  John died in 1996 of alcohol-related illnesses.

Soundgarden’s bass player and all-around nice guy Ben Sheppard is 44.


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