Roger Daltry, originally not only The Who’s lead guitarist and singer but also their manager who was never afraid to get into a punch-up with shady club owners, was kicked out of the band today in 1965 for feeding a knuckle sandwich to drummer Keith Moon for his usual drunken antics, because by this time it was Pete Townsend’s band. He’d be asked to rejoin the next day.

The Beatles were invited to Buckingham Palace today in 1965 to be made Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen on the recommendation of Prime Minister Harold Wilson (later mocked in George’s song Taxman) for “…having a transforming effect on the minds of youth….mostly for the good”. They were quite nervous about meeting Her Majesty, and ducked into a palace bathroom to smoke a joint. Many previous recipients of the award, war heroes and captains of industry, were appalled that four long-haired musicians were made MBE’s, and sent theirs back. John Lennon eventually returned his as well, in protest of Britain’s support for America’s Vietnam war and “for Cold Turkey slipping down the charts”.

Pink Floyd played their first show ever in the United States tonight in 1967, the first of three nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Rolling Stones leader Brian Jones was fined £100 (plus 100 Guineas in court costs) for possession of cannabis today in 1968.

Though none of them called it such, they knew it would be their last album: The Beatles released Abbey Road today in 1969. It was also the first time a George Harrison song (Something) was released as the “A” side to a single.

AC/DC released their 12th studio album Ballbreaker today in 1995. It marked the return of drummer Phil Rudd, who had been fired in 1983 for getting too wasted and fighting with rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

Robert Palmer, a solo singer and songwriter who’d also been a member of The Power Station (with members of Duran Duran) died of a heart attack at age 54 today in 2003.

Jimmy Page laid down a guitar track for an album by one of his early heroes today in 2006. Jerry Lee LewisLast Man Standing featured a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll, but Jimmy thought the recording sounded overproduced and sterile, and found himself wishing he’d been recording with The Killer at Sun Records back in the 50’s.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Youngbloods drummer Joe Bauer would be 71. He died of a brain tumor in 1982.

Roxy Music singer Brian Ferry is 68. He was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen last year.


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