The Doors played at Danbury High School in Danbury Connecticutt tonight in 1967. Opening the show was a beauty pageant. Students were warned not to leave their seats or they would be escorted to the exit. Whoever booked that show was most likely fired soon after.
George Harrison was at Abbey road today in 1968, directing the six saxophonists who played on his Clapton-inspired Savoy Truffle. He thought they sounded too “clean”, and insisted the horns be distorted.
The Police were on the British charts with their second #1 album today in 1980. The title, Zenyatta Mondatta, would later be used to name one of the winningest Thoroughbred racehorses of all time, owned by A&M records mogul Jerry Moss who signed the Police.
Michael Jackson was at his former elementary school today in 1989 for the dedication of it’s new Michael Jackson auditorium. The administration of Gardener Street Elementary in Hollywood had the Michael Jackson part of the sign covered with plywood in 2003, leaving only the word “Auditorium” exposed, after parents complained when The King Of Pop was being investigated for child molestation.
Dave Grohl played his first show with Nirvana tonight in 1990 at the North Shore surf Club in Olympia. He’d replaced Nirvana’s Pete Best, in the form of drummer Chad Channing, who’s one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to meet. Dave’s nice too.
The Apple Computer Company settled out-of-court with the Beatles Apple Corps. record label today in 1991. Apple reportedly paid Apple 29 million dollars for use of the name and their similar logo, pretty much pocket change for Steve Jobs’ company.
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were at the Beacon theater in New York tonight in 1994 to promote their new “UnLedded” project, which would air on MTV the next day, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London. It wasn’t a full Led Zeppelin reunion, as bass and keyboard player John Paul Jones was not only not invited, but wasn’t even told of the effort. He later admitted he was quite hurt that they called the live album that came from it No Quarter, after the song that was largely his.
Elton John went to #1 on the U.S. charts today in 1997 with his re-write of his 1974 song Candle In the Wind. He’d changed Bernie Taupin’s original lyrics, about Marilyn Monroe, to be about Princess Diana Spencer, who’d been killed in a Paris car crash in August. The single went on to become the best seller of all time, eclipsing Bing Crosby’s White Christmas.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Daryl Hall of And Oates is 66
and Steve Miller Band drummer Gary Mallaber is also 66.