John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison  recorded with Ringo Starr for the first time today in 1960. The Beatles didn’t tell Pete Best they were working with two members of Rory Storm’s Hurricanes, laying down a cover of George Gershwin’s Summertime (later recorded by Janis Joplin) in Hamburg.

Pink Floyd headlined a party for the launch of London’s new hippie newspaper, The International Times, tonight in 1966. The event flyers read “Bring you own poison, bring flowers, and gass filled balloons.” Also on the bill, Jeff Lynne’s The Move, Denny Laine, Yoko Ono,  and a Caribbean steel band.  Paul McCartney showed up in flowing Arab dress.

Keith Richards was fined 5000 Francs in Nice, France today in 1973 when he was found guilty of trafficking cannabis.

Paul and Linda McCartney lent their voices to tonight’s 1995episode of The Simpsons titled “Lisa The Vegetarian“. The McCartneys agreed to appear when producers agreed to their demand that the oldest Simpson daughter’s swearing-off of meat would be a permanent character change.

Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was sentenced to four months in jail today in 1996 for attacking a paparazzi snapping photos of him an wife Pamela Anderson outside an L.A. nightclub.

Welsh guitarist Dave Edmunds underwent a successful triple-bypass heart operation today in 2000, and is still very much with us.

Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith suffered a fall at home today in 2003, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. The accident eventually led to his demise from pneumonia in 2008, two weeks before the band was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame.

John Bon Jovi joined Jackson Browne, The Foo Fighters, and Seattle’s own Heart in 2008 in demanding that the John McCain/Sarah Palin Presidential tickets cease and desist using their songs at campaign appearances. Bon Jovi had just held a $30,000 per-person fundraiser for Barack Obama at his home in September.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Eve of Destruction one-hit-wonder Barry McGuire is 77.

Seattle-born Frantics and Moby Grape drummer, singer, and songwriter Don Stevenson is 71.

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