The Beatles were in between lunchtime and evening shows at Liverpool’s Cavern Club today in 1962 when they headed for The Granada Television Centre in Manchester to appear on the tube for the first time ever on a show called “People and Places“.
Led Zeppelin played for the first and only time at New York’s Carnegie Hall tonight in 1969. The old joke goes “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice!”, but Zeppelin traveled by jet from Heathrow, and barely made the show as they missed their first flight. Jimmy Page was surprised to learn that the venue was not named for “How To Win Friends and Influence People” author Dale Carnegie, but rather steel magnate and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Bill Gates of the late 19th century.
The Rolling Stones played Brussels, Belgium tonight in 1973, with Billy Preston and an American band, Kracker, they had just signed to Rolling Stones records. Saxophonist Bobby Keys was supposed to play with the Stones, but didn’t show up. He claimed to have filled his hotel bathtub with Dom Perignon champagne, and drank most of it. Mick Jagger was not amused, and Bobby Keys, who had played with The Who, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Joe Cocker, and Eric Clapton was not invited to play with the Stones again until 1989.
Sting’s soon to be former accountant was sentenced to 6 years in prison today in 1995 after being found guilty of skimming £6 million from the former Police bass player’s 108 bank accounts.
Freddy Mercury’s ’74 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow failed to meet it’s reserve price on eBay today in 2005. Listed by his sister, the car had last been used to take Freddie’s family to the London premier of Queen’s stage musical We Will Rock You in 2002. Freddie had died of complications from AIDS in 1991. The highest of some 200 bids was $93,000.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Turtles rhythm guitarist Jim Turner is 66. He was a huge Beatles fan, and quit The Turtles and music altogether after being publicly criticized by John Lennon in 1967.
Spinal Tap rhythm guitarist and lead singer David St. Hubbins, and not coincidentally the actor who played him, Michael McKean, is 64.