The Beatles were hard at work as usual today in 1961, playing two lunchtime shows at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, and another one at night. What was unusual was that Mike Smith, an Artist and Repertoire representative from Decca Records, came and offered them a recording audition.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience were hard at work today in 1966, making their first-ever television appearance on ITV’s Ready! Steady! Go!, and then heading to a studio to record Foxy Lady.

Welsh guitarist Dave Edmunds had his only #1 hit today in 1970, with a cover of a song originally recorded in 1955 by Smiley Lewis. It was just after The Beatles had broken up, and in an interview with Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, John Lennon said that I Hear You Knocking was his favorite new song.

George Harrison was at the White House today in 1974, having lunch with President Gerry Ford. They exchanged buttons: Gerry gave George a WIN (Whip Inflation Now!) button, George responded with an OM (Hindu mantra word said to express creation) button. Later in the day Peter Frampton came to visit. Rumor has it that both were there to meet Ford’s sons Jack and Steven, who with the musicians were the first to smoke pot in the presidential mansion. Jack Ford was later rumored to have had an affair with Bianca Jagger, as referenced in the Rolling Stones song Respectable in the line “You’re the easiest lay on the White House Lawn”.

The Rolling Stones request to stage a 3-day show for 100,000 fans on Easter Island was denied by the government of Chile today in 1975. They feared such an event would cause irreparable harm to the island.

Genesis‘ drummer-turned-frontman Phil Collins made his acting debut today in 1985 on NBC’s Miami Vice, playing the role of “drug dealer”.

The #1 single in Britain today in 1996 was not by a rock or pop act, but came from a television show aimed at 1 to 4 year olds, produced by the BBC and syndicated on PBS in the U.S. Teletubbies Say Eh-Oh would stay on the charts for 32 weeks. The show was cancelled in 2002, not because of Jerry Falwell’s assertion that the “Tinky Winky” character, with it’s purse, triangular “gay” antenna, and “gay” purple color promoted homosexuality, but because the show had filmed 365 episodes…enough for a full year, that could be repeated without paying cast and crew for more episodes. A hit with it’s target audience, the show also garnered quite a following with drug-addled college students and musicians.

Paul McCartney played a show for 1400 celebrities and lucky fans at Harlem’s Apollo Theater tonight in 2010. It was a party thrown by Sirius/XM Satellite radio, but Paul just wanted to play at the theater long considered the home of African-American music, saying “I just want to just soak in the Apollo. I’ve dreamed of playing here for many a year. This is very special for us British boys. The holy grail.”

Rock and Roll Birthdays

? and the Mysterians drummer Robert Martinez is 68.

Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist and now guided missile system expert and defense consultant Jeff “Skunk” Baxter is 64.

Former Amboy Dukes, solo, and Damn Yankees guitarist and now extremist conservative political activist Theodore Anthony “Ted” Nugent is 64.

Television guitarist Tom Verlaine is 63.

The Nice and Roxy Music guitarist Davy O’List is 63. He also played briefly in Jethro Tull, and once substituted for Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd.



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