The Beatles manager Brian Epstein got a legal written release from any prior interest in the band today in 1962 from German band leader Bert Kaempfert, who after seeing them in Hamburg, had hired the band to back British singer Tony Sheridan, who died this last Saturday at age 72 in Hamburg.
A BBC documentary film of Cream’s last performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London made it’s American debut tonight in 1969 in Baltimore. Goodbye Cream was panned by critics, and Ginger Baker later admitted, “It wasn’t a good gig. We knew we were just finishing it off, getting it over with. The band was getting worse by the minute.”
The John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band single Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) was released in the United States today in 1970. Written and recorded on the same day, and in stores in Britain just 10 days later, John Lennon told the press he “wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch, and we’re putting it out for dinner”. The song was produced by Phil Spector, George Harrison played lead guitar, his friend Billy Preston handled the keyboards, the Beatles old Hamburg friend Klaus Voorman was on bass, future Yes member and Seattle resident Alan White played drums, and Yoko Ono sang background vocals thankfully without any shrieking or squeaking noises. The song was John’s 3rd solo single, and would go to #3 in America, just as the Beatles Let It Be was going to #1. Though they already had for all intents and purposes, the breakup of The Beatles would not be officially announced until April 10th.
KISS were in front of Grumman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood today in 1976, having their signatures and platform boot prints immortalized in wet cement.
Singer Pat Benatar married her guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo in Hana on the island of Maui today in 1982. It was her second marriage, and the two are still together with two children. Born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski, she kept the last name of first husband Dennis Benatar.
80’s buttrock band Great White tragically re-entered the national spotlight tonight in 2003, when arena-sized pyrotechnics set off just seconds into their opening song at a small nightclub they were playing in West Warwick, Rhode Island ignited sound insulation near the stage, setting off the 4th deadliest nightclub fire in American history. 100 people, including their guitarist Ty Longley were killed as the fire engulfed The Station in just 5 1/2 minutes, and another 230 were badly burned and/or suffered smoke inhalation. The club’s owners and the band’s tour manager who had set of the pyrotechnics were charged with manslaughter.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
J. Geils Band guitarist John “J.” Geils is 66.
Steely Dan guitarist, bass player, and songwriter Walter Becker is 63.
Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe would be 62. He died while successfully saving his 12 year old son from surf off Molokai Hawaii at age 45. Originally from Los Angles, it was while working at the famous Manny’s Music store in New York with guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter in the mid 60’s that he was recruited by regular customer Jimi Hendrix into his band The Blue Flames, who gave him the nickname Randy California to distinguish him from another Randy, who Jimi called Randy Texas.
Nirvana singer songwriter and guitarist Kurt Cobain would be 46 if he hadn’t joined what his Mom called ‘that stupid club” at age 27.