By Scott Vanderpool

The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played the first night of their short tour of Scotland backing the Larry Parnes managed crooner Johnny Gentle tonight in 1960. They’d auditioned two weeks earlier, hoping to land the more lucrative backup-band gig for another of Parnes stable of hand-picked singers, Georgie Fame (Who Paul went to see years later when he met his wife Linda Eastman). Parnes thought they were a serviceable band and sent them out with Johnny instead. When they returned from Scotland, he raved about the band and suggest Parnes take them on as their manager, but he passed.

Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey of The Who had waited quite long enough for John Entwhistle and Keith Moon to show up for their gig at the RickyTick Club in suburban London tonight in 1966, and started playing with the drummer and bass player of a local band who opened the show. When John and Keith finally did show up in the middle of their set, a fight broke out that ended with Pete beaning Keith in the head with his guitar. Moon and Entwhistle were so angry the quit the band, but they’d both rejoined within a week.

Bob Dylan and The Band were playing Edinburgh, Scotland tonight in 1966, and a fair number of their fans were still folkie purists, incensed that Dylan had gone electric, and at this show thought it might be fun to try and overpower The Band by playing their own harmonicas.

The Beatles brand new Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album got a special preview on BBC Radio tonight in 1967, with disc jockey Kenny Everett, who played the entire album with the notable exception of the song A Day In The Life, which had been banned by the BBC as they feared it could promote drug-taking.

Chicago’s mild-mannered bass player Peter Cetera was in Los Angeles today in 1969, and decided to take in a Dodger game. He ran into four gung-ho U.S. Marines who took exception to the length of his hair and beat the crap out of him, breaking his jaw and sending him to the hospital for two days.

T-Rex were on the British charts with their fourth and final #1 hit, Metal Guru, today in 1972. Frontman Marc Bolan would die in a car crash 5 years later.

The Buddy Holly Story, a bio-pic starring actor Gary Busey in his finest role as Holly, premiered in Buddy’s hometown of Lubbock, Texas tonight in 1978. Busey was nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, and the soundtrack won the academy award.

The Eagles singing drummer Don Henley married Texas-born model Sharon Summerall today in 1995. It was a big party with a who’s who rock and roll guest list including all of The Eagles, Randy Newman (who Henley just inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame),  and performances from Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting, Tony Bennett, and Jackson Browne, Tom Petty, and John Fogerty (who played with Newman at his induction). They’re still married and have 3 kids.

Black Sabbath’s drummer Bill Ward was rehearsing for the band’s reunion tour  in London today in 1998 when he suffered a heart attack and was rushed to a hospital. He recovered and played that tour to the delight of original Sabbath fans, but was booted from their current reunion tour by Ozzy’s manager-wife Sharon Osbourne when he demanded a full 4th of the money.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Singer Joe Cocker is 69. He was quite popular in England but relatively unknown in the U.S. until the movie of his performance at Woodstock came out.

Singer Cherilyn Sarkisian, better known by her stage name Cher, is 67.

T-Rex bass player Steve Currie would be 66. He died in a car crash at age 33, just 4 years after the band’s frontman Marc Bolan was killed the same way.

Black Oak Arkansas guitarist Jimmy Henderson is 59.

Guitarist Jane Wiedlin of one of the most successful all-female rock bands of all time, The Go Go’s is 55.



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