By Scott Vanderpool

Though some 350,000 people had showed up to welcome The Beatles to Adelaide Australia the day before, only 12,000 of them actually got in to see them play. Today in 1964 were the second two of four shows there, and they were the last for Beatle temp Jimmy Nichol, as Ringo Starr was already on his way from London, sans tonsils, to rejoin the band the next day in Melbourne.

The Rolling Stones held a photo-op press conference in London’s Hyde Park today in 1969, to introduce Brian Jones replacement, 20 year old Mick Taylor, previously of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Taylor’s debut with the Stones would come a month later at the same spot, days after Jones was found at the bottom of his pool.

Grand Funk Railroad played a show tonight in 1970 at the Ocean Ice Palace in Bricktown New Jersey. Opening the show was a local band called Steel Mill, who sported a lead singer who would go on to some success by the name of Bruce Springsteen. Tickets were a whopping $5, with no “service charges” or “convenience fees”, and if you wanted to sit in front, you got there early.

John Lennon appeared on television for the last time tonight in 1975, on a BBC Tribute to Sir Lew Grade, a Ukrainian-born British media mogul remembered for giving Jim Henson his start with The Muppet Show, among other things. John’s performance of Slippin’ and Slidin’ and Imagine had been taped at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York in April.

Former Humble Pie guitarist Peter Frampton headlined the first of two shows at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco tonight in 1975. The shows were recorded, and made up a large part of the best-selling live album of all time, Frampton Comes Alive.

Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmore and The Police’s bass player and frontman Sting were made Commanders (CBE) of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire today in 2003.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Motown’s house band, The Funk Brothers drummer Uriel Jones would be 79, he died in 2009.

Heart guitarist and occasional keyboard player Howard Leese is 62, and these days playing with Paul Rodgers, both in his solo band and with Bad Company.


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