The Jersey City New Jersey city council passed an ordinance today in 1956 that prevented Bill Haley and His Comets from playing their scheduled show at Roosevelt Stadium there tonight. It referred to their show on June 30th in Asbury Park, and read “Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city’s beaches.”
Bob Dylan recorded one of his most famous songs, Blowin’ In The Wind, in New York today in 1962.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience were on a North American tour as the opening act for The Monkees today in 1967 when his manager, former Animals bass player Chas Chandler and the tour’s promoter Dick Clark realized that Jimi was a bit too psychedelic for The Pre-Fab Four’s teenybopper audience, and concocted a story that the conservative Daughters Of The American Revolution group were planning protests, and Hendrix left the tour after only six shows.
The Beatles were at Abbey Road today in 1969 recording Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. John Lennon was back after being involved in a car crash in Scotland in which the pregnant Yoko Ono had been more seriously injured, so John had a bed moved into the studio for her.
Paul McCartney’s new band Wings played their first-ever show tonight in 1972 in the tiny French town Chateauvillon. Paul, wife Linda, Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, and Henry McCullough were touring in a converted London double-decker bus with a psychedelic interior on Paul’s first tour since the Beatles last in ’66.
Crosby Stills Nash and Young started their 1974 reunion tour tonight at the Seattle Center Coliseum in front of some 15,000.
Cheap Trick had their only American #1 hit today in 1988 with The Flame, considered by many hard-core Cheap Trick Fans to be their lamest song ever.
The Grateful Dead played Chicago’s Soldier Field tonight in 1995. They did not know it at the time, but it would be their last show with guitarist Jerry Garcia, who would die of a heart attack at a rehab clinic a month later.
Sir Elton Hercules John had a pacemaker installed today in 1999. He’d been feeling poorly and was forced to cancel a series of shows.
Carlos Santana waited until his drummer Cindy Blackman had finished her solo at their show tonight in 2010 in Illinois to stop the show and propose to her. They would be married in December.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
AC/DC’s original lead singer Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott would be 67 had he not died of “misadventure” at 33.
Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell would be 66. He died in 2008 in Portland on the “Experience Hendrix” tour, and was buried here in Seattle.