The American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences was having it’s annual Grammy Award party tonight in 1968, heaping little gramophone statuettes on the British Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the artists and photographers who did the cover, and the producers and engineers who’d recorded it at Abbey Road. But there was no opportunity to have the band play live in front of a star-studded crowd, the Grammys didn’t become a National Television spectacle until 1974.
Led Zeppelin played what would be their last show ever in Australia, in Brisbane tonight in 1972.
Lynyrd Skynyrd played in London tonight in 1977, and afterward in a somewhat inebriated state returned to the Royal Lancaster Hotel only to get in a scuffle with an equally well lubricated group of gentlemen holding a dinner event there. Unfortunately for two of the Skynyrd boys, it was a meeting of the London Metropolitan Police Boxing Team, and they were knocked out cold.
The trademark glasses Buddy Holly had been wearing “the day the music died” were discovered in a police file in Mason Iowa today in 1980. They were given to his widow, Maria Holly, who sold them for $80,000 to the Buddy Holly Museum in his hometown Lubbock Texas where they remain on display to this day.
Zeppelin singer Robert Plant released his 4th solo album Now and Zen today in 1988.
Status Quo took the highly unprecedented step of filing a lawsuit in their ongoing dispute with the BBC’s Radio One today in 1996. Since their first chart hit (their only one in America) Pictures of Matchstick Men in 1967, the band have had 59 since, more than any other British group including The Beatles, but it seems the Beeb didn’t want to add their latest single, a cover of The Beach Boys Fun Fun Fun to regular rotation, which they were sure must somehow be against the law. The case was thrown out of court.
Eric Clapton had already had his driving privileges suspended in France when he lost his license at home in England today in 2000 for three months after being clocked in his several hundred thousand dollar turbocharged Porsche doing 45 m.p.h. in a 30 zone.
The British “lead singer” of The Monkees, Davy Jones died of a heart attack at age 66 today in 2012. “Drummer” Mickey Dolenz usually sang lead vocals, and while neither of them could play drums when the show started, as they learned along the way by it’s end Jones was the better at it.
Rock and Roll “Leaplings”, who only have a birthday every 4 years.
There are none, only 30’s big band leader Jimmy Dorsey, who died in 1957.