This Day In Classic Rock: May 21st

It was today in 1966 that The Castiles played at Freehold Regional High School in New Jersey.  All 5 members of The Castiles were Juniors at the high school, and the show would have been remembered about as much as any other high school band’s, except that one of the members was Bruce Springsteen.

It was today in 1967 that Jimi Hendrix signed a record contract with the Warner Bros. subsidiary Reprise records. Unremarkable, except that Jimi had had little success garnering label attention here in America, and only became famous after moving to England.

It was today in 1968 that Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones faced the Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court on a charge of possession of the wacky tobbacky. He was released after paying bail of £200, or  $315.88…about $2000 in today’s funds.

There was a little rock show in Germany tonight in 1972, originally supposed to take place near the U.S. Air force base at Mannheim.  After locals complained, it was moved to nearby Germersheim. A pretty good line up: The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, The Spencer Davis Group, The Strawbs, and Humble Pie.

It was today in 1974 that two would-be rock promoters were arrested for selling tickets by mail-order for an upcoming Elten John show…spelled that way because the real Elton John knew nothing about any show with these promoters.  Police recovered over $12,000.

Another milestone for Sir Elty, it was tonight in 1979 he played the first of 8 shows in what then was still the Soviet Union, making him the first Western rock star to tour there.

It was tonight in 1980 that Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested after smashing his guitar over the head of an audience member a t a show in Hamburg, Germany.  After police determined that he was not under the influence of alcohol , he was released. For future reference: If you’re going to smash a guitar over someone’s head in Germany, it’s only legal if you’re sober.

Bono of U2 underwent emergency spinal surgery in Munich today in 2010, after being injured preparing for the 360° tour. He lived, even though as a member of one of the world’s richest rock bands he could have easily flown to for-profit healthcare in America, but instead decided to go to a German “socialist” hospital.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Hilton Valentine is 68 today, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the original guitarist with The Animals.

John Dalton is 69, the bass player who replaced original member Pete Quaife in The Kinks twice: Once for a tour in 1966 when Quaife broke his leg in a car crash, and then again in 1969 when Quaife quit.

Vincent Crane was the organ player for The Crazy World of Arthur Brown who had one big hit with Fire, but then Crane quit to start the band Atomic Rooster, taking Arthur Brown’s drummer Carl Palmer (later of Emerson, Lake, and…) with him.  Crane would be 69 today, he died at 45 from an overdose of pain pills.

Stan Lynch is 57, the drummer and backup vocalist with Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers until he quit in 1994 to become a record producer.

Be safe, Crowski.

 

 

 

 

 

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