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Beatles Fish At The Edgewater, Lose Their Drummer, Take Their Last Photos: This Day In Classic Rock [Video]

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The Beatles circa 1964. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Beatles circa 1964. (AFP/Getty Images)

Scotty V looking ever so serious (photo credit: KZOK) Scott Vanderpool
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The Beatles taped their first-ever TV appearance today in 1962 for Manchester’s Granada Television. It was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club that would air in Rocktober. Toward the end of the performance, fans can be heard chanting “We want Pete!”, in reference to the recent sacking of their original drummer.

Seattle was reeling from the Beatles first performance here last night in 1964 at the Seattle Center Coliseum.  They spent the night at the Edgewater Inn and fished from their window, but caught nothing but a good buzz. The carpet from their room was later torn up, cut into small pieces, and sold. To get back to the Edgewater after the show, they sent an empty limo with blacked out windows ahead of them while they hid in the back of an ambulance…the roof of the limousine was crushed by weight of fans climbing on top. The Seattle Times ran a story by a prominent local psychologist fearful of the effects of “Beatlemania on our children”. Later tonight they would play up in Vancouver.

The Rolling Stones taped an appearance for Granada TV today in 1965 at their studios in Manchester. About 200 fans broke through a security barrier while waiting for the band, and security guards turned fire hoses on them.

Ringo Starr quit The Beatles today in 1968, tired of the constant bickering during the recording of The White Album. The band soldiered on, recording Back In The USSR with Paul on drums. His exit was a closely guarded secret, and Ringo would return on September 3rd.

And the Fab Four had their last photo session ever today in 1969, meeting at John Lennon’s Georgian manor house “Tittenhurst Park” near Ascot between Reading and London. The shots were used for the cover of the Hey Jude singles compilation, and several of them included Yoko Ono and a very pregnant Linda McCartney, who would give birth to their daughter Mary 5 days later.

Led Zeppelin were in Florida today in 1969, playing a place called “Pirate’s World”, which Jimmy Page said fit their Buccaneering spirit just fine: “Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum!”. After the show they retired to a Miami hotel where Little Richard was playing in the basement bar. That seemed to fit their Buccaneering spirit as well: Wooooo!

It was 10 years later in 1979 that Zeppelin released their final album In Through The Out Door. They would release another of previously unreleased songs, Coda, after the death of John Bonham.

Police bass player and frontman Sting and his new second wife Trudie Styler celebrated their wedding of two days earlier with a star-studded reception tonight in 1992. He hired The Troggs to perform, and The Police played a few songs later.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Legendary blues guitarist and songwriter John Lee Hooker would be 95 today, he passed in 2001. His songs were covered by Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Doors, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, The Yardbirds, The Animals, The MC5, George Thorogood, The Amboy Dukes, Eric Clapton, and The White Stripes, to name but a few.

Grateful Dead singer Donna Godchaux (and wife of Seattle-born Dead keyboardist Keith) is 65.

The drummer-vocalist of unpopular original Seattle bands Room Nine, The Young Pioneers, Chemistry Set, The Green Pajamas, Down With People, and The King County Queens and occasional smart-ass KZOK disc jockey Scott Vanderpool is 53.

Gary Lee Conner, lead guitarist of the best band of the grunge era that didn’t get as famous as they should have been, The Screaming Trees, is 49.

Alice In Chains lead singer Layne Staley would be 45 if he hadn’t been so fond of heroin.

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