The Beach Boys made their national TV debut tonight in 1964 on CBS’s Ed Sullivan Show.
The Pink Floyd had a show in Dunoon, Scotland tonight in 1968. Located in a Puget Sound-like part of the country just outside Glasgow (they call them “Firths” instead of a “Sound” or “Fjord”), Dunoon is normally reached by a ferry, but nasty weather caused the cancellation of all boats, so Floyd hired their own to make the rough crossing and play for 400 fans.
Led Zeppelin were on their first tour of Japan today in 1971, when they played a benefit in Hiroshima for victims of the WWII-ending atomic bomb. The mayor presented them with medals and a letter of appreciation.
The leader of Ringo Starr’s pre-Beatle band Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, oddly enough named Rory Storm, died today in 1972 at age 32 of an overdoes of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his Mom.
Wings guitarist Jimmy McCullogh overdosed on heroin today in 1979 at age 26. He had played on the Thunderclap-Newman hit Something in the Air at age 16.
Metallica were on tour in Europe tonight in 1986, traveling by tour bus between Stockholm and Copenhagen. The band had drawn cards for the most comfortable bunk on the bus, and bassist Cliff Burton won it with The Ace of Spades. They hit a patch of black ice and the bus skidded off the road, throwing Burton through the windshield, and he was killed instantly when the bus landed on top of him.
Ramones bass player Dee Dee Ramone was arrested for possession of the wacky tobaccy in Greenwich Villiage NYC today in 1990.
U2 played a show from the roof of a hotel they own in Dublin (The Clarence) today in 2000 for some 4000 fans who had gathered in the streets below.
Legendary “Wall of Sound” record producer Phil Spector was formally charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend, actress Lana Clarkson today in 2004. The trial would run until April of 2009, when he was sentenced to 19-years-to-life in the California penal system, where he has complained that he once had The Beatles asking him to produce their records, now it was Charles Manson.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Randy Bachman, singer, songwriter and guitarist in The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, is 69.
Marvin Lee Aday is 65, best known by his stage name “Meat Loaf“.