The Beatles had a productive session at Abbey Road today in 1964 laying down I Feel Fine. Afterward Ringo went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and passed his driving test.
Cream were rocking out at Sussex University near Brighton, England tonight in 1966 when Ginger Baker collapsed after his 20-minute drum solo. He was rushed to a hospital where doctors pronounced him healthy but exhausted, and suggested that even other drummers don’t need to hear more than 2 or 3 minutes of triplets.
Led Zeppelin were beginning to assert themselves as the Kings of the rock world today in 1971, as Led Zeppelin II entered its 100th week on the charts, with 7 of those at the number one spot in the U.S., where it had knocked the Beatles Abbey Road from the top position twice.
Jimmy Page was at the Swan Song Records offices today in 1977, sending off press releases denying rumors of Led Zeppelin breaking up and lashing out at media speculation that he was dabbling in “Black Magic”.
R.E.M. reunited with their original drummer Bill Berry today in 2005 for the first time since he had quit the band after nearly being killed from a brain aneurysm, at the wedding of one of their roadies.
An angry Ozzy Osbourne was firing off press releases today in 2010, furious that his song Crazy Train was parodied by the Westboro Baptist Church claiming that U.S. soldier’s deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were god’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Tornadoes guitarist George Bellamy is 71.
Barre-chord wonder Johnny Ramone, the man most responsible for The Ramones, would be 64 today, he died of prostate cancer at 55.
Hamish Stuart is 63. He plays guitar, bass, drums, produces records, and played in Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr’s solo bands as well as his own Average White Band.