Duane’s Last Ride, Dire Straits Watches MTV Watchers: This Day In Classic Rock [Video]

The Beatles made their second appearance on Granada TV today in 1962, doing Paul’s early hit Love Me Do and A Taste Of Honey. Sadly this is all that survives on the interwebs:

The Who released a song today in 1965 that Pete Townsend later said he wrote on the train, which he had to take because the Queen Mother had had his 1935 Packard Hearse towed away from where it was parked in the Belgravia area of Westminster because she “couldn’t bear the sight of it”. My Generation borrowed musically from a Mose Allison song The Who would later add to their set: Young Man Blues.

Duane Allman was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday today in 1971, and was enjoying the recent success of The Allman Brothers At The Fillmore East by hauling ass on his Harley Sportster at home in Macon, Georgia. Unfortunately a large flatbed truck loaded with construction equipment and a crane (not a peach truck as goes the urban myth) stopped suddenly in an intersection and Duane hit it hard, dying of internal injuries several hours later.

The Travel Ministry of Belgium sued the Sex Pistols today in 1977, claiming that the cover of their single Holidays In The Sun stole copyrighted graphics from one of their brochures, and they did not want Belgium associated with The Sex Pistols.

Johnny Mathis and his heartfelt but boring Johnny’s Greatest Hits album lost it’s spot today in 1983 as the longest-ever-on-Billboard’s-charts to Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon, which entered it’s 491st week.

Dire Straits had their 4th number one British single today in 1988 with a song that Mark Knopfler borrowed a scrap of paper to write in a store that sold refrigerators, custom kitchens, microwave ovens, and color tv’s exactly what they guys who worked there were saying as they were saying it watching MTV. Money For Nothing would later be the first song played on MTV Europe.

U2 played CBS’s Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for the first time tonight in 2001, on The Late Show With David Letterman.

The wax Beatles…or rather just the heads… used on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band were found in a back room at Madame Tuassad’s Museum in London and auctioned today in 2005 for £ 81,500.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Guitarist Denny Laine of The Moody Blues and Paul McCartney’s Wings is 68.

Guitarist and Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green is 66.

Black Oak Arkansas guitarist Ricky Reynolds is 64.

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