John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best had another meeting with Brian Epstein today in 1961 to further discuss his proposal to manage them. Brian wanted 25% of their gross earnings in exchange for better organized and more prestigious gigs, an expansion beyond the Liverpool area, and a promise that they would never again play for less than £15 (except for their lunchtime shows at the Cavern Club, for which their fee would double to £10). John on behalf of the group and himself as their leader, accepts.
The film Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey premiered in London tonight in 1964. Written by the creator of the BBC soap opera Coronation Street, it stared Gerry and the Pacemakers, Cilla Black, and all the other artists putting Liverpool on the map…except the one actually doing it…The Beatles, who were busy.
The Beatles recorded Christmas and New Years greeting station identification spots for Radio Caroline and Wonderful Radio London today in 1966. The BBC didn’t devote much time to rock music back then. Both stations were “pirates” that broadcasted from ships in the English Channel.
Led Zeppelin scored their first Top 40 single on the American charts today in 1969 with Whole Lotta Love, which went to #4. They would have 5 more back int he day when Top 40 radio stations in America would play hard rock bands like Led Zeppelin, interestingly the band’s manager would never allow them to release a single in England, where people actually bought 7″ singles.
Keith Richards was hanging out in the south of France at the house at Nellcoté near Nice where the Stones recorded Exile on Main Street today in 1972, enjoying a morning cup of coffee with the newspaper when he was surprised to learn that a warrant for the arrest of himself and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg had been issued in London for possession of drugs.
The Reverend Charles Boykin of Tallahasee Florida staged a mass burning of Rolling Stones and Elton John records today in 1975, incensed that a local survey said that 984 of 1000 unwed mothers in Tallahassee had had sex while listening to sinful rock and roll music.
Roy Orbison had just finished doing a video with the Traveling Wilburys and came home to have dinner with his Mom tonight in 1988 when he died of a heart attack at age 52. Roy had endured a great deal of personal tragedy in his life, Roy and his first wife, pretty woman Claudette, were avid bikers and she died in a motorcycle crash in ’66, and his two oldest sons died in a house fire in ’68.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
R.E.M.‘s guitarist and one-time Seattle resident Peter Buck is 56, and mostly no longer drinking on airplanes.