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Andrew Loog Oldham signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones today in 1963, giving them £90 for the rights to their first recordings. It was Andrew who arranged for John Lennon and Paul McCartney to meet up with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in the studio: They gave them their song I Wanna Be Your Man to record as their second single, and made them realize that they were capable of writing pretty good songs too. He convinced them to boot their keyboard player Ian Stewart out of the band, relegating him to road manager status (though he would continue to play keyboards at the back of the stage). It was Oldham who cultivated The Stones anti-Beatles “bad boy” image, and is credited as producer of all Stones recordings (though he had no experience as a producer, and Keith later said his involvement amounted to letting the band do what it wanted) until he sold his management rights to Allen Klein in 1967.

The drummer The Beatles had used on their short Australian tour while Ringo was having his tonsils removed, Jimmy Nichol, was in court in London today in 1965 facing bankruptcy proceedings after racking up £4000 in debt.

A big fundraiser for London underground newspaper The International Times was held today in 1967. The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream featured performances by Pink Floyd, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown,  The Move, The Soft Machine, The Pretty Things, Pete Townsend, and Yoko Ono. John Lennon saw the event mentioned on television, and had his driver take him there. He and Yoko had met for the first time a year earlier.


The Beatles were at EMI’s studios in London working on the album that would give the place it’s name, Abbey Road, today in 1969. Ringo laid down his vocal tracks for a song he had written after a holiday in the Mediterranean in actor Peter Sellers’ yacht, Octopuses Garden.

Well-lubricated after a gig in Memphis, Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Graceland hoping to meet Elvis Presley tonight in 1976. When no one answered the bell at the gate, he climbed over the fence to be apprehended by security guards who sent him on his way without meeting The King.

Black Sabbath started their first tour since the departure of original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne tonight in 1980, with his replacement Ronnie James Dio.

Patti Boyd, the former Mrs. George Harrison and now Mrs. Eric Clapton, filed for divorce from Eric today in 1988, citing Eric’s raging alcoholism and infidelity after Italian model and actress Lory Del Santo had given birth to his son Connor two years earlier.

Guitarist #41 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top 100 of All time list Mick Ronson died of liver cancer at age 46 today in 1993. It was Mick, not Ziggy, who played guitar with David Bowie in the early 70’s, then befriended Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople when Bowie gave him his song All The Young Dudes. He left Bowie’s band for Mott, and would continue to play on Ian Hunter solo albums, as well as producing records for the likes of Elton John, John Mellencamp, Morrisey, T-Bone Burnett, and just before his death had been living in Vancouver B.C. where he had just produced an album for Seattle’s Visible Targets.

A personal injury lawyer lost his case to sue former CCR guitarist and leader John Fogerty for $5 million dollars today in 2003. The lawyer’s client said a Fogerty concert had left him with permanent hearing damage, but the judge said the plaintiff had assumed the risk of hearing loss by attending a rock concert in the first place.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

German bass player and artist Klaus Voorman is 75. He was a jazz player who had never heard rock and roll music until he saw the Beatles in Hamburg in the early 60’s. He followed them back to England, and moved into their shared flat with George and Ringo when John and Paul moved out to live with their girlfriends. As an artist he designed the cover of their Revolver album, would play bass with Manfred Mann and John Lennon’s Plastic Ono Band.

Singer and guitarist Tommy James of The Shondells is 66.

Status Quo founder, singer, and lead guitarist Francis Rossi (OBE) is 64.

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