The BBC mailbox got stuffed with over 8000 letters from fans hoping to be in the studio audience tonight in 1964 when The Rolling Stones were the guests on Juke Box Jury.
All four Beatles hung out with Bob Dylan in his London hotel room today in 1966, watching “rushes” (short clips not yet edited together) of D.A. Pennebaker’s documentary of Bob’s British tour, which included what would become the Subterranean Homesick Blues “video”. Safe bet they were doing something that is legal in Washington now, but wasn’t in England then.
Arthur Lee and Love headlined the Whiskey-A-Go-Go nightclub on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood tonight in 1966, with an opening act that would become somewhat more popular, The Doors.
What is now legal here was still not in London in 1969, but apparently wasn’t as big a deal as last time. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful were arrested for cannabis possession at home, taken to Scotland Yard, and released after paying £50 each.
Bass player Ronnie Lane quit The Faces today in 1973, to start a band called Slim Chance.
The Allman Brothers Band broke up, for the first time, today in 1976, after Greg Allman plea-bargained his Federal drug charges by agreeing to testify against the band’s long-time tour manager, bodyguard, and friend John “Scooter” Herring, who was sentenced to 75 years.Chuck Leavell, Llamar Williams, and Jaimoe Johansen went on to start the band Sea Level, while Dickie Betts went solo. All four swore they would never work with Allman again, but they reunited, for the first time, two years later.
The short lived band Strontium 90 went nowhere, but tonight in 1977 rhythm bass player Sting (they had a lead bass player, Mike Howlett) brought in American drummer Stewart Copeland to replace the one they’d lined up who couldn’t come. It marked the first time those two would play with the guitarist, Andy Summers, an older bloke who’d been one of the first to see Hendrix in London. The three would shed Howlett and become The Police.
The second of Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak’s two “Us” Festivals began today in 1983, at a specifically built amphitheater near San Bernadino, California. With the first real attempt at creating an event bigger than the great rock festivals of the 60’s since Altamont that was not directly connected with a charity, Woz put up $40 million to create a showcase of then-cutting-edge technology, a marriage of music, computers, television, and people. Today’s lineup for “New Wave Day” had the Divinyls, INXS, Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, The English Beat, The Stray Cats, A Flock of Seagulls, Men At Work, and headliners The Clash. Tomorrow would be “Heavy Metal Day” (Van Halen headlining), followed by “Rock Day” (David Bowie headlining) and a “Country Day” (Waylon and Willie) the following weekend. Some 750,000 people went through the gates, only two of them died, and Woz lost about half his investment.
30 years to the day the had first played together, The Police reunited tonight in 2007 at G.M. Place (now the Rodgers Arena) in Vancouver B.C., the first of a 152 show tour that would make them a mountain of money.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Blues fiddle player Papa John Creach would be 96. He played with The Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Starship, and guested at many a Grateful Dead show before he died at 76.
Soul singer Gladys Knight is 68.
Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman and solo artist John Fogerty is 67.
Punk rock icon Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics would be 64. She took her own life at 48.