Paul McCartney was dealing with a bit of controversy the day after his 25th birthday in an interview published in today’s edition of the London Daily Mirror today in 1967. In a recent interview with Life magazine, which dispelled rumors of his recent death in a car crash, Paul had admitted that he’d taken LSD four times. Conservative Britons were outraged, but Paul told The Mirror that he didn’t regret taking it at all, and hoped his fans would understand.
The Rolling Stones scored their 7th #1 single at home in England today in 1968 when Jumpin’ Jack Flash hit the top spot. Keith Richards said he and Mick Jagger had written the song at Keith’s country house, inspired while they were both quite high on LSD, and Mick had heard Keith’s gardener stomping some earth down outside the window and asked what that sound was. Keith had replied, “Oh, that’s Jack. Jumpin’ Jack”, and the rest of the lyrics just flowed out. Mick later said they’d been about getting away from all the acid they’d been doing around the Satanic Majesties record, though the “B-Side” to the single, Child of The Moon, is still quite psychedelic. Bass player Bill Wyman later said in his book Stone Alone that it was him who’d come up with the main riff of the song, played on the bass pedals of an organ, which he was never given credit for.
The Edgar Winter Group went to #1 today in 1973 with Frankenstein. Edgar said the instrumental got the name because they’d made so many edits in the studio, which in the days before computers were made by slicing the polyester recording tape with razor blades and putting them back together with scotch tape.
One day after he and frontman Johnny Rotten had been beaten up outside a London pub, The Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook was attacked by a group of men wielding steel pipes in the Shepherd’s Bush tube station tonight in 1977. They were incensed by the band’s disrespectful single God Save The Queen, which the band had played on a barge on the Thames River outside Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee the week before. Cook was taken to a hospital where he got 15 stitches.
Guns-N-Roses made their British debut at London’s famous Marquee Club tonight in 1987.
The King County prosecuting attorney’s office charged Rickey Goodrich, the chief financial officer for Pearl Jam, with stealing some $380,000 from the band today in 2012, saying he’d done it over the course of several years, and spent the money on lavish family vacations, life insurance policies, spa treatments, and expensive and collectible wine.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Ann Dustin Wilson, lead singer and flutist for Heart, is 64. Though it’s well known that she and sister Nancy grew up in Bellevue, they’d only moved there in the early 60’s: Their father was a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, and had moved around a lot as “military brats”. Ann was born in San Diego, while Nancy was born 4 years later in San Francisco.