Today in Rock

  • Featured Artist
  • 1970 Featured ArtistElton John performs a live concert for a New York radio station, WPLJ. The show is released as “11-17-70.” The best tracks are “Take Me To The Pilot” and “Burn Down The Mission” (hot piano work). 1970

 
 

  • Rock History
  • The Byrds’ vocalist Gene Clark enters the world. 1941

    Jim Babjak, guitarist for the Smithereens, has a birthday. 1957

    Gene Vincent makes his national television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. He performs "Dance To The Bop." "Be-Bop-A-Lula" has already come and gone. 1957

    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) meet singer Gene Pitney at the taping of ITV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars. They give him “That Girl Belongs To Yesterday” which becomes a major Pitney hit in both the U.S. and U.K. 1963

    Blues Traveler keyboardist Ben Wilson is born. 1967

    The Faces release their third and best album; “A Nod Is As Good As A Wink To A Blind Horse.” The LP includes The Faces’ biggest hit, the Ron Wood/Rod Stewart song “Stay With Me,” as well as, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee.” 1971

    Ike & Tina Turner’s rousing “Nutbush City Limits” misses the Top 20 (#22) in the U.S. but hits #4 in the U.K. The song is covered by Bob Seger. 1973

    A Linda Ronstadt compilation “A Retrospective” goes gold. 1978

    Jethro Tull bassist John Glasscock dies of a heart attack in London. He had a history of heart troubles. 1979

    John Lennon and Yoko Ono release “Double Fantasy.” Upon Lennon's murder three weeks later, the album jumps to #1 in the U.S. Billboard chart and wins the ‘81 Grammy for Album of the Year. 1980

    Guns N’ Roses appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine with the headline “Hard Rock Heroes” following their trek as Aerosmith’s opening act. 1988

    David Crosby is involved in a serious motorcycle accident. He suffers multiple injuries including a broken leg, ankle and shoulder. The police report states Crosby was speeding and not wearing a helmet. 1990

    The Offspring unfurl their fifth studio album, “Americana” with the singles "Pretty Fly (For A White Guy),” "Why Don't You Get A Job?,” "The Kids Aren't Alright" and "She's Got Issues.” The set sells over 15 million copies worldwide. 1998

    The Beatles release “Let It Be… Naked," a remastered version of the original '69 album with Phil Spector’s production removed. Spector, hired to salvage the project, added strings to several tracks – much to Paul McCartney’s displeasure. 2003

    Meat Loaf collapses during a performance at London's Wembley Arena. The 52-year-old singer undergoes heart surgery four days later. 2003

    Peter Gabriel (former Genesis frontman and solo performer) receives the annual Man of Peace trophy in Rome from the Gorbachev Foundation, an organization founded by former USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Gabriel is recognized for his his human-rights activism and promotion of peace. The ceremony marks the beginning of an international gathering attended by Nobel Peace Prize winners. 2006

    Six years down the toilet. Citing irreconcilable differences, Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson files for divorce from actress Kate Hudson. The divorce becomes final the following year. 2006

    The Eagles top the album chart with “Long Road Out Of Eden,” their first studio effort since ‘79. 2007

    John Mayer unveils his fourth studio album, "Battle Studies," featuring "Who Says." 2009

    Nickelback release their eighth studio album, "No Fixed Address.” The set contains the singles, “Edge Of A Revolution” and “"What Are You Waiting For?” It is group's first effort for Republic Records (after leaving Roadrunner). 2014

    Pink Floyd land their first U.K. #1 album in 19 years with "The Endless River." The group’s 6th U.K. chart topper sells 139,000 copies in its opening week. The band last topped the list in ‘95 with the live album, "Pulse." 2014

    Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder receive the first ASCAP Centennial Awards in celebration of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' 100th anniversary. 2014

    Former KISS drummer and cancer survivor Peter Criss is inducted into the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund's Hall Of Fame as the year's Cancer Survivor Honoree. The ceremony takes place in New York City. 2014

    Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Judas Priest) begin a limited run of dates as "Trinity.” The first stop is at the State Theater in Falls Church, VA. 2016

    Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones publishes his autobiography, "Lonely Boy", in the U.K. Jones covers his childhood in West London and the founding the Sex Pistols. 2016

    An angry letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his then-wife Linda following the breakup of The Beatles sells at auction for just under $30,000. The two-page typed draft letter with hand-written annotations by Lennon illustrates the acrimony surrounding The Beatles break-up. 2016

    Evanescence’s "Synthesis," an orchestral and electronic reimaging of the group’s songs, lands at #8 on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s is the group's fourth Top 10 effort ("Evanescence", "The Open Door" and "Fallen" are the others). 2017

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