This Day in History: 2022-07-06

JULY 6th

The Beatles first, and best film, A Hard Day’s Night, premieres in London. The film shows The Beatles going through a series of adventures as they prepare for a TV appearance. 1964
“For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” is #1 on the Billboard 200.  It’s Van Halen’s third straight chart- topping album (“5150” and “OU812” are the other two). 1991
The band’s ninth album, but the third with Sammy Hagar handling vocals, begins a three-week stand atop the Billboard survey.  1991Nearly a quarter-century after its release, AC/DC’s classic “Back In Black” album is certified double diamond by music-industry for the shipment of 20 million units. The disc moved its first 10 million copies by ’90. It was the group’s first set with Brian Johnson, who replaced original singer Bon Scott after his alcohol-related death in ’79. 2004
“Help Us Stranger” is #1 on the Billboard 200. The Raconteurs third album is their first in eleven years.  2019
Bill Haley is born. Bill Haley and His Comets had several hits but are best remembered for “Rock Around The Clock,” the song that got the party started. 1925
Santana drummer (‘69–’74) Mike Shrieve is born.  His Woodstock drum solo during “Soul Sacrifice” is a highpoint of the event.  1949
Guitarist Graham Oliver (Saxon) has a birthday.  1952
John Lennon meets Paul McCartney at a Quarrymen’s show. Lennon, the leader of the Quarrymen, talks with McCartney who knows all the words to “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and “Twenty Flight Rock” and can play proper chords. Lennon is impressed. 1957
Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, is hospitalized after collapsing. Jones is awaiting trial on drug charges. 1967
Born in a crossfire hurricane. The Rolling Stones ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is #1 in the U.S. 1968
Queen releases their debut single, “Keep Yourself Alive,” in the U.K. Good advice. 1973
Keith Richards and Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones are arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas and charged with reckless driving and possession of a seven-inch hunting knife. British Embassy officials are called and the lads are cut loose.  1975
The eldest of four brothers, Jet’s Nicholas (Nic) John Cester is born in Melbourne, Australia. 1979
The Grateful Dead issue one of their more commercially successful albums, “In The Dark,” containing the single “Touch Of Grey” 1987
Ozzy Osbourne is the first celebrity honored with a plaque on Birmingham, England’s Walk of Stars. “This means more to me than any f***ing Hollywood thing,” says Ozzy of the hometown tribute. He also has a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. 2007
The documentary “Punk’s Not Dead,” a history of Punk music and culture, begins a two-and-a-half month screening tour in Milwaukee –  not exactly the Punk capital of the world. The film includes Green Day, Offspring and the Ramones. 2007
Ex-KoЯn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch appears on the Fox & Friends TV show to discuss his autobiography, “Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit, Kicked Drugs and Lived To Tell My Story.”  Welch reveals that he left KoЯn after going to a church under the influence of methamphetamine. “Within a week I had a spiritual encounter that was higher than the drugs,” he says. Years later, Welch returns to KoЯn. 2007
After the killing of nine African-Americans by a white racist photographed many times with the Confederate flag, there’s a protest outside the Detroit Historical Museum, which houses a Kid Rock exhibit, because the Stars and Bars are prominently displayed at his concerts. “Please tell the people who are protesting to kiss my ass,” snarls the Michigan native. 2015
Metallica perform at the X Games in Austin, TX. It’s the group’s first appearance in the Lone Star state in six years. 2015
Steven Adler performs with Guns N’ Roses for a pair of songs in Cincinnati during the group’s “Not In This Lifetime” reunion tour. Adler, GN’R’s original drummer, makes his first appearance with the band since he was fired for excessive drug use in ’90. 2016
Panic! At The Disco Brendon Urie comes out as pansexual in a Paper magazine interview. “I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her, but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person. Yeah, I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care,” explains Urie.  2018
Machine Gun Kelly’s “Tickets To My Downfall” returns to #1 on Billboard’s Rock Albums after 40-weeks on the chart.  It first topped the Rock chart in November, ’20.  2021