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This Day In Rock 8/23/13

2010 - Tiger Woods' marriage to Elin Nordegren officially comes to end. The mother of Tiger’s two children reportedly gets about $100 million in the divorce settlement.
 
2006- Z-Z Top is inducted into the Houston Hall of Fame.
 
1980 - AC/DC's Back in Black, the group's first album with new lead singer Brian Johnson, enters the charts. It will go on to sell over 19-million copies.
 
1975- Fleetwood Mac, the English band's first album with new American members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, enters the Top 40 of the Billboard chart.
 
1970 - After a show at Max's Kansas City in New York, Lou Reed leaves The Velvet Underground. The band records and releases another album without him.
 
1969 - "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones hits number-one in Billboard, where it spends four weeks.
 
1969 - Blind Faith's self-titled debut album enters the chart. It will hit number-one in September.
 
1969- Johnny Cash at San Quentin starts a four-week run at number-one on the Billboard album chart.
 
1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Chambers Brothers and Soft Machine play at the New York Rock Festival in Flushing Meadows, Queens.
While celebrating his 21st birthday with a drunken bash at a Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan,
 
1967 - Who drummer Keith Moon knocks out a tooth (but not by driving a car into a pool, as was long reported.)
 
1966- The Beatles play New York's Shea Stadium. The crowd of 44-thousand is 11-thousand shy of a sellout. In The Beatles Anthology, John Lennon recalled, "You could never hear what we were doing. It would just become a sort of happening -- like Shea Stadium was a happening. You couldn't hear any music at all. That got boring. That's why we stopped it."
 
1965- Police turn fire hoses on Rolling Stones fans waiting for the group at a B-B-C T-V taping in Manchester.
 
1963 - The Beatles' "She Loves You," backed with "I'll Get You," is released in the U-K.
 
1962- John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell, who is already with child, at the Mount Pleasant Registry office in Liverpool. Paul McCartney is the best man. The couple has no time for a honeymoon -- The Beatles play that night at the Cavern Club in an atmosphere made hostile by jeering fans of ex-drummer Pete Best.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 8/22/13

2007 - Bill Murray is stopped by police in Sweden for driving drunk through downtown Stockholm -- in a golf cart. He refuses to take a Breathalyzer test but signs a document admitting that he was under the influence.
 
1989 - Nolan Ryan becomes the first -- and thus far only -- pitcher to record 5-thousand strikeouts, on his way to a career mark of 5,714. Rickey Henderson is the 5,000th victim.
 
1981- Foreigner 4 tops Billboard's album chart. It spends 10 weeks at number-one, though not consecutively.
 
1977 - Peter Frampton plays the first of three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden.
 
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory-- --begins a nine-week run at number-one in Billboard.
 
1970 - Derek and the Dominos begin work on their first and only studio album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, at Criteria Studios in Miami.
 
1970- Elton John signs to M-C-A Records.
 
1968- One day before their sixth wedding anniversary, Cynthia Powell Lennon sues John Lennon for divorce after she returns from vacation to find Yoko Ono living in the Lennons' London home.
 
1968- The Beatles cut "Back in the U-S-S-R" with Paul McCartney on drums after Ringo Starr quits the band. (All is forgiven and he rejoins a week later.)
 
1967- Cream begin their first major U-S tour at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
 
1967- The Beatles begin recording "Your Mother Should Know" (for Magical Mystery Tour) at Chappell Studios in London.
 
1961- Roger Maris belts his 50th home run of the season in a Yankees game against the Angels.
 
1864- The International Red Cross is founded in Geneva, Switzerland.
 
 
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This Day In Rock 8/21/13

2007 : Bassist Michael Anthony takes the high road regarding his dismissal from Van Halen. On his website he writes, "It's not that I'm not touring with Van Halen because I'm going out with Sammy [Hagar]. I'm going out with Sammy because I was not invited to do the V-H tour. Sammy told me that if I was asked to be part of the V-H tour and decided to do it, it would be totally cool, and it would not tarnish our friendship in the least. Well, it's not to be, and life goes on."
 
2005: The Rolling Stones kick off their A Bigger Bang tour at Fenway Park in Boston.
 
1998: Wesley Snipes receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1996 : Former Talking Heads singer-guitarist David Byrne sues to prevent his three ex-bandmates from touring as The Heads. The suit is settled out of court.
 
1995 : R-E-M sues Hershey, claiming the company exploited its name when it ran a "Kit Kat - R-E-M concert" sweepstakes in its candy bars. The suit is eventually dropped.
 
1984 : Clint Eastwood is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1976 : The Rolling Stones headline England's annual Knebworth Festival. 200-thousand fans attend the concert, which also features Todd Rundgren and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
 
1972 : Following a chaotic show in Akron, Ohio, which includes a bomb threat and police tear gas, Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is maced and guitarist Paul Kantner is knocked down by authorities.
 
1967 : Columbia Records announces that it has re-signed Bob Dylan at the end of his original five-year deal. Dylan had reportedly already signed with M-G-M Records, but the label never countersigned the contract, allowing Columbia to snatch him back.
 
1965 : Gemini Five is launched from Cape Canaveral on an eight-day mission.
 
1965: The Rolling Stones have their first number-one album in America--Out of Our Heads, which features "Satisfaction."
 
1959 : Hawaii officially becomes the 50th state.
 
1878 : Let the lawyer jokes begin: the American Bar Association is founded.
 
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This Day In Rock 8/19/13

2008 - Gary Glitter is released from a Vietnamese prison and immediately deported after serving time on for child molestation. He is forced to return to his native Britain when no other countries permit him to enter.
 
2007 - Come Together, a concert honoring the late Boston singer Brad Delp, is held at Boston's Bank of America Pavilion.
 
2004 - Regis Philbin is going into The Guinness Book of World Records for logging the most hours on television -- a total of 15-thousand-188 hours, passing previous record holder Hugh Downs.
 
1999 - Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
 
1997 - Fleetwood Mac's live reunion album, The Dance, is released.
 
1984 - Beach Boy Brian Wilson is arrested on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Dallas and charged with criminal trespass. He is released on 200-dollars bond and the charge is later dropped.
 
1980 - A crowd of 1,400 riots in Toronto when Alice Cooper cancels a show due to illness.
 
1977 - Groucho Marx dies at age 86.
 
1976 - President Gerald R. Ford wins the Republican presidential nomination at the party's convention in Kansas City.
 
1972 - Chicago Five, featuring "Saturday in the Park," becomes the band's first number-one album, beginning a nine-week run at the top spot.
 
1971 - Led Zeppelin begins a North American tour in Vancouver, British Columbia.
 
1969 - Woodstock stars Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell--who didn't attend the concert but would write the definitive song about it--are guests on T-V's Dick Cavett Show. (Jimi Hendrix was supposed to be on as well but overslept and missed the taping.)
 
1967 - Ringo Starr becomes a father for the second time as wife Maureen gives birth to a son, Jason Starkey. "All You Need Is Love" reaches number-one for the first time, while Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band begins its eighth straight week at the top of the album chart.
 
1909 - Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens. 
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This Day In Rock 8/16/13

2003 - Republican congressman (South Dakota) Bill Janklow runs a stop sign and hits a motorcycle killing its driver, Randolph Scott. Janklow is charged with second-degree manslaughter.

2002 - The Rolling Stones preview their Licks tour in front of a star-studded crowd of a thousand at Toronto's Palais Royale.

1987 - Thousands of people worldwide began a two-day celebration of the "Harmonic Convergence," which heralds what believers called the start of a new, purer age of humankind.

1985 - Red Hot Chili Peppers release their second album, Freaky Styley, produced by George Clinton.

1983 - Paul Simon weds actress Carrie Fisher, a marriage that ends in divorce two years later.
 
1979 - KISS's "I Was Made for Lovin' You" is certified gold.
 
1979 - The Knack's "My Sharona" is certified gold.
 
1977 - Elvis Presley, 42, dies of heart failure at Graceland. His girlfriend Ginger Alden discovers his body on a bathroom floor. Medical tests later find 14 drugs in his system. Two days later, 75-thousand fans attend his funeral.
 
1975 - Peter Gabriel leaves Genesis for a solo career. Drummer Phil Collins takes over as the band's vocalist.
 
1974 - The Ramones play CBGB in New York for the first time.
 
1969 - The second day of Woodstock, which runs well into the following morning, features Santana, Mountain, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane and The Who. During The Who's set, Abbie Hoffman attempts to make a political speech and is knocked offstage by Pete Townshend, who later claims he didn't recognize the hippie rabble-rouser.
 
1968 - The Beatles record backing tracks for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."
 
1965 - The American Football League awards an expansion team to Miami.
 
1962 - The Beatles change drummers. Pete Best is replaced by Ringo Starr from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes.
 
1961 - Roger Maris homers for the seventh straight game, in a Yankees win over Baltimore.
 
1954 - The first issue of Sports Illustrated is published by Time, Inc.
 
1948 - George Herman "Babe" Ruth dies at the age of 53.
 
1938 - Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, whose songs were later popularized by Eric Clapton and others, dies at 27. 
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This Day In Rock 8/15/13

2008 - Bill Murray fulfills a promise to kick off the 50th Chicago Air and Water Show by skydiving onto a Lake Michigan beach with the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team.
 
2008 - Legendary record producer Jerry Wexler, who helped build the careers of such icons as The Drifters, Wilson Pickett and Aretha Franklin, dies in Florida at age 91.
 
2006 - Paris Hilton makes the Guinness Book of World Records, as the world's Most Overrated Person!
 
2004 - Phish play their final show at the Coventry Festival in Coventry, Vermont.
 
2001 - Astronomers announce the discovery of the first solar system outside our own -- two planets orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
 
2001 - FOX sets a record price of two-point-five-million clams for each 30-second commercial to air during the Super Bowl.
 
2001 - Jeff Lynne cancels a planned Electric Light Orchestra tour of the U-S in support of the Zoom album because of poor ticket sales.
 
1991 - Paul Simon does a free concert in New York's Central Park and draws hundreds of thousands of fans.
 
1988 - Republicans nominate George Bush for President and Indiana senator Dan Quayle for Vice President.
 
1979 - Led Zeppelin releases In Through the Out Door.
 
1977 - Elvis Presley spends the last full day of his life driving around Memphis on his motorcycle with girlfriend Ginger Alden.
 
1973 - The U-S bombing of Cambodia ends, marking an official halt to 12 years of combat activity in Southeast Asia.
 
1970 - Led Zeppelin kick off their sixth U-S tour at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut.
 
1969 - The Woodstock Music and Art Fair begins on Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. The crowd exceeds 400-thousand, many without tickets. The first day's lineup includes Richie Havens, Ravi Shankar, Sweetwater, Bert Sommer, John Sebastian, Country Joe and The Incredible String Band.
 
1962 - The Beatles kick off a U-S tour before 55-thousand-600 fans at New York's Shea Stadium with "Twist and Shout." The massive crowd (and ticket sales in excess of 300-thousand dollars) make this the biggest rock concert to date. 1965
At the Cavern Club in Liverpool, drummer Pete Best plays what he doesn't know is his final show as a member of The Beatles
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This Day In Rock 8/9/13

2008 - Bernie Mac, the fast-talking comic who rocketed to fame in the concert documentary The Original Kings of Comedy, dies of complications from pneumonia at age 50.
 
1995 - Grateful Dead singer-guitarist Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack while in drug rehab. He was 53.
 
1990 - A Florida judge orders Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea and Chad Smith to pay five-thousand dollars each to a rape crisis center after a college student says they spanked her and tried to pull off her bikini bottom.
 
1977 -  Randy Bachman leaves Bachman-Turner Overdrive. The band will replace him and continue for a while as B.T.O..
 
1975 - Bad Company, The Eagles, Roger Daltrey, Joan Baez and Stevie Wonder are winners at the first Rock Music Awards, Don Kirshner's version of the Grammys.
 
1975 - The Eagles finally crack the British charts with "One of These Nights." None of the Hall of Fame band's previous singles-even the U-S number-one "Best of My Love"-had done anything on The Beatles' and The Rolling Stones' home turf.
 
1974 - Vice President Gerald R. Ford of Michigan is sworn in as the 38th President of the U-S.
 
1971 - Elton John records "Tiny Dancer."
 
1971 - Leroy "Satchel" Paige is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
1969 - In the early morning hours of August 9th, pregnant actress Sharon Tate is stabbed to death and four others are killed (knives and gunshots) in a home in the Hollywood Hills. Charles Manson and his cult are later convicted of the crime.
 
1969 - Jethro Tull's second album, Stand Up, tops the U-K album chart.
 
1968 - The Beatles record "Mother Nature's Son."
 
1963 - B-B-C T-V debuts its new rock and roll show, Ready! Steady! Go!
 
1962 - Robert Zimmerman legally changes his name to Bob Dylan.
 
1945 - The U-S drops a second atomic bomb on Japan, killing 74-thousand people in Nagasaki.
 
1936 - Jesse Owens wins his fourth gold medal at the Berlin Olympics. 
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This Day In Rock 8/8/13

2010 - Actress Patricia Neal dies of lung cancer at 84. She won an Best Actress Oscar for Hud in 1964.
 
2008 - Bad Company reunite for a one-off show at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. It's the first time since 1999 that all the living original members -- singer Paul Rodgers, guitarist Mick Ralphs and drummer Simon Kirke -- have performed together.
 
2005 - Peter Jennings, the Canadian-born anchor of the A-B-C evening news for more than 20 years, dies of lung cancer at the age of 67.
 
2004 - Fay Wray, the actress who romanced "King Kong" in the greatest monkey movie of them all, dies in New York at the age of 96.
 
1992 - At the Barcelona Summer Olympics, the U-S basketball "dream team," which includes Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, David Robinson, Patrick Ewing and Scottie Pippin, defeats Croatia to win the gold medal.
 
1987 - U-2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" reaches number-one on the Billboard singles chart.
 
1986 - David Crosby is released from prison after serving time for drug and weapons possession.
 
1976 - Boston releases Boston.
 
1974 - Eric Clapton's chart-topping comeback album, 461 Ocean Boulevard--which contains his number-one version of "I Shot the Sheriff"--is certified gold.
 
1974 - President Richard M. Nixon announces he will resign in the wake of Watergate.
 
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival releases "Looking Out My Back Door" as a single.
 
1969 - The Beatles' Abbey Road cover photo is shot in London. It's full of what some fans believe are coded clues tied to the "Paul Is Dead" controversy. Two examples: he's seen in bare feet and holding a cigarette in the "wrong" hand, and the Volkswagen Beetle with the "28-IF" license plate.
 
1967 - George Harrison checks out San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district during the Summer of Love.
 
1964 - Another Side of Bob Dylan is released.
 
1964 - Eric Burdon of The Animals tells Billboard about his group's name. The former Alan Price Combo was re-dubbed with a name that "was probably associated with the kind of music we play, earthy and gritty. It's sort of an animal sound, and on stage we can be pretty wild." 
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This Day In Rock 8/7/13

2007 - Barry Bonds blasts home run number-756, becoming baseball's all-time home run king. The San Francisco Giants slugger hits the shot at home at A-T-and-T Park off Mike Bacsik of the Washington Nationals.
 
2007 - Charlie Sheen's custody battle with Denise Richards takes a turn for the bizarre as he claims his ex-wife wants to have a third child -- with him!
 
2006 - KISS singer-bassist Gene Simmons becomes the latest rock star to get into the reality show game, as Gene Simmons Family Jewels debuts.
 
2001 - Setting a record for non-fiction, Bill Clinton accepts an advance of more than $10 million from the publishing house of Alfred A. Knopf for a memoir.
 
2001 - Led Zeppelin's B-B-C Sessions goes double-platinum.
 
1997 - Guitarist Marc Ford leaves The Black Crowes.
 
1991 - Charges of assault and property damage are filed against Guns n' Roses singer Axl Rose in connection with a riot during a show in St. Louis.
 
1987 - An L-A judge throws out an 18-month-old lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne filed by the parents of a teen who killed himself while listening to Ozzy's "Suicide Solution."
 
1979 - A fan steals a car outside a Marshall Tucker Band show in Long Beach, California and drives it through two metal exit doors and a concrete wall.
 
1974 - J. Geils Band singer Peter Wolf marries actress Faye Dunaway in Beverly Hills.
 
1972 - The Rolling Stones are profiled in Newsweek.
 
1970 - Ex-Chicken Shack singer-keyboardist Christine Perfect joins Fleetwood Mac. She marries the band's bassist and takes the name Christine McVie.
 
1957 - John Lennon plays the Cavern Club for the first time with his skiffle group, The Quarry Men. Though he had already joined the group, Paul McCartney misses the show because he's away at scout camp.
 
1556 - The first U-F-O is reported...over Basel, Switzerland. 
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This Day In Rock 8/6/13

2004 - Funk-soul singer Rick James dies at his Los Angeles home at age 56 from a heart attack. Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Berry Gordy and porn star Ron Jeremy are among the many celebrities who turn out for his funeral roughly a week later.
 
2000 - Peter Frampton takes his kids to a bowling alley in Chicago--where he is performing at the House of Blues--so that they can watch the premiere of his V-H-1 Behind the Music installment.
 
1999 - Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals hits the 500th home run of his Major League career -- in the fewest at-bats of any player to reach that plateau.
 
1991 - The Internet is born as a British computer scientist releases files and requests developers' input.
 
1987 - The Beastie Boys sue the city of Jacksonville, Florida for including the phrase "mature audience" on their concert tickets and ads.
 
1982 - The movie version of Pink Floyd's The Wall, starring Bob Geldof, has its U.S. premiere at New York's Ziegfeld Theater.
 
1981 - Billed as a tribute to the late Bob Marley, the fourth Reggae Sunsplash takes place in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The Wailers, Melody Makers, Eek-a-Mouse, Steel Pulse, Jimmy Cliff and Third World all perform. Stevie Wonder makes a surprise appearance.
 
1981 - Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna album is released.
 
1981 - The Cars' Candy-O album is certified platinum.
 
1981 - The Rolling Stones release "Start Me Up" as a single in the U.S.
 
1971 - Procol Harum records a concert with the Edmonton Symphony in Canada. Portions are released as Procol Harum Live in Concert With the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, which will yield the surprise hit "Conquistador."
 
1970 - Paul Simon, Janis Joplin and Steppenwolf's John Kay headline an anti-war concert at Shea Stadium in New York. Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Staple Singers, Al Kooper and Richie Havens also perform in a show commemorating the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.
 
1965 - President Lyndon Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act with Martin Luther King Junior and Rosa Parks looking on.
 
1965 - The Beatles' Help! album is issued in the U-K.
 
1952 - Mad magazine is published for the first time.
 
1945 - The U-S drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. 
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