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This Day In Rock History: Dec 30th


Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne

  • 1965, The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Man, The Hollies and Gerry and the Pacemakers all appeared on tonight’s episode of TV pop show ‘Shindig!’ The US series featured “British invasion” bands and performers throughout its run.
  • 1967, The Beatles scored their 15th US No.1 with ‘Hello Goodbye’, Gladys Knight and the Pips were at No.2 with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and The Monkees at No.3 with ‘Daydream Believer’
  • 1969, Peter Tork quit The Monkees buying himself out of his contract which left him broke. He went on to form a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison’s soundtrack to the film Wonderwall.
  • 1978, Emerson Lake and Palmer announced their official break up.
  • 1995, Clarence Satchell from The Ohio Players died aged 55. Scored the 1974 US No.1 single ‘Fire’ and had hits with ‘Skin Tight’, ‘I Want To Be Free’ and ‘Love Roller Coaster.’
  • 1998, Johnny Moore, lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit ‘Under The Boardwalk’, died at the age of 64.
  • 1999, George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked when an intruder broke into their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Olivia beat off the attacker with a poker and heavy lamp. Harrison who was stabbed in the chest was admitted to hospital and treated for a collapsed lung and various minor stab wounds. His wife, Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises she had suffered in the struggle with the intruder. Police later arrested Michael Abram from Liverpool who had nursed an irrational obsession with The Beatles.
  • 1999, In the Queen’s Millennium Honours list, former Slade singer Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE and guitarist Mark Knopfler was awarded an OBE.
  • 2002, The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer took place in London. Strummer had died of a suspected heart attack on 22nd Dec 2002 aged 50.
  • 2003, Cris Kirkwood from the Meat Puppets was arrested and accused of hitting a federal post office security guard in the head with a baton that the musician took from the guard during a struggle, the guard then shot Kirkwood in the back. The incident began over a dispute about parking with another customer at a Phoenix post office.
  • 2009, Singer, songwriter Neil Young was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. Other Canadian musicians who have been given the award include Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen and the members of Rush.
  • 2012, A rare copy of a Beatles LP signed by all four members sold – for the sum rejected at auction in Sussex a few weeks earlier. Chris Collins, from Eastbourne, and his sister, Liz Chambers, from Worthing, initially turned down a £12,000 bid for a copy of the album, Please Please Me. They had hoped to get £15,000 for the LP, which was given to their late father during a drinking session. But the siblings later accepted £12,000 from private buyers. The album was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr after they used it as a drinks coaster during a card game in 1963.
  • 2013, Bruce Springsteen’s latest album ‘High Hopes’ briefly appeared for download on Amazon’s US site for several hours, two weeks ahead of its scheduled release date. Although it was subsequently removed from sale, the record had now appeared on several file-sharing sites. The album’s official release date was listed as 14 January.
  • 2014, The woman who inspired Pulp’s hit song ‘Disco 2000’ died shortly after being appointed an MBE. Deborah Bone, from Hertfordshire was a childhood friend of lead singer Jarvis Cocker in Sheffield. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. The 1995 Britpop hit contains the lyric: “Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya.”

Born on this day:

  • 1928, Born on this day, Bo Diddley (Elias McDaniel), guitarist, singer, (R&B hits, ‘Bo Diddley’, ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover’, 1963 UK No.34 single ‘Pretty Thing’). When The Beatles first went to the US, John Lennon was asked what he would like to see; he replied ‘Bo Diddley.’ Bo Diddley died from heart failure in Archer, Florida aged 79 on 2nd June 2008.
  • 1934, Born on this day, Del Shannon, singer, (1961 UK and US No.1 single ‘Runaway’, plus 9 US & 12 other UK Top 40 singles). Died on 8th February 1990.
  • 1937, Born on this day, Paul Stookey, vocals, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.2 single ‘Leaving On A Jet Plane’).
  • 1940, Born on this day, Kenny Penifallo, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, (1978 album ‘Hearts Of Stone’).
  • 1942, Born on this day, Mike Nesmith, vocals, guitar, The Monkees (1967 UK & US No.1 single ‘I’m A Believer’ plus 10 US & 8 UK Top 40 singles). He wrote ‘Different Drum’ (sung by Linda Ronstadt with the Stone Poneys), and was the executive producer of the cult film Repo Man (1984).
  • 1945, Born on this day, Davy Jones, vocals, guitar, The Monkees  (1967 UK & US No.1 single ‘I’m A Believer’ plus 10 US & 8 UK Top 40 singles). Actor in 1986 London cast of ‘Godspell’. Jones died on 29 February 2012 of a severe heart attack due to atherosclerosis.
  • 1946, Born on this day, Clive Bunker, drummer, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 & US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).
  • 1946, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist Patti Smith, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement. Smith had the 1976 album ‘Horses’, and the 1978 UK No.5 and US No.13 single ‘Because The Night’, co-written with Bruce Springsteen.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Jeff Lynne, guitar, vocals, Idle Race, The Move, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘Blackberry Way’,) Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3& US No. 4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’), Traveling Wilburys, (1988 UK No.28 ‘Handle With Care’). As a producer Lynne has worked with George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison,Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Joe Walsh and others.
  • 1959, Born on this day, Tracy Ullman, singer, actress, (1983 UK No.2 single ‘They Don’t Know’).
  • 1969, Born on this day, Jason Kay, vocals, (Jay Kay, Jamiroquai, 1996 UK No.3 single ‘Virtual Insanity’, 2001 UK No.1 album ‘A Funk Odyssey’).
  • 1973, Born on this day, American drummer, Jon Theodore, former member of The Mars Volta who later joined Queens of the Stone Age. Also worked with Rage Against the Machine vocalist Zack de la Rocha.
  • 1986, Born on this day in Ellie Goulding, UK singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her debut studio album, ‘Lights’, debuted at No.1 on the UK Albums Chart in 2010. Goulding also scored the 2013 No.1 single with her song, ‘Burn’.

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