Stech’s Week In Rock (May 15th – 19th)

May 15th

1987: Motley Crue released their fourth album Girls, Girls, Girls which went on to reach number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

1976: The Rolling Stones reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with “Black and Blue” which was their first album with Ronnie Wood who replaced Mick Taylor.

1976: The Steve Miller Band released their ninth studio album “Fly Like an Eagle” which went on to reach number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell four million copies in the U.S.

1974: The Rolling Stones’ bassist Bill Wyman released his debut solo album Monkey Grip. Wyman was the first member of the Stones to release a solo album.

1971: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their live album “4 Way Street” .

 

May 16th

2010: Ronnie James Dio, singer for Rainbow, Black Sabbath & Dio died of stomach cancer in Houston. He was 67 years old.

1992: U2 peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “One” which was their fifth top ten single in the U.S.

1987: U2 topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with the song “With or Without You” which stayed on top for three weeks.

1969: Pete Townshend spends the night in a New York City jail after assaulting a man who jumped onstage during a Who concert at The Filmore East. It turned out that this man was a plainclothes police officer trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out, which Townshend wasn’t aware of.

1966: Jeff Beck recorded “Beck’s Bolero” which would be the B-Side of his debut single “Hi Ho Silver Lining” at IBC Studios in London. The song was written by Jimmy Page who also played on the song along with John Paul Jones and Keith Moon.

 

May 17th

2000: The Eagles filed a lawsuit against Bill Arnold for allegedly violating a trademark for naming his restaurant Hotel California Grill. Arnold’s comment on the lawsuit was “This is a restaurant, not a song. We’re not infringing on the rights of Don Henley, Glenn Frey or anyone.”

1987: A fire swept through Tom Petty’s home in Encino, CA & destroyed everything inside except for a few guitars & tapes. The cost of damages was estimated at $800,000.

1986: Van Halen peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Why Can’t This Be Love”, their debut single with Sammy Hagar.

1982: Black Sabbath was awarded the Gold Ticket for playing to over 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden throughout their career during a concert in support of “Mob Rules”, their second album with Ronnie James Dio singing for them.

1980: Peter Criss departed from Kiss shortly after the release of Unmasked. Criss didn’t contribute in the recording on “Unmasked” despite being featured on the album cover.

 

May 18th

1979: Journey hosted The Midnight Special. They performed “Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’” & “City of the Angels”. The Jacksons & Herbie Hancock was also special guests on the program.

1978: The Buddy Holly Story has its world premiere in Dallas, TX. Gary Busey would later be nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Buddy Holly.

1964: The Animals recorded their rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun” in one take in London.

1963: The Beatles begin their third U.K. tour supporting Roy Orbison. By the end of the tour, The Beatles were the headliners.

 

May 19th

1996: Peter Frampton, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth made guest appearances on The Simpsons where they were on tour as part of a music festival that Homer Simpson joined as a carnival freak.

1990: Heart peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with “Brigade”.

1986: Peter Gabriel released his fifth album “So” which was his first solo album not titled Peter Gabriel. It later went on to reach number two on the Billboard 200 Album chart.

1979: George Harrison, Paul McCartney, & Ringo Starr performed together for the first time since the breakup of The Beatles at the wedding reception of Eric Clapton & Patti Boyd. Joining them for a jam session included Clapton, Ginger Baker & Mick Jagger.

1979: Supertramp reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with “Breakfast in America” which began a six non-consecutive week run at number one and went on to sell four million copies in the U.S.

1978: Dire Straits released their debut major label single “Sultans of Swing”.

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