Stech’s Week In Rock (May 8th – 12th)

May 8th

1982: Neil Bogart, the head of Casablanca Records died of cancer at the age of 39. Some of the artists on Casablanca’s roster included Kiss, The Village People & T. Rex.

1976: Peter Frampton reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time as “Show Me the Way” reached its peak at number six.

1970: The Beatles’ final original album Let It Be was released.


May 9th

1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive received their first Gold record for Bachman-Turner Overdrive II which contained the hit singles “Let It Ride” & “Takin’ Care of Business”.

1970: The Guess Who become the first Canadian rock group to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “American Woman”. The song would stay on top for three weeks.

1965: Bob Dylan performed the first of two nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All of The Beatles were in attendance & spent the evening with Dylan after the concert.

1964: Chuck Berry made his live debut in the U.K. at London’s Astoria Theatre. The Animals opened for Berry.


May 10th

2007: A tribute concert to former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett took place at the Barbican Centre in London. The concert featured performances from Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde, John Paul Jones, Nick Mason & Rick Wright.

1986: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married Heather Locklear in Santa Barbara, CA. They would later divorce in 1994.

1984: Twisted Sister released their third studio album Stay Hungry which went on to become their most successful album selling three million copies in the U.S.

1970: David Bowie received the Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song for “Space Oddity”.

1969: The Moody Blues topped the U.K. album chart for the first time with On the Threshold of a Dream which spent two weeks on top.


May 11th

1985: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Southern Accents which was their fourth top ten album & went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.

1981: Bob Marley died of lung cancer & a brain tumor at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami. He was 36 years old.

1972: While appearing on the Dick Cavett Show, John Lennon says that he thinks the FBI is tapping his phone as part of a plan to have him deported from the U.S.

1965: The Byrds make their debut on U.S. television on Hullabaloo performing “Mr. Tambourine Man”.

1964: The Rolling Stones are refused lunch at the Grand hotel in Bristol, England because they were not wearing jackets & ties.


May 12th

2000: Thieves stole the gates to Liverpool, England’s Strawberry Fields, the landmark later immortalized in The Beatles’ song. A scrap dealer later returned the gates to the police.

1973: Led Zeppelin reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the third time with Houses of the Holy which spent two weeks on top.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced in the U.K. The album would be released in the U.S. in September of the same year.



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