This Day in Music History
1928 : The famous Winterland Ballroom opens in San Francisco, California. It's an ice-skating rink that can be converted into a general entertainment venue for opera, boxing, and other events, costing a whopping (for 1928) $1 million to build. It will go on to become a concert location for many famous acts, including The Sex Pistols, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Peter Frampton, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and Pink Floyd, to name just a few.
1959 : Dick Clark announces his first series of four "Caravan of Stars" concerts over the course of the next year, with his first being headlined by The Skyliners of "Since I Don't Have You" fame.
1967 : While on tour with The Hollies, Graham Nash writes a song called "Marrakesh Express" which will later find a home (and a hit) with his new band, Crosby Stills and Nash.
1967 : Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones are both found guilty on drug charges and sentenced in a London court; Richards gets one year, Jagger 3 months. Neither serve any time as an appeals court throws out the Richards conviction and reduces Jagger's sentence to probation.
1969 : Jimi Hendrix's Experience plays its last United States concert at the Denver Pop Festival and then breaks up. Noel Redding announces he has quit the band.
1973 : Deep Purple "Mark II", the most famous incarnation of the band, comes to an end after a show in Osaka, Japan, with lead singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover abruptly quitting the group.
1974 : Neil Peart replaces John Rutsey as the drummer for Rush.
1975 : Elton John appears onstage with The Doobie Brothers in Oakland, California, for an impromptu duet on the Doobies hit "Listen To The Music".
1976 : The Memphis City Council votes to change Elvis' home street, Highway 51 South, to "Elvis Presley Boulevard".
1978 : Peter Frampton gets in a bad car accident in the Bahamas, breaking his arm and suffering internal injuries. On the bright side, he got to miss the premiere of the film he starred in, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was derided by critics and anyone unfortunate enough to see it.
1985 : New York's Cooper-Hewitt museum fetches a record $2,299,000 for John Lennon's "Roller", a 1965 Rolls Royce Phantom V painted groovy psychedelic colors by Apple associates The Fool.
1988 : Lionel Richie's wife Brenda is arrested for assault after allegedly striking her husband after finding him in bed with another woman. She is later released on $5,000 bail.
1994 : Barbra Streisand sets a new record after grossing $16 million for a series of Madison Square Garden comeback shows.
1998 : George Harrison announces that he is undergoing chemotherapy for throat cancer, with assurances that, "I'm not going to die on you folks just yet". He succumbed to the disease three years later.
1999 : Former teen heartthrob Leif Garrett is arrested in Los Angeles for possession of cocaine.
2000 : The casket holding Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Ronnie Van Zandt is stolen from its mausoleum in Jacksonville, Florida, but left after vandals were unable to open it; member Steve Gaines' ashes are spilled from his urn, which is also stolen.
Texts from calendar.songfacts.com