2004: Frank Zappa’s widow Gail appeared in a Quebec City court in a lawsuit
against a Quebec furniture store chain for unauthorized use of Zappa’s
“Watermelon in Eastern Hay” in a television commercial. The lawsuit would be
settled out of court the following day.
2001: The third Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The seven day festival featured artists such as Guns N’ Roses, Rob Halford, Iron Maiden, James Taylor, Neil Young, R.E.M., & Sting.
1996: AC/DC kicked off their first tour in four and a half years at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC in support of their album Ballbreaker. This tour featured the return of drummer Phil Rudd who previously left the band in 1983.
1993: The eighth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in Los Angeles for the first time. Cream performed for the first time in 25 years, The Doors performed with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder & John Fogerty performed Creedence Clearwater Revival songs with Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson as his fellow surviving bandmates were barred from the stage.
1991: Damn Yankees peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “High Enough” which was their only top ten single in the U.S. & the highest charting single of Ted Nugent’s career.
1983: Rebop Kwaku Baah, percussionist for Traffic died of a cerebral hemorrhage in Stockholm. He was 38 years old.
1981: The RIAA donated Alive! by Kiss, Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan & Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols to the Library of Congress.
1974: The Steve Miller Band reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “The Joker” which spent one week on top of the chart.
1971: Alice Cooper released their third album Love It to Death which went on to become their breakthrough album reaching number 35 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & selling one million copies in the U.S.
Long John Baldry born in 1941