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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Wednesday, October 26, 2016

63 years ago (1953)Keith Strickland of the B-52’s is born.
57 years ago (1959)The Everly Brothers announce that they're thinking of leaving their record label, Cadence, and are talking with RCA and Warner Brothers.
51 years ago (1965)The Beatles are awarded the prestigious MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal.
48 years ago (1968)Legendary disc jockey Murray the K returns to WMCA, the New York City radio station where he began his broadcasting career in the early fifties.
45 years ago (1971)The first of ten Top Twenty hits for soul singer Al Green, Tired of Being Alone, goes gold.
41 years ago (1975)Playing for the second day in a row at Dodger Stadium, Elton John (the first rocker to play the ballpark since The Beatles in 1966) finishes up yet another SRO American tour. The bespectacled John takes the stage in a sequined Dodger uniform.
40 years ago (1976)Walter Murphy's Big Apple Band earns a gold record for its debut album, A Fifth of Beethoven, which features the title single, a disco treatment of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony that hit #1.
38 years ago (1978)The Police play their first U.S. show at Boston's Rat Club.
36 years ago (1980)The Jefferson Starship's Paul Kantner suffers a brain hemorrhage during a recording session. He spends 15 days in a Los Angeles hospital and is as good as new.
35 years ago (1981)Queen and David Bowie record Under Pressure in Montreaux, Switzerland.
24 years ago (1992)John Fogerty and wife Julie have a son...Tyler Jackson.
24 years ago (1992)Pearl Jam sets a first week sales record by selling 950,000 copies of the Vs. LP. The record is broken in 1998 by Garth Brooks and in 1999 by the Backstreet Boys.
23 years ago (1993)Catholic churches in San Juan, Puerto Rico open their doors for the night and urges residents to tie black ribbons on trees to protest Madonna's first concert there.
10 years ago (2006)Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh reveals that he has prostate cancer. “I am feeling energetic as always, and all my scheduled appearances will occur as planned,” he tells fans. He'll undergo surgery for it in December.
10 years ago (2006)Duran Duran announces that guitarist Andy Taylor has quit the band. The band plays at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans’ City Park the following weekend.
9 years ago (2007)The 2007 Voodoo Music Experience opens for the weekend in New Orleans. Rage Against the Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, The Black Crowes, Fallout Boy, Dr. John, and Irma Thomas are among the performers.
4 years ago (2012)The Voodoo Music Experience opens in New Orleans City Park with Neil Young & Crazy Horse headlining. Metallica covers for Green Day the following night due to Billy Joe Armstrong’s detox detour. Guitar hero Jack White closes the night after that. There are, of course, scores of other acts over the course of the weekend.
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