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JD's Rock 'n' Roll Almanac

Rock 'n' Roll Almanac for Wednesday, February 10, 2016

70 years ago (1946)Singer Donovan is born Donovan Phillip Leitch near Glasgow, Scotland.
48 years ago (1968)The Beatles close Beatles U.S.A., their American fan club and business office, and fire their U.S. press agents, severing all American business connections. They also withdraw from the late Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises and turn all business affairs over to their newly formed record company, Apple.
45 years ago (1971)Carole King's Tapestry is released.
45 years ago (1971)According to a report in the New York Times, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention are forced to cancel a concert in London that was to include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and songs from the score of 200 Motels. Officials objected to Zappa's film 200 Motels, finding it obscene.
44 years ago (1972)The BBC bans the song Give Ireland Back to the Irish by Wings.
43 years ago (1973)The historic Liverpool club the Cavern is given a three month reprieve by British Rail, who are constructing an underground railroad, necessitating the demolition of the club. Should the club have to move, says owner Roy Adams, he could at least preserve the original cellar room where The Beatles performed 292 times back in the early Sixties.
41 years ago (1975)Legendary record producer Phil Spector is injured in a serious accident, but details are, for unknown reasons, kept secret. The accident takes place somewhere between LA and Phoenix, and according to a statement released by Spector's office, he suffered multiple head and body injuries. Even some of his closest pals know nothing about the incident.
38 years ago (1978)Van Halen's debut album is released. The LP hit the top-20 and has sold over 6 million copies (as of 1997). It contained the singles You Really Got Me and Runnin' With The Devil.
37 years ago (1979)Dire Straits' Sultans Of Swing is released.
37 years ago (1979)Rod Stewart's disco-tinged single, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? hits #1 on the pop chart. It would stay there for a month.
30 years ago (1986)John Lennon's Live in New York City LP is released.
26 years ago (1990)Eric Clapton wraps up an 18 show stand at London's Royal Albert Hall.
26 years ago (1990)Aerosmith's Janie's Got A Gun peaks at #4 on the pop chart. It was a track from their mega-platinum LP, Pump.
23 years ago (1993)Recluse Michael Jackson grants his first interview in 15 years to TV goddess Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claims that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin. He also claims he's had very little plastic surgery.
19 years ago (1997)Singer Brian Connolly of Sweet dies of kidney failure in Southern England. He was 52.
19 years ago (1997)Liam Gallagher of Oasis calls off his wedding to actress Patsy Kensit because of what he calls “obsessive and intrusive” media attention. They got married in a quiet ceremony two months later.
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