October 9 Rock And Roll History
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On this day in 1964, The Rolling Stones had to the cancel their South African tour. This was due to the British Musicians' Union had declared an anti-apartheid embargo.
In 1965, "Yesterday" made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers charts. Paul McCartney recorded the song alone, and later stated that he couldn't add the rest of the Beatles in and still make the song work.
In 1971, John Lennon had his 31st birthday at Yoko Ono's This Is Not Here exhibition at the Everson Museum in Syracuse, New York. Many stars, such as Ringo Starr and Frank Zappa, as well as several Hollywood actors also attended Yoko's first major art show.
Also in 1971, The Who played a small show at the University of Surrey with musical guest John Sebastian adding harmonica on "Magic Bus." Sebastian was the only outside musician ever to perform onstage with The Who on stage.
In 1981 on this day, The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Prince performed as their supporting act, dressed in controversial bikini briefs and a trench coat. He left the stage shortly after his performance began when the crowd started booing and throwing beer cans.
In 1985, Yoko Ono dedicated 2.5 acres in New York's Central Park called Strawberry Fields in honor of what would have been John Lennon's 45th birthday. The entrance is on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, across from the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon lived toward the end of his life.
And in 2007, a portion of George Harrison's solo music was made available in a digital format on iTunes. His discography was the last of the Beatles' to go digital.