December 13 Rock And Roll History
It's time for your daily rock and roll history on ZOZ!
On this day in 1961, the Beatles played two more lunchtime shows at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. Mike Smith of Decca Records was in attendance, hoping to entice the band with a recording contract.
In 1966, Jimi Hendrix made his first television appearance on "Ready Steady Go!" Today was also the day that the Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded "Foxy Lady." The U.S. version of the Are You Experienced had it listed as "Foxey Lady," which is still how most North Americans know the song.
In 1975, the Rolling Stones were denied their request to play a three-day show for 100,00 fans on Easter Island. The Chilean government stated that the "whole future of the island" would suffer if the show was permitted.
In 1991 on this day, Montana Christmas Skies, John Denver's Christmas special, aired on CBS. Guest stars included Clint Black, Kathy Mattea, and Patty Loveless.
In 2000, Paul McCartney's first-ever book signing in London took place at Waterstone's in Piccadilly. He was signing copies of his newest book, "Paul McCartney Paintings."
And in 2012, James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, announced that the 2013 recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song was Carole King.