December 19 Rock And Roll History
Just a brief rock and roll history this morning.
On this day in 1964, "Beatles for Sale," The Beatles' fourth album, began its seven-week stint at the top of the U.K. album charts. It was recorded just after Beatlemania had started to die down, and was their fourth album in just 21 months of being together as a band.
In 1966, for some reason that never really came to light, a radio station in L.A. announced over the air that Mick Jagger was dead.
In 1968 on this day, Led Zeppelin performed at the Civic Hall in Exeter, England during their U.K. tour. Supporting acts included the Empty Vessels with Martin Turner and Steve Upton. Zeppelin earned £125 for the show.
In 1970, "Your Song," which became Elton John's first hit in the U.S., appeared on the Billboard Hot 100 and went to #8. The song had already been recorded by Three Dog Night for the album "It Ain't Easy," but it wasn't released as a single.
In 1993, the original Byrds drummer, Michael Clarke, died at age 47. He also performed with the Flying Burrito Brothers and Firefall. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with the other members of the Byrds, in January 1991.