October 11 Rock And Roll History
It's time to take a trip in the WZOZ time machine and check out some rock and roll history.
On this day in 1967, The Doors performed at Danbury High School in Connecticut. The audience was told not to leave their seats while the group was playing, or they would be escorted from the show.
In 1974, John Denver's "Annie's Song" went to #1 on the UK singles chart. The same song had topped the U.S. charts in July. The song was about the woman he was married to at the time.
In 1981, The Rolling Stones performed at the Memorial Coliseum in LA, one of 50 dates in their North American tour. 95 fans were arrested as a result of a fight that broke out. The tour brought in $50 million in ticket sales, making it the largest grossing of 1981.
In 1991 on this day, The Beatles' record company, Apple Corporation, entered into a legal dispute with Apple Computer over name and logo rights. The computer company is reported to have paid around $29 million to settle the lawsuit.
In 1997, The Princess Diana version of Elton John's worldwide hit "Candle in the Wind" topped the U.S. Billboard charts. It was John's eighth single to do so. The record has since become the largest selling single of all time, pulling ahead of previous record holder Bing Crosby's "White Christmas."
In 2015, Experience Hendrix LLC, the company that ran Jimi Hendrix's estate, sued a music shop in Tucson, AZ for the return of a guitar that had once belonged to Hendrix. The shop owner stated that the acoustic Black Widow guitar, valued at $750,000-1,000,000, was purchased honestly from another owner.
And in 2016, Rod Stewart became Sir Roderick David Stewart when he was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. Stewart was recognized for his services to the music industry, as well as charity work, which included supporting the British Red Cross, Breast Cancer Care and Elton John's AIDS Foundation. He thanked the British public and the Queen for the honor.