TIM FINN of Split Enz/Crowded House/The Finn Brothers
In 1967, An estimated 200 million people saw The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” live via satellite as part of the TV global link-up, Our World. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and Keith Moon provided backing vocals.
In 1969, The Hollies recorded “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” with a then-unknown Elton John on piano.
CHRIS WOOD of Traffic
COLIN BLUNSTONE of The Zombies
CURT SMITH of Tears For Fears
MICK FLEETWOOD of Fleetwood Mac
In 1995, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder left the stage due to illness after only seven songs during an outdoor concert in San Francisco. Neil Young stepped up to finish the show.
In 1999, With 100 of his guitars at auction to raise money for his Crossroads Centre drug rehab clinic in Antigua, Eric Clapton raised almost $5 million. The guitar he used on “Layla,” a 1956 Fender Stratocaster, went for nearly $500,000.
JUNE CARTER CASH
PAUL “BONEHEAD” ARTHURS of Oasis
ROBERT HUNTER of Grateful Dead
STU SUTCLIFFE of The Beatles
In 1965, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ classic “The Tracks Of My Tears” was released.
In 1973, George Harrison started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Living In The Material World, his second US #1.
GARRY GARY BEERS of INXS
HOWARD KAYLAN of The Turtles/Flo & Eddie
STEVEN PAGE of Barenaked Ladies
In 1968, The Jeff Beck Group played in America for the first time, at the Fillmore East in New York City. Rod Stewart, then the lead singer, was so nervous that he hid behind a large speaker for part of the performance.
In 1969, The only album by supergroup Blind Faith was released.
BRANDON FLOWERS of The Killers
LANA DEL REY
NILS LOFGREN of The E Street Band/Grin/Crazy Horse
RAY DAVIES of The Kinks
In 1966, Jimmy Page made his live debut with The Yardbirds at The Marquee Club in London.
In 1966, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song, “She Said She Said,” at Abbey Road Studios in London. “She Said She Said” was reportedly based on a bizarre conversation that Lennon had with Peter Fonda while John and George Harrison were tripping on LSD.
BRIAN WILSON of The Beach Boys
JOHN TAYLOR of Duran Duran
In 1966, Bob Dylan’s Blonde On Blonde album came out. It peaked at #9 in the US, but with songs like “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35,” “I Want You,” and “Just Like a Woman,” it also ranked #9 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
In 1969, Approximately 150,000 rock fans showed up in Northridge, California, not far from the CSUN campus, to witness the Newport 69 Festival featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf, and numerous others. Hendrix’s fee was reportedly $125,000, at that time a record-breaking amount for a single appearance by a rock performer.
ANN WILSON of Heart
SCOTT AVETT of The Avett Brothers
In 1965, Four Tops went to #1 on the US singles chart with “I Can’t Help Myself.” Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but that never happened so the version that became a smash hit was just Stubbs’ second vocal take.
In 1971, Carole King started a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “It’s Too Late.”
In 1948, Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33rpm long player (LP). The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78rpm disc.
In 1977, Fleetwood Mac went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Dreams,” the group’s first and only US #1. Stevie Nicks says she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.