Rock History 3/12

Join Gunner has he goes over all the important Rock dates in history weekdays at 3:50. Relive all the chart-topping moments, milestones, bad breakups and first times again.

There will be no hall pass today. Here’s what happened today in Rock N’ Roll.

1968The Rolling Stones started recording their next single ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash‘ with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”

1971The Allman Brothers Band played the first of two nights at the Fillmore East, New York. Both shows were recorded and released as The Allman Brothers live double album, which became the groups breakthrough album.

1974John Lennon made the headlines after an incident at the Troubadour Club, LA. Out on a drinking binge with Harry Nilsson, Lennon hurled insults at the performing Smothers Brothers and punched their manager before being forcibly removed.

1977, The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London’s Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test, resulting in one of the shows engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris’s solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. Harris’s management also managed Peter Frampton, one of the label’s top acts at A&M. Green discussed the matter with the company’s two founders, Jerry Moss and Herb Alpert and the decision is made to cancel the Pistols contract and halt production of the bands first single, ‘God Save The Queen’.

1983U2 scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘War’, which went on to spend a total of 147 weeks on the chart. The album featured the singles ‘New Years Day’ and ‘Two Hearts Beat As One’.

1996, The Kiss Unplugged album and home video are released.1991 R.E.M. releases Out Of Time.

1996, Stone Temple Pilots’ 1992 debut album, Core, is certified six-times platinum for selling over six million copies.

2007, The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame welcomes its Class Of 2007 as R.E.M. is inducted by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Patti Smith is inducted by Rage Against The Machine frontman Zach De La Rocha, and Van Halen is inducted by Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland and Slash. Only singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony are on hand to represent Van Halen.

2007, Metallica begins recording its ninth studio album, eventually called Death Magnetic, in San Francisco.

And that’s what happened today in Rock.

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