10/25/21 This Day In Rock History

On This Day:

In 1958 Cliff Richard made his British radio debut on the BBC’s “Saturday Club.”

In 1963 The Beatles were photographed standing by a wall beside Stockholm, Sweden’s Town Hall while on tour. The picture would later be used for the Fab Four’s “Long Tall Sally” EP. That evening, the Fab Four kicked off their first tour of Sweden by playing two shows.

In 1964 The Rolling Stones appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first time. They played Chuck Berry’s blues classic, “Around & Around,” closing out the show with their hit, “Time Is on My Side.”

In 1970 Speaking at a U.S. radio conference, President Richard Nixon asked programmers to ban all songs containing drug references.

In 1975 Elton John performed the first of two historic sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on a bill that also included opening sets by Emmylou Harris and Joe Walsh.

Paul Simon issues his fourth solo album, “Still Crazy After All These Years.” “Gone At Last,” “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,” and the title track all reached the Top 40, and the album hit number one, Simon’s first to do so.

In 1985 Actor and singer Gary Holton died of a drug overdose at the age of 33. Holton was a member of The Heavy Metal Kids and one half of the duo Casino Steel.

In 1991 Legendary Rock concert promoter Bill Graham was killed when the helicopter he was riding in struck the top of a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission tower and exploded. Graham had founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York. He had also played key roles in supporting such bands as The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones.

In 1992 Roger Miller died of died of lung and throat cancer in a Los Angeles hospital. Miller won eleven Grammy Awards as a songwriter and seven Tony awards for writing the music and lyrics for “Big River.”

In 1993 Time magazine put Eddie Vedder on the cover with the headline “All The Rage.” Both Vedder and Kurt Cobain refused to speak with the magazine for the story, but they ran it anyway in an attempt to explain why young people are listening to such angry music.

In 1996 The inaugural Ozzfest kicked off in Phoenix, Arizona. The festival was created by Ozzy’s wife and manager, Sharon Osbourne, after she was rebuffed by Lollapalooza when she tried to get Ozzy on that festival circuit.

In 2010 The late Michael Jackson topped Forbes magazine’s “2010 Top-Earning Dead Celebrities” list, with an estimated income of 275-million-dollars in the first year following his death. Coming in at number two was Elvis Presley. The King of Rock n’ Roll’s estate racked in 60-million-dollars.

In 2011 Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler fell in a shower during his stay at a Paraguay hotel, knocking out two teeth and giving himself a nasty black eye. A local dentist repaired the famous mouth, and Tyler performed the next day.

In 2014 Jack Bruce, most famously known as one third of Cream, died at 71 of liver disease.

In 2015 American guitarist and saxophonist Marlo Henderson died at the age of 67. Henderson’s career spanned 50 years, where as a session musician he played on albums such as “Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson, “Them Changes” by Buddy Miles, “Face to Face” by Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King, and also played on the song “Girlfriend” by Paul McCartney.