Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1968 – The Beatles end a marathon 18-week recording session that results in the “White Album.”

1971 – In Los Angeles District Court, Arco Industries, the music publishing firm owning copyrights on all material released on Specialty Records, files a half-million dollar lawsuit against Creedence Clearwater Revival’s singer/songwriter John Fogerty. The suit claims that Fogerty’s song “Travellin’ Band” “contains substantial material copied from the music of the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly.” The suit is eventually dropped.

1973 – Neil Young releases “Time Fades Away.” It is the first of three consecutive Neil Young albums that break with the mellow sound of his best-selling “Harvest.”

1997 – Sir Paul McCartney’s symphonic poem “Standing Stone” gets its world debut by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. The piece earns the former Beatle six curtain calls. Critics, however, call it dull and forgettable.

1998 – B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

2007 – The Tom Petty documentary film, “Running Down A Dream” debuts at the New York Film Festival.


Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) – 1946