Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1970 – The Doors’ album “Morrison Hotel” goes gold, becoming the group’s fifth consecutive gold album.

1974 – Columbia Records releases Billy Joel’s “Piano Man.”

1974 – Gregg Allman’s solo rendition of The Allman Brothers “Midnight Rider” peaks at #19 on the pop chart.

1978 – Some of the winners of the 20th annual Grammy awards for 1977 include: the Eagles (who boycotted the ceremony) winning Best Record of the Year for “Hotel California” and Best Arrangement for Voices for “New Kid in Town.” Fleetwood Mac win Album of the Year for “Rumours.”

1978 – The Police sign with A&M Records.

1979 – Dire Straits launch their first U.S. tour in Boston.

1986 – The Rolling Stones make an appearance at London’s 100 Club and play almost a dozen tunes for an intimate gathering of invited guests to pay tribute to the late keyboardist, Ian Stewart. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend are among those who join The Stones on stage. It marked the first time The Stones had played live in almost 5 years.

2000 – The Grammys for 1999 are announced and Santana wins a record nine Grammys in one night including Album of the Year for “Supernatural.” The single, “Smooth” wins Song of the Year. Sting wins Best Pop Album for “Brand New Day,” Phil Collins wins Best Soundtrack for “Tarzan” and Jimi Hendrix wins his first Grammy for Best Long Form Music Video for “Band of Gypsies – Live at the Fillmore East.” Elton John is honored with the Living Legend Award.

2003 – Simon & Garfunkel sing together for the first time in ten years as they receive a Lifetime Achievement Grammy award.