Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1964 – The Beatles appear for the third time on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” This time the Fab Four appear via tape and perform three songs.

1965 – The Beatles begin filming their second movie, “Help!”

1971 – Janis Joplin’s “Pearl” goes gold.

1976 – “The Eagles Greatest Hits” becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

1982 – John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” LP wins a Grammy posthumously for Best Album.

1987 – The 1986 Grammys are awarded: Paul Simon’s “Graceland” wins Best Album. Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love” wins Best Record and Bruce Hornsby and the Range win Best New Artist.

1990 – Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby to sing “Mr. Tambourine Man” at a Los Angeles tribute to the late Roy Orbison. It is the first time in 25 years that the three former Byrds perform together onstage.

1993 – The 1992 Grammys are awarded. Eric Clapton is the big winner, taking home six Grammys, including Best Record and Song for “Tears In Heaven” and Best Album for “Unplugged.”

1998 – Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace.

1998 – John Fogerty is awarded the 1998 Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. The annual Gibson awards are held the day before the Grammys and recognize the best rock, blues and jazz guitarists as chosen by music critics and editors of guitar magazines. Lindsey Buckingham and Sheryl Crow also win awards as best male and female rock guitarists.


Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band) 1947

Michelle Shocked 1962