Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1963 – Vee Jay Records, the small Chicago-based label, releases the first Beatles record in the U.S., “Please Please Me” backed with “Ask Me Why.”

1965 – The Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time” b/w the acoustic “Play with Fire” is released in the U.K. The same day, the Stones perform on the British TV rock show “Ready! Steady! Go!”

1986 – The 1985 Grammys are handed out. Phil Collins’s “No Jacket Required” wins Best Album.

1992 – John Lennon is given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards.

1998 – The Grammys are awarded during ceremonies at Radio City Music Hall in New York. Bob Dylan wins three Grammys, including one for Best Album for “Time Out Of Mind.” Dylan’s son, Jakob, also wins an award: Best Song for “One Headlight,” which he recorded with his band, The Wallflowers. Others winning awards include John Fogerty, who picks up Best Rock Album for “Blue Moon Swamp,” Elton John for Best Male Vocal for “Candle In The Wind 1997” and Van Morrison, who wins Best Pop Collaboration for “Don’t Look Back,” a song he recorded with John Lee Hooker.


George Harrison 1943