Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1963 – Bob Dylan walks out of dress rehearsals for “The Ed Sullivan Show” when CBS censors tell him he cannot perform his “Talking John Birch Society Blues.” When told the tune may be libelous, Dylan refuses to appear on the show.

1965 – The Rolling Stones begin two days of recording at Chess Studios in Chicago. They put down the original tracks for “Satisfaction,” which they work on again two days later at RCA’s Hollywood Studio, where they also record tracks for the album “Out Of Our Heads.”

1967 – In the first use of quadraphonic sound in concert, Pink Floyd perform “Games For May” at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London.

1968 – The Rolling Stones perform at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert in London — their first appearance in almost two years.

1975 – The Jefferson Starship give a concert in New York’s Central Park for 60,000 fans. The band flies into town specifically for the performance, which is free. The Starship and concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, pay $14,000 for clean-up and damage done to the park.

1975 – Steely Dan earns its third gold record for “Katy Lied.”

1979 – At free concert in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, the new Jefferson Starship line-up, featuring lead singer Mickey Thomas, makes its debut.

1981 – The Who’s first album without Keith Moon, “Face Dances,” goes gold.


Ian McLagan (Small Faces) 1946

Steve Winwood 1948