Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1964 – A Billboard article notes “London Records is preparing a giant promotion on behalf of the Rolling Stones, a hot British group which has scored so strongly in Britain with its smash single ‘Not Fade Away’ and the album ‘The Rolling Stones.'”

1968 – Paul McCartney and John Lennon guest on the “Tonight Show”.

1970 – Ten days after the fatal Kent State University national guard shootings, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release one of America’s most stirring anti-war songs, “Ohio,” written by Canadian Neil Young.

1973 – Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina’s first LP, “Sittin’ In,” goes gold. The two actually had gotten together by accident. Messina was going to produce a solo effort for Loggins, but the two had such a rapport that Messina was persuaded to perform.

1976 – Former Yardbirds lead singer and co-founder of Renaissance Keith Relf is electrocuted in his West London home. He was 33 years old.

1988 – Atlantic Records celebrates its 40th anniversary with a star-studded gala at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The televised cable show features performances by Led Zeppelin, Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Yes and others.

1989-The Allman Brothers Band’s career-spanning box set, “Dreams” is released.


David Byrne (Talking Heads) 1952