Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1968 – The Beatles refuse to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show. Ringo Starr explains, “Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don’t do benefits.”

1974 – Gregg Allman plays the last date of his solo tour. “I want to squelch a few rumors right now,” he tells the Cincinnati audience before bringing on the rest of the Allman Brothers Band for an 90 minute encore.

1981 – With the departure of signer/guitarist Denny Laine, Paul McCartney’s backing band, Wings, breaks up.

1994 – The reunited Eagles perform live at Warner Burbank Studios for an MTV special that is aired the following November.

1997 – U2 kicks off its “PopMart” tour in Las Vegas.

2000 – Neil Young releases “Silver & Gold,” one of his most intimate and personal albums.

2000 – Eric Clapton reunites with former Derek & the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock for their first performance together in 29 years on the BBC2 TV series “Later With Jools Holland.” They play three songs, including “Bell Bottom Blues.” The show airs four days later.


Stu Cook (CCR) 1945