Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1966 – The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who perform at the New Musical Express’ poll winners’ show in London. This will be the last live U.K. performance by the Beatles.

1971 – Emerson, Lake and Palmer hit #48 in the U.S. with “Lucky Man.”

1974 – Eric Clapton launches his solo career in earnest, recording “461 Ocean Boulevard” in Miami. Both the album and its key single, “I Shot the Sheriff,” go to #1. Virtually reinventing himself in the space of one album, Clapton takes few guitar solos and adopts a more laid-back stylistic demeanor.

1975 – The Rolling Stones announce their Tour of the Americas ’75 in New York City. They play “Brown Sugar” on the back of a flatbed truck moving down Fifth Avenue.

1976 – “Turnstiles,” Billy Joel’s ambitious fourth album is released, featuring “New York State of Mind,” “Summer, Highland Falls” and “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.”

1977 – Clapton’s biggest-selling album of the 1970’s, “Slowhand,” finds him recording at London’s Olympic Studios for the first time since Cream’s debut album.

1979 – Elton John becomes the first Western pop music star to perform in Israel. In three weeks, he will become the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia.

1982 – “Tug of War,” which reunites Paul McCartney with Beatles producer George Martin, is released to glowing reviews and strong sales. A duet with Stevie Wonder, “Ebony and Ivory,” tops the singles chart for seven weeks.

1999 – “The Paintings of Paul McCartney” exhibit opens at the Lyz Art Forum in Siegen, Germany. The exhibit features some 70 paintings by the former Beatle.


Judy Collins 1939

Rita Coolidge 1944

Johnny Colt (Black Crowes) 1966