Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1966 – Janis Joplin joins Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1972 – Pink Floyd begin recording sessions for the album that would eventually become “Dark Side of the Moon.”

1975 – The Rolling Stones become the first Western rock band to receive record royalties in the Soviet Union.

1977 – Supertramp’s “Give A Little Bit” is released.

1984 – Bruce Springsteen releases the album “Born In The U.S.A.” The album tops the chart for 7 weeks and spawns seven Top-10 singles.

1986 – The “Conspiracy of Hope” concert tour opens at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. The show features Peter Gabriel, Sting and U2.

1997 – Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and, later, the Faces, dies at his home in Colorado. He is 51. Lane had suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1977.

2000 – Elton John and Tim Rice win a Tony for best score for their work on the Broadway musical “Aida”.

2001 – Singer, songwriter, and producer John Hartford dies in a Nashville hospital after a lengthy battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He is 63.