Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1964 – “And I Love Her” by The Beatles peaks at #12 on the singles chart while “If I Fell” peaks at #53.

1970 – The Band’s third album, “Stage Fright” enters the Billboard album chart. Reaching #5, it is the highest-charting album of their career.

1972 – The London Art Spectrum, held at the Alexandria Palace, is the showcase for five of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s avant-garde films: “Cold Turkey,” “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” “Give Peace a Chance,” “Instant Karma” and “Up Your Leg.”

1981 – Bruce Springsteen joins The Pretenders on stage in Pasadena for a version of “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher.”

1990 – B.B. King receives a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

1991 – R.E.M. wins five MTV Video Music awards, including video of the year for “Losing My Religion.”

1996 – Capitol Records releases The Beatles Anthology video tape set — which consists of 10 hours of material.


Al Stewart 1945

Freddie Mercury (Queen) 1946

Loudon Wainwright III 1947