Today in Acoustic-Rock History

1961 – Bob Dylan makes his New York City stage debut at Gerde’s Folk City, a small Greenwich Village club, opening for bluesman John Lee Hooker.

1963 – Parlophone releases “From Me to You” backed with “Thank You Girl.” The Beatles third single, it will be their first to hit Number One in the U.K. Neither side will be released in the U.S. until a year later.

1970 – Paul McCartney announces a “temporary break with the Beatles,” citing “personal differences” and adding that he will no longer record with John Lennon. His actions are linked to disapproval of Yoko Ono and of Beatles financial advisor Allen Klein.

1970 – Nice organist Keith Emerson and ex-King Crimson bass player Greg Lake are reportedly checking out drummers for a new trio in London. With the addition of Carl Palmer, they’ll become art-rock supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer.

1970 – The Beatles “Let It Be” single hits #1 on the chart and will stay there for 2 weeks.

1973 – Jefferson Airplane release a live album, “Thirty Seconds Over Winterland,” which will be their swan song until they briefly reunite in 1989.

1995 – Peter, Paul and Mary release their 17th album, “LifeLines.”

1997 – Paul McCartney gives a twenty-minute concert from the roof of a building he owns in London.