In 1968, Decca pulled [lastfm]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm]’ Beggars Banquet from its release schedule and cited the sleeve as the problem. The design featured a graffiti-covered toilet. It was one of the first disagreements between the band and the label. [lastfm]Mick Jagger [/lastfm]angrily pointed out that Decca released Tom Jones’ A-tom-ic Jones with a nuclear explosion printed on its jacket sleeve.
In 1968, Howlin’ Wolf played the first three nights at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom.
In 1974, The first[lastfm]Beatles[/lastfm] Convention was held in Boston.
In 1977, Elvis Costello was arrested for playing outside the London Hilton. The new wave songwriter was hoping to interest record executives into giving him an American record deal, as a CBS Records conference was being held inside. He was fined five pounds, but CBS did invite him to play a proper audition.
In 1979, Two years after it was originally released in Britain, The Clash’s self-titled debut album received an American release. In the meantime, The Clash had become one of the biggest-selling import albums ever.
In 1990, The German keyboardist with The Grateful Dead, Brent Mydland, died of a drug overdose. He was 37.
In 1992, Motown’s first number one artist, Mary Wells, died of throat cancer.
In 2003, Mick Jagger celebrated turning 60 at a private party in Prague. Among the invitees was former Czech president Vaclev Havel, who gave Jagger a two-foot-high crystal vase.
In 2003, Singer Tom Jones was inducted into the Gaming Hall of Fame.