Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 23

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Pink Floyd played the opening on the famous U.F.O. Club in London on this day in 1966 and became virtually the house band for the psychedelic venue. It was located in the basement of what establishment?

Answer: The Blarney Club – an Irish dance hall (beers upstairs, LSD in the basement!)

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • Happy birthday to: Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.
  • 1961: A Decca Records talent scout impressed by The Beatles at the Cavern Club in Liverpool arranges for a formal audition in London, but Decca did not sign the future supergroup.
  • 1966: The British television show “Ready, Steady, Go,” which helped to launch dozens of musical careers, airs for the final time with Mick Jagger as guest.
  • 1966: Pink Floyd performs for the first time at a London hot spot known as the UFO Club. It becomes a regular venue for the psychedelic band.
  • 1972: After a series of lawsuits, Terry Knight, ex-manager for Grand Funk Railroad appears while the band was playing a benefit concert with sheriffs in tow and a court order giving him the right to seize $1 million in cash or assets.
  • 1980: John McVie and wife Julie are busted at their resort home in Honolulu and charged with possession of cocaine when a drug sniffing dog alerts police to the contents of a package addressed to the couple.

From the WZLX ticket stash…The Zombies were at The Unicorn on this night in 1969.

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