Brian Jones On This Day May 21st 1968. Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court, London on a charge of possession of marijuana, Jones was released on £200 bail.
Other interesting things that happened on this day in music history.
1955 – Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry recorded ‘Maybellene’ at Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois. The song adapted in part from the Western swing fiddle tune ‘Ida Red’ is said to be one of the first rock and roll songs. The track became Berry’s debut single release in July of this year where it peaked at No.5 on the US chart.
1963 – The Beatles
The Beatles recorded two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. They recorded five songs for Saturday Club and six songs for Steppin’ Out.
1971 – Marvin Gaye
Marvin Gaye released his eleventh studio album What’s Going On. The concept album consisting of nine songs tells the story from the point of view of a Vietnam veteran returning to the country he had been fighting for, and seeing only hatred, suffering, and injustice. What’s Going On is regarded as one of the landmark recordings in pop music history, and one of the greatest albums of the 20th century.
1972 – 2nd British Rock Meeting
The Doors, Pink Floyd, the Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun, Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.
1974 – Elton John
Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in cheques.
1977 – Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the double A sided single ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.’ The Danny Whitten song ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It’ was also a UK No.3 hit for Everything But The Girl in 1988.
1977 – Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his tribute to Duke Ellington, ‘Sir Duke’, his sixth US No.1, it made No.2 in the UK.
Brian Jones On This Day May 21st 1968