Today in Rock History – October 16

Here’s what happened today in Rock History for October 16th:


Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking the entrance to an Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California.


Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft” is released. When Hayes sings “That John Shaft is a bad mother…” the voice you hear telling Hayes to “shut your mouth” is that of Thelma Hopkins of Tony Orlando And Dawn.


RCA Records releases Daryl Hall and John Oates’ LP, “H2O”, which will reach the Top Five on the Billboard album chart and yield two hits: “Maneater” and “One on One”.


Two security guards were fired after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan, who had demanded that security on his Love and Theft tour should be tighter than ever, didn’t have a pass when he arrived backstage.


A petition signed in 1967 by all four Beatles and other friends of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger asking that he be cast to portray the lead role of Alex in a British version of A Clockwork Orange went on the auction block of Paddle8, with an estimated selling price of $18,000 to $25,000. Plans for that film were eventually shelved until 1971 when it was produced by Stanley Kubrick.

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