Here’s what happened today in rock history:
Bob Dylan records his first album, “Bob Dylan”, for Columbia Records. The LP featured the 20-year-old singer accompanied only by his guitar and harmonica. The recording is done in one day and production costs were held to $400.
Elton John receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Drummer Keith Moon plays his final show with The Who. He would leave the band and enter a drug and alcohol program shortly after. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.
Culture Club, featuring the lead vocals of 21-year-old George O’Dowd, perform their first UK number one hit, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” on Top Of The Pops. The song would reach #2 in the US.
George Harrison’s childhood home at 25 Upton Green, in the Speke area of Liverpool, sold for just over $250,000 at an auction held at the legendary Cavern Club. The house was the site of many early rehearsals with John Lennon and Paul McCartney before they teamed up with Ringo Starr.