This Week In Classic Hits History (7/5-7/8)
This week, an end and a new beginning for the Stones, an end for Led Zeppelin, and a dubious end for Jimi Hendrix.
July 5, 1969:
The Rolling Stones gave a free concert in London's Hyde Park before an audience of 250,000, as a tribute to Brian Jones who had died two days earlier. Mick Jagger read an extract from Percy Bysshe Shelley's 'Adonais' and released 3,500 butterflies, most of which were already dead. It was also guitarist's Mick Taylor's debut with the Stones.
July 6, 1964:
The Beatles release their film 'A Hard Day's Night'. It premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.
July 7, 1980:
Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert when they appeared in West Berlin at the end of a European tour.
July 8, 1967:
The Monkees began a 29-date tour with The Jimi Hendrix Experience as an opening act. Hendrix was dropped after six shows, being told his act was not suitable for their teenybopper audience.