This Day in Rock History

1986 – The first annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is held in New York. Among those inducted are Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

1973 – Neil Young is handed a piece of paper onstage in New York and reads out the message that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam. The audience goes crazy for ten minutes. Neil then plays “Southern Man.”

1970 – The judge in the case of the Chicago Seven turns down the request of Judy Collins to sing as part of her testimony. The judge also didn’t want to hear any warbling from Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie and especially Country Joe McDonald.

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