1970 – Michelle Phillips marries actor Dennis Hopper. The marriage lasts eight days.
1970 – Jim Morrison has legal problems of his own. A Miami court sentences him to six months in jail and a $500 fine for indecent exposure for allegedly flashing an audience.
1970 – “Cracklin’ Rosie” is such a damn good record that, although the fact that Neil Diamond receives a gold record for it today for is pretty trivial, we still include it in the Rock Clock.
1970 – The mother of Meredith Hunter, the man slain at the ill-fated Altamont festival, sues the Rolling Stones.
1970 – Bob Dylan releases New Morning. “In the end, this is an album that, the less said about it, the better,” writes Rolling Stone‘s Ed Ward. “It seems almost superfluous to say that this is one of the best albums of the year, one of Dylan’s best albums, perhaps his best.” Well, he did […]
1970 – Janis Joplin’s ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. Janis Lyn Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970) was an American singer, songwriter and music arranger. She rose to prominence in the late 1960s as the lead singer of Big Brother and the Holding Company and later as a […]
1970 – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” debuts on Broadway.
1970 – The Carpenters were at No.2 on the US singles chart with ‘We’ve Only Just Begun.’ The song was originally written for a TV commercial advertising a bank.
1970 – Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Paranoid.’ The album is now regarded as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums. Ozzy Osbourne on the right.
1970 – Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cracklin’ Rosie’, his first No.1 as an artist. Diamond wrote the 1966 No.1 hit ‘I’m A Believer’ for The Monkees.
1970 – Ned Kelly, the second film starring Mick Jagger, is released in Britain. Leonard Maltin says, “Many good songs on the soundtrack, written by Shel Silverstein,” tactfully avoiding the question of Jagger’s performance as an Australian outlaw.
1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Cracklin’ Rosie,” Neil Diamond.