1966 – John Lennon tries to put out the fire he started when he noted that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus by apologizing at a televised press conference. Meanwhile, the city of Memphis asks the Beatles not to play any concerts there and the price of Capitol Records’ stock drops.
1966 – South Africa bans Beatles records as a riposte to John Lennon’s remark that the band was “more popular than Jesus.”
1966 – Several American radio stations pull Beatles records from their playlists following John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” comment.
1966 – The South African government bans the broadcast of Beatles songs after John Lennon makes his “more popular than Jesus” remark. Wasn’t that ‘More popular than Rod’ Meaning Rod Stewart! Slip ‘o the tounge mate! Now let’s go get some birds and blow this joint.
1966 – In Birmingham, Ala., a Beatles record-burning session is held to protest John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” remark.
1966 – The Beatles: The U.S. teen magazine Datebook reprints an earlier quote by John Lennon stating that “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” This prompted Beatles Bonfires and the banning of their music by radio stations.
1964 – Mike Edwards (Jesus Jones)is born this day in rock history!
1945 – Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is born in Hounslow, England. Ian Gillan (born 19 August 1945 in Hounslow, London), is an English rock music vocalist best known as the lead singer for Deep Purple. During his career Gillan had a year-long stint as the vocalist for Black Sabbath […]