Toronto police busted Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards for heroin on this day in 1977

He served no jail time.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1977, Keith Richards was apprehended in Toronto after being accused of shooting heroin on the plane ride over. Cops found paraphernalia in the bag of Richards’ girlfriend, actress and model Anita Pallenberg, who was arrested at the airport. The Rolling Stones guitarist was eventually picked up at the hotel where police found a substantial amount of drugs, but lawyers worked to reduce charges against Richards (who was eventually dinged for possession). He faced no jail time, but the sentencing judge ordered that he return to Toronto to perform a benefit for blind kids. Richards fulfilled the agreement by appearing with his side band, The New Barbarians.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1980, Donna Summer’s “Hot Stuff” helped the “Queen of Disco” become the first person to win a Grammy for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female. The platinum-selling single topped Billboard’s dance and pop singles charts and stayed on the Hot 100 for 14 consecutive weeks.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1967, Pink Floyd finished its very first recording session. One of the songs captured during the weeks-long sessions included “Arnold Layne,” which wound up becoming the band’s very first ever single. The tune — about a transvestite who pilfers women’s clothing — went to the Top 20 of U.K. charts, but was eventually banned from radio by censors.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1955, sales of 45 rpm records (popular with rock fans) outpaced those for 78 rpm records, which were extremely popular though the ‘40s and early ‘50s when they appealed to jazz and blues fans. Sales of 78s would never recover.

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I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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