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Sex Pistols

1955

Steve Jones, guitarist for the Sex Pistols, is born in London, England.

1956

John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten), vocalist for the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd., is born in London, England.

1956

Paul Cook, drummer for the Sex Pistols, is born in London, England.

1956

Glen Matlock, the original bassist for the Sex Pistols, is born in London, England.

1957

John Simon Beverley (a.k.a. Sid Vicious), who replaces bassist Glen Matlock in the Sex Pistols, is born.

1976

EMI releases “Anarchy in the U.K.,” by the Sex Pistols, in the U.K..

1976

The Sex Pistols’ appear as guests on Bill Grundy’s dinner-hour TV show, Today. The host provokes a confrontation that degenerates into profanity and shocks the British people.

1977

The Sex Pistols are dropped by EMI and “Anarchy in the U.K.” is withdrawn. The group does get to keep their advance of 40,000 British pounds, however.

1977

The Sex Pistols are signed to A&M Records for 50,000 British pounds and released a week later for another 25,000 British pounds after incidents of “vandalism” at the label’s London offices.

1977

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols enters the U.S. charts for the first of twelve weeks that will see it peak at #106 on Billboard’s album chart. The American version of the album adds one song, “Sub-Mission,” to the U.K. original’s eleven tracks.

1978

The Sex Pistols begin a seven-date U.S. tour at Atlanta’s Great Southeast Music Hall.

1978

The Sex Pistols perform the final show of their U.S. tour at San Francisco’s Winterland and then break up amid chaos and acrimony.

1978

Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols stabs girlfriend Nancy Spungeon to death in their room at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. Both were heroin addicts.

1979

Sid Vicious, erstwhile bassist for the Sex Pistols, dies of a heroin overdose at a party in New York City while out on bail from charges he’d murdered his girlfriend, Nancy Spungeon.

1992

The Sex Pistols’ Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols is certified platinum (one million copies sold) by the RIAA.

1996

The Sex Pistols announce a reunion tour. All four original members - Johnny Rotten, Steve Jones, Paul Cook and Glen Matlock - are on-board for the three-and-a-half month “Filthy Lucre Tour,” which yields the album Filthy Lucre Live.

2005

The Sex Pistols post a handwritten note on their website announcing that they will not be attending their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.