Friday, February 24, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: February 25

1956:  One of the great R&B records of all-time--"The Great Pretender" by the Platters, remained at #1 for the eighth week on that chart.


Thursday, February 23, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: February 24

1956:  Police in Cleveland, Ohio invoked a 1931 ordinance barring people under the age of 18 from dancing in public unless accompanied by an adult.  
1958:  For the fourth week the Silhouettes shadowed the #1 spot on the R&B chart with "Get A Job".  
1960:  Carl Dobkins, Jr., dressed in full military attire live from Fort Dix in New Jersey, where he was serving in the national guard, appeared on The Perry Como Show on NBC-TV.
                                         Dion's latest was hot...

1962:  Pretty solid Top 5 here:  "Duke Of Earl" from Gene Chandler, Dion moved to second with "The Wanderer", Sue Thompson with "Norman", former #1 "The Twist" from Chubby Checker and Bruce Channel shot up from 13 to 5 with "Hey!  Baby".
1965:  The Beach Boys recorded "Help Me Rhonda" at Universal and Radio Recorders Studios in Hollywood, California.
1967:  The Bee Gees signed a management deal with Robert Stigwood.









1968:  The Beatles remained at #1 on the Album chart for the eighth week with the Soundtrack to "Magical Mystery Tour", the movie in which they starred in.  John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan was second with Blooming Hits from Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra jumping to #3.  Axis:  Bold As Love from the Jimi Hendrix Experience moved from #24 all the way up to #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Diana Ross and the Supremes Greatest Hits, the Rolling Stones with Their Satanic Majesties Request, Herb Alpert's Ninth by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, The Turtles!  Golden Hits at #8, Are You Experienced? from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream took position #10 with Disraeli Gears.








1968:  "Love Is Blue" was #1 for a third week for Paul Mauriat.  
1969:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience, which adopted England as its second home, played its final British concert before breaking up at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  The show was recorded, and some songs performed in London were later released as the album Hendrix in the West.  








1970: The Jackson 5 released the single "ABC".
1973:  The Byrds (with Roger McGuinn, Gene Parsons, Clarence White and John York in their final lineup) were in concert for the final time at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey.






1973:  "Love Train" by the O'Jays has the distinction of being on three prestigious lists.  It is one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*, one of The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era* and one of The Top 100 R&B Songs of the 1970's*.  "Love Train" remained #1 again on this date on the R&B chart.  









1973:  Roberta Flack reached #1 for the second time in her career with "Killing Me Softly With His Song".  Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell were second with "Dueling Banjos" while previous #1 "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John fell to #3.  Carly Simon's former #1 "You're So Vain" was still hanging around after 13 weeks while the Spinners were up to #5 with their latest--"Could It Be I'm Falling In Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Steely Dan with "Do It Again", newcomer Edward Bear with "Last Song", which rose from 13 to 7, Lobo's "Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend", the O'Jays rode from 15 to 9 with "Love Train" and John Denver spent a second week at #10 with "Rocky Mountain High".






1975:  Led Zeppelin released the album Physical Graffiti.











1975:  Elton John released his single "Philadelphia Freedom".
1976:  The Eagles' Greatest Hits became the first album to be certified platinum (one million sales) by the RIAA.
1978:  Barry Manilow starred in The Second Barry Manilow Special on ABC-TV with guest Ray Charles.









1979:  One of the main New Wave acts to cross into the mainstream, this group first appeared on the radio as their debut single "Roxanne" entered the charts.











      "In the Gallery" was helping Dire Straits become a sensation...

1979:  Rod Stewart owned the top album for a third week--Blondes Have More Fun.  The Bee Gees were close behind with Spirits Having Flown.  Cruisin' by the Village People amazingly was third while the Blues Brothers dropped with Briefcase Full of Blues.  The rest of the Top 10:  Billy Joel proved he was a star with staying power with the album 52nd Street, the debut from Dire Straits came in #6, Totally Hot from Olivia Newton-John, the Doobie Brothers entered the Top 10 with Minute By Minute, the self-titled Toto at #9 and Love Tracks by Gloria Gaynor ranked 10th.
1979:  Anne Murray had the #1 Adult Contemporary song for a third week with "I Just Fall In Love Again".





1979:  Rod Stewart spent a third week at #1 with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"  The Bruce Springsteen-penned song "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters rose to #2 with Olivia Newton-John a solid #3 with "A Little More Love".  Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" edged closer while "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Bee Gees shot up from 19 to 6 with "Tragedy", Chic's former #1 "Le Freak" was still at #7 after 18 weeks, Nicolette Larson's "Lotta' Love", Barry Manilow had his 14th hit ("Somewhere In The Night"), with an impressive nine of those reaching the Top 10 and Leif Garrett had #10--"I Was Made for Dancin'".
1981:  Peter Noone of Hermans Hermits and Stephen Bishop appeared on Laverne & Shirley on ABC-TV.







1982:  Double Fantasy by  the late John Lennon won the Grammy for Album of the Year.
1982:  Sheena Easton captured the Grammy for Best New Artist.







1982:  Kim Carnes won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards for "Bette Davis Eyes".  The writers of the song--Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss, won the Grammy for Song of the year.









 
1987:  Ray Charles posthumously received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.  The Grammy voters, realizing that they had snubbed him while he was alive, heaped all kinds of praise on him now that he was dead, also adding a record-tying eight posthumous Grammy Awards onto the festivities.










1987:  The Fat Man, Fats Domino, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys.
1988:  Alice Cooper announced he would run for Governor of Arizona as a member of the "Wild Party".  Yeah, good one there Alice.
1990:  Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman sang "Mr. Tambourine Man" in Los Angeles as a tribute to the late Roy Orbison.  








1990:  Johnnie Ray, singer-songwriter and pianist, died of liver failure in Los Angeles at the age of 63.
1990:  "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul was #1 for a third week.  Janet Jackson was second with "Escapade".  Roxette moved to #3 with "Dangerous".








1990:  "Here We Are" by Gloria Estefan was #1 for the fifth week on the AC chart.
1990:  Paula Abdul racked up her fifth week at #1 on the Album chart with Forever Your Girl.  Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 was second.








1993:  Eric Clapton won six Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, for "Tears In Heaven".
1995:  Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys left a hospital in London after two weeks of treatment by an AIDS specialist.









1996:  Nineteen weeks after it left the #1 position on the Album chart, Alanis Morissette's landmark Jagged Little Pill returned to the top.  










1996:  "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men made history with a 13th week at #1.  That tied "End Of The Road" by Boyz II Men for third in the Rock Era for the most weeks at #1.  Only "I'll Make Love To You" by Boyz II Men and "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston, each with 14 weeks, were ahead of Carey & the Boyz at this juncture.













1997:  Third Eye Blind had a hot new single on the desks of radio station Music Directors on this date--"Semi-Charmed Life".









1998:  The genius John Fogerty was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Orville H. Gibson award ceremony in New York City.









1998:  Elton John was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London.








1998:  Tommy Lee, drummer of Motley Crue, was arrested in Malibu, California and charged with abusing his wife Pamela Anderson and his son Dylan.  After he was convicted, the loser was thrown in jail for six months.  Not near long enough.








1999:  Lauryn Hill received five Grammy awards for her debut solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.









2002:  Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, N' Sync, Kiss and Moby performed at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.









2002:  Paul McCartney performed "Yesterday" at a concert tribute to the late George Harrison in Liverpool, England.
2002:  Arthur Lyman, who gave us one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* ("Yellow Bird" from 1961) died of throat cancer in Honolulu, Hawai'i at the age of 70.
2002:  Sting, the Very Best of was the #1 album in the U.K.







2004:  Estelle Axton, co-founder of Stax records, which included Booker T. & the MG's, Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes, died of natural causes at age 85 in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Note:  some naïve website owners, believe that the dates of newspaper reports are the dates that something occurred, falsely report that Estelle died on February 25.  As most people know, newspapers report news that happened the previous day, and according to the newspapers 'USA Today', 'The Los Angeles Times' and 'The Sun-Sentinel', as well as 'Billboard', the correct date of death is Tuesday, February 24.)
2006:  In today's episode of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, Black Rob was arrested on a fugitive warrant in New Jersey after he did not turn himself in to begin a sentence for burglary.
2008:  Larry Norman of the group People ("I Love You" from 1968) died of heart failure at age 60 in Salem, Oregon.
2011:  Eddie Serrato, drummer with Question Mark & the Mysterians ("96 Tears") died of a heart attack in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 65.

Born This Day:
1932:  Michel LeGrand, jazz composer who wrote the music to the great Dusty Springfield song "Windmills Of Your Mind" from 1969, was born in Bécon les Bruyères, France, a suburb of Paris. 
1942:  Paul Jones (real name Paul Pond), singer and harmonica player of Manfred Mann, was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
1944:  Nicky Hopkins of Quicksilver Messenger Service and a session pianist on The White Album by the Beatles, Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane and more than a dozen Rolling Stones albums, among others, was born in Perivale, London; died September 6, 1994 in Nashville, Tennessee of complications of intestinal surgery, presumably related to his battle with Crohn's Disease.   
1947:  Rupert Holmes, who had the great album Partners In Crime and also wrote "Timothy" for the Buoys, was born in Northwich, Cheshire, England.
1947:  Lonnie Turner, bassist of the Steve Miller Band, was born in Berkeley, California.
1959:  Colin Farley of the Cutting Crew "(I Just) Died In Your Arms"
1962:  Michelle Shocked was born in Dallas, Texas.
1974:  Chad Hugo, who along with partner Pharrell Williams, has produced for Britney Spears, 'N Sync, Nelly, Jay-Z and Mystikal, wad born in Portsmouth, Virginia.
1974:  Noah "Wuv" Bernardo, Jr., drummer and founding member of P.O.D.

This Date in Rock Music History: February 23

1959:  Lloyd Price logged a third week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Stagger Lee".

1959:  "Stagger Lee" by Lloyd Price made it to a third week at #1 on the Singles chart.  "Donna" from the late Ritchie Valens was next with "16 Candles" from the Crests down a spot.
1963:  "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula took over at #1 on the R&B chart.  
1963:  The Rooftop Singers stayed up there for the fifth week on the Easy Listening chart with "Walk Right In".