Monday, November 7, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: November 8

1953:  Buddy Holly began his radio show on KDAV in Lubbock, Texas.

1957:  The Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock opened in theaters.  (Note:  numerous websites claim that the movie opened in theaters on October 21, but the book 'Elvis Presley:  Silver Screen Icon' by Steve Templeton states that the movie premiered in Memphis, Tennessee on October 17, but opened nationally on November 8.)
1958:  The Soundtrack to "South Pacific" took over as the #1 album in the U.K.  It would set the Rock Era record with 115 weeks at #1.
1961:  Brian Epstein called the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England to purchase a ticket to see the Beatles perform.  He became their manager shortly after seeing the group.

1961:  Chubby Checker, who had already seen "The Twist" go to #1, re-released it on this date.

1961:  The Tokens released the single "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
1963:  Dusty Springfield began her first tour as a solo artist, performing with the Searchers, Freddie & the Dreamers and Brian Poole & the Tremeloes in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1963:  Bobby Vee, the Ronettes and Little Eva were in concert in Teaneck, New Jersey on the first date of Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars tour.
1964:  The Beatles performed at the Empire in Liverpool, England.
1965:  The Beatles recorded "Think for Yourself", a George Harrison song written for their upcoming album Rubber Soul.
1965:  The Dave Clark Five performed for Queen Elizabeth at the Royal Variety Show in London.
1966:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed at the Big Apple Club in Munich, Germany.
1967:  Nilsson recorded "Everybody's Talkin'".
1967:  The movie How I Won the War starring John Lennon opened in the United States.
1967:  The Foundations had the top U.K. song with "Baby, Now That I've Found You".
1968:  Jean Terrell replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes after Ross began her solo career.
1968:  John Lennon granted a divorce to Cynthia Powell Lennon.
1968:  Aretha Franklin broke her leg in a fall in a hotel in Honolulu, Hawai'i, causing her to perform two concerts in a wheelchair.
1969:  "Baby, I'm for Real" by the Originals replaced "I Can't Get Next to You" by the Temptations as the top R&B song.

                             BS & T come back into the Top 10

1969:  Abbey Road by the Beatles was #1 again on the album chart with Green River from CCR providing the closest competition.  Johnny Cash At San Quentin was third followed by the Blind Faith album and I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!  by Janis Joplin.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Rolling Stones with Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2), the debut from Crosby, Stills & Nash, Isaac Hayes' Hot Buttered Soul at #8, the self-titled Santana and Blood, Sweat & Tears re-entered the Top 10 in its 41st week.
         Reminiscing of those summer days...

1969:  The 5th Dimension achieved their second career #1 with "Wedding Bell Blues", which sent "Suspicious Minds" by Elvis Presley to #2.  The Beatles roared from 10 to 3 with "Come Together" while the former #1 "I Can't Get Next to You" by the Temptations remained at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Smith and "Baby It's You", another former #1, "Sugar, Sugar" from the Archies, "Hot Fun in the Summertime" from Sly & the Family Stone, Blood, Sweat & Tears moved from 17-8 with "And When I Die", the Beatles scored their 30th Top 10 song in just five years with "Something" and the Flying Machine landed at #10 with "Smile a Little Smile for Me".
1970:  Jim Morrison, lead singer of the Doors, recorded an album of spoken words from his poetry.  Following his death, the surviving members of the group composed music to the poetry and released it as the album An American Prayer.
1971:  Paul McCartney launched his new group Wings with a party at the Empire Ballroom in London.
1971:  Jonathan Edwards released the single "Sunshine".
1974:  Elton John released his Greatest Hits package.

1974:  Ivory Joe Hunter ("Since I Met You Baby" from 1957) died of lung cancer in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 60.
1975:  David Bowie made his television debut in the United States, performing "Fame" on The Cher Show on CBS.
1975:  Elton John was named the godfather to John and Yoko Lennon's son Sean.

1975:  "Low Rider" by War was the new #1 on the R&B chart.
1975:  The Captain & Tennille followed up "Love Will Keep Us Together" with another #1 on the Easy Listening Chart--"The Way I Want to Touch You".

1975:  Nowadays, it is commonplace because of the lack of competition but on this date, Elton John's Rock of the Westies became just the second album in the history of the Rock Era to debut at #1, following Elton's Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.  After finally scoring a #1 album with Red Octopus, Jefferson Starship had to relinquish the spot after one week.  Wish You Were Here from Pink Floyd was third followed by Prisoner of Disguise from Linda Ronstadt.  The rest of the Top 10:  Windsong from John Denver, Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, Jethro Tull remained at #7 with Minstrel in the Gallery, George Harrison's Extra Texture, David Crosby & Graham Nash teamed for the #9 album Wind on the Water and Paul Simon had a winner on his hand with Still Crazy After All These Years, a Top 10 entrant after just three weeks.

1975:  Wings released the single "Venus and Mars/Rock Show".

1976:  Elton John released the single "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word".
1977:  Suzi Quatro debuted on Happy Days on ABC-TV as Leather Tuscadero.
1980:  The #1 album in the U.K. was Guilty by Barbra Streisand.
1985:  The Sting concert movie Bring On the Night opened in theaters.
1986:  Berlin achieved a #1 song in the U.K. with "You Take My Breath Away".
1986:  The Police had the top album in the U.K. with Every Breath You Take--the Singles.

1986:  Carly Simon was enjoying a big comeback with "Coming Around Again", which moved from 97 to 78 on this date.
1986:  Jason Newstead, new bassist with Metallica, performed live with the group for the first time.
1986:  Although they had several other songs that were better, Boston amazingly had their first and only #1 song on this date with "Amanda".
1986:  Sun Valley, Idaho's Peter Cetera teamed with Amy Grant for the #1 Adult Contemporary song "The Next Time I Fall".
1987:  Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys married Dean Martin's daughter, Gina.
1994:  Sonny Bono was elected to the United States House of Representatives from California.
1995:  Michael Jackson teamed with Sony Corporation of America to create the third-largest music publishing company in the world with over 100,000 songs.

1997:  Jewel's album Pieces of You re-entered the Top 10 after 89 weeks of release.
1998:  Robbie Williams scored his second #1 album in the U.K. with I've Been Expecting You.
2003:  Duran Duran reunited for a 25th Anniversary Tour, beginning at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
2008:  AC/DC registered the #1 album with Black Ice.
2009:  Mark Owen of Take That married Emma Ferguson at Cawdor Parish Church near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Born This Day:
Patti Page
1927:  Patti Page (real name Clara Ann Fowler), who had 43 hits in the early years of the Rock Era, including "Let Me Go Lover" and "Allegheny Moon", was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma; died January 1, 2013 in Encinitas, California.
1942:  John Perez, drummer with the Sir Douglas Quintet ("She's About a Mover") 
1944:  Robert Nix of the Classics IV and the Atlanta Rhythm Section
1944:  Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie ("Never Ending Slong of Love" from 1971) was born in Acton, Illinois.
1945:  Don Murray, drummer of the Turtles, was born in Glendale, California.
1945:  Butch Rillera, drummer of Redbone ("Come and Get Your Love" from 1973)

1946:  Roy Wood, founder of the Move and Electric Light Orchestra, was born in Birmingham, England.
1946:  John Martin, drummer of Dr. Feelgood

1947:  Minnie Riperton ("Lovin' You" from 1975) was born in Chicago, Illinois; died July 12, 1979 at the age of 31 from breast cancer.

1949:  Bonnie Raitt was born in Burbank, California.
1949:  Alan Berger, bass guitarist with Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes
1951:  Gerald Alston, singer with the Manhattans ("Kiss and Say Goodbye" and "Shining Star" with the Manhattans), was born in Henderson, North Carolina.

1954:  Rickie Lee Jones ("Chuck E's in Love" from 1979) was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1954:  Ricky Lawson, drummer who worked with Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston,  Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Eric Clapton, Toto, Steely Dan, Bette Midler, George Benson, and many others, was born in Detroit, Michigan; died December 23, 2013 in Long Beach, California.
1957:  Porl Thompson, guitarist, saxophonist and keyboardist of the Cure, was born in Wimbledon, England.
1958:  Terry Lee Miall of Adam and the Ants

1961:  Leif Garrett ("I Was Made for Dancin'" from 1979) was born in Hollywood, California.
1970:  Diana King ("Shy Guy" from 1995) was born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "War" by Edwin Starr

Released at the height of the Vietnam War in 1970, this song was originally slated to be recorded by the Temptations but they were unsure about being that vocal against the war.  So, Edwin Starr volunteered and it became a huge hit for him.  Probably one of the most popular antiwar songs of all-time.
by Edwin Starr

Written By Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong

War... (huh!) Yeah!
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Uh huh uh hu-uh.

War... (huh!) Yeah!
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Say it again y'all.

War... (huh!) Look out!
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Listen to me.

Ahhh war...
I despise, cause it means destruction of innocent life.
War means tears to thousands of mothers' eyes,
when their sons go off to fight and lose their lives.

I said, war... (huh!) Good God y'all.
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Say it again.

War... (huh!) Whoa whoa whoa Lord.
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Listen to me.

It ain't nothin' but a heart breaker.
Friend only, to the undertaker.

Ahhh war...
is an enemy to all mankind.
The thought of war blows my mind.
War has caused unrest within the younger generation.
Induction, then destruction. Who wants to die?

Ahhh war... (huh!) Good God y'all.
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Say it, say it, say it.

War... (huh!) Uh huh yeah, huh!
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Listen to me.

It ain't nothin' but a heart breaker.
Its got one friend, that's the undertaker.

Ahhh war...
has shattered, many a young man's dreams.
Made him disabled, bitter and mean.
Life is but too short and precious,
it's been fighting wars each day.
War can't give life, it can only take it away.

Ahhh war... (huh!) Good God y'all.
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Say it again.

War... (huh!) Whoa whoa whoa Lord.
What is it good for?
Absolutely... (nothin'!) Listen to me.

It ain't nothin' but a heart breaker.
Friend only, to the undertaker.


Peace, love and understanding, tell me
Is there no place for them today?
They say we must fight, to keep our freedom,
but Lord knows there's got to be a better way.

Ahhh war... (huh!) Good God y'all.
What is it good for?
You tell 'em. (nothin'!) Say it, say it, say it, say it.

War... (huh!) Good God now, huh!
What is it good for?
Stand up and shout it. (nothin'!)... [FADE OUT]

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This Date in Rock Music History: November 7

1951:  Frank Sinatra married actress Ava Gardner.
1953:  Pat Boone married Shirley Foley.
1959:  Smokey Robinson and Claudette Rogers of the Miracles were married.
1960:  Elvis Presley began filming the movie Wild in the Country.
1960:  Hank Ballard and the Midnighters were at #1 for a third week on the R&B chart with Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go".

Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs pleaded their way inside the Top 10

1960:  The Drifters held on to #1 with "Save the Last Dance for Me" with Brenda Lee's former #1 "I Want to Be Wanted" still at #2.  Johnny Tillotson (9-3 for "Poetry in Motion") and Ray Charles' great song (10-4 for "Georgia is on My Mind") enjoyed a nice move while Joe Jones was up with "You Talk Too Much".  The rest of the Top 10:  Connie Francis and "My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own", Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs moved from 19-7 with "Stay", Hank Ballard & the Midnighters moved from 14-8 with "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", Roy Orbison surged into the Top 10 with "Blue Angel" and Bobby Vee fell with "Devil or Angel".  
1963:  The Beatles played their only two shows ever in Ireland at the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin.

1964:  Gale Garnett garnered a seventh week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "We'll Sing in the Sunshine".
1964:  The Shangri-Las shot into the Top 10 as "Leader of the Pack" moved from 14-5.

1966:  Donovan released the single "Mellow Yellow".
1967:  Responding to an ad in the New Musical Express, Bernie Taupin and Elton John signed to DJM publishing.
1967:  The Beatles recorded "Blue Jay Way", "Flying" and "Magical Mystery Tour".  They had six new songs, not enough for an album, so they issued a double-EP.  In the U.S., the six songs were added to five from the album The Beatles.

       The Carpenters' debut

1970:  Led Zeppelin III was #1 for the second week with Santana's Abraxas and Sweet Baby James from James Taylor close behind.  The Jackson 5 held position #4 with Third Album and Cosmo's Factory from CCR, one of The Top 100 Albums of the Rock Era*, was fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Close to You by the Carpenters at #6, Get Yer (sic) Ya-Ya's Out! by the Rolling Stones, Neil Young was up to #8 with After the Gold Rush, the Soundtrack to "Woodstock" was still hanging around at #9 and the Moody Blues had yet another Top 10 album with A Question of Balance.
1970:  The Jackson 5 had the #1 R&B song for a fourth week with "I'll Be There", their fourth consecutive #1 of the genre, and one of The Top 100 R&B Songs of the 1970's*.
1970:  The Carpenters owned the #1 Easy Listening chart for a fifth week with "We've Only Just Begun".
         R. Dean Taylor had serious problems...

1970:  The Jackson 5's first hit continued to be #1 for a fourth week--"I'll Be There".  The Carpenters could not advance with "We've Only Just Begun" and "Fire and Rain" maintained at #3 for James Taylor.  Sugarloaf was up one with "Green-Eyed Lady" and R. Dean Taylor hit #5 with "Indiana Wants Me", one of The Top 500 One-Hit Wonders of the Rock Era*.  The rest of the Top 10:  "All Right Now" from Free, the Partridge Family had the only new song in the list, moving 17-7 with "I Think I Love You", Neil Diamond's former #1 "Cracklin' Rosie" was #8, Dawn's "Candida" and the Kinks dropped with "Lola".

1977:  The Elvis Presley song "My Way" was released posthumously.
1991:  The Kingston Trio reunited at Magic Mountain in California.
1981:  Air Supply achieved their second #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)", which went on to become one of The Top 100 Adult Contemporary Songs of the 1980's*.

            Springfield's rocker was a part of the action

1981:  Hall & Oates scored their third career #1, sixth Top 10 and 16th hit with "Private Eyes".  The Rolling Stones were passed up with "Start Me Up" and the previous #1 "Arthur's Theme" from Christopher Cross was third.  Sheena Easton had a solid hit with "For Your Eyes Only".  The rest of the Top 10:  Bob Seger with "Tryin' to Live My Life Without You", Little River Band was up with "The Night Owls", Dan Fogelberg was at #7 with a song most radio stations ranked near the top--"Hard to Say", Rick Springfield had song #8--"I've Done Everything for You", Air Supply collected another Top 10 with "Here I Am" and Foreigner charged into the Top 10 with "Waiting for a Girl Like You".

1983:  The Rolling Stones released the single "Undercover of the Night".
1986:  Willie Nelson guest starred on the television show Miami Vice.
1987:  "Lovin' You" by the O'Jays was #1 on the R&B chart.
1987:  INXS had a hot song on their hands as "Need You Tonight" moved from 71 to 54.
1987:  Tiffany's remake of the great Tommy James & the Shondells hit "I Think We're Alone Now" moved to #1.  Madonna remained at #2 with "Causing a Commotion", Billy Idol's remake of another Tommy James & the Shondells smash "Mony Mony" was #3 with Fleetwood Mac trailing with "Little Lies".  The previous #1 "Bad" fell for Michael Jackson, but Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes teamed up to move into the list with "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".  

1987:  Swing Out Sister was in the spotlight with the new #1 Adult Contemporary song--"Breakout".
1988:  Michael Jackson released the seventh single from the album Bad--"Smooth Criminal".
1991:  Frank Zappa was diagnosed with prostate cancer.
1991:  Carter Cornelius of Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose ("Too Late to Turn Back Now" from 1972) died of a heart attack in Dania, Florida at the age of 43.

            R.E.M.'s new release

1992:  The Garth Brooks album The Chase had been out five weeks and all were at #1.  Madonna debuted at #2 with Erotica, Eric Clapton's popular Unplugged album was third, followed by Some gave All from Billy Ray Cyrus and Automatic for the People from R.E.M.  The rest of the Top 10:  Timeless (The Classics) from Michael Bolton, Ten from Pearl Jam after 45 weeks of release, the infamous "Symbol" or untitled album from Prince, Pure Country by George Strait moved from 22-9 and Mary J. Blige fell with What's the 411?

1992:  The classic Boyz II Men song "End of the Road" spent a 13th week at #1, setting an existing Rock Era record and the 13 weeks are still sixth longest in the Rock Era.  The Heights were now just one step away with "How Do You Talk to an Angel" and PM Dawn remained third with "I'd Die Without You".  After six weeks at #2 behind Boyz II Men, Don Henley and Patty Smyth gave up and fell to #4 with "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough".
1994:  Alice in Chains released their self-titled album on CD and cassette.  Previously, it had only been available on LP.
1994:  TLC released the single "Creep".
1995:  The Captain and Tennille (Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille) renewed their wedding vows on the occasion of their 20th anniversary.

1997:  The Spice Girls fired their manager Simon Fuller.
1999:  Geri Halliwell, formerly with the Spice Girls, had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Lift Me Up".
2000:  Garth Brooks filed for divorce from wife Sandy.
2002:  Bobby Brown was arrested for possession of marijuana, speeding, driving without a license and no proof of insurance.

2002:  It was a big day for the legendary group the Eagles (shown above in their ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame).  The RIAA certified their compilation album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 as having sold over 28 million copies in the U.S. alone, and the RIAA certified that Eagles Greatest Hits Volume II had gone over 11 million units sold.

2003:  David Gilmour of Pink Floyd was named a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
2006:  The members of Genesis announced that they were reforming for a world tour.
2006:  John Hall, formerly with the group Orleans, was elected to the United States House of Representatives from New York.
2008:  Jody Reynolds, singer and guitarist (the top five song "Endless Sleep" in 1958) died in Palm Desert, California of liver and brain cancer.
2011:  Andrea True ("More, More, More" from 1976) died at the age of 68 in Kingston, New York of heart failure.

Born This Day:

1922:  Al Hirt, great trumpet player and bandleader who gave us one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* ("Java"), was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, nicknamed Jumbo and the Round Mound of Sound; died April 27, 1999 in New Orleans of liver failure.

1937:  Mary Travers of Peter, Paul & Mary was born in Louisville, Kentucky; died September 16, 2009 in Danbury, Connecticut from complications undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia.
1938:  Dee Clark ("Raindrops") was born in Blytheville, Arkansas.

1942:  Johnny Rivers was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1943:  Roberta Joan Anderson was born in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada.  She was one of the most gifted singer-songwriters of the Rock Era.  We knew her better by the name Joni Mitchell.

1951:  Nick Gilder, a member of Sweeney Todd and a solo artist ("Hot Child in the City" from 1978), was born in London.
1951:  Kevin Scott MacDonald, guitarist of the Cutting Crew ("I Just Died in Your Arms").
1957:  Jellybean Benitez ("Sidewalk Talk" from 1985), who also mixed and produced for Madonna, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and the Pointer Sisters, was born in South Bronx, New York.
1960:  Tommy Thayer, who became the lead guitarist of Kiss in 1994 after they had enjoyed all of their big hits, was born in Portland, Oregon.
1964:  Liam O'Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers was born in Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland.
1971:  Robin Finck, guitarist for Nine Inch Nails and Guns N' Roses, was born in Park Ridge, New Jersey.

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "Dirty Laundry" by Don Henley

Don Henley is of course one of the greatest lyricists of the Rock Era.  On this solo hit, he chose to write a seething satire of the way the media operates, in particular television news ("The bubble-headed bleach blonde comes on at 5...")  It may or may not have affected journalism but it definitely had an effect on listeners  who more and more just turned the news off when broadcasters took off on their sensational tangent.
"Dirty Laundry"
by Don Henley

Lyrics by Don Henley, Music By Danny Kortchmar

I make my living off the evening news
Just give me something
Something I can use
People love it when you lose
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been an actor
But I wound up here
I just have to look good
I don't have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us dirty laundry

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em all around

We got the bubble headed
Bleached blonde
Comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash
With a gleam in her eye
It's interesting when people die
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation
Is the head dead yet
You know the boys in the newsroom
Got a running bet
Get the widow on the set
We need dirty laundry

[Instrumental Interlude]

You don't really need to find out
What's going on
You don't really want to know
Just how far it's gone
Just leave well enough alone
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're stiff
Kick 'em all around

(Kick 'em when they're up)
(Kick 'em when they're down)
(Kick 'em when they're up)
(Kick 'em when they're down)

(Kick 'em when they're up)
(Kick 'em when they're down)
(Kick 'em when they're stiff)
(Kick 'em all around)

Dirty little secrets
Dirty little lies
We got our dirty little fingers
In everybody's pie
We love to cut you down to size
We love dirty laundry

We can do the Innuendo
We can dance and sing
When it's said and done
We haven't told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry

This Date in Rock Music History: November 6

1954:  Elvis Presley signed a year-long contract with the Louisiana Hayride.
1961:  Lee Dorsey grabbed the #1 spot on the R&B chart with "Ya Ya".
1961:  "Big Bad John" was the #1 Easy Listening song for the third week.

1961:  Jimmy Dean rolled into the #1 slot with "Big Bad John".  Dion slipped with "Runaround Sue", the Dovells were at 3 with "Bristol Stomp" and Ray Charles remained at #4 with "Hit the Road, Jack".  The rest of the Top 10:  Brenda Lee jumped from 17 to 5 with "Fool #1", Sue Thompson and "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)", Troy Shondell was up to #7 with "This Time", Chubby Checker checked in with "The Fly", the Paris Sisters' great song "I Love How You Love Me" was at #9 and Gene McDaniels entered the Top 10 with "Tower of Strength".

1964:  The Beach Boys performed "I Get Around", "Dance, Dance, Dance" and "When I Grow Up (To Be a Man)" on the British television show Ready Steady Go!
1965:  The Rolling Stones, Fontella Bass and the Strangeloves performed on the popular Shindig! television show.
1965:  Jefferson Airplane performed at the San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal party at the Calliope Ballroom, the first concert organized by promoter Bill Graham.
1965:  The Byrds were flying high as "Turn!  Turn!  Turn!" moved from 61 to 31.
1965:  The "Help!" Soundtrack made it nine weeks at #1 on the album chart for the Beatles.  The Ramsey Lewis Trio hit #2 with The In Crowd and Bob Dylan peaked at #3 with Highway 61 Revisited.  The Soundtrack to "The Sound of Music" was at 4 with Sonny & Cher's Look At Us fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass with Whipped Cream & Other Delights, the Rolling Stones had Out of Our Heads at #7, the Soundtrack to "Mary Poppins" was still #8 after 58 weeks, Herman's Hermits On Tour came in at #9 and one of the most successful album artists of the Rock Era, Barbra Streisand, reached the Top 10 again with My Name Is Barbra.

1965:  The Rolling Stones ruled with "Get Off of My Cloud".  The Toys had to settle for being second while the Beatles were at #3 after four weeks at #1.  Gary Lewis & the Playboys edged up with "Everybody Loves a Clown", the Gentrys had song #5--"Keep On Dancing" and another hit from the Vogues ("You're the One") was at #6.  The rest of the Top 10:  Bob Dylan and "Positively 4th Street", Len Barry's "1-2-3", Fontella Bass moved from 14-9 with "Rescue Me" and Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass moved "Taste of Honey" into the Top 10.
1966:  Bill Graham opened the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California.
1968:  The movie Head starring the Monkees opened in New York City.
1968:  Joe Cocker's remake of the Beatles' great song "With a Little Help From My Friends" reached #1 in the U.K.
1971:  Marvin Gaye scored his 7th #1 song on the R&B chart with "Inner City Blues".

1971:  Michael Jackson was gaining steam with his release "Got to Be There".  It moved from 89 to 39 on this date.

1971:  Cher saw an opening and moved to #1 with "Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves".  Isaac Hayes was right behind with "Theme From 'Shaft'".  Rod Stewart's big hit "Maggie May" was at #3 after five weeks at #1 while John Lennon was up to #4 with "Imagine".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Osmonds and "Yo-Yo", the Carpenters were on the way down with "Superstar", Cat Stevens was aboard the "Peace Train", the Free Movement reached #8 with "I've Found Someone of My Own", Marvin Gaye's 42nd career hit was his 13th Top 10--"Inner City Blues", which moved from 19 to 9 and Joan Baez slid down with "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down".

1972:  Loggins & Messina released the single "Your Mama Don't Dance".

  A great new band out of Seattle with their first Top 10 hit

1976:  It was Steve Miller's turn in the spotlight as his new single "Rock 'N Me" reached #1.  "Disco Duck" by Rick Dees was waddling behind while Gordon Lightfoot made a move with "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald".  Chicago's #1 smash "If You Leave Me Now" fell to #4 and the resurgent Bee Gees were up to #5 with another hit--"Love So Right".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  The Captain & Tennille's "Muskrat Love", Hall & Oates were stuck at #7 with the very underrated "She's Gone", Rod Stewart was on fire again, moving from 22-8 with "Tonight's the Night (Gonna' Be Alright)", Heart crept up with their first Top 10 "Magic Man" while the Commodores entered the list with "Just To Be Close to You".

          Word was spreading like wildfire about this album

1976:  Songs in the Key of Life was #1 for the fourth week for Stevie Wonder.  Spirit by Earth, Wind & Fire remained #2 while Led Zeppelin made a great debut at #3 with the Soundtrack From "The Song Remains the Same".  The Steve Miller Band slipped with Fly Like An Eagle and Peter Frampton was still in the Top 5 with Frampton Comes Alive!  The rest of the Top 10:  a self-titled album by a group called Boston moved from 13-6 in its 7th week, Heart's Dreamboat Annie was stalled at #7, Chicago X, their greatest hits package, was #8, the Bee Gees edged up with Children of the World and Lynyrd Skynyrd joined the group with One More From the Road.

1978:  Olivia Newton-John released the single "A Little More Love".

1978:  Nicolette Larson released the single "Lotta' Love".
1978:  Boston performed for the first of two nights in their hometown at the Boston Garden in Massachusetts.
1979:  The movie The Rose with Bette Midler premiered at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, with the opening night party at the Roseland Ballroom.  (Note:  many websites report that the movie  premiered in Los Angeles on October 10.  This cannot be correct, because the world premiere was on November 6, according to the book 'Bette Midler:  Still Divine' by Mark Bego.)
1982:  Marvin Gaye notched his 11th #1 on the R&B chart with "Sexual Healing".
1982:  Neil Diamond had his eighth #1 on the Adult Contemporary song with "Heartlight".
1982:  Don Henley was making noise with his single "Dirty Laundry", which moved from 73 to 55.

1982:  This song follows one of the great moments in cinema history when Richard Gere carries off Debra Winger at the conclusion of the landmark movie An Officer and a Gentleman.  "Up Where We Belong" from Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes took over at #1, moving Men At Work down with "Who Can I Be Now?".  Olivia Newton-John had song #3 with "Heart Attack" and Michael McDonald was stuck at #4 with "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You're Near)".  The rest of the Top 10:  Two big hits on their way down, "Jack & Diane" by John Cougar (Mellencamp) and "Eye in the Sky" from the Alan Parsons Project, Neil Diamond's "Heartlight" at #7, America with "You Can Do Magic", Laura Branigan stormed into the Top 10 with "Gloria" and Lionel Richie was up to #10 with his initial solo release "Truly".
1983:  Ringo Starr starred in Princess Daisy, a television mini-series.

1989:  Janet Jackson released the single "Rhythm Nation".
1989:  Dickie Goodman ("Mr. Jaws" from 1975 and other novelty songs), later the head of music at 20th Century, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound In Fayetteville, North Carolina at the age of 55.

1993:  Vs. by Pearl Jam debuted at #1 while Rush debuted at #2 with Counterparts.  Bat Out of Hell II:  Back Into Hell by Meat Loaf fell to #3 and In Utero took a step backwards for Nirvana.

1993:  Meat Loaf hit #1 with a Jim Steinman song--"I'd Do anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)".  Mr. Meat finally displaced Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover", the previous #1 for eight solid weeks.  Ace of Base was up to #2 with their debut hit "All That She Wants", Xscape was "Just Kickin' It" and Janet Jackson climbed from 9-4 with "Again".
1995:  Queen released their first studio album in the U.K. since the death of lead singer Freddy Mercury.
2005:  The great musical The Jersey Boys:  The Story of Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons opened on Broadway in New York City.
2005:  Westlife led the way on the U.K. chart with "You Raise Me Up".
2005:  Westlife had the #1 album in the U.K. with Face to Face.
Marianne Faithfull. Photo courtesy Marianne Faithfull
2006:  Marianne Faithful announced that she had made a complete recovery from breast cancer. 
2010:  Scott McKenzie ("San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair") was hospitalized with Guillain-Barre syndrome in Los Angeles.
2013:  Lee Crystal, drummer with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts from 1981-1986, died in Maplewood, New Jersey of complications from multiple sclerosis at the age of 57.

Born This Day:

1916:  The great Ray Conniff, band leader and arranger ("Somewhere My Love" and all the great Christmas songs we're about to hear), was born in Attleboro, Massachuseets; died October 12, 2002.
1932:  Stonewall Jackson ("Waterloo") was born in Tabor City, North Carolina.
1933:  Joseph Pope of the Tams ("Be Young, Be Foolish")
1937:  Eugene Pitt, founder of the Jive Five, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1938:  P.J. Proby, who was a backup singer on several demos that Elvis Presley recorded, was born in Houston, Texas.
1938:  Jim Pike of the Lettermen
1941:  Doug Sahm, who played with the Sir Douglas Quintet ("She's About a Mover" from 1965) was born in San Antonio, Texas.
1943:  Mike Clifford ("Close to Cathy") was born in Los Angeles.
1947:  John Wilson, drummer of Them ("Gloria" and "Here Comes the Night"), was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1947:  George Young, guitarist of the Easybeats ("Friday on My Mind") and older brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.

1948:  Glenn Frey, founder, guitarist, vocalist and one of the best songwriters of the Rock Era from the Eagles who also enjoyed a successful solo career, was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1964:  Penny Ford, who sang the lead vocal for Snap on "The Power" was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.
1964:  Corey Glover, lead singer of Living Colour, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

1966:  Pebbles ("Mercedes Boy") was born in Oakland, California.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Songs That Changed the World--The Most Important Songs of the Rock Era: "99 Luftballons (Red Balloons)" by Nena

There Germany was, with bombs pointed at them from all directions.  They had a little bit different perspective given that situation and understandably nervousness.  So when they made a parody of the United States and the Soviet Union and the idiocy of a goal to "survive a nuclear war", you can see where they were coming from.  Not only that, but their story was told in a brilliant way.
"99 Red Balloons"
by Nena

Lyrics By Carlo Karges, Music By Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen

You and I in a little toy shop
buy a bag of balloons with the money we've got
Set them free at the break of dawn
'Til one by one, they were gone
Back at base, bugs in the software
Flash the message, "Something's out there"
Floating in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by.

99 red balloons floating in the summer sky
Panic bells, it's red alert
There's something here from somewhere else
The war machine, it springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky
As 99 red balloons go by.

99 Decision Street, 99 ministers meet
To worry, worry, super-scurry
Call out the troops now in a hurry
This is what we've waited for
This is it boys, this is war
The president is on the line
As 99 red balloons go by.

99 Kriegsminister
Streichholz und Benzinkanister
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen: Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer haette das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons

99 dreams I have had
In every one a red balloon
It's all over and I'm standin' pretty
In the dust that was a city
If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here...
And here it is, a red balloon
I think of you and let it go.

"99 Luftballons"

Hast du etwas Zeit für mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Denkst du vielleicht g'rad an mich
Dann singe ich ein Lied für dich
Von 99 Luftballons
Und dass so was von so was kommt

99 Luftballons
Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont
Hielt man für Ufos aus dem All
Darum schickte ein General
'ne Fliegerstaffel hinterher
Alarm zu geben, wenn es so wär
Dabei war'n da am Horizont
Nur 99 Luftballons

99 Düsenjäger
Jeder war ein großer Krieger
Hielten sich für Captain Kirk
Das gab ein großes Feuerwerk
Die Nachbarn haben nichts gerafft
Und fühlten sich gleich angemacht
Dabei schoss man am Horizont
Auf 99 Luftballons

99 Kriegsminister -
Streichholz und Benzinkanister -
Hielten sich für schlaue Leute
Witterten schon fette Beute
Riefen Krieg und wollten Macht
Mann, wer hätte das gedacht
Dass es einmal soweit kommt
Wegen 99 Luftballons

99 Jahre Krieg
Ließen keinen Platz für Sieger
Kriegsminister gibt's nicht mehr
Und auch keine Düsenflieger
Heute zieh' ich meine Runden
Seh' die Welt in Trümmern liegen
Hab' 'nen Luftballon gefunden
Denk' an dich und lass' ihn fliegen

This Date in Rock Music History: November 5

1956:  The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC-TV.

1960:  Johnny Horton ("Battle Of New Orleans" and "North To Alaska") was killed in a car accident in Milano, Texas at age 33.  The drunk driver who killed Horton received only minor injuries.
1963:  The Beatles gave two shows at the Adelphi Cinema in Slough, England.
1965:  The Doors played for a private party on the Pioneer Club Boat Ride in Los Angeles.

1966:  The New Vaudeville Band shot up from 66 to 24 with "Winchester Cathedral".



1966:  The Monkees scored a rarity when their first single "Last Train To Clarksville" went to #1.
1967:  Kenny Rogers & the First Edition made their national television debut on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS.
1967:  Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees was on board a train in Southeast London that crashed off the rails between Hither Green and Grove Park stations, and killed 50 people and injured over 100.  Robin was treated for shock after the tragedy but was otherwise OK. Hither Green and Grove Park stations near

1969:  Jerry Reed recorded "Amos Moses".
1968:  Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, married wife Mireille on Peter's 21st birthday.  The couple celebrate their 45th anniversary today.
1970:  Brian Wilson, the genius behind the Beach Boys, joined the group for a rare live performance at the famous Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.  However, the volume level damaged Wilson's right ear and he lost his balance several times during the concert before he had to be helped backstage.

1971:  Elton John released the album Madman Across the Water.
1971:  Elvis Presley began a tour at the Metropolitan Sports Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It was here that announcer Al Dvorin spoke the now-famous phrase:  "Elvis has left the building."  He made the announcement to attempt to quiet fans who continued to call for an encore.
1972:  The second television special of the Jackson 5, The Jackson 5 Show, aired on CBS.

1973:  Stevie Wonder released the single "Living for the City".
1973:  About 50 minutes into a concert by the Who in Newcastle, England, a backing tape was 15 seconds behind Keith Moon's drumming.  Pete Townshend stormed off stage and didn't come back for a half an hour.

1977:  ABBA had the #1 song in the U.K. with "The Name Of The Game".

1977:  A new promising act was emerging and on this day, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers first appeared on the charts, debuting with their single "Breakdown".

                 Heatwave had dance floors filled...

1977:  Debby Boone had the top song for a fourth week with "You Light Up My Life".  Carly Simon was the runner-up gal with "Nobody Does It Better".  Heatwave was catching fire with "Boogie Nights", Shaun Cassidy fell with "That's Rock 'N' Roll" and the Commodores solidified at #5 with "Brick House".  The rest of the Top 10:  "It's Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next to Me" from Barry White, Donna Summer's pulsating "I Feel Love", Crystal Gayle joined the party with "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", Chicago had their 12th Top 10 hit with "Baby, What A Big Surprise" and Paul Nicholas went up with "Heaven On The 7th Floor".
1982:  Brian Wilson was fired from the Beach Boys.

1983:  The Culture Club had a hot mover (40-26)--"Church Of The Poison Mind".
1983:  Lionel Richie had the #1 R&B song for the third consecutive week with "All Night Long (All Night)".
1983:  "Islands In The Stream" from Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton floated on top once again for a fourth week on the AC chart.
1983:  The Police spent their 15th week at #1 on the Album chart with Synchronicity.
1986:  Bobby Nunn of the Coasters died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 61.
1988:  Luther Vandross owned the #1 R&B song with "Any Love".
1988:  New Jersey was the #1 album for a fourth week for Bon Jovi.  Guns N' Roses remained at #2 with Appetite for Destruction while the "Cocktail" Soundtrack was third.  Def Leppard's amazing album Hysteria was still at #4 after 64 weeks and U2's live album Rattle and Hum climbed from 14 to 5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel (he's one to talk), Bobby McFerrin dropped with Simple Pleasures, George Michael spent a 51st week on the chart with Faith, Tracy Chapman's debut was at #9 and the Metallica release ...And Justice for All was #10.

1988:  In one of the great stories of the Rock Era, the Beach Boys rose to #1 with "Kokomo", their fifth career #1 and their first in 22 years.  The Escape Club moved up with "Wild, Wild West" and the former #1 "Groovy Kind Of Love" from Phil Collins was third.  The third version of "The Loco-Motion", written by Stanley, Idaho's Carole King, to hit the Top 10 (a Rock Era record) was by Kylie Minogue, Bon Jovi moved from 10-5 with "Bad Medicine" and Whitney Houston was at #6 with "One Moment In Time".  The rest of the Top 10:  INXS with "Never Tear Us Apart", U2 moved from 14-8 with "Desire", UB40's former #1 "Red Red Wine" was ninth and Information Society had the final spot with "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)".

1988:  Whitney Houston held on to the top spot with her seventh #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart--"One Moment In Time".

1989:  Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler, who had the #1 hit "The Ballad of the Green Berets", died just four days after his 49th birthday in Tennessee.  Sadler had been shot a year before while in Guatemala City, Guatemala while riding in a taxi and was in a coma for months.
1994:  Sheryl Crow achieved her first Top 10 song in the U.K. with "All I Wanna' Do".
1994:  Brandy notched another week at #1 on the R&B chart with "I Wanna' Be Down".

1994:  The Eagles' first single in 14 years-"Get Over It" moved from 61-43.
1995:  Queen released Made in Heaven, their first studio album since the death of lead singer Freddy Mercury.
1995:  Jackson Browne (as the Scarecrow), Roger Daltrey as the Tin Man, Jewel as Dorothy and Nathan Lane as the Cowardly Lion appeared at The Wizard of Oz in Concert, a benefit for the Children's Defense Fund, in Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in New York City.
1998:  Liam Gallagher of Oasis was arrested for attacking a photographer and damaging his camera equipment.
2000:  U2 scored another #1 album in the U.K. with All That You Can't Leave Behind.
2000:  Westlife made it seven #1 songs in the U.K. with "My Love".
2002:  Jam Master Jay of Run-DMC, who had been murdered on October 30, was laid to rest in Queens, New York.
2003:  Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers was found dead in his hotel room, apparently from a heart attack, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where the duo were in concert.  Hatfield was 63.  See you in Rock & Roll Heaven, Bobby!
2003:  OutKast climbed back up to #1 on the Album chart with Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.

2005:  Elite guitarist Link Wray of heart failure died at the age of 76.  Wray invented what became known as the "fuzz guitar" when he punched a hole in a speaker to give his guitar a distorted sound.

Born This Day:

1941:  Art Garfunkel was born in Queens, New York.
1943:  Mike Clifford ("Close To Cathy") was born in Los Angeles.  (Note:  some websites show his birthdate as November 6, but '' and the most reputable sources place it on November 5.)
1943:  Pablo Gomez of Los Bravos, who gave us the great song "Black Is Black" from 1966, was born in Barcelona, Catalonia.
1946:  Gram Parsons of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers was born in Winter Haven, Florida; died September 19, 1973 of a drug overdose in Joshua Tree, California at the age of 26.

1947:  Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman's Hermits, was born in Manchester, England.
1948:  Don McDougal, guitarist of the Guess Who, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
1950:  Dennis Provisor, talented songwriter, singer and keyboardist of the Grass Roots, was born in Los Angeles, California.
1957:  David Moyse, guitarist of Air Supply, was born in  Adelaide Australia.
1957:  Mike Score of A Flock of Seagulls ("I Ran (So Far Away)"), was born in Beverly, Yorkshire, England. 

1959:  Bryan Adams was born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
1959:  Robert Fisher of Climie Fisher, who wrote songs for Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and Jermaine Jackson; died during surgery for bowel cancer on August 25, 1999.
1961:  David Bryson of the Counting Crowes
1971:  Jonny Greenwood, guitarist and keyboardist of Radiohead, was born in Oxford, England.
1987:  Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers was born in Teaneck, New Jersey.