Saturday, January 5, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 6

1956:  Elvis Presley performed at Randolph High School in Mississippi.
1957:  Elvis Presley made his third and final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in New York City, singing "Hound Dog", "Don't Be Cruel", "Love Me Tender", "Heartbreak Hotel", "Peace In The Valley", "Too Much" and "When My Blue Heart Turns To Gold Again". 
1958:  Gibson patented its Flying V electric guitar.  Jimi Hendrix, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Marc Bolan of T. Rex are among those who played the Flying V.
1958:  Bobby Helms filmed for the movie The Case Against Brooklyn.
1958:  Danny & the Juniors moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "At The Hop".

1960:  Percy Faith & His Orchestra released "The Theme from 'A Summer Place'".

Bobby Vee had another hit with "Run to Him"...

1962:  The Tokens once again had the #1 song as "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" resided there for a third week.  Chubby Checker's "The Twist", after reaching #1 in 1960, gained new popularity and was now up to #2 again two years later. "Run To Him" from Bobby Vee slipped a bit, Joey Dee & the Starliters had "Peppermint Twist" and Elvis Presley moved up to #5 with yet another big hit--"Can't Help Falling In Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" from Neil Sedaka, James Darren was down with "Goodbye Cruel World", Leroy Van Dyke dropped with "Walk On By", the Lettermen scored a Top 10 with "When I Fall In Love" and Ray Charles joined the group with "Unchain My Heart".
1964:  The Rolling Stones began their first tour as a headline act with two shows at the Grenada Theatre in Harrow on the Hill, England.
1968:  Gladys Knight & the Pips collected their sixth week atop the R&B chart with their version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".

1968:  Magical Mystery Tour moved to #1 on the Album chart for the Beatles, their 11th #1 album in 13 releases.  The Rolling Stones were no match with Their Satanic Majesties Request and would have to settle for #2.  Just behind them, the Monkees with Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. and Diana Ross and the Supremes:  Greatest Hits, two former #1 LP's.  The Beatles also had #5 with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Soundtrack to "Doctor Zhivago", "The Sound of Music" Soundtrack at #7 after 147 weeks, the Mamas & Papas with Farewell to the First Golden Era, Strange Days from the Doors and Love, Andy by Andy Williams.
1971:  Neil Young performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, his first appearance in his homeland since he left in 1965 to join Buffalo Springfield.
1973:  Stevie Wonder became the proud owner of the new #1 R&B song--"Superstition".

John Denver's classic helped him land his first Top 10 album.

1973:  The Moody Blues dominated the Album chart for a seventh week with Seventh Sojourn.  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King was second with Rhymes and  Reasons with Jethro Tull (Living in the Past), Al Green (I'm Still In Love with You) and James Taylor (One Man Dog) holding their positions.  The rest of the Top 10:   Carly Simon moved from 12-6 with her third album No Secrets, Seals & Crofts rode the Summer Breeze to #7, Cat Stevens was on the way down with Catch Bull At Four, Homecoming, the new release from America, moved into the Top 10 and John Denver's Rocky Mountain High was #10.

1973:  Listeners loved Lobo, and his new song "Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend" was one of the hottest songs on the radio, moving from 81 to 54.

It Never Rains In Southern California by Albert Hammond on Grooveshark     
       Albert Hammond with his biggest career hit...

1973:  Carly Simon had the new #1 song--"You're So Vain".  Gilbert O'Sullivan would have to settle for #2 with "Clair" as Billy Paul was down with "Me And Mrs. Jones".  Stevie Wonder advanced from 16 to 4 with "Superstition" and Donna Fargo's "Funny Face" moved up as well.  The rest of the Top 10:  Albert Hammond and "It Never Rains In Southern California", Johnny Rivers with his 25th career hit "Rockin' Pneumonia - Boogie Woogie Flu", the new duo Loggins & Messina with "Your Mama Don't Dance", Curtis Mayfield maintained at #9 with "Superfly" and Al Green stopped off at 10 with "You Ought To Be With Me".

1975:  Bachman-Turner Overdrive released the single "Roll On Down The Highway".


1975:  Pink Floyd began recording their tribute album to former lead singer Syd Barrett, Wish You Were Here.
1975:  A thousand Led Zeppelin fans apparently didn't want to see the group in concert, as they rioted while waiting for tickets to go on sale at Boston Garden in Massachusetts.  They did $30,000 in damages, forcing Boston Mayor Kevin White to cancel the concert.

1976:  Peter Frampton released the album Frampton Comes Alive!

"American Popular Song", Neil Diamond's song about what we love...

1979:  Barbra Streisand already had a second Greatest Hits package and Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 moved to the #1 position on the Album chart.  Steve Martin remained second fiddle with A Wild and Crazy Guy while the former #1 52nd Street from Billy Joel was third.  Chic and C'est Chic was fixated on #4 with the "Grease" Soundtrack fifth after 34 weeks.  The rest of the Top 10:  Jazz from Queen, the Blues Brothers were the flavor of the day as Briefcase Full of Blues rose from 70 to 7, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 was #8, Eric Clapton found the Top 10 with Backless and Neil Diamond shot up from 18 to 10 with You Don't Bring Me Flowers.
1979:  Al Stewart had a firm grip on the Adult Contemporary chart with a 10th straight week at #1 with "Time Passages".

Somewhere In The Night by Barry Manilow on Grooveshark
1979:  Helen Reddy also had a hit with this but Barry Manilow's version of "Somewhere In The Night" moved from #57 to #31 on this date.

1979:  The red-hot Bee Gees had their fourth straight #1 with "Too Much Heaven", and it could have been five had they released "More Than A Woman" from Saturday Night Fever.  After two trips to the top "Le Freak" by Chic fell, and Billy Joel was looming at #3 with "My Life".  The former #1 "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" from Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond was next, followed by newcomer Alicia Bridges and "I Love The Nightlife (Disco 'Round)".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Sharing The Night Together", one of Dr. Hook's biggest hits, "Y.M.C.A." from the Village People, Toto's first hit "Hold The Line" at #8, Andy Gibb remained at #9 with "(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" and Linda Ronstadt scored her sixth Top 10 with her 18th career solo hit "Ooh Baby Baby".
1983:  Barry Manilow made it three weeks at #1 on the AC chart with "Read 'Em And Weep".

1986:  The Bangles released the single "Manic Monday".  (Note:  some websites erroneously report the date of release as January 27, the date the song debuted on the charts.  As people in the business know, it is physically impossible for a song to be released, added to radio station playlists, be reported to the trade papers, and be printed and published all on the same day.)

What You Need by INXS on Grooveshark
1986:  INXS released the single "What You Need".

1987:  Jody Watley released the single "Looking For A New Love".
1987:  Elton John had to cancel all live performances for a year after undergoing throat surgery.
1987:  Eric Clapton played the first of six shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  Clapton has played the Hall more than any other artist in history.

1990:  Alanis Morissette spent the day working at a soup kitchen in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
1990:  Babyface had the top R&B song with "Tender Lover".
1990:  Michael Bolton moved to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with his version of "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You".

1990:  Phil Collins' new album But Seriously... was a good one, so good that it became the new #1 on this date.
1990:  Phil Collins remained in the top position with "Another Day In Paradise" for the third week, holding off "Rhythm Nation" from Janet Jackson.  Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville were on the way down with "Don't Know Much".

                 TLC with their ninth career hit...

1996:  Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men continued to dominate with a sixth week at #1 for "One Sweet Day".  Whitney Houston had enjoyed a brief stay at the top with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" but remained at #2 for the sixth week.  LL Cool J was next with "Hey Lover" while Coolio's great song "Gangsta's Paradise" was still hanging around.  TLC remained fifth with "Diggin' On You" while the Beatles moved to #6 with "Free As A Bird".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Breakfast At Tiffany's" from Deep Blue Something, Mariah Carey's former #1 "Fantasy", Monica was behind her with "Before You Walk Out Of My Life/Like This And Like That" and the Goo Goo Dolls were at #10 with "Name".
2004:  Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for the E Street Band, announced he had been hired as a creative consultant for Sirius satellite radio.

2004:  Celine Dion was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2005:  Aaron Carter escaped danger after his SUV caught fire while driving to Orlando, Florida.  
2005:  Ringo Garza, drummer of Los Lonely Boys, was arrested for possession of marijuana in San Angelos, Texas.
2005:  Mario owned the #1 song for a third week with "Let Me Love You".
2006:  In today's episode of Inmates Run Rap Music, Ms. Dynamite was arrested for assaulting a police officer.

Born This Day:

1924:  Earl Scruggs ("The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" for the Beverly Hillbillies and "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" from 1969), an elite banjo player, was born in Scotville, North Carolina, formerly known as Flint Hill; died of natural causes on March 28, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee  (Note:  some websites list his birthplace as Shelby, North Carolina, others in Cleveland County, North Carolina.  According to the newspaper 'The New York Times', Scruggs was born in Scotville.)  
1937:  Doris Troy (real name Doris Higgensen), who gave us "Just One Look" from 1963, a song redone by the Hollies and Linda Ronstadt, among others, and who also was a backup singer for Pink Floyd, George Harrison, Carly Simon and Dusty Springfield, was born in the Bronx, New York; died of emphysema in Las Vegas, Nevada February 16, 2004.  (Note:  some websites spell her real name Higgenson, but it was Higgensen, according to the newspaper 'The Guardian'). 

1944:  Van McCoy, who gave us one of The Top 25 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* ("The Hustle" from 1975), was born in Washington, D.C.; died July 6, 1979 of a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey.  (Note:  '' and other websites incorrectly report his birth year as 1944; it was 1940, according to 'Billboard', 'The BBC', and the book 'Washington, D.C.:  1963-2006' by Tracey Gold Bennett.)  


1946:  Syd Barrett, the original lead singer and guitarist of Pink Floyd, was born in Cambridge, England; died July 7, 2006 of pancreatic cancer in Cambridge.
1947:  Shirley Brown ("Woman To Woman" from 1974) was born in West Memphis, Arkansas.
1947:  Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention was born in Merton Park, England; died April 21, 1978 after falling and hitting her head on concrete in March during a period of heavy alcohol and cocaine use, then falling into a coma April 17.  (Note:  some websites list her birthplace as London or Wimbledon; according to the newspaper 'The Wimbledon Guardian', Denny was born in a hospital in Merton Park.) 
1951:  Kim Wilson, vocalist with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, was born in Detroit, Michigan.

1953:  Malcolm Young, founding member, songwriter and rhythm guitarist of AC/DC, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1959:  Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge ("We Are Family" from 1979) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1959:  Neil Simpson, bass guitarist for Climax Blues Band, was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1964:  Mark O'Toole, founding member and bassist of Frankie Goes To Hollywood, was born in Liverpool, England.

Top Tracks: "You've Got To Stand For Something" by John Mellencamp

Here's another of the top album tracks of the Rock Era that we want to showcase.  It is from the best album the Cougar Man ever put out--Scarecrow:

Friday, January 4, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 5

1954:  Elvis Presley recorded a 10-minute demo tape at Memphis Recording Studio.
1957:  Pat Boone began filming the movie Bernadine.
1957:  Ivory Joe Hunter took over from Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill" at #1 on the R&B chart.  "Since I Met You Baby" moved into the top spot after Fats had owned the position for 11 weeks.
1958:  Pat Boone was the mystery guest on the television show What's My Line? on CBS.

1959:  Buddy Holly released the single "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" on Coral Records, the final release before his death.
1959:  Jackie Wilson logged a fourth week at #1 on the R&B chart with "Lonely Teardrops".
1959:  "The Chipmunk Song" by the Chipmunks remained at #1 for a third week, holding off "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" by the Platters, which was being patient while waiting a turn.  The Teddy Bears remained third with "To Know Him Is To Love Him" and the Everly Brothers reached the fourth position with "Problems".  The rest of the Top 10:  Elvis Presley with "One Night", Connie Francis burst into the Top 10 (13-6) with "My Happiness", the Kingston Trio were headed southward with "Tom Dooley", Clyde McPhatter asked "A Lover's Question" at #8 and Billy Grammer's "Gotta' Travel On" skipped over "Whole Lotta' Loving" by Fats Domino.
1961:  The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool, England.  Two members of Rory Storm & the Hurricanes--Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr, were in the audience.  Paul McCartney played bass for the Beatles for the first time, as Stuart Sutcliffe decided to stay in Hamburg, Germany.
1963:  Steve Lawrence remained on top of the Easy Listening chart for a fourth week with "Go Away Little Girl".
1963:  The great instrumental "Telstar" by the Tornadoes remained at #1 overall for a third week.  
1965:  The Supremes began recording "Stop!  In The Name Of Love" at the Hitsville U.S.A. Studios in Detroit, Michigan  (Note:  'Rolling Stone' and other sites report that the group recorded this on January 5, as if the song was recorded in one day.  The group spent three days on the song--January 5, 7, and 11th.)
1966:  The Beatles recorded overdubs for the movie The Beatles At Shea Stadium.
1966:  The Who performed on the U.K. television show The Whole Scene Going.
1967:  Paul McCartney recorded his vocal for "Penny Lane" for the Beatles' upcoming album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

1967:  Tommy James & the Shondells released the single "I Think We're Alone Now".
1967:  Pink Floyd was in concert at the Marquee Club in London.
1968:  Jimi Hendrix was thrown in jail in Stockholm, Sweden after going crazy and destroying everything in his room at the Goteborg Hotel.

  Creedence with their great song "Keep On Chooglin'"...

1969:  CCR released the album Bayou Country.

1970:  Brook Benton released the great single "Rainy Night In Georgia".
1973:  Bruce Springsteen released his debut album Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.
1974:  Yes owned the #1 album in the U.K.--Tales from Topographic Oceans.

              "It's Going to Take Some Time" featuring the great flute solo by Bob Messenger...

1974:  The Carpenters had the first #1 album of the New Year as their compilation The Singles 1969-1973 took over from Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  You Don't Mess Around with Jim by Jim Croce was #3, as fans continued to discover the greatness of the late singer/songwriter.  The Steve Miller Band fell with The Joker and the Soundtrack to "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" by Neil Diamond trailed.  The rest of the Top 10:  Another posthumous album from Croce--I Got a Name, rose from 12 to 6, Quadrophenia by the Who remained at #7, Ringo from Ringo Starr, Bette Midler with her self-titled release and Full Sail from Loggins & Messina.

             Al Wilson had a smash with "Show and Tell"...

1974:  Jim Croce remained at #1 with "Time In A Bottle", one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*.  Steve Miller Band closed with "The Joker", passing over Helen Reddy's ("Leave Me Alone (Ruby Red Dress)".  Charlie Rich saw his former #1 "The Most Beautiful Girl" drop but Al Wilson was on the move with his great new song "Show And Tell".  The rest of a solid Top 10:  Elton John and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", Barry White was "Never, Never Gonna' Give Ya' Up", Stevie Wonder  was just beginning a great mid-70's run with his 33rd hit and 16th Top 10 song ("Living For The City") while Gladys Knight & the Pips entered the list with "I've Got To Use My Imagination".
1979:  Prince made his debut as a solo artist at the Capri Theatre in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1980:  Michael Jackson took over the #1 slot on the R&B chart with "Rock With You".
1980:  Stevie Wonder registered a third straight week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Send One Your Love".

1980:  People were discovering the great In Through the Out Door album and on this date, Led Zeppelin moved from 64 to 42 with "Fool in the Rain".

Ladies Night by Kool & The Gang on Grooveshark
                                  Kool and the Gang had it down...

1980:  K.C. and the Sunshine Band made a comeback of sorts with "Please Don't Go" at #1, knocking off Rupert Holmes and "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)".  Michael Jackson raced into the Top 10 with "Rock With You", moving from 11-3 and Stevie Wonder had another big hit with "Send One Your Love".  The rest of an excellent Top 10:  The Captain & Tennille's "Do That To Me One More Time" was #6, but former #1 "Babe" from Styx and "Still" from the Commodores held the next two spots, Kenny Rogers shot up from 22 to 8 with "Coward Of The County", Kool & the Gang and "Ladies Night" while Cliff Richard had a rare U.S. hit with "We Don't Talk Anymore".

Even The Losers by Tom Petty & The Heart Breakers on Grooveshark
"Even the Losers", one of the great tracks on 'Damn the Torpedoes'...

1980:  Donna Summer's compilation On the Radio-Greatest Hits-Volumes I & II moved to #1 on the Album chart with the double-album compilation Bee Gees Greatest moving to #2.  Cornerstone by Styx continued to hold down #3 while Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants by Stevie Wonder and the previous #1 The Long Run from the Eagles were close behind.  The rest of an incredible Top 10:  In Through the Out Door by Led Zeppelin, The Wall from Pink Floyd moved from 20-7, Damn the Torpedoes by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Tusk from Fleetwood Mac and Michael Jackson had his biggest career album to date with Off the Wall.
1984:  The Police announced that their farewell concert would be March 2 in Australia.
1985:  Jermaine Jackson continued to top the AC chart for a third week with "Do What You Do".
1985:  Cyndi Lauper re-entered the Top 10 on the Album chart with She's So Unusual after 55 weeks of release with her debut album while a great new album, Reckless from Bryan Adams, moved to #10.
1985:  Madonna remained at #1 with her first chart-topper "Like A Virgin".  Duran Duran was second with "The Wild Boys" while the Honeydrippers edged up with their remake of "Sea Of Love".  The New Edition was right behind with "Cool It Now" and Pat Benatar had another smash with "We Belong".  The rest of the Top 10:  actor Jack Wagner with "All I Need", Hall & Oates were on the way down with "Out Of Touch", Bryan Adams moved in with "Run To You", Chicago collected hit #38 with "You're The Inspiration" and John Lennon's son Julian had a Top 10 hit with "Valotte".

1987:  Huey Lewis & the News released the single "Jacob's Ladder".
1990:  Paul McCartney was in concert at the NEC Birmingham in England.

             Suzanne Vega with her second Top 10 hit...

1991:  Madonna scored her 10th career #1 with "Justify My Love".  Stevie B finally relinquished his hold after four weeks with "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)", Bette Midler remained close behind with "From A Distance" and the Damn Yankees were up to 4 with "High Enough".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Tom's Diner" from D.N.A. with Suzanne Vega, Wilson Phillips dropped slowly with "Impulsive", Janet Jackson reached the Top 10 for the 11th time with "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", Ralph Tresvant moved to 8 with "Sensitivity", Surface was racing up (16-9) with "The First Time" and Whitney Houston's former #1 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was now at #10.

1998:  Sonny Bono of Sonny & Cher, later mayor of Palm Springs, California and a United States Congressman, died in a skiing accident when he hit a tree at the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California at the age of 63.
2003:  Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of Green Day, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after being stopped in California.  He failed the breath test and was thrown in jail.
2003:  Avril Lavigne's debut album Let Go rose to #1 in the U.K.
2004:  Britney Spears' three-day-old marriage to childhood friend Jason Allen Alexander was officially annulled.  Or to report it more accurately, the childlike Britney Spears annulled her marriage after three days.
A true hero...

2004:  A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys chased down and captured a jewel thief in the parking lot of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  McLean was in the hotel's boutique when he spotted the man running off with a diamond ring.
2004:  B2K ("Bump, Bump Bump") announced they were breaking up.

2004:  John Guerin, a prolific session drummer who worked with Elvis Presley, Elton John, the Beach Boys, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Helen Reddy, the Everly Brothers, Bread, the Association, Joni Mitchell, Sheena Easton, the Monkees, Seals & Crofts, the Byrds, Willie Nelson, Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa and Gram Parsons, among others, died from pneumonia in West Hills, California at age 64.  (Some websites claim Guerin died on January 7.  He died January 5 according to the newspaper 'The Telegraph', 'Jazz Times' and 'MTV'.)
2005:  Danny Sugerman, manager of the Doors and writer of the biography No One Gets Out of Here Alive, died from lung cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 50.  (Note:  some websites report that Sugerman died on January 6, but it was January 5, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
2010:  Willie Mitchell ("Soul Serenade" from 1968), who also produced for Al Green and others, and owned Royal Studio, where John Mayer and Buddy Guy recorded, died at the age of 81 after suffering cardiac arrest in Memphis, Tennessee.

Born This Day:

1923:  Sam Phillips, the founder of Sun Records who discovered Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash, was born near Florence, Alabama; died of respiratory failure in Memphis, Tennessee on July 30, 2003.
1929:  Wilbert Harrison ("Kansas City" from 1959) was born in Charlotte, North Carolina; died of a stroke in a Spencer, North Carolina nursing home on October 26, 1994.
1930:  Don Rondo ("White Silver Sands") was born in Ware, Massachusetts; died January 27, 2011 after a battle with lung cancer.
1932:  Johnny Adams ("Reconsider Me" from 1969) was born in New Orleans, Louisiana; died of cancer September 14, 1998 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1934:  Phil Ramone, songwriter, violinist, recording engineer, and legendary producer of the best albums that Billy Joel did as well as albums by Elton John, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Chicago, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Olivia Newton-John, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan, Guess Who, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Richard Marx, Sheena Easton, Peter, Paul and Mary and Ray Charles, among others, was born in South Africa; died March 30, 2013 in Manhattan, New York after being hospitalized for an aortic aneurysm.
1940:  George Malone of the Monotones; died October 5, 2007 of a stroke in Avondale, Arizona.
1949:  George Brown, drummer of Kool & the Gang, was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. 
1950:  Chris Stein, co-founder and guitarist of Blondie, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1964:  Grant Young, drummer of Soul Asylum ("Runaway Train"), was born in Iowa City, Iowa.  (Note:  some websites show his birth year as 1963; he was born in 1964 according to 'MTV'.)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 4

1936:  Billboard magazine debuted the first music chart that based results on national sales.
1950  RCA Victor Records announced that they would begin manufacturing long-playing records.
1954:  Elvis Presley recorded "Casual Love" and "I'll Never Stand In Your Way" in his second recording session in Memphis, Tennessee.  Studio manager Sam Phillips heard the session and asked Elvis to leave his phone number.  
1957:  Elvis Presley went in for a pre-induction medical checkup at Kennedy Veterans Hospital, prior to being called up from the United States Army.
1957:  Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis introduced Solomon Burke on The Steve Allen Show.
1960:  Marty Robbins moved to #1 with "El Paso".  
Apache by Jorgen Ingmann And His Guitar on Grooveshark
1961:  J├Ârgen Ingmann released "Apache", one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*.

1963:  Eydie Gorme released the single "Blame It On The Bossa Nova".
1963:  Bob Dylan spent his second day shooting the television play Madhouse in Castle Street.
1964:  Bobby Vinton had the top Easy Listening song with "There!  I've Said It Again".
1964:  Bobby Vinton rolled to the #1 song with "There!  I've Said It Again".  The Kingsmen peaked at 2 with "Louie Louie" while the Singing Nun fell from her perch with "Dominique".

1965:  Gary Lewis & the Playboys released their first career single "This Diamond Ring".
1965:  Leo Fender sold the Fender Guitar Company to CBS for $13 million.

1967:  The Doors released their debut album.
1969:  Glen Campbell rode on top of the Adult chart for the fourth week with "Wichita Lineman".

It was indeed a "Soulful Strut"...

1969:  Marvin Gaye made it four weeks at #1 with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", holding off Stevie Wonder's "For Once In My Life", which peaked at #2.  Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations moved from 7-3 with "I'm Gonna' Make You Love Me" while Young-Holt Unlimited surged from 16 to 4 with "Soulful Strut", one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* and Glen Campbell was at #5 with "Wichita Lineman".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Cloud Nine" from the Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes' former #1 "Love Child", the Classics IV were at position #8 with "Stormy", Johnnie Taylor and "Who's Making Love" while B.J. Thomas jumped into the Top 10 with "Hooked On A Feeling".
1970:  George Harrison recorded the second guitar solo and Paul McCartney, Harrison and Ringo Starr re-recorded vocals for "Let It Be", the final recording session for the Beatles.  John Lennon was not present at this session--the final time all four were in the studio together was August 20, 1969.   
1973:  Lamar Williams joined the Allman Brothers, replacing the late Berry Oakley.
              Joni Mitchell's double live album...

1975:  Elton John remained at #1 for the sixth week on the Album chart with his Greatest Hits album.  War Child by Jethro Tull was #2 again, followed by Neil Diamond's Serenade and Fire from the Ohio Players.  Joni Mitchell's new live release, Miles of Aisles, moved from 13-5.  The rest of the Top 10:  John Denver with Back Home AgainVerities & Balderdash by Harry Chapin, Free and Easy from Helen Reddy at #8, Ringo Starr had one of his biggest career albums with Goodnight Vienna and BTO moved back into the Top 10 with Not Fragile.

1975:  Elton John took his remake of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" to #1 while Barry White edged up with "You're The First, The Last, My Everything".  Carl Douglas was at #3 with "Kung Fu Fighting", Paul McCartney & Wings were at #4 with "Junior's Farm"/"Sally G" and Neil Sedaka reached #5 with "Laughter In The Rain".  The rest of the Top 10:  Helen Reddy's former #1 "Angie Baby", Ringo Starr with "Only You", Stevie Wonder moved up with "Boogie On Reggae Woman", the Carpenters registered their 12th Top 10 hit out of 16 releases with "Please Mr. Postman" and newcomer Barry Manilow reached the Top 10 for the first time with "Mandy".
1976:  Mal Evans, former roadie and bodyguard of the Beatles, was shot to death at this apartment in Los Angeles by the L.A.P.D. after he alledgedly pointed a loaded rifle at officers.

1979:  The Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, the famous spot where the Beatles performed often in the early years, reopened its doors.
1986:  Phil Lynott, bassist and singer of Thin Lizzy, died in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England at the age of 35 from kidney, liver and heart failure due to blood poisoning and multiple abscesses caused by drug abuse.  Hey, but it felt good at the time...Lame.
1986:  "Say You, Say Me" by Lionel Richie was #1 again on the Adult Contemporary chart for a fifth week.

1986:  Lionel Richie remained in the #1 slot for the third week on the Popular chart with "Say You, Say Me".

I Get Weak by 80's song on Grooveshark
1988:  Belinda Carlisle released the single "I Get Weak".
1992:  The album Stars by Simply Red returned to #1 in the U.K.
1992:  Shanice continued to set the pace on the R&B chart for a third week with "I Love Your Smile".
1992:  Richard Marx continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song for the third week with "Keep Coming Back".

Color Me Badd with their huge hit...

1992:  Michael Jackson continued to own the top song with "Black Or White", #1 for a fourth week.  Boyz II Men remained second with "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday".  Color Me Badd were still at 3 with "All 4 Love", Mariah Carey moved up with "Can't Let Go" and PM Dawn fell with "Set Adrift On Memory Bliss".

"Seduces Me" from Celine...

1997:  No Doubt had the top album for a third week with Tragic Kingdom.  Falling Into You by Celine Dion was second.
1991:  In today's edition of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, Vanilla Ice spent the night in jail after ripping out some of his wife's hair.  Loser.
2004:  Ray Davies, lead singer of the Kinks, wasn't as fortunate as McLean.  Davies was shot in the leg while running after two men who stole his girlfriend's purse in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Davies was taken to the Medical Center but his injuries were not serious.  (Note:  several websites report the shooting as being on January 5.  News reports appeared on the 5th, describing the event, which took place on January 4, according to 'CNN', 'Rolling Stone', and the newspaper 'The Guardian'.)
2005:  Ashlee Simpson was booed offstage during her performance at the Orange Bowl. 

2006:  The body of Barry Cowsill was identified with dental records by Dr. Louis Cataldie, head of the Louisiana state hurricane morgue in Carville.  Cowsill's body was discovered December 28 on the Cartres Street Wharf but was not identified until Cataldie made his announcement.  The 51-year-old former bassist of the Cowsills ("Hair") is believed to have died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 
2006:  Jamie Foxx had the #1 album with Unpredictable.
2008:  Britney Spears was carried out of her home on a stretcher and taken into police custody after officials were called in a dispute involving her three children.  Spears was ordered to hand her children to her ex-husband Kevin Federline.

2011:  Gerry Rafferty, leader of Stealer's Wheel ("Stuck In The Middle With You") and a solo star ("Baker Street" and others) died at the age of 63 after a long illness at his daughter's home in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England of liver failure.   

Born This Day:
1946:  Arthur Conley ("Sweet Soul Music") was born in McIntosh County, Georgia; died after a long battle with intestinal cancer on November 17, 2003 in Ruurlo, the Netherlands.  (Note:  prominent music sites like 'Rolling Stone' and '', as well as 'The Los Angeles Times' and 'The Independent' all claim that Conley was born in Atlanta, Georgia and some websites list his place of birth as Hinesfield, Georgia.  But according to the book 'Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases' by Bob Leszczak, the well-respected 'National Public Radio', and the newspapers 'The New York Times' and 'The Guardian, Conley was born in McIntosh County, near Atlanata.  Several places list his birthplace as McIntosh, Georgia--there is no such city; the correct name is McIntosh County)
1956:  Bernard Sumner (real name Bernard Dicken), founding member, singer and guitarist of New Order, and also a member of Joy Division, was born in Manchester, England.  (Note: some websites claim he was born in Salford, but the newspaper 'The Independent" and the magazines 'Billboard' and 'GQ' state that Bernard was born in Manchester.)
1958:  Marcel King, lead vocalist of Sweet Sensation ("Sad Sweet Dreamer" from 1974), was born in Manchester, England; died of a cerebral hemorrhage October 5, 1995.

1960:  Michael Stipe, songwriter and lead singer of R.E.M., was born in Decatur, Georgia.
1965:  David Glasper, lead singer of Breathe ("Hands To Heaven"), was born in Cardigan, Mid Wales, England.
1967:  Benjamin Darvill, multi-instrumentalist of the Crash Test Dummies ("Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm" from 1993), now a solo artist going by the name of Son of Dave, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 3

1955:  Elvis Presley performed in Booneville,Virginia.

1957:  Fats Domino recorded "I'm Walkin'".
1960:  Bobby Darin and Connie Francis performed together on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1963:  The Beatles began a four-date tour in Scotland at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin to promote their debut single "Love Me Do".  The tour was to have begun the previous night, but the date was canceled due to a snowstorm.  (Note:  many websites incorrectly state that the tour began on January 1.  The first scheduled date was January 2, and it was canceled, so the tour actually began on January 3.)

1964:  The Beatles re-released the single "Please Please Me" in the United States on Vee Jay Records, a little over a week after Capitol finally released their first Beatles song, "I Want To Hold Your Hand".
1964:  The Beatles appeared on television in the United States for the first time as a performance of "She Loves You" in Bournemouth, England was shown on The Jack Paar Show

1966:  The Beatles appeared on Hullabaloo, performing "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work It Out".  
1967:  Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys refused to be sworn in after receiving a draft notice from the United States Army, saying he was a conscientious objector.
1968:  For the fourth consecutive week, Marvin Gaye held on to #1 on the R&B chart with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".
1970:  The Beatles recorded the song "I Me Mine", the final song they recorded together.
1970:  Davy Jones, lead singer of the Monkees, announced he was leaving the group, a year after Peter Tork quit.
1969:  B.J. Thomas owned the #1 Adult song for a fourth week with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".

1970:  Thomas moved to #1 overall with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" as "Someday We'll Be Together" by Diana Ross & the Supremes slipped to third.  Peter, Paul & Mary remained in between those two while CCR's double-sided smash--"Down On The Corner"/'Fortunate Son" was fourth again.  Steam's former #1 was still at 5--"(Na Na Hey Hey) Kiss Him Goodbye" while Led Zeppelin reached #6 with "Whole Lotta' Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  "I Want You Back" from the Jackson 5, the Shocking Blue moved from 19 to 8 in their fourth week of release with "Venus", Neil Diamond was at #9 with "Holly Holy" and Bobby Sherman hopped in with "La La La (If I Had You)".
1974:  Bob Dylan and the Band began a tour at Chicago Stadium in Illinois, Dylan's first American tour in eight years.  Don't worry--he more than made up for it by doing a tour every year for the next 50.  Just funnin', Bob.
1976:  Paul Anka continued his comeback by landing the #1 song on the Adult chart with "Times Of Your Life".

1976:  Former Temptation David Ruffin scored a #1 R&B solo hit with "Walk Away From Love".

1976:  The Bay City Rollers hit #1 with their first single release--"Saturday Night".  


    "Questions 67 & 68" from Chicago's compilation album...

1976:  Chicago IX, the group's greatest hits package, was #1 for a fourth week on the Album chart.  The great live album Gratitude from Earth, Wind & Fire remained #2 while History, America's Greatest Hits was #3.  Joni Mitchell was a strong #4 with The Hissing of Summer Lawns and Paul Simon was Still Crazy After All These Years.  

Heart Of Glass (Single Mix) by Blondie on Grooveshark
1979:  Although the song didn't appear on the chart until six weeks later, a new wave group released their first single on this date.  Blondie released "Heart Of Glass".
1979:  The Hype appeared at McGonagils in Dublin, Ireland.  We know them better by the name they took on later--U2.

1981:  Kool & the Gang were flying high as "Celebration" remained #1 on the R&B chart for the third straight week.
1981:  John Lennon remained at #1 with the song released just weeks before his death--"(Just Like) Starting Over".

1983:  The Greg Kihn Band released the single "Jeopardy".

1983:  The group After the Fire released the single "Der Kommissar".

I Want a New Drug by Huey Lewis & The News on Grooveshark

1984:  Huey Lewis & the News released the single "I Want A New Drug".


1987:  Aretha Franklin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the first woman to be so honored.  Then when you have the induction of acts like the Beastie Boys and others, it really cheapens Aretha's selection.
1987:  Billy Ocean continued to have the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Love Is Forever".

1987:  The Bangles were at their peak with "Walk Like An Egyptian", holding on to #1 for the third week.
1992:  Jim Kerr, lead singer of Simple Minds, married Patsy Kensit at the Kensington & Chelsea Registry Office in London.
1992:  Whitney Houston was at #1 for the fifth week with "I Will Always Love You".
1995:  Byron MacGregor ("The Americans") died from pneumonia in Detroit, Michigan at age 46.
2001:  In today's edition of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, Vanilla Ice was arrested and thrown in jail in Broward County, Florida after a fight with his wife.  Better just to not be with him in the first place, sweetheart.
2003:  Joe Strummer, co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash, was cremated.  The funeral procession took his remains by the Elgin pub in West London where the group played some of their early shows.
2012:  Bob Weston, guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, Graham Bond and Long John Baldry, died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage in Barnet, London at the age of 64.

2013:  Phil Everly, half of one of the greatest duos in music history as the Everly Brothers, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a combination of emphysema and bronchitis) in Burbank, California at age 74 after a lifetime of smoking.  Phil and brother Don churned out 38 hits, more than any other duo ever, and enjoyed 15 Top 10 hits and four #1 songs.

Born This Day:

1926:  George Martin (second from left, above), producer of the Beatles, was born in Holloway, London.  (Note:  some websites claim Martin was born in Highbury, but according to the newspaper 'The Guardian', the book 'Tune In:  The Beatles:  All These Years' by Mark Lewisohn, 'MTV', and the magazine 'Salon', George was born in Holloway, London.)
1941:  Van Dyke Parks, lyricist on the Beach Boys album Smile, who also wrote, arranged and produced with the Byrds, Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Ry Cooder and Keith Moon, was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

1945:  Stephen Stills, vocalist and elite guitarist of Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash and a solo artist, was born in Dallas, Texas.

1946:  John Paul Jones, bassist of Led Zeppelin, who also played on and arranged songs for the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and Jeff Beck, was born in Sidcup, Kent, England.
1955:  Helen O'Hara of Dexy's Midnight Runners ("Come On Eileen" from 1983) was born in Bristol, England.  (Note:  websites claim she was born on either November 5 or 8 of 1956, but the 'BBC' states she was born on January 3.)