Tuesday, September 3, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: September 4

1952:  Gladys Knight & the Pips formed following a birthday party for Bubba Knight in Atlanta, Georgia.
1959:  "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin was banned by a radio station in New York City.
1961:  A new girl group appeared on the charts for the first time as the Marvelettes' first single "Please Mr. Postman" debuted.
1961:  Elvis Presley had the fastest-rising song as "(Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame" moved from 66 to 32.
1961:  Bobby Vee was rocketing up the charts with his hit "Take Good Care of My Baby", which moved from 23 to 6 on this date.

1961:  Bobby Lewis had one of the top R&B songs of the Rock Era with "Tossin' and Turnin", which on this date spent its 10th week at #1.
1962:  The Beatles recorded "Love Me Do" and five other songs at Abbey Road Studio in London.
1964:  The Animals made their live debut at the Paramount Theater in Brooklyn, New York.
1965:  The Rolling Stones performed two shows at the Adelphi Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
1965:  We Five conquered the #1 position on the Easy Listening chart with "You Were on My Mind".

1965:  The McCoys climbed from 49 to 22 with "Hang On Sloopy".

1965:  "Help!" became the Beatles' 36th hit and ninth #1 song...in less than two years.  Bob Dylan rose from 6 to 2 with "Like a Rolling Stone", jumping "California Girls" by the Beach Boys.  The Righteous Brothers were still at 4 with their classic "Unchained Melody" and the Four Tops remained at position #5 with "It's the Same Old Song".  The rest of a fantastic Top 10:  Sonny & Cher's former #1 "I Got You Babe", We Five jumped into the list with "You Were on My Mind", James Brown was at 8 with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", Barry McGuire shot up from 27 to 9 with "Eve of Destruction" while Mel Carter fell with "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me".

1967:  Monday is of course the date for new releases.  Imagine you work as a Music Director on this date and come in to listen to these brand new 45's--Lulu released the single "To Sir with Love".

1967:  Sam & Dave released the single "Soul Man".
1970:  The Rolling Stones released the live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out on Decca Records.

1971:  The new #1 Easy Listening song was "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" from Joan Baez.
1971:  Tapestry was still the #1 album for a 12th week from Carole King of Stanley, Idaho.  She was approaching the record at the time of 18 by the album More of the Monkees.  The Moody Blues, meanwhile, made a strong move (8-2) with Every Good Boy Deserves Favour while Paul & Linda McCartney slipped with Ram.  Rod Stewart's Every Picture Tells a Story came in fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Who with Who's Next, James Taylor and Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, Jethro Tull and Aqualung, the Carpenters and their self-titled release, the Soundtrack to "Jesus Christ Superstar" and Marvin Gaye moved back in the Top 10 with What's Going On.

1971:  Paul & Linda McCartney recorded the third-highest jump to #1 of the Rock Era (the other two are by the Beatles), as they rose from #12 to #1 with one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era*--"Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey".  That ended the Bee Gees' four-week run at the top with "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart".  The Undisputed Truth moved up strong with "Smiling Faces Sometimes" and Aretha Franklin's big hit "Spanish Harlem" was at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Donny Osmond's remake of "Go Away Little Girl", Bill Withers moved from 13 to 6 with "Ain't No Sunshine", John Denver's first hit "Take Me Home, Country Roads" was at 7, the Five Man Electrical Band were at 8 after peaking at #3 with "Signs", Three Dog Night were at 9 with their sixth Top 10 hit "Liar" and Rare Earth crashed into the Top 10 with "I Just Want to Celebrate".

1972:  Johnny Nash released the single "I Can See Clearly Now".
1975:  The Eagles were in concert at the Waikiki Shell in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
1976:  Abba had the #1 song in the U.K.--"Dancing Queen".
1976:  War had the perfect #1 song on the Adult Contemporary chart--"Summer".
1976:  The #1 R&B song was "Play That Funky Music" from Wild Cherry.

1976:  On the other side of the Atlantic, the Bee Gees moved to #1 with "You Should Be Dancing", holding off Lou Rawls and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine".  Wings could not fly past 3 with "Let 'Em In" while new duo England Dan & John Ford Coley moved up with "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight".  The rest of an outstanding Top 10:  K.C. & the Sunshine Band with "(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty", Wild Cherry at 6--"Play That Funky Music", Walter Murphy moved up with 'A Fifth of Beethoven", Elton John & Kiki Dee took a tumble from #1 with "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", Boz Scaggs moved from 16 to 9 with "Lowdown" and George Benson had song #10--"This Masquerade".
1976:  After 58 weeks, the self-titled Fleetwood Mac LP moved to #1, the fourth-longest time before reaching #1 of the Rock Era.  

1978:  Gino Vannelli released the 45 "I Just Wanna' Stop".

1978:  Donna Summer released her remake of "MacArthur Park".
1980:  Yes performed the first of three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1982:  Pat Benatar, the Cars, Santana, the Kinks, Eddie Money and Dave Edmunds played on a spectacular day of music at the US Festival at the Glen Helen Regional Park near San Bernadino, California.

1982:  Glenn Frey had one of the hottest songs on this date as his solo release "The One You Love" moved from 75 to 53.

1982:  The Steve Miller Band moved to #1 with "Abracadabra", which meant for the first time in seven weeks, "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor was not #1.  Chicago moved from 5-3 with "Hard To Say I'm Sorry" and at #4--Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me".  Air Supply reached #5 with "Even the Nights Are Better".  The rest of the Top 10:  Melissa Manchester moved from 11 to 6 with her biggest career hit "You Should Hear How She Talks About You", John Cougar Mellencamp dropped with "Hurts So Good", the Go-Go's remained on "Vacation", Crosby Stills & Nash were at 9 with "Wasted On the Way" and Sir Paul McCartney was in the #10 spot with "Take It Away".
1982:  Chicago remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Hard to Say I'm Sorry".
1986:  After getting his license back after a five-year suspension, Gregg Allman celebrated by getting arrested for drunk driving in Florida.
1993:  Paula Abdul hosted an AIDS awareness television special called In a New Light '93.

1993:  UB40 spent a seventh week at #1 with their remake of the Elvis Presley classic "Can't Help Falling in Love".
1996:  Yusaf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, signed copies of his first album in 18 years.  Islam used the occasion to promote the spoken-word album praising Allah--The Life of the Last Prophet.
1996:  Kiss performed on the MTV Video Music Awards.
1997:  Bruce Springsteen joined the Wallflowers onstage to sing "One Headlight" at the MTV Video Music Awards.
1997:  After the Foo Fighters performed at the MTV Video Music Awards, guitarist Pat Smear announced that he was quitting the group.
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2002:  Kelly Clarkson won the first "American Idol" competition.
2003:  The Spin Doctors announced that they were getting back together.
2003:  Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Good Charlotte performed at the Washington Mall in Washington, D.C. to kick off the National Football League season.
2003:  Universal Music Group announced that they were slashing prices of CD's to $12.98.
2003:  North Carolina Reverend Paul Scott slammed the Nelly-endorsed energy drink Pimp Juice, saying "As black men we should be building a nation of strong black leaders, not a nation of super energized, drunk pimps."
2012:  Lillian Lopez, singer with Odyssey ("Native New Yorker"), died of cancer at age 76.

Born This Day:

1942:  Gene Parsons of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers was born in Morongo Valley, California.
1942:  Merald "Bubba" Knight of Gladys Knight and the Pips was born in Atlanta, Georgia
1946:  Gary Duncan, guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service, was born in San Diego, California.
1946:  Greg Elmore, drummer of Quicksilver Messenger Service, was born in the Coronado Naval Air Station, California.
1950:  Ronald LaPread of the Comodores

1951:  Martin Chambers, great drummer of the Pretenders, was born in Hereford, England.

1960:  Kim Thayil, elite guitarist with Soundgarden, was born in Seattle, Washington.
1980:  Dan Miller of O-Town was born in Laconia, New Hampshire.

1981:  Beyonce Knowles was born in Houston, Texas.

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