Saturday, January 19, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 20

1953:  Elvis Presley registered for the Selective Service System in the United States.  (Note:  numerous websites incorrectly report that Elvis received orders to report to military duty on January 20, 1958.  The only event that the date of January 20 refers to is the date Elvis registered for the draft, shortly after his 18th birthday.  On December 20, 1957, Elvis received his official draft notice.  He was able to get a deferment, then officially was inducted on March 24, 1958.  Some websites claim he received his draft notice on December 8, but it was the 20th, according to '' and the books 'Icons of Rock:  An Encyclopedia of the Legends Who Changed Music Forever' by  Scott Schinder and Andy Schwartz and Elvis for Kids:  A Biography of Elvis Presley Just for Kids!' by Sam Rogers.

1958:  An artist who would become one of the most successful in the early years of the Rock Era debuted on the chart with his first hit song on this date at the age of 18--"DeDe Dinah" Frankie Avalon.
1958:  Danny & the Juniors posted a third week at #1 on the R&B chart with "At The Hop".
1962:  Gene Chandler had a new song that was doing quite well, moving from #93 to #49 on this date--"Duke Of Earl".
1964:  The Beatles released the album Meet the Beatles in the United States, their debut album.

1964:  On the heels of their huge #1 "I Want To Hold Your Hand", the Beatles re-released the single "She Loves You" in the United States.
1965:  The Miracles recorded "Tracks Of My Tears".
1965:  The Rolling Stones, the Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, Glen Campbell, the Kinks, Bobby Vee, Gerry & the Pacemakers and Bobby Sherman appeared on one heck of an episode of Shindig!  on ABC-TV.  

1965:  DJ Allan Freed, who coined the term "rock & roll" to describe the new music, died at the age of 43 in Palm Springs, California from uremia and cirrhosis brought on by alcoholism.

1966:  Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler released the single "The Ballad Of the Green Beret".  The song had originally been released only to the military on a small label, but when it became a big hit underground, RCA Records picked up the song and released it nationally.
1966:  Chad & Jeremy appeared on Laredo on NBC-TV.
1967:  Arthur Conley recorded "Sweet Soul Music".
1967:  Paul McCartney recorded his vocal for the Beatles' song "A Day In The Life".  He would later re-record the part on February 3.
1968:  The "Magical Mystery Tour" Soundtrack by the Beatles was the top album for a third week.  Disraeli Gears by Cream maneuvered from 15 to 7.

1968:  "Chain Of Fools" by Aretha Franklin was the new #1 on the R&B chart.
1968:  Paul Mauriat exploded from 84 to 47 with "Love Is Blue".
1968:  Jon Fred & His Playboy Band reached #1 with "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)".
1969:  The Cowsills recorded "Hair" in New York City.
1969:  Elvis Presley recorded "In The Ghetto" at American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.
1973:  Hot August Night by Neil Diamond entered the Top 10 on the Album chart.

You're So Vain by Carly Simon on Grooveshark
1973:  Carly Simon moved to #1 on the Adult chart with "You're So Vain".
1973:  Stevie Wonder made it three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with "Superstition".
1973:  Carly Simon had one of The Top Songs of the 70's* with "You're So Vain", #1 for a third week.  "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder was second.
1979:  Parliament's "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetaaquadoloop) was #1 on the R&B chart.

     Foreigner proved they were for real with this album.

1979:  Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 was #1 for a third week on the Album chart.  Foreigner's second release, Double Vision, entered the Top 10.

1979:  "Le Freak", which had already spent three weeks at #1 before giving way to the Bee Gees' "Too Much Heaven", was back for a third time at the top for Chic.  "My Life" from Billy Joel remained third for the third week.  Olivia Newton-John entered the Top 10 with "A Little More Love" while Rod Stewart bounced from 22 to 10 with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
1982:  Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat in Des Moines, Iowa and the idiot was hospitalized to undergo a series of rabies shots.

1983:  Def Leppard released their breakthrough album--Pyromania.
1985:  Andy Gibb was on Punky Brewster on NBC-TV.
1986:  Stevie Wonder and Bob Dylan performed at a Martin Luther King Day concert at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
1988:  A stellar class in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame--The Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, Bob Dylan, the Drifters and Berry Gordy, Jr., along with Les Paul, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly.

1990:  Rod Stewart had the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Downtown Train".
1990:  Michael Bolton reached #1 with "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You".  Technotronic was held out for another week with "Pump Up The Jam" while previous #1 "Another Day In Paradise" by Phil Collins was third.  Jody Watley moved to #4 with "Everything" and Rod Stewart had his 40th career solo hit but just his 11th Top 10 with "Downtown Train".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Rhythm Nation", the former #2 from Janet Jackson, Lou Gramm had a solo hit with "Just Between You And Me", Tom Petty crashed the list with "Free Fallin'", Seduction was up from 15-9 with "Two To Make It Right" and Tesla's "Love Song" was #10.

Not the Doctor by Alanis Morissette on Grooveshark              A host of great tracks on 'Jagged Little Pill'...

1996:  The "Waiting to Exhale" Soundtrack moved to #1 on the Album chart.  Daydream by Mariah Carey slipped to #2 with Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill still looming.  Hootie & the Blowfish were up to #4 after 78 weeks with Cracked Rear View and the new Garth Brooks album--Fresh Horses was fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Greatest Hits Collection from Alan Jackson, Shania Twain entered the list with her breakthrough album The Woman In Me, CrazySexy Cool by TLC was still strong after 60 weeks, the Smashing Pumpkins had #9 with Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness and Bush couldn't get past 10 with Sixteen Stone.

        Everything But the Girl had a huge hit on their hands...

1996:  Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men had now spent eight weeks at #1 with "One Sweet Day".  Since dropping from #1, Whitney Houston had spent eight weeks at #2 with "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)".  LL Cool J was third with "Hey Lover", Everything but the Girl moved from 10-4 with "Missing" and Deep Blue Something had their one and only hit--"Breakfast At Tiffany's".  The rest of a solid Top 10:  "Name" from the Goo Goo Dolls, TLC's "Diggin' On You", Joan Osborne found the Top 10 with "One Of Us", Coolio's monster hit "Gangsta's Paradise" was now at #9 and Madonna collected her 36th career hit with "You'll See".
1999:  Scott Weiland of the Stone Temple Pilots, who was on probation for using heroin, was arrested for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center.

2002:  Sting won the Golden Globe Award in Beverly Hills, California for the Best Song from a Motion Picture--"Until", from Kate & Leopold.

2004:  Terry Balsamo, guitarist of Cold, left the group to join Evanescence.

2012:  Larry Butler, keyboardist and vocalist with the Esquires and the Gentrys ("Keep On Dancin'"), songwriter (co-wrote "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" for B.J. Thomas) and producer for Kenny Rogers, Debbie Boone and Mac Davis, died in his sleep at the age of 69 in Pensacola, Florida.

2012:  Etta James died of leukemia at the age of 73 in Riverside, California.

Born This Day:
1922:  Ray Anthony ("Peter Gunn" from 1959) was born in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania.
1924:  Lee Pockriss, songwriter who penned three of the great songs early in the Rock Era--"Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini" for Bryan Hyland, "Catch A Falling Star" for Perry Como and "Johnny Angel" for Shelley Fabares, as well as many more songs, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died November 14, 2011 of a long illness at his home in Bridgewater, Connecticut.
1931:  Earl Grant ("The End" from 1958) was born in Idabel, Oklahoma; died June 10, 1970 in a car accident in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

1933:  Ron Townson of the 5th Dimension was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 2, 2001 of renal failure after a four-year battle with kidney disease.  (Note:  some websites report he died on August 3, but it was Thursday, August 2, according to 'The New York Times' and 'Billboard'.)
1942:  Billy Powell, a founding member of the O'Jays, was born in Canton, Ohio; died May 26, 1977 of cancer in Canton.  (Note:  some websites show his birth year as 1941, and others his birthday as December 9--according to both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Powell was born on January 20, 1942.)

  Evans on right, as one half of the duo Zager & Evans...

1943:  Rick Evans of Zager & Evans ("In The Year 2525" from 1969) was born in Lincoln, Nebraska.
1945:  Eric Stewart, guitars, keyboards and vocals for the Mindbenders ("Groovy Kind Of Love" from 1966) and 10 c.c., was born in Droylsden, Lancashire, England.
1946:  Jimmy Chambers of Londonbeat ("I've Been Thinking About You" from 1990) was born in Trinidad.


1952:  Paul Stanley (real name:  Stanley Eisen), guitarist for Kiss, was born in Manhattan, New York.
1958:  Ian Hill, founding member and bassist for Judas Priest, was born in West Bromwich, England.
1969:  Nicholas Allen Jones, lyricist and bassist of the Manic Street Preachers, was born in Woodfieldside, South Wales.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as Blackwood, South Wales, but Jones says he was born in Woodfieldside.) 
1971:  Gary Barlow, songwriter and pianist for Take That ("Back For Good" from 1995), solo artist ("Forever Love" from 1996), who has written songs for Donny Osmond, Charlotte Church and others, was born in Frodsham, Cheshire, England.  (Note:  some websites claim Barlow was born in Frosham; that is a misspelling; there is no such town in England as Frosham.)
1979:  Rob Bourdon, drummer of Linkin Park, was born in Calabasas, California.
1981:  Nathan Connolly, guitarist of Snow Patrol, was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Friday, January 18, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 19

1957:  Democratic U.S. presidents all have their own superstars to invite to play at their inaugurations.  Pat Boone was the big star to sing at the presidential inauguration of Republican U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1957:  "Since I Met You Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter remained #1 for a third week on the R&B chart.

1959:  The Platters achieved a #1 song with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".  "My Happiness" by Connie Francis was next, and previous four-week #1 "The Chipmunk Song" by the Chipmunks (David Seville) was third.  Ritchie Valens moved from 15 to 4 with "Donna" and the Crests were up nice (12-5) with "16 Candles".  The rest of the Top 10:  "A Lover's Question" from Clyde McPhatter, Billy Grammer with "Gotta' Travel On", Fats Domino was tumbling with "Whole Lotta' Loving", Lloyd Price moved from 21 to 9 with "Stagger Lee" and the Teddy Bears' big hit "To Know Him Is To Love Him" was at #10.

1962:  Jackie Wilson held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a sixth week with "Lonely Teardrops".
1962:  Steve Lawrence logged a sixth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Go Away Little Girl".
1963:  The Beatles made their first national television appearance in the U.K., performing "Please Please Me" on Thank Your Lucky Stars.
1963:  Frankie Avalon married Kathryn "Kay" Diebel .
1963:  The Rooftop Singers had a big hit as "Walk Right In" moved from #35 to #11.
1967:  The Beatles began recording "A Day In The Life" at Abbey Road Studios in London, doing the rhythm track, John Lennon's lead vocal and recording the clock alarm sound that was used in the song. 
1967:  Pink Floyd and Marmalade played a bill at the Marquee Club in London.

1967:  Lesley Gore starred as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat, on the popular Batman on ABC-TV.
1967:  The Monkees ruled the U.K. chart with "I'm A Believer".

1973:  The Moody Blues released "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock & Roll Band)".
1974:  Barbra Streisand remained at #1 on the Adult chart with "The Way We Were".

                       "Goodbye Again" from John Denver...

1974:  Jim Croce again topped the Album chart with You Don't Mess Around with Jim.  The Carpenters' former #1 compilation The Singles 1969-1973 was right behind with another album from Croce, I Got a Name, at #3.  Elton John was finally headed downward with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road while The Joker from Steve Miller Band was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  The self-titled Bette Midler, the Soundtrack to "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" from Neil Diamond, John Denver's Greatest Hits moved from 12-8, the great album Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings was #9 and Muscle of Love from Alice Cooper came in 10th.

1974:  The great song "Show And Tell" from Al Wilson reached #1, overtaking "The Joker" from Steve Miller.  Brownsville Station edged one step closer with "Smokin' In The Boy's Room".  The rest of the Top 10:  Gladys Knight & the Pips with "I've Got To Use My Imagination", Ringo Starr with "You're Sixteen", Jim Croce was down with his former #1 "Time In A Bottle", Barbra Streisand entered the Top 10 with "The Way We Were", Stevie Wonder's great song "Living For The City" was at position #8, Olivia Newton-John remained at #9 with "Let Me Be There" and Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra moved from 13-10 with one of The Top 10 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*--"Love's Theme".
1976:  The Beatles turned down a $30 million offer from promoter Bill Sargent to play together again.  The lost people of the world think it's all about money.
1977:  Pink Floyd played their album Animals for the press at Battersea Power Station in London.
1977:  Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band played at the inauguration of U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1977:  Aretha Franklin sang "God Bless America" at the inaugural concert for President-elect Carter.

1980:  "Brass In Pocket" by the Pretenders was the new #1 song in the U.K.

1980:  Dionne Warwick's comeback was well underway and she moved to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Deja Vu".
1980:  Michael Jackson made it three weeks in a row at #1 on the R&B chart with "Rock with You".

1980:  It had been eight years since "Ben", but Michael Jackson finally had his second solo #1 with "Rock With You". The Captain & Tennille challenged with "Do That To Me One More Time", Rupert Holmes relinquished after having one of the top songs of 1979 with "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" and Kenny Rogers was up strong with "Coward Of The County".  Stevie Wonder was on the way down with "Send One Your Love" but Tamla labelmate Smokey Robinson was up from 12-6 with "Cruisin'".  The rest of the Top 10:  Cliff Richard's second Top 10 in the U.S.--"We Don't Talk Anymore", Kool & the Gang with "Ladies Night", K.C. and the Sunshine Band with their big hit "Please Don't Go" and Little River Band slipped into the Top 10 with "Cool Change".

                             Pink Floyd's "Hey You...

1980:  Pink Floyd first reached #1 on the Album chart with The Wall after just six weeks of release.  On the Radio-Greatest Hits-Volumes I & II from Donna Summer was second with The Long Run from the Eagles #3.  Previous #1 Bee Gees Greatest was on its way down but the solid Damn the Torpedoes from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers was up to #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Stevie Wonder's Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants, Kenny from Kenny Rogers came in #7, Michael Jackson was up to 8 with Off the Wall, Styx was down with Cornerstone and Tusk from Fleetwood Mac was still in the Top 10.
1981:  Styx released the album Paradise Theater.

1981:  Hall & Oates released the single "Kiss On My List".  (Note:  some websites list the date of release as January 24, the date it debuted on the charts.  It is physically impossible for a song to be sent to radio stations, added by stations to their playlists, reported to the trade papers, and the trade papers be printed and published all on the same day.)
1983:  Lamar Williams, bassist of the Allman Brothers Band, died of cancer in Los Angeles at age 34.
1985:  AC/DC, the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in front of an estimated 342,000 fans.

       Adams was still churning out hits from 'Reckless'...

1985:  Madonna ruled #1 for a fifth week with "Like A Virgin".  Jack Wagner remained second with "All I Need" with Chicago closing to #3 with "You're The Inspiration".  Foreigner climbed from 11 to 4 with their great song "I Want To Know What Love Is".  The rest of a dynamite Top 10:  "Easy Lover" from Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind & Fire with help from Phil Collins, Bryan Adams was up to #6 with "Run To You", Duran Duran headed down with "The Wild Boys", Pat Benatar with "We Belong", Bruce Springsteen with "Born In The U.S.A." and Wham!  was up from 20 to 10 with "Careless Whisper".

1985:  Here we have one of the most incredible stories of the Album chart in the history of the Rock Era.  Bruce Springsteen had spent four weeks at #1 way back in July with Born in the U.S.A. when the album was first released.  Prince's Purple Rain took over on August 4 and spent the next 23 weeks at #1 until January 12, 1985.  The album that finally toppled the Purple One?  Unbelievable, but it was Born in the U.S.A., which had continued to challenge week after week since it fell from #1, with 20 of those weeks at #2!

1986:  Falco released the single 'Rock Me Amadeus".  (Note:  some websites erroneously list the worldwide release date as March 28--it was released in Germany in 1985.  The release date to the rest of the world is physically impossible, since "Rock Me Amadeus" debuted on the Singles chart on February 8.  A song cannot make the Singles chart if it has not been released as a single.)    

1987:  Europe released the single "The Final Countdown".
1988:  Metallica began recording their fourth album And Justice for All at the One on One studio in Los Angeles.
1988:  Doc McGhee, manager of Bon Jovi and Motley Crue, pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000 pounds of marijuana into the United States.  (Note:  there are numerous websites which claim that Doc McGheep, the manager of Bon Jovi and Motley Crue, pleaded guilty to this offense, but there is no such person.  The man's name is Doc McGhee.)

1991:  Enigma had the #1 U.K. song--"Sadness, Part One".
1991:  Surface moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "The First Time".

                            C+C had the dance floors filled...

1991:  Janet Jackson landed her fifth career #1 and seventh consecutive Top 10 with "Love Will Never Do (Without You)". C&C Music Factory was up to #6 with "Gonna' Make You Sweat".
1993:  Fleetwood Mac reunited just so they could play at U.S. President Bill Clinton's inauguration.  The lineup for the occasion was a virtual Who's Who in Rock Music:  Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul & Mary.
1994:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Elton John, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, the Animals, the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley and the Band.
1997:  Madonna won a Golden Globe award for Best Actress for her role in Evita.

1998:  Pat Boone was awarded the first annual Michael the Archangel Award by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

1998:  Carl Perkins died from throat cancer in Nashville, Tennessee at age 65.
1999:  Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony went on trial in Columbus, Ohio, for dragging a student barber down a flight of stairs.
1999:  Jean-Michel Jarre delivered a petition to the European Parliament signed by hundreds of European recording artists asking for better legal protection against music piracy on the Internet.
1999:  The Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a 1998 lawsuit brought by ticket buyers against Ticketmaster, which charged that the firm engaged in anti-competitive behavior and price-fixing with promoters.

2001:  Christina Aguilera performed at the Caracas Pop Festival in Venezuela.
2001:  After huge sales from the Beates' compilation albums, Paul McCartney became the first billionaire music artist, reportedly worth $1.233 billion.
2002:  In today's Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music segment, C-Murder, whose real name is the very plain Corey Miller, was arrested in the shooting death of 16-year-old Steve Thomas at a nightclub on January 12.

          "Don't Know Why", from Norah's great album...

2003:  Come Away with Me by Norah Jones outdistanced all challengers to score the #1 album.
2004:  Jimmy Dean ("Big Bad John") was dropped by Sara Lee as the spokesman for Jimmy Dean sausages after decades of pitching the product.

2006:  Wilson Pickett ("In The Midnight Hour") died in a hospital near his home in Reston, Virginia from a heart attack at age 64.  (Note:  some websites mistakenly report his death as being in Ashburn, Virginia.  He lived in Ashburn, but died in a hospital in Reston, according to the newspaper 'The Washington Post'.)
2006:  Kristen Hall, guitarist of Sugarland, announced she was leaving the group to concentrate on songwriting.

2007:  Denny Doherty, former member of the Mamas and the Papas, died at the age of 66 of a second abdominal aortic aneurysm at his home in  Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

2008:  John Stewart, who was with the Kingston Trio, wrote "Daydream Believer" for the Monkees, and was a successful solo artist ("Gold" from 1979), died after a massive stroke at age 68 in San Diego, California. 
2010:  Phoebe Snow suffered a hemorrhagic stroke at her home in New Jersey and required emergency brain surgery.
2011:  Gwen McRae ("Rockin' Chair" from 1975) underwent successful surgery to remove her gall bladder.

Born This Day:
1932:  Richard Lester, director of the Beatles' movie A Hard Day's Night, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1935:  Bob Engemann of the Lettermen was born in Highland Park, Michigan; died January 20, 2013 in Provo Utah from complications of heart bypass surgery.

1939:  Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers was born in Chicago, Illinois; died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (a combination of emphysema and bronchitis) after a lifetime of smoking in Burbank, California on January 3, 2013.  (The Country Music Hall of Fame claims Phil was born in Chicago, Illinois, but the book '1950s American Style:  A Reference Guide by Daniel Niemeyer says he was born in Brownie, Kentucky.  Photographer Jerry Spies, who grew up across the street from the Everlys, said that older brother Don was born in Brownie, but the family moved to Chicago soon after, and Phil was born in Chicago.)1939:  Sam T. Brown, session guitarist for James Brown among others, was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died December 28, 1977 in Bloomington, Indiana.

1943:  Janis Joplin was born in Port Arthur, Texas; died October 4, 1970 in Hollywood, California from drugs.

1944:  Shelley Fabares ("Johnny Angel") was born in Santa Monica, California.
1944:  Laurie London ("He's Got The Whole World In His Hands" from 1958) was born in Bethnal Green, East London.

1945:  Rod Evans, original lead singer of Deep Purple, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Note:  some websites report that Rod was born in Slough, England, but according to the book 'Smoke on the Water:  The Deep Purple Story' by Dave Thompson, Evans was born in Edinburgh, then moved to Slough with his family.)

1946:  Dolly Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as the less specific Sevier County, Tennessee.  According to the official 'Dollywood' website, Dolly was in fact born in Locust Ridge.)
1948:  Harvey Hinsley of Hot Chocolate was born in Northampton, England.

1949:  Robert Palmer was born in Batley, Yorkshire, England; died of a heart attack September 26, 2003 in Paris, France.
1950:  Francis Buchholz of the Scorpions was born in Hannover, Germany.  (Note:  you will see some websites spell his birthplace as Hanover--that is the English spelling; the correct German spelling is Hannover.)

1951:  Dewey Bunnell of America was born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England.
1952:  Eric Leeds, multi-instrumentalist who worked with Prince, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  (Note:  some websites report his birthplace as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  According to the official websites for both Leeds and Prince, Eric was born in Milwaukee before his family moved to Pittsburgh.)

1953:  Michael Boddicker, film composer and session musician who played synthesizer on the albums Thriller, Bad and Dangerous from Michael Jackson, was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 
1957:  Mickey Virtue, keyboardist and founding member of UB40, was born in Birmingham, England.  
1963:  Caron Wheeler of Soul II Soul was born in London.  
1969:  Trey Lorenz ("Someone To Hold" from 1992) was born in Florence, South Carolina.
1971:  John Wozniak, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Marcy Playground, was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 18

1956:  Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & the Comets became the first rock and roll album to enter the chart.  Nowadays some people think that rock and roll is something different than it really is.

1960:  The fastest-climbing song belonged to Percy Faith & His Orchestra with "The Theme From 'A Summer Place'", up from 96 to 43.
1960:  "Running Bear" by Johnny Preston was the new #1 song.
1961:  Elvis Presley hooked up with producer Hal Wallis for a five-year movie deal.  (Note:  several websites report that the contract was signed on March 1, while others say it was January 18 or January 21.  Although unfortunately no credible sources can be found as to the exact date, our best research indicates that Presley signed the contract on January 18.  Presley was discharged from active duty in the U.S. Army on March 5, 1960, and Wallis would not doubt have wanted to ink Elvis to a new contract as soon as possible.  Elvis fan sites are unfortunately our best source for this, and they indicated that the contract was signed on January 18.  There is a picture of Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, with Wallis at Paramount Studios on January 18, 1961 included in the book 'Colonel Tom Parker: The Curious Life of Elvis Presley's Eccentric Manager' by James L. Dickerson. We do not know if the picture and its date led to speculation that the contract must have been signed then.)
1964:  For the seventh week, the Singing Nun had the #1 album with her self-titled release.  Peter, Paul & Mary placed three albums in the Top 10:  In the Wind at #2, their self-titled release at #4 after 91 weeks and (moving) at #8 after 53 weeks.  The Second Barbra Streisand Album was third, followed by soundtracks to "Fun in Acapulco" and "West Side Story", the latter spending its 116 week on the chart.  
1964:  Bobby Vinton held on to #1 on the Adult chart for a third week with "There!  I've Said It Again".

1964:  Another historical day in the Rock Era--"I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles debuted at #45, the first chart hit for the group in the United States and the fastest-selling song in Capitol Records history.

         The Rip Chords with a hot topic of the day--hot cars!

1964:  Bobby Vinton had a #1 song ("There!  I've Said It Again") for a third week before the Beatles changed music forever.  The Kingsmen placed "Louie Louie" at #2 for a fourth week, "Popsicles And Icicles" by the Murmaids was third followed by Bobby Rydell's "Forget Him".  "Surfin' Bird" by the Trashmen came in fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Dominique" from the Singing Nun, "Hey Little Cobra" by the Rip Chords moved from 19-7, Shirley Ellis placed "The Nitty Gritty" at #8, the Marketts' great song "Out Of Limits" moved from 20-9 and Jan & Dean reached the Top 10 with "Drag City".
1965:  The Rolling Stones recorded "The Last Time" and "Play With Fire" at RCA Studios in Hollywood, California.
1965:  Barbra Streisand and Bobby Darin sang at the presidential inauguration for U.S. President Lyndon Johnson.
1967:  Jimi Hendrix recorded a show for the Top of the Pops television show in the U.K. and then was in concert that evening at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London.
1969:  The Beatles settled a defamation of character suit that had been filed by Pete Best, drummer of the Beatles before Ringo Starr.
1969:  "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell was #1 on the Adult chart for a sixth week.

Sergio Mendes and group with their remake of the Beatles' hit...

1969:  The White Album from the Beatles was #1 for a fourth week.  Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations moved up to 2 with Fool on the Hill from Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 next.

Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield on Grooveshark                                                                       Dusty was back!

1969:  Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" lasted a sixth week at #1, relegating "I'm Gonna' Make You Love Me" from Dana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations to #2.  Young-Holt Unlimited had a hot instrumental--"Soulful Strut" (back in the days when they knew what instruments were), and Tommy James & the Shondells were up strong with "Crimson And Clover".  The rest of the Top 10: "Hooked On A Feeling" by B.J. Thomas, Glen Campbell and "Wichita Lineman", Stevie Wonder with"For Once In My Life", the Doors moved from 18-8 with "Touch Me", Brooklyn Bridge had #9 with "Worst That Could Happen" and Dusty Springfield closed out the group with "Son Of A Preacher Man".

1973:  The Rolling Stones performed a benefit concert in Inglewood, California for Nicaraguan earthquake relief that raised $200,000.  Lead singer Mick Jagger donated $150,000 as well.

1974:  Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke of Free, Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell of King Crimson combined to form supergroup Bad Company.

1975:  Barry White reached #1 on the R&B chart, his sixth Top 10 in that genre and third #1 song.
1975:  The Carpenters successfully took their remake of the Marvelettes' hit "Please Mr. Postman" to #1 on the Adult chart.
1975:  Barry Manilow had the #1 song with his first release--"Mandy".  The Carpenters moved from 8 to 2 with "Please Mr. Postman" while Neil Sedaka edged up with "Laughter In The Rain".     

      George Harrison had another Top 10 album...

1975:  The Greatest Hits album from Elton John ruled the chart for an eighth week.  Fire by the Ohio Players moved to a distant 2 with Miles of Aisles from Joni Mitchell third.  John Denver moved back up after 30 weeks with Back Home Again while George Harrison moved from 13 to 5 with Dark Horse.  The rest of the Top 10: Heart Like a Wheel from Linda Ronstadt, Yes checked in at #7 with Relayer, Ringo Starr was still at #8 with Goodnight Vienna, the Average White Band entered the Top 10 with AWB and Jethro Tull tumbled mightily with War Child.

1978:  Neil Sedaka received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1984:  Van Halen kicked off a world tour at the Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1986:  Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Stevie Wonder & Gladys Knight) moved to #1 with "That's What Friends Are For".  

                       "Jezebel" from Sade...

1986:  Promise by Sade entered the Top 10 on the Album chart, the only new Top 10 of the week.
1987:  Steve Winwood married Eugenia Grafton.

1988:  Def Leppard released the single "Hysteria".
1989:  Stevie Wonder became the youngest living person (38) to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.  Stevie, the Rolling Stones, the Temptations, Otis Redding, Phil Spector and Dion DiMucci were all accepted as new members, along with three other artists that have no business being in a "Hall of Fame".  
1990:  There are 194 million people in Brazil, and 90,000 of them come to see Bob Dylan in Sao Paolo, Brazil in Dylan's first show in South America.
1990:  Mel Appleby of Mel and Kim died at the age of 23 fron pneumonia after treatment for spinal cancer in Westminster, England.

1991:  Amy Grant released the single "Baby, Baby".
1991:  Three people were crushed to death at an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City when fans rushed the stage.
1991:  The 10-day Rock in Rio II festival opened in Brazil with Prince, Joe Cocker and Guns 'N Roses.
1991:  Bob Dylan taped a performance, singing "Like A Rolling Stone" for the 10th anniversary of Late Night with David Letterman.
1992:  Tevin Campbell was the talk of the R&B genre as he took over at #1 with "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do".

1992:  Mariah Carey scored her fourth #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Can't Let Go".
1992:  Michael Jackson held on to #1 for a seventh week with "Black Or White".  Color Me Badd waited patiently with "All 4 Love" while Mariah Carey was up to #3 with "Can't Let Go".  The live "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" from Elton John & George Michael moved from 8 to 4 and "Finally" from Ce Ce Peniston was fifth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Prince achieved his 34th hit with his 17th Top 10 song--"Diamonds And Pearls", Shanice was up to #7 with "I Love Your Smile", Boyz II Men had song #8--"It's So Hard To Say Goodbye Tto Yesterday", Nirvana dropped to #9 with "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Hammer dropped with "Addam's Groove".

1992:  Garth Brooks had already spent eight weeks at #1 on the Album chart with Ropin' the Wind.  On this date, he moved back to the top, taking over from Nirvana's Nevermind, which dropped to #4.
1996:  Lisa Marie Presley filed for divorce from Michael Jackson.
1997:  Keith Diamond, producer who also wrote "Caribbean Queen" and "Suddenly" for Billy Ocean as well as songs for Donna Sumer, Sheena Easton, Michael Bolton, James Ingram and Mick Jagger, died of a heart attack in Manhattan at age 96.
1997:  Tragic Kingdom ruled for a fifth week at #1 on the Album chart for No Doubt.
1997:  Toni Braxton was on top for the seventh week with "Un-Break My Heart".  En Vogue was right behind with "Don't Let Go (Love)" with R. Kelly's smash "I Believe I Can Fly" dropping to #3.
2004:  Dido had the top album in the U.K. with Life for Rent.
2004:  Delta Goodrem made it 29 weeks at #1 of the Australian Album chart with her album Innocent Eyes.  That tied Delta with Neil Diamond's Hot August Nights for the second longest-running #1 in Australia history.

2004:  Josh Groban had the top album with Closer.
2006:  The Breakthrough jumped back up to #1 on the Album chart for Mary J. Blige.
2011:  The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Over 8,500 objects were featured.

Born This Day:
1933:  Ray Dolby, engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system, Dolby NR, was born in Portland Oregon; died September 12, 2013 of leukemia in San Francisco, California.

 1941:  Bobby Goldsboro ("Honey" from 1968) was born in Marianna, Florida.
1941:  David Ruffin, vocalist with the Temptations who also had a solo hit with "Walk Away From Love" in 1975, was born in Whynot, Mississippi; died from drugs in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 1, 1991.
1953:  Brett Hudson of the Hudson Brothers was born in Portland, Oregon.
1957:  Tom Bailey, vocalist and keyboardist of the Thompson Twins, was born in Halifax, Yorkshire England.
1959:  Bob Rosenberg of Will to Power ("Baby I Love Your Way/Freebird" from 1988) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Note:  one website claims Rosenberg was born in Florida; he was born in Philadelphia, then later moved to Florida, according to 'Billboard'.)
1971:  Jonathan Davis, lead singer with Korn, was born in Bakersfield, California.
1973:  Luther Dickinson, guitarist of the Black Crowes beginning in 2007, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.
1974:  Christian Burns of BBMak ("Back Here" from 2001) was born in Liverpool, England.
1983:  Samantha Mumba ("Gotta' Tell You") was born in Dublin, Ireland.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 17

1963:  The Beatles played their usual lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England and then performed at the Majestic Ballroom in Birkenhead.  It was time to look for bigger venues, though, as every ticket had been sold in advance at the Majestic and hundreds of fans were turned away.

1966:  The Turtles released the single "You Baby".
1966:  NBC Television bought the rights to the Monkees series, which they scheduled for the fall.
1967:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a performance for Radio Luxembourg's Ready Steady Radio.

1967:  The Daily Mail in England published a story citing a local council survey that found 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire.  John Lennon noted it and included the information in the song "A Day In The Life".
1969:  Elton John released one of his first singles, "Lady Samantha" in England.
1970:  The Doors performed the first of several concerts at the Felt Forum in New York City.  The shows were recorded and later released on their Absolutely Live album.
1970:  Billy Stewart ("Summertime") and three of his band members died in Neuse River near Smithfield, North Carolina after Stewart's car swerved off a bridge into the river below.  Stewart was 32.

             Beatles closed out 'Abbey Road' in style...

1970:  Led Zeppelin II became the new #1 album, replacing the Beatles' Abbey Road, which had been on top for 11 weeks.  Willy and the Poorboys from CCR came in third, followed by Tom Jones Live In Las Vegas and Let It Bleed by the Rolling Stones.  The rest of the Top 10:  Was Captured Live at the Forum by Three Dog Night, the debut from Blood, Sweat & Tears, the self-titled Engelbert Humperdinck slipped in at #8, Santana with their self-titled release and Puzzle People from the Temptations.
1970:  B.J. Thomas remained at #1 on the adult chart for a sixth week with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".

1970:  The top mover of the week was Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia", up from #100 to #70.

        Ferrante & Teicher with their theme from the movie...

1970:  B.J. Thomas made it three weeks at #1 with "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head".  The Shocking Blue made a strong move (6-2) with their fabulous "Venus", leapfrogging "I Want You Back" from the Jackson 5.  Former #1 "Someday We'll Be Together" by the Supremes captured the #4 spot, ahead of "Whole Lotta' Love" from Led Zeppelin.  The rest of the Top 10:  another former #1--"Leaving On A Jet Plane" from Peter, Paul & Mary, Elvis Presley entered the list with his 112th career hit "Don't Cry Daddy", Tommy Roe edged up with "Jam Up Jelly Tight", CCR's double-sided "Down On The Corner" and "Fortunate Son" and Ferrante & Teicher moved into the Top 10 with "Midnight Cowboy".
1971:  Marvin Gaye sang the United States national anthem at Super Bowl V in Miami, Florida.

1972:  Neil Young released the single "Heart Of Gold".

1972:  Paul Simon released the single "Mother And Child Reunion".
1972:  Street signs were erected outside Elvis Presley's Graceland mansion in a ceremony, as a section of Highway 51 South in Memphis, Tennessee (previously Bellevue Boulevard) was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard.  The Memphis City Council had voted to make the change in June of 1971.
1974:  Bob Dylan released the album Planet Waves.

                       The brilliant title track from Joni Mitchell...

1974:  Joni Mitchell released the incredible album Court and Spark.
1975:  Bob Dylan released the great album Blood on the Tracks (Note:  some websites claim the release date was January 20, but it was the 17th, according to both 'MTV' and "".
1975:  Blondie and Television performed at GBGB's in New York City.
1996:  The Blues Brothers made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live on NBC-TV.

            Garfunkel's remake of the Flamingo's hit pushes his album into the Top 10...

1976:  Gratitude by Earth, Wind & Fire was the new #1 album, edging out previous #1 Chicago IX, the group's Greatest Hits package.  History/America's Greatest Hits was still a strong #3, followed by the new release from Joni Mitchell--The Hissing of Summer Lawns.  The rest of the Top 10:  Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits, Paul Simon with Still Crazy After All These Years, Windsong from John Denver, Family Reunion by the O'Jays, K.C. and the Sunshine Band with their debut and Art Garfunkel had a Top 10 album with Breakaway.

1976:  "Wake Up Everybody" was the call to action by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes that reached #1 on the R&B chart.

            The perfect group for winter weather...

1976:  Barry Manilow reached the top with "I Write The Songs".  Diana Ross had another smash with "Theme From 'Mahogany' (Do You Know Where You're Going To)" while previous #1 "Convoy" from C.W. McCall fell to third.  The Ohio Players weren't going away with "Love Rollercoaster" while Sweet enjoyed one of their biggest hits--"Fox On The Run".  The rest of the Top 10:  "I Love Music" from the O'Jays, Donna Summer's first big hit "Love To Love You Baby", Hot Chocolate warmed up from 14-8 with "You Sexy Thing", Paul Anka chalked up his 46th hit with "Times Of Your Life" and former Temptation David Ruffin was in the Top 10 with "Walk Away From Love".
1978:  Simple Minds played their first gig at the Satellite City in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Note:  several websites claim the concert was July 17, 1978, but according to the band's official website, they played their first show at Satellite City on January 17.)

1981:  Bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the group London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist/guitarist Greg Leon.  Thus, Motley Crue was born.

   "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" from AC/DC...

1981:  Double Fantasy by John Lennon was the #1 album for a fourth week, but Crimes of Passion from Pat Benatar was better.  Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits came in third, with Stevie Wonder's Hotter Than July and the "Jazz Singer" Soundtrack trailing.  The rest of the Top 10:  AC/DC with Back In Black, the Police edged up with Zenyatta Mondatta, Barbra Streisand's fine Guilty album was #8, Steely Dan held on with Gaucho and Blondie was up to #10 with Autoamerican.
1981:  "I Love A Rainy Night" from Eddie Rabbitt took over at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1981:  Kool & the Gang made it five weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with "Celebration".

1981:  Pat Benatar had the hottest mover with "Treat Me Right", up from 68 to 50.
1986:  Olivia Newton-John and her husband celebrated the birth of daughter Chloe in Los Angeles.
1987:  The Whole Story by Kate Bush was #1 on the U.K. Album chart.

1987:  Luther Vandross had himself a #1 R&B hit with the great song "Stop To Love".
1987:  Billy Joel had the top AC song with "This Is the Time".

           Madonna was back with another smash...

1987:  Gregory Abbott was on top of the Popular chart with "Shake You Down".  Robbie Nevil had the next best song with "C'est La Vie", Duran Duran was down with "Notorious" and the previous #1 "Walk Like An Egyptian" from the Bangles was now fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  "At This Moment" from Billy Vera & the Beaters, Janet Jackson's "Control", Madonna moved from 15 to 7 with "Open Your Heart", Genesis had a smash with "Land Of Confusion", Survivor was at 9 with "Is This Love" and Wang Chung slipped down with "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".

1987:  Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi easily overtook Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live/1975-1985 for a second week at #1 on the Album chart.  
  1990:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Simon & Garfunkel, the Four Seasons, the Who, the Four Tops, the Kinks, the Platters, plus an artist who has no business in a "Hall of Fame".
1992:  Michael Jackson...the Legend Continues aired on CBS television.

1994:  Salt "N" Pepa and En Vogue combined to release the single "Whatta' Man".
1996:  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, Gladys Knight plus a whole lot of people that have no business in a "Hall of Fame".


1998:  All Saints rose to #1 in the U.K. with "Never Ever".
2000:  Santana, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain and Lauryn Hill each won two statues at the American Music Awards.
2001:  In today's segment of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, jury selection in the gun possession and bribery trial of Sean "Puffy"Combs began.  The charges were a result of a December, 1999 shooting at Club New York.
2003:  Eric Clapton and wife Melia celebrated the birth of daughter Ella Mae.
2003:  A long-lost recording by John Lennon and Mick Jagger started a bidding war at a London auction.  The record ("Too Many Cooks") was recorded in 1974 with Jagger singing and Lennon playing guitar.  It was never released because the two artists were signed to different record companies.

 2006:  Isaac Hayes was sent to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee after collapsing from exhaustion.
2008:  The Police played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand on their reunion tour.
2009:  James Taylor fell during rehearsals for the Presidential Inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama and required 50 stitches.
2009:  Bobby Rydell married his second wife, Linda.

2011:  Don Kirshner, promoter who gave us the Monkees, the Archies and Rock Concert, died of heart failure at the age of 75 in Boca Raton, Florida.
2012:  Johnny Otis ("Willie And The Hand Jive" from 1958), composer, arranger, singer, drummer and percussionist, talent scout and producer, died of natural causes at the age of 90 in Los Angeles.

Born This Day--Birthdays of Rock Era Personalities:
1927:  Eartha Kitt ("Santa Baby") was born in North, South Carolina; died from colon cancer December 25, 2008 at her home in Weston, Connecticut. 
1930:  Lolita ("Sailor" from 1960) was born in St Pölten, Austria; died from cancer June 30, 2010 in Salzburg.  

1943:  Chris Montez ("Let's Dance") was born in Los Angeles.
1945:  William Hart of the Delfonics ("La-La Means I Love You" from 1968) was born in Washington, D.C.

  1949:  Mick Taylor, guitarist of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers who joined the Rolling Stones in 1969 and also worked with Bob Dylan, Jack Bruce of Cream and Mike Oldfield, was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.  
1953:  Sheila Hutchinson of the Emotions ("Best Of My Love" from 1977) was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1954:  Cheryl Bentyne of Manhattan Transfer ("Boy From New York City" from 1981) was born in Mount Vernon, Washington.
1955:  Steve Earle, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, was born in Fort Monroe, Virginia.  (Note:  some websites list his birthplace as Hampton, Virginia, but according to Earle's official website, he was born in Fort Monroe.) 

  1956:  Paul Young ("Everytime You Go Away") was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England.

1958:  Jez Strode, drummer of Kajagoogoo
1959:  Susanna Hoffs, guitarist and lead singer of the Bangles, was born in Los Angeles.
1960:  John Crawford, bassist and keyboardist with Berlin ("Take My Breath Away" from 1986)
1961:  Dave Collard, keyboardist with the JoBoxers, was born in Bristol, England.
1964:  Andy Rourke, bass guitarist with the Smiths, was born in Manchester, England.
1971:  Jon Wysocki, drummer of Staind ("It's Been Awhile"), was born in Northampton, Massachusetts.
1971:  Kid Rock (real name Robert James Richie) was born in Romeo, Michigan.
1984:  Calvin Harris, singer-songwriter who has written and produced songs for Kylie Minogue, was born in Dumfries, Scotland, U.K.