Saturday, January 26, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 27

1956:  One of the most historic days of the Rock Era--Elvis Presley released the single "Heartbreak Hotel".  RCA had just purchased Elvis's contract from Sun Records for $35,000.  It seems the investment paid off.
1958:  Little Richard entered Oakwood Theological College in Huntsville, Alabama, where he was ordained as a Seventh Day Adventist Minister.

1958:  For the fourth week, Danny & the Juniors held the #1 spot on the R&B chart with the classic "At The Hop".
1961:  Frank Sinatra played a benefit concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Martin Luther King.
1962:  The Beatles played at Aintree Institute in Aintree, Liverpool, England for the final time.
1962:  Elvis Presley remained at #1 for a third week on the Easy Listening chart with "Can't Help Falling In Love".

1962:  Joey Dee & the Starliters reached #1 with "Peppermint Twist", putting an end to Chubby Checker's second run at #1 for "The Twist", with the latter being the only song of the Rock Era to be #1--twice.  There were two new songs in the Top 10:  "The Wanderer" from Dion, which moved from 18-8 and "Baby It's You" by the Shirelles".

1964:  The Beatles re-released the single 'I Saw Her Standing There"  in the United States.  The group first released the song on July 22, 1963 to little fanfare.  This time, after "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was a huge hit, it caught on.

1964:  Another British group was about to hit the shores.  The Dave Clark Five released their first single--"Glad All Over".  (Note:  you will see some mentions of the release as 1963 or "late 1963".  This refers to its British release--the song was released and was a hit first in the DC5's native England.)

1964:  Louis Armstrong released the single "Hello Dolly!".
1967:  The Beatles signed a new nine-year contract with EMI Records.
1968:  The Bee Gees were in concert (along with Vanilla Fudge and Spanky and Our Gang) for the first time in the United States with two shows at the Anaheim Convention Center in California.

1968:  Many other people must have agreed with the sentiment, for the Temptations' new song "I Wish It Would Rain" moved from 45 to 15.
1968:  The Beatles had the top album with the Soundtrack to "Magical Mystery Tour", #1 for a fourth week. 
1970:  In keeping with John Lennon's belief and understanding of karma that he learned during the Beatles' spiritual studies in 1967, and the thought that there is an immediate reaction to what everyone does at each moment, he wrote and recorded "Instant Karma" all in one day at EMI Studios on Abbey Road in London.  (Note:  some websites incorrectly say that this occurred on January 26--it was the 27th, according to the books 'The Words and Music of John Lennon' by Ben Urish and Kenneth G. Bielen and 'Penny Laine's Anthology' by Terry Rowan, as well as numerous other credible sources.)
1971:  David Bowie's first trip to the United States revealed everything Americans needed to know--he wore dresses in Texas and Louisiana.
1973:  Timmy Thomas achieved a #1 R&B hit with "Why Can't We Live Together".

1973:  Carly Simon led the way on the Album chart for a third week with No Secrets.  War moved to second with The World Is a Ghetto.  Stanley, Idaho's Carole King was still strong with Rhymes & Reasons but the big mover (11-4) was Stevie Wonder's excellent Talking Book album.

1973:  Stevie Wonder garnered another #1 song with "Superstition".  Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" was down after three weeks while Elton John edged up to 3 with "Crocodile Rock".
1977:  The Clash signed a recording contract with CBS Records.

                    "Soul Man" from the Blues Brothers...

1979:  The Stranger established Billy Joel as a star.  With his new album 52nd Street reaching #1 on this date, we knew he had staying power.  Briefcase of Blues from the fun Blues Brothers project was second with previous #1 Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2 slipping to third.  Neil Diamond was up with You Don't Bring Me Flowers and Rod Stewart bounced from 12 to 5 with his new release--Blondes Have More Fun.  The rest of the Top 10:  The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I, C'est Chic from Chic, Eric Clapton remained in the #8 spot with Backless, Barry Manilow entered the Top 10 with his Greatest Hits package and Double Vision from Foreigner was still #10.

                   Nothing like Hot Chocolate in the winter..

1979:  Chic made it five weeks at #1 with "Le Freak" while previous #1 "Too Much Heaven" by the Bee Gees was still at #2.  "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People was one better than "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" from Rod Stewart.  Billy Joel's big hit "My Life" was now at #5.  The rest of a solid Top 10:  "A Little More Love" from Olivia Newton-John, Linda Ronstadt held on with "Ooh Baby Baby", Toto was now at #8 with their debut "Hold The Line", Hot Chocolate poured into the Top 10 with their great song "Every 1's A Winner" and Earth, Wind & Fire completed the list with "September". 

1980:  Def Leppard played the first of two nights at the Marquee Club in London.  Tickets were 2.00 British pounds, or about $3.40 apiece.

Time after time by Cindy Lauper on Grooveshark
1984: Cyndi Lauper released the single "Time After Time".
1988:  Pink Floyd played the first of nine nights at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia.

1986:  Robert Palmer released the single "Addicted To Love".

1990:  The mayor of Gainesville, Florida declared it Tom Petty Day after their native son.
1990:  "Here We Are" by Gloria Estefan was the new #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, her fifth #1 in that genre.
1990:  Phil Collins had a hot album out, as ...But Seriously remained at #1 for a third week.  Paula Abdul was moving back up after 80 weeks of release with her blockbuster Forever Your Girl at #2.

The Star Spangled Banner (Performed Live 1/27/91 at Super Bowl XXV) by Whitney Houston on Grooveshark
1991:  Whitney Houston sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXXV.
1993:  Warner Brothers Records released rapper Ice-T from his contract because of "creative differences".  They could have made that decision when he auditioned and they found out that he could not sing but only talk annoyingly.
1996:  Babylon Zoo had the top U.K. song with "Spaceman", which sold 420,000 copies in six days.
1996:  Oasis debuted at #21 with "Wonderwall".

1996:  It was the collaboration of the Rock Era no doubt, and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men remained at #1 for the ninth straight week with "One Sweet Day".  Since September 30, 1995, Carey had been in the #1 position all but one week (November 25).  That included the first eight weeks for her solo hit "Fantasy" and now nine with "One Sweet Day".  The all-time record was 20 out of 22 by Boyz II Men in 1994-1995, but no one in the history of the Rock Era had ever been #1 in 17 of 18 weeks.   

1997:  The Verve Pipe released the single "The Freshman".
1998:  James Brown was charged with possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a firearm.

2002:  Enrique Iglesias topped the U.K. chart with "Hero".
2002:  Alan Jackson's great album Drive was #1.
2004:  Faith Evans was charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana in Hapeville, Georgia.  (Note:  some websites report the arrest occurred in Atlanta; it was in Hapeville, a suburb of Atlanta, according to the newspaper 'The Atlanta Journal-Constitution' and 'MTV'.)
2005:  R.E.M. had to cancel a concert for the first time in 10 years but this one was the fault of border guards.  The group was supposed to play in St. Petersburg, Russsia but guards held their crew and gear at the Estonian/Russia border.
2005:  In today's edition of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, rappers Master P (real name Percy Robert Miller) and brother Silkk the Shocker  (real name Vyshonne King Miller) were arrested on felony gun charges in Los Angeles after police found guns in their leased car that had no license plate.  Rappers have fancy names for themselves but don't let that fool you--underneath all the crap, they're really just regular lowlifes.

2006:  Gene McFadden, singer-songwriter ("Back Stabbers" for the O'Jays in 1972 and, with John Whitehead, had the hit "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now") and producer, died of complications from cancer at age 57.

2014:  Pete Seeger, a beacon of freedom and legendary folk singer, died in his sleep at the age of 94 in New York City.

Born This Day:

1919:  Singer-songwriter and producer Ross Bagdasarian, Sr., who created the Chipmunks and released solo records under the name of David Seville, was born in Fresno, California; died of a heart attack in Beverly Hills, California January 16, 1972.
1925:  Blues singer-songwriter Doc Pomus, who co-wrote "Save The Last Dance For Me" and "This Magic Moment" for the Drifters, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died March 14, 1991 in New York City.  (Note:  some websites claim Pomus was born in New York City, others in Harlem.  He was born in Brooklyn, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 'Independent Magazine', 'MTV' and ''.)

1930:  Bobby Bland (54 R&B hits including "That's The Way Love Is" from 1963) was born in Rosemark, Tennessee; died June 23, 2013 in Germantown, Tennessee.  (Note:  some websites say Bland died in Memphis--according to the newspaper 'The New York Times', Bland died at his home in Germantown.)
1931:  Rudi Maugeri of the Crew Cuts; died May 7, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada after battling pancreatic cancer.
1937:  Buddy Emmons, steel guitarist who played for the Carpenters, Linda Ronstadt, the Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, Roger Miller, John Sebastian, George Strait, Willie Nelson, Duane Eddy, Nancy Sinatra, Gram Parsons, and J.J. Cale among others, was born in Mishawaka, Indiana; died July 29 in Mishawaka, Indiana.
1944:  Nick Mason, drummer of Pink Floyd, was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
1946:  Nedra Talley of the Ronettes was born in New York City.
1951:  Seth Justman, keyboardist of the J. Geils Band, was born in Washington, D.C.
1951:  Brian Downey, drummer and founder of Thin Lizzy, was born in Dublin, Ireland.
1957:  Janick Robert Gers, lead guitarist of Iron Maiden, was born in Hartlepool, England.
1961:  Gillian Gilbert, keyboardist for New Order ("Blue Monday" from 1983), was born in Manchester, England.  (Note:  some websites claim Gilbert was born in Macclesfield, England; she was born in Manchester, then moved to the nearby town of Macclesfield, according to '' and credible sources.)
1968:  Mike Patton, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer of Faith No More, was born in Eureka, California.
1974:  Mark Owen of Take That was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England.

This Date in Rock Music History: January 26

1956:  Buddy Holly recorded at Decca Records for the first time, using the name Buddy and the Two Tones, laying down "Blue Days, Black Nights", "Don't Come Back Knockin'", "Love Me" and "Midnight Shift" at Owen Bradley's Barn Studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
1957:  "Blue Monday" by Fats Domino was #1 on the R&B chart.
1960:  Frankie Avalon appeared on The Arthur Murray Party on NBC-TV as a dancer.
1961:  Elvis Presley had his sixth #1 song in the U.K. with "Are You Lonesome Tonight".
1963:  The hard-working Beatles performed two concerts, one at the El Rio Club and Dance Hall in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England with Wayne Fontana and the Jets opening.  The group then drove 20 miles to King's Hall, Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire for a night concert.
1963:  The Rooftop Singers moved to #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Walk Right In".

1963:  "Walk Right In" made the fifth-biggest leap to #1 (11-1) of the Rock Era.  "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula also had a nice move (10-2) and those two outdistanced previous #1 "Go Away Little Girl" from Steve Lawrence.  "Tell Him" by the Exciters came in fourth and Bobby Vee ranked #5 with "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes".

1964:  Barbra Streisand released the single "People".
1966:  Eric Burdon sang lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a concert in London.

1969:  When creative genius appears, get out of the way.  On this day, while recording "Let It Be" and "The Long And WInding Road" for their album Let It Be at Apple Studios in London, the Beatles also recorded several covers, including "Shake Rattle And Roll", "Kansas City", "Miss Ann", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Tracks Of My Tears", "You Really Got A Hold On Me" and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy".  Drummer Ringo Starr wrote the song "Octopus's Garden" and the group came up with the idea of performing live on the roof of their headquarters.  Not bad for a day's work.

1970:  Simon & Garfunkel released the single "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

1970:  Three Dog Night released the single "Celebrate".
1970:  Chicago released their second album, ironically called Chicago II.
1970:  Australia's first rock festival, the Ourimbah Rock Festival, drew a crowd of 11,000.
1970:  Elvis Presley played two shows at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1974:  Dolly Parton first appeared on the charts as her first single, "Jolene" debuted.
1974:  The Doobie Brothers opened their first tour of England at the Rainbow Theatre in London.

1974:  "Love's Theme", one of The Top 10 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* from Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, was #1 on the Adult chart.
1974:  Ringo Starr officially achieved his first #1 solo song with "You're Sixteen", although many radio stations had "It Don't Come Easy" at #1 in 1971.  That sent previous #1 "Show And Tell" from Al Wilson down, while Barbra Streisand's hot song "The Way We Were" was up to #3. 

        One of Wings' finest albums yielded "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five"...

1974:  The late Jim Croce was 1-2 on the Album chart with You Don't Mess Around with Jim #1 for a third week and I Got A Name second.  The Singles 1969-1973 from the Carpenters was next, followed by Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and The Joker by Steve Miller Band.  The rest of the Top 10:  John Denver's Greatest Hits, Bette Midler at #7 with her self-titled release, Paul McCartney & Wings were up to #8 with Band on the Run, the Soundtrack to "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" from Neil Diamond and Charlie Rich had #10--Behind Closed Doors
1975:  BBC television aired the David Bowie documentary Cracked Actor.

1976:  Maxine Nightingale released the single "Right Back Where We Started From".
1977:  Peter Green, the first lead guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, and founder of the group was committed to a mental hospital in England.  Green, who left the group in May, 1970, had threatened accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when Adams attempted to deliver a $51,000 royalty check to Green.
1980:  The Clash appeared at the Deeside Leisure Centre in Queensferry, Flintshire, Wales.  
1980:  Prince made his television debut on Dick Clark's American Bandstand on ABC.  

1980:  Teri Desario with K.C. (of the Sunshine Band) took the Barbara Mason song "Yes I'm Ready" to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1980:  Michael Jackson ruled on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "Rock With You".
1980:  The great album Phoenix by Dan Fogelberg entered the Top 10.

1980:  Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" couldn't be beaten for a second week as the Captain & Tennille stayed at  2 with "Do That To Me One More Time".  Kenny Rogers advanced with "Coward Of The County" while former #1 "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)" by Rupert Holmes was fourth and Smokey Robinson had a big solo hit with "Cruisin'".  The rest of the Top 10:  Stevie Wonder's "Send One Your Love", Cliff Richard and "We Don't Talk Anymore", Queen commanded an 18-8 move for "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", the Eagles advanced into the Top 10 with "The Long Run" and the great song "Sara" from Fleetwood Mac moved from 15-10. 
1985:  Foreigner had the #1 album in the U.K. with Agent Provocateur

Foreigner came up with such an incredible song that Madonna would have to step aside soon...

1985:  Madonna had the #1 song for a fifth week with "Like A Virgin" but the fast-closing "I Want To Know What Love Is" from Foreigner was up to #2.  Chicago's "You're The Inspiration" trailed those two, with "Easy Lover" from Phil Collins & Phillip Bailey fourth and Wham! moved from 10-5 with "Careless Whisper".  The rest of the Top 10:  "All I Need" from Jack Wagner, Bryan Adams slipped with "Run To You", Don Henley with "The Boys Of Summer", Billy Ocean moved from 16 to 9 with "Loverboy" and Prince scored his ninth career hit and fourth consecutive Top 10 from Purple Rain--"I Would Die 4 (sic) U (sic)".

1986:  Allen Collins, guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd, crashed his car in Jacksonville, Florida, paralyzing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts.
1989:  Bon Jovi performed at Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas.

1989:  Donnie Elbert ("Where Did Our Love Go" from 1971) died of a stroke at age 52 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1989:  Rolf Harris ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport") was made a member of the Order of Australia.  The honor was stripped in 2014 when Harris was found guilty of having sex with underage girls.
1991:  Cher filmed a video for the troops of Desert Storm during the Gulf War, with assistance from Paul Simon, Janet Jackson, Van Halen and Bonnie Raitt.
1991:  Queen rose to #1 in the U.K. with "Innuendo".
1991:  Enigma had the top U.K. album with MCMXC.

The First Time by Surface on Grooveshark
1991:  Surface had themselves a #1 song with "The First Time". 
1991:  "Because I Love You" by Stevie B was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a second week.
1993:  Rage Against the Machine performed at the Underworld in Camden, London.

1995:  Joni Mitchell appeared at the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum theater in Los Angeles.
1997:  James Brown, ZZ Top and the Blues Brothers performed during the halftime show of Super Bowl XXXI at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.
2003:  Billy Joel was admitted to a hospital after crashing his car into a tree in Sag Harbor, New York.
2005:  In today's edition of Inmates Run Rap Music, Irv Gotti, boss of The Inc. Record Company, surrendered to the FBI, which accused the label of funneling drug money and using their company as part of a criminal empire.

2010:  Lady Antebellum released the album Need You Now.

2011:  Gladys Horton of the Marvelettes died from complications of a stroke in Los Angeles at age 65.  (Note:  some websites claim Gladys died on January 27, but the correct date is January 26, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times', 'NPR', and 'Billboard'.  Further, some websites show she died in Sherman Oaks.  Sherman Oaks is a neighborhood of Los Angeles, not a city.  Neighborhoods are not nor never have been official "places of death".)
2014:  Daft Punk captured five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year (Random Access Memories) and Song of the Year ("Get Lucky") at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Born This Day:
1939:  Marshall Lieb of the Teddy Bears ("To Know Him Is To Love Him") was born in Los Angeles; died of a heart attack  March 15, 2002 in Northridge, California.

1943:  Jean Knight ("Mr. Big Stuff") was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1944:  Merrilee Rush ("Angel Of The Morning" from 1968) was born in Seattle, Washington.
1945:  Ashley Hutchings, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and bassist of Fairport Convention, and later a producer, was born in Southgate, Middlesex, England.  
1946:  Deon Jackson ("Love Makes the World Go Round" was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan; died April 18, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.
1948:  Corky Laing, drummer of Mountain ("Mississippi Queen"), was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1949:  Derek Holt, bassist of Climax Blues Band ("Couldn't Get It Right") was born in Stafford, England.
1950:  Paul Pena, who wrote "Jet Airliner" for Steve Miller, was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts; died October 1, 2005 in San Francisco, California from complications of diabetes and pancreatitis.
1951:  David Briggs, guitarist of the Little River Band and later an engineer and producer, was born in Melbourne, Australia.

1957:  Eddie Van Halen, elite guitarist and songwriter of Van Halen, was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  (Note:  some websites claim Van Halen was born in Nijmegan, the Netherlands.  According to the New Netherland Institute, the book 'Eddie Van Halen:  Know the Man, Play the Music' by Malcolm Dome and Rod Fogg, and 'Billboard', Eddie was born in Amsterdam; the family later moved to Nijmegan.)1958:  Norman Hassan, vocalist and conga player of UB40, was born in Birmingham, England.)

1958:  Anita Baker was born in Toledo, Ohio.

1963:  Andrew Ridgeley, singer-songwriter and guitarist of Wham!  was born in Windlesham, Surrey, England.
1963:  Jazzie B (real name Beresford Romeo) of Soul II Soul ("Back To Life") was born in Hornsey, London.  (Note:  '' lists his birthplace as Finsbury Park, but it was in Hornsey, London, according to the newspaper 'The Telegraph'.)
1964:  Susannah Melvoin, vocalist with Prince, Eric Clapton, Roger Waters and Mike Oldfield and songwriter for Madonna, Clapton and Prince, was born in Los Angeles.

Songs on Eagles album Desperado

Side One:

  1. Doolin-Dalton 
  2. Twenty-One 
  3. Out of Control
  4. Tequila Sunrise 
  5. Desperado

Side Two:
  1. Certain Kind of Fool
  2. Doolin-Dalton
  3. Outlaw Man
  4. Saturday Night
  5. Bitter Creek
  6. Doolin-Dalton

Friday, January 25, 2013

In Concert: "Urgent" by Foreigner

This is one of the best rock and roll bands of all-time live in Dortmund, Germany from 1982:

One Hit Wonders Special Nearing Completion

We've been busy at work on The Top 500 One-Hit Wonders of the Rock Era*.  You may have seen similar lists or TV specials related to it, and if I wanted to do a list like everyone else, I'd be done by now.  I don't do things that way, which is both a blessing and a curse.  The good news is that the writing of the special is nearly done and we will be able to present it to you soon.

Other people make fun of one-hit wonders.  Yeah, as if they could do any better!  We don't do that.  There are some outstanding songs and artists in this special; we celebrate them rather than put them down.  I'll have a specific start date for you soon!

The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era: "Nocture" by Secret Garden

Here is one of the best groups you may not have heard about.  They won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 with this song.  Among the songs they have written are "You Raise Me Up", which became a huge hit for Josh Groban and has been recorded by several other artists, and "Heartstrings", which was recorded by Barbra Streisand.

"Nocturne" helped the album Songs from a Secret Garden sell over one million copies and land on the New Age album chart for over two years.  Despite this overwhelming success, the song only reached #20 in the Netherlands, #24 in Belgium and #26 in Sweden and didn't even reach the major charts of the United States, the U.K., Canada, Australia or Germany.   
Secret Garden

Words and music by violinist Fionnuala Sherry and composer/pianist Rolf Lovland.

La dagen få
Sin hvile nå
Og natten vil våke for den

Selv mörket må
En gang forgå
Så natten kan föde en dag

Thursday, January 24, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 25

1958:  "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley became the first single to debut on the U.K. chart at #1.
1960:  Sam Cooke recorded "Chain Gang" at the RCA Recording Studios in New York City.

1960:  Bill Black's Combo made it three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with the great instrumental "Smokie".
1960:  Bobby Darin had a fast-rising song as "Beyond The Sea" moved from 74 to 34.  
1960:  The great Soundtrack to "The Sound of Music" moved to #1 on the Album chart, the first of 16 weeks at the top.

1963:  Cilla Black made her live debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England, where she started out as the hat check girl.
1963:  Janis Joplin performed in San Francisco, California at the North Beach coffeehouse.
1964:  Bobby Vinton was on top of the Easy Listening chart for a fourth week with "There!  I've Said It Again".
1964:  Dusty Springfield first appeared on the chart as her first single--"I Only Want to Be With You" debuted.

1964:  Bobby Vinton will forever have the distinction of having the last #1 song before the Beatles changed music.  Vinton was on top with "There!  I've Said It Again".  No offense, Bobby, but most fans will be glad that the Beatles changed music from this style.  Now I grant you that there are some that don't like the Beatles and would rather have music like that of Bobby Vinton.  The Kingsmen were still at #2 with "Louie Louie" while the Beatles moved from 45 to 3 in their second week of release with "I Want To Hold Your Hand".  The Trashmen were at #4 with "Surfin' Bird" while the Murmaids fell with "Popsicles And Icicles".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Out Of Limits" from the Marketts, the Rip Chords and "Hey Little Cobra", Bobby Rydell dropped with "Forget Him", Major Lance had a song called "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" and Jan & Dean were at #10 with "Drag City".

1965:  "King Of the Road", which was written by Roger Miller at the Idanha Hotel in Boise, Idaho, was released as a single.
1967:  The Beatles did a last-minute remix of "Penny Lane" before pressing their double-sided single that also included "Strawberry Fields Forever".
1969:  Cilla Black married manager Bobby Willis.
1969:  The Best of the New Seekers was the #1 album in the U.K.

          Music that Matters...from the 'White Album'...

1969:  The Beatles ruled the Album chart for a fifth week with The White Album while TCB by Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations was second.  Glen Campbell moved to 3 with Wichita Lineman, Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 had Fool on the Hill and the Rolling Stones were stuck at 5 with Beggars Banquet.  The rest of the Top 10:  Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, Iron Butterfly moved from 12-7 with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, Big Brother & the Holding Company with Cheap Thrills, Judy Collins was at 9 with Wildflowers, in its 56th week of release and Steppenwolf's The Second was #10.
1969:  Marvin Gaye had the #1 song on the R&B chart for a seventh week--"I Heard It Through The Grapevine".

1969:  Marvin Gaye achieved a seventh week at #1 with "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".  It was a great time in music as Tommy James & the Shondells rose to #2 with "Crimson And Clover", challenging Marvin.  Diana Ross & the Supremes combined with the Temptations for "I'm Gonna' Make You Love Me" while the great instrumental "Soulful Strut" from Young-Holt Unlimited was fourth.  The rest of the Top 10:  Sly & the Family Stone took a ride up from 15 to 5 with "Everyday People", B.J. Thomas with "Hooked On A Feeling" (the one that doesn't go "Ooga Chaka, Ooga Chaka"), the Doors were at 7 with "Touch Me", Brooklyn Bridge were at 8 with "Worst That Could Happen", the Bee Gees gained a solid seven with "I Started A Joke" and Dusty Springfield was steady with "Son-of-a Preacher Man".

1971:  The single "Me and Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin was released posthumously.  It would be the only big hit Joplin ever had.

1971:  Helen Reddy released her first career single "I Don't Know How to Love Him".
1974:  Want to know how big Led Zeppelin was in their heyday?  On this date, they appeared before 17,000 fans at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1975:  Donny & Marie Osmond reached #1 on the Adult chart with "Morning Side Of The Mountain".

1975:  The Carpenters achieved one of the rare feats of the Rock Era, turning the Marvelettes' #1 song "Please Mr. Postman" into a #1 song of their own.  Linda Ronstadt moved from 21-6 with "You're No Good" while the Average White Band from Scotland entered the Top 10 with "Pick Up The Pieces".
1975:  Elton John's Greatest Hits registered a ninth week at #1--one of the biggest albums of the 70's.
1984:  Yoko Ono, widow of John Lennon, donated $375,000 to the Strawberry Fields retirement home in Liverpool.  Strawberry Fields used to be a children's home, and was the inspiration for the song "Strawberry Fields Forever".
1985:  Phil Collins released his third solo album--No Jacket Required.

1986:  A great new female group was introduced to us on this date.  They debuted on the chart with a song written for them by Prince--"Manic Monday".  The Bangles went on to become the top self-contained girl group of the Rock Era.
1986:  Albert Grossman, manager of Bob Dylan, died of a heart attack at the age of 59 while flying to London.

       As usual, words of great wisdom from Mellencamp...

1986:  The Broadway Album from Barbra Streisand was #1, the superstar's sixth #1 album.  The Soundtrack to "Miami Vice" fell to second with Heart's self-titled release #3.  The great Scarecrow from John Cougar Mellencamp was next followed by Sade's breakthrough album Promise.  The rest of the Top 10:  Dire Straits was at #6 after 34 weeks with Brothers In Arms, ZZ Top with Afterburner, Starship made a big comeback with Knee Deep in the Hoopla, Mr. Mister reached the Top 10 with Welcome to the Real World and Bruce Springsteen's album Born in the U.S.A. was still in the Top 10 after 84 weeks.
1986:  Dionne & Friends reached #1 on the R&B chart with "That's What Friends Are For".

                        Klymaxx with their slow jam...

1986:  Dionne Warwick & Friends held on to #1 with "That's What Friends Are For".  Lionel Richie's former #1 spent a second week at #2--"Say You, Say Me".  Survivor was hot with "Burning Heart" (8-3), Stevie Nicks reached #4 with one of her biggest solo hits ("Talk To Me") and Wham!  slammed into the Top 10 (12-5) with "I'm Your Man".  The rest of the Top 10:  Bruce Springsteen made Rock Era history with his seventh Top 10 song from the album Born in the U.S.A. with "My Hometown", Dire Straits were at #7 with "Walk Of Life", Klymaxx and "I Miss You", Eddie Murphy tumbled with "Party All The Time" and Paul McCartney had his 38th solo hit and 22nd Top 10 with "Spies Like Us".  Counting his work with the Beatles, McCartney now had 110 hits with 89 of those going Top 10.

1987:  Neil Diamond sang the national anthem of the United States at Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

1988:  Aerosmith released the single "Angel".
1989:  Bobby Brown was arrested for an overtly sexually suggestive performance after a show in Columbus, Georgia.  They should have just charged him with an overtly loser life and that would have covered it.  (Note:  some websites say the arrest occurred in Columbus, Ohio, when in fact it was in Columbus, Georgia, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.)
1989:  Madonna began divorce proceedings from Sean Penn and moved into a new house in Hollywood Hills, California.  (Note:  some websites claim the divorce was finalized on January 25, but according to 'The Los Angeles Times', the petition was filed on this date.)
1989:  Alvin Robinson, guitarist on several songs from Dr. John, died in New Orleans at age 51. 
1990:  Paul McCartney was profiled on the CBS-TV show 48 Hours.
1990:  Bill Medley appeared on the popular television show Cheers on NBC.

1992:  Amy Grant was up from 69 to 32 with another song from Hearts In Motion--"Good for Me".
1992:  Color Me Badd's "All 4 Love" broke a seven-week run at #1 for "Black Or White" by Michael Jackson.  Mariah Carey took advantage of the drop and moved to #2 with "Can't Let Go" with the live "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" from George Michael and Elton John third.  Jackson was fourth followed by Ce Ce Peniston with "Finally" and Prince with "Diamonds And Pearls".  The rest of the Top 10:  Shanice with "I Love Your Smile", Nirvana edged up with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", U2 moved from 15-9 with their great song "Mysterious Ways" and Right Said Fred had #10 with "I'm Too Sexy".   

  Mariah isn't shy about having her songs heard in public, unlike Garth...

1992:  Garth Brooks posted a 10th week at #1 for the landmark Ropin the Wind album.  The former #1 Dangerous by Michael Jackson was second with Hammer's Too Legit to Quit third.  Nirvana's former #1 Nevermind followed, with Michael Bolton close behind with Time, Love & Tenderness.  The rest of a solid Top 10:  U2 with Achtung Baby, Metallica and their debut, Boyz II Men with Cooleyhighharmony, Mariah Carey's Emotions at #9 and Garth was so hot that his previous album No Fences re-entered the Top 10 after 71 weeks.

1997:  Spice Fever was alive and well as on this date, the Spice Girls first debuted on the chart with their first single "Wannabe".
1997:  No Doubt made it six weeks at #1 on the Album chart with Tragic Kingdom.  Celine Dion was #3 with Falling Into You while Alanis Morissette was still in the Top 10 after 83 weeks with Jagged Little Pill.

            Sheryl Crow was a bright new force in music.

1997:  Toni Braxton had one of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era* as "Un-Break My Heart" spent an eighth week at #1.  En Vogue gave chase with "Don't Let Go (Love)" while R. Kelly remained third with "I Believe I Can Fly".  Sheryl Crow had the only new Top 10--"If It Makes You Happy".
2000:  Third Eye Blind fired Kevin Cadogan shortly after the group's performance at the Sundance Film Festival.
2001:  In today's segment of Dangerous Inmates Run Rap Music, jury selection ended in the trial of Puff Daddy for weapons possession and bribery in Manhattan, New York.
2003:  Billy Joel totaled his Mercedes on a highway in Long Island, New York.
2003:  Clarence Carter and Eddie Floyd were inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
2005:  Ray Peterson ("Tell Laura I Love Her") died of cancer at age 65.


2006:  Motley Crue received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2008:  Billy Joel donated $500,000 to "Homes for Our Troops", which aided disabled veterans.
2010:  The members of KISS rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
2010:  Rolf Harris ("Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport") received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Hope University in Liverpool, England.  The degree was later taken away when Harris was convicted of 12 charges of having sex with underage women.
2011:  Mary-Lu Zahalan-Kennedy, a former Miss Canada finalist, became the first person in the world to graduate with a Masters degree in the Beatles.  The degree was launched at Liverpool Hope University in England in March of 2009.

Born This Day:
1915:  Ewan MacColl, who wrote "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" for Roberta Flack, was born in Salford, Lancashire, England; died October 22, 1989 in London.

1927:  Antonio Carlos Jobim, famous jazz composer who wrote "The Girl From Ipanema" and "Desfinado" for the landmark album Getz/Gilberto, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; died December 8, 1994 in New York City from cardiac arrest while recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from his bladder. 

1931:  Stig Anderson, co-songwriter ("Waterloo", "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You", "S.O.S." and "Fernando"), manager and producer of ABBA, was born in Hova, Sweden; died of a heart attack in Stockholm, Sweden on September 12, 1997.

1938:  Etta James was born in Los Angeles, California; died January 12, 2012 of leukemia in Riverside, California.
1941:  Bobby Wood, keyboardist for Elvis Presley, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson
1950:  Michael Cotten, synthesizer player of the Tubes ("She's A Beauty"), was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
1953:  Mal Green, drummer of Split Enz
1956:  Andy Cox, guitarist of the Fine Young Cannibals, was born in Birmingham, England.
1958:  Gary Tibbs, bassist for Roxy Music and Adam & the Ants, was born in Northwood, Middlesex, England.

1981:  Alicia Keys was born in New York City.