Saturday, February 2, 2013

Answers to Song Openings Quiz Above

1.  "She's got something that moves my soul."
     "Temptation Eyes" by the Grass Roots

2.  "You know that it would be untrue."
      "Light My Fire" by the Doors

3.  "I'm lying alone with my head on the phone."
      "All Out of Love" by Air Supply

4.  "I saw him dancing there by the record machine."
       "I Love Rock & Roll" by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

5.  "When the truth is found to be lies..."
       "Somebody To Love" by Jefferson Airplane

6.  "You lie in gentle sleep beside me."
       "Something's Burning" by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition

7.  "I looked out this morning and the sun was gone."
       "More Than a Feeling" by Boston

8.  "Wise men say only fools rush in."
        "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley

9.  "Baby's good to me, you know, she's happy as can be, you know."
         "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles

10.  "Been working so hard, I'm punching my card."
         "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins

11.  "You see the world through your cynical eyes."
         "Fooling Yourself" by Styx

12.  "Why do birds appear every time you walk by?"
         "Close To You" by the Carpenters

13.  "Thrown like a star in my vast sleep; I open my eyes to take a peek."
         "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan

14.  "Once upon a time, you dressed so fine."
        "Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan

15.  "Get your motor runnin'!"
        "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf

16.  "You sheltered me from harm."
        "Everything I Own" by Bread

17.  "She was a fast machine; she kept her motor clean."
        "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC

18.  "We all came out to Montreaux."
        "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple

19.  "I never meant to be so bad to you."
       "Heat of the Moment" by Asia

20.  "Tonight I'm gonna' break away.
       "Crazy Love" by Poco

21.  "On a dark desert highway..."
        "Hotel California" by the Eagles

22.  "Children play in the park; they don't know."
        "Make Me Smile" by Chicago

23.  "Hot August Night, and the leaves hanging down."
        "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show" by Neil Diamond

24.  "We work our bodies weary to stay alive."
        "Satisfied" by Richard Marx

25.  "I need a sign to let me know you're here."
        "Calling All Angels" by Train

This Date in Rock Music History: February 3

1958:  The Silhouettes reached #1 on the R&B chart with "Get A Job".

1959:  Buddy Holly (22), Ritchie Valens (17) and the Big Bopper (28) died in a plane crash outside of Clear Lake, Iowa, on their way to Fargo, North Dakota.  Holly had set up 26 concerts in three weeks (The Winter Dance Party) to make money after the Crickets broke up.

1962:  The #1 Easy Listening song was "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley for the fourth week.
1962:  There were two new Top 10 songs--"Duke Of Earl" by Gene Chandler, which moved from 20-7, and "Break It To Me Gently" by Brenda Lee.
1965:  Bobby Vinton appeared on The Patty Duke Show on ABC-TV.
1966:  Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys married Annie Hinsche in Los Angeles.

1966:  Paul McCartney went to see Stevie Wonder perform at the Scotch of St. James Club in London, then met the 15-year-old backstage.

1967:  Safe to say Knoxville, Tennessee was hopping.  They got to see the Drifters, the Marvelettes, Otis Redding, Aaron Neville and James and Bobby Purify in concert at the Civic Coliseum.
1967:  Jefferson Airplane and Quicksilver Messenger Service were in concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California.
1967:  Joe Meek, producer who helped the Tornadoes with "Telstar", shot his landlady Violet Shinton and then himself in London.
1968:  The Beatles recorded three piano and drum takes with overdub bass, fuzz guitars and vocals of "Lady Madonna" at Abbey Road studios in London.

   "I Am the Walrus"--the Beatles at their creative best...

1968:  The Beatles held on to the #1 position on the Album chart for the fifth week with the "Magical Mystery Tour" Soundtrack.
1968:  Aretha Franklin made it three weeks at #1 on the R&B chart with "Chain Of Fools".  It was her 18th week at #1 within the R&B genre in less than a year.
1968:  Dionne Warwick had one of the fastest-moving songs as "(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls" moved from 61 to 33.                     

                          Dennis Yost & the Classics IV...

1968:  The Lemon Pipers scored a #1 with "Green Tambourine".  John Fred & His Playboy Band suddenly lost their way with "Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" while Aretha Franklin was down with "Chain Of Fools".  Dennis Yost and the Classics IV had a big hit with "Spooky" and the American Breed remained fifth with "Bend Me, Shape Me".  The rest of the Top 10:  Gary Puckett, from Twin Falls, Idaho, & the Union Gap with "Woman, Woman", Paul Mauriat roared from 18 to 7 with "Love Is Blue", the Human Beinz moved in with "Nobody But Me", the Lettermen had a big hit with their medley--"Goin' Out Of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and the Temptations moved from 15-10 with "I Wish It Would Rain".

1969:  The Zombies re-released the single "Time Of The Season", after having initially releasing the song the previous year.  It became a hit a year after the band broke up.
1969:  John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison hired Allen Klein to be the Beatles' business manager.  Paul McCartney dissented, leading to more problems within the group.

1973:  Lobo took over the top spot on the Adult chart with "Don't Expect Me To Be Your Friend".

1973:  Gladys Knight & the Pips were on fire, moving from 86 to 62 with "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)".
1973:  The Moody Blues had the highest debut with their great song "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)".
1973:  Elton John moved to a position that would become very familiar to him over the next three decades--#1.  The song that earned EJ his first chart topper was "Crocodile Rock".
1978:  The movie Dead Man's Curve, about the life of Jan & Dean, was televised on CBS.

1978:  Harry Chapin met with U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the White House to discuss the problem of hunger.
1978:  Only in America.  Or perhaps only in Texas.  On the 19th anniversary of Buddy Holly's death, we learned that his birthplace in Lubbock, Texas was scheduled for demolition by the Lubbock Building Department.  The landmark was saved when the entire building was purchased and moved out of town.  Gee, do ya think it might have some kinda', you know, heestorical value (hic)?
1979:  "Heart of Glass" by Blondie went to #1 in the U.K.

         Earth, Wind & Fire packaged all their best in a great album.

1979:  The novelty project Briefcase Full of Blues by the Blues Brothers (Dan Aykroyd & John Belushi) reached #1 on the Album chart.  Rod Stewart edged up with Blondes Have More Fun.  Billy Joel's previous #1 52nd Street was next, followed by You Don't Bring Me Flowers from Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's Greatest Hits, Volume 2.  The rest of the Top 10:  C'est Chic from Chic, The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I, the Greatest Hits package from Barry Manilow, Foreigner was at #9 after 31 weeks with Double Vision and the Village People were at #10 with Cruisin'.
1979:  Parliament ruled the R&B chart for a third week with "Aqua Boogie".
1979:  Nicolette Larson owned the #1 Adult Contemporary song with "Lotta' Love".

                                  Gaynor had a mass appeal smash...

1979:  Chic had the #1 song for a sixth week with "Le Freak".  There were two new excellent songs in the Top 10:  "Fire" by the Pointer Sisters and Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", which moved from 20 to 10.

All I need is a Miracle by 80's Hits on Grooveshark
1986:  Mike + the Mechanics released the single 'All I Need Is A Miracle".

                      Rod Stewart's biggest hit in years...

1990:  Michael Bolton's version of "How Am I Supposed To Live Without You" was the #1 song for a third week.  Paula Abdul moved from 8-2 with "Opposites Attract" while Rod Stewart remained third with "Downtown Train".

1990:  In passing one of the great longevity tests of all-time, Paula Abdul took over at #1 on the Album chart after 81 weeks of release with Forever Your Girl.
1991:  Sinead O'Connor announced that she would not accept any Grammy Awards or attend the ceremony because the show represented "false and destructive materialistic values".

1993:  Gloria Estefan was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1996:  B.B. King starred on an episode of Touched By An Angel on CBS-TV.
1996:  Mary J. Blige continued to be red hot as "Not Gon' Cry" moved from 59 to 21.

                   Joan Osbourne made us think...

1996:  "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men reached a 10th week at #1.  Counting her hit "Fantasy", Mariah Carey had spent 18 of the last 19 weeks at #1.  "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" by Whitney Houston was #2 with the impressive "Missing" from Everything But the Girl #3.  Newcomer Joan Osbourne was behind that trio with "One Of Us".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Hey Lover" from LL Cool J, the Goo Goo Dolls placed "Name" at #6, Deep Blue Something remained in the #7 spot with "Breakfast At Tiffany's", LaBouche bounced up with "Be My Lover", Monica's double-sided "Before You Walk Out of My Life"/"Like This And Like That" at #9 and the Tony Rich Project moved into the Top 10 with "Nobody Knows".

                                     "Given To Fly"...

1998:  Pearl Jam released the album Yield.

1999:  Gwen Guthrie ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent" from 1986), who wrote songs for Roberta Flack and Sister Sledge and sang backup vocals for Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel and Aretha Franklin, died from cancer in Orange, New Jersey at the age of 48.

2002:  The Chemical Brothers had the #1 U.K. album with Come With Us.
2002:  Britney Spears sang the national anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI.
2002:  Paul McCartney & Barry Manilow starred in a pre-game concert for Super Bowl XXXVI at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
2003:  Phil Spector was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a woman at his mansion in Alhamba, California.
2004:  Sheryl Crow and cyclist Lance Armstrong announced they were splitting.
2004:  Cornelius Bumpus, saxophonist with the Doobie Brothers and Moby Grape who also played with Steely Dan, died of a heart attack at the age of 58 while flying from New York City to Los Angeles.
2007:  Wayne Fontana was arrested for arson with intent to injure after setting the car of a bailiff on fire in Glossop, Derbyshire, England.
2008:  Adele had the top album in the U.K. with 19.

Born This Day:
1935:  Johnny "Guitar" Watson, blues and funk guitar and singer ("Cuttin' In" from 1962), was born in Houston, Texas; died May 17, 1996 of a heart attack while performing on stage at the Yokohama Blues Café outside Tokyo, Japan.  (Note:  several websites proclaim many "causes of death" but according to 'CNN,' it was from a heart attack.)

1939:  Johnny Bristol ("Hang On In There, Baby" from 1974) and producer of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell and "Yester-Me, Yester-You,Yesterday" for Stevie Wonder, was born in Morganton, North Carolina; died March 21, 2004 in Howell, Michigan.  (Note:  some websites state that Bristol was born in Morgantown, North Carolina.  There is no such town; the correct spelling is Morganton.  Some websites say he died in Brighton Township, Michigan.  Bristol suffered a seizure at his home in Brighton Township, but he was pronounced dead of natural causes at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital in Howell.) 
1940:  Angelo D'Aleo of Dion and the Belmonts was born in the Bronx, New York.  (Note:  some websites say that D'Aleo was born in New York City, but according to the book 'Motown Encyclopedia' by Graham Betts, he was born in the Bronx.) 
1943:  Dennis Edwards, who shared lead vocals for the Temptations after David Ruffin left, was born in Birmingham, Alabama.
1943:  Eric Haydock, original bass guitarist of the Hollies, was born in Burnley, Lancashire, England.

1947:  Dave Davies, lead guitarist, vocalist and founder of the Kinks, was born in Muswell Hill, London.  (Note:  some websites show his birthplace as Fortis Green, but according to the book 'Legends of Rock Guitar:  The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists' by Pete Prown, Harvey P. Newquist and Jon F. Eiche, Dave was born in Muswell Hill.)

1947:  Melanie (Melanie Safka), who did "Brand New Key" in 1971, was born in Queens, New York.  (Note:  some websites say that she was born in Astoria, Queens, New York.  Astoria is a neighborhood, not a city.)
1956:  Lee Renaldo, songwriter, singer and guitarist of Sonic Youth and also a producer, was born in Glen Cove, New York.  (Note:  some websites say that Renaldo was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.  Glen Cove is its own city.)

1959:  Laurence Tolhurst, founding member, drummer and keyboardist of the Cure, was born in Horley, Surrey, England.
1969:  John Spence, co lead-singer and founder of No Doubt, was born in Anaheim, California; committed suicide in Anaheim on December 21, 1987.  (Note:  some websites say that Spence was born on February 2.  While there are no infallible sources as to either date, our best research indicates that Spence was born on February 3.)

1970:  Richie Kotzen, songwriter, singer and guitarist of Mr. Big ("To Be With You"), was born in Reading, Pennsylvania.
1990:  Sean Kingston (real name Kisean Anderson, whose biggest hit was "Beautiful Girls" in 2007) was born in Miami, Florida.

Friday, February 1, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: February 2

1949:  RCA Records released a new smaller record with a bigger hole in the middle, called the 45 RPM.
1955:  The Coasters signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
1957:  Fats Domino performed "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on The Perry Como Show on television.
1959:  Pat Boone was on the cover of Life magazine.

1959:  Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens were in concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.  All three were killed in the tragic plane crash late that night (1 a.m.).

1959:  The Platters posted a third week at #1 with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".  Bill Parsons moved "The All-American Boy" from 12 to 2, Ritchie Valens had "Donna" at #3 and the Crests were at #4 with "16 Candles".
1962:  The Beatles performed outside of Liverpool, England for the first time with a show at the Oasis in Manchester.  They kicked off the show with "Hippy Hippy Shake".

Our Day Will Come by Ruby & The Romantics on Grooveshark
1963:  Ruby & the Romantics released the single "Our Day Will Come".

1963:  The Beatles began their first tour of Britain, backing up Helen Shapiro at the Gaumont Cinema in Bradford.
1963:  Cliff Richard and the Shadows moved to #1 on the U.K. Album chart with Summer Holiday, which would prove to have staying power with 14 weeks at the top.
1965:  Frankie Avalon was on the television show Combat!  on ABC.
1967:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience performed "Purple Haze" on Top of the Pops on BBC-TV.

1973:  The popular late-night show The Midnight Special premiered as a weekly series on NBC-TV.
1973:  Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake & Palmer injured his hands when a  piano rigged to go off later in the show prematurely exploded during a concert in San Francisco, California.
1974:  The Carpenters had the #1 album in the U.K. with their compilation The Singles 1969-1973.

1974:  The Love Unlimited Orchestra remained at #1 for a second week on the Adult chart with "Love's Theme".
1974:  Former Poppy Family member Terry Jacks had a big hit on his hands, as "Seasons In The Sun" moved from 72 to 49.

                            Jim Stafford tells a tale...

1974:  Barbra Streisand had the #1 song with "The Way We Were", bumping off "You're Sixteen" by Ringo Starr.  The great instrumental "Love's Theme" from Love Unlimited Orchestra was third while Al Wilson was down with his former #1 "Show And Tell".  The rest of the Top 10:  Byron MacGregor moved "Americans" to #5, Gladys Knight & the Pips with "I've Got To Use My Imagination", Olivia Newton-John with "Let Me Be There", Aretha Franklin joined the list with "Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna' Do)", the Steve Miller Band was on the way down with "The Joker" and Jim Stafford helped us laugh with "Spiders And Snakes".

1976:  Peter Frampton released the single "Show Me The Way".  (Note:  the book 'Dazed and Confused:  Teenage Nostalgia:  Instant and Cool 70's Memorabilia', edited by Richard Linklater, unfortunately contains at least one serious error.  He states that "Show Me The Way" was released on February 21, the date it debuted on the Singles chart.  Repeat after us:  It is physically impossible for a single to be released to radio stations, radio stations to add the song to their playlists, radio stations report the add to trade papers, and trade papers print and publish their new charts all on the same day.  Some websites state that the song "entered the charts" on February 16--it debuted on the 'Billboard Hot 100' chart on February 21, according to 'Billboard' magazine.)1976:  Genesis released the album A Trick of the Tail in the U.K., the first release with Phil Collins taking over lead vocals.

1978:  Van Halen signed a recording contract with Warner Brothers Records.
1979:  Sid Vicious, ex-bassist of the Sex Pistols, while awaiting a trial for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, died of drugs in New York City in the apartment of his new girlfriend who was dumb enough to take up with him.

Off The Wall by Michael Jackson on Grooveshark

1980:  Michael Jackson released the single "Off The Wall".

1980:  A new Southern rock and roll band first were heard on the radio as .38 Special's first single--"Rockin' Into The Night" debuted on the chart.
1980:  Michael Jackson remained at #1 for the fifth week on the R&B chart--"Rock With You".

1980:  Linda Ronstadt was really proving her versatility, changing musical direction once again with a New Wave album.  She had the highest-debuting song with "How Do I Make You".

                   Smokey with his biggest solo hit...

1980:  Michael Jackson registered a third week at #1 with "Rock With You".  The Captain & Tennille were at #2 with "Do That To Me One More Time" and Kenny Rogers remained third with "Coward Of The County".  Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" was next while Queen had a big hit with "Crazy Little Thing Called Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Rupert Holmes with his former #1 smash--"Escape (The Pina Colada Song)", Fleetwood Mac moved "Sara" up to #7, the Eagles had their 17th hit and eighth to make the Top 10 in their last 10 releases with "The Long Run", Teri DeSario and K.C. reached the Top 10 with their remake of the Barbara Mason song "Yes, I'm Ready" and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers scored the first Top 10 of their career with "Don't Do Me Like That".

Fogelberg's awesome song "Along the Road" from 'Phoenix'...

1980:  Pink Floyd achieved a third week at #1 on the Album chart with The Wall.  The Eagles' former #1 was still a strong second with The Long Run.  Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers were in the #3 position with their breakthrough album Damn the Torpedoes.  Michael Jackson was up strong (7-4) for Off the Wall and Kenny Rogers gained ground with Kenny.  The rest of the Top 10:  Phoenix from Dan Fogelberg, the Donna Summer compilation On the Radio-Greatest Hits-Volumes I & II, the great album Tusk from Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees Greatest was at #9 and Jefferson Starship's move to a more rock & roll sound--Freedom At Point Zero edged up to #10.

1981:  We were about to discover a bright new talent from Scotland.  Her name was Sheena Easton and on this date, she released her first single--"Morning Train (Nine to Five)".

Don't Let Him Go by Reo Speedwagon on Grooveshark                                                                       "Don't Let Him Go"

1981:  Hi Infidelity, the breakthrough album by REO Speedwagon, was certified platinum.  That was just the beginning for the album, which has now sold over nine million copies.
1985:  Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen spent a seventh and final week at #1 on the Album chart. 
1985:  Former Eagle Glenn Frey was flying solo and doing well with "The Heat Is On", which moved from #29 to #13 on this date.

1987:  Steve Winwood released the single "The Finer Things".

1987:  Chris DeBurgh released the single "The Lady In Red".
1988:  Pat Boone was a guest star on the television show Moonlighting on ABC.

Please click to skip the ad--only included because the video shows the New Jersey Mass Choir who contributed so much to this song.

1985:  Foreigner scored a #1 song with "I Want To Know What Love Is". 

1988:  Brenda Russell released the single "Piano In The Dark".


3 Am Eternal by The KLF on Grooveshark
1991:  KLF had the #1 song in the U.K. with "3 A.M. Eternal".
1991:  Sting ruled the U.K. Album chart with The Soul Cages.
1991:  Whitney Houston achieved her 12th Top 10 in her last 13 releases with "All the Man That I Need".
1991:  Surface moved to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "The First Time".
1993:  Willie Nelson settled his longstanding account with the Internal Revenue Service.

1994:  Bruce Springsteen released the single "Streets Of Philadelphia".


2001:  The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez, was the #1 movie in the United States, making Ms. Lopez the only person in history to own a #1 album (J. Lo) and #1 movie simultaneously.  Barbra Streisand nearly pulled it off in 1974, but her album and movie (The Way We Were) were #1 a week apart.
2003:  Jennifer Lopez led the way with the #1 song "All I Have".
2004:  Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks ("Landslide") announced she and husband Adrian Pasdar were expecting their second child.

2004:  Phish began working on a follow-up album to Round Room from 2002.
2004:  Clive Davis, who helped the careers of Whitney Houston, Santana and Alicia Keys, was hired as the chairman and CEO at BMG Records.
2005:  Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear announced they would divorce after 11 years of marriage.

2005:   Chester Bennington of Linkin Park visited Thailand to assess damage from the 2004 tsunami.  He went to two elementary schools and helped to paint a house.
2005:  Be As You Are by Kenny Chesney was the new #1 album.

2007:  Billy Henderson, founding member of the Spinners, died of complications from diabetes at age 67 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
2007:  Joe Hunter, veteran session keyboardist who performed with Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Martha & the Vandellas, died of natural causes in Detroit, Michigan at the age of 79.
2010:  Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees joined the cast of Hairspray at the Shaftebury Theatre in London.
2014:  Bruno Mars performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey.

Born This Day:

1927:  Stan Getz (real name Stan Gayetsky), jazz saxophonist who helped give us the great album Getz/Gilberto ("The Girl From Ipanema") was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died of liver cancer in Malibu, California June 6, 1991.
1933:  Arthur Lyman ("Yellow Bird" from 1961) was born in beautiful Kauai in the U.S. territory of Hawai'i; died February 24, 2002.  (Note:  some websites say that Lyman was born on the island of Oahu, but '' and the newspaper 'The Chicago Tribune' state that he was born on Kauai.)
1940:  Alan Caddy, lead guitarist of the Tornadoes ("Telstar") and later a session musician, arranger and producer, was born in Chelsea, London; died August 16, 2000 in London after years of alcoholism.

1942:  Graham Nash, singer-songwriter and guitarist of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England.
1943:  Peter Macbeth (real name Peter McGrath), bassist of the Foundations, was born in Marylebone, London.
1945:  Ronnie Goodson, trumpet player for John Fred & His Playboy Band ("Judy In Disguise (With Glasses)" from 1968), was born in Jersey City, New Jersey; died of a brain tumor in Jersey City on November 4, 1980.  (Note:  some websites show that Ronnie was born in Miami, Florida.  There are no credible sources for either birthplace, but our best research indicates that Goodson was born in Jersey City.)
1946:  Howard Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers ("Let Your Love Flow" from 1976) was born in Darby, Florida.

1947:  Peter Lucia (bottom right, above), drummer of Tommy James & the Shondells, was born in Morristown, New Jersey; died of a heart attack January 6, 1987 while golfing in Los Angeles.
1948:  Alan McKay, guitarist of Earth, Wind & Fire, was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Note:  some websites indicate that Alan was born in Los Angeles, but he was born in New Orleans, according to his official website.)

1950:  Ross Valory, bass guitarist of Journey and the Steve Miller Band, was born in San Francisco, California.
1963:  Wasserman, guitarist of the Offspring ("Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" from 1999)
1966:  Robert DeLeo, songwriter and bassist of the Stone Temple Pilots, was born in Montclair, New Jersey. 
1971:  Ben Mize, drummer of the Counting Crows, was born in Durham, North Carolina.
1975:  Billy Mohler, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist of the Calling

1977:  Shakira was born in Barranquilla, Columbia.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: February 1

1956 - The Rock and Roll Ice Revue opened at the Roxy Theater in New York City. 
1960:  Bill Black's Combo held on to #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth straight week with "Smokie - Part 2".
1960:  Johnny Preston's "Running Bear" captured the #1 spot overall for the third week.
1962:  The Beatles did a show at the Thistle Cafe in West Kirby, England, the first gig booked by manager Brian Epstein for which he took a commission (10%).
1963:  Neil Young (far left), and his group the Squires, performed in concert for the first time at the age of 17 at a country club in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada.  (Note:  several websites state that Young and his group performed on January 31, but the correct date is February 1, according to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and 'Pollstar'.)
1963:  Paul Simon graduated from Queens College in New York City.
1963:  Linda Scott appeared on The Arthur Godfrey and the Sounds of New York television special on CBS.

1964:  An historic day in the Rock Era as the Beatles first reached #1 in the U.S. with "I Want To Hold Your Hand".  It took the group just three weeks to reach the top spot, unheard of in those days.  Lesley Gore climbed from 13-2 with "You Don't Own Me" while the Marketts had #3 with one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*--"Out Of Limits".  The Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird" remained fourth with the Rip Chords positioned at #5 with "Hey Little Cobra".  Although the version by Paul Revere & the Raiders was better, Billboard chose to rank "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen at #6. The rest of the Top 10:  Bobby Vinton tumbled from the top spot to #7 with "There!  I've Said It Again", Major Lance with "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", Dionne Warwick burst onto the scene with her first Top 10, moving from 16-9 with "Anyone Who Had A Heart" and Rick Nelson moved to #10 with "For You".

1964:  The British Are Coming!  The British Are Coming!  With the Beatles reaching #1 on this date, they lined up another one as the demand for their product was like nothing the world had ever seen, before or since.  "She Loves You" moved from #69 to #21 on this date.

There I've Said It Again by Bobby Vinton on Grooveshark
1964:  While the Beatles had already changed music forever by now, some radio stations were clinging to the past as Bobby Vinton's "There!  I've Said It Again" was still #1 on the Easy Listening chart.  That would likely be how music sounded today were it not for the Beatles.
1967:  Frank and Nancy Sinatra recorded "Something Stupid".
1967:  The Beatles recorded nine takes of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" at Studio Two at the EMI Recording Studios in London, laying down the rhythm track for the song.  (Note:  some websites claim that the Beatles came up with the concept idea of the album after recording it and decided to name the album after the song.  According to the book 'All We Are Saying' by David Sheff, John Lennon said in an interview that the idea for 'Sgt. Pepper's' came  when the Beatles visited the United States for the final time.  According to Lennon, Paul McCartney was struck by the interesting names of U.S. groups, and in November, on a flight from Nairobi to England, McCartney came up with the idea for an alter-ego for the band.)

1967:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience played at the Cellar Club in South Shields, England.
1969:  Joni Mitchell performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
1969:  Tyrone Davis decisively stormed to #1 on the R&B chart with "Can I Change My Mind".

          "The Time It Is Today" from the Association...

1969:  Another week, another week at #1 for The White Album by the Beatles.  That made six so far.  TCB by Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations was the closest, with Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman third.  Another collaboration from the Supremes & the Temptations--Diana Ross & the Supremes Join the Temptations, was #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Fool on the Hill by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, the Greatest Hits by the Association shot up from #35 to #6, Iron Butterfly was at #7 with In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, The Second by Steppenwolf, Cheap Thrills from Big Brother & the Holding Company and Beggars Banquet by the Rolling Stones was #10.

1969:  Tommy James & the Shondells hit #1 with the classic "Crimson And Clover".  Sly & the Family Stone provided great competition with their #2 song "Everyday People".  Brooklyn Bridge moved impressively from 8 to 3 with "Worst That Could Happen", leaping over "Touch Me" by the Doors".  The rest of the Top 10:  Marvin Gaye with his version of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", Diana Ross & the Supremes & the Temptations with "I'm Gonna' Make You Love Me", the Bee Gees were up to #7 with "I Started A Joke", B.J. Thomas sat at #8 with "Hooked On A Feeling", Young-Holt Unlimited was on their way down with "Soulful Strut" and the Foundations moved from 28-10 with "Build Me Up Buttercup".
1975:  Elvis Presley arranged for daughter Lisa Marie to meet Elton John for her seventh birthday.  Elton was Lisa's favorite singer (although we hope second to Dad).

1975:  We were first introduced to a bright new talent, and practically a virtuoso on both piano and guitar.  His lyrics and music would inspire millions to the present day.  His first single, "Part Of The Plan" debuted on the chart, the first hit for Dan Fogelberg.
1975:  The Eagles catapulted to #1 on the Adult chart with "Best Of My Love".

1975:  Neil Sedaka, who hadn't had a hit in nine years and a Top 10 in 13 years, completed one of the greatest comebacks in the Rock Era by reaching #1 on this date with "Laughter In The Rain".  
1975:  The Eagles moved from 15-9 on the popular chart with "Best Of My Love".

1975:  Grand Funk hit the Top 10 with "Some Kind Of Wonderful".
1975:  Elton John spent a 10th week at #1 on the Album chart with his Greatest Hits package.
1977:  The movie Genesis in Concert opened in London.
1977:  Led Zeppelin postponed dates of its tour of North America after lead singer Robert Plant developed tonsillitis.  The dates were moved to June and as it turned out, they would be the final appearances ever by the group on the continent.

1981:  Juice Newton released the single "Angel Of The Morning".

I Love Rock 'n' Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Grooveshark
1982:  Joan Jett & the Blackhearts released the seminal single and musical declaration "I Love Rock & Roll", largely responsible for helping bring rock and roll back to the forefront after the disco and soft rock era.
1982:  Memphis, Tennessee declared today "Bar-Kays Day" after their native band.
1985:  Glenn Frey appeared on Miami Vice on NBC-TV.
1986:  Diana Ross and Arne Naess exchanged wedding vows in Romainmôtier, Switzerland.  (Note:  many websites state that the two were married on this date in Geneva, Switzerland.  Ross and Naess were married October 23, 1985 in New York City, according to the Associated Press and 'People' magazine.  What happened on this date was that Ross and Naess renewed their vows at a Swiss Reform church in Romainmôtier.  They then held a reception with all the trimmings at Beau Rivage Palace hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland, with friend Stevie Wonder singing 'I Just Called To Say I Love You".   

1986:  The Bangles performed at Portsmouth Polytechnic (renamed the University of Portsmouth in 1992) in England.
1986:  Dick James, music publisher who worked with the Beatles and signed Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin as unknown artists in 1967, died of a heart attack in London at age 65.

Superbowl Shuffle by Chicago Bears '86 on Grooveshark
1986:  One of the hottest songs in the country was the song put together by the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears--"Superbowl Shuffle", which moved from 84 to 56.
1986:  Dionne & Friends remained #1 for a third week with "That's What Friends Are For".

      "Justice and Independence '85", one of the great tracks on 'Scarecrow'...

1986:   The Broadway Album by Barbra Streisand ruled the Album chart for a second week, her sixth career #1 album.  Promise by Sade was second, followed by the "Miami Vice" Soundtrack and the self-titled Heart.  John Cougar Mellencamp's great album Scarecrow was #5 with Dire Straits stuck on #6 with Brothers In Arms.  The rest of the Top 10:  Afterburner from ZZ Top, newcomers Mr. Mister moved up a spot with Welcome to the Real World, Whitney Houston's self-titled debut re-entered the Top 10 after 45 weeks and Starship held down #10--Knee Deep in the Hoopla.

1988:  Michael Jackson released the single "Man In The Mirror".

1988:  Louis Armstrong released the single "What A Wonderful World".

1988:  One of the most successful groups of the Rock Era, The Cars, broke up.
1989:  Paul Robi of the Platters died of cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 57.
1992:  The live version of "Don't Let Me The Sun Go Down On Me" by George Michael and Elton John hit #1.
1992:  Nirvana reached #1 on the Album chart for a week with Nevermind, though previous #1 Ropin' the Wind by Garth Brooks would easily pass it the following week.  Michael Jackson's Dangerous took the bronze, with Hammer's Too Legit To Quit fourth and another Garth Brooks release--No Fences, moving from 10-5 after 72 weeks.  The rest of the Top 10:  Achtung Baby from U2, Cooleyhighharmony by Boyz II Men, Metallica with their self-titled release, Time, Love & Tenderness from Michael Bolton and Mariah Carey's Emotions.
1992:  Mariah Carey maintained at #1 for the third week with "Can't Let Go".

            Jewel first came into our lives...

1997:  Toni Braxton had the #1 song for the ninth straight week with "Un-Break My Heart".  En Vogue spent another week at #2 with "Don't Let Go (Love)" while R. Kelly was third with "I Believe I Can Fly".  Whitney Houston edged up with "I Believe In You And Me".  Other Top 10 songs of note:  the Spice Girls moved from 11 to 6 in just their second week of release with "Wannabe" and Jewel moved from 13-9 with her great song "You Were Meant For Me".
2000:  ABBA turned down an offer of a billion dollars to reunite for 250 shows in 100 cities.
2002:  Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys agreed to enter a counseling program and do community service to get a charge of resisting/opposing a law enforcement officer dropped.  Carter had been arrested at a Tampa, Florida nightclub on January 2.

2003:  Mongo Santamaria ("Watermelon Man"), who many people thought was the best conga player of the 20th century, died in Miami, Florida at the age of 85 after suffering a stroke the week before.
2004:  Barry Manilow was hospitalized in Palm Springs, California for chest pains that were attributable to stress.  Manilow and co-writer Bruce Sussman were in the midst of arbitration in a lawsuit to get back the rights to their stage musical Harmony, and Manilow was rushed to the hospital the night before.
2006:  Split Enz announced they were reuniting for a tour of their native Australia.

2008:  NASA, space agency of the United States, announced that "Across The Universe" by the Beatles would become the first song to be beamed directly into space.  The song would be trasmitted through a network of antennas on the 40th anniversary of the song's recording, and aimed at the North Star (Polaris), 431 light years from Earth.
2008:  The Spice Girls cut their reunion tour short because of "family and personal commitments".  (Note:  some websites show the date of this announcement as February 2, but it was on February 1, as reported by 'CBC', 'NME', and 'Billboard' magazine.)
2009:  Jennifer Hudson gave a spectacular performance of the U.S. national anthem of Super Bowl XLIII at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.  Journey performed during pre-game festivities while Bruce Springsteen did a show at halftime.
2009:  Lily Allen had the #1 song in the U.K. with "The Fear".
2010:  Over 80 artists gathered at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles to record the remake of "We Are The World".  Janet Jackson recorded her version of brother Michael's part.  The song, "We Are The World 25 for Haiti", premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics on February 12, and raised money for victims of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

2012:  Don Cornelius, host and producer of the television show Soul Train, shot himself in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 75.

Born This Day:
1934:  Bob Shane of the Kingston Trio ("Tom Dooley") was born in Hilo, Hawai'i.

1937:  Don Everly of the Everly Brothers was born in Brownie, Kentucky.

1937:  Ray Sawyer, guitarist of Dr. Hook,was born in Chickasaw, Alabama.  (Note:  some websites report that Sawyer was born in Chicksaw, Alabama.  There is no such town; the correct spelling of Ray's birthplace is Chickasaw.)
1938:  Jimmy Carl Black (real name James Inkanish Jr.) of Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart, was born in El Paso, Texas; died November 1, 2008 from lung cancer in Siegsdorf, Germany.  (Note:  some websites report that Black died in Traunstein, Germany, but the correct place of death is Siegsdorf, according to the newspaper 'The New York Times'.)  

1948:  Rick James was born in Buffalo, New York; died August 6, 2004 at his home in Los Angeles, California from a heart attack.  (Note:  some websites report that James died in Burbank, California, but he died in Los Angeles, according to the newspaper 'The Los Angeles Times'.  Various causes of death are shown all over the Internet, but the Coroner's report states that James died of a heart attack, according to 'Billboard' magazine.) 
1951:  Rich Williams, guitarist of Kansas, was born in Topeka, Kansas.
1951: Fran Christina, drummer of the Fabulous Thunderbirds ("Tuff Enough") was born in Westerly, Rhode Island.

1954:  Mike Campbell, songwriter and elite guitarist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, was born in Panama City, Florida.  (Note:  '' reports that Campbell was born in Los Angeles, but according to the North Florida Hall of Fame and the famous Troubadour Club in Los Angeles, Campbell was born in Panama City.  In fact, Campbell did not move to Los Angeles until 1973.)
1964:  Jani Lane, lead vocalist and main songwriter of Warrant, was born in Akron, Ohio; died August 11, 2011 of acute alcohol poisoning at a hotel in Woodland Hills, California.   
1969:  Patrick Wilson, drummer of Weezer, was born in Buffalo, New York.
1971:  Ron Welty, drummer of the Offspring, was born in Long Beach, California.
1975:  Big Boi (real name Antwan André Patton) of OutKast was born in Savannah, Georgia.