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

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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.
1961:  Bob Dylan recorded his first song--"San Francisco Bay Blues".

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.

1964:  The Beatles released the single 'I Saw Her Standing There".
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, drums 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--"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 released the single "Time of the Season".
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 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.
1986:  Robert Palmer released the single "Addicted To Love".

1986:  Falco released the single 'Rock Me Amadeus".    

          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".
1992:  Eric Clapton released the single "Tears In Heaven".


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.

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 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, 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.

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.
1940:  Angelo D'Aleo of Dion and the Belmonts
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 Fortis Green, London.

1947:  Melanie (Melanie Safka), who did "Brand New Key" in 1971, was born in Astoria, Queens, New York.
1956:  Lee Renaldo, songwriter, singer and guitarist of Sonic Youth and also a producer, was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York.

1959:  Laurence Tolhurt, founding member, drummer and keyboardist of the Cure, was born in Horley, England.

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

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1949:  A new smaller record with a bigger hole in the middle was released, 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".

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.

1970:  Badfinger released the single "Come and Get It".



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

1973:  The popular late-night show The Midnight Special debuted 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:  Genesis released the album A Trick of the Tail, 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.

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:  The Police released the single "Don't Stand So Close To Me".


1981:  He had been a star keyboardist with the Spencer Davis Group in his teens and also a member of Traffic.  On this date, Steve Winwood debuted on the chart with his first release as a solo artist--"While You See a Chance".

                                "Don't Let Him Go"

1981:  Hi Infidelity, the breakthrough album by REO Speedwagon, was certified platinum.
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".
1988:  Pat Boone was a guest star on the television show Moonlighting on ABC.
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1985:  Foreigner scored a #1 song with "I Want To Know What Love Is". 

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.

2001:  The Wedding Planner, starring Jennifer Lopez, was the #1 movie in the United States.
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 head man at BMG Records.
2005:  Richie Sambora and Heathr 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.
2007:  Joe Hunter, veteran session keyboardist who performed with Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Martha & the Vandellas, died at the age of 79.
2008:  The Spice Girls cut their reunion tour short because of "family and personal commitments".
2010:  Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees joined the cast of Hairspray in London.

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 June 6, 1991.
1933:  Arthur Lyman ("Yellow Bird" from 1961) was born in beautiful Kauai, Hawai'i ; died February 24, 2002.
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.

1942:  Graham Nash, singer-songwriter and guitarist of the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, was born in Blackpool, 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 Miami, Florida.
1946:  Howard Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers ("Let Your Love Flow" from 1976)
1947:  Peter Lucia of Tommy James & the Shondells
1947:  Margie Ganser of the Shangri-Las; died of breast cancer July 28, 1996.
1947:  Mary Ann Ganser of the Shangri-Las
1947:  Derek Shulman of Gentle Giant, who later signed Bon Jovi when he worked for PolyGram Records, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1948:  Alan McKay, guitarist of Earth, Wind & Fire, was born in Los Angeles.

1950:  Ross Valory, bass guitarist of Journey and the Steve Miller Band, was born in San Francisco, California.
1950:  James Dunn of the Stylistics was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1963:  Wasserman, guitarist of the Offspring ("Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)" from 1999)
1966:  Robert DeLeo of the Stone Temple Pilots 
1969:  John Spence, singer and founder of No Doubt; committed suicide on December 21, 1987.
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

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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 for the third week.
 1962:  The Beatles did a show at the Thistle Cafe in West Kirkby, England, the first gig booked by manager Brian Epstein.
1963:  Paul Simon graduated from Queens College in New York City.
1963:  Neil Young made his professional debut at the age of 17 at a country club in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada.
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 116-9 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 the product was like nothing the world had ever seen, before or since.  "She Loves You" moved from #69 to #21 on this date.

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 the rhythm track for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band".  After the session, the group decided they would name the album after the song and create a theme around it.  

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".

1971:  The Carpenters released the single "For All We Know".


1971:  The Temptations released the single "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)".


1971:  Tom Jones released the single "She's a Lady".
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 tonsilitis.  The dates were moved to June and as it turned out, they would be the final appearances ever by the group on the continent.

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:  Huey Lewis & the News released their breakthrough single "Do You Believe In Love".
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 married Arne Naess in Geneva, Switzerland.

1986:  The Bangles performed at Portsmouth Polytechnic 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 at age 65.

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:  One of the most successful groups of the Rock Era--The Cars broke up.
1989:  Paul Robi of the Platters died of cancer 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.
2002:  Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys agreed to enter a counseling program and do community service to get a charge of resisting/opposoing a law enforcement officer dropped.  Carter had been arrested at a nightclub in January.


2003:  Mongo Santamaria ("Watermelon Man"), who many people thought was the best conga player of the 20th century, died at the age of 85.
2004:  Barry Manilow was hospitalized for chest pains that were attributable to stress.
2006:  Split Enz announced they were reunited 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.
2009:  Journey performed during pre-game festivities while Bruce Springsteen did a show at halftime of Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Florida.
2009:  Lily Allen had the #1 song in the U.K. with "The Fear".
2010:  Over 80 artists gathered to record the remake of "We Are the World".  Janet Jackson recorded her version of brother Michael's part.  The song premiered at the opening of the Winter Olympics on February 12.
2012:  Don Cornelius, host and producer of the television show Soul Train, shot himself in Sherman Oaks, California at the age of 72.


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.
1938:  Jimmy Carl Black of Mothers of Invention and Captain Beefheart, was born in El Paso, Texas; died November 1, 2008 from lung chancer in Traunstein, Germany.  

1948:  Rick James was born in Buffalo, New York; died August 6, 2004 at his home in Los Angeles, California from pulmonary and cardiac failure due to his conditions of diabetes, a stroke and a heart attack.   
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 Jacksonville, Florida.
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 of OutKast was born in Savannah, Georgia.

The Great Class of 1975

New music fans may wonder why older people say music was so great in the 60's and 70's.  It was not only the complexity of the music and lyrics, but the fact that many artists in those days didn't just have one hit and fade away forever.

Certainly 1975 had its share of One-Hit Wonders, but even those are among the greatest of the Rock Era, as you'll see in our presentation of The Top 500 One-Hit Wonders of the Rock Era* soon on Inside the Rock Era

Here are some of the top artists who enjoyed their first big hit in 1975.  There are some incredible songs for artists enjoying their first hit all in the same year.  You'll note that several of them became some of the top superstars of the Rock Era:
 
Queen
Their first single, "Killer Queen", only reached #12 in 1975, but this English group became superstars in short order.  Responsible for classics such as "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Are the Champions", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites the Dust", Queen was one of the rulers of the music world through 1993, scoring 27 hits.
 
Styx

This band from the windy city of Chicago enjoyed their first hit in 1975 with the great "Lady".  Many of their early albums contained their best music, even though it took several years for them to become superstars.  They were magnificent in those early years, and went on to score 23 hits, with 8 of those reaching the Top 10.
 
Barry Manilow
Certainly one of the most successful of the newcomers from 1975, he hit #1 with "Mandy" and never looked back.  The former accompaniest and producer of Bette Midler, Manilow had 28 hits in his spectacular career, including three #1's and 11 Top 10's.  Manilow is still going strong 38 years later as one of the major performers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ELO
This group had enjoyed minor success with songs like "Roll Over Beethoven", but in 1975, they scored their first big hit with "Can't Get It Out of My Head", which gave them a #9 song.  What an incredible group they became.  They racked up 27 career hits with 7 of those reaching the Top 10. 

ZZ Top
This fun-loving trio from Texas are among the great live performers of the Rock Era and you can still catch their act.  They had the underrated "La Grange" in 1974, but scored their first big hit with "Tush" in 1975.  They finished with 17 career hits including "Legs", "Sharp Dressed Man" and "Gimme All Your Lovin'".


Captain & Tennille
One of the most successful of the new acts in 1975, they used to be backing musicians for the Beach Boys before launching their own career.  The hit #1 in 1975 with "Love Will Keep Us Together" and also landed a big hit with "The Way I Want to Touch You".  The popular husband and wife team also went on to host their own television variety series and went on to score 14 hits.

Natalie Cole
The daughter of the legendary Nat, Natalie became a big star in her own right, winning the Best New Artist Grammy Award following her first album in 1975.  Natalie hit #6 with "This Will Be" that year, then enjoyed 16 other hits, including 5 Top 10's.

K.C. & the Sunshine Band
Success is often timing, and this former D.J. and his band certainly had that.  They hit #1 twice in 1975 with "Get Down Tonight" and "That's the Way (I Like It)".

Leo Sayer
This English artist hit #9 with his first single--"Long Tall Glasses".  He gave us nine other hits in his career through 1981 including the smashes "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing", "When I Need You" and "More Than I Can Say".

Bay City Rollers
One of the top acts to ever come out of Scotland, Rollermania was alive and well.  They hit #1 with their first single, "Saturday Night", and scored eight hits through 1977.

Ambrosia
This great group from L.A. put out a great sound.  Their first single from 1975, "Holdin' On To Yesterday" only reached #17, but don't let that fool you; it's one of The Top Unknown/Underrated Songs of the Rock Era*.  They later scored big with "How Much I Feel", "Biggest Part of Me" and "You're The Only Woman".

Average White Band
This unique group, a group of musicians from Scotland, hit #1 with "Pick Up the Pieces" in 1975, their first single.  They went on to score seven career hits.

Gloria Gaynor
Gaynor landed at #9 with her remake of the Jackson Five hit "Never Can Say Goodbye".  She enjoyed five minor hits through 1979, but gave us one of The Top 500 Songs of the Rock Era* in "I Will Survive".

Hot Chocolate
You listen to "Emma", this group's first single which hit #8 in 1975, and it's obvious they were going to be a unique group--what a great sound!  They also scored big later with "You Sexy Thing" and "Every 1's A Winner" and were big stars in Europe.

Jigsaw
The group from England hit #3 with their first single "Sky High" in 1975.  They had three other charting singles in their career.

Sammy Johns
Another of the One-Hit Wonders from 1975, Sammy gave us "Chevy Van".

LaBelle
LaBelle burst unto the scene in 1975 with the incredible "Lady Marmalade", yet another #1 song from this great class of newcomers.  They were an amazing live act, as evidenced by their performance on The Midnight Special.  Patti LaBelle enjoyed a total of 17 hits in her career with several groups and as a solo performer.

Melissa Manchester
This talented former backup singer for Bette Midler also enjoyed her first hit in 1975 with "Midnight Blue".  She became another star, enjoying 15 charting singles through 1985.

Van McCoy
McCoy recorded one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era* in 1975 as a newcomer--"The Hustle".

Michael Murphey
Although "Wildfire" in 1975 was by far his biggest career hit, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful songs of the Rock Era.  He had a minor hit with "Carolina in the Pines" and became a noted country performer.

Pilot
This group was another One-Hit Wonder, but that one hit was huge--a #5 song in the spring of 1975 that went gold.  They were one of several Scottish artists to explode onto the music scene in 1975.

Minnie Riperton
Riperton was another of the One-Hit Wonders, but her one hit was a beauty--the #1 song "Lovin' You".

Silver Convention
They scored two huge hits that were essentially instrumentals; the one that caught on in 1975 was "Fly, Robin, Fly".

Phoebe Snow
This gifted performer who was taken from us much too soon got to #5 with the great song "Poetry Man" in 1975.  It was the first single from the singer who first began performing in Greenwich Village, New York.  She teamed up with Paul Simon for "Gone At Last" later in the year, and also had three other charting singles.

Tavares
This soul group hit #10 with "It Only Takes A Minute" in 1975.  They also scored another big hit with "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel" later in their career, were featured prominently in one of the all-time top movies, Saturday Night Fever, scored big on the R&B chart, and landed 14 charted hits.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: January 31

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1956:  Elvis Presley signed a contract with the William Morris Agency to represent him in arrangements with movie companies.
1957:  "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets, which officially marked the start of the Rock Era in 1955, went over a million in sales in the U.K.
1961:  Bobby Darin hosted Bobby Darin and Friends on NBC, becoming the youngest person to headline a TV special.
1963:  The Beach Boys recorded "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Shut Down".
1963:  Neil Young performed in concert for the first time at the age of 17 at a country club in Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada.
1964:  Sales of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles had already topped 1.5 million in England alone while "She Loves You" was at 1.3 million.
1966:  The Turtles released the single "You Baby".
1966:  Ssgt Barry Sadler released the single "The Ballad of the Green Beret".

1967:  John Lennon bought an 1843 circus poster reading "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" at an antique shop in Kent, England.  He later wrote a song about the title.
1969:  Bobby Darin walked off The Jackie Gleason Show after he was told he could not sing "Long Line Rider".
1970:  A new British blues band debuted on the chart on this date with a song that included 20 seconds of vocals.  The song was "Oh Well".  After making numerous lineup changes, they found the right combination and took the world by storm beginning in 1975 with the song "Over My Head".  The group is of course Fleetwood Mac.
1970:  Members of the Grateful Dead were arrested in New Orleans, Louisiana, for possession of LSD and barbiturates.

1970:  Creedence Clearwater Revival filmed a television special.
1970:  Slim Harpo ("Baby Scratch My Back" from 1966) died of a heart attack while recording in London.
1970:  Led Zeppelin II battled Abbey Road by the Beatles for a third week at #1.  
1970:  The Jackson 5's first single release, "I Want You Back", remained at #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week.
1970:  The hottest mover was Brook Benton's "Rainy Night In Georgia", up from #63 to #34.

1970:  The Jackson 5 finally toppled B.J. Thomas's song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head" after four weeks at #1 with "I Want You Back".  "Venus" by the Shocking Blue was a strong second while B.J. was third.  Led Zeppelin had their biggest career hit although Billboard didn't really know how to measure the popularity of their songs.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Without Love (There Is Nothing)" from Tom Jones, Elvis Presley's double-sided "Don't Cry Daddy"/"Ruberneckin'", Dionne Warwick moved to #7 with "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", Sly & the Family Stone advanced from 15 to 8 with "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)"/"Everybody is a Star", Diana Ross & the Supremes with their former #1 "Someday We'll Be Together" and another former chart-topper ("Leaving On A Jet Plane") was #10 for Peter, Paul & Mary.
1971:  Members of the Jackson 5 received the keys to their hometown of Gary, Indiana.

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






1972:  Paul Simon released the single "Mother and Child Reunion".
1972:  Aretha Franklin sang at the funeral for Mahalia Jackson.
1973:  Charlie Freeman, guitarist who played for Rita Coolidge and Delaney & Bonnie, died at age 31.

1976:  "Mamma Mia" by ABBA knocked Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" from the #1 position in the U.K. after nine weeks. Ironically, the members of Queen were subconsciously aware of the takeover when they put these words into "Bohemian Rhapsody"--"Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia, Mamma Mia let me go."
1976:  The Best of Roy Orbison ruled the U.K. album chart.
1976:  John Denver & Olivia Newton-John's duet "Fly Away" resumed the #1 position on the Adult chart.
1976:  "Sing a Song" by Earth Wind & Fire returned to #1 on the R&B chart.

           Barry Manilow's "New York City Rhythm"...

1976:  Earth, Wind & Fire prevailed for a third week at #1 on the album chart with Gratitude.  Bob Dylan moved from 23-2 with Desire, leaping over Paul Simon's Still Crazy After All These Years.  Chicago IX - Chicago's Greatest Hits was fourth with Helen Reddy's Greatest Hits fifth.  It must have been a time for collections, because History, America's Greatest Hits, was seventh.  In between, Trying To Get the Feeling by Barry Manilow.  The rest of the Top 10:  Family Reunion by the O'Jays, Alive!  from Kiss and The Hissing of Summer Lawns by Joni Mitchell.

1976:  The Ohio Players definitely rode "Love Rollercoaster" to the peak, skipping over Barry Manilow's "I Write the Songs".  Donna Summer was third with "Love to Love You Baby" while Hot Chocolate was up to #4 with the great song "You Sexy Thing".  The O'Jays remained the same with "I Love Music" while the former #1 "Convoy" by C.W. McCall moved back up to #6.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Sing A Song" from Earth, Wind & Fire, Paul Anka achieved his 46th career hit with "Times of Your Life", David Ruffin was at 9 with "Walk Away From Love" and Paul Simon moved in with "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover".
1978:  Greg Herbert of Blood, Sweat & Tears died from drugs at age 30 in Amsterdam while the group was on a European tour.
1979:  The Clash began their first tour of the United States with Bo Diddley opening.
1981:  "Fantastic Voyage" by Lakeside took over from Kool & the Gang's "Celebration" as the #1 R&B song.
1981:  Eddie Rabbitt remained king of the Adult Contemporary chart for the third week with "I Love A Rainy Night".
1981:  A hot new Canadian act first debuted on the chart with a single that had released several days before--"Turn Me Loose".  It was the great group Loverboy.

1981:  Former Randy Meisner was hot with his solo hit "Hearts On Fire", which moved from 65 to 50.
1981:  Neil Diamond's "Hello Again" was the highest-debuting song at #32.

1981:  Kool & the Gang had their sights set on the prize with "Celebration", which stormed from 12 to 3.  Eddie Rabbitt moved up with "I Love A Rainy Night" and newcomers Air Supply were at #5 with "Every Woman in the World".  The rest of the Top 10:  Rod Stewart's "Passion", Neil Diamond's smash "Love on the Rocks", Dolly Parton moved from 18-9 with "9 to 5", Diana Ross remained ninth with "It's My Turn" and Barry Manilow scored his 18th career hit and 11th Top 10 song with "I Made It Through the Rain".
1984:  The Soundtrack to "Footloose", one of The Top 100 Soundtracks of the Rock Era*, was released.
1985:  Barbara Cowsill of the Cowsills ("The Rain, the Park & Other Things") died of emphysema at age 56 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
1986:  Little Richard co-starred in the movie Down and Out in Beverly Hills, which opened in theaters.

          The incredible song "Homeless" from Graceland...

1987:  The landmark album Graceland by Paul Simon took over at #1 in the U.K.
              The Bangles became the top self-contained female group of the Rock Era

1987:  Over across the pond, the #1 album was Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi for a fourth week.  The Bangles were up to #2 after 53 weeks with Different Light.  
1987:  A brand new #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart--"At This Moment" from Billy Vera & the Beaters.

One of the best videos of the Rock Era no doubt helped Genesis.

1987:  Billy Vera & the Beaters remained #1 for a second week with the great song "At This Moment".  "Open Your Heart" by Madonna was second, getting the best of Robbie Nevil's "C'est La Vie".  Genesis had a bonafide smash with "Land of Confusion".  The rest of the Top 10:  Cyndi Lauper with "Change of Heart", Janet Jackson's former #5 "Control", Glass Tiger remained seventh with "Someday", Gregory Abbott tumbled with "Shake You Down", Bon Jovi was impressive with a 15-9 leap for "Livin' on a Prayer" and Samantha Fox was all about "Touch Me (I Want Your Body)".
1988:  The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed at The Mean Fiddler in London.
 
1988:  Herb Alpert performed the national anthem of the United States at Super Bowl XXII.  Chubby Checker performed at halftime.

1993:  Michael Jackson and 3,500 local children performed at halftime of Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, California.
1998:  Yanni broke the gross revenue record for the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. with proceeds of $860,300.  Janet Jackson broke that record on July 9, 1998.
1998:  18-year-old Usher rose to #1 in the U.K. with "You Make Me Wanna'".

1998:  Some pretty solid albums in the Top 10.  The Soundtrack to "Titanic" was #1 again with Celine Dion's Let's Talk About Love second.  Listeners just wanted to get "My Heart Will Go On" (which was on both albums) any way they could.  The self-titled debut by the Backstreet Boys was fourth with My Way from Usher fifth.  Other albums of note:  The Spice Girls were up from 13 to 6 with the "Spiceworld" Soundtrack, Chumbawamba with Tubthumper, Matchbox 20 placed the great album Yourself or Someone Like You at #8 and Garth Brooks' Sevens was #9.
1999:  Cher sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII.
2001:  Kiss announced that Peter Criss was leaving the group and would be replaced by Eric Singer for the remainder of the farewell tour.  Criss performed with the group for the final time on October 7, 2000.


2007:  Thirty-six years after his death, Jim Morrison's poetry was used to help fight global warming.  The previously unreleased "Woman in the Window", written and recorded by Morrison shortly before his death in 1971, was set to music and used to promote the Global Cool campaign.

2010:  Beyonce won six Grammy awards, a record for females.  The star won Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance.
2012:  Michael Andre Lewis (Mandre), keyboardist who played for the Who, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Sly & the Family Stone and Frank Zappa, died in Shreveport, Louisiana at the age of 63.

Born This Day:

1928:  Chuck Willis ("C.C. Rider" from 1957) was born in Atlanta, Georgia; died during surgery in Chicago, Illinois of peritonitis while at the peak of his career on April 10, 1958. 
1930:  Al De Lory, pianist who co-wrote "Mr. Custer" for Larry Verne, was born in Los Angeles; died February 5, 2012 at the age of 82.  De Lory also worked with the Beach Boys, Doobie Brothers, Tina Turner and the Crystals and produced the Turtles and Glen Campbell.
1940:  Sandy Yaguda of Jay & the Americans
1946:  Terry Kath, founding member and guitarist of Chicago, was born in Woodland Hills, California; died January 23, 1978 when he pointed a pistol at himself at a party, told friends the gun wasn't loaded and pulled the trigger. 

1951:  Harry Wayne Casey, songwriter, lead singer and keyboardist of K.C. & the Sunshine Band and also a producer, was born in Opa-Locka, Florida.
1951:  Phil Manzanera, lead guitarist of Roxy Music and also a producer, was born in London.
1954:  Adrian Vandenburg, guitarist of Whitesnake ("Here I Go Again" from 1987), was born in The Hague, Netherlands.
1956:  John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), lead singer of the Sex Pistols, was born in London.
1965:  Jimmy Ryser, guitarist for John Mellencamp, was born in Cleveland, Ohio.
1966:  Al Doughty (real name Alan Jaworski), bassist of Jesus Jones ("Right Here, Right Now"), was born in Plymouth, England.
1967:  Jason Cooper, drummer of the Cure, was born in London.
1967:  Chad Channing, original drummer for Nirvana, was born in Santa Rosa, California.

1981:  Justin Timberlake, lead singer of 'NSync and solo star, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.