Saturday, September 14, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: September 15

1956:  Elvis Presley's monumental double-sided hit "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was the #1 song on the R&B chart.
1961:  The Pendletones of Hawthorne, California recorded the song "Surfin'" at Hite and Dorinda Morgan's recording studio in Los Angeles.  The song would have a big influence on their career as the Beach Boys, as they were later known.

1962:  "Ramblin' Rose" by Nat King Cole was #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1962:  "Green Onions" from Booker T. & the MG's was #1 on the R&B chart.

1962:  The 4 Seasons set a then-chart record by moving from #11 to #1 with "Sherry"--for years it was one of the biggest leaps to #1 in the Rock Era.  With less competition in the last 15 years or so, it has become quite easy to jump dozens of spots to #1.  On this date in 1962, "Sheila" by Tommy Roe had to take a back seat to "Sherry".  Nat King Cole's "Ramblin Rose" was #3 and the former #1 from Little Eva--"The Loco-Motion" was #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Booker T. & the MG's moved from 22-5 with their incredible instrumental "Green Onions", Elvis Presley was at 6 with his 57th hit "She's Not You", Rick Nelson shorted his name but not his career as he was up to #7 with "Teen Age Idol", Ray Charles slipped with "You Don't Know Me", Dickey Lee had song #9--"Patches" and Baby Cortez reached the Top 10 with "Rinky Dink".
1964:  The Beatles were ordered off the stage midway through their concert at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio by authorities so the screaming crowd could calm down.
1965:  Frankie Avalon was on The Patty Duke Show on ABC.
1966:  Small Faces had the #1 song in the U.K. with "All Or Nothing".
1968:  The Doors were forced to perform without Jim Morrison in Amsterdam, Holland after their lead singer collapsed from drugs while dancing during Jefferson Airplane's show.  Ray Manzarek filled in on lead.
1968:  Lou Rawls hosted the television special Soul with guests Martha and the Vandellas on NBC.
1968:  Barbra Streisand starred in the television special A Happening in Central Park on CBS, Barbra's fourth.
1970:  Republican Vice-President Spiro Agnew of the United States said in a speech that the youth of America were being "...brainwashed into a drug culture" by Rock music, movies, books and underground newspapers.
1972:  The Eagles were live at the Sportatorium in Pembroke Pines, Florida. (Note:  several websites are confused as to where the Sportatorium is, saying it is alternately in Miami, Miami Beach or Hollywood, Florida. The Sportatorium was at 17171 Pines Boulevard (the original address was 16661 West Hollywood Boulevard, which is in Pembroke Pines.)
1973:  Marvin Gaye held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fifth week with "Let's Get It On".

1973:  Helen Reddy moved to #1 with "Delta Dawn".
1974:  Gary Thain of Uriah Heap barely escaped electrocution on stage during a Heap concert at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.
1975:  John Denver released the great album Windsong.
1978:  Bob Dylan began a 62-city tour of North America at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine.

                            Led Zep shows great versatility here on "Hot Dog"...

1979:  In Through the Out Door took just two weeks to get to #1 on the Album chart, jumping from 10 to 1 for Led Zeppelin.  One of the group's finest career albums toppled Get the Knack from the Knack.  Candy-O by the Cars came in third while Breakfast in America hadn't fallen further than #4 in its 25th week.  The rest of the Top 10:  Million Mile Reflections from Charlie Daniels Band, Chic & Risque, I Am by Earth, Wind & Fire, Midnight Magic, the breakthrough album by the Commodores, speaking of breakthroughs, Michael Jackson moved from 23-9 with Off the Wall and the hilarious Robin Williams had #10 with Reality...What a Concept.

                                  The CDB reached #1 in several markets...

1979:  The Knack tightened their grip on #1 with "My Sharona".  Earth, Wind & Fire edged up to 2 with "After The Love Has Gone" and the Charlie Daniels Band reached #3 with "The Devil Went Down To Georgia".  ELO remained at 4 with "Don't Bring Me Down" while Maxine Nightingale had song #5--"Lead Me On".  The rest of the Top 10:  Robert John and "Sad Eyes", the Little River Band with "Lonesome Loser", Dionne Warwick was up to #8 with "I'll Never Love This Way Again", Chic tumbled with "Good Times" and the Commodores reached the Top 10 for the sixth time with "Sail On".
1982:  Queen was in concert at the Inglewood Forum in Inglewood, California.

1983:  Huey Lewis & the News released the album Sports on Chrysalis Records.

1984:  Tina Turner had the #1 song for the third week with "What's Love Got To Do With It".
1984:  Purple Rain, which had taken over from Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen, was #1 on the Album chart for the seventh week for Prince.  Sports by Huey Lewis and the News was #3 after 50 weeks on the chart, Private Dancer #4 for Tina Turner, the Cars stopped at 5 with Heartbeat City and Lionel Richie at #6 with Can't Slow Down.  They do not get better than that top six--you can compare them to nearly any other time in the Rock Era.  The rest of the Top 10:  Out of the Cellar from Ratt, 1100 Bel Air Place by Julio Iglesias, the Soundtrack to "Ghostbusters" and Victory by the Jacksons.
1988:  Though they were to reform three years later, Mark Knopfler announced the end of Dire Straits.
1990:  Bruce Hornsby became a regular keyboardist for the Grateful Dead after the death of Brent Mydland, performing with the group at Madison Square Garden.  Hornsby first played with the group on September 7 in Richfield, Ohio, and performed on stage with them until 1992.
1990:  Steve Miller had the #1 song in the U.K. with "The Joker", which had been released 17 years previously but had recently been featured in ads for jeans.
1990:  George Michael's great album Listen Without Prejudice was on top in the U.K.

1990:  Alias moved from 84 to 61 with "More Than Words Can Say".
1990:  Wilson Phillips had the top AC song with "Release Me".

1990:  Wilson Phillips climbed the final rung to #1 on the Popular chart as well with "Release Me".
1994:  A reel to reel tape which captured the Quarrymen live at St. Peter's Parish Church in Liverpool, England in July of 1957 sold fo£69,000 or about $125,000 at a Sotheby's auction.
1998:  Coolio was arrested for possessing marijuana and carrying a concealed weapon.
2002:  The Dixie Chicks owned the top album with Home.
2003:  ABBA overtook Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the most tributed act in the Rock Era with more ABBA tribute acts performing than for any other artist.
2004:  Johnny Ramone (real name John Cummings), guitarist for the Ramones, died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 55.
2004:  Alan Jackson had the #1 album with What I Do.
2006:  The Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England was given a Grade II listed building status as recommended by the English Heritage.  The Casbah was where the Beatles performed in their early years.  You see, Europe preserves its famous buildings rather than tear them down.
2008:  Rick Wright, founding member and keyboardist for Pink Floyd, died in London at the age of 65 from lung cancer.
2009:  Bobby Rydell was arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed his car in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.

Born This Day:
1928:  Cannonball Adderley ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy") was born in Tampa, Florida; died of a stroke on August 8, 1975 in Gary, Indiana.
1933:  Pat Barrett of the Crewcuts
1940:  Jimmy Gilmer ("Sugar Shack") was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1941:  Signe Anderson, the original lead singer of Jefferson Airplane, was born in Seattle, Washington; died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Beaverton, Oregon.  
1941:  Les Braid, bass guitarist of the Swinging Blue Jeans ("Hippy Hippy Shake") was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England; died July 31, 2005 of lung cancer in Liverpool, now in the county of Merseyside.
1942:  Lee Dorman, bassist and keyboardist of Iron Butterfly and also a member of Captain Beyond, was born in St. Louis, Missouri; died December 21, 2012 in Laguna Niguel, California of natural causes.
1946:  Ola Brunkert, drummer of ABBA, was born in Örebro, Sweden; was found dead in his home in Arta on the island of Majorca, Spain on March 16th, 2008 after hitting his head against a glass door in the dining room.  Brunkert, who suffered numerous cuts in the neck, had wrapped a towel around his neck and ran out to seek help but collapsed in his garden. 
1960:  Mitch Dorge, drummer with the Crash Test Dummies ("Mmmm Mmm Mmm Mmm") and a producer, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
1969:  Kay Gee (real name Keir Gist) of Naughty by Nature was born in East Orange, New Jersey.
1976:  Ivette Sosa of Eden's Crush was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.  (Note:  some websites claim Sosa was born in Edison, New Jersey.  She was born in Perth Amboy and later relocated to Edison.)
1976:  Paul Thomson, drummer of Franz Ferdinand, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Friday, September 13, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: September 14

1955:  Little Richard recorded "Tutti Frutti" at J&M Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1959:  Sandy Nelson made a huge leap, jumping from 84 to 28, with "Teen Beat".
1959:  "The Three Bells" from the Browns was #1 for the fourth week in a row.  The instrumental "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny came in #2 followed by Lloyd Price and "I'm Gonna' Get Married".  Phil Phillips had the original "Sea Of Love" (he also co-wrote the song) and the Everly Brothers were fifth with "('Til) I Kissed You".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Red River Rock", another instrumental, was #6 from Johnny & the Hurricanes, "Broken-Hearted Melody" from Sarah Vaughan, Fats Domino with "I Want To Walk You Home", Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife" moved from 24-9 while Jan & Dean entered the list with "Baby Talk".
1963:  Although most of us wouldn't know them until their hit "Back Stabbers" nine years later, the O'Jays first charted on this date with the single "Lonely Drifter".

1963:  "She Loves You" by the Beatles became the #1 song in the U.K.  It would remain as the biggest-selling single in the history of the U.K. until 1977.
1963:  "Heat Wave" by Martha & the Vandellas took over at #1 on the R&B chart.
1963:  The Ronettes moved from 55 to 20 with "Be My Baby".
1966:  For 10 schillings (about $1.40) you could see Otis Redding in concert at the Orchid Ballroom in Purley, London, England.  (Note:  some websites falsely say the show was in Purley, Surrey, England.  In 1963, Purley became part of Greater London, three years before Redding came to town.)
1967:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience were on the British television show Top of the Pops.
1968:  The Archies cartoon series debuted on CBS-TV.
1968:  Pete Townshend of the Who told Rolling Stone magazine he was working on a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy.
1968:  Roy Orbison's house in Hendersonville, Tennessee burned to the ground.  Orbison was touring the U.K. at the time but his two oldest sons both died in the fire.  (Note:  some websites falsely say Orbison's house was in Nashville, Tennessee.  He lived on Old Hickory Lake in Hendersonville, a suburb of Nashville.)
1968:  The Doors held on to #1 on the Album chart with Waiting for the Sun.  Time Peace/The Rascals' Greatest Hits, Wheels of Fire from Cream and Feliciano! by Jose Feliciano were stuck in their respective positions.  The rest of the Top 10:  Realization by Johnny Rivers, the self-titled Steppenwolf, the former #1 album Disraeli Gears by Cream, now in its 41st week, Are You Experienced? by Jimi Hendrix Experience was #8, Aretha Now from Aretha Franklin was #9 and "The Graduate" Soundtrack moved back into the Top 10.

                                      The great group Deep Purple entered the Top 10...

1968:  The Rascals remained at the top spot with "People Got To Be Free", the fifth week at #1 for the song.  Jeannie C. Riley was determined with "Harper Valley P.T.A.", Jose Feliciano's version of "Light My Fire" peaked at #3 and Steppenwolf was down with "Born to Be Wild".  The rest of the Top 10:  "1,2,3, Red Light" by the sugary 1910 Fruitgum Company, Aretha Franklin and "The House That Jack Built", Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell edged up with "You're All I Need To Get By", Deep Purple was up strong (13-8) with "Hush", the Doors' former #1 "Hello, I Love You" and the Beatles made history with the highest debut ever at that time (#10) for "Hey Jude".
1969:  Genesis performed in concert for the first time in Surrey, England at the home of Peter Gabriel's Sunday school teacher.
1970:  Stevie Wonder married Syreeta Wright, a former secretary at Motown Records.
1974:  Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, the Band, and Jesse Colin Young gave 80,000 people plenty of reasons to fill London's Wembley Stadium to capacity.

1974:  Olivia Newton John rose to #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "I Honestly Love You".

1974:  Stevie Wonder's great album Fulfillingness' First Finale reached #1 after just six weeks.  The debut from Bad Company was #2 followed by the previous #1--461 Ocean Boulevard from Eric Clapton.  Endless Summer from the Beach Boys jumped from 9-4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Rags to Rufus from Rufus, Olivia Newton-John was up from 21 to 6 with If You Love Me, Let Me Know, Bachman-Turner Overdrive II was #7, Marvin Gaye Live! came in eighth, Chicago VII was up and Caribou by Elton John closed out the list.
1976:  Bob Dylan starred in the television special Hard Rain on NBC.
1976:  Jeff Beck was awarded a Gold record for his album Wired.

1978:  The Grateful Dead played the first of three nights at the Gizah Sound and Light Theater at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Egypt.

1979:  Kenny Rogers earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1979:  The movie Quadrophenia, based on the Who's 1973 rock opera, opened in theaters.
1981:  Pink Floyd began work on the movie The Wall.
1983:  Metallica debuted their new song "Disposable Heroes" at the Metal Hammer Festival in St. Goarshausen, Germany.
1984:  Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the first MTV Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  You might wonder what MTV has to do with music?  Back then, it stood for "Music Television" instead of "Mundane Television".  The Cars won Video the Year for "You Might Think".  (Note:  many sources incorrectly list the date as September 18, but according to the book 'Madonna' by Andrew Morton and other reputable sources, the correct date was September 14.) 
1985:  Kool & the Gang reached #1 on the R&B chart with "Cherish".

1985:  "Cherish" by Kool & the Gang spent a fourth week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1984:  Bette Midler and Dan Aykroyd co-hosted the first MTV Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.  You might wonder what MTV has to do with music?  Back then, it stood for "Music Television" instead of "Mundane Television".  The Cars won Video the Year for "You Might Think".  (Note:  many sources incorrectly list the date as September 18, but according to the book Madonna by Andrew Morton and other reputable sources, the correct date was September 14.) 

1989:  Sting debuted in the theater when he performed in The Threepenny Opera at the National Theater in Washington, D.C.  (Note:  some websites say Sting's debut was Thursday, September 13, but it was the 14th, according to the newspapers 'The Washington Post' and 'The Los Angeles Times'.)

1989:  Band leader Perez Prado ("Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White" from 1955) died of a stroke in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 72.
1991:  Metallica remained at #1 on the Album chart with their self-titled album (commonly called The Black Album).  Natalie Cole was still at #2 with Unforgettable with Love while another great album from Bonnie Raitt--Luck of the Draw came in third.  C.M.B. from Color Me Badd was #4 and Boyz II Men were harmonizing their way up with Cooleyhighharmony.  The rest of the Top 10:  For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge by Van Halen, Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band debuted at #7 with The Fire Inside, Time, Love & Tenderness from Michael Bolton was #8, C+C Music Factory's Gonna' Make You Sweat and Paula Abdul was on her way down with Spellbound.
1991:  Paula Abdul had released nine songs and "The Promise Of A New Day" gave her the sixth #1 of her career on this date.  Color Me Badd was up strong with "I Adore Mi Amor".  Bryan Adams finally fell from the top after seven weeks there with "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You".  Boyz II Men dropped with "Motownphilly" and C+C Music Factory were at 5 with "Things That Make You Go Hmmmm...".  
1991:  Adults made "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams #1 for a seventh week on the AC chart.

1993:  Meat Loaf released the single "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That").  (Note:  one website naively says the single was released September 18.  "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That") debuted on the Singles chart on September 19.  Never mind the fact that it is physically impossible for a record company to release a single, mail the single to radio stations, be listened to and added to station playlist, reported to the trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers in two days.  The deadline for reporting new additions to radio station playlists is Wednesday of any given week.  Wednesday in 1993 was on September 16.)  

1994:  The Temptations received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard.
1995:  Nine Inch Nails and David Bowie performed at Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, Connecticut.

1995:  Earth, Wind & Fire received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard.
1995:  The handwritten lyrics to the song "Getting Better" by the Beatles fetched today's equivalent of $214,231 (£161,000) at a Sotheby's auction in London.

                                                   Celine scored another hit...

1996:  Los Del Rio spent a seventh week at #1 with "Macarena" and it was nowhere near done.  The only new Top 10 song was "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" from Celine Dion, which moved from 12 to 7.
1997:  Pete Townshend unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street in London, the location where Jimi Hendrix lived in 1968 and 1969.  Hendrix was the first rock star to be awarded with the Plaque.
1998:  Metallica began work on the album Garage Inc.
1999:  The Strokes debuted at the Spiral in Manhattan, New York.
2000:  Sheryl Crow, Paul Simon, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bette Midler performed at a fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York.
2002:  Gwen Stefani of No Doubt married Gavin Rossdale of Bush at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
2003:  Britney Spears made a surprise appearance at Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2003:  Gerry Marsden from Gerry & the Pacemakers had triple heart bypass surgery in Liverpool, England.
2006:  Marianne Faithfull announced through her publicist that she was being treated for breast cancer.
2007:  The movie Across the Universe, inspired by the Beatles' song, opened in theaters.
2008:  Metallica had the #1 album in the U.K. with Death Magnetic.
2010:  Patti Labelle officially joined the cast of the musical Fela! after two "sneak peek" performances on September 8-9.

Born This Day:
1914:  Mae Boren Axton, who wrote Elvis Presley's classic "Heartbreak Hotel", was born in Bardwell, Texas; drowned in her hot tub in Hendersonville, Tennessee after an apparent heart attack on April 9, 1997.
1946:  Pete Agnew, bassist of Nazareth, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland.
1947:  Jon "Bowzer" Bauman of Sha Na Na was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1949:  Steve Gaines, guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, was born in Seneca, Missouri; died October 20, 1977 in Gillsburg, Mississippi in a plane crash that also killed Ronnie Van Zant and Steve's wife Cassie Gaines.  (Note:  one website claims Steve was born in Miami, Oklahoma.  Our best information is that Gaines was born in Seneca and raised in Miami, Oklahoma.)

1950:  Paul Kossoff, guitarist of the group Free, was born in Hampstead, London, England; died March 19, 1976 of drug-related heart problems while on a flight from Los Angeles to New York City.  (Note:  some websites report Kossoff was born in London.  Although today Hampstead is part of the borough of Camden in the county of London, that change was not made until 1965, 15 years after Kossoff was born.  In 1950, Hampstead was a borough of London.)
1954:  Barry Cowsill, drummer and later bassist of the Cowsills, was born in Newport, Rhode Island; died circa September 2, 2005 in New Orleans, Louisiana as a result of Hurricane Katrina (Note:  some websites report he died circa August 29.  Cowsill had been reported missing before his body was recovered December 28 from the Chartres Street Wharf.  According to Barry's sister Susan, he left four messages for her on her phone on September 2, so we know August 29 is inaccurate.) 
1955:  Steve Berlin, saxophonist and keyboardist of Los Lobos, who has worked with Sheryl Crow, R.E.M., Rickie Lee Jones, the Crash Test Dummies, John Lee Hooker, Faith No More, the Smithereens and others as either a session musician or producer, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
1959:  Morten Harket, lead singer of A-Ha, was born in Kongsberg, Norway.
1970:  Craig Montoya, bass guitarist of Everclear, was born in Spokane, Washington
1973:  Nas was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1981:  Ashley Roberts of the Pussycat Dolls was born in Phoenix, Arizona.
1983:  Amy Winehouse was born in Enfield, London; died of alcohol poisoning in London on July 23, 2011.  (Note:  several websites report Amy was born in Southgate, London.  According to the book 'Amy Amy Amy - The Amy Winehouse Story' by Nick Johnstone, Winehouse was born in a hospital in Enfield.)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: September 13

1958:  Cliff Richard made his British television debut singing "Move It" on the program Oh Boy.
1959:  Elvis Presley met Priscilla Beaulieu while he was in the United States Army in West Germany. 
1962:  Elvis Presley collected his 12th U.K. #1 with "She's Not You".

1964:  How's this for an amazing concert?  The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Dusty Springfield, the Miracles, the Searchers, Martha & the Vandellas, the Shangri-La's, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jay & the Americans, the Contours, the Dovells, the Newbeats, and Millie Small shared a bill for the conclusion of Murray The K's (iconic DJ on WINS) 10-day Big Holiday Show (September 4-13) at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel on Grooveshark
1965:  It was a famous day in Rock Era history as Simon & Garfunkel released the single "The Sound Of Silence". (Note: some websites show varying dates of the release, but Steve Sullivan, in his book 'The Encyclopedia of Popular Music' shows the date of release as September 13.)

1965:  As if that wasn't enough, the Beatles released the single "Yesterday" in the U.S.  It had been released in the U.K. on August 6.
1965:  The Steve Lawrence Show premiered on CBS-TV with guest Lucille Ball.
1969:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band debuted live at the Rock 'n' Roll Revival Concert at Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Doors, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent & Bo Diddley also performed.

1969:  Kool and the Gang first appeared on the chart as their first single "Kool And The Gang" debuted.
1971:  Paul & Linda McCartney celebrated the birth of daughter Stella in London.
1974:  Stevie Wonder went on his first tour since his very scary car accident that nearly took his life in August of 1973, performing at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Note:  several websites say the Nassau Coliseum is located in Long Island, New York.  Long Island is not a city, and if you tried to address a letter there, you'd get it back.  Nassau is located in Uniondale.)

1979:  ABBA ventured to the other side of the Atlantic for the first time (and only time) in their career, opening up at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1980:  George Benson hit #1 on the R&B chart with "Give Me The Night".

          "Hold On, Hold Out", one of the top tracks on Browne's #1 album...

1980:  Hold Out, the great album by Jackson Browne, moved to #1, replacing Emotional Rescue from the Rolling Stones.  The Soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy" was third, followed by The Game by Queen and Diana from Diana Ross.  The rest of the Top 10:  Christopher Cross, the "Fame" Soundtrack, Give Me the Night by George Benson at #8, Glass Houses from Billy Joel, and the "Xanadu" Soundtrack.

                                                   Eddie Rabbitt cruised into the Top 10 on this date...

1980:  Diana Ross remained at #1 with "Upside Down" while Australia's Air Supply moved to challenge with "All Out Of Love".  The Rolling Stones were still at 3 with "Emotional Rescue" while newcomer Irene Cara moved up with "Fame".  The rest of the Top 10:  Christopher Cross and his former #1 "Sailing", George Benson and "Give Me The Night", Paul Simon had "Late In The Evening", Johnny Lee with "Lookin' For Love" from the great Soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy", Queen moved from 23 to 9 with "Another One Bites The Dust" and Eddie Rabbitt posted another Top 10 hit with "Drivin' My Life Away".
1985:  Glenn Frey and Don Henley won MTV Video Music Awards for "Smuggler's Blues" and "The Boys Of Summer", respectively.  Henley won four trophies on the night.
1993:  Max Weinberg, drummer of the E Street Band, became the leader of the house band for Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC-TV.

1993:  Ace of Base released the single "All That She Wants".  (Note:  some websites naively say the single was released September 18.  "All That She Wants" debuted on the Singles chart on September 18.  It is physically impossible for a song to be released by a record company, mailed to radio stations, listened to and added to radio station playlists, reported to trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers, all in one day.)
1996:  Tupac Shakur died six days after being shot in Las Vegas, Nevada from internal bleeding at the age of 25.  You live a life like that, you die like that.
1998:  Julian Lennon began a tour of Japan.
1998:  Mel B of the Spice Girls married Jimmy Gulzar in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England.
1998:  Lauryn Hill had the top album with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

2003:  The White Stripes performed at the Greek Amphitheatre in Berkeley, California.

2003:  Mary J. Blige had the #1 album with Love & Life.
2005:  Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees received 708 votes in the primary election for mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
2005:  Jimi Hendrix's home in Seattle, Washington where he grew up was saved from demolition.  The building was made into a community center opposite the cemetery where Hendrix was buried in 1970.
2008:  The Ray Davies musical Come Dancing, which Ray himself starred in, opened at the Stratford East Theatre in London.

Born This Day:
1922:  Charles Brown ("Please Come Home For Christmas") was born in Texas City, Texas; died of congestive heart failure on Oakland, California on January 21, 1999.
1939:  Dave Quincy, saxophonist and songwriter of Manfred Mann's Earth Band ("Blinded By The Light" from 1977)
1941:  David Clayton-Thomas, one of the all-time great lead singers from Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England.

1944:  Peter Cetera of Sun Valley, Idaho, the lead singer of Chicago for many years before a successful solo career, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1952:  Randy Jones of the Village People was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
1952:  Don Was of Was (Not Was) was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1954:  Steven John Kilbey, lead singer, songwriter and bassist with the Church, was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.

1961:  Dave Mustaine, founder, songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist of Megadeth, was born in La Mesa, California.
1965:  Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr, who has played drums and worked with the Who, the Spencer Davis Group, Oasis and Johnny Marr, was born in Hammersmith, London, England.
1967:  Steve Perkins, drummer and songwriter of Jane's Addiction, was born in Los Angeles, California.
1967:  Timothy Owens, singer with Judas Priest, was born in Akron, Ohio.
1975:  Joe Rooney, singer and lead guitarist with Rascal Flatts, was born in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
1977:  Fiona Apple was born in Manhattan, New York.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

This Date in Rock Music History: September 12

Five Best: Firefall

This soft-rock group from Boulder, Colorado featured great harmonies through their career.  Bassist Mark Andes later joined Heart.  They really outdid themselves with "Strange Way", which, although it peaked at #11, I believe to be their best song.  The flute is incredible (I think I have every note memorized in my mind.)  The orchestra providing support adds a lot as well, especially the violins during the chorus.  Love the surprise uptempo finish, wonderfully out of place!  Here are the Five Best* from Firefall:

1.  Strange Way

2.  You Are the Woman

3.  Just Remember I Love You

4.  Livin' Ain't Livin'

5.  Cinderella