Friday, September 23, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: September 24

1955:  Elvis Presley performed on The Louisiana Hayride at the Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana, broadcast on KWKH-TV.  
1955:  Chuck Berry was on top of the R&B chart for the eighth straight week with "Maybellene".

1957:  An historic day in the Rock Era as Elvis Presley released the single "Jailhouse Rock" on RCA Victor Records.
1957:  Disc jockey Alan Freed's fourth movie, Mister Rock and Roll, featuring footage of Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon and Little Richard, debuted at the Paramount Theatre in New York City.
1958:  The Platters recorded the song "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" in Paris, France.

1958:  The Kingston Trio released the single "Tom Dooley".
1958:  Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen were guests on the premiere of The Donna Reed Show on ABC-TV.
1966:  Jimi Hendrix and new manager Chas Chandler, formerly of the Animals, arrived in London.  On the flight across the pond, Hendrix changed his first name from Jimmy to Jimi.
1966:  The Temptations took over the R&B chart with "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep".

1966:  Roger Williams topped the Easy Listening chart for the sixth week with "Born Free".

  Los Angeles band the Association gave us one of The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era*...

1966:  The Association reached #1 for the first time with the song "Cherish".  The Supremes fell back with "You Can't Hurry Love", Donovan had song #3 with "Sunshine Superman" and the Beatles were submersing with "Yellow Submarine".  The rest of the Top 10:  The Hollies and "Bus Stop", the Temptations entered the Top 10 with "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", Los Bravos made an 18-7 move with "Black Is Black", ? & the Mysterians were up from 25 to 8 with "96 Tears", the Beach Boys with "Wouldn't It Be Nice" and the Four Tops were up from 26-10 with "Reach Out (I'll Be There)".
1966:  Revolver by the Beatles was the #1 album for the third straight week.  Going Places by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass crept back in the Top 10 after 49 weeks of release.
1967:  The Beatles concluded filming of Magical Mystery Tour at West Malling Air Station in Maidstone, Kent with the ballroom finale of "Your Mother Should Know.

1968:  The Vogues were awarded a Gold record for the song "Turn Around, Look At Me".
1969:  Deep Purple performed "Concerto for Group and Orchestra" with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London.

1970:  Smoky Robinson & the Miracles released their great song "The Tears Of A Clown".
1971:  Yes began a tour at the Exmouth Pavilion in Devon, England with new keyboardist Rick Wakeman aboard.  (Note:  several websites show the beginning of the tour in Leicester on September 30, but the tour began on September 24 in Devon, according to numerous sources.)
1971:  John Lennon was a guest on The Dick Cavett Show.
1971:  The Jackson 5 appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
1973:  ABBA began recording the Waterloo album.

1973:  Chicago released the single "Just You 'N Me".

1973:  Ringo Starr released the single "Photograph".
1975:  Rod Stewart had the #1 U.K. song with "Sailing".
1977:  The first Elvis Presley convention was held in Memphis, Tennessee.
1977:  The #1 Easy Listening song was "Nobody Does It Better" by Carly Simon for the third week.

                                    Newcomer Foreigner was anything but cold...

1977:  The Emotions returned to #1, making it five weeks for "Best Of My Love".  The Floaters had to settle for #2 with "Float On" while another hit from Rumours--"Don't Stop" kept Fleetwood Mac in the limelight.  K.C. and the Sunshine Band were up with "Keep It Comin' Love" and the Brothers Johnson were at 5 with "Strawberry Letter 23".  The rest of the Top 10:  Andy Gibb's previous #1 "I Just Want To Be Your Everything" tumbled, ELO moved up with "Telephone Line", Meco's instrumental "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" moved from 13-8, Shaun Cassidy had a hit with the Eric Carmen song "That's Rock 'N' Roll" and Foreigner cracked the list with "Cold As Ice".

1977:  Rumours by Fleetwood Mac was #1 for a record 20th week.  It wasn't done yet.
1979:  The Eagles released the landmark album The Long Run.
1980:  As mixing of the upcoming Double Fantasy album was being wrapped up at Record Plant East in New York City, John Lennon gave one of his last interviews to Lisa Robinson of 97-FM in Buffalo, New York.
1983:  UB40 picked up the #1 album in the U.K. with Labour of Love.

                         The Eurythmics with one of their biggest career hits...

1983:  Billy Joel earned his second #1 song with "Tell Her About It", holding off Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse Of The Heart".  Men Without Hats were a solid 3 with "The Safety Dance" while the former #1 "Maniac" from Michael Sembello found itself now at #4.  The rest of the Top 10:  Air Supply enjoyed their eighth Top 10 song out of 10 releases with "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All", the Eurythmics fell with the former #1 "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)", Michael Jackson's "Human Nature", Taco stabilized at #8 with "Puttin' On The Ritz", the Stray Cats entered the Top 10 with "(She's) Sexy + 17" and Asia was at 10 with "Don't Cry".

1983:  "Tell Her About It" was the new Adult Contemporary #1 song for Billy Joel.
1983:  Synchronicity continued to battle Michael Jackson's Thriller as the Police owned the #1 album for the 11th week.  The Soundtrack to "Flashdance" was third followed by Def Leppard's Pyromania and An Innocent Man from Billy Joel.

1984:  Hall & Oates released the single "Out Of Touch".  (Note:  one website naively says the song was released October 4.  "Out Of Touch" debuted on the Singles chart on September 29.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not yet been released as a single.)
1984:  Culture Club reached #1 in the U.K. with "Karma Chameleon".
1988:  James Brown was arrested in Georgia after eluding police in a two-state car chase.  He was later convicted of illegal possession of firearms and drugs and failure to stop for police and sentenced to six years in jail.  
1988:  The Hollies owned the #1 song in the U.K. with "He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother", which had picked up new popularity after being featured in a beer commercial.

1988:  Bobby McFerrin took over at #1 with his positive song "Don't Worry Be Happy".  Guns N' Roses slipped to 2 with "Sweet Child O' Mine" and Taylor Dayne edged up with "I'll Always Love You".  Robert Palmer fell after a long run with "Simply Irresistible" and Leppard had their third Top 10 song from Hysteria--"Love Bites".  The rest of the Top 10:  Huey Lewis & the News with "Perfect World", Peter Cetera from Sun Valley, Idaho with "One Good Woman", the New Edition dropped with "If It Isn't Love", Kenny Loggins had the #9 song--"Nobody's Fool" and Cheap Trick joined the party with their remake of the Elvis Presley classic "Don't Be Cruel".
1988:  Peter Cetera owned the top Adult song with "One Good Woman", #1 for the fourth straight week.
1988:  Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses returned to #1 on the Album chart, displacing the great album Hysteria by Def Leppard, which was spending its 58th week on the chart.
1989:  Prince performed on the 15-year anniversary of Saturday Night Live on NBC-TV.
1991:  Nirvana released the album Nevermind.
1994:  Boyz II Men presided over the R&B chart for the sixth week with "I'll Make Love To You".

1994:  II by Boyz II Men remained at #1 on the Album chart, ahead of Soundtracks to "The Lion King" and "Forrest Gump".  Green Day was up to 4 with Dookie while Stone Temple Pilots held down #5 with Purple.  The rest of the Top 10:  Offspring with Smash, The 3 Tenors In Concert 1994 from Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti, the self-titled debut from Candlebox, Counting Crows and August and Everything After at #9 with Sweden's Ace of Base wrapping up the list with The Sign.
1994:  Boyz II Men remained at #1 for the fifth straight week with "I'll Make Love To You" while Lisa Loeb held on to #2 for the fifth week after dropping from the top spot with "Stay (I Missed You)".
1997:  Larry Hall ("Sandy" from 1959) died of cancer at the age of 57.
2000:  Madonna was on top of the U.K. Album chart with Music.

2003:  The Dave Matthews Band performed in front of 100,000 at a charity concert in New York City's Central Park.  The concert was recorded and later released as a live album.

2003:  Gordon Lightfoot was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Born This Day:
1933:  Mel Taylor, drummer of the Ventures, was born in Brooklyn, New York; died of lung cancer on August 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California.  
1936:  Jim Henson, creator and voice of the Muppets on "Rubber Duckie" and "Rainbow Connection", was born in Greenville, Mississippi; died of Group A steptococcus on May 16, 1990 in Manhattan, New York.
1940:  Barbara Allbut of the Angels was born in Orange, New Jersey.
1941:  Linda McCartney of Wings was born in New York City, New York; died when breast cancer spread to her liver April 17, 1998 in Tucson, Arizona.  (Note:  a spokesman from the McCartney family initially released a statement saying she had died in Santa Barbara, California to throw off the media so the family could grieve privately.  Some websites still report that she died in Santa Barbara--apparently they are still thrown off...)

1942:  Gerry Marsden of Gerry & the Pacemakers was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  Some websites report Marsden was born in Toxteth, England.  Toxteth is not a city but an inner city era of Liverpool.)
1942:  Phyllis "Jiggs" Allbut of the Angels was born in Orange, New Jersey.
1944:  Rosa Lee Hawkins of the Dixie Cups was born in New Orleans, Louisiana.
1946:  Carson Osten, bassist with Todd Rundgren in Nazz and Utopia, and also a creator of comics including Mickey Mouse and Goofy for Disney Studios, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died December 22, 2015 in Thousand Oaks, California.
1946:  Jerry Donahue, guitarist of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay, was born in Manhattan, New York.
1971:  Marty Cintron III, who has sold over eight million albums with No Mercy, was born in the Bronx, New York.
1971:  Peter Salisbury, drummer of the Verve, was born in Bath, Somerset, England.

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