Monday, October 16, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 17

1956:  Mickey & Sylvia recorded "Love Is Strange".
1957:  The Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock premiered in Memphis, Tennessee at the same theater where Elvis used to work as an usher-- Loew's State Theatre.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 16

1951:  Little Richard recorded for the first time in Atlanta, Georgia, recording "Every Hour", "Goin' To Get Rich Quick", "Taxi Blues", and "Why Did You Leave Me".
1954:  Elvis Presley made his famous first radio appearance on the Louisiana Hayride.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 15

1955:  Fans were lucky to be at this show.  Buddy Holly opened for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas.  Talent scout Eddie Crandall saw the show and afterwards, arranged for Holly to audition for Decca Records.
1955:  For the 11th week, "Maybelline" by Chuck Berry topped the R&B chart.  

Friday, October 13, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 14

1955:  Buddy Holly opened for Bill Haley & the Comets in Lubbock, Texas.  Eddie Crandell was in the audience and arranged for Holly to record his first demo.
1959:  Bobby Darin reached #1 in the U.K. with "Mack The Knife".
1964:  Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones and Shirley Ann Arnold were secretly married in Bradford, England.
1964:  The Beatles played two performances at the ABC Cinema in Ardwick, Manchester, England.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 13

1957:  Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra introduced the new product from Ford, the Ford Edsel, on an hour long television special.
1958:  Frank Sinatra had the top album with Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely.
1958:  "It's All In the Game" by Tommy Edwards was the #1 song.
1962:  Don Everly collapsed while rehearsing at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London prior to the first of 22 dates of an Everly Brothers concert tour of the U.K.  He flew back to the United States for treatment and brother Phil performed solo for the entire tour.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 12

1957:  Buddy Holly & the Crickets, the Drifters and Chuck Berry were in concert at the Mission Beach Ballroom in San Diego, California.
1962:  The Beatles opened for Little Richard with Billy J. Kramer also appearing at the Tower Ballroom in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. 
1963:  For the sixth consecutive week, "Blue Velvet" by Bobby Vinton topped the chart.
1963:  Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs first moved into the #1 slot on this date with "Sugar Shack".  
1964:  The 45 "I Feel Fine" by the Beatles had 750,000 advance orders in the U.K. alone.
1965:  The Beatles recorded "This Bird Has Flown", later renamed "Norwegian Wood", with George Harrison on sitar for the first time.  They also recorded "Run for Your Life" in five takes.  Both tracks were recorded at Abbey Road studios and would appear on the Rubber Soul album.
1966:  The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed in London, with Hendrix, Noel Redding and Mitch Miller combining their talents.
1966:  Sammy Davis, Jr. did a cameo appearance on the popular television series Batman.
1967:  The Doors were in concert at the Surf Club in Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts.
1968:  The Hollies had the top U.K. album with their Greatest Hits package.

1968:  Cheap Thrills by Big Brother & the Holding Company moved into the #1 position on the Album chart.  Waiting for the Sun from the Doors dropped and Feliciano! by Jose Feliciano was #3.  The Rascals were at #4 with Time Peace, their Greatest Hits album, and Glen Campbell moved up to #5 with Gentle On My Mind.  The rest of the Top 10:  In-A-Gadda-Da Vida by Iron Butterfly, containing the memorable title track, Realization by Johnny Rivers, The Time Has Come by the Chambers Brothers moved from 13 to 8, Crown of Creation by Jefferson Airplane entered the Top 10 and the self-titled Steppenwolf was #10.
1968:  "The Fool On The Hill", the remake by Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66, spent a sixth week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 11

1955:  Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and a new star by the name of Elvis Presley began an eleven-concert swing through the South with a stop in Abilene, Texas.
1960:  The audience at the Village Vanguard was introduced to a promising new singer in her stage debut.  Aretha Franklin sang at the club in New York City.
1961:  The Highwaymen had the top U.K. song with "Michael".

Monday, October 9, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 10

1959:  We all have career choices to make.  On this date, Ken Brown decided to leave the Quarrymen, leaving John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison to fend for themselves.  (Don't worry about them; they were going to be fine...)  The group had played at the popular Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool, England in a show that Brown was unable to perform due to a heavy cold.  McCartney felt that Brown should not get a share of the performance fee since he did not perform.  Lennon and Harrison sided with McCartney and so Brown quit the group.  
1959:  Brenda Lee was hospitalized with a thyroid deficiency in Nashville, Tennessee.
1963:  The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Bo Diddley performed at the Gaumont in Wolverhampton, England.
1964:  The Beatles were in concert with two shows at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England.
1964:  Brian Epstein signed a contract to manage the New Christy Minstrels, which would in the next few years include Kenny Rogers, Kim Carnes and Barry McGuire among its members.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 9

1959:  Bobby Darin became the youngest performer to ever headline the Sands Hotel's Copa Room in Las Vegas, Nevada (21 years old).  Johnny Mathis held the previous record at age 23.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 8

1955:  Chuck Berry continued to own the top R&B song with "Maybellene", now in its 10th week at #1.

Friday, October 6, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 7

1957:  RCA Victor Records announced that 500,000 advance orders for Elvis' Christmas album had been received.
1957:  "Honeycomb" by Jimmie Rodgers was the #1 R&B song.
1959:  Connie Stevens starred in Hawai'i'an Eye on ABC TV.  The series would last four years.
1961:  The Biggest Show of Stars tour, featuring the Platters, the Drifters, Del Shannon, Dee Clark, Gary U.S. Bonds, the Clefftones and Curtis Lee, performed at the Wichita Forum in Wichita, Kansas.
1963:  The Rolling Stones recorded the song "I Wanna' Be Your Man" that their friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney had written for them at DeLane Lea Studios in London.
1964:  The Beatles appeared on the television show Shindig!, performing "I'm A Loser", "Kansas City" and "Boys".

Thursday, October 5, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 6

1958:  "Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day ("Rock-In Robin" on some 45's) was #1 on the R&B chart.
1958:  "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio raced up from #83 to #37 on this date.
1962:  After their first single "Love Me Do" had been released the day before, the Beatles signed records at Dawson's Music Shop on Church Street in Widnes, Cheshire, England.  It was one of only three official autograph sessions the Beatles did in their career.  The four Beatles signed their names on the single's red and silver label.  Copies today are rare today and extremely valuable due to the limited duration of the signing.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 5

1958:  Cliff Richard and the Shadows played their first show together at Victoria Hall in Hanley, England.
1959:  A new Motown group was first introduced to us as the Miracles as their first single--"Bad Girl" debuted on this date.
1959:  "Poison Ivy" was the top R&B Song for the Coasters.
1959:  Ernie Field's Combo were racing up the charts (95 to 46) with "In The Mood".

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 4

1956:  The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show began on NBC-TV.
1961:  Bob Dylan performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City before an audience of 50 people.
1962:  The Tornadoes blew into the #1 spot in the U.K. with "Telstar".
1963:  Eric Clapton replaced Anthony Topham in the Yardirds at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, England.  1963:  The Beatles appeared on the British television show Ready!  Steady!  Go!

Tom Petty Has Died

Tom Petty, who emerged from the Los Angeles rock scene to become one of the top stars of the '80s and '90s, died yesterday morning in Santa Monica, California, from cardiac arrest at the age of 66.

We are deeply saddened at this news and offer condolences to Tom's family.

Monday, October 2, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 3

1945:  Elvis Presley gave his first performance, singing "Old Shep" at the age of 10 at a Mississippi-Alabama Dairy Show talent contest.
1957:  The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom premiered on ABC-TV.
1960:  Ike and Tina Turner made their U.S. television debut and performed "A Fool In Love" on American Bandstand on ABC-TV.
1964:  The Beatles taped a performance for broadcast on Shindig! at Granville Theatre in London.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 2

1954:  Elvis Presley made his first and only appearance on the "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, Tennessee.  Jim Denny, the Opry manager, infamously told Elvis to stick to his truck driving.  (Note:  Numerous sources report the date of Elvis' Opry performance as September 2.  This is incorrect, according to the book 'Elvis Presley, Reluctant Rebel:  His Life and Our Times', by Glen Jeansonne, David Luhrssen, and Dan Sokolovic and Elvis Presley fan sites.)
1957:  Connie Francis recorded "Who's Sorry Now".
1959:  Fifteen Elvis Presley fans were arrested in East Germany after they marched through the streets of Leipzig chanting "Long live Elvis Presley", who was stationed in the U.S. military at the time.  The fans were given prison sentences of six months to four-and-a-half years. 
1961:  "Michael" by the Highwaymen logged a fifth straight week at #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
1961:  Joan Baez released her album Volume Two.
1961:  Ray Charles took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "Hit The Road, Jack".

Saturday, September 30, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: October 1

1955:  A new group with an awesome sound and great lead singer debuted on the chart.  On this date, we first heard from the Platters with their first single "Only You (And You Alone)".
1956:  After test audiences reacted unfavorably to Elvis Presley dying in the movie Love Me Tender, Elvis was called back to the set to reshoot the scene in which he lived.
1962:  A new talent on the scene, Barbra Streisand, signed a recording contract with Columbia Records.  Although it was for a modest sum, Streisand had creative control of her music.

Friday, September 29, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 30

1961:  After hearing 20-year-old Bob Dylan play harmonica in the studio for Carolyn Hester, producer John Hammond signed Dylan to a recording contract with Columbia Records and scheduled a recording session in October.
1963:  Sid Bernstein contacted Beatles manager Brian Epstein to inquire about arranging a U.S. tour for the group, which eventually led to Bernstein promoting the famous Beatles concert at Shea Stadium in New York City.
1964:  The Who were in concert at the Town Hall in Greenwich, Southeast London.
1965:  Donovan made his U.S. television debut on the television show Shindig!, joined by the Hollies, the Turtles and Lesley Gore.  Some sources also claim that the Dave Clark Five was on the show, but this is disputed.
1967:  Paul McCartney and John Lennon appeared on The David Frost Show.
1967:  "Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett set the pace on the R&B chart.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 29

1956:  The Oh, Susanna Show, a strange name for what actually was The Gale Storm Show, debuted on CBS-TV and would air for five seasons.
1956:  Bill Haley owned five of the top songs in the U.K.--"Rockin' Through The Rye", "Saints Rock n' Roll", "Rock Around The Clock", "Razzle Dazzle"and "See You Later, Alligator".
1956:  Elvis Presley's double-sided smash "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" resumed the #1 position on the R&B chart.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 28

1953:  Johnny Horton ("The Battle Of New Orleans") married the widow of Hank Williams, Billie Jean.
1962:  The Beatles performed at lunch at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England and then gave a show aboard the MV Royal Iris (commonly known as the Fish and Chip Boat) on the River Mersey.  Ray McFall, owner of the Cavern Club, organized the Riverboat Shuffles, with cruises beginning and ending at the Pier Head in Liverpool.
1963:  Disc jockey Murray the K in New York City played "She Loves You" by the Beatles on WINS-AM, believed to be the first time that a Beatles song was played in the United States.
1963:  Bobby Vinton continued to set the pace with four weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for "Blue Velvet".
1963:  "Heat Wave" led the way on the R&B chart for Martha & the Vandellas.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 27

1963:  Cilla Black made her live television debut on Ready Steady Go! on British television singing "Love Of The Loved".

Monday, September 25, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 26

1955:  Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher married in Grossinger, New York.
1956:  The city of Tupelo, Mississippi declared Elvis Presley Day in honor of its native son.
1957:  The Monotones recorded "Book Of Love".
1957:  The classic musical West Side Story opened at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York City.
1961:  Bob Dylan opened for the Greenbriar Boys at Gerde's Folk Club in New York's Greenwich Village.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 25

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1954:  Elvis released his second single on Sun Records--"Good Rockin' Tonight".
1956:  "Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley became the first single in history to sell a million copies before its release.



Saturday, September 23, 2017

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".

Friday, September 22, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 23

1956:  Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees first appeared on television on Circus Boy on NBC-TV.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 22

1956:  We were first introduced to a great new act as the first single by the Coasters--"One Kiss Led To Another" debuted on this date.
1957:  Bobby Helms made his television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing "My Special Angel".
1958:  With permission from the United States Army, Elvis Presley gave one last press conference at the Military Ocean Terminal in Brooklyn, New York before joining his 3rd Armored Division on the USS General Randall on the way to Bremerhaven, Germany.  (Note:  some websites report Elvis left Brooklyn on September 19.  He left his base at Fort Hood, Texas on September 19, but departed for Germany from Brooklyn on September 22, according to the official Graceland website.)
1958:  Connie Francis had the top U.K. song with "Carolina Moon, Stupid Cupid".
1958:  Tommy Edwards had one of the great early songs of the Rock Era with "It's All In The Game", which on this date reached #1 on the R&B chart.
1960:  The Beatles performed for the 37th consecutive night of a 48-night stay at the Indra Club, on Grosse Freiheit in Hamburg, West Germany.
1962:  Bob Dylan first appeared at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, New York.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 21

1957:  Elite guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black quit as backup musicians for Elvis Presley after a salary dispute with Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker.
1959:  "Shout" by the Isley Brothers was their first single release and it debuted on this date in history.
1959:  "I Want To Walk You Home" from Fats Domino topped the R&B chart.
1959:  The instrumental "Sleep Walk" from Santo & Johnny moved to #1.  The Browns slipped after four weeks at the top with "The Three Bells".  Lloyd Price remained at 3 with "I'm Gonna' Get Married" while the Everly Brothers scored their 14th hit and sixth Top 10 with "('Til) I Kissed You".  The rest of the Top 10:  Phil Phillips and "Sea Of Love", another instrumental--"Red River Rock" from Johnny & the Hurricanes, the classic "Mack The Knife" moved up to 7 for Bobby Darin, Sarah Vaughan had song #8--"Broken-Hearted Melody", Fats Domino said "I Want To Walk You Home" and Paul Anka shot up from 29 to 10 with "Put Your Head On My Shoulder".
1961:  The busy Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England by day and appeared with Gerry & the Pacemakers and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool by night.

This Date in Rock Music History: September 20


1957:  Buddy Holly released the single "Peggy Sue".  (Note:  one website reports the song was released in July.  According to the Buddy Holly Center in his birthplace--Lubbock, Texas, the song was released September 20.)




This Date in Rock Music History: September 19

1955:  Frank Sinatra sang "Love And Marriage" on the "Producer's Showcase" production of the play Our Town on NBC-TV.
1957:  Cliff Richard, 16 years old and known by his real name (Harry Webb), joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.
1960:  "Kiddio" by Brook Benton was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth week. 
1960:  Hank Ballard and the Midnighters became the first group to own three songs in the Top 100 simultaneously--"Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" and "The Twist".  After the group refused to perform "The Twist" on television, Dick Clark suggested Chubby Checker do the song.  He did, and... 

1960:  "The Twist" worked its way to #1 for Chubby Checker.
1963:  Jimmy Dean premiered his prime time television show on ABC.  It lasted three seasons.
1964:  Dean Martin notched week #8 on top of the Easy Listening chart with "Everybody Loves Somebody".


Monday, September 18, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 18

1954:  Elvis Presley was at Bellevue Park in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Note:  some websites claim the show was at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis.  According to the official website for guitarist Scotty Moore, Elvis played at Bellevue Park on this date.)
1957:  The Big Record debuted on CBS-TV, with Patti Page hosting.
1959:  The first Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour began with Paul Anka, the Coasters, Lloyd Price, Duane Eddy, the Coasters and Bobby Rydell at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
1960:  The Tab Hunter Show premiered on NBC-TV.
1960:  Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 on his 20th birthday as earnings accumulated when he was a minor.
1963:  The Patty Duke Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last three seasons.
1964:  The Beatles performed at Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Texas.
1965:  A new group was introduced to us as the Vogues first charted on this date with their first single "You're the One".
1965:  James Brown reigned on the R&B chart for the sixth week with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 1".
1965:  We Five were on top of the Adult chart for a third week with the great song "You Were On My Mind".

This Date in Rock Music History: September 17

1931:  RCA Records demonstrated the first players to play 33 1/3 records at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York City.
1955:  Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded "Sixteen Tons" at the Capitol Records Melrose Avenue Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
1955:  "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry logged week #7 at the top of the R&B chart.
1962:  The Beatles, Billy Kramer, and the Coasters played the last of three Monday night gigs at the Queen's Hall in Widnes, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  Some sources claim that Rory Storm and the Hurricanes also played this night, when they only played the first two Beatles shows (September 3 and September 10, according to the websites 'Beatles Bible' and 'Liverpool Beat'.  Some sources also say the Beatles played in Widnes, Cheshire, England.  Widnes did not become part of the county of Cheshire until 1974, 12 years after the concert, so it is physically impossible for the Beatles to have played in Widnes, Cheshire.)  

This Date in Rock Music History: September 16

1960:  Johnny Burnette recorded "You're Sixteen".
1963:  "She Loves You" by the Beatles was released by Swan Records in the United States and, despite being #1 in the U.K., was ignored until 1964 when the Beatles' invasion was well underway.
1964:  The Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bobby Sherman, the Wellingtons and comedian Alan Sues helped premiere the series Shindig! on ABC-TV.
1965:  The Dean Martin Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last 10 years.
1965:  The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, the Byrds and the McCoys opened the second season of Shindig!
1966:  Bassist Pete Quaife left the Kinks temporarily after suffering severe injuries in a car crash.  Quaife left the group for good in 1969.
1967:  The Beatles recorded "Your Mother Should Know" at EMI Studios, the third of four recordings of the song.  The version was not used at the time on the Magical Mystery Tour album, but was later included on the compilation Anthology 2.

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.

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".

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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: Cat Stevens released the single "Peace Train".
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.)
1976:  Rod Stewart released the single "Tonight's The Night".













1976:  The Captain & Tennille released "Muskrat Love", their remake of the song by America.







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.











1986:  Wang Chung released the single "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".
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.

1933:  Lewis Steinberg, original bassist for Booker T. & the M.G.'s, was born in Memphis, Tennessee; died July 21, 2016 in Memphis after a battle with cancer. 
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.
1956:  Joni Sledge, member of the family group Sister Sledge, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died March 10, 2017 of natural causes in Phoenix, Arizona.


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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 12



1960:  The song had only been out nine weeks and five of those were at #1 for Elvis Presley--"It's Now Or Never".  Waiting in the runner-up position was "The Twist" from Chubby Checker.
1963:  The Beatles reached #1 in the U.K. with "She Loves You".








                                            Ronnie & the Daytonas in a much better time...

1964:  The Animals registered a second week at #1 with "The House Of The Rising Sun".  The Supremes' former #1 "Where Did Our Love Go" was still at #2.  The Dave Clark Five were at 3 with "Because" while Dean Martin grabbed the #4 position with "Everybody Loves Somebody".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Bread And Butter" by the Newbeats, Bobby Freeman and "C'mon And Swim", Ronny & the Daytonas were singing the virtues of the "G.T.O.", the Beatles were at #8 with their former #1 "A Hard Day's Night", the Shangri-Las became a member of the Top 10 with "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)" and Roy Orbison shot up from 27 to 10 with "Oh Pretty Woman".
1966:  The Roger Miller Show premiered on ABC-TV.






1966:  The Beatles were awarded a Gold record for the single "Yellow Submarine".
1966:  The Monkees television series debuted on NBC-TV.
1967:  The Beatles continued filming of the movie Magical Mystery Tour for a second day.  The bus headed for Widecombe on the Moor but was stuck on a bridge and had to drive in reverse for half a mile before turning around.  The group then headed for Plymouth followed by a 20-car caravan of members of the media.





1968:  The first world tour of Led Zeppelin took them to Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden (They were still being billed as the Yardbirds.)
1970:  Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie performed at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
1970:  Smoky Robinson and the Miracles had the top U.K. song with "The Tears Of A Clown".
1970:  CCR scored a #1 album in the U.K. with Cosmo's Factory.








1970:  Ronnie Milsap first appeared on the chart as his initial single release "Loving You Is A Natural Thing" debuted on this date.










1970:  James Taylor debuted on the charts for the first time with his single "Fire And Rain" .
1970:  Anne Murray made it three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with her first hit "Snowbird".











1970:  R. Dean Taylor moved from 86 to 45 with "Indiana Wants Me".
1975:  Pink Floyd released the album Wish You Were Here in the U.K., with the U.S. release the following day.









1977:  Chicago released the single "Baby, What A Big Surprise".
1977:  B.T. Express performed at the White House for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1977:  Paul & Linda McCartney celebrated the birth of son James Louis in London.
1979:  Gary Numan had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Cars".  He was followed by Cliff Richard and "We Don't Talk Anymore", the Crusaders with "Street Life", ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" and Dollar with "Love's Gotta' Hold On Me".
1981:  Meat Loaf had the #1 album in the U.K. with Dead Ringer.
1981:  "Endless Love" from Diana Ross & Lionel Richie remained #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart.



     
                                               "My Kinda Lover" from Squier's new album...

1981:  Journey posted the only #1 album of their career on this date--Escape.  Bella Donna from Stevie Nicks was #2 with 4 from Foreigner trailing.  Pat Benatar's great album Precious Time was fourth followed by Don't Say No from Billy Squier.







                                  The Pointer Sisters had a huge hit with this slow rocker...

1981:  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie teamed up for a fifth week at #1 with "Endless Love" and the Pointer Sisters held on to #2 for a third week with "Slow Hand".  Christopher Cross roared into the Top 10 with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)".
1986:  Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues required hospitalization after collapsing in Los Angeles from exhaustion.
1987:  Reacting to the departure of Johnny Marr earlier in the month, Morrissey left the Smiths to pursue a solo career.
1987:  Michael Jackson began his world tour at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the first of three dates at the venue.
1987:  Michael Jackson owned the top album in the U.K. with Bad.
1987:  Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett spent a third week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".



1989:  Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville released their version of the great Bill Medley song "Don't Know Much".
1989:  Aerosmith released the album Pump.
1990:  Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced they were done touring with Fleetwood Mac (at least temporarily).








1992:  Sun Valley, Idaho's Peter Cetera remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Restless Heart".











1992:  Boyz II Men held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "End Of The Road".
1996:  Oasis canceled all dates on an upcoming tour of the United States, citing "internal differences".

1997:  Stig Anderson, manager of ABBA and founder of Polar Records, died of a heart attack at the age of 66.  Anderson co-wrote hits such as "Waterloo", "Mamma Mia", "S.O.S.", "Fernando", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "The Name Of The Game".  Anderson's funeral was broadcast live on Swedish television.
1999:  Graham Nash broke both legs after his sailboat was hit by a large wave in Hawai'i.  (Note:  some websites say the incident occurred on September 13, but according to the Hawai'i newspaper 'The Star Bulletin', it was September 12.)
2000:  Christina Aguilera released an album in Spanish, Mi Reflejo, which included Spanish versions of her debut as well as new songs.
2000:  The family of Jimi Hendrix released The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a four-CD boxed set that included 56 rare tracks.
2003:  Olivia Newton-John joined Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House and Daniel Johns of Silverchair in a PETA protest against the ritual torture of elephants in Thailand.
2003:  Mike Smith, lead singer of the Dave Clark Five, was paralyzed due to a fall on his estate in Spain.

2003:  Johnny Cash, who crossed over to the rock charts several times, died of respiratory failure at the age of 71 in Nashville, Tennessee.
2004:  The Pet Shop Boys performed a soundtrack composed for the Russian movie Battleship Potemkin in Trafalgar Square in London.
2004:  Brian McFadden rose to #1 on the U.K. chart with "Real To Me".
2004:  Tim McGraw had the top album in the United States with Live Like You Were Dying.
2004:  Kenny Buttrey, drummer on the albums Tapestry by Carole King, Harvest by Neil Young and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and who also worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Dan Fogelberg and Donovan, died of cancer in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 59.
2005:  Seal and his wife Heidi Klum celebrated the birth of a son, Henry G√ľnther Adeola Dashtu Samuel.
2007:  The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced in a press conference that they would reunite for the first time in 19 years for a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records.  Jason Bonham, son of the famous Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, took his place for the one-of-a-kind concert at the O2 Arena in London November 26.  
2009:  Colbie Caillat had the top album with Breakthrough.

2010:  Ides of March Way was dedicated in the group Ides of March's ("Vehicle" from 1970) hometown of Berwyn, Illinois.
2011:  Aretha Franklin was given the Founders Award from the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.




Born This Day:
1933:  Jewel Akens ("The Birds And The Bees") was born in Houston, Texas; died March 1, 2013 in Inglewood, California from complications of back surgery.
1946:  Tony Bellamy, lead guitarist, pianist and vocalist of Redbone ("Come And Get Your Love" from 1973), was born in Las Vegas, Nevada; died December 25, 2009 in Las Vegas of liver failure.

1943:  Maria Muldaur ("Midnight At The Oasis") was born in Manhattan, New York.  (Note:  many websites report that Muldaur was born in Greenwich Village, New York.  Greenwich Village, Harlem, or any other neighborhood anywhere in the world is not an official place of birth, and will never be listed on an official birth certificate.  Muldaur was born in Manhattan.)












1944:  Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas; died July 4, 2003 in Los Angeles, California after suffering a stroke in May.  White had high blood pressure that triggered kidney failure, and doctors were unable to stave off infections. 
1944:  Colin Young of the Foundations ("Build Me Up Buttercup") was born in Barbados, West Indies.







1952:  Neil Peart, elite drummer and lyricist of Rush, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.











1952:  Gerry Beckley, guitarist and founding member of America, was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1956:  Barry Andrews, vocalist and keyboardist of XTC, was born in Lambeth, London, England.  (Note:  several websites report Andrews was born in West Norwood, London.  West Norwood is an area of town located in the Borough of Lambeth, not its own town.  Andrews was officially born in Lambeth.) 
1965:  Norwood Fisher, bassist and founder of Fishbone







1966:  Ben Folds, frontman and pianist of the Ben Folds Five, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1968:  Larry LaLonde, guitarist of Primus, was born in Richmond, California.
1981:  Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois.