Thursday, August 23, 2018

This Date in Rock Music History: August 24

1956:  Elvis Presley recorded "Love Me Tender" and "We're Gonna' Move" at 20th Century Fox Studios in Hollywood, California.
1956:  Little Richard played at the Cotton Club in Lubbock, Texas, with native son Buddy Holly in the audience.
1963:  Peter, Paul & Mary made it four straight weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Blowin' In The Wind".
1963:  Stevie Wonder became the first artist of the Rock Era to have the #1 single ("Fingertips, Pt. 2") and the #1 album (The Twelve-Year-Old Genius) at the same time and the first to be #1 on those two as well as #1 on the R&B chart.  "Fingertips" was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth straight week.

                                                                  The Surfaris with a great summer song...

1963:  This is a Top 10 worth mentioning--Besides Wonder's "Fingertips" at #1, Allan Sherman held #2 with "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh!", the 4 Seasons reached the #3 position with "Candy Girl" and the Angels moved from 10 to 4 with "My Boyfriend's Back".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Judy's Turn To Cry" from Lesley Gore, Peter, Paul & Mary with "Blowin' In The Wind", the Surfaris' instrumental "Wipe Out", Kai Winding with "More", Elvis Presley with "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" and "Denise", song #10 from Randy & the Rainbows.
1964:  The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California.

1965:  The Toys released the single "A Lover's Concerto".
1966:  The Doors began recording their landmark debut album at Sunset Sound Studios in Hollywood, California.
1967:  The Beatles met with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Park Lane Hilton in London.
1968:  Traffic, Free, Fairport Convention and others performed at the Roundhouse in London.
1968:  "Stay In My Corner" by the Dells posted a third week at #1 on the R&B chart.

1968:  Deep Purple moved from 83 to 38 with "Hush".
1969:  Arlo Guthrie's film of his legendary song "Alice's Restaurant" premiered in New York and Los Angeles.

1971:  Lighthouse released the single "One Fine Morning".
1973:  Commander Cody and Rory Gallagher ushered in the National Jazz, Blues and Rock Festival in Reading, England.
1974:  Chicago took over the #1 spot on the Easy Listening chart with "Call On Me".

1974:  Eric Clapton held on to the #1 album with 461 Ocean Boulevard.  John Denver was still at #2 with Back Home Again, Elton John remained third with Caribou, Stevie Wonder moved up with Fulfillingness' First Finale,  and Bachman-Turner Overdrive II was #5.  The rest of the Top 10:  Bad Company rocked up from 18 to 6 with their self-titled release, On Stage from Loggins & Messina was #7, Robin Trower had #8--Bridge of Sighs, Bob Dylan & the Band fell hard with Before the Flood and Paul McCartney & Wings remained at #10 after 36 weeks with Band on the Run.
1975:  Queen began recording "Bohemian Rhapsody" at Rockfield Studio in Monmouth, Wales.

1976:  A promising group from Australia, the Little River Band, released "It's a Long Way There" (but we'll always feature the long version above!).  (Note:  some websites naively say the single was released November 15.  The song debuted on the 'Billboard' Singles chart on September 18, according to 'Billboard'.  It is physically impossible for a song to be included on the Singles chart if it has not yet been released as a single.)
1978:  Bruce Springsteen was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1978:  Louis Prima, who had a hit with "That Old Black Magic" in 1958 with wife Keely Smith, died of pneumonia in New Orleans, Louisiana at age 67.
1979:  B.B. King celebrated his 30th year in the music business in a special event at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California.  (Note:  some websites claim the show was at the Roxy in Los Angeles.  The Roxy Theatre is located on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.)

1979:  The Police, the Cure and Motorhead performed on the opening day of the annual Reading Festival in Reading, England.

1979:  The Cars appeared at Central Park in Manhattan, New York.

1980:  Def Leppard, Whitesnake, and Gary Moore's G Force were among those who performed on the final night of the 20th National Rock Festival in Reading Rock, England. 
1983:  Shawn Lewis, the fifth wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, was found dead from drugs at their home in Mississippi.
1985:  Kool & the Gang had the top R&B song on this date with "Cherish".

                                                                              John Parr was in the Top Five...

1985:  Huey Lewis & the News hit #1 for the first time with "The Power Of Love".  That moved "Shout" by Tears for Fears out while Corey Hart was stuck on three with "Never Surrender".  John Parr moved up with "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" and Aretha Franklin was #5 with "Freeway Of Love".  The rest of the Top 10:  Tina Turner with "We Don't Need Another Hero", Bryan Adams was up to 7 with "Summer Of '69", Sting fell with "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", Paul Young had song #9--"Everytime You Go Away" and Heart had their 17th hit but their first Top 10 in five years with "What About Love".
1989:  The Who performed the rock opera Tommy at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California along with guests Elton John, Phil Collins, Steve Winwood, Billy Idol and Patti LaBelle.
1990:  Jane's Addiction and Faith No More headlined the opening day of the three-day U.K. Reading Festival.
1991:  Metallica hit #1 in the U.K. with their self-titled debut album.
1994:  The Eagles played a second night at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
1994:  Pearl Jam fired drummer Dave Abbruzzese.
1996:  Liam Gallagher of Oasis backed out of the group's recording of an MTV unplugged session minutes before it was supposed to begin at Royal Festival Hall in London.  (Note:  some websites mistakenly say the performance was at Royal Albert Hall.  They are two separate venues--Royal Festival Hall is situated on the south bank of the River Thames, while the Royal Albert Hall is about 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the west, as you can see in this map .  The recording was to take place at Royal Festival Hall, according to MTV.) 
1997:  Metallica, Bush, and the Verve performed on the final day at the three-day Reading Festival in Reading, England.
1998:  Shania Twain had to cut her concert short in Syracuse, New York when lightning hit the ground 40 yards behind the stage.
1998:  Gene Page, producer of Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack, Barry White, the Righteous Brothers and Dobie Gray, among others, died after a long illness in Westwood, California at the age of 58.

1999:  Christina Aguilera released her self-titled debut album.

2001:  Eminem, Papa Roach, System of a Down, Staind, and Queens of the Stone Age appeared at the opening night of the weekend Carling Reading/Leeds Festival.
2003:  Blur, the White Stripes and Beck headlined the final day of the U.K. Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2005:  Hilary Duff had the top album with Most Wanted, a compilation of her hits.
2005:  Hal Kalin of the Kalin Twins ("When" from 1958) died in a car accident in Waldorf, Maryland at the age of 71.
2007:  After complaining of dizziness and nausea to his doctor during a routine examination, elite guitarist Bo Diddley was hospitalized in Gainesville, Florida.  While in the emergency room to install a stent, Bo suffered a heart attack.
2008:  Metallica, Slipknot, Feeder, Avenged Sevenfold, and the Plain White T's performed on the last day of the Carling Weekend Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2007:  Kings of Leon, Razorlight, and Jimmy Eat World were among the performers on opening day of the U.K. Carling Weekend Reading Festival in Leeds and Reading, England.
2009:  A street in Northern Poland (in the Smogorzewie district) was named after the Beatles.

2010:  Katy Perry released the album Teenage Dream.

2013:  Sad news from Linda Ronstadt.  The 67-year old superstar, one of the most versatile performers the world has ever known, announced that she had lost her singing voice due to Parkinson's disease.
2014:  BeyoncĂ© captured four awards, including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, while Miley Cyrus won Video of the Year for "Wrecking Ball" at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Forum in Inglewood, California.

Born This Day:
1938:  David Freiberg, bassist of Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service, was born in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Note:  several websites falsely report he was born in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Freiberg was born in Boston and later lived in Cincinnati, according to the band's official website and 'Billboard' magazine.)

1938:  Mason Williams was born in Abilene, Texas.
1941:  Ernie Wright of Little Anthony and the Imperials was born in Brooklyn, New York.  (Note:  some websites show his birth as 1939 or 1940.  According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was born in 1941.)

1942:  Jimmy Soul ("If You Wanna' Be Happy") was born in Weldon, North Carolina; died of a heart attack June 15, 1988 in Spring Valley, New York.
1943:  John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service was born in Berkeley, California; died May 29, 1989 in San Francisco of alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a condition he had suffered with most of his life.
1944:  James Brady of the Sandpipers was born in Los Angeles, California.
1945:  Malcolm Duncan, saxophone player with the Average White Band, was born in Montrose, Scotland.
1945:  Ken Hensley, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of Uriah Heap, was born in Plumstead, London, England.  (Note:  several websites report he was born in Hertfordshire, England.  Although there are no reliable sources, our best research indicates that Ken was born in Plumstead, then moved with his family later that year to Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England.)
1947:  Jim Fox, drummer and organist of the James Gang
1951:  Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, was born in Jacksonville, Florida; died March 10, 2005 of renal failure in Davie, Florida.
1951:  Mike Derosier, drummer of Heart
1955:  Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar was born in Los Angeles, California.  (Note:  Some websites report Daniel was born in 1957.  According to United Press International and 'Soul Tracks', he was born in 1955.)
1961:  Mark Bedford, bass guitarist for Madness ("Our House") was born in Islington, London, England. 
1963:  John Bush, lead singer of Anthrax, was born in Los Angeles, California.

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