| Loretta Webb became Loretta Lynn when she
married Oliver Lynn in 1948,
three years before sister Crystal Gayle was born. The bride, a coal
miners daughter, was only 13 years old at the time, and would have to
wait twelve years before her first hit, Im a Honky Tonk Girl,
reached the country charts. Lynn spent a decade raising four children,
before getting into the music business with help from her brother Jay
Webb, and her husband. Her biggest hit was Ones On the Way,
which stayed at the top for 2 weeks in February of 1972.
| Elvis Presley recorded his first bunch of
tracks in 1956 for RCA, his new
record company. Included with Money Honey and I Got a Woman was a
song written especially for The King, Heartbreak Hotel. He was
backed with a drummer, D.J. Fontana, for the first time, in addition to
seasoned pro Chet Atkins and piano player Floyd Cramer. Even
though the recording session lasted 8 hours, there was a sense of
disappointment, as the studio didnt seem to capture the sound heard on
Presleys previous songs for Sun Records.
| In 1960, Eddie Cochran attended his last recording
session. One of the tracks put onto tape was Three Steps to Heaven, at
Goldstar Studios in Hollywood. It was included on a self-titled album released
later in the year, along with songs like Summertime Blues, Cmon
Everybody, Im Ready and Teenage Heaven.
| released the Please
Please Me single this week back in 1963. It went to number 1 in the U.K. on February
22nd, three weeks after entering the chart. The Fab Fours
first number 1 single eventually sold over 1.5 million copies world-wide.
Please Please Me was written mostly by John Lennon, who modelled
the song after recordings by Bing Crosby and Roy Orbison. Ask
Me Why was the B-side. David Cassidy took his version of Please
Please Me into the U.K. top 30 in 1974.
| The Whiskey A-Go-Go night club opened in Los
Angeles in 1963. Johnny
Rivers, Alice Cooper and Kansas all recorded live albums
there. Rivers also had two top 10 singles, Memphis and Seventh
Son receive help from audiences at the Whiskey.
| had three albums in the
top 10 of the U.S. albums chart in 1965, with Beatles 65 (number 1), A Hard
Days Night (number 6) and Story (peaking
at number 7). The latter album was a double LP with each of the four sides
featuring a different Beatle interview. Story also
included interviews with George Martin and Brian Epstein, as well as a medley
of Things We Said Today, Im Happy Just to Dance With You,
Little Child, Long Tall Sally and She Loves You. A segment
of Twist and Shout live from The Hollywood Bowl also made its
| The general public began to take the album format
released Rubber Soul, the number 1 album this week in 1966. Previously, 33 1/3 rpm records were
a collection of past hits and songs recorded as filler. The singles market was
what had always been popular to music fans everywhere, but when Rubber Soul
arrived with songs like Drive My Car, Norwegian Wood,
Michelle, Girl, In My Life and Wait, listeners knew
they were getting more than their moneys worth. Even the albums
cover art had something more imaginative; it was a legitimate piece of
| Elvis Presley began new recording sessions
in Memphis in 1969. Over the next
week and a half he recorded songs like In the Ghetto, Gentle On My
Mind, Hey Jude, and the classic, Suspicious Minds. Elvis
hadnt recorded in Memphis since his last days with Sun Records, in
the fall of 1955.
| In 1970, Diana Ross played her final Supremes
concert before going solo. The hit-makers played the Frontier Hotel in Las
Vegas, and would continue with Jean Terrell replacing Ross.
Someday Well Be Together was just falling down the charts, having
been at the top a couple weeks before. The song was their last number 1 hit,
and was also the final song to hit the peak position in the
| It was around this time in 1973 when Frankie Millers
debut album, Once in a Blue Moon, was released. In the early
70s, Miller had been in The Stoics when he was asked to
join Jude, a blues rock band with Robin Trower (formerly of
Procol Harum). The project fell apart before an album could be recorded,
so Miller decided to try the solo route. He signed with Chrysalis
Records in 1972 and worked on material for his first album. Once in a Blue
Moon was written mostly by Miller himself, while he was backed
musically by a hot local pub rock band, Brinsley Schwarz. Miller
followed up with several more gems in the 70s, namely High Life
and The Rock, which all earned him the admiration of people like
Rod Stewart, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and anyone else who
ever tried to sing the blues.
| Pete Townshend of The Who dragged
Eric Clapton out of a personal low by organizing the Rainbow Concert in
1973. Clapton had fallen
into alcohol abuse and drug dependency before Townshend recruited chums,
Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and others to play a sold out show
that was later released as the album, Eric Claptons Rainbow
| Kiss was signed to a recording contract in
1974. Casablanca Records nabbed
the unique rock band soon after a New York gig with Blue Oyster Cult and
Iggy Pop. Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley
and Peter Criss were making a name for themselves with their
on-stage theatrics. Their self-titled debut album would be released several
weeks later, and climb as high as number 87 on the U.S. albums
| Steve Miller had his first U.S. number 1
single when The Joker hit the top in 1974. He consciously tried to write a smash single, and
began with the idea of a 2½ minute soul-disco symphony.
After The Joker album sessions were finished, Miller still
didnt think he had a hit on his hands, but fans determined
| Bluesman, Howlin Wolf, died at the
age of 65 in 1976, following
brain surgery. His recordings of Spoonful, How Many More Times,
Back Door Man and Little Red Rooster were brought to mainstream
rock by Cream,
, The Doors and The Rolling Stones,
respectively. Wolf was discovered by Ike Turner.
| A UNICEF world hunger fund-raising concert was
held in New York at the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. Performers included Rod
Stewart, ABBA, The Bee Gees, Andy Gibb, Rita
Coolidge, Olivia Newton-John, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kris
Kristofferson, John Denver and others. Earth, Wind and Fire
had their Greatest Hits Volume 1 in the U.S. top 10 at the time.
They played a medley of a couple of their best songs, September /
Thats the Way of the World. Unfortunately, an album of the concert
was a flop.
| The Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) donated 800 albums to the White House library in 1981. Its highly unlikely that they
were appreciated by Ronald Reagan, but Im sure Bill Clinton already had
most of them when he entered office. Among other things, the RIAA grants gold,
platinum and diamond awards for sales of singles, albums and videos in the
| Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie
peaked at number 29 on the American singles chart in 1982, but made it all the way to the top
in the U.K. It was only their second number 1 at home, following Bohemian
Rhapsody. Under Pressure was remixed and re-released as a single in
Britain in 1999.
| Steve Clark, guitarist with Def
Leppard, died of alcohol related problems in 1991. A local pathologist stated that his death was due to
a compression of the brain stem caused by excessive drinking combined with use
of anti-depressants and painkillers. Clark was replaced by Viv
Campbell, formerly of DIO and Whitesnake. Def Leppard
regrouped and released Adrenalize the next year, a successful
follow-up to Hysteria on which Clark made his last
| Nirvana had quite a week in the U.S. in
1992. They appeared on Saturday
Night Live, their album Nevermind just hit number 1 and Smells Like
Teen Spirit peaked at number 6 on the
singles chart. Nirvana had taken Neil Youngs grunge rock
sound into the 1990s and opened the flood gates for other bands like Pearl
Jam and Soundgarden.
| On what would have been Elvis Presleys
50th birthday, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 29 cent stamp of
The King in Memphis in 1993. The public got to vote on which picture would be
used, and a 1950s Elvis won by a 3 to 1 margin. And yes, many letters
were sent to fictional addresses so that fans could see Return to Sender
stamped next to Elvis.
| REM began their first world tour in over 5
years when they played The Entertainment Centre in Australia in 1995. The group was supporting their
Monster album, which debuted at number 1 in both America and the U.K.
Whats the Frequency Kenneth? and Bang and Blame were the
strongest tracks on the album that found the band playing much heavier material
than they had in the past.
| Billy Joel continued his successful string
of live dates in 1998 when two
more shows sold out. The eighth and ninth consecutive sellouts set a record
when all tickets disappeared within hours for concerts in Uniondale, New York,
at the Nassau Coliseum. His tour continued into 2000, and even though he said
it would be his last for quite some time, more dates with Elton John
were scheduled into 2001. A live album of his millennium New Years
concert was released in the form of the two CD package, The Millennium
| Billy Joel received a special award in
1999 at the American Music
Awards. Engraved on the hardware he took home that night was a statement about
his inspired songwriting skills, musical arrangements, vocals, keyboard
prowess and exciting showmanship. Joel hadnt released an
album of new material since 1993 with River of Dreams.
|Elvis Presley became his mothers Good
Luck Charm in 1935. His
stillborn twin didnt make it. On the same day as Elvis, Little
Anthony (1940), Robbie
Krieger (The Doors, 1946) and David Bowie (1947) also began looking for Fame.
|Joan Baez (1941) and Jimmy Page (1944) first felt a Whole Lotta
|Jim Croce (1943), Rod Stewart (1945), Donald Fagen (Steely Dan, 1948), and Pat Benatar (1953) could each say I Got a
|Don Cherry (1924) and Clarence Clemons (1942) were born in a Ghost
|The announcement to Let the Heartaches Begin was
made upon the arrival of Ray Price (1926) and Long John Baldry (1941).
|Trevor Rabin (of Yes) first felt the
Rhythm of Love in 1954.
|Jack Jones began The Impossible Dream in
|Steve Clark (Def Leppard) died in 1991 from a combination of alcohol and
|Howlin Wolf died following brain surgery in
||Spencer Dryden (drummer for Jefferson
Airplane), and Bread's James Griffin both died in 2005 from cancer.
||Maurice Gibb of The Bee Gees died in
2003 after suffering a heart
attack during surgery to remove an intestinal blockage. He was 53, and was the
twin brother of Robin. Randy VanWarmer died of leukemia in
2004 at the age of
|Donny Hathaway committed suicide by jumping from
a 15th floor hotel room in 1979.