| The Cavern Club opened as a jazz club in Liverpool
in 1957. The Quarry Men
first played there seven months later. They would return as
at a lunch hour gig in another four years and Paul McCartney visited
again near the end of 1999 for a short set of old rock and roll
| finally made in onto the
U.S. singles chart in 1964 with
I Want to Hold Your Hand. Their U.S. record company, Capitol Records,
had earlier turned down Love Me Do, Please Please Me, From Me
to You and She Loves You. This allowed VeeJay Records to release
Please Please Me (February 1963), From Me to You (March 1963) and
album (July 1963). Following this unnoticed U.S. Beatle
availability, Swan Records put out She Loves You (September, 1963).
Several other singles and albums were issued by both Swan and VeeJay (and its
subsidiary, Tollie) even after Capitol Records opened the flood gates. They are
now collectors items.
| Alan Freed, the man who gave rock n
roll its name, died in 1965 at
the early age of 43. He began as a DJ in Cleveland, incorporating R&B
artists into his radio shows which turned white audiences onto the sounds of
black music. Freed expanded into organizing Rock n Roll
Parties at local arenas. Here, teenagers gathered by the tens of
thousands to see their favourite artists like Chuck Berry, Fats
Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis live on stage. His popularity followed
him to New York and into the movies, but Freed was fired in 1959 because
of the payola scandal. He was eventually found guilty of accepting money for
promoting certain records on his radio show. Freed was fighting charges
of tax evasion when he died in Palm Springs, Florida.
| The Whos first single, I
Cant Explain / Bald Headed Woman was released in 1965. While it made number 8 in the U.K.,
the best it could do in America was crawl into the top 100 and stall at
position 93. I Can See for Miles, from 1967, was the bands only
U.S. top 10 single, coming in at number 9. They never did have a number 1
single, but did reach the second highest spot a couple of times in their
| Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones
had to sing Lets Spend Some Time Together at a 1967 Ed Sullivan Show appearance. The
performance helped put to rest rumours in the U.S. that Jagger was dead.
Lets Spend the Night Together hit number 3 in the U.K. a month
later, but didnt even crack the top 50 in America.
| played their first U.S.
tour in January, 1969, three
months before the release of their debut album. The name of the band came from
a remark made by a member of The Who. (John Entwistle and
Keith Moon each claim it was his idea.)
| The Doors played the Felt Forum in Los
Angeles in 1970, recording the
results for an album. It would be released as Absolutely Live later that
year. Capturing live performances on tape was a pretty brave idea to consider,
since Jim Morrison was known to be very unpredictable on stage during
their shows. The album was not received as one of their best, but it did
contain several songs never released on any of their studio
| As Elvis arrived in Las Vegas in 1972 for rehearsals in preparation for a
series of shows at the Las Vegas Hilton, a section of Bellevue Boulevard in
Memphis was renamed Elvis Presley Boulevard. The remaining length of
road kept its original name due to protests from the Bellevue Baptist Church.
In 1976 he released an album named after the event, From Elvis Presley
Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee, recorded at his home studio at
| Don McLeans epic song, American
Pie, hit number 1 in 1972.
The track is rarely discussed by its author, but its reasonable to assume
that it is inspired by the death of Buddy Holly. Others referred to in
the songs lyrics probably include Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin,
The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, The Doors ,The
Byrds, The Rolling Stones and
| Jerry Lee Lewis played the Grand Ole Opry
in 1973 on the condition that
there would be no rock n roll and no swearing from the performer.
Needless to say, his good behaviour didnt last long. By the end of the
set, The Killer was playing all his rollicking hits, including Great
Balls of Fire, Whole Lotta Shakin Going On and Good Golly
Miss Molly, and was his usual cussing, out of control self.
| In 1976
turned down an offer of $30 million by promoter Bill Sargent to
re-unite. This was slightly more than the $3000 offered later that year by
Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live. George Harrison mistakenly
thought that it was $3000 per Beatle, so he turned it down. ;-) And
interestingly enough, Paul happened to be just around the corner at
Johns New York apartment watching the live broadcast. The two
almost got up the nerve to make a surprise visit to the show, but it was
getting pretty late for Johnny the househusband to be going
| Jimmy Carters 1977 inauguration was supported by Linda Ronstadt,
John Lennon, Paul Simon, Gregg Allman and the southern
rock of The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band.
Back in 1957, it was Pat Boone doing the singing for President
Eisenhower, and in 1981 Ronald Reagan was entertained by Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin, Charlie Pride and Donny and Marie
| David Bowie released the album, Low,
in 1977. While it didnt
contain any hit singles, the new set of material from the chameleon did please
fans and critics alike.
| Disco was officially pronounced dead in 1980 when the owners of Studio 54 were
sent to jail for 3½ years and fined $20000 for tax evasion. The night
club never recovered from the loss of leadership, but the music
itself still clings to life in the form of hip hop and other varieties of drum
machine driven sounds. Artists like Donna Summer and The Bee Gees
ruled the last half of the 70s when disco dominated the
| In 1980, Paul McCartney served ten days behind bars in
Japan, after half a pound of marijuana was found in his suitcase at Tokyo
Airport. He was promoting his Back to the Egg album. This was the only
time that he and wife Linda were separated through almost 30
| Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off of a bat
thrown at him during one of his 1982
concerts in Des Moines. Ozzy thought it was plastic, and later
received injections against rabies. Not a great start to a tour that would also
see his ace guitarist, Randy Rhoads, killed when their tour plane
crashed during a mock dive at the tour bus. The 1982 concerts were promoting
the Diary of a Madman album, which included songs like Flying High
Again and You Cant Kill Rock and Roll.
| B.B. King donated his record collection to
Mississippi Universitys Center for the Study of Southern Culture in
1982. Seven thousand of the 20000
discs were rare blues 78s. The records would become an integral part of the
centers blues archive, established two years later.
| Men At Work owned the top spot of the U.S.
albums and singles charts in 1983. Down Under was the second number 1 single
from the Business As Usual album, which made it to the top of the albums
charts in the U.S. and the U.K. simultaneously. This feat put them into an
exclusive club with members like Rod Stewart, Simon and Garfunkel
| Jackie Wilson died in 1984. He had suffered a heart attack in
1975 while singing Lonely Teardrops at the Latin Casino in New Jersey
during a performance on one of Dick Clarks famous rock n roll
bus tours. After hitting his head in the fall, Wilson suffered brain
damage and required permanent care the rest of his life.
| Yes had a number 1 hit in 1984. Owner of a Lonely Heart
became the most popular song ever by the band. They had just reformed, with
new members Trevor Rabin and Trevor Horn. Rabin introduced
the song to the rest of the band, and later included his own version of it on
the 90124 album in 2003.
| Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder,
Elton John and Gladys Knight had their recording of
Thats What Friends Are For hit number 1 in the U.S. in 1986. The song was originally on the
soundtrack to the movie, Night Shift, as performed by Rod Stewart.
Warwick suggested doing it as a duet with Stevie Wonder, and then
Gladys Knight was added to the mix. To finish off the song, Elton
John was asked to sing the final chorus. It became the biggest song of the
year, and all proceeds raised were donated to AIDS research.
| Tina Turner set a world record when 182000
people attended one of her concerts at Maracana Arena in Rio de Janeiro in
1988. She was on her Break
Every Rule world tour and would soon release her Tina Live in Europe
double album. Paul McCartney broke Turners record two
years later on his Flowers in the Dirt tour.
| John Lee Hooker was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame by Bonnie Raitt in 1991. Together they performed In the Mood with
Robert Cray at an after dinner jam session. The track was from
Hookers 1989 album, The Healer, on which Cray helped
with the song, Baby Lee. Other guests on this popular CD included
Carlos Santana, Canned Heat, Los Lobos, Charlie
Musselwhite and George Thorogood.
| Carl Perkins died in Jackson-Madison County
General Hospital in 1998 of
stroke related causes. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 7, that was
made by his father from a cigar box, baling wire and a broomstick. His
trademark song, Blue Suede Shoes, was written in the middle of the night
on a brown potato sack, and went on to sell several million vinyl copies. A
1956 car accident and alcoholism kept him from maintaining his fame and
fortune, but Perkins was always held in high esteem by other artists,
including Elvis Presley and
| Bob Welch began legal action against
Capitol Records in 2000. The
former singer-guitarist with Fleetwood Mac claimed that the record
company at Hollywood and Vine hadnt been paying him enough royalties.
Welchs recordings for Capitol spanned two albums with the band
Paris, as well as four solo LPs, including the very successful French
Kiss from 1977.
| REO Speedwagon got their own way,
literally, in 2001. A sign
designating part of Main Street in Champaign, Illinois, as REO Speedwagon
Way was posted in time for their concert that evening. Neal Doughty
and Alan Gratzer started the band as students at the University of
Illinois back in the early 70s. REO was on tour with Survivor
and Styx when the honour took place, and would release REO
Speedwagon Live Plus later in the year.
|Ronnie Van Zant (Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1949), had a normal delivery just like
Every Mothers Son.
|There were no Spiders and Snakes around when
Jim Stafford (1944) and
Ronnie Milsap (1946) were
|Chris Montez (1943), Mick Taylor (The Rolling Stones,
1948) and Paul Young
(1956) were all told
There Will Never Be Another You on this day.
|Bobby Goldsboro and David Ruffin (The
Temptations) were not born in the Summer, but it was in 1941 for both of them.
|Phil Everly (1939), Janis Joplin (1943), Shelley Fabares (1944), Dolly Parton (1946), Robert Palmer (1949) and Dewey Bunnell
(America, 1952) all
became Addicted to Love.
|Eric Stewart (10cc, 1945) and Paul Stanley
(Kiss, 1950) first
witnessed The Things We Do for Love.
|Richie Havens (1941), Mac Davis (1942), Edwin Starr (1942) and Billy Ocean (1950) arrived Suddenly.
|Junior Wells never recovered from a coma, brought
on by a heart attack, and died in 1998.
|David Seville died in 1972, just days short of his 53rd birthday.
John Siomos, drummer on Frampton Comes Alive!, died at the age of
56 in 2004.
|Disco officially died in 1980 after a lengthy illness, offering convincing evidence
in favour of the legalization of euthanasia.
|Carl Perkins died in 1998 from complications caused by several strokes.
Wilson Pickett died from a heart attack in 2006.
|Alan Freed died in 1965 from uremia.
|Jackie Wilson died from the long term effects of
a heart attack in 1984.
Colonel Tom Parker (Elvis Presleys manager) passed away at
the age of 88, in 1997.
Charles Brown died in 1999
of congestive heart failure. Peggy Lee died of a heart attack in
2002. She was 61.