| Young Love was hot on the U.S. singles
chart in two different versions in 1957. Both Sonny James and Tab Hunter had
recorded the hit and both sold over a million copies. But it was Tab Hunter
who stayed at number 1 for six weeks, to James
| Little Richard packed in rock and roll in
1958 to attend Bible college. He
was there for four years, but in the meantime, the rocker had hits with
previously recorded material like Good Golly Miss Molly and Ooh! My
Soul. Richard returned to rock and roll in 1962 when he had a minor
U.K. hit with He Got What He Wanted. Jimi Hendrix backed him in
1965 on I Dont Know What Youve Got But Its Got Me, but
the song only reached number 92 in the U.S.
| Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and
The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash in 1959. Holly was a rock and roll pioneer while
Valens had hits with, Come On Lets Go, Donna and
La Bamba. The Big Bopper was actually a DJ whose only major hit
was Chantilly Lace. All three stars had just played the Surf Ballroom in
Clear Lake, and were heading to Moorhead, Minnesota, through a snow storm, when
their plane crashed shortly after take-off from nearby Mason City. Waylon
Jennings had given up his seat to The Big Bopper, and the future
country star has only recently begun to talk about the tragic event. Bobby
Vee filled in at the missed concert, while Jimmy Clanton and
Frankie Avalon helped out on other dates still remaining on the
| Peter, Paul and Mary signed on with Warner
Brothers Records in 1962. They
hit the top 10 with, If I Had a Hammer, nine months later. Their only
single to make it all the way to number 1 was 1969s, Leaving On a Jet
Plane, written by John Denver. Denver does a decent version
of it himself, on the 1997 box set, The Country Roads Collection. More
recently, Chantal Kreviazuk contributed her cover of it to the
| I Want to Hold Your Hand hit number 1 in
the U.S. on February 1st, 1964. Except maybe for Louie Louie, the rest of the
top 10 contenders just werent in the same league. In order, from numbers
2 to 10 they were: You Dont Own Me, Out of Limits,
Surfin Bird, Hey Little Cobra, Louie Louie,
There! Ive Said It Again, Um Um Um Um Um Um, Anyone Who
Had a Heart and For You. The bad news was that the U.S. flipside,
I Saw Her Standing There, was wasted. It should have been issued as a
single on its own, and was probably even better than the A-side. I Saw Her
Standing There was one of
best rockers. This Boy was the B-side in the U.K.,
where I Want to Hold Your Hand, their fifth single, had already been at
the top for 6 weeks, beginning on December 4th, 1963. Rock and roll
would never be the same.
| Pete Seeger played a 1967 concert to high school students in
New York, despite an attempt by the schools officials to have it halted.
It was felt that Seeger might cause the students to riot because of his
reputation for protests against Vietnam and anti-Communist witch hunts in the
U.S. Maybe school authorities were also intimidated by the title of
Seegers last album, Dangerous Songs? The concert went
| The Doors were offered a lucrative movie
deal in 1968. Universal Pictures
were willing to give the band $500000 for appearing in a feature film.
Unfortunately, the movie was never made. The closest The Doors got to
the silver screen was in 1991 when Oliver Stone directed Val Kilmer as Jim
Morrison in a trashy movie about the group.
| Allen Klein was appointed as
new manager by John Lennon, George Harrison and
Ringo Starr, in 1969.
Paul McCartney refused to sign the agreement because of Kleins bad
reputation. McCartney proved to be right as Klein has since been in and
out of jail on tax evasion and other charges. ( had to sue him to get
their own money. It was the always impressionable Lennon who
masterminded Kleins arrival.) Kleins far-reaching
influence in the music industry is also the reason that we dont see any
CD music from artists like Chubby Checker, Bobby Rydell, The
Tymes and many others. McCartney chose Eastman and Eastman to
| performed live for the
last time in 1969. The 42 minute
rooftop concert took place above Apple Corps headquarters on January
30th. It had been 2½ years since they played Candlestick
Park, San Francisco, on August 29th, 1966. Get Back was the
recorded live. It can be heard on Anthology 3, as John and
Georges amplifiers have their power cut in the middle of the song.
The guitarists quickly remedy the situation and Get Back to finishing
the performance. About half of the high altitude gig was included at the end of
the Let It Be film, with Ive Got a Feeling, One After
909 and Dig a Pony also making it onto the LP.
| The Nashville Songwriters Association recognized
the abilities of Kris Kristofferson with an award in 1971. Kristofferson has written
such hits as Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through the Night
and For the Good Times. He began an acting career the same year,
appearing as a Minstrel Wrangler alongside of Dennis Hopper and
| Gladys Knight and The Pips left Motown for
Buddah Records in 1973. Their
Motown hits had included I Heard It Through the Grapevine, If I Were
Your Woman and Neither One of Us, but better times would follow when
Midnight Train to Georgia, Ive Got to Use My Imagination,
Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, On and On and Try to
Remember / The Way We Were became hits at Buddah.
| Keith Emersons hands were moving
faster than expected at a 1973
concert in San Francisco. The keyboard player was trying to avoid flying
debris after his piano exploded. It was rigged for some fireworks, but
something went wrong and the planned explosion occurred too soon.
Emersons injuries were minor, and ELP were able to release
Brain Salad Surgery later in the year.
| Mamma Mia by ABBA took over the top
spot on the U.K. singles chart in 1976 from Bohemian Rhapsody. Queens
operatic anthem had just spent 9 weeks there, and would return to number 1
in 1991, when the song was featured in the Waynes World movie.
ABBAs track was their second one to dominate the charts, after
Waterloo did it in 1974. They would have 7 more U.K. top singles by the
time 1980 ended.
| In 1977, Elton John won awards in the Pop / Rock
category for Favourite Male Artist and Favourite Single (Dont Go
Breaking My Heart with Kiki Dee), at the fourth American Music
Awards held in California. He had also released the singles, Grow Some Funk
of Your Own / I Feel Like a Bullet and Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest
Word in 1976.
| Fleetwood Macs, Rumours, was
released this week in 1977. It
spent 31 weeks at the top of the U.S. albums chart. Singles, Go Your Own
Way, Dreams, Dont Stop and You Make Loving Fun
all hit the top 10 that year. It is one of the all-time best selling
albums, with over 18 million sold. A superb live version of Go Your Own Way
can be found on the 1997 release, The Dance. Courtney Loves
group, Hole, did an excellent version of Gold Dust Woman in
| American teenager, Brenda Spencer made her famous
statement in 1979: I
dont like Mondays, after she shot to death eleven of her
classmates. Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats turned the situation into a
hit later in the year.
| Sam Lightnin Hopkins died
of cancer in 1982. He played a
wide variety of styles and at one time had the pleasure of headlining over
Jefferson Airplane, as well as performing with The Grateful Dead
during his career. A 1967 documentary covered his lifestyle and music, the
best of which can be heard on Mojo Hand: The Anthology, a double CD
collection highly rated by the All-Music Guide.
| The Doobie Brothers split up in 1982 but would still keep their commitment
for a Farewell Tour later that year. They would occasionally play
together after that, and re-united in the late 1980s for Cycles (1989),
Brotherhood (1991) and Rockin Down the Highway: The Wildlife
Concert, a double live effort from 1996. A new studio album in their
earlier style was released late in 2000.
| Karen Carpenter died in 1983 of heart irregularities caused by
anorexia nervosa. Brother, Richard, played piano while Karen was
on drums for most of their hits throughout the 1970s. Karen didnt
quite reach her 33rd birthday, and was actually making progress in
fighting her condition when she collapsed at her parents home in Downey,
California. A made-for-TV Carpenters biography aired in 1989, and
Karens only solo album was released in 1996. It consisted of songs
she had recorded without Richard in 1979 and 1980.
| In between album releases in 1985, Glenn Frey appeared on an
episode of Miami Vice. He also contributed several songs to the series,
including Smugglers Blues, The Heat is On, New Love
and You Belong to the City. Eight years later, Frey would
star in his own detective show, South of Sunset. It was short-lived however, as
only five episodes were made.
| Forty-six major American artists recorded We
Are the World in 1985. It was
their turn, after the Brits had a huge success with Do They Know Its
Christmas. The U.S. song credited to U.S.A. for Africa went to the
top for 4 weeks, and featured well-knowns like Bob Dylan, Ray
Charles, Kenny Rogers, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner,
Billy Joel, Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, Daryl Hall,
Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes and
| Defunct band, Sheriff, hit number 1 in
1989 with a re-release of their
1983 ballad, When Im With You. The band had split up in 1985, but
the music director at a Las Vegas radio station began pushing the song in late
1988. Response was immediate, and When Im With You shot to number
1, far surpassing position 61 where it originally peaked in the U.S. A couple
of members of the group combined with three ex-Heart players and formed
Alias. The other Sheriff boys had minor success in Canada as the
group, Frozen Ghost.
| The year, 1989, saw Guns N Roses with two top 5 albums
in the U.S. Appetite for Destruction and G N R Lies were
their first two album releases, containing the top 10 singles, Sweet Child
O Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City and
| The top 3 of the 1990 U.K. singles chart had no American or British
artists. Sinead OConnor (from Ireland), Kylie Minogue (of
Australia) and Belgiums, Technotronic charted with Nothing
Compares 2 U, Tears On My Pillow and Get Up,
| Willie Dixon died of heart failure in
1992. He was THE blues man, and
much of the reason behind the success of Chess Records artists like Bo
Diddley, Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush and especially Muddy
| Nancy Wilson, guitarist for Heart,
released her first solo album in 1999. Live at McCabes Guitar Shop had
actually been recorded 2 years earlier, as Heart was winding down for
the 1990s. Nancys debut included renditions of Even It Up,
These Dreams (both had been hits with Heart), Paul
Simons, Kathys Song and the Peter Gabriel tune,
In Your Eyes. Live at McCabes Guitar Shop was not her first
work outside of Heart, as the Jerry Maguire soundtrack had
included a couple of Nancys tracks. She also joined sister Ann
on some releases under the name of The Lovemongers.
|Blues youngster Jonny Lang Hit the Ground Running
|Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane /
Starship, 1943), Steve
Marriott (The Small Faces, 1947) and Phil Collins (1951) were each the product of Two
|Warm and protected, Terry Kath (Chicago,
1946), K.C. (The
Sunshine Band, 1951) and
Phil Manzanera (Roxy Music, 1951) finally had to Give It Up.
|Don Everly (1937), Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook, 1937), Rick James (1952) and Lisa Marie Presley
(1968) were delivered without
any Problems on this day.
|Stan Getz (1927) and Graham Nash (Hollies / CSNY,
1942) arrived via the
|The families of Dennis Edwards (The
Temptations, 1943), Dave
Davies (The Kinks, 1947), Melanie (1947) and Blake Barrett (Copperpenny,
1951) were all on Cloud
|Alice Cooper (1948) and Natalie Imbruglia (1975) werent exactly Clones
when they were born.
|Willie Dixon passed away in 1992.
|Lightnin Hopkins died in 1982 at the age of 69.
|Barbara Cowsill died in 1985 at the age of 56.
|Music publisher Dick James died of a heart attack
|Sid Vicious died in 1979 of a drug overdose.
|Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big
Bopper died in a plane crash in 1959.
|Karen Carpenter died in 1983 of heart failure caused by anorexia nervosa.
Wladziu Valentino Liberace died in 1987 at the age of 67.