| Buddy Holly recorded, Thatll Be
the Day, at a New Mexico studio, in 1957. It was actually a re-recording because he had just
switched labels. The title of the song was taken from a phrase in the John
Wayne movie, The Searchers. This new version would soon become a rock and roll
classic. Holly was backed on the track by Jerry Allison, Larry
Welborn, Niki Sullivan, and Gary and Ramona
| Carl Perkins left Sun Records in 1958, becoming the first big rockabilly
artist on the Columbia label. He had a number of singles released by Sun since
joining the Sam Phillips team in 1955, but Perkins debut album,
Dance Album of Carl Perkins, wasnt released until just before he
left. It contained most of his Sun singles.
| Frankie Avalon had his first top 10 hit
when Dede Dinah hit number 7 in 1958. He had a string of hits over the next couple of
years, including Ginger Bread (number 9), Venus (number 1 for
five weeks), Bobby Sox to Stockings (number 8), A Boy Without
a Girl (number 10), Just Ask Your Heart (number 7) and Why
(number 1 for a week).
| Get a Job by The Silhouettes became
a number 1, one hit wonder in 1958. The doo wop group took their name from the 1957 song
by The Rays, and once Get a Job was played on American Bandstand
(and Dick Clark was given half the publishing rights), the song became a
national hit. Member Rick Lewis wrote the track on his mothers
piano, when things werent going very well with his career in the music
business. She told him... well, what else? Get a Job. You need to
get a job. You get up in the morning and go out and get a
| hit number 1 on the U.K.
Disc singles chart in 1963 with
their second single, Please Please Me. There are a couple versions of
the song floating around. One of them has Paul and John singing
| Three classic British songs were released this
week in 1964. Billy J.
Kramers, Little Children, Just One Look by The
Hollies and The Rolling Stones version of Not Fade Away
all made the top 3 in the U.K. But it was Little Children that won
the battle on both sides of the Atlantic. The song was the first and biggest
U.S. hit by Kramer, and was followed later in the year by Bad to
Me, Ill Keep You Satisfied and From a Window. Do You
Want to Know a Secret put him on the U.K. charts the previous
| began filming Help!
in 1965. The original title
of the movie was Eight Arms to Hold You.
| Genesis released its first single back in
1968. The Silent Sun was
written by Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel when they were trying to
emulate The Bee Gees. The song turned up the following year on their
first album, From Genesis to Revelation, but the flipside,
Thats Me, didnt until it was released on CD. Ten years
later, Follow You Follow Me would become their first international hit
| Simon and Garfunkel went out on top in
1970 when Bridge Over Troubled
Water entered the U.K. albums chart at number 1 and stayed there for 12
consecutive weeks. It returned to the top seven times, spending a total of 41
weeks there over the next two years. It spent 10 weeks at number 1 in the U.S.,
on the strength of three top 10 singles taken from the album, and was the
number 7 album of the 1970s in America.
was a big year for The Average White Band. This week they held the
number 1 position on the albums and singles charts. AWB and its
contained single, Pick Up the Pieces, were both huge hits for the
Scottish group. Cut the Cake followed their instrumental hit into the
top 10 a few months later. They were on a roll for the next couple of
| Florence Ballard of The Supremes
died in 1976 of heart attack,
at the age of 32. She had left The Supremes nine years earlier after her
constant fights with Diana Ross. Ballard was replaced by Cindy
Birdsong, and by the time of her death, Ballard had separated from
her husband and was on welfare, having lost a multi-million dollar lawsuit
against Motown Records. Ross attended the funeral, surrounded by several
| The vocals of Chris Thompson were heard on
the number 1 song in the U.S. in 1977
this week. At the top of the singles chart was Blinded by the Light
by Manfred Manns Earth Band, a rocking recording from The
Roaring Silence album. Thompson would also soon be heard on a remix
of Spirit in the Night, the follow-up single, and the 1984 hit,
Runner, written by Ian Thomas of Painted Ladies fame.
If You Remember Me and Hot Summer Nights gave Thompson a
couple more hits in 1979 while he was a member of the band,
| Ray Charles was a guest on The Second
Barry Manilow Special, in 1978. Charles performed One of These Days, a
song to be included on his next album, Love and Peace, and joined the
host on Its a Miracle. Manilow was in the middle of a run
of hits. Looks Like We Made It had been number 1, as was his Barry
Manilow Live album, seven months before. Later in the year he would have
four more hits, Cant Smile Without You, Even Now,
Copacabana and Ready to Take a Chance Again, from the Chevy Chase
/ Goldie Hawn film, Foul Play.
| Bon Scott, of AC/DC, drank himself
to death in 1980. Back in
Black was released later that year, and in 1997, Bonfire, a box set,
was put together in honour of Scott. Apparently, Scott had
recommended Brian Johnson as his own replacement years before.
Johnson was heard in the U.K. band, Geordie, before becoming a
full-time AC/DC member for the Back in Black
| Peter Cetera, bass player for
Chicago, left the band in 1985
as Youre the Inspiration hit number 14 in the U.K. He was
replaced by Jerry Scheff, as Cetera started a solo career. The
following year he would hit number 1 twice, with Glory of Love from the
movie, The Karate Kid Part II, and The Next Time I Fall, a duet with
| The Honeydrippers peaked at number 25 in
the U.S. in 1985 with their
second single, Rockin at Midnight. Robert Plant, Jimmy
Page, Jeff Beck and Nile Rodgers formed the one-off group for
an EP of five songs. Sea of Love had already made the top 10 near the
end of 1984.
| Rolling Stone, Bill Wyman, organized
a benefit concert in 1988 at the
Royal Albert Hall to raise money for a local Sick Childrens Hospital. He
was joined on stage by Ron Wood, Phil Collins, Elvis
Costello, Ian Dury, Chris Rea, Eddy Grant, Terence
Trent DArby and others. The Stones were in between the albums,
Dirty Work, which featured the singles, Harlem Shuffle and One
Hit (to the Body), and 1989s very underrated Steel Wheels. It
contained Rock and a Hard Place, a classic Rolling Stones
| In 1989, just a couple of months after he died, Roy
Orbison, had two of the top albums in the U.S. His solo album, Mystery
Girl, contained the hit, You Got It, and Volume 1 from The
Traveling Wilburys had success with Handle With Care and End of
| Johnnie Ray died of liver failure in
1990. His recording of Cry
dominated the charts for almost three months in 1951, and obviously
benefited from the backing vocals of The Four Lads. Ray also had
huge hits with Please Mr. Sun, Here Am I Broken Hearted,
Walkin My Baby Back Home, Somebody Stole My Gal, Just
Walking in the Rain, You Dont Owe Me a Thing and Yes
Tonight, Josephine. Thats a pretty impressive achievement considering
he was almost deaf.
| The Byrds reunited in 1990 to play a few songs at the Roy
Orbison All-Star Tribute Concert. Also appearing were Bruce Hornsby,
Bonnie Raitt and B.B. King. Roger McGuinn, David Crosby
and Chris Hillman sang He Was a Friend of Mine, Turn!
Turn! Turn! and Mr. Tambourine Man. Helping out on one of the songs
at the Universal Amphitheatre in California was Bob Dylan. A couple of
months later, the three Byrds would record four songs for their upcoming
Boxed Set, which also included the last two songs from the tribute
concert. The recent recordings would finish off the fourth disc of the set,
titled Final Approach.
| Quincy Jones won a Grammy Award for Album
of the Year in 1991. Back on
the Block was chosen over 1990 albums by Phil Collins, Mariah
Carey, M.C. Hammer and Wilson Phillips. Jones took
home six awards at the end of the night, giving him a lifetime total of 25,
five Grammys ahead of Henry Mancini, but still three behind Sir Georg
| Billy Joel won an additional $675000 (plus
interest), from his ongoing suit against former manager and brother-in-law,
Frank Weber, in 1993. The
Piano Man had already received $2000000, back in 1990. Joel would
become a target himself when later in 93, Gary Zimmerman filed a
$10 million action against Joel, laying claim to River of Dreams,
No Mans Land and We Didnt Start the
| Sting made a guest appearance on Saturday
Night Live in 1993, with Bill
Murray as host. If Ever I Lose My Faith in You was peaking at number 14
in the U.K. that week. He was promoting the soon to be released, Ten
Summoners Tales, which also would produce the singles, Seven
Days, Fields of Gold, Shape of My Heart and Epilogue
(Nothing Bout Me).
| It was now Sir John Elton according to the
introduction at a 1998 ceremony.
Queen Elizabeth II was honouring Elton John with a knighthood when the
mix-up occurred. It was soon straightened out as Eltons mother and
stepfather looked on at Buckingham Palace. The next day, a Grammy for Best
Vocal Performance for Candle in the Wind 1997 would add Sir
Eltons long list of awards.
| Don Henley appeared on VH1s Live by
Request show in 2000. He
introduced songs from his upcoming album, Inside Job, including
Workin It, Taking You Home, Goodbye to a River,
Everything is Different Now and For My Wedding. Henley
also served as host, fielding questions from the audience and generally
taking control of the proceedings. Taking You Home was originally
supposed to appear on the Double Jeopardy soundtrack, but was yanked, causing
Henley to later sue for lost earnings.
|All it took was One Heartbeat to announce the
arrival of Smokey Robinson (1940), Lou Christie (1943), Falco (1957) and Seal (Sealhenry Samuel, 1963).
|Walter Becker (Steely Dan, 1950), Randy California
(Spirit, 1951) and
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana, 1967) became Showbiz Kids.
|Nina Simone (1933) and David Geffen (founder of Geffen Records,
1943) arrived Fine and
|Ernie K-Doe (1936) and Oliver (1945) were met with the greeting, Good Morning
|Johnny Winter (older brother of Edgar,
1944), Rusty Young
(Poco, 1946), Steve
Priest (The Sweet, 1950), Brad Whitford (Aerosmith, 1952) and Howard Jones (1955) felt Everlasting
|Session keyboard player, Nicky Hopkins (1944) and Rupert Holmes (1947) made their Escape after 9
months of solitary confinement.
|Faron Young (1932) and George Harrison (1943) first experienced What is Life.
|Bon Scott (AC/DC) died from alcohol abuse
|Famous disc jockey, Murray The K Kaufman, died of
cancer in 1982 at the age of
|Florence Ballard (The Supremes) died in
1976 of cardiac
||Howie Epstein died at the age of 47 of a drug
overdose, in 2003. Bob Mayo
died in 2004 from a heart
attack. He was only 52.
|Arthur Lyman died in 2002 of throat cancer.
|Johnnie Ray died of liver failure in 1990. Edward Patten of The Pips
died in 2005 from a