| In 1917, the first jazz record was issued in the U.S. when
Nick LaRoccas Original Dixieland Jazz Band released The
Dixieland Jazz Band One-Step. LaRocca played the cornet in a group
that was way ahead of its time. They fascinated audiences at home and in
Europe, where their new variety of music became one of the earliest styles of
jazz. By the time the early 1920s arrived, bigger and better jazz bands
appeared, and LaRoccas popularity faded.
| The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) was released
this week in 1957. The only
problem was that two acts issued it simultaneously, choosing to fight it out in
the charts. Harry Belafonté is best-known for the song, however,
it was The Tarriers who had the biggest hit, reaching number 4, one
position better than Belafonté. Many other artists also recorded
the song and had success with it that year, including The Fontane
Sisters, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughan and Stan
Freberg, all making the top 40 in the U.S. The Tarriers
version may be found on the compilation, Troubadours of the Folk Era,
Volume 3: The Groups.
| Havin Fun by Dion peaked at
number 42 in the U.S. in 1961. It
was the follow-up single to the hit, Lonely Teenager, his first solo
release after leaving behind The Belmonts. Two subsequent singles,
Kissin Game and Somebody Nobody Wants would chart even
lower for Dion DiMucci. At that point, he must have wondered if going
solo was the right decision. But later in the year, the singing sensation would
hit gold in a big way when Runaround Sue went to number 1, while the
album of the same name made it to number 11. Meanwhile, The Belmonts had
their excellent single, Tell Me Why, reach the top 20, but after Come
On Little Angel the following year, their hits dried up. Dion and The
Belmonts reformed in 1966 for the album, Together Again, but with
little success. Thereafter, Dion remained a solo artist.
| Patsy Cline died in 1963 when the Comanche aircraft in which
she was a passenger, crashed after a Kansas City concert. Cline is best
remembered for her smash hit, Crazy, written by Willie Nelson.
Other hits included Walkin After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces
and Shes Got You. Her Greatest Hits album was the best
selling album by a female country artist, with over 8 million copies sold,
until Shania Twain arrived on the scene.
| Brian Wilson released the first solo record
by one of The Beach Boys. In 1966, Caroline No made it into the top 40. It
followed shortly after the number 3 hit, Sloop John B. A few months
later, Wouldnt It Be Nice would return the group to the top 10.
All three songs were included on their masterpiece, Pet Sounds, released
in May of the same year.
| John Lennon stated in 1966 that
were, more popular than Jesus now. Lennons famous
statement was hardly noticed by U.K. fans, but only when it was taken out of
context and made into a U.S. headline did public outrage occur. Beatle
records were burned in public fires and their music was banned from radio
stations all over the world. Lennon later made a public apology, and
regretted that his comment had been misunderstood. Only days before his remark,
The Cavern Club had closed its doors. The Cavern was the bar where Brian
Epstein first saw The Fabs perform in late 1961. It had outstanding
debts and reopened later in the year. The club closed permanently in 1973 but
was eventually rebuilt across the street.
| The Fillmore East auditorium began its three year
run in 1968 with performances by
Big Brother and The Holding Company, Tim Buckley and Albert
King. By the end of the year, acts like The Doors, The Who,
The Troggs, Traffic, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly,
Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Sly and The Family
Stone, The Byrds, Steppenwolf, The Grateful Dead,
Vanilla Fudge, Ten Years After, Blood, Sweat and Tears,
Procol Harum, The Beach Boys and just about anybody else you can
think of, had used the stage. Albert King returned in 1971 to close the
club with The J. Geils Band and The Allman
| In 1969, the top 2 U.S. entries on the albums chart were
(The White Album) and Yellow Submarine. Paul McCartney got
married to Linda Eastman the same week, 8 days before John and Yoko
tied the knot. Exactly five years later, Lennon would get kicked out
of a Smothers Brothers show, as a result of his heavy drinking. Lennon
was having a hard time coping with the fact that Yoko had given him
the boot. Yoko had also set him up with her temporary replacement, May
Pang. Apparently Pang still has in her possession some recordings by
Lennon. They are available on several bootlegs.
| Charles Manson released an album in
1970, while he was in prison for
murdering Sharon Tate. Manson said he received the message to kill from
hints contained in the songs, Helter Skelter, Piggies,
Revolution, Rocky Raccoon and Blackbird. He had previously
convinced The Beach Boys to record his song, Never Learn Not to
Love, which was released as a 1968 B-side to Bluebirds Over the
Mountain, and also appeared on their 20/20 album from
| Carole King, James Taylor and
Carly Simon attended a political fund-raiser for George McGovern in
1972. Other attendees included
Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, Mama Cass Elliot, Burt
Lancaster, Jon Voight, Britt Ekland and Jack Nicholson. McGovern lost the
election to Richard Nixon. James Taylor wrote about the end of the Nixon
era on his Hourglass album, with the song, Line Em Up.
I remember Richard Nixon back in 74, and the final scene at the
White House door...
|| Copper Penny hit number 16 in Canada in
1973, with Youre Still
the One. Theirs is easily the best recording around the idea, including
similar hit songs by Orleans and Shania Twain.
| David Bowie recorded his David Live
album in 1974 this week, at
the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia. The double album was released later in the
year and included such well-known Bowie tracks as 1984, Rebel
Rebel, Changes, Suffragette City, Diamond Dogs, The
Jean Genie, Rock n Roll Suicide and the Mott the
Hoople hit, All the Young Dudes. The 1990 CD version from Rykodisc
added bonus tracks, Here Today Gone Tomorrow and
| The Rolling Stones recorded Love You
Live at the El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada, in 1977. They seem to like Toronto when it
comes to playing live, as they have held rehearsals in the area for several of
their tours. Local fans have also been treated to impromptu gigs at a small
club or two while the band tested newer material.
| The Bee Gees were in between number 1 hits
in America when brother Andys, (Love Is) Thicker Than
Water, made it to the top in 1978
for the first of two weeks. Along with Stayin Alive (number
2), Emotion (by Samantha Sang, number 4) and Night Fever
(number 5), the brothers Gibb claimed writing and production credits
on 4 of the top 5. (They also had the number 10 song with How Deep is Your
Love.) Peaking third from the top was Sometimes When We Touch from
Canadian, Dan Hill. Andy was having his second of 3 consecutive
number 1 hits, and later in the year would keep Shadow Dancing at the
top in the U.S. for an amazing 7 weeks.
| Blues Brother, John Belushi
(Joliet Jake Blues), died of a drug overdose in 1982. The very entertaining debut album,
A Briefcase Full of Blues, went to number 1 in 1979, while the
soundtrack from the movie, The Blues Brothers, hit number 13 the next
year. John Goodman joined original Brother, Elwood Blues
(Dan Aykroyd) in the movie, Blues Brothers 2000, which gave
us another soundtrack album of enjoyable material.
| Richard Manuel of The Band committed
suicide in 1986 by hanging
himself. Robbie Robertson remembered Manuel in the track,
Fallen Angel in 1987. It was included on Robertsons
excellent debut solo album. Other standout tracks were Somewhere Down
the Crazy River, Showdown at Big Sky, American Roulette,
Broken Arrow and Hells Half Acre.
| Whitney Houstons debut album hit
number 1 in 1986, almost a full
year after its release. The Greatest Love of All single was also on the
way to the top, following How Will I Know, Saving All My Love for You
(also number 1 hits), and her first solo single, You Give Good Love.
Houstons mother, Cissy, was also in the music business,
having recorded the original version of Midnight Train to Georgia before
Gladys Knight and The Pips turned it into gold. Another family member,
Dionne Warwick (Whitneys cousin), was nearing the end of
her run of hits with Thats What Friends Are For, which would soon
be followed in 1987 by Love Power. In 1984, Hold Me, a duet
Whitney recorded with Teddy Pendergrass shortly after the car
accident that left him paralyzed, had stalled at number 46. But ever since her
first album spent 14 weeks at the top of the albums chart, Whitney has
kept the hits coming.
| In 1987, the U.K. singles chart was crowded with re-issues,
when a full 25% of the songs were either not the original versions or were
re-releases of older tracks. Ben E. Kings, Stand By Me held
the top spot while Percy Sledges, When a Man Loves a Woman
was right behind at number 2. Both soul standards gained renewed popularity
as a result of their recent use in commercials, and held their ground on the
charts for three solid weeks. In addition, Stand By Me was featured in a
1986 movie of the same name.
| Andy Gibb died from heart problems in
1988. The hits had dried up in
1981, after which he had a spell as host of the Solid Gold TV show. More
recently, Gibb may be heard on the 1998 live Bee Gees release,
One Night Only. He sings his hit, (Our Love) Dont Throw It All
Away with the Brothers Gibb. Shortly before his death, and just
after he declared bankruptcy, the youngest Gibb brother had signed a new
record deal and was working on a forthcoming album in the U.K. for Island
Records. It was never finished.
| Rolling Stone Magazine named Jefferson Airplane
as recipient of the Most Unwanted Comeback of the year, during their
Critics Awards for the twelve months leading up to March 1990. The group had released a 1989
self-titled album, which featured all of the main members from their glory
days. Also presented with awards that year were U2s, Bono,
for Best Songwriter, Robert Palmer in the Best Dressed Male Rock
Performer category and Neil Young for the Best Album, Freedom.
Not much has been heard from Jefferson Airplane / Starship since this
| Chris Isaak won five Bammies in 1996 at the annual Bay Area Music Awards,
held at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco. Two of the trophies included
recognition as Outstanding Male Vocalist and Musician of the Year for his work
on the Forever Blue album, which was certified platinum a week later.
Isaak is known for his haunting, Roy Orbison-like vocals and
melodies, as well as his more upbeat rockabilly style. Wicked Game has
been his biggest hit so far, reaching the top 10 in the U.S. a full year and a
half after its release, due to the inclusion of the track in the 1990 film,
Wild at Heart, starring Nicolas Cage and Laura Dern.
| Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers played the
first of seven sold out dates at The Fillmore in San Francisco in 1999. It was a return to playing live
after a two year break. Performances from The Fillmore gigs were filmed and
released later in the year on the home video, High Grass Dogs: Live from The
Fillmore. The 90 minutes of footage includes renditions of songs from
throughout Pettys career.
| Eric Clapton was inducted into The Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. It was
his third time, after receiving previous honours as a member of The
Yardbirds and Cream. This time his solo career was acknowledged. At
the ceremonies held in New York, Clapton was joined on stage by
Robbie Robertson when performing Further On Up the Road. Also
gaining entry into the Rock Hall that evening were James Taylor,
Bonnie Raitt, The Lovin Spoonful, Earth, Wind and
Fire, Nat King Cole, The Moonglows and Billie
| officially became the most
bootlegged band in 2001, when 422
illegal albums were tallied. Not surprisingly, The Rolling Stones,
Bob Dylan and were next in line, each with over 350 titles
available in the U.K. With a rise in home CD copying, the amount of bootlegging
has skyrocketed over the last five years, causing record companies to look into
ways of copy protecting CDs.
| A 24 year old fan came out of a coma at a Bryan
Adams concert in 2003.
Christiane Kittel went into a coma in 1997 and almost six years later, her
mother took her to the concert in Regensburg, Germany, in a wheelchair.
Adams had been the girls favourite artist, and his performance was
credited for the awakening.
|Chris Squire (Yes, 1948), and Chris Rea (1951) felt the Rhythm of
|Eddy Grant (1948) and Andy Gibb (1958) experienced an Everlasting Love for the first
|Pink Floyds, David Gilmour (1944), Mary Wilson (The
Supremes, 1944) and Kiki
Dee (1947) provided some
|Chris White (The Zombies, 1943), Matthew Fisher (Procol
Harum, 1946) and Peter
Wolf (1946) were told to
Come As You Are when they arrived.
Dolenz (The Monkees, 1945), Randy Meisner (Poco / Eagles,
1946) and Gary Numan
(1958) were delivered in the
Heart of the Night.
|Lloyd Price (1933), Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The
Raiders, 1942), Robin
Trower (Procol Harum, 1945), Jeffrey Osborne (1948) and Chris Thompson (Manfred Manns
Earth Band, 1948) each became
a Runner in the human race.
|Dean Torrence (Jan & Dean, 1940) Tom Scholz (Boston,
1947) arrived after a Long
|Glenn Hughes (The Village People) died of
lung cancer in 2001 at the age of
|Patsy Cline died in a plane crash in 1963. John Belushi (The Blues
Brothers) died of a drug overdose in 1982.
|Richard Manuel (The Band) hanged himself
|Ron Pigpen McKernan (The Grateful
Dead) died in 1973 of a
stomach hemorrhage and liver failure, brought on by alcohol poisoning. Adam
Faith was taken by a heart attack in 2003 at the age of 62.
|Andy Gibb died in 1988 of an inflammatory heart virus. LaVern Baker
had been suffering from diabetes and passed away at the age of 67 in
1997. Danny Joe Brown
(lead singer of Molly Hatchet), died in 2005 after complications from diabetes.