| Colonel Tom Parker signed on as Elvis
Presleys manager in 1956. Parker discovered Elvis while managing
country artist, Hank Snow. At one time Parker was a palm reader in a
fairground show. Exactly one year later, Elvis bought the Graceland
| Fats Domino hit number 1 on the R&B
singles chart in 1957 with
Im Walkin, replacing his own, Blue Monday. Domino
would keep the top 40 hits coming for the next 5 years. In 1985, months
before his death, Rick Nelson did a live duet with The Fat Man on
Im Walkin, a song that Nelson also took to the top
| The Kingston Trio were nearly killed in an
Indiana airplane crash in 1959.
Their current hit, The Tijuana Jail, was climbing the charts and made it
to number 12 a couple weeks later. John Stewart joined the group in
1961, and later had a solo hit with Gold, in 1979, with backing by
Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.
| Ray Charles started his own record company
in 1962. Tangerine Records soon
became responsible for recording a new Jimmy Scott album, which was
given the title, Falling in Love is Wonderful. It was released in early
1963, but was soon recalled when another record label claimed ownership of
Scotts contract. The LP finally got a limited re-release in
| The Four Seasons were finishing a three
week run at number 1 in 1963 with
Walk Like a Man. It was their third number 1 in less than six months.
Both, Sherry and Big Girls Dont Cry spent 5 weeks at number
1 near the end of 1962.
| Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds in
1965 due to musical differences
with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a bluesier
mode, while the rest of the group preferred the more commercial appeal of the
soon-to-be-released, For Your Love. Fleetwood Mac improved the
song with their version on the Mystery to Me album. The classic track
was written by Graham Gouldman, later of 10cc.
| (Sittin On) The Dock of the Bay by
Otis Redding was the number 1 song in the U.S. in 1968. It was recorded three days before
the plane crash that killed Redding in December, 1967. In the U.K.,
Louis Armstrong had the top spot with What a Wonderful
| The Bee Gees performed on The Ed Sullivan
Show for the first time, in 1968.
They performed Words and To Love Somebody. The Brothers Gibb
had just released their album, Horizontal, which contained the hits,
Massachusetts and World.
| Featuring Boris Karloff on the cover, Life
Magazine declared Jimi Hendrix the most spectacular guitarist in
the world in 1968.
Hendrix had released his first two albums up to that point, Are You
Experienced? and Axis: Bold As Love, and would soon complete
| Marvin Gayes most successful singing
partner, Tammi Terrell, died of complications from a brain tumour in
1970. The pair had half a dozen
top 25 hits in the U.S., the biggest being Your Precious Love,
Youre All I Need to Get By and Aint Nothing Like the Real
Thing, all from the late 1960s. Gaye was devastated by the loss of
his dear friend.
| Jethro Tull released the classic
Aqualung album in 1971. It
was their first release to make the top 10 in the U.S. and included some of
their best recordings in Cross-Eyed Mary, Locomotive Breath and
the title track. Tull had already earned their only number 1 album at
home in the U.K., with Stand Up in 1969, whereas the American charts
wouldnt be dominated until the following year.
| A tragic event struck Los Angeles in 1972. A radio station played Donny
Osmonds version of Puppy Love over and over for 90 minutes
straight. The song was previously a number 2 hit for its writer, Paul
Anka. Osmonds recording fell one position shy of the 1960
| Paul Simons, 50 Ways to Leave Your
Lover, earned him a gold disc in 1976. It was taken from the 1975 album, Still Crazy
After All These Years, which also contained the last studio recording by
Simon and Garfunkel, My Little Town. At the time, Art
Garfunkel was in peak form with his excellent Breakaway album, which
also included My Little Town. Simons gold hit was nominated
for a Grammy Award, but lost out for Record of the Year to George
Bensons, This Masquerade.
| American Hot Wax, a film about rock and roll DJ
legend Alan Freed, premiered in the U.S. in 1978. Jay Leno and Fran Drescher appeared in the movie,
which also included Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and
Screamin Jay Hawkins. Many of the early rock n roll
songs spun by Freed and performed at his shows can be found on the 4 CD
box set, Loud, Fast and Out of Control.
| Elvis Costello found himself in hot water
in 1979 after making racist
comments about Ray Charles and James Brown. While on tour
promoting his new Armed Forces album, Costello was at a Holiday
Inn bar discussing British and American music with Stephen Stills and
Bonnie Bramlett, when the remarks were made. Bramlett responded
by punching Costello in the face, thereby ending the discussion. After
much publicity about the incident, Costello held a press conference and
apologized. Accidents Will Happen indeed.
| Jealous Guy was taken to number 1 in the
U.K. in 1981 this week by Roxy
Music. It was their tribute to John Lennon, who had died a few
months before, and was their only single to hit the top of the charts. The band
is also well known for the 1975 track, Love is the Drug. Collective
Soul contributed a recording of Jealous Guy to the 1995 Lennon
tribute, Working Class Hero.
| U2 hit the top of the U.K. albums chart for
the first time in 1983 with their
third LP, War. It contained the radio-friendly song, Sunday Bloody
Sunday, and the top 10 single, New Years Day. U2s
first number 1 single came in the U.S. exactly 4 years later, from With
or Without You, off The Joshua Tree album.
| In 1987, Huey Lewis and The News had their third
number 1 in the U.S. with Jacobs Ladder. The song was also the
third of six singles from their Fore! album. The track was written by
Bruce Hornsby, and his version is available on the 1988, Scenes From
the South Side release. Lewis had earlier produced several songs on
Hornsbys debut, The Way It Is.
| Doc Pomus, songwriter of hits by Elvis
Presley, The Drifters, Dion and The Belmonts, Gene
McDaniels and Ben E. King, died this week in 1991. He teamed up with Mort Shuman in the
late 1950s and inspired others who followed, like Neil Sedaka and
Carole King. A tribute CD was released in 1995, with performances of his
songs by Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Dion, Los Lobos and
| A couple of weeks after winning 6 Grammys in
1993, Eric Clapton finally
hit number 1 with his Unplugged album. It had been cruising in the top
10 for six months already, but the additional hype created by his haul at the
annual awards ceremony pushed sales of his live album even higher. Whats
odd is that Claptons performances on Unplugged were, for
the most part, utterly lifeless, including his butcher job on the classic
Layla track that was a bigger hit back when it was re-released in 1972.
Unplugged beat out Achtung Baby, the Beauty and The Beast
soundtrack and albums by Annie Lennox and kd lang for album
of the year.
| Meat Loaf had his single, Rock and Roll
Dreams Come Through, peak at number 13 in the U.S. in 1994. It made a valiant effort at trying
to match a five week run at number 1 by the previous hit, Id Do
Anything for Love (But I Wont Do That), that won Meat Loaf a
| Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen
Elizabeth II in 1997. Wife
Linda was ill at the time and did not accompany him to the ceremony.
Sir Paul followed Cliff Richard and George Martin in being
recognized for their musical contributions. Elton John, Bob Geldof
and others have also since received knighthoods. Paul still has his
M.B.E. award that was given to all four Beatles back in 1965, although
John Lennon decided to return his in 1969.
| The Recording Industry Association of America
(RIAA) handed out its first set of diamond awards in 1999. Sixty-one albums and one single qualified for sales
of over 10 million discs in the U.S. At the top of the list was The
Eagles Greatest Hits, with over 25 million copies (it would sell
another million by the end of the year). Other noteworthy recipients included
Fleetwood Mac (Rumours, 18 million),
(IV, 17 million), AC/DC (Back in
Black, 16 million), Boston (debut album, 16 million), The Eagles
(Hotel California, 15 million), Hootie and The Blowfish
(Cracked Rear View, 15 million), Elton John (Greatest
Hits, 15 million and Candle in the Wind 1997 single, 11 million),
Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon, 15 million and The
Wall, 11 million albums), Meat Loaf (Bat Out of Hell, 13
million), Bon Jovi (Slippery When Wet, 12 million), Kenny
Rogers , (Greatest Hits, 12 million), (Abbey Road and
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, both 11 million), and
James Taylor (Greatest Hits, 11 million). Just making it in at
the 10 million level were Eric Claptons Unplugged, Best of The
Doobie Brothers, Journeys Greatest Hits, Carole Kings
Tapestry, Lionel Richies Cant Slow Down, The Joshua
Tree from U2, Van Halens 1984 and debut albums, ZZ
Tops Eliminator and the soundtracks to The Lion King and
| Cher took 24 years, 11 months and 21 days
to return to the number 1 position on the
singles chart, when Believe hit the top in 1999. Dark Lady was her last top
hit, and before that it was Half-Breed and Gypsys Tramps and
Thieves. She also had a number 1 hit in 1965 with I Got You Babe, a
duet with Sonny. Believe also won Cher a Grammy for the
Best Pop Dance Recording.
| Chris Isaak hit TV screens in 2001 when The Chris Isaak Show
debuted on Showtime. Joining Isaak were members of his actual back-up
band, Silvertone. Kenney Dale Johnson, Rowland Salley and
Hershel Yatovitz were supplemented by actor/keyboard player, Jed
Rees, for maximum comedic effect. The show was a huge success, and for its
theme song, Isaak recorded a new track, American Boy, included on
his 2002 album, Always Got Tonight.
|George Kooymans (Golden Earring, 1948), Bobby McFerrin (1950) and Lisa Loeb (1968), came into the Twilight Zone of
|Al Jarreau (1940), Jefferson Airplanes, Paul Kantner
(1942) and James Taylor
(1948) were born Long Ago
and Far Away.
|Neil Sedaka (1939) and Adam Clayton (U2, 1960) had their first chance for
Steppin Out on this day.
|Phil Phillips (1931), Quincy Jones (1933) and Walter Parazaider (Chicago,
1945) floated into the world on a
Sea of Love.
|Lightnin Hopkins (1912), Beach Boy, Mike Love (1941), Sly Stone (Sly & The
Family Stone, 1944),
guitarist Ry Cooder (1947)
and Dee Snider (Twisted Sister, 1955) joined all other Everyday People.
|Nancy Wilson of Heart became a Little
Queen in 1954.
|Nat King Cole (1917), The Lovin Spoonfuls main player
John Sebastian (1944) and
Mike Lindup (Level 42, 1959) all arrived at Six OClock (or
||Edmund Sylvers died at the age of 47 in 2004 of lung cancer.
great, Charlie Parker died in 1955 of heart failure, pneumonia, and cirrhosis of the
liver. He was only 34.
|Songwriter, Jerome Doc Pomus died in
1991 of lung cancer.
|Tammi Terrell died from a brain tumour in
1970. T-Bone Walker died
in 1975 at the age of
|Rick Grech (Blind Faith) died in 1990, from drug related causes.