| Bobby Helms hit the U.S. country singles
chart with Fraulein this week in 1957. The song would eventually hit number 1 and spend 52
weeks on the chart, longer than any other country song in the 1950s. Later in
the year, he hit the top again with My Special Angel. Helms also
released Jingle Bell Rock in 57, which would return to the top 40
on two other occasions.
| Little Richard had his last top 10 hit when
Good Golly Miss Molly barely made it in 1958. It was from his last recording sessions for
Specialty Records, after which he recorded a collection of gospel songs. The
flip side of the hit was Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey, which
later put into a medley with Kansas City.
| In 1963, the number one song on the U.S.
singles chart was The Chiffons, Hes So Fine. It
stayed there for 4 weeks; so did George Harrisons, My Sweet
Lord, in December of 1970. Unfortunately for Beatle George, a 1976
court ruling found that he had subconsciously plagiarised The Chiffons
hit. This is somewhat ironic, since it was Ringo Starr who was
constantly rewriting past hits when he made his first attempts at songwriting
. The lyrics to Harrisons 1976 single, This Song
refer to losing the plagiarism case. This song aint black or
white and as far as I know, dont infringe on anyones copyright,
so... This tune aint bad or good and come ever what may, my expert tells
me its okay. This Song is from the 33 1/3 album,
Harrisons age at the time of release. In 1967 this week, George added pictures of Eastern
gurus and religious leaders to the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club
Band album cover shoot. Recording of the album also finished up this week.
And in 1984, Yoko Ono lost
$3 million dollars owed to producer Jack Douglas for his work on the Double
| Jeff Beck joined The Yardbirds in
1965. He played on the hits,
Heart Full of Soul and Shapes of Things, before leaving in the
fall of 1966. In the meantime, Jimmy Page had joined the band. The
Yardbirds split up in 1968, at which time Page decided to form
The New Yardbirds. He renamed them
| In 1967, Robert Plant released his second single,
Our Song. Plants next solo single wouldnt be issued
for another 15 years. In the meantime, he took a small detour to sing some
pretty heavy blues with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John
. Burning Down One Side, from his 1982 album,
Pictures at Eleven, barely made the top 50 on the U.S. singles
| Jimi Hendrix torched his guitar at what was
later named The Rainbow Theatre. He shared the stage that 1967 night with The Walker Brothers
(The Sun Aint Gonna Shine Any More), Cat Stevens and,
believe it or not, Engelbert Humperdinck.
| The last episode of The Monkees TV show was
broadcast in 1968. It was their
58th show filmed in a little over 2 years. The series, starring
Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter
Tork was officially cancelled (as was Batman), by the hosting network a few
months later. Tork would be the first to leave the group, later that
same year, and his face would be conspicuously absent on the cover of the
groups next album, Instant Replay.
| The soundtrack for the 1967 movie, The
Graduate, was certified gold in 1968. Simon and Garfunkel had contributed several
tracks, including the number 1 hit, Mrs. Robinson. The album has since
sold over 2 million copies in the U.S.
| A Horse With No Name from newcomers,
America, was at number 1 in the U.S. this week in 1972. It spent 3 weeks there, at the same
time that their debut album dominated the albums chart. They were often
compared to Crosby, Stills Nash and Young, and oddly enough, it was
Neil Youngs, Heart of Gold, that America replaced at
the top of the singles chart. Other standout tracks on their self-titled album
included I Need You and Sandman.
| Dr. Hook and The Medicine Show made the
cover of Rolling Stone Magazine in 1973, after their hit, The Cover of Rolling
Stone, peaked at number 6 on the U.S. singles chart. A year earlier,
Sylvias Mother had taken them into the top 10 for the first time.
Several years later, they were back with another cover, after dropping
The Medicine Show. This time they recorded a version of
Only Sixteen, a minor hit for Sam Cooke back in 1959. Dr. Hook
stayed on the charts for the next six years, adding A Little Bit
More, Sharing the Night Together, When Youre in Love With a
Beautiful Woman, Better Love Next Time, Sexy Eyes, Girls
Can Get It and Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk to the top
| Jerry Garcia, of The Grateful Dead,
was pulled over for speeding in 1973. He got a $15 ticket and much more, after various
illegal substances were found in his vehicle.
| Lou Reed made his first and only appearance
on the singles U.S. charts when he issued Walk On the Wild Side
(produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson), in 1973. Reed left The Velvet
Underground in 1971, shortly after releasing the Loaded album which
included the standout track, Sweet Jane.
| All six albums that
had released to that point were on the 1975 U.S. albums chart. They included
I, II, III, IV, Houses of the
Holy and their latest album, Physical Graffiti, which was at number
1. It remained at the top for six weeks until it was toppled by Chicago
| Buddy Holly had his first number 1 album in
the U.K. in 1978, when his 20
Golden Greats hit the top. It was released just a couple of months before
Gary Busey starred in the movie about Hollys life, The Buddy Holly
| Eric Clapton married Patti Boyd, George
Harrisons ex-wife, in 1979. George, Ringo and Paul were all
in attendance. Slowhand had just released the single, If I Dont
Get There by Morning, from his Backless album, and was getting ready
to set out on a world tour. Live performances from a stop at Budokan, Japan,
would be recorded and released as a double album the following
| Pink Floyd was in the middle of a four week
run at number 1 on the U.S. singles chart in 1980 with Another Brick in the Wall (Part II). They
had replaced Queens, Crazy Little Thing Called Love at the
top position after its own four week stay. At the same time, Dark Side of
the Moon had just overtaken the record set by Carole Kings
Tapestry album, when Pink Floyds release from 1973 spent its
303rd week on the U.S. albums chart.
| Mick Jagger made the U.S. singles chart as
a solo act in 1985, when Just
Another Night peaked at number 12. His biggest hit outside of The
Rolling Stones would come later in the year when he teamed up with David
Bowie, for Dancing in the Street. Lucky in Love would also
make the top 40, and was the follow-up track from Jaggers,
Shes the Boss album.
| Chicago continued the hits coming in the
1980s when Youre Not Alone peaked at number 10 in the U.S. in
1989. The single was extracted
from the 1988 album, Chicago 19, which also included three bigger hits,
I Dont Wanna Live Without Your Love (number 3), Look Away
(number 1) and What Kind of Man Would I Be? (number 5). Only one
more hit for the band would follow. 1991s Chasin the Wind,
stalled at number 39.
| In 1991, the Eurythmics Greatest Hits album sold
more copies than the next six competitors on the albums chart, combined. The
album contained their three, top 10 hits, Sweet Dreams, Here Comes
the Rain Again and Would I Lie to You? Both Annie Lennox and
Dave Stewart had been in The Tourists in the late 1970s and have
released solo albums since leaving the Eurythmics. Their first studio
album in ten years, Peace, was released in 1999.
| Bryan Adams performed Have You Ever
Really Loved a Woman? at the 68th Academy Awards ceremony in
1996. It was nominated for an
Oscar after its inclusion in the movie, Don Juan DeMarco, starring Johnny Depp.
The B-side to the CD single release was an even better track, called Low
Life. The hits seemed to have dried up for Adams since Have You
Ever Really Loved a Woman? spent five weeks at number 1.
| Phil Collins left Genesis in
1996, to continue his solo
career. Collins wanted to work on movie soundtracks and dabble in some
more jazz projects (like he had in Brand X). His departure left Tony
Banks and Mike Rutherford as the two remaining members of the group.
They eventually added Ray Wilson to perform vocals on the very
underrated Calling All Stations album the following year. Collins
would release his Dance Into the Light album later in the
| Jimmy Page won a court battle in 2000 against a British magazine. An
article in Ministry Magazine claimed that
s guitarist stood by and watched drummer John
Bonham die in 1980. Bonham had choked on his own vomit while asleep,
and the magazine alleged that Page was nearby, casting a death spell
while dressed in Satanic robes. Money awarded to Page was subsequently
donated to the Action for Brazils Children Trust. At the time of the
judicial settlement, Page and The Black Crowes were getting ready
to make their Live at the Greek album available on-line. It was recorded
in October of 1999, and would eventually make it into stores in the summer of
2000 with the Willie Dixon cover, Mellow Down Easy, added as a
| Brian Wilson was in the spotlight in
2001 at New Yorks Radio
City Music Hall. A three hour tribute was held in his honour, with guest
performances by a wide variety of artists. Billy Joel contributed
Dont Worry Baby, while Paul Simon did an intimate version
of Surfer Girl. Wilson Phillips made a rare appearance, as did
The Go-Gos and the trio of Carly Simon, David Crosby and
Jimmy Webb. Also singing Beach Boy songs were Ann and Nancy
Wilson, Elton John, Aimee Mann and Brian Wilson
himself when he took over the stage for the final three songs, Barbara
Ann, Surfin U.S.A. and Fun, Fun, Fun.
|Johnny Burnette (1934), Aretha Franklin (1942) and Elton John (1947) made it Through the
|Diana Ross (1944), Nash the Slash (Jeff Plewman,
1948), Richard Tandy
(ELO, 1948) and
Steven Tyler (Aerosmith, 1948) had to cross over to The Other
|Sarah Vaughan (1924), Tony Banks (Genesis, 1950) and Mariah Carey (1970) were brought into the world by an
|Nashville guitarist Charlie McCoy became Good
Time Charlie in 1941.
|Vangelis (1943), Terry Jacks (1946) and Bobby Kimball (Toto, 1947) arrived on Chariots of
|Slowhand (Eric Clapton, 1945), Dave Ball (Procol
Harum, 1950), Tracy
Chapman (1964) and Celine
Dion (1968) were all born
just After Midnight.
|Herb Alpert (1935), Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople,
1948) and Angus Young
(AC/DC, 1959) joined
All the Young Dudes.
|Drummer Randy Castillo died in 2002 of cancer. Jan Berry died at
the age of 62 in 2004. Paul
Hester, drummer with Crowded House, hanged himself in 2005.
|Ian Dury lost his battle with colon cancer in
2000, at the age of
|Arthur Big Boy Crudup died at the age
of 68 in 1974. Moe Koffman
died from cancer in 2001.
|Mantovani passed away in 1980. He was 74.
|OKelly Isley died in 1986 of a heart attack.