| Elvis Presley used the back-up vocal group,
The Jordanaires, for the first time, in 1956. They recorded I Want You I Need You I Love You
in a three hour session that would normally complete four songs. Elvis
had played in Texas the night before, and flew to Nashville especially for
the one day recording engagement. Gordon Stoker led The Jordanaires
trio that was heard supporting The King until 1970.
| Buddy Knox was at the top of his game when
he appeared at the first of ten shows collectively known as the 1957 Rock n Roll Easter
Jubilee. The concert series was presented by Alan Freed at Brooklyns
Paramount Theater, and also featured Bo Diddley, The Penguins and
Charlie Gracie. In addition, Knox was dominating the singles
chart this week with Party Doll, a song immediately covered by other
artists. Steve Lawrence took his version to number 5, while Wingy
Manone and Roy Brown never reached the top half of the 100 best
singles with the song. The (Rhythm) Orchids featured Jimmy Bowen
and Knox as the groups leaders, playing bass and guitar,
respectively, and writing most of the bands material, including Party
Doll. Hula Love gave Knox another top 10 hit later in the
| Male folk/gospel singer, Laurie London,
took over the number 1 spot in the U.S. with his song, Hes Got the
Whole World in His Hands, in 1958. London recorded the track when he was only
13, in London, England, making him one of the earliest members of the British
| Bob Dylan made his solo performance debut
when he opened for John Lee Hooker in 1961. It was held at Gerdes Folk City in New York,
where Dylan also met Joan Baez for the first time. He strummed
songs that would appear almost a year later on his debut album, including
House of the Rising Sun and Song to Woody. Dylan would
record the album later in the year, after appearing on songs by Carolyn
Hester and Harry Belafonté.
| Stuart Sutcliffe died of a brain hemorrhage
in 1962. He was
bass player before being replaced by Paul McCartney in
1961. Sutcliffe often played with his back to the stage so that people
wouldnt notice that he couldnt play very well. His girlfriend,
Astrid Kirchherr, created The Beatle haircut for Stu, and John
and Paul followed soon after. Sutcliffe can be heard on very
early Beatle tracks included on Anthology 1.
| Jan Berry of Jan and Dean was left
paralyzed in a car accident in 1966. The duo had hits from 1958 through 1966 with
Jennie Lee, Baby Talk, Surf City, Drag City,
Dead Mans Curve, The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena) and
Popsicle. They attempted a comeback in 1978 after the biographical
movie, Dead Mans Curve, was shown on TV. Dean Torrence was
the older half of the surf duo.
| Rock Around the Clock climbed back into the
top 20 in the U.K. in 1968.
Bill Haley and His Comets supported the return hit with a three week
tour shortly after, stopping at the Royal Albert Hall in London along the way.
Duane Eddy was also on the tour.
| Whole Lotta Love,
s only top 10 hit was granted gold status by the
Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in the U.S. in 1970. Tina Turner did an
interesting version of the song in 1975 for her Acid Queen album. Zep
later charted with The Immigrant Song, Black Dog,
DYer Maker, Trampled Under Foot and Fool in the
Rain. Stairway to Heaven was never released as a
| Josephine Baker died of a stroke in
1975 at the age of 68. She was a
famous stage performer in France in the 1920s, and had also made several
recordings. Baker came from St. Louis but became known in Paris for her
vaudevillian theatrics, and eventually opened her own club, Chez Josephine. She
returned to the U.S. in the 1930s, and did some film work, rubbing shoulders
with Bob Hope and more of Hollywoods best.
| 1960s folk hero, Phil Ochs, committed
suicide in 1976. He hanged
himself at his sisters house in New York.
| Frampton Comes Alive! finally
hit number 1 on the U.S. albums chart, in 1976. It would beat out the competition for 10 weeks, but
nonconsecutively. The double, live album did battle with the biggest names in
rock n roll for the top spot over the following six months. Albums
like The Eagles Greatest Hits, Wings at the Speed of Sound,
s Presence, Black and Blue from
The Rolling Stones, George Bensons Breezin,
Fleetwood Macs self titled album and Songs in the Key of Life
would all share the spotlight with Peter Framptons classic
effort recorded at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. Frampton Comes
Alive! set the standard for live albums and is still the best selling live
album of all time, moving over 25 million copies.
| Stevie Wonder signed a $13 million deal
with Motown in 1976. It was the
largest music renewal contract to date. Wonder kept his part of the deal
with his next release, Songs in the Key of Life. It yielded the hits,
Sir Duke and I Wish. Another classic song from the album,
Isnt She Lovely, was never released as a single. Wonder has
since had half a dozen, top 10 hits.
| ABBA earned their only number 1 U.S. hit
when Dancing Queen went to the top in 1977. It was their fourth in the U.K., and the first of
several popular songs from the Arrival album, which also included
Knowing Me, Knowing You and Money, Money, Money. They would make
it into the top 10 in America a couple more times before they faded in the
early 80s. Dancing Queen stole the limelight for a week in between
hits by Hall and Oates (Rich Girl) and David Soul
(Dont Give Up On Us).
| In 1982, David Crosby was arrested again on drug and
weapons charges. Crosby got hooked on cocaine after the death of his
girlfriend. His luck soon changed however, when he joined up with Stephen
Stills and Graham Nash for the CSN Daylight Again album later
in the year. It would also return them to the top 10 of the U.S. singles chart
for the first time in 5 years when Wasted On the Way hit number 9. It
was followed into the top 20 by Southern Cross a couple of months
| The man who gave us Rainy Night in Georgia,
Brook Benton, died in 1988
of complications from spinal meningitis. He was 56. Benton wrote
several of his own songs, including Its Just a Matter of Time and
Endlessly, as well as other late 1950s hits like Looking Back
(Nat King Cole), A Lovers Question (Clyde
McPhatter) and The Stroll (The Diamonds).
| REM left IRS Records for Warner Brothers in
1988. The group had hits with
Its the End of the World as We Know It and The One I Love
in 1987, before the Green album took off in the fall of 1988.
Green contained the singles, Stand, Orange Crush and
Get Up. Drummer, Bill Berry, recently left the band and was
impressed with Up, the bands first album without
| In 1989
B.B. King made it into the top 10 in the U.K. with U2 and the
song, When Love Comes to Town. A very inferior version of the track can
be found on Kings 1991, Live At the Apollo. Go for the
original recording, which is on B.B.s Greatest Hits from 1998. It
also contains his breakthrough song from 1970, The Thrill is
| Elton John acted as a pall bearer at the
Indianapolis funeral of AIDS victim, Ryan White, in 1990. John also performed Skyline Pigeon, a
song from his 1969 solo album, Empty Sky. Days before, he had dedicated
his Farm Aid IV performance of Candle in the Wind to
| Willie Nelson entered the U.S. albums chart
at number 75 in 1993 with his
excellent Across the Borderline album. Highlights of the more rock
oriented release include Still is Still Moving to Me, American
Tune, Dont Give Up and I Love the Life I Live. He had
help on the album from the always reliable Bob Dylan, Paul Simon
and Bonnie Raitt. Nelson switched record labels for his next
album, Moonlight Becomes You.
| The paparazzi were the good guys in 1998 when they rescued a floating Stone. After the
1997 death of Princess Diana, paparazzi in general were not very popular
anywhere in the world. But when Ron Wood of The Rolling Stones
was in trouble, journalists came to his aid. Wood was exploring
islands near Rio de Janeiro in a small boat when one of the engines caught
fire. There were ten other passengers saved as well, a couple of days before
The Rolling Stones played two dates in Brazil on their current
Bridges to Babylon tour.
| Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers made an
appearance on Saturday Night Live in New York, in 1999. They were promoting their new album,
Echo, which contained classic Petty tracks like Room at the
Top, Swingin and Counting On You.
| Carlos Santana played the Fillmore in
2000 with his son and members of
the school jazz band. The gig was arranged to raise funds for the San Francisco
high school. Joining the Santanas was keyboard player, Chester
Thompson. Carlos Santana was still enjoying the enormous success of
his Supernatural album.
|Both Steve Howe (Yes, 1947) and Julian Lennon (1963) first showed that Photograph
|Carl Perkins (1932) and Gene Parsons (The Byrds, 1944) made their families Glad All
|No one had to Tell Mama that Kenny Hollis
Dave Peverett (Savoy Brown, 1950) and Brian Setzer (Stray Cats, 1960) were born.
|It is known All Around the World that Lisa
Stansfield was born in 1966.
|Billy Vaughn (1919), Tiny Tim (1930), Herbie Hancock (1940), Steppenwolfs, John Kay
(1944), David Cassidy
(1950) and Pat Travers
(1954) were Born to Be
|Jack Kasady (Jefferson Airplane, 1944), Al Green (1946) and Peabo Bryson (1951) were Tired of Being Alone, so
they joined the rest of humanity.
|There was a Hush when Loretta Lynn
(1935), Tony Burrows
(The Pipkins / White Plains / Brotherhood of Man / First Class / Edison
Lighthouse), and Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple (1945) were delivered.
|Phil Ochs hanged himself in 1976. Kurt Cobain shot himself in
|Brook Benton died of complications from spinal
meningitis in 1988. Dave
Prater (Sam & Dave) died in 1988 in a car accident.
|Stu Sutcliffe (original Beatles bass
player) died of a brain hemorrhage in 1962. Little Eva died in 2003 of cervical cancer at the age of 59.
|Josephine Baker died of a stroke in 1975.
||Johnnie Johnson (Chuck Berry's piano
player), died in 2005. He was
|Thurston Harris died of a heart attack in