| The Platters were at number 1 this week in
1958 with Twilight Time.
It had been almost two years since they saw My Prayer at the top for 5
weeks. No big hits came in between Twilight Time and My Prayer,
and to help cement the fact that they were back, a promotional video created by
their record company was sent to the major television networks. It was one of
the earliest of its kind, and helped to show that The Platters still had
The Magic Touch.
| In 1959, at the tender age of 13, Dolly Parton
released her first single, Puppy Love. And in 1974 this week, she left The Porter
Wagoner Show to start a solo career. Her next single was I Will Always
Love You, which was destroyed by you-know-who in 1991.
| Eddie Cochran was killed in a car accident
in 1960. He previously had hits
with Summertime Blues, Cmon Everybody and Sittin
in the Balcony. Gene Vincent was also a passenger in the car, as was
Cochrans fiancée, but Cochran went through the
windshield after the car hit a lamp post. A tire blow out caused the driver to
| The first album by The Rolling Stones was
released in 1964. It hit number 1
in the U.K. two weeks later, and was the first non-Beatles album at the
top in exactly one year, following Please Please Me and With the
claimed fourteen of the top 100 hits on the U.S. singles chart this
| In 1965, Otis Redding began recording his Otis Blue
album at the Stax Studios in Memphis. The All-Music Guide rates it as his
very best. It contains quite a variety of material, including Respect, A
Change is Gonna Come, Ive Been Loving You Too Long,
Shake, My Girl, Wonderful World, Satisfaction and
| Joy to the World climbed to the top of the
U.S. singles chart in 1971. The
Three Dog Night song would stay put for 6 weeks, making it the number 1
song of the year, beating out Rod Stewarts, Maggie May.
Hoyt Axton, son of Heartbreak Hotels author, Mae
Axton, wrote the obnoxiously infectious song. In the 1980s, Joy to the
World would be used in the movie, The Big Chill.
| Lighthouse started getting serious
attention in 1971 when Hats
Off to the Stranger began moving up the singles charts. While the song
didnt exactly zoom to the top, it did pave the way for their biggest
international hit, One Fine Morning, which followed several months
later. That song would become the Canadian jazz/rock groups signature
tune with the help of new lead vocalist, Bob McBride. He had been
singing with Ronnie Hawkins before joining Lighthouse and a new
record label for their fourth album, also titled One Fine Morning.
McBride would stick around for only three more albums, which included
the hits Sunny Days and Pretty Lady. By 1976, the group called it
a day, and except for some live performances in 1982, Lighthouse had
been inactive. The light was switched back on in 1992, however, when Dan
Clancy took over on lead vocals. An excellent album of new material,
Song of the Ages, was recorded and released in 1996.
| The Electric Light Orchestra played its
first live gig back in 1972. They
were in Surrey, England, promoting their debut album, No Answer, which
got its name from an erroneous phone message left with their record company.
The concert didnt get very good reviews, and maybe thats one reason
founding member Roy Wood departed several months later to work
exclusively with Wizzard. This left Jeff Lynne in charge to write
and produce most of the bands material, including all of their hits
except for their definitive version of Roll Over
| TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) was
at the top of the U.S. singles chart in 1974. The song was credited to MFSB with The Three
Degrees, as Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers provided the
instrumentation, while The Three Degrees added some vocals near the end
of the track. The catchy tune was written by Philadelphias soul geniuses,
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were also responsible for hits
by artists like Billy Paul, The Spinners and The
OJays. TSOP spent 2 weeks at number 1 and was the groups
American top 40 one hit wonder.
| Natalie Cole made a guest appearance in
1977 on Franks,
Sinatra and Friends special. She performed what would become her biggest
hit, Ive Got Love On My Mind from her third album,
Unpredictable. Both, the song and the album, were currently in the top
10 of the U.S. charts. Sinatra and Cole also duetted on I Get
a Kick Out of You.
| Dust in the Wind, the only U.S. top 10 hit
from Kansas, spent the first of two weeks at its number 6 peak, this
week in 1978. The music to the
song was originally used by writer Kerry Livgren to practice
fingerpicking on the acoustic guitar, while its title was taken from a line in
a Native American poem.
| Art Garfunkel earned his biggest hit in the
U.K. when Bright Eyes hung onto number 1 for the second of a six week
run, in 1979. The track
didnt even make the top 40 in the U.S. His Fate for Breakfast
album also did well in Britain, eventually hitting number 2. In addition to
Bright Eyes, it contained the strong tracks And I Know and
Since I Fell for You, a remake of the Skyliners hit.
Garfunkels last American hit came in 1978 when he teamed up with
Paul Simon and James Taylor for the old Sam Cooke tune,
(What A) Wonderful World.
| AC/DC continued on in 1980 with vocalist, Brian Johnson.
Bon Scott died after a drinking binge two months earlier. The new
version of the band released Back in Black later that year. It was by
far their biggest success. Key tracks include Hells Bells, You
Shook Me All Night Long and the title track. A box set tribute to
Scott, titled Bonfire, was released in 1997 and focused on the
Bon Scott years. I wonder if they had considered the title, Bon
| Yes temporarily disbanded when bass player
Chris Squire and drummer Alan White left the group in 1981. Soon after, they had rehearsals with
Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of
fame, but an intended supergroup never materialized.
Yes would reform 2½ years later with their best effort,
90125. It contained the number 1 single, Owner of a Lonely
| Billy Joel broke his wrist in 1982 when the motorcycle he was driving
was hit by a car. Later that year, The Piano Man divorced his wife of
nine years, released The Nylon Curtain album (containing
Pressure, Allentown and Goodnight Saigon), and met future
wife, Christie Brinkley.
| For America, Jackson Brownes
last top 40 single in the U.S. peaked at number 30 in 1986. Lives in the Balance was the
album that included the single. His next album, World in Motion just
went too far, preaching politics and causes, of which his fans were tiring. But
in 1993, Browne returned with Im Alive, his best effort
since The Pretender.
| Roy Orbison returned to the top 10 of the
U.S. singles chart in 1989 with
You Got It. The song was written with Jeff Lynne and Tom
Petty. Orbison (a.k.a. Lefty Wilbury of The Traveling
Wilburys) had died the previous December. You Got It appeared on his
Mystery Girl album that was released posthumously.
| Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Lou
Reed, Bonnie Raitt and others played Wembley Stadium in London to
celebrate the 1990 release of
| Steve Marriott (The Small Faces,
Humble Pie) died in a 1991
fire at his cottage. He and Peter Frampton were reforming
(Frampton had also been with Humble Pie) and the pair had written
and recorded several new songs. Two of these tracks, The Bigger They Come
and I Wont Let You Down, appear on Framptons,
Shine On collection from 1992. The song, Shine On, was a
Humble Pie contribution that Frampton included on his best
seller, Frampton Comes Alive!, in 1976. While in Humble Pie,
Marriott and Frampton had success with Natural Born
Boogie, Stone Cold Fever and I Dont Need No Doctor.
After Frampton went solo in 1971, the memorable 30 Days in the
Hole, written by Marriott, was released.
| The three remaining members of Queen held a
1992 tribute concert in memory of
the late Freddie Mercury, who died in late 1991. They were supported by
(or vice-versa) David Bowie, Annie Lennox, Elton John,
Guns N Roses, Roger Daltrey, Robert Plant, Paul
Young, Seal and others. Over $15 million was raised.
| Grand Funk reunited for the first of three
nights of shows in 1997, to raise
money for the Bosnian-American Relief Fund. The group was backed by the
Sarajevo Symphony Orchestra and played in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the first
night. Further tours developed over the following eighteen months, and a 3 CD
collection was released in 1999.
| Linda McCartney died of breast cancer in
1998. Wide Prairie,
released later in the year, included her minor hit from 1979 under the name of
Suzi and the Red Stripes. The flip-side of the Seaside Woman
single was appropriately titled B-Side to Seaside. Linda also
backed husband Paul on keyboards on tour and in the studio for many
| Phil Collins won a court ruling in 2000, which would save him some money down
the road. Two members of Earth, Wind and Fires horn section,
Louis Satterfield and Rahmlee Michael Davis were overpaid $390000
in royalties when they supported Collins on his 1990 tour. Five songs on
which the back-up players performed were later included on the Serious
Hits... Live! album, but royalties were paid based on all fifteen tracks.
Satterfield and Davis were allowed to keep the extra money, and
even though Collins won the claim, the judge gave him a slap on the
wrist for the abrupt manner in which Collins cut off payments to the
EWF members. Collins couldnt drum for weeks after receiving
the minor wrist damage.;-)
|Roy Clark (1933), Dave Edmunds (1944), songwriter Michael Chapman (1947) and Samantha Fox (1966) found themselves Slipping Away
from one world and into the next.
|Henry Mancini (1924), Herbie Mann (1930), Bobby Vinton (1935), Dusty Springfield (1939) and Gerry Rafferty (1947) arrived Home and Dry.
|Bobby Curtola (1944) and Jan Hammer (1948), dont need a Fortune Teller
to predict that today is their birthday.
|Hayley Mills (1946) and Rick Moranis (Bob & Doug
McKenzie, 1953) saw their
lives Take Off.
|Dickie Goodman (1934), Alan Price (1941) and Mark Volman (The Turtles, 1947) were soon Fast Asleep after
being delivered on this day.
|It was Poetry in Motion when Johnny Tillotson
(1939) and Luther Vandross
(1951) were born.
|Iggy Pop (1947) and Paul Davis (1948) began the Sweet
|Joey Ramone died of lymphatic cancer in 2001. He was only 49. John Fred
died after a lengthy illness in 2005, at the age of 63.
|Morris Stoloff passed away in 1980 at the age of 81. Skip Spence
(Jefferson Airplane) died of lung cancer in 1999, two days before his 54th
|Eddie Cochran was killed in a car accident in
1960. Felix Pappalardi
(Mountain, Cream producer) was shot and killed by his wife in
1983. Linda McCartney died
of breast cancer in 1998. Earl
King died in 2003 from
diabetes related complications at the age of 69.
||Rick Lewis of The Silhouettes died in
2005 at the age of
|Steve Marriott died in a fire in 1991.
|Sandy Denny died in 1978 from injuries after falling down some
stairs. Nina Simone died at the age of 70 in 2003.