| Elvis Presley recorded Jailhouse Rock
this week in 1957. It became
the first single to enter the U.K. charts at number 1. The song was written
specifically for a scene in the movie of the same name. Jerry Leiber and Mike
Stoller wrote the track which stayed at number 1 in the U.S. for seven
| In 1959, Domenico Modugno received the very first
Record and Song of the Year Grammys for his rendition of Nel Blu Dipinto di
Blu (Volaré) from 1958. He beat out Peggy Lees Fever,
Catch a Falling Star by Perry Como, Witchcraft from
Frank Sinatra and The Chipmunk Song. Album of the Year went to
Henry Mancini for The Music from Peter Gunn, while The Champs
had the Best Rhythm & Blues Performance with
| The Everly Brothers had their first hit for
Warner Brothers Records with 1960s, Cathys Clown. The duo previously
had eight top 10 hits for Cadence Records, including Bye Bye Love,
Wake Up Little Susie, All I Have to Do is Dream and
(Til) I Kissed You.
| Jerry Lee Lewis, started out on a tour of
the U.K. in 1962, just days after
his son, Steve Allen, drowned in their swimming pool at home. The
Killers first British tour virtually ended his successful career when
it was discovered by reporters that he had married his 13 year old
| The Shirelles had their second number 1 hit
in the U.S. with Soldier Boy, in 1962. Will You Love Me Tomorrow was their first,
and made them one of the earliest major girl groups. Other top 10 hits by
The Shirelles included Dedicated to the One I Love, Mama
Said, Baby Its You and Foolish Little Girl. Shortly
after their hits ran out, Diana Ross and friends would reign
| Even though Ed Sullivan wasnt too impressed
after a previous appearance, The Rolling Stones played his show in
1965. They performed The Last
Time, Little Red Rooster, Everybody Needs Somebody and
2120 South Michigan Avenue. Also appearing on May 2nd were
Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield. Taken from the Out of Our
Heads album, The Last Time was beginning its second week at number
9, and two months later, Satisfaction would hit the top 10 and become
the biggest song of the year.
| Hermans Hermits and The Zombies
both had bigger hits in North America than in the U.K. The Hermits
began their first U.S. tour this week, in 1965 (backed by The Zombies), and Peter Noone
and the boys went on to have 18 songs make the top 40 in the U.S. They were
more of a pop group as compared to British rock n rollers like
or bluesier bands in the mold of The Rolling Stones or The
Animals. The Zombies gave us hits like Shes Not There,
Tell Her No and the psychedelic track, Time of the Season,
released 2 years after the band broke up.
| made their final live
appearance in the U.K. in 1966.
They played for 15 minutes at the NME Poll Winners concert at Empire Pool,
Wembley. Also on the bill were The Spencer Davis Group, The
Fortunes, Hermans Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff
Richard, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small
Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who
and The Yardbirds. The Fab Four were not filmed because a
financial agreement could not be reached.
| Priscilla Beaulieu became Mrs. Presley in 1967. Elvis met Beaulieu in 1959
when she was just 14 years old, and when he returned from service in 1960,
Beaulieu moved into The Kings, Graceland mansion. At least she
wasnt his cousin. That wouldnt be right.
| The Hair musical opened on Broadway in New
York in 1968. It would last for
1750 performances, and featured songs like Aquarius / Let the Sunshine
In, Good Morning Starshine, Easy to Be Hard and the title
track, a hit for The Cowsills. Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In was
in the middle of a 6 week run at number 1 for The 5th Dimension
exactly one year later. The album was also at the top spot in 1969.
| Buffalo Springfield disbanded in 1968 after recording three albums of
original material. The good news is that the Looking Forward album by
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young came as a result of Young and
Stephen Stills getting together to discuss the Buffalo Springfield
box set. Stills also played his old Springfield buddy some
songs that CSN were recording and Young asked to be a part of it.
The new album also led to a short but highly successful tour.
| Twiggy saw a 1968 performance by Welsh singer, Mary Hopkin, and
immediately recommended her to Paul McCartney as a possible addition to
the Apple Records roster. Hopkin was a guest on Opportunity Knocks, a
television talent show, the day after she turned 18. Six months later her smash
hit, Those Were the Days, was sitting behind
, Hey Jude, in the number 2 position.
| Jimi Hendrix was arrested on drug charges
at Toronto International Airport in 1969. He was released on $10000 bail until his acquittal
| Four students were shot and killed by the National
Guard at Kent State University in Ohio during an antiwar demonstration in
1970. Neil Young reacted
to the senseless slayings by writing and recording the song, Ohio, with
Crosby, Stills & Nash, the very next day. Four dead in
Ohio..., David Crosby apparently wept, as the recording of the
song faded out. Their version of Joni Mitchells, Woodstock,
was approaching the top 10 on the singles chart at the time. It was already
followed by Teach Your Children before Ohio was released. Both,
Woodstock and Teach Your Children were taken from the
Déjà Vu album. Ohio made it to number 14 in the summer of
| In 1971, Gordon Lightfoot became one of the
first rock n roll artists asked to perform at the classical-only,
Philharmonic Hall in New York. He would play two shows the following February,
as his If You Could Read My Mind and Summer Side of Life albums
raced up the charts. Carole King and Kris Kristofferson were also
invited to perform at the hall.
| Styx II was certified gold this week in
1975. It contained the
bands first hit, Lady, which waited 2 years to make the top 10.
Soon after their debut album for A&M Records, Equinox, was recorded,
guitarist John Curulewski left the band and was replaced by Tommy
| Paul McCartney played live in the U.S. for
the first time in almost ten years in 1976, when he opened the Wings Over America
tour. Wings at the Speed of Sound was bobbing up and down between
the number 1 and 2 spots of the albums chart, while Silly Love Songs was
on its way to the top of the singles chart. A video from the tour, Rock
Show, would be released four years later.
| Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits,
joined Bob Dylan in the Muscle Shoals studio in 1979 to work on Dylans next album, Slow
Train Coming. It contained the single, Gotta Serve Somebody,
parodied by John Lennon and included on his Anthology release
from 1998 under the title, Serve Yourself.
| The Who introduced their movie,
Quadrophenia, as well as their new drummer, Kenny Jones, in
1979. Jones had been a
member of The Small Faces with Steve Marriott and enjoyed the
hit, Itchycoo Park in 1967.
| In 1981, Sheena Easton took over the number 1 spot
from Kiss On My List, a comeback of sorts by Hall and Oates.
Morning Train (Nine to Five) was the first of seven top 10 hits for
Easton, and was her only number 1.
| The great bluesman, Muddy Waters
(McKinley Morganfield), died in 1983. He was taken by a heart attack at the age of 68.
Waters had been backed by other blues greats during his long career,
including Willie Dixon, Otis Spann, Jimmy Rogers, Buddy
Guy and others. His son, Big Bill Morganfield, has recently released
his first album, Rising Son.
| Deep Purple reunited in 1984 to release one of their best albums,
Perfect Strangers. Two of the tracks, Knocking at Your Back Door
and Perfect Strangers, were also included on their 1999 box set,
| Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy in
1984. The founder of Fleetwood
Mac had last released The Visitor, a solo album from 1981. Although
the critics loved it, The Visitor ended up losing a lot of money, as did
Fleetwoods real estate investments, leading to eventual financial
ruin. Other members of Fleetwood Mac were doing fine with their solo
albums, but would reconvene in 1987 for Tango in the
| Pink Floyds, Dark Side of the
Moon, finally dropped off the U.S. albums chart in 1988 after a run of 725 weeks (almost 14
| A John Lennon tribute concert was held in
1990 in Liverpool. The
performance was released on video. If you havent seen it, you
havent missed anything, which is obviously why it wasnt released on
CD. Artists included on the video were Elton John, Paul
McCartney, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker, Hall and Oates,
David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles
| Eric Clapton played tracks from his
upcoming blues album, From the Cradle, at a New York benefit concert in
1994. It was the follow-up to his
multi-million selling Unplugged release. A couple of days later at the
World Music Awards, he was named the Worlds Best-Selling Rock Artist of
the Year, as well as the Best-Selling British Recording Artist of the
| The Memphis Rock n Soul Museum opened
in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2000.
Artists such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Redding, Elvis
Presley, B.B. King, Ike Turner and Isaac Hayes are
featured with music and memorabilia. The museum claims to be the starting place
to experience the roots of modern music, and was created with the co-operation
of the Smithsonian Institute.
|Duke Ellington (1899), Lonnie Donegan (1931), Klaus Voorman (Manfred Mann, 1942) and Tommy James (1947) came in like a Ball of
|Willie Nelson (1933) and Bobby Vee (1943) were delivered into this Crazy
|Sonny James (1929), Judy Collins (1939), Rita Coolidge (1944) and Ray Parker Jr. (1954) had their parents at an All Time
|Lesley Gore (1946) and Lou Gramm (Foreigner, 1950) became the results of True Blue
|Everything Was All Right when Bing Crosby
(1903), Pete Seeger
(1919), James Brown
(1933), Frankie Valli
(1937) and Christopher
Cross (1951) were
|If you Turn Back the Hands of Time you will find
that Dick Dale (1937) and
Tyrone Davis (1938) were
born on this day.
|Johnnie Taylor (1938) and Tammy Wynette (1942) will Testify that they celebrate
|Muddy Waters passed away at the age of 68, in
1983. Darrell Sweet
(Nazareth) died of a heart attack in 1999.
|Paul Butterfield died of drug-related heart
failure in 1987.