| In 1954, the BBC banned Johnnie Rays single,
Such a Night, because the radio audience complained about its suggestive
lyrics. Ray had been doing well in the early 1950s with songs like
The Little White Cloud That Could, Please Mr. Sun, Walking My
Baby Back Home and Cry. Although Such a Night was banned, it
went on to become his first number 1 hit in the U.K.
| Bill Haley and His Comets recorded
(Were Gonna) Rock Around the Clock this week in 1954. But it didnt become a hit
until 1955 when it was featured in the movie, The Blackboard Jungle, with Glenn
Ford and Sidney Poitier.
| Del Shannon played the Royal Albert Hall in
London in 1963, on the same bill
. Shannon suggested to John Lennon that he record one
of their songs to give them exposure in the U.S. Lennon thought it was a
good idea at first, but then realized that it might hurt
chances of making it in America. Shannon went ahead
with From Me to You anyway, which became the first Beatle song to
make the U.S. charts. Del had his hit, Little Town Flirt, riding
high in the charts at the time.
| Jim Morrison once again incited a riot at
one of The Doors concerts. This time it was in 1968 in Chicago. They were promoting
The Unknown Soldier single from the upcoming, Waiting for the Sun
LP. It would just scrape into the top 40 at number 39, but Hello I Love
You, also from Waiting for the Sun, would become their second number
1 hit a few months later.
| Roger Miller released his recording of
Me and Bobby McGee in 1969. It was the first major cover of a Kris
Kristofferson song. The track was recommended to Miller by Johnny
Cash, and was named after the secretary to former Everlys
songwriter, Boudleaux Bryant. A couple years later, Kristoffersons
ex-girlfriend, Janis Joplin, took Me and Bobby McGee to
number 1, five months after her death. Miller, though, had already seen
his last top country hit a year before, with Little Green
| Tricia Nixon, daughter of President Richard,
invited The Turtles to perform at the White House in 1969. Elenore and You Showed Me had
been recent hits for the group, and both were included on their latest LP,
The Turtles Present The Battle of the Bands. The title describes the
wide range of material on the album as well as the sense of humour displayed by
band members Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan. Apparently,
Volmans state of mind at the White House was in question after he
fell off the stage five times.
| The Let It Be album was released in
1970. Paul McCartney had
also just put his first solo album out on Apple Records. Let It Be was
the last album of original studio material released by The Fab Four,
although it was recorded before Abbey Road. Unfortunately, Phil
Spector re-produced the tracks, adding background music and butchering
songs such as The Long and Winding Road, which had a sub-standard bass
track played by John Lennon.
| The Chairmen of the Board received a gold
record in 1970 for their hit
single, Give Me Just a Little More Time. The song and its parent album
were both released by Invictus Records, a new label created by the
Holland-Dozier-Holland songwriting team, after they left Motown. The
Chairmen would hit the top 20 only one more time with Pay to the
| The soundtrack to the first Woodstock
festival was released in 1970. The three records featured many of the top rock
artists of the time, including Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe
Cocker, The Who and many others. A four CD box set was issued in
1994 on the concerts 25th anniversary.
| The Guess Who officially paved the way for
other Canadian artists when American Woman hit number 1 in the U.S. in
1970. It followed These
Eyes, Laughing and No Time into the top 10. The song was born
when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he
had broken a string and the band had taken a break. The other members joined in
on the jam, and Burton Cummings, in the middle of trying to negotiate
the purchase of some rare Gene Vincent records, jumped to the
microphone, singing the first thing that came into his head. A fan in the
Bingeman Park audience in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, had it all on tape and
presented it to the group after the show. It was quickly developed into a full
song in the studio and ended up spending 3 weeks at the top of the singles
| The Rolling Stones released their first
double album with Exile On Main Street in 1972. Happy, Rip This Joint and Tumbling
Dice were the highlights from one of their best records, although it
initially received mixed reviews.
|| Keith Hampshire hit number 1 in Canada in
1973, with his definitive version
of The First Cut is the Deepest. Hampshire had been losing
interest as a disc jockey when his cover of Manfred Manns, Each
and Every Day (renamed to Daytime Night-Time), took off in early
1973. It was soon followed up by the Cat Stevens song, and then later in
the year, Big Time Operator was also successful. Hampshire moved
to television in 1974, but after he was forced to record substandard material,
he left the scene to write and record radio and TV jingles. A final album came
in 1981, Variations, but its his incredible vocals on the earlier
hits, like The First Cut is the Deepest (Rod Stewart eat
your heart out), that fans will remember.
| Paul Simons first solo tour began in
1973 with a performance at the
Music Hall in Boston. Recordings from the tour were later released on the 1974
album, Live Rhymin. Estranged partner, Art Garfunkel, would
release his first solo album (Angel Clare) and single (All I
Know) later that same year.
| John Sebastian hit the top of the U.S.
charts in 1976 with Welcome
Back, the theme song he wrote in 15 minutes for the U.S. television show,
Welcome Back Kotter. Sebastian had left The Lovin Spoonful
for a solo career in 1968 after having a string of hits in one of
Americas best bands of the 1960s. His Best of John Sebastian from
1989 is an excellent collection of his solo material.
| broke their own concert
attendance record at a show in Michigan in 1977. More than 76000 fans enjoyed the performance.
Previously, 57000 had attended one of their concerts in Florida, which was a
record at the time for the largest audience at a single-artist event. It had
mark from 1965 at Shea Stadium. Were still waiting for the definitive
album, but in the meantime well have to make due
with The Song Remains the Same and BBC Sessions, the latter of
which is outstanding.
| The Eagles masterpiece, Hotel
California, was at number 1 on the singles chart in the U.S. for its only
week in 1977. It followed 10
weeks after New Kid in Town went to the top and soon Life in the Fast
Lane would hit number 11. The Hotel California album saw the
introduction into the band of guitarist and crazy man, Joe Walsh. He
trades licks with Don Felder throughout Hotel Californias
six and a half minutes.
| Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain
tumour in 1981. He was 36.
Johnny Nash and Eric Clapton had hits with Marleys,
Stir It Up and I Shot the Sheriff, respectively, before Marley
himself broke through with No Woman No Cry. He was the uncontested
King of Reggae.
| Vangelis saw his instrumental theme song
for the Chariots of Fire movie make number 1 in the U.S. this week in
1982. The track captured the mood
of the runners in the film, and followed his work from 1981 with Yes
vocalist Jon Anderson, on The Friends of Mr.
| Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy in 1983. His Bat Out of Hell release
sold millions of copies in the late 1970s, and many years later, Back Into
Hell, brought him back to the charts with the hit single, Id Do
Anything for Love (But I Wont Do That). At the time of his
bankruptcy, he was doing well in the U.K. with his latest album, Midnight at
the Lost and Found sitting at number 7. The albums single, If You
Really Want To stalled at number 59.
| Mock group, Spinal Tap, played a real
concert in 1984 at CBGBs club in
New York. They reformed in 1991 and released 1992s, Break
Like the Wind.
| In 1991, The Simple Truth concert for Kurdish refugees
was held at Wembley Arena. Several artists appeared via satellite, including
Peter Gabriel with Stings band, from Holland, and Hall
and Oates from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Hall and Oates had recently
returned with their strongest album, Change of Season, from
| Aerosmith began the European portion of
their Nine Lives tour in 1997. While the album sold 2 million American copies, it
wasnt one of their best. The Falling in Love single from the album
made the top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic.
| Eddie Rabbitt died in 1998 of lung cancer at the age of 56. In
the early 1990s, Rabbitt had spoken out against lyrics by rap artists,
and was very critical towards music videos aimed at todays youth. He said
that they glorified sex and violence, and called Madonna the Pied
Piper from hell.
|Bob Seger (1945) and Mary MacGregor (1946) were products of The Real Love.
|It was far from the Worst That Could Happen when
Jim Lowe (1927), Teresa
Brewer (1931), Johnny
Maestro (Crests / Brooklyn Bridge, 1939), Jimmy Ruffin (1939), Pete Wingfield (1948) and Keith (1949) were born.
|Robert Johnson (1911), Gary Glitter (1940), Rick Nelson (1940), John Fred (1941), Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds,
1943), Toni Tennille
(1943), Philip Bailey
(1951) and Billy Burnette
(Fleetwood Mac, 1953)
arrived in Lonesome Town.
Curtis (The Crickets, 1937), Dave Prater (Sam & Dave, 1937), Tommy Roe (1942), Richie Furay (Buffalo
Springfield / Poco, 1944) and
Billy Joel (1949) were
born in the Heart of the Night.
|A Hurdy Gurdy Man delivered Danny Rapp
(Danny & The Juniors, 1941), Donovan (1946),
Graham Gouldman (10cc, 1946) Dave Mason (Traffic / Delaney & Bonnie
& Friends / Fleetwood Mac, 1946), Jay Ferguson (1947) and Bono (U2, 1960).
|A new Animal arrived in 1941, Eric Burdon.
|Burt Bacharach (1928), Ian Dury (1942), Billy Swan (1942) and Steve Winwood (1948) became products of a Higher Love.
|Otis Blackwell died in 2002 from a heart attack.
|Eddie Rabbitt died of lung cancer in 1998. Rudi Maugeri of The Crew
Cuts died in 2004 of
|Bobbi Martin died from lung cancer in 2000 at the age of 61.
|James Leroy (Major Hooples Boarding
House) committed suicide in 1979
at the age of 32. George Cates died in 2002 of heart failure.
|Bob Marley died in 1981 from lung cancer and a brain tumour. Noel Redding
died at the age of 57 in 2003. John Whitehead was only 55 when he was
shot dead in 2004.
|Perry Como passed away at the age of 88 in