| The first albums chart appeared in the U.S. in
1945. At that time, an album was
the term used for a set of 78 rpm singles, which were developed in 1915. The LP
(long play album) wouldnt appear until 1948, when it was introduced by
Columbia Records, now Sony Music. The same year, rival RCA Records added the 45
rpm single to the market.
| Wilbert Harrison hit number 1 this week in
1959 with his classic recording
of Leiber and Stollers, Kansas City. The song was originally done
in 1952 as K.C. Lovin, by Little Willie Littlefield.
Harrison picked up on the track and recorded it, playing guitar, drums,
harmonica and piano himself. Rival versions by Hank Ballard and The
Midnighters, Rocky Olson, Rockin Ronald and The Rebels,
Little Richard, as well as a re-issue of Littlefields
record all appeared in March of 1959, but Harrison eventually won
out. Unfortunately, he would have to wait until 1970 for another top 40 hit,
when Lets Work Together made it to number 32 in the
| In 1961, The Everly Brothers started their own record
label, Calliope. The idea was mostly Dons, and the first record he
released was Pomp and Circumstance under the pseudonym Adrian
Kimberley. Don remarked, I started Calliope because I wanted
to do things with horns and big bands and I couldnt fit it into what
The Everly Brothers were doing. The song reached number 34 on
Phils contribution included the track, Melodrama, which
also had Carole King and Glen Campbell performing on it, and was
issued under the name of The Keystone Family Singers.
| The first Monterey Folk Festival included Bob
Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and
Peter, Paul and Mary. It was held in Monterey, California, in 1963, several days after Dylan had
declined an Ed Sullivan Show appearance. Dylan had just released The
Freewheelin Bob Dylan album.
| The Pet Sounds masterpiece by
The Beach Boys was released in 1966. It contained Wouldnt It Be Nice,
Sloop John B., God Only Knows, Here Today, Caroline No
and other songs. A box set of the recording sessions of Pet Sounds
was released by Capitol Records in the 1990s. How many times have we heard
that Paul McCartney picked it as one of the best albums of all time? It
is doubtful that without McCartneys endorsement, the album would
have received as much attention as it did.
| Bob Dylan was in Manchester in 1966, performing an electric set of songs
to displeased fans. They had come to hear their folk god entertain with his
acoustic guitar, harmonica and lyrics of social consciousness. Instead,
Dylan and members of The Band cranked up the volume in their
second set and electrified the night with Like a Rolling Stone,
Ballad of a Thin Man, Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues and other
songs. One upset fan accused Dylan of being a Judas for
turning his back on his folk following. The concert showed up on numerous
bootlegs over the years, but was finally released officially in
| Dion was back with The Belmonts in
1967. It had been almost seven
years since they split, and five years since either had a hit. Dion and The
Belmonts released Together Again, featuring Dion originals
like My Girl the Month of May, Come to My Side, Jump Back Baby
and New York Town. A couple of singles, Movin Man and
Berimbau, were taken from the LP, but they couldnt help the album
sell many copies. Five years later they would try it once again with a concert
at Madison Square Garden and its follow-up live album.
| Grace Slick crashed her Mercedes in San
Francisco in 1971. Scheduled
recording sessions with Jefferson Airplane had to be cancelled. They
were working on the Bark album at the time, which would later climb to
number 11 in the U.S.
| Keith Relf, former lead singer for The
Yardbirds, died in 1976. He
was electrocuted at home while tuning his guitar. The Yardbirds recorded
such classics as For Your Love, Heart Full of Soul (both written
by Graham Gouldman, later of 10cc), Good Morning Little
Schoolgirl, I Aint Got You, Im a Man and
Shapes of Things. The Yardbirds are also famous for introducing
the world to three of rocks greatest guitarists, Eric Clapton,
Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. In 1988, Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones
and Jason Bonham temporarily reformed
this week for the 40th Anniversary of
| at the Hollywood Bowl
was released in 1977, two
weeks after Live at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany. Hollywood Bowl
had been recorded over two nights, a year apart (August 23, 1964 and August
30, 1965). Another track from the 1965 concert, Babys in Black,
was released in 1995 as a B-side on the Real Love CD
| Dire Straits saw the U.S. release of their
first single, Sultans of Swing, in 1978 by Warner Brothers. Their debut album cost less than
$30000 to record. The remastered CD version sounds great! The band would return
in a big way in 1985 with the release of their digitally recorded classic,
Brothers in Arms.
| Paul McCartney, George Harrison and
Ringo Starr played together for the first time since the break-up of
, at the wedding reception of Eric Clapton and Patti
Boyd. Joining them for a jam session in 1979 were Clapton, Mick Jagger and Ginger
| Peter Criss left Kiss in 1980, and was replaced by drummer Eric
Carr. Carr was first heard on the concept album, The Elder,
later the following year. Both Ace Frehley and Criss had opposed
the idea of The Elder, and when it bombed, Frehley made his exit.
Criss had co-written Kiss biggest hit, Beth, and the
band had to wait until 1990 to return to the top 10 when Forever rose to
| Yes shuffled members in 1980 when Rick Wakeman and Jon
Anderson were replaced by ex-Buggles, Geoff Downes and
Trevor Horn. Horn has since become a well-sought after producer,
working on such hit albums as the three Seal releases. The new version
of Yes would record the Drama album, the only Yes release
without singer Jon Anderson.
| The Bachelors disbanded for good in
1984, twenty years after their
biggest hit, Diane. The trio came out of Dublin in the early 60s
with brothers, Declan and Conleth Cluskey, and John
Stokes. Charmaine made the top ten in the U.K. in 1963, and was
followed into the top 40 by Faraway Places and then Whispering.
But it was their next hit, Diane, that earned them international
attention. Their only other song to make the top 20 in the U.S. was
Marie, from 1965, and a couple of years later, they forever dropped off
| Tears for Fears finished up a U.K. tour at
the Royal Albert Hall in 1985,
just before heading out on an eighteen month world tour. Everybody Wants to
Rule the World had just cracked the U.S. top 10, and would soon give them
their first number 1 hit. It was followed to the top by Shout a couple
| After a 3 year absence, Queen returned to
the top 10 of the U.K. singles chart with I Want it All, a song from
their excellent 1989 album,
The Miracle. Breakthrough, The Invisible Man, Scandal
and the title track from the number 1 album would also successfully climb
the British charts.
| Huey Lewis and The News, The Grateful
Dead, Los Lobos, Linda Ronstadt and others performed at a
1989 AIDS benefit concert in
Oakland. Lewis had just finished his contract with Chrysalis Records,
and would release his next album two years later. Perfect World and the
title track from Small World both made the top 25, and after Couple
Days Off and It Hit Me Like a Hammer from 1991, the hits stopped
| Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer in
1990. He was 64. His voice on
many of the earlier recordings is incredible. Davis was a member of The
Rat Pack, and had several top 40 hits, including Somethings Gotta
Give, Love Me or Leave Me, That Old Black Magic, The Candy
Man and his signature tune, Ive Gotta Be Me.
| R.E.M. had their first number 1 album in
the U.S. in 1991, with Out of
Time. Two singles from the album, Losing My Religion and the
embarrassing Shiny Happy People would later reach the top 10 of the
singles chart. Lead singer Michael Stipe later commented on writing
Losing My Religion, I really hit the nail on the head with that
one. My idea with that song was to rewrite Every Breath You Take. I
guess I did a pretty good job of it. The album dropped to number 5 the
following week and then jumped back to number 1 the week after.
| Frank Sinatra died this week in 1998. He recorded more albums than any
other artist (51), even Elvis Presley. Sinatra provided vocals
for the Harry James and Tommy Dorsey bands early in his career,
after which he went solo. Ol Blue Eyes also moved into film work
and by the mid-1950s he was one of Americas biggest stars. Songs like
Learnin the Blues, Love and Marriage, (Love is) The
Tender Trap, Hey! Jealous Lover, All the Way and
Witchcraft kept him near the top of the charts, which continued in the
1960s with Strangers in the Night, Summer Wind and
Somethin Stupid, with daughter Nancy. His last hit was
1980s, Theme from New York New York while Duets II from
1994 became his final album of new recordings.
| Wayne Cochran was in Los Angeles in
2000 to receive a
songwriters award. His song, Last Kiss, had over 4½ million
performances the previous year, thanks to the release of a cover by Pearl
Jam. They recorded the song to raise money for CARE, which provides food,
shelter and other basic needs to the refugees of Kosovo. Last Kiss was
included on the benefit CD, No Boundaries, as well as on a CD single.
Frank J. Wilson and The Cavaliers had the original number 2 U.S. hit
back in 1964, while Canadian band, Wednesday, brought it back into the
top 40 in 1974.
| R.E.M. put on a free lunchtime concert in
downtown Toronto in 2001, for
25000 fans. Instead of a full-fledged tour in support of their new Reveal
album, the group from Athens, Georgia, decided to play a very few select
cities and leave it at that. R.E.M. also appeared in London and Cologne,
Germany, but Toronto was the lone North American stop. Guitarist, Peter
Buck, commented that the city was the only one flexible enough to buy into
|Ritchie Valens (1941), Mary Wells (1943), Danny Kirwan (Fleetwood Mac, 1950), Stevie Wonder (1950), Tom Cochrane (1953) and Darius Rucker (Hootie and The
Blowfish, 1966) first found
A Place in the Sun.
|Bobby Darin (1936), Jack Bruce (Cream, 1943) and David Byrne (Talking
Heads, 1952) dropped in
Early in the Morning.
|Graham Goble (Little River Band, 1947), Brian Eno (Roxy
Music, 1948) and Mike
Oldfield (1953) experienced a
Cool Change on this day.
|The parents of Liberace (1919), Robert Fripp (King Crimson, 1946) and Darrell Sweet
(Nazareth, 1947) had
reason to be Loud N Proud.
|Bill Bruford (Yes, 1948) and Enya (1961) were quite Fragile upon
|Contrary to popular belief, Big Joe Turner
(1911), Albert Hammond
(1942) and Rick Wakeman
(Strawbs / Yes, 1949)
were not sons of The Six Wives of Henry VIII, but they have celebrated
birthdays on this day.
|Pete Townshend (The Who, 1945), Dusty Hill (ZZ Top,
1949), Grace Jones
(1952) and Joey Ramone
(The Ramones, 1952)
first had to Face the Face.
|Chet Baker was 58 when he fell out of a second
storey window and died in 1988.
|Keith Relf (The Yardbirds) was
electrocuted in 1976. Frank
Sinatra died in 1998 of a
|Sammy Davis Jr. died in 1990 of throat cancer.
|Canadian rock producer, Bruce Fairbairn, died of
unknown causes in 1999 at the age