| A Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Show was held in
1953, in which Elvis Presley
took second place in the talent contest. He was still in high school at the
| Fats Domino had one of his live appearances
cancelled in 1955. Police were
worried that the show at the Connecticut Ritz Ballroom might turn into a
rock and roll dance. The authorities referred to a similar
occurrence at a New Haven arena where near riots had to be broken
| Chuck Berry recorded his first hit,
Maybellene, in 1955.
Originally titled, Ida Red, Maybellene was reworked in the
studio, with backing by Chess Records main man, Willie Dixon. It
was one of the few rock n roll songs to appear that year, a time
when Pat Boone, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and The
McGuire Sisters were going strong.
| Jerry Lee Lewis had 34 of his 37 concert
dates in the U.K. cancelled in 1958
when it was discovered that his new bride with him was also his 14 year old
cousin. The Killers career was all downhill from
| The Everly Brothers hit number 1 in
1960 with Cathys
Clown. It was at the top for the first of five weeks, tying All I Have
to Do is Dream from 1958, also spending over a month at the peak position.
The new single was their first released on the Warner Brothers label, after
switching over from Cadence.
| The Isley Brothers released their 1962 cover of a song first recorded by
The Top Notes a year earlier. Twist and Shout cracked the top 20
and was released on Wand Records. The Beatles, Elvin Bishop,
The Mamas & The Papas, Tom Jones, The Kingsmen, The
Who and even Van Halen have all covered the song since
| Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first
number 1 hit, Fingertips Pt. 2, in 1963. It was at a Detroit concert, and the 7 minute song
was edited into two parts for radio play. The full length version can be found
on his box set from 1999, At the Close of a Century. Little Stevie
had just turned 13 years of age when he performed the
| A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum
entered the U.K. singles chart in 1967, just as lead singer, Gary Brooker, was
turning 22. John Lennon named it the best rock and roll song ever
| Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records,
on the U.S. Warner Brothers label, in 1967. He gave them three albums, Are You
Experienced?, Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland. The
live, Band of Gypsys LP would be released on Capitol Records several
months before his death.
| The Easybeats peaked at number 16 in the
U.S. in 1967 with their only hit,
Friday On My Mind. The group was led by guitarist, George Young,
older brother of the two AC/DC members. George later went into
music production and more recently, produced Stiff Upper Lip,
AC/DCs album from 2000. Peter Frampton recorded an
impressive version of Friday On My Mind for his 1981 album, Breaking
All the Rules.
| Simon and Garfunkel gave up the top
position on the U.S. albums chart to themselves in 1968. The Graduate soundtrack dropped down to make
room for Bookends. Both albums contained the number 1 hit, Mrs.
| None of
attended the 1970 U.K. premiere
of the Let It Be film.
| Peter Green left Fleetwood Mac in
1970. He wrote some of
Macs best early work, including Black Magic Woman,
Albatross, Oh Well and Rattlesnake Shake. Greens
final performance was at the Bath Festival.
| Peter Cetera of Chicago sacrificed
four teeth in the name of long hair when a gang of fans at a 1971 Cubs baseball game worked him over.
Cetera spent five hours in surgery as a result. He was the bands
lead singer and bass player until he left for a solo career in 1985. The group
had just released Lowdown as a single, which would bottom out at number
35 in the U.S. It was from the double album, Chicago
| Nineteen year old Mike Oldfield released
his Tubular Bells masterpiece this week in 1973. He played all but three of the
instruments himself, including seven different types of guitars. The
quadrophonic version of the album featured an airplane that sounded like it was
flying around the four speakers. Oldfield was not impressed when he
found out that an excerpt was used in the Exorcist film, starring Linda
| Jefferson Starship prohibited from putting
on a concert in 1977 because of a
city ban on electronic instruments. The free event was to be held in Golden
Gate Park, San Francisco. Two years later, the group would be allowed to play
in the park when they debuted their new band line-up. At the time of the ban,
Jefferson Starship was in between their Spitfire and Earth
albums, and the non-event would inspire the hit years later, We Built
| The Buddy Holly Story premiered in
Hollys home town of Lubbock, Texas, in 1978. Actor Gary Busey played Charles Hardin
Holley, earning an Oscar nomination for best actor. (He lost to Jon Voight
for Coming Home.) Busey and the actors portraying The Crickets sang and
played their own instruments. Although the accuracy of the movie is
questionable, the musical numbers are well worth seeing.
| The film biography of The Whos,
The Kids are Alright, premiered in New York in 1979. The album of the same name tied in with the movie
and contained many live cuts. The title track is not on the
| Elton John played the first of eight
concerts in the USSR in 1979. He
was the first solo rock artist outside of Russia to do so. John had
recently returned to the charts with Mama Cant Buy You Love, his
first top 10 hit in 2½ years.
| A medley of mostly Beatle songs was
released by Stars On 45 in 1981. Jaap Eggermont, who previously had a drumming
stint with Golden Earring, led the Dutch group of musicians. The lengthy
hit single contained snippets of the songs Venus, Sugar Sugar,
No Reply, Ill Be Back, Drive My Car, Do You Want
to Know a Secret, We Can Work It Out, I Should Have Known
Better, Nowhere Man and Youre Going to Lose That
| Stevie Ray Vaughan helped David
Bowies single, Lets Dance, reach number 1 this week in
1983. The album of the same name
contained several other disco hits, including China Girl and Modern
Love. The highlight of the album was Cat People.
| Brothers in Arms debuted at number 1 in the
U.K. in 1985. It was the fifth
studio album by Dire Straits, which now included only two original
members, Mark Knopfler and bass player John Illsley. The album
produced the hits, So Far Away, Money for Nothing, Walk of
Life, Brothers in Arms and Your Latest Trick, as well as the
much played track, Why Worry. It would be more than six years later that
their next album of original material, On Every Street, was
| In 1989, just months after Roy Orbison died, his
estate was sued by his publishing company because Orbison had failed to
live up to the commitments of his latest contract.
Orbisons final album containing original material was 1992s,
King of Hearts.
| Gene Clark, lead vocalist of The
Byrds, died of a heart attack in 1991 at the age of 49. He had received major dental work
and was taking prescription medication, which may have contributed to the
| Ringo Starr released one of his very best
albums in 1992. Time Takes
Time featured outstanding tracks like Weight of the World, Golden
Blunders and Runaways. It was his first studio album since Old
Wave, which wasnt even released in most countries. Since 1990 when
the All-Starr concerts began, Ringo has been recording and
touring on a regular basis.
| Chicago released their big band album,
Night and Day, this week in 1995. It was pretty upbeat stuff, and included the song,
Chicago, as well as the standards, In the Mood, Moonlight
Serenade, Dream a Little Dream of Me, Dont Get Around Much
Any More and Take the A Train.
| Eagles ladies man, Don Henley,
finally tied the knot when he married model Sharon Summerall at his Malibu
ranch in 1995. In attendance were
pals, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, David
Crosby, Randy Newman, Jimmy Buffett, Jackson Browne,
Billy Joel, Sting and Sheryl Crow. Henleys
first solo album was 1982s, I Cant Stand Still, but
apparently he finally did, thirteen years later.
|Joe Cocker (1944), Cher (1946) and Dave Thomas (Bob & Doug
McKenzie, 1948) saw their
lives Take Off.
|Tony Sheridan (1940), Ronald Isley (1941) and Leo Sayer (1948) were Easy to Love when they
|Bernie Taupin (Elton Johns
songwriting partner) became a Honky Cat in 1950.
|Artie Shaw (1910) and Rosemary Clooney (1928) had their first opportunity to see
Mangos on this day.
|Tommy Chong (Bobby Taylor & The
Vancouvers, 1938), Bob
Dylan (1941) and Patti
LaBelle (1944) came in
Like a Rolling Stone.
|Miles Davis (1926), Jessi Colter (1943) and Klaus Meine (The Scorpions,
1948) felt the Wind of
|Moondog (Louis Hardin, 1916), Ray Ennis (The Swinging
Blue Jeans, 1942), Levon
Helm (The Band, 1942),
Garry Peterson (The Guess Who, 1945), Mick Ronson (Bowies band /
Mott the Hoople, 1946),
Stevie Nicks (1948) and
Lenny Kravitz (1964)
joined All the Young Dudes on this day.
|Vaughn Monroe died in 1973 at the age of 61.
|The great Duke Ellington died of cancer in
1974 at the age of 75. Gene
Clark (The Byrds) died of a heart attack in 1991. He was only 49 years old.
||Domenic Troiano died from cancer at the age of 59
|Little Willie John died in 1968 of pneumonia.