| Doris Day signed a huge recording contract
with Columbia Records in 1956. A
month later, Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) entered the
charts and soon climbed to number 2 where it stayed for three weeks. The
lucrative, five-year contract was worth $1 million.
| Thousands of people attended an outdoor concert in
1959, at the Herndon Stadium in
Atlanta, Georgia. Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ruth Brown,
The Drifters, Jimmy Reed and other artists performed in front of
almost ten thousand fans. Atlantic Records recorded Charles songs
with a single microphone for a possible live album. Some of the material ended
up on a limited edition CD released by Rhino Records, titled In
| The Rolling Stones first hit U.S. soil in
1964. And in 1975, they played their first U.S. concert
with newest member, Ron Wood. He turned 28 that day. Also in 1975, the band became the first rock group
to receive royalties from record sales in Russia.
| Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass had four
of the top 10 albums in the U.S. in 1966. What Now My Love, South of the Border,
Going Places and Whipped Cream and Other Delights set the
American record. They would continue with hit albums for the next couple of
years. Alpert would return with a solo hit in 1979, Rise, and
again in 1987 with Diamonds.
| Percy Sledge was at the top of the U.S.
charts in 1966 with When a Man
Loves a Woman, arguably the best soul recording of all time. Also worth a
listen are his albums Ill Be Your Everything (1974) and Blue
Nights from 1994, if you can find them.
| In 1967
this week, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was released.
It was the first album by
that was released in identical forms in the U.K. and the U.S. Previously, the
groups American record company had held back several songs from each
album to create artificial albums.
responded to this practice by posing for The Butcher Cover,
for their U.S. Yesterday... and Today album. Only record collectors own
copies of this rare release. The LP was quickly pulled and replaced by one with
a different cover. But it was Sgt. Pepper that changed rock and roll
forever. It also officially started the Summer of Love.
| David Bowie released his first album in
1967. It was issued on the Deram
label and contained the single, Love You Til Tuesday. The track
didnt do very well on the charts, and neither did the album, but at least
the LP earned several positive reviews.
| John Lennons, Plastic Ono Band
recorded Give Peace a Chance in 1969 in a room at Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, in Montreal,
Canada. Tommy Smothers and Petula Clark appear on the recording,
whose writing credits were assigned to Lennon / McCartney. Even though
Beatle Paul had nothing to do with the record, Lennon was showing
his appreciation for McCartneys help on The Ballad of John and
Yoko single, which the two of them recorded without George and
| Dion and The Belmonts reunited for a
concert in 1972 at Madison Square
Garden in New York. The performance was recorded and released the following
year. They had split in 1960, after which Dion had a very successful
solo career, while The Belmonts charted only a couple of
| Paul McCartney released a nursery rhyme as
his new single in 1972. Mary
Had a Little Lamb was the polar opposite of his last release, Give
Ireland Back to the Irish, a protest song that was banned by the BBC.
Neither song made the top 20 in the U.S.
| ELO began their first U.S. tour in 1973. They were promoting their second
album, which included the definitive version of Chuck Berrys,
Roll Over Beethoven, as well as the popular tracks Kuiama and
In Old England Town.
| The Allman Brothers Band temporarily
disbanded in 1976. A solid album
of previously unreleased live material was issued later in the year, under the
title Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas. In the two years that
the band stayed apart, Gregg Allman married and worked with Cher,
while Dickey Betts formed his Great Southern
| Steve Miller played the Oakland-Alameda
County Stadium in California in 1977. He was in his prime with Book of Dreams near
the top of the U.S. albums chart. The album was recorded at the same time as
Fly Like an Eagle, which was released the previous year. Book of
Dreams produced the hits Jet Airliner, Jungle Love and
Swingtown. Also appearing with Miller in front of the crowd of
100000 fans in Oakland were Heart, The Eagles and
| Elvis Presley walked off stage again in
1977. In the middle of a show at
the Civic Center in Baltimore, Maryland, Elvis left for 30 minutes. A
week earlier, he had thrown a couple of microphones to the ground and exited
the stage because nature was calling. After the recent Welcome to My World
album, Elvis would release only one more LP before his
| The Sex Pistols released God Save the
Queen, in 1977. They had
originally signed with A&M Records, but were released from the label when
people from within the company, including other artists, complained. The punk
group moved to Virgin Records and finally got God Save the Queen issued
as a single, selling over 100000 copies in the first week. Although the BBC
banned the song, it reached number 2 on the U.K. charts. Their debut album,
Never Mind the Bullocks, Heres the Sex Pistols, was released later
in the year.
| Bass player for Derek and The Dominos,
Carl Radle, died in 1980
of kidney failure, partially caused by drug abuse in the seventies. After
the band broke up, he continued work with other artists such as George
Harrison, Joe Cocker and J.J. Cale.
| Peter Gabriels first album with a
unique title entered the U.K. albums chart at number 1 in 1986. His other four solo albums carried
no title, or rather, were all simply titled, Peter Gabriel (much like
subsequent issues of the same magazine). The album, So, hit it big with
the singles, Sledgehammer, Dont Give Up (with Kate
Bush), In Your Eyes, Red Rain and Big Time. His
creative videos for Sledgehammer and Big Time were effective
commercials for selling the album. Since then, only Steam from 1993 has
cracked the U.S. top 40. He rejoined his old Genesis bandmates in the
studio for a new version of Carpet Crawlers, included on a Greatest
Hits package from the fall of 1999.
| Cliff Richard (U.K.s answer to
Elvis Presley), released The Best of Me in 1989, his 100th single.
Living Doll made the top 40 in 1959, but Richard had to wait
until 1976 to hit the U.S. top 10, when Devil Woman made it to number 6.
It was followed over the next six years with We Dont Talk Any
More, Carrie, Dreaming, Suddenly (with Olivia
Newton-John), A Little in Love and Daddys
| Midnight Oil performed in front of
Manhattans Exxon Building on 6th Avenue in 1990. They were on the North American leg
of the Blue Sky Mining tour in support of their new album of the same
name, and were in town to play Radio City Music Hall. The group took advantage
of the situation to add a lunch hour concert to protest the Exxon Valdez oil
spill in Alaska from the previous year, and Exxons polluting activities
in general. Ten thousand appreciative fans attended, and clearly got the
message. A decade after the spill, traces of the 11 million gallons of dumped
oil could still be found, and a number of species in the area had not
recovered. Midnight Oil finished their tour at the end of June in
| David Ruffin, formerly with The
Temptations, died of a drug overdose in 1991. He also had hits as a solo artist with My Whole
World Ended (The Moment You Left Me) and Walk Away From Love, as
well as with Hall and Oates on the Night At the Apollo Live!: The Way
You Do the Things You Do / My Girl medley.
| Carly Simon was inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994. The ceremony was held in New York at the Sheraton
Hotel and Towers. Later in the year Simon would release Letters Never
Sent, her fifth album for Arista Records.
| The number 1 album in 1995 in the U.S. was by Hootie and The Blowfish. It
took ten months for Cracked Rear View to finally hit the top. Three top
10 singles, and another top 20 song, were included on the album that got its
biggest boost from several appearances on the Late Night With David Letterman
television show. The album has sold over 16 million copies in America alone and
spent a total of 8 weeks at the peak position.
| Rod the Mod was working hard at being one
of The New Boys in 1998
when he was out promoting a new album. Stewart began by launching
his new record and accompanying web site with a free concert in the parking lot
of Tower Records on Sunset Boulevard. Following the outdoor gig, he played The
Roxy and then The Whisky, all in the same day. The album, When We Were the
New Boys, contained a remake of The Faces track, Ooh La La,
which became a minor hit for Stewart.
| Kenny Rogers didnt get to play the
final stop of a month-long tour in 1999. Three thousand people had to be evacuated from Royal
Albert Hall in London after a bomb threat was made. Lisa Turner, a fan of
Rogers, was at the concert when her estranged boyfriend, Marvin Taylor,
called the venue and said that a bomb would go off in two hours. He made a
second call to Scotland yard and stated that an explosion was about to occur in
fifteen minutes. Taylor had been stalking Turner since she left him, and would
later be charged and sentenced to a 4½ year term for the harassment.
Rogers had just released his impressive She Rides Wild Horses
album, containing covers of Sarah McLachlans I Will Remember
You, The Everlys hit, Let It Be Me, and I Cant
Make You Love Me, made popular by Bonnie Raitt. Also on the album
were the hit title track and The Greatest, a baseball themed song from
the same pen that brought us The Gambler.
| Johnnie Taylor died of a heart attack in a
Texas hospital in 2000, shortly
after his 62nd birthday. He got his start in the early 50s
with gospel group, The Highway QCs, and was subsequently recruited to
fill a gap in The Five Echoes, when one of its members was drafted. They
disbanded in 1954, and by 1957, Taylor found himself replacing Sam
Cooke in The Soul Stirrers, when Cooke left the group to
concentrate on a solo career. Taylor soon moved on when Cooke
asked him to join SAR Records, Cookes own record label. After
Cooke died, Taylor signed with Stax Records, where as the newly
christened Soul Philosopher, he earned a top 10 hit in the U.S. with
Whos Making Love. Taylor stayed in the lower half of the
top 40 until 1976, when he hit number 1 with Disco Lady, the first
single to be certified platinum. A comprehensive 3 CD box set titled,
Lifetime, was released several months after Taylors
|Ramsey Lewis (1935), Cilla Black (1943), Bruce Cockburn (1945), Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship,
1948) and Neil Finn
(Split Enz and Crowded House, 1958) felt Something So Strong.
|There was Rockin All Over the World when
Papa John Creach (Jefferson Airplane, 1917), Gladys Knight (1944), Billy Vera (1944) and John Fogerty (1945) checked in.
Brooker (Procol Harum, 1945) and Melissa Etheridge (1961) , looked A Whiter Shade of Pale
when they arrived.
|You could hear the birds Sing, Sing, Sing when
Benny Goodman, The King of Swing, was born in 1909.
|Doctors thought that Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul
& Mary, 1938),
drummer, John Bonham (1948) and Corey Hart (1962) would Never Surrender when
they were born.
|Nelson Riddle (1921), Pat Boone (1934) and Ron Wood (The Rolling Stones,
1947) were delivered with some
|Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones,
1941) and Marvin Hamlisch
(1944) were dragged into the
world by Wild Horses.
|Jeff Buckley drowned in 1997.
|Carl Radle (Derek and The Dominos), died
in 1980 of kidney failure.
Mickie Most, famed producer, died of cancer in 2003 at the age of 64.
|Johnnie Taylor died of a heart attack in 2000. Tito Puente passed away in
2000 at the age of 77, after
complications during heart surgery.
|David Ruffin (The Temptations), died in
1991 of a drug