| Chuck Berry debuted on the U.K. singles
chart in 1957 with School
Day. It was his seventh single in the U.S., after Maybellene, You
Cant Catch Me, Roll Over Beethoven and three others that
didnt chart. It made U.K. number 24, but climbed all the way to the third
position in America.
| Pat Boone had his final number 1 hit this
week with Moody River. Five others hit the top spot before the 1961 hit, with Love Letters in the Sand
being his most successful. A year later, Speedy Gonzales would
finish his run of thirty-eight, top 10 hits. A heavy metal comeback
was attempted in 1997 with his, In a Metal Mood (No More Mr. Nice Guy)
| In 1968, The Jeff Beck Group made their first U.S.
appearance. They played The Fillmore East in New York and featured Rod
Stewart on lead vocals. Early in Stewarts career, he would
sing with his back to the stage. The Fillmore East closed exactly three years
later. The groups first album, Truth, was released shortly after
their U.S. tour began.
| David Bowie was offered a record deal by
Mercury Records in 1969. Bowie
signed with the label and went into the studio the same day to rework the
sure-fire hit, Space Oddity, with Gus Dudgeon. Dudgeon would later
produce numerous albums by Elton John.
| Music mastermind, Don Kirshner, assembled the
group, Toomorrow, in 1970.
He had enormous success with the idea the first time around when The Monkees
made it big in the mid-1960s. Toomorrow didnt last long, but
member, Olivia Newton-John, continued on by releasing a cover of Bob
Dylans, If Not for You. It went to number 25 in the summer of
1971. A string of hits began in late 1973 when Let Me Be There hit
number 6 in the U.S. Newton-John had another fourteen, top 10 hits
through the 1970s and early 1980s. In recent years she released an album that
contained a re-recording of her first number 1 hit, 1974s I Honestly
| Chubby Checker and his entourage were
arrested in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1970. Authorities found assorted drugs in his car. A
year earlier, Checker had re-entered the charts with his version of
Back in the U.S.S.R. It wouldnt be until 1982 and then again in
1988 that Running and The Twist (Yo, Twist!) also
| Carole King struck gold in 1971 when her Tapestry album hit
number 1 in the U.S. for the first of 15 consecutive weeks. The LP contained
such classic tracks as Its Too Late, I Feel the Earth Move,
So Far Away, Will You Love Me Tomorrow? and Youve Got a
Friend. Its one of the best rock n roll albums of all
| Neil Diamond celebrated his new recording
contract with a 1973 appearance
on the 20th anniversary show of American Bandstand. Diamond
had just signed a ten album deal with Columbia Records, after leaving
Uni/MCA for greener pastures. His current single was a live version of
Cherry Cherry, from the recent Hot August Night album, so
thats what he performed for Dick Clark and the audience. Columbia would
soon be rewarded with the top 10 hit, Longfellow
| A Wembley Stadium concert was put on by Elton
John, The Eagles and The Beach Boys in 1975. A string of hits heard that year
included Philadelphia Freedom, Someone Saved My Life Tonight,
Island Girl, One of These Nights, Lyin Eyes and
Take It to the Limit, as well as the recent number 1 songs, Lucy in
the Sky With Diamonds and Best of My Love. The Beach Boys
would hit the top 5 a year later with Rock and Roll
| Ritchie Blackmore was replaced by Tommy
Bolin when Blackmore left Deep Purple to form Rainbow
in 1975. Ian Gillan
had left two years previously, so the Deep Purple line-up that
remained wasnt one of the best. Blackmores last contribution
until rejoining in 1984 was on the Stormbringer album, from the fall of
| The Captain and Tennille hit number 1 in
the U.S. for the first of four weeks in 1975, with Love Will Keep Us Together. The song was
written by Neil Sedaka, and would eventually be the biggest hit of the
year. A second single, The Way I Want to Touch You, followed it into the
top 10 after it was re-released. Before the end of the decade, Daryl Dragon
and wife Toni Tennille would revisit the top 10 several times, with
songs like Lonely Night, Shop Around, Muskrat Love and
| Jefferson Starship released their second
album after changing their name from Jefferson Airplane. Red Octopus
and the Miracles single taken from the LP were both smash hits in
1975. The album would hit number
1 in the U.S. 2½ months later, while Miracles peaked at number 3
in the middle of October that year. Play On Love and Tumblin
were also standout tracks from the best-selling album.
| The Electric Light Orchestra earned a gold
record in 1976 with their first
hits package. OLÉ ELO contained their earlier hits, including
Roll Over Beethoven, Showdown, Cant Get It Out of My
Head, Evil Woman and Strange Magic, as well as
the-hit-that-should-have-been, Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle. Numerous collections have
been compiled since then.
| Boston earned their third top 40 single in
the U.S. when Peace of Mind peaked at number 38 in 1977. The song was taken from their
multi-platinum selling debut album. More Than a Feeling and Long Time
had also been successful on the singles chart, and are still held as rock
classics by fans everywhere. The group was lead by technical wizard, Tom
Scholz, who later invented the portable guitar device, The
| Andy Gibb hit number 1 on the singles chart
in the U.S. in 1978, with
Shadow Dancing. At the time, he was the only artist to hit the top spot
with his first three singles. I Just Want to Be Your Everything and
(Love is) Thicker Than Water were both number 1 the previous year. Other
top 10 hits would follow, including An Everlasting Love, (Our Love)
Dont Throw it All Away (both from the Shadow Dancing LP), and
Desire, but none of them would make number 1. Shadow Dancing was
written by Andy and his three brothers, otherwise known as The Bee
| Bob Dylan continued his bible thumping ways
with the release of his Saved album in 1980. It contained songs like Covenant Woman and
Saving Grace, and generally continued with the same religious themes as
1979s, Slow Train Coming.
| In 1981, Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to murdering John
Lennon the previous December. Lennon-related items were auctioned
off at Sothebys in 1984
| Steely Dan split up this week in 1981, several months after releasing their
Gaucho album. They didnt reform until 1994, when a series of U.S.
concert dates were recorded and then released as a live album the following
year. Unfortunately for Steely Dan fans, several attempts at remastering
their albums has resulted in nothing but frustration. One of the problems
involved the omission of the beginning of Rikki Dont Lose That Number
from the Pretzel Logic album, originally released in
| The Princes Trust Concert was held at
Wembley Stadium in 1986. It
starred Paul McCartney, Elton John, Tina Turner, Dire
Straits, Rod Stewart, Level 42 and Phil Collins. A
digital recording of the Wembley, Princes Trust 10th
Anniversary Party was released in 1987. Highlights include Money for
Nothing, In the Air Tonight, Im Still Standing,
Better Be Good to Me, Something About You and Get
| Marillion chose Steve Hogarth as
their new lead singer in 1989,
replacing Fish. The Genesis-soundalike band released
Seasons End later that year, featuring the songwriting of
Hogarth and lyricist John Helmer.
| The Beach Boys released their last studio
album of new material in 1992.
Brian Wilson was no longer around, which left Mike Love running
the show. The songs were once again about surfin and the summer, with a
few cover versions like Hot Fun in the Summertime, Remember (Walking
in the Sand) and Under the Boardwalk thrown in for good measure.
Summer in Paradise was not well received, partially because it was
overshadowed by a Beach Boys box set released the following
| Ray Charles jumped onto the top 200 albums
chart in the U.S. in 1993, with
My World. The album included his interpretation of Still Crazy After
All These Years, and gave The Genius a charted album in each of the
last six consecutive decades.
| The original soundtrack to Blade Runner was
finally released in 1994.
Vangelis had created an amazing collection of music for the movie,
starring Harrison Ford, that was originally shown in 1982. But a dispute
between the musician and the record company held back the album, so instead, an
orchestrated version of the soundtrack was recorded and issued. The excellent
Vangelis set reached number 20 in the U.K. upon its
| Dusty Springfield had Daryl Halls
help in getting her latest single, Wherever Would I Be (also
featured in the Sandra Bullock movie, While You Were Sleeping), to number 44 on
the U.K. singles chart in 1995.
The song was from her, A Very Fine Love album.
| Elton John, Rod Stewart and Joe
Cocker performed at the Rock Over Germany festival in 1995. Rod the Mod was in the middle
of a European tour to promote his album, A Spanner in the Works, which
included the Tom Petty song, Leave Virginia Alone. Elton
had just released Made in England, and the U.S. number 13 single,
Believe. Cocker had been making appearances to support his
Have a Little Faith album, his first for Sony.
| U2 members, Adam Clayton and
Larry Mullen, saw their version of the Theme from Mission: Impossible
reach number 7 on the U.S. singles chart in 1996. It spent a couple of weeks there. Other songs on the
soundtrack album include several by Danny Elfman, formerly of Oingo
| Spinal Tap appeared on VH1 with a new
drummer in 2000. An ad had been
placed in the New York Times, which read, Drummer died, need new
one. Out of about 500 applicants, a tall, older gentleman, wearing a
silver fireproof outfit, was chosen. Nigel Tufnell, David St. Hubbins
and Derek Smalls were supported on the skins by none other than
Mick Fleetwood. The group was promoting the re-release of This is Spinal
Tap on video.
|Chris Spedding (1944) and Barry Manilow (1946) were born Somewhere in the Night.
|It was a Beautiful Night when Paul McCartney
(1942), Sandy Posey
(1947) and Alison Moyet
(1961) were set Free As a
Bird into the world.
|Al Wilson (1939), Spanky McFarlane (Spanky & Our
Gang, 1942), Nick Drake
(1947), Ann Wilson
(Heart, 1951) and
Paula Abdul (1962) were
wearing Nothin at All when they were delivered.
|Chet Atkins (1924), Brian Wilson (1942), Anne Murray (1945), Lionel Richie (1949), Cyndi Lauper (1953), Michael Anthony (Van Halen, 1955) and John Taylor (Duran
Duran, 1960) had friends and
family Dancing On the Ceiling on this day.
|O.C. Smith (1932), Deodato (1942),
Ray Davies (The Kinks, 1944), Joey Molland (Badfinger, 1948) and Joey Kramer
began A Rock N Roll Fantasy.
|Kris Kristofferson (1932), Peter Asher (Peter &
Gordon, 1944) and Todd
Rundgren (1948) were
delivered by Nobody I Know.
Sullivan (The Crickets, 1937), Adam Faith (1940) and Paul Goddard (Atlanta Rhythm
Section, 1945) arrived into
this Spooky world.
|Bobby Helms died in 1997 at the age of 61.
|Bert Kaempfert died in Switzerland in 1980 at the age of 56.
|Blues great, John Lee Hooker, died in 2001 at the age of 80.