| The multi-talented Petula Clark made her
U.K. television debut in 1946,
appearing on the Cabaret TV series at the age of 13. Clark began with
guest spots on radio when she was only 9 and made her first film a year later.
Put Your Shoes On Lucy was released as her 1949 debut single, but it was
The Little Shoemaker that became her first U.K. hit in 1954. Clark
would have to wait until 1965 to have a hit in America, when Downtown
made it to number 1 for two weeks.
| Gladys Knight had her first taste of
success in 1952 when she won
$2000 on Ted Macks Amateur Hour, a U.S. television show. She was 8 years
old at the time and sang a tune appropriately titled, Too Young.
Knight would make her first record only 5 years later with the help of
an early line-up of The Pips.
| Elvis Presley made a public appearance on
one of the smallest stages imaginable the back of a flatbed truck
outside a Memphis drugstore for its grand opening, in 1954. He was billed as a member of The Blue Moon Boys
trio with Bill Black and Scotty Moore. The name was taken
from a song they had recorded just 2 weeks previously, Blue Moon of
| Billie Holiday died in a New York hospital
in 1959 (while under arrest for
heroin possession), from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse.
She was only 43, but her voice sounded 30 years beyond that.
| Six months after The Everly Brothers had
jumped to Warner Brothers Records, their former label, Cadence Records,
released the previously recorded song, When Will I Be Loved, as a single
in 1960. Phil Everly wrote
the song, and it would be the last Cadence track to crack the top 10. The
duos success would continue on the Warner label into the
| Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric
Clapton formed Cream in 1966. The group lasted 2 years, leaving behind some
classic recordings in Sunshine of Your Love, Badge, Tales of
Brave Ulysses, Spoonful, Strange Brew, Crossroads and
White Room. Clapton does not have fond memories of the
association, but fans feel that Slowhand was at his best at this
| Bobby Fuller died under mysterious
circumstances in 1966. He was
found outside his mothers apartment in his car with the windows rolled up
but without any ignition keys. Although he had been beaten and doused with
gasoline, the death was ruled a suicide or accidental death. Recent problems
with the local mob were not considered by police. Is cover up
spelled with, or without a hyphen?
| Feature film, Yellow Submarine, debuted in
originally werent too keen about the picture, but after seeing elements
of the cartoon, liked it enough to make a cameo at the end of the flick. Actors
were hired to do the voices of
. Ringo Starr still gets asked today why he pushed the
button that created all of the chaos in the animated
| Iron Butterflys second album,
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida, entered the albums chart in 1968. It was their second album, and contained the 17
minute title track that filled the second side of the LP. The album eventually
made it to number 4 and has sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone. A
special remastered edition, with psychedelic packaging, was released by Rhino
Records in 1995. It also contains the 7 single version as well as a live
version of the number 30 hit, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.
| Smokey Robinson made his final appearance
with The Miracles, in 1972. He went solo and had a number of hits throughout the
1970s and 80s, including Cruisin and Being With You,
while The Miracles finished their chart action in 1975 with Love
| Jim Croces, Bad Bad Leroy Brown
was the number 1 song this week in 1973. It was taken from the Life and Times album,
which was only his second solo LP. Croce would die in a plane crash two
months later, at the age of 30.
| In 1976, Deep Purple announced at the end of a
U.K. tour that they were splitting up. David Coverdale went solo, while
Jon Lord and Ian Paice formed Paice, Ashton & Lord.
Glenn Hughes returned to Trapeze and Tommy Bolin put
together his own band, but would die before the end of the year. Deep Purple
reformed 8 years later.
| Linda Ronstadt joined The Rolling Stones
at a 1977 concert in Tucson,
Arizona, to perform Tumbling Dice. Ronstadt had recorded a cover
of the song for her album, Simple Dreams. It was released as a single a
couple of months earlier, but only reached the number 32 position in the U.S.
The album itself had much better luck, staying at number 1 on the albums chart
for 5 weeks. It was Ronstadts most successful album, containing
three other singles, Blue Bayou, Its So Easy and Poor
Poor Pitiful Me. The follow-up, Living in the U.S.A., went number 1
for a week, on the strength of the number 7 hit, Ooh Baby Baby. The
Rolling Stones were preparing for the live album, Love You Live, to
be released in September, 1977.
| Billy Joel held the top position of both
the albums and singles charts this week in 1980. Glass Houses contained his first and biggest
number 1 hit, Its Still Rock n Roll to Me. Three other
singles from the album also did well. Sometimes a Fantasy, Dont
Ask Me Why and the top 10, You May Be Right, gave Joel
another hit album, following The Stranger and 52nd
| The Delacorte Theater in New Yorks Central
Park saw the acting debut of Linda Ronstadt in 1980. She was cast as Mabel in The Pirates of
Penzance, a part she played for about a year. The film version was done with
Ronstadt in early 1982, as her Greatest Hits Volume 2 was
released. Ronstadt also recorded her singing for the soundtrack to The
Pirates of Penzance, which also starred Kevin Kline and Rex
| Harry Chapin died in a car accident in
1981. He had success in the 1970s
with Taxi, W-O-L-D and the number 1 hit, Cats in the
| It was Roy Orbison Day in Odessa, Texas, in
1981. Orbison was given
the keys to the city, and performed for the crowd, the first time in Odessa in
15 years. His Golden Days album was on the U.K. charts, where he
constantly toured and never lost his celebrity status.
| In 1986, Carlos Santana celebrated his 39th
birthday, and 20th anniversary in the music business, with a concert
in San Francisco. Previous group members were assembled for the event, as 17 of
them performed together on stage. Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon had
left Santanas group in the early 1970s to pursue a Journey
of their own. Santanas biggest success would arrive at the end
of the century.
| James Brown changed accommodations behind
bars after $40000 in cash and cheques was discovered in his minimum security
cell, in 1989. The Godfather
of Soul had been given a six year sentence the previous December after
several run-ins with the law, including illegal gun possession, resisting
arrest, assault and leading the authorities on a number of car chases. His new
home was at a medium security cell at the Stevenson Correctional
| Tom Jones lost a paternity suit in 1989. He was ordered by Judge
Judy Sheindlin to pay $200 a week in child support to 27 year old,
Katherine Berkery, of New York. Further terms of the settlement were agreed
upon a couple of months later. Jones had recently returned to the charts
with Kiss, a song recorded with The Art of Noise.
| Bobby Day died of cancer in 1990. His 1958 single, Rockin
Robin, hit number 2 shortly after Thurston Harris recording of
Days, Little Bitty Pretty One, made number 6 in the
| Joni Mitchell joined Bryan Adams,
The Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Van Morrison, The
Band, Sinead OConnor and other rock artists in helping
Roger Waters stage a 1990
live performance of Pink Floyds, The Wall. The event
was held on the west side of the Berlin wall and helped raise money for
disaster relief. Over 200000 fans attended the concert, which was released on
CD and in video form later in the year, and included Mitchell singing
Goodbye Blue Sky.
| The soundtrack to The Lion King, featuring
songs by Elton John and Tim Rice, hit number 1 on the U.S. albums
chart for the first of 10 weeks in 1994. The huge hit, Can You Feel the Love Tonight,
was nominated for several Grammys, earning Elton the Best Male Pop Vocal
| Paul McCartney had an upcoming single
bootlegged in 1999 when I Got
Stung was taken from a BBC broadcast and distributed over the Internet. A
couple of American radio stations started playing the track until they got
their hands slapped by Capitol Records. The track was from the fall release of
his Run Devil Run album, McCartneys second release of old
rock n roll standards. David Gilmour and a couple other
well-known rock musicians guest on several songs.
| The Rolling Stones reported in 1999 an intake of over $337 million, from
almost two years of touring. Shows on their Bridges to Babylon and No
Security tours were in much more demand than recent albums, as The
Stones seemed to be picking up where The Grateful Dead left off in
1995, after the loss of Jerry Garcia. The average nightly take on the
147 shows was over $2¼ million, as the band played to more than 5.6
million people, selling out all but 20 shows. The very successful tours were
promoted by The Next Adventure, based in Toronto.
| BMG, owner of RCA Records, made a deal to buy
CDnow for $117 million in 2000.
CDnow was formed in 1994 and grew to revenues of about $71 million in the first
half of 1999. It was second only to Amazon.com in the on-line music retail
business. Sony Corporation and Time-Warner had announced in the summer of 1999
that it would purchase the on-line music retailer and merge it with Columbia
House, the music-club company run by the two giants. In March of 2000, however,
the Sony/Time-Warner plans were scrapped, and by July, BMG had moved
|It was a Long Long Time ago that Linda
Ronstadt (1946), Trevor
Horn (The Buggles / Yes, 1949), Alicia Bridges (1953) and Joe Satriani (1956) were brought into the world.
|Desmond Dekker (1941) and Stewart Copeland (The Police,
1952) were not born
Israelites, but they do celebrate birthdays on this day.
|Gimme Some Lovin is what Spencer Davis
(1937), Gale Garnett
(1942), Mick Tucker
(The Sweet, 1947),
Nicolette Larson (1952)
and Phoebe Snow (1952)
cried for when they first showed their faces.
|There was plenty of Dancing in the Street when
Jalacy Screamin Jay Hawkins (1929), Dion DiMucci (Dion & The
Belmonts, 1939) and Martha
Reeves (Martha & The Vandellas, 1941) were born. And about 30 years later Dion was
|Vikki Carr (1941), Bernie Leadon (The Eagles, 1947), Brian May (Queen,
1947) and Allen Collins
(Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1952)
had to Take It Easy after they were delivered.
|Buddy Knox (1933), Kim Carnes (1945) and Carlos Santana (1947) spread More Love throughout the world after
they made an entrance.
|It was a Wild World that Kay Starr
(1922) and Cat Stevens
(1947) came into on this
|Saxophonist, Bill Justis, died in Nashville in
1982. Bobby Day died of
cancer in 1990. Ella
Fitzgerald passed away at the age of 78, in 1996. Lead singer of Mike + The Mechanics and
Sad Café, Paul Young, died of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 53.
|Harry Chapin died in a car accident in 1981. John Panozzo, drummer and
twin brother of Chuck of Styx, died of a gastrointestinal
hemorrhage in 1996.
|Billie Holiday died in 1959 from cirrhosis of the liver. Jazz saxophone great,
John Coltrane, died of liver cancer in 1967. Chas Chandler of The Animals, and one
time manager of Jimi Hendrix, died in 1996 of an aortic aneurysm.
|Bobby Fuller died under mysterious circumstances
of asphyxiation, in 1966. Nico
died in 1988 of a cerebral
||Long John Baldry died in 2005 from a chest infection.