| Magazine began the Hot 100 singles chart in
1958. The first number 1 hit was
Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson. That week also saw Duane
Eddy peak at number 6 with Rebel Rouser, a guitar driven
instrumental. Eddy would score many other hits over the next 5 years,
including, Forty Miles of Bad Road, Because Theyre Young
and Peter Gunn.
| Cliff Richard had his first number 1 U.K.
hit in 1959 with Living
Doll. The song was one of three that the British Elvis sang in the
film, Serious Charge. It was the usual story of a troubled youth trying to
become a rock n roll star. Living Doll would also be
Richards first gold disc.
| appeared at The Cavern
Club in Liverpool for the very last time, in 1963.
| Jim Reeves died in a plane crash in
1964. If it wasnt for an
ankle injury he might have been a professional baseball player. Instead he
worked as a DJ in Louisiana and then began recording in the early 1950s. His
biggest pop hit was Hell Have to Go from 1960. The song was
answered by Jeanne Black later in the year, with Hell Have to
| Help! premiered in London in 1965. It was the second movie starring
, following A Hard Days Night from the previous year.
The film wasnt as well-liked, and even John later commented that
the best stuff is on the cutting room floor, adding that
Help! was too Disneyland. It was like having clowns in a movie
| Bob Dylan was involved in a motorcycle
accident in 1966, leaving him
with serious neck injuries. He had just come off a British tour, using The
Band as backup. While Dylan was taking some time off, a Greatest
Hits package was released and The Band recorded their first album,
Music From Big Pink. It was issued in the summer of
| The Apple Boutique, owned and operated by
, closed its doors in 1968
after seven months of business on Baker Street. Remaining stock was given
away for free after The Fabs and their friends had first
| Hello, I Love You gave The Doors
their second number 1 single, as it topped the charts for the first of 2
weeks in 1968. Die-hard fans
werent too impressed by the radio-friendly ditty from the Waiting for
the Sun LP. The song did quite a bit better than their previous single,
The Unknown Soldier, which was the lead-off single from the
| George Harrison got help from pals Ringo
Starr, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston and
Ravi Shankar at The Concert for Bangla Desh in 1971. The concert was staged to raise
money for victims of famine and war in Bangla Desh. Members of Badfinger
and other notable musicians provided backup to such performances as My
Sweet Lord, It Dont Come Easy, While My Guitar Gently
Weeps, Here Comes the Sun, Something, Blowin in the
Wind, Mr. Tambourine Man and Just Like a Woman.
Unfortunately, Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the
fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the
second in a row by Harrison), hit number 1 in the U.K. (U.S. number 2)
in 1972. It received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.
| Paul McCartney formed the group,
Wings, in 1971, by
recruiting Denny Laine on guitar and Denny Seiwell on drums.
Several months later, Wild Life was released to scathing reviews.
Macca and the band (which included wife, Linda), recorded the
album in a very short time, with many tracks being completed in only a couple
of takes. Wild Life was a dismal failure after the highly acclaimed,
| Rick Wakeman joined Yes in 1971. Exactly one year later, Bill
Bruford left the band to join self-indulgent rock outfit, King
Crimson. Wakeman came on board for the classic Fragile album,
that included the amazing Roundabout single. Bruford would stay
for Close to the Edge before departing.
| The Song Remains the Same, 1973 concert at Madison Square Garden in
New York was filmed for future release (1976). Shortly after,
was robbed of $180000 from a hotel deposit box. The
good news was that Over the Hills and Far Away reached number 51 on the
| Guitarist, Jeff Skunk Baxter,
and drummer, Jim Hodder, left Steely Dan in 1974. Baxter moved on to join
The Doobie Brothers that same year. Replacements were brought in in the
form of Jeff Porcaro, who would later moved on to form Toto, and
Michael McDonald, who would follow Baxter to The
| Anne Murray played a date at The Schaefer
Festival in New York, in 1974.
She was touring to promote her latest singles, A Love Song and a cover
, You Wont See Me, which had gone top 10 in the
U.S. Opening for her in New York was Bruce Springsteen. It would be
another 4 years before Murray would have her only number 1 hit, You
| Mama Cass Elliot died in 1974 from a heart attack. Her only
solo hit was the song, Dream a Little Dream of Me, which
received backing by the rest of The Mamas and The Papas. The song, and
its parent album, were released to fulfil contractual obligations in 1968. It
was the last hit recording by the band, making it to number 12.
| Robert Plant and his wife were seriously
hurt in a car accident in Greece in 1975. Plant was flown back to the U.K. in a plaster
cast, putting an end to his holiday. And to avoid paying outrageous British
taxes, he was flown on a second trip to New Jersey to recuperate. Im sure
his cast gathered plenty of Physical Graffiti.
| The Eagles proved it was no fluke in
1975 when they had their second
number 1 hit in a row. One of These Nights followed Best of My Love
to the top of the charts, and became Glenn Freys favourite
Eagles record. The band ruled rock n roll for the next five
years, as seven more top 10 hits followed until their fifteen year
| reunited and released the
album 3:47 E.S.T. in 1976,
under an assumed name. But instead of wearing their Sgt. Pepper suits
this time, they hid behind the moniker, Klaatu. The album was filled
with classic Beatle hooks, harmonies and studio wizardry. All songs were
credited to Klaatu, and the album was issued by Capitol Records. It all
sounded too good to be true, and soon turned out to be another Beatle
rumour gone wild. The truth surfaced months later when it was revealed that
Klaatu was actually a band from Canada. John Woloschuk, Dee
Long and Terry Draper were the three talented musicians given the
ultimate compliment by Beatle fans. Standout tracks on the album (simply
titled Klaatu in the U.S.), included Calling Occupants of
Interplanetary Craft, Sub-Rosa Subway, Doctor Marvello and
Little Neutrino. Several other albums followed (Hope, Sir Army
Suit, Endangered Species and Magentalane), before the band
called it quits in the early 80s.
| In 1980, John Phillips, who once led The Mamas and
The Papas, was busted on drug charges. He had to perform 250 hours of
community service, in the form of giving anti-drug lectures. Phillips
hadnt released a solo album in 10 years, since The Wolf King of
| In 1980, shows by Pink Floyd featured a Wall
being constructed across the front of the stage during the first half of
the concert. It was destroyed in the second half. The concerts were finally
released in 2000 under the title, Is Anybody Out There?, in regular and
limited edition form.
| The movie, The Bride, premiered in the U.S. in
1985, with Sting starring
as Frankenstein. That same week Sting also hit number 3 in the U.S. with
If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, his first top 10 solo single.
Jennifer Beals played the bride that Sting created for
| Billy Joel continued his tour of the Soviet
Union in 1987 with a concert at
the Lenin Sports and Concert Complex, in Leningrad. After performing such
classics as Prelude / Angry Young Man, Scenes from an Italian
Restaurant, The Longest Time, Only the Good Die Young,
Uptown Girl, Tell Her About, and an encore of Back in the
U.S.S.R., Joel was carried out of the hall on the shoulders of
| Steve Winwood had the number 1 song this
week in 1988 with, Roll With
It. The follow-up, Dont You Know What the Night Can Do? also
made it into the top 10, while subsequent singles, Holding On (number
11) and One and Only Man (number 18 in 1990) didnt quite have it.
Roll With It stayed at the top for 4 weeks, making it the number one
song of 1988.
| Sarah McLachlan entered the
albums chart in 1997 at number 2
with her latest CD, Surfacing. A 2 disc version of the release included
video enhancements, as well as two extra tracks, the jazz version
of Building a Mystery and Prayer of Saint Francis. Surfacing
would produce a number of hits, including Building a Mystery,
Sweet Surrender, Adia and Angel. McLachlan would
also earn two Grammys for her work on the album.
| Capitol, Universal, BMG and Sony dropped their
case against Diamond Multimedia in 1999. The record companies were hoping to have the
production of portable MP3 players stopped because of fears of digital music
piracy. Diamond was successful in its defence, and continued manufacturing the
| Jerry Lee Lewis and Long John Baldry
helped open the Classic Rock Weekend concerts in 2000. The shows were being held in Minnedosa, near
Winnipeg, Manitoba, and were supposed to also include Styx and Quiet
Riot. The two rock bands pulled out shortly before the four day event, but
there were still plenty of other acts to fill the void. Starship,
Glass Tiger, Alannah Myles, Badfinger, Blue Öyster
Cult, April Wine, Steppenwolf, Stonebolt and
Lighthouse were among the performers playing in front of rain soaked
|Geddy Lee came into the Limelight on this
day back in 1953.
|Buddy Guy (1936), Paul Anka (1941), David Sanborn (1945), and Kate Bush (1958) were all the products of Crazy
|Daniel Boone (1942), Lobo (1943), Gary Lewis (1946), Bob Welch (1946) and Bill Berry (ex-REM drummer,
1958) were all born with Ebony
|Morris Stoloff (1898), Jerry Garcia (1942), Tommy Bolin (Deep Purple, 1951), Robert Cray (1953) and Joe Elliott (Def
Leppard, 1959) saw through
the Eyes of the World for the first time.
|Garth Hudson (The Band, 1937) and Andrew Gold (1951) first experienced being a Lonely
|Tony Bennett (1926), Ian Crichton (Saga, 1956) and James Hetfield
(Metallica, 1963) felt
Young and Warm and Wonderful when they arrived.
|What a Wonderful World it was when Louis
Armstrong (1901) and Timi
Yuro (1940) dropped
|Mama Cass Elliot died in 1974 from a heart attack.
||Sam Phillips died at the age of 80 in 2003.
|Jim Reeves died in a plane crash in 1964.
|Johnny Burnette died in a boating accident in
1964. Joe Liggins passed
away in 1987.
|Brian Cole of The Association died of a
heroin overdose in 1972. Ron
Townson of The 5th Dimension died of renal failure in
2001. He was 68.