| Elvis Presley began working on his first
movie, Love Me Tender, in 1956.
It was a drama that took place during and just after the Civil War, with
Elvis getting killed in the end, but not before he performs the title
track at a county fair. The original title for the movie was The Reno Brothers,
but was changed to take advantage of the Love Me Tender song recorded
for the film. Elvis played Clint Reno, the youngest of four brothers who
didnt perform service because of his age.
| The Elegants took their doo wop rendition
of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to number 1 in the U.S. in 1958. The title of the song was shortened to Little
Star and was rush-released by ABC-Paramount Records so that a competing
version by The Secrets would be squashed. Little Star became a
one hit wonder, as the group didnt release a follow-up for a year and a
| Patsy Cline recorded the classic Willie
Nelson song, Crazy, in 1961. She was still on crutches after going through a car
windshield in a June head-on collision. Crazy never made it to number 1,
but it was her biggest pop hit. Shes Got You from the following
year was her longest running country number 1 song, at 5 weeks.
| Dolby Noise Reduction received some press in
1967 in the New York Times. The
article explains that the new system can drastically improve the sound quality
of cassette recordings. Elektra Records tries out the hiss-annihilator first
with music on its Checkmate label. Pre-recorded cassettes would eventually take
over the market dominated by 8-track tapes.
| Brian Wilson returned to performing live
with The Beach Boys in Honolulu in 1967, after a 2 year hiatus. He had had a nervous
breakdown and insisted on limiting his work with the band to the studio. The
group was having a successful year, with Heroes and Villains climbing
the charts. The song was included on the upcoming Smiley Smile
| Bobby Darin sold his music publishing
company in 1968 for $1 million.
Soon after, Darin started his own record label, Direction. The first
release would be one of his own, which consisted of poetry and protest tracks.
Darins final top 40 single was Lovin You from the
| Lead by Eric Burdon, War made number
3 in 1970 with Spill the
Wine, their first hit in the U.S. Oddly enough, right behind it was the
Edwin Starr single, War, which would leap frog to number 1 the
following week. Burdon left the group early the next year, but War
raged on and would earn many more hits before the end of the decade,
including The World is a Ghetto, The Cisco Kid, Gypsy Man,
Why Cant We Be Friends?, Low Rider and Summer. Many
of their singles would be extracted from very long studio jams, such as The
World is a Ghetto, which was originally over 10 minutes
| Elton John made his live U.S. debut in
1970, opening for David Ackles
at The Troubadour club in Los Angeles. It was the 20th
anniversary of the night spot owned by Doug Weston. In the audience that night
were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell.
Eltons lead-off single, Border Song, had just debuted at
number 92 in the U.S., while Your Song would hit the top 100 later in
the year on its way to number 8 the following January.
| Lou Reed left The Velvet Underground
back in 1970, just after a
gig in New York. He worked as a typist for his father for the next two years,
at $40 per week. Reed had formed the group with John Cale in
1964. The two teamed up again for 1990s, Songs for
| Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson
were married in Malibu, California, in 1973. Kristofferson had just enjoyed a number
1 country hit with Why Me, which included Coolidge on backing
vocals. Coolidge wouldnt have hits of her own until 1977, when
cover versions of (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher and
Were All Alone both made the top 10 in the U.S. The singing pair
divorced near the end of 1979.
| Brother Louie sat at number 1 this week in
the U.S. in 1973. The song was
recorded by Stories (a New York group formed by former Left Banke
member, Michael Brown), shortly after Hot Chocolate had a hit
with the song in the U.K. Lead vocals were handled by Ian Lloyd, who
would later be heard on songs by Billy Joel, Foreigner and
Peter Frampton. Lloyd would also release a solo version of a
cover of the Bryan Adams song, Straight From the
| The Doobie Brothers achieved gold status
for the first time in 1973. Their
second album, Toulouse Street, did the trick with the help of the tracks
Listen to the Music, Rockin Down the Highway and Jesus
is Just Alright. Their self-titled first album from 1971 didnt really
turn any heads. However, a CD of earlier material was released by BAM Records
in 1995, called The Early Years. It is a must for Doobie fans and
contains many excellent performances, such as the 8 minute closer, Tilted
Park Crud Munchery.
| released their last album
of original material, In Through the Out Door, on August
22nd, 1979. Fool in
the Rain was released as a single and cracked the top 40, but In the
Evening and All My Love were probably the strongest tracks on the
album. John Bonham died accidentally a year later and the group
disbanded. They released Coda in 1982.
| Foreigner had the top album in the U.S. in
1981, with 4. Urgent
and Waiting for a Girl Like You were both top 10 hits from the LP,
while Juke Box Hero and Break It Up both made U.S. number 26. A
greatest hits package, titled Records, followed the album before their
next set of new material, Agent Provocateur, arrived near the end of
| John Lennons killer got sentenced to
20 years in prison on August 24th, 1981. Odd how the psycho missed Yoko Ono at such a
| Shawn Stevens, the fifth wife of Jerry Lee
Lewis, died in 1983 of a
methadone overdose. They had been married less than three months. Jerry Lee
would marry again in 1984 to 22 year-old Kerrie McCaver. The first four to
carry the Mrs. Lewis name were Dorothy Barton (1952), Jane Mitcham (1953), Myra
Brown (1957) and Jaren Pate (1971).
| Tina Turner struck it rich in 1984 when Whats Love Got to Do
With It became a gold record while making its climb to the top. Her
Private Dancer album would sell over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone,
over the next 3 years.
| There was more than musical excitement at a
Grateful Dead concert in 1987. Police killed an escaped drug addict who had shot
one of the officers. The event was celebrating the 20th anniversary
of the Summer of Love. The bands In the Dark album had just peaked
at number 6 in the U.S. while its single, Touch of Grey, was a
month away from cracking the top 10.
| In 1988
this week, Crazy by Patsy Cline, and Elvis
Presleys, Hound Dog were announced as the most played jukebox
songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox that plays records has been
around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in
| Judas Priest successfully defended itself
against a lawsuit in 1990, after
two fans attempted suicide while listening to the Stained Class album
back in 1985. Both fans eventually died, one immediately from a shotgun blast,
and the other on a second attempt three years later by a methadone overdose.
The prosecution claimed that there were subliminal messages in the groups
music that caused the two seventeen year olds to carry out the suicide
| The Bigger They Come, by Peter Frampton
and Steve Marriott was first heard in the movie, Harley Davidson and
The Marlboro Man, when it debuted in 1991. The song saw the reunion of the two guitarists, who
hadnt recorded together in 20 years, since their days in Humble
Pie. The version of the song on Framptons, Shine On
collection is a little bit different.
| Tom Cochrane was at the pinnacle of his
career when his song, Life is a Highway, reached number 6 in the U.S. in
1992. He had recently broken off
his association with Red Rider, a band he joined many years earlier, and
with which Cochrane achieved great success in Canada.
| James Brown performed in 1996 in Montauk, New York, as part of the Back at
the Ranch concert. He offered money that was raised at the event to an
anti-violence organization called The Retreat, but was turned down. Brown
had a history of beating his wife.
| Journey played its first live show with new
lead singer, Steve Augeri, in Kentucky, in 1998. They had also just recently released
the single, Remember Me, which can be found on the Armageddon
soundtrack. The group now fronted by Augeri, Steve Perrys
replacement, intends on releasing a new album.
| Lawsuits were flying in 1999, when Don Henley, Brian Wilson and
Alannah Myles all initiated legal action. The solo Eagle was
suing Paramount Pictures for backing out of a deal that would include
Henleys new track, Taking You Home, in the upcoming Double
Jeopardy movie. The estranged Beach Boy had different problems. He was
claiming that business partner, Joe Thomas, was taking advantage of their
recent agreement stemming from Wilsons Imagination album deal from
1998. Meanwhile, Alannah Myles had just launched a suit against a
Canadian newspaper over comments that were printed in December 1998. The
article made assertions of an ongoing drug problem that Myles had
| U.K. fans got to hear more of
when the Liverpool Sound Collage CD was released in 2000. Super Furry Animals and
Paul McCartney got together to create several tracks with sounds
recorded around Liverpool and from the Rubber Soul recording sessions by
. Snippets like George Harrison saying, Its
okay. We know. I think we know, can be heard throughout the five
| Ron Wood was questioned by police in
2000 when he was seen stuffing a
rigid body into his Bentley. Passenger Vinnie Jones was not alive when crammed
into the car, but considering he was made of cardboard, that wasnt a bad
thing. The promotional cut-out of actor Jones had been created to advertise
Gone in 60 Seconds, the new movie starring Nicholas Cage, Angelina Jolie,
Robert Duvall and Vinnie Jones.
| Survivor filed a lawsuit in 2000 against TVT Records because of plans
for a soundtrack to the TV show, Survivor. Guitarist Frankie Sullivan
spoke for the rock group when he said, Its unfortunate that
after 23 years of building, promoting, and protecting the name of our band,
someone can suddenly come along and release a recording that uses our name and
takes away everything we have worked for. Survivors biggest
success came in the 80s with hits like Eye of the Tiger and
|George Baker (1939), Johnny Nash (1940), Billy J. Kramer (1943), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple, 1945) and John Deacon
(Queen, 1951) became
|Jim Reeves (1924),
James Pankow (Chicago, 1947), Robert Plant (1948) and Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy, 1951) were born with a Whole Lotta
|Count Basie (1904), Kenny Rogers (1938), Jackie DeShannon (1944) and Joe Strummer (The Clash, 1952) Just Dropped In.
|Ron Dante (The Archies, 1945), Frank Marino (Mahogany
Rush, 1954), Roland
Orzabal (Tears for Fears, 1961) and Tori Amos (1963) heard their first Shout.
|Keith Moon (1947), Rick Springfield (1949) and Mark Hudson (The Hudson Brothers,
1951) first felt The Human
Big Boy Crudup (1905), Wynonie Harris (1915), Louis Teicher (Ferrante &
Teicher, 1924), Jim
Capaldi (Traffic, 1944) and Jean-Michel Jarre (1948) were Feeling Alright after
breathing their first Oxygene on this day.
|Gene Simmons (Kiss, 1949) and Elvis Costello (1954) became part of the Flaming
|Blind Willie McTell died in 1959 of a brain hemorrhage. Betty
Everett died from a heart attack in 2001.
|Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler died in
1999 at the age of 31.
|David Rose died of heart disease in 1990.
|Louis Prima never recovered from an operation to
have a brain tumour removed, and died in 1978.
|Jack Nitzsche died of a heart attack in 2000 at the age of 63.