| The top 13 songs in the U.K. in 1956 were by American artists. Elvis
was hot at the time with Heartbreak Hotel, I Want You I Need You
I Love You, as well as his double A-side, Hound Dog / Dont Be
Cruel. Meanwhile, more contemporary artists like The Platters were
striking gold with My Prayer, Doris Day had Whatever Will Be
Will Be, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers wondered Why Do Fools
Fall in Love and Gogi Grant was feeling The Wayward
| At the tender age of 15, George Harrison
made his first public appearance as one of The Quarry Men in
1958, alongside of Lennon,
McCartney and drummer, Ken Brown. And in 1966 this week,
played Candlestick Park in what was to be their final paid concert appearance.
There were 25000 screaming fans there that day, and they could almost hear the
group play their final song, Long Tall Sally.
| The Ronettes first entered the U.S. singles
chart with 1963s, Be My
Baby. It was their only top 10 hit, following it with Baby, I Love
You, at the end of the year. Lead singer, Veronica Bennett, who
later became Ronnie Spector, took producer / songwriter / ex-husband
Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid
| The Supremes had their first number 1 hit
when Where Did Our Love Go hit the top for the first of 2 weeks in
1964. Barbara Martin was
with the group when they released the singles, I Want a Guy (1960) and
Buttered Popcorn (1961) as The Primettes, but was not replaced
when several more attempts were made at cracking the top 40 under their new
name of The Supremes. Songs like Your Heart Belongs to Me, Let
Me Go the Right Way, My Heart Cant Take No More and A
Breath Taking Guy failed to get much attention, before When the
Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes broke through at the end of 1963.
One more failed single, Run Run Run, would follow before Where Did
Our Love Go started something big. The Supremes would end up having
a dozen number 1 hits in the U.S. in a little over 5 years.
| Accompanied by their manager, Brian Epstein,
had their only face-to-face visit with Elvis Presley in 1965, at The Kings Bel Air
home. It wasnt all that memorable, with John Lennon remarking soon
after, Wheres Elvis? It was like meeting Engelbert
Humperdinck. Exactly two years later, in 1967, Brian Epstein died of an overdose. The Fab Four
were in Bangor, North Wales, at the time attending a conference by the
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The group decided to manage themselves after the loss.
Epstein had taken the band from a quartet of rough-necks to being bigger
than Elvis, in just over two years.
| Bob Dylan continued playing electric in
1965, at a Forest Hill, New York
concert. He was immediately booed. Dylan had decided to pick up the
electric after having met
. In return,
took home the suggestion that lyrics to songs should be more meaningful, like
in I Am the Walrus: Yellow matter custard dripping from a dead
| Boz Scaggs returned to the U.S. in 1967 and rejoined Steve Millers
band. The pair had played together as teenagers, after which Scaggs
took off to Europe and recorded the solo album, Boz. Now back with
Miller, Scaggs appeared on Children of the Future and
Sailor before going solo for good. He would release his famous Silk
Degrees album in 1976, which contained four singles, as well as the
original version of Were All Alone, a hit for Rita
| Jimi Hendrix made his last U.K. appearance
at the Isle of Wight festival, in 1970. Hendrix had left the U.S. for Britain several
years earlier, because he was largely ignored in his home country. But after
receiving enormous attention from the British, he went back to
| John Lennon and Yoko Ono played
Madison Square Gardens in 1972 to
raise money for the One to One charity. Stevie Wonder, Sha Na Na
and Roberta Flack also appeared at the event organized by Geraldo
Rivera. John personally bought $60000 worth of tickets to be given to
volunteer fund-raisers. Several of the performances were later included on
Lennons, Live in New York City album.
| 10cc played their very first live
engagement in 1973 at the Douglas
Palace Lido at the beginning of a tour. They had just earned their first number
1 in the U.K. with Rubber Bullets. The song had followed hot on the
heels of Donna, their first U.K. hit, and soon to come was The Dean
and I, another top 10 smash.
| Deep Purple members received a gold disc in
1973 for selling half a million
copies of Smoke On the Water. The song is based on a true story. Their
recording studio burnt down during a nearby Frank Zappa
| The original members of the band, Spirit,
reformed in 1976 after a 5 year
split. They were joined on stage at a reunion concert by Neil Young, for
an encore of Bob Dylans, Like a Rolling Stone. The reunited
group released the album, Son of Spirit earlier in the year. They would
split again, and Jay Ferguson would make it into the top 10 with the
single, Thunder Island, in 1978.
| In 1979, U2 released their first set of songs on an EP
titled, U2-3. A couple of the tracks would later show up on their 1980
album, Boy. The EP made it to number 1 in Ireland and would earn them
five awards from the Irish music magazine, Hot Press.
| In 1982, all 10 of the top albums on
were in the same position as the week before. Genesis was still at
number 10 with Three Sides Live, The Go-Gos were at number 9 with
Vacation, Daylight Again by CSN was at position 8, REO
Speedwagons Good Trouble at 7 and Steve Miller had number 6
with Abracadabra. The top 5 consisted of Pictures at Eleven by
Robert Plant (number 5), John Cougars American Fool at 4,
Asias self-titled album at 3, Eye of the Tiger by
Survivor at number 2 and Fleetwood Mac held onto number 1 for the
third of five weeks with Mirage. Of these top 10 albums, only
American Fool would later make it to number 1, while Asia had
already been at the top of the heap for a healthy seven weeks.
| Michael McDonald had his last U.S. top 10
hit when Sweet Freedom, from the Running Scared soundtrack, hit
number 7 in 1986. He had a
successful solo career going in the first half of the 80s since leaving
The Doobie Brothers in 1982. McDonald had hits with I Keep
Forgettin and a duet with Patti LaBelle, On My Own,
before Sweet Freedom found the singles chart.
| Duane Eddy continued his 80s comeback
in 1987 when he released a
self-titled album on Capitol Records. He had returned to the charts the
previous year when his guitar licks were featured on The Art of Noise
remake of Peter Gunn. Eddy was backed on his new album by
some of the best in the business, including John Fogerty, Jeff
Lynne, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ry Cooder,
Steve Cropper and others.
| Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter
crash on August 27th, 1990. The chopper hit a man-made ski slope while trying to
navigate through dense fog. Remastered and unreleased SRV material
continues to trickle out.
| Metallica hit number 1 with their
self-titled album for the first of 4 weeks in 1991. With the help of genius producer, Bob
Rock, the group put together an outstanding album, which included Enter
Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else
Matters. The album would eventually sell over 10 million copies in the U.S.
alone and earn a Diamond Award.
| Crying by kd lang and Roy Orbison
peaked at number 13 in the U.K. in 1992, several years after the song was recorded. It had
already been to number 42 in the U.S., near the end of 1987, when it was
included on the Hiding Out soundtrack, a movie starring Jon Cryer and
his mother, Gretchen Cryer. Hmmm. The Crying duet also appeared on
Orbisons posthumous release, King of Hearts, later in
| Billy Joel had another number 1 album in
the U.S. when River of Dreams did the trick in 1993. Most of the music came to him in his sleep, hence
the title. The songs were positioned on the album in the order that The
Piano Man wrote them. The title track and All About Soul were top 40
hits and helped the album sell over 4 million copies in America. The only bad
news was that Joels second wife, one time model Christie Brinkley,
painted the album cover which was later voted worst of the
| Frankie Miller suffered a devastating brain
aneurysm in 1994. The amazing
singer from Glasgow was up late at night after dropping by to see his old
buddy, Joe Walsh, play a New York concert. While messing around on his
guitar, the attack hit, and Miller was able to survive long enough to
make it to a local hospital, with the help of a friend. He dropped into a coma
that lasted five months, but emerged in very poor condition. It took him over a
year to learn how to walk again, and to regain part of his speaking ability.
Millers condition slowly continues to improve to this day. An
album of live material had been released earlier in 1994, BBC Radio One in
Concert, after The Very Best of Frankie Miller was issued the
| Neil Young played the Reading Festival in
Reading, U.K., in 1995. Half of
the songs he performed were from his new Mirror Ball LP. Backing him in
the studio and at the concert were members of Pearl Jam, as they also
played some Neil classics, songs like The Needle and the Damage
Done, Mr. Soul, After the Gold Rush, Cortez the Killer
and Rockin in the Free World.
| Carly Simon and James Taylor
performed live together in front of 10000 fans on Marthas Vineyard,
Massachusetts, in 1995. It was
the first time they appeared live on the same stage since 1979. The former
couple played their own solo sets before combining their efforts in raising
money for the local agricultural society. Two duets were heard that day,
probably Mockingbird and Devoted to You, which were both top 40
hits for the duo, and were included on Carlys box set released
later in the year, Clouds in My Coffee.
| Seal hit number 1 in 1995 when Kiss From a Rose had its
only week at the top. The song was included in the Batman Forever movie, as
well as on his second self-titled album. Kiss From a Rose would
eventually win Grammys for Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Male
Pop Vocal Performance.
| Cheap Trick played a 1999 gig in Rockford, Illinois,
celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band. They were joined on
stage by Slash for live performances of at least one song from each of
their albums. Even the theme from That 70s Show was performed for
the hometown audience. The group was also promoting their latest live release,
Music for Hangovers.
|Ernie Fields (1905), Vic Dana (1942) and Valerie Ashford (1946) arrived in Shangri-La.
|Daryl Dragon (Captain & Tennille,
1942), Simon Kirke
(Free / Bad Company, 1949)
and Alex Lifeson (Rush, 1953) first showed Vital Signs.
|David Soul (1943), Danny Seraphine (Chicago, 1948), Shania Twain (1965) and LeAnn Rimes (1982) finally had to Come On Over.
|Charlie Parker (1920), Dinah Washington (1924), Chris Copping (Procol Harum, 1945), Dave Jenkins (Pablo
Cruise, 1947), Geoff
Whitehorn (Back Street Crawler & Procol Harum, 1951) and Amanda Marshall (1972) arrived on This Bitter
|John Phillips of The Mamas and The Papas
heard his first Words of Love when he was born in 1935.
|It was a Wild Night that witnessed the delivery
of Van Morrison in 1945
and Rick Roberts (Firefall, 1949).
|Conway Twitty (1933), Barry Gibb (The Bee Gees, 1946) and Gloria Estefan (1957) were Coming Out of the Dark
on this day.
||Laura Branigan died of a brain aneurysm in
2004, at the age of
|Beatle manager, Brian Epstein, died in
1967 from a drug overdose.
Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a 1990 helicopter crash.
|Bluesman Jimmy Reed died in 1976, a victim of alcoholism and epilepsy.
Former guitarist for Gene Vincent, Wee Willie Williams, died in
1999 after a gun accidentally