| Eddie Cochran signed a one year contract
with Liberty Records in 1956,
after recording stints with the Ekko and Crest labels. Cochran would
give Liberty three top 40 hits over the next several years. Sittin in
the Balcony, Summertime Blues, Twenty Flight Rock and
Cmon Everybody earned him recognition as one of the pioneers of
| Paul Anka joined Alan Freeds Biggest
Show of Stars tour in 1957. It
was perfect timing as Diana had just hit number 1. The song was written
about his familys babysitter, and would go on to become one of the best
selling singles of all time. Also on the fall tour were Chuck Berry,
The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, The Spaniels, The
Drifters and others. A couple weeks after the tour ended on November
24th in Virginia, Anka began a series of dates in the U.K.,
where Diana had spent 9 weeks at the top, making it their biggest single
of the year.
| Tommy Roe had his first hit on his hands
when Sheila went to number 1 in 1962. It was a re-recorded version of the song that was
first released in 1960 when Roe was part of The Satins. He would
have five more top 10 hits by the end of the decade. 1971s, Stagger
Lee, was his last top 40 hit.
| Freddie Scott spent his only week in the
top 10 of the
singles chart when Hey Girl hit number 10 in 1963. The song is one of those lost gems, which explains
why Billy Joel resurrected the tune for a single and inclusion on his
Greatest Hits Volume III album in 1997. Joel added a certain
amount of polish to the soul tune, while Scott used a rougher sound on
the original hit.
| House of the Rising Sun, by U.K. blues band
The Animals, hit number 1 in the U.S. in 1964. It was their only chart topping hit there, but other
tracks such as We Gotta Get Out of This Place, Its My Life,
Dont Bring Me Down and Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood
were just as deserving.
| Donovan hit number 1 in the U.S. for the
only time with the single, Sunshine Superman, in 1966. The British Bob Dylan got
some help on guitar from Jimmy Page. But due to legal problems,
Sunshine Superman had to wait seven months before it could be released
and Donovan settled in with his new manager.
| The Youngbloods were given a second chance
in 1969 when Get Together
peaked inside the top 10 in the U.S. The single was from their 1967
self-titled album, but stalled at number 62 at the time. Get Together
was re-issued and made the top 5 the second time around. Unfortunately,
there was still no response in the U.K., so The Dave Clark Five recorded
a version and made it their final top 10 single the next year. Also doing a
decent cover of the track was Garth Brooks in 1999, on his In the
Life of Chris Gaines album, under the title, Right
| The Undisputed Truth had their only success
on the U.S. singles chart peak at number 3 in 1971. Smiling Faces Sometimes was written by
Barrett Strong (of Money fame) and producer Norman Whitfield, who
both worked full-time at Motown. The group had signed to Berry Gordys
Detroit label during the years when The Motown Sound was fading,
and more sophisticated songs were beginning to appear. The Undisputed Truth
also had several R&B hits, and were the first to record Papa Was a
Rollin Stone, a hit for The Temptations in
| This week in 1976, Fleetwood Macs self-titled album hit
number 1 after being on the charts for over a year. Songs such as Over My
Head and Rhiannon helped the album reach the 5 million mark in sales
in the U.S. alone. And after group members heard a cover of Say You Love Me
by Canadian artist, Shirley Eikhard, the band added a splash of
guitar to their own version and released it as a single. It would go on to be
the best charting song from the album.
| Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch left Wings
in 1977 to help re-form
The Small Faces. He had played with Paul McCartneys band on
the Venus and Mars and Wings At the Speed of Sound albums, as
well as on the Wings Over America tour. He died two years later at the
age of 26. Drummer Joe English also left at this time, joining Sea
| Elvis had 27 albums and 9 singles in the
Top 100 charts in the UK in 1977.
His Moody Blue was the number 1 album while Way Down resided at
the top of the singles chart. Albums also in the top 30 included 40 Greatest
and Welcome to My World. Death sells.
| Cheap Trick made their singles chart debut
in 1978 in the U.S. when
Surrender peaked at number 62. The track was from their current album,
Heaven Tonight, a very solid LP throughout. Number 1 that week was
Frankie Vallis Grease. There is no justice in the world. Within a
year, however, Cheap Trick would make the top 10 with a live recording
of I Want You to Want Me.
| Keith Moon (drummer of The Who) died
on September 7th, 1978. He had just seen the movie, The Buddy Holly Story
starring Gary Busey, and returned to his London apartment. It had previously
been Harry Nilssons pad, and the same one that watched Mama
Cass Elliot die of a heart attack in 1974. Moon died of a drug
| Stevie Nicks hit number 1 on the U.S.
albums chart with Bella Donna, in 1981. The solo debut was packed with successful singles
such as Stop Draggin My Heart Around (the Tom Petty duet),
Leather and Lace (with Don Henley), Edge of Seventeen and
After the Glitter Fades. The best song on the album, however, was
probably How Still My Love. Unfortunately, it was left off of her 3 CD
box set in 1998.
| The three day US Festival in San Bernardino,
California, was held in 1982.
Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, The Police, The
Cars, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Eddie Money,
Talking Heads, Tom Petty and others performed at the event
organized by Apple Computers. It was attended by over 400000 people, and even
though $10 million was taken in, it ended up losing money. Tom Petty and
Stevie Nicks held the number 3 position on the U.S. singles chart at the
time with their Stop Draggin My Heart Around duet. The song would
spend 6 weeks at this, its highest position, and was recorded for
Nicks, Bella Donna album. Petty would later include
it on his excellent 1995 box set, Playback.
| Neil Young had his video for This
Notes for You named Best Video of the Year by
at its sixth
annual awards ceremony in 1989.
The video was initially banned by the music video station because it mentioned
corporate sponsors like Pepsi, which the song was putting down. Young
reacted to the ban by describing
| Crosby, Stills and Nash released their
After the Storm album in 1994. After 25 years, it would be their last album of new
material for Atlantic Records. Highlights of the LP included the songs, Only
Waiting for You and a cover of the best song ever written, according to a
1999 songwriters poll, In My Life.
| The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame opened in
Cleveland, Ohio, in 1995.
Performers at the opening concert included Bob Dylan, Chuck
Berry, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Jackson Browne and many
| Annie Lennox gave a free concert in New
Yorks Central Park in 1995.
The performance was recorded and later packaged with her recent Medusa
album to form a 2 CD set. She remained in the city for a couple of days to
join Paul Simon on Something So Right, one of his songs that she
had covered on her Medusa album. They sang it at the annual
Childrens Health Fund benefit concert.
| In 1996, Cat Stevens signed copies of his first album
in 18 years. Most of the album was spoken-word and was titled, The Life of
the Last Prophet. It was also released under his Muslim name, Yusuf
Islam. His birth name in the summer of 1947 was Steven Demetre
Georgiou, but chose Cat Stevens because he thought it was very
distinctive, and a name that people would remember.
| Fleetwood Macs live
Dance, hit number 1 in 1997.
It eventually sold 5 million copies in the U.S. after entering the
charts at number 1. A short tour by the band followed. The Dance
included a live version of the original B-side to the 1977 Go Your Own
Way single, Silver Springs. The Stevie Nicks song was a gem,
and this time around, made it to the A-side of a single.
| The seventh time was lucky for Aerosmith in
1998 when I Dont Want to
Miss a Thing hit the top of the U.S. singles chart. It was their seventh
top 10 single, and their first number 1, after 25 years of chart activity. The
song was featured on the Armageddon soundtrack, and beat out the
competition for 4 weeks straight.
| The largest music bootleg bust in U.S. history was
made in 1999. It was estimated
that this one operation alone was responsible for $100 million in lost
revenues. Recording equipment valued at $250000 was confiscated, as were almost
100000 CDs, over 110000 cassettes, 300000 blank CDs and 4 million CD and
cassette labels. Artists are very aware of the bootleg business, and some like
Aerosmith, Paul McCartney and Roy Orbison have issued
their own authorized bootlegs.
| Andy Williams got his singing voice back in
2000 after getting a second
opinion about his condition. A node was found on his throat the previous fall,
causing the crooner to cancel a recent tour. Bing Crosby and Julie
Andrews both had surgery for similar conditions, but Crosbys
voice came out lower, while Andrews had to stop singing entirely.
Williams took a second doctors advice to wait and see if the node
would disappear, and it did. He began the ninth season performing at his own
Moon River Theatre with his voice intact. The very next day, Andrews
settled her lawsuit with the New York doctors that ruined her singing
| The Frankie Miller tribute concert was held
in 2002, at the Glasgow
Barrowlands. Money was being raised for the Drake Music Project, a music
therapy charity helping Miller and many others with debilitating
injuries. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Nazareth,
Gallagher & Lyle, Hamish Stuart, former Thin Lizzy
guitarist Brian Robertson, ex-Genesis singer Ray Wilson
and Joe Walsh gave their all for Miller, as did newer and
more local acts like Clare Grogan and The McCluskey Brothers.
Walsh was heard on the classics, Desperado, Lifes Been
Good, Rocky Mountain Way and Amazing Grace. Miller
attended the show, but was still recovering from a 1994 brain hemorrhage,
and so was unable to join in. The studio tribute CD, Something Old,
Something New, Something Borrowed but Most Definitely Blues was released a
couple of months after the seven hour concert.
|Jimmy Clanton (1940), Joe Simon (1943) and Steve Porcaro (Toto, 1957) were Drowning in the Sea of Love
when they arrived.
|Beach Boy, Al Jardine (1942) and Don Brewer (Grand
Funk, 1948) felt their first
|Danny Gatton (1945) was born in a Quiet Village.
|John Stewart (1939), Al Stewart (1945), Freddie Mercury (Queen, 1946) and Buddy Miles (Jimi
Hendrix drummer, 1946) found
Somebody to Love.
|Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), started to
Breathe in 1944.
|Arthur Ferrante (Ferrante & Teicher,
1921), Buddy Holly
(1936), Ronnie Dove
(1940), Gloria Gaynor
(1949) and Chrissie Hynde
(1951) were born Early in
|It was a Crazy day when Patsy Cline
arrived in 1932.
|Johnny Marks, songwriter of Rudolph the
Red-Nosed Reindeer, passed away at the age of 75, in 1985. Robert H. Harris of The
Soul Stirrers left us in 2000
at the age of 84.
|Dottie West died in 1990 from a car accident.
|Tom Fogerty (CCR) died in 1990 of respiratory failure.
|Keith Moon (The Who) died in 1978 from a drug overdose. Beatle
assistant, Derek Taylor, died of cancer in 1997. Warren Zevon died in 2003 of lung cancer.