| Little Richard entered a New Orleans studio
in 1955 to begin two days of
recording. Out of the sessions came Tutti Frutti, but in a cleaner
version, thanks to lyricist Dorothy LaBostrie. Richard coined the
phrase, a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom, while working as a
dishwasher to support his family. The official recording session was going
nowhere and so everyone took a break at a nearby inn. Richard used the
restaurant piano to play his raucous version of an unknown song, Tutti
Frutti. After it was cleaned up and put down onto tape, the song managed to
make it into the top 20 early the following year.
| Elvis appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show for
the first time in 1956 as over 54
million people watched. Elvis performed Dont Be Cruel,
Love Me Tender, Ready Teddy and Hound Dog. Charles
Laughton was taking Sullivans place after a recent car accident kept the
regular host in bed. The next day, record stores all over the country were
flooded with requests for Love Me Tender, even though its planned
release date was weeks away.
| The Four Seasons had their first number 1
hit in 1962 this week. Sherry
led the way for another eleven top 10 hits before the end of the decade.
Two more were added in the mid-1970s. December 1963, Rag Doll,
Walk Like a Man, Big Girls Dont Cry and Sherry all
hit number 1. A special, enhanced version of Big Girls Dont Cry
is available on Curb Records 1988 release, The Four Seasons Hits
Digitally Enhanced, as is the extended version of December 1963,
which re-entered the top 20 in 1994.
| The first significant rock bootleg album appeared
in Los Angeles record stores in 1963. The honour went to Bob Dylan and the pirated
released was titled, Great White Wonder. And 35 years later, Dylan
fans could replace another famous bootleg, Live At the Royal Albert Hall
with a legitimate version. The live concert contains the Judas
accusation from a fan, to which Dylan replies, I dont
| Madness!! Folk and Roll Musicians-Singers
for acting roles in new TV series. Running parts for four insane boys, age 17
to 21. That was part of the ad placed in two American newspapers in
1965, looking for talented
individuals to play The Monkees. Both Stephen Stills and Danny
Hutton (future Three Dog Night leader) were turned down. Of course,
Davy Jones, Mike Nesmith, Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork
were the four chosen to star in the TV series that was modelled after the
A Hard Days Night movie from 1964.
| The Archies cartoon show first aired in
1968 on the CBS television
network. The Bang-Shang-A-Lang single was recorded around the same time.
It went to number 22 later in the year. The recording group had contributions
from Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others. Rock
mogul, Don Kirshner (who also brought us The Monkees), was put in charge
of the studio group, while Barry looked after the songwriting and
Dante the lead vocals. Sugar, Sugar was of course The
Archies biggest hit.
| John Lennons back-up band for the
Rock n Roll Revival Concert this week in 1969 was put together so late that they had to rehearse on
the plane from England. Band members added were Eric Clapton, Klaus
Voorman (bass player from Manfred Mann, and an old Beatle
buddy) and drummer Alan White (later with Yes). Also making
an appearance at the concert were Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent,
Bo Diddley, The Doors and Alice Cooper. Lennon
later released his performance as the Live Peace in Toronto 1969
| Santanas first album entered the U.S.
charts in 1969. It contained the
popular tracks, Evil Ways, Jingo and Soul Sacrifice. The
album hit number 4 two months later, and stayed on the charts for over 2
| In 1970
this week, Bob Dylan joined Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and
Arlo Guthrie at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert held at the
Hollywood Bowl. Baez had just released One Day at a Time, but it
would be her Blessed Are album from the following year that would give
her the smash single of The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, a cover of
the song by The Band.
| Gary Glitter first started to see the money
roll in when Rock and Roll Part 2 peaked at number 7 in the U.S. in
1972. The song has since been
included on countless compilations, especially those aimed at sports fans.
Rock and Roll Part 1 is very similar to Part 2 except that
Part 1 features vocals throughout the song.
| The Rolling Stones were in the middle of a
scandal in 1973, when the BBC
announced that it was banning Star Star from airplay. The song from the
newly released, Goats Head Soup album, contained profanity in the
chorus. The song also mentioned the name of Steve McQueen, but he wasnt
bothered by all the fuss. Soup also contained the hits, Doo Doo Doo
Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) and Angie.
| Pink Floyd released their follow-up to
The Dark Side of the Moon in 1975. Wish You Were Here consisted of only
five tracks, and one of them wasnt even sung by a member of the band.
Have a Cigar featured Roy Harper on vocals because neither
Roger Waters nor David Gilmour could reach the high notes. The
album is a showcase for the excellent guitaring of
| ABBA began its first North American tour in
1979, more than 5 years after
first hitting the top 10. The series of 18 dates began and ended in Canada.
Their biggest hits in the U.S. were Waterloo, Dancing Queen,
Take a Chance On Me and The Winner Takes It All.
| Bob Dylan released Slow Train
Coming, an album of religious songs, in 1979. It included the Grammy Award winning single,
Gotta Serve Somebody, as well as songs like Gonna Change My Way of
Thinking, When You Gonna Wake Up, When He Returns and Do
Right to Me Baby (Do Unto Others). It took him many years to gain fans back
after this release.
| Chicago had the number 1 song in 1982 this week, with Hard to Say
Im Sorry. It was their second song, after If You Leave Me Now,
to make it to the top, and would go on to be their biggest single. The group
had changed record companies after their last studio album bombed, going
aluminum, maybe plywood, as one member of the band described it.
Most of their previous albums had been certified gold. Hard to Say Im
Sorry put them back onto the charts after more than two years, and it had
been almost five years since they had a top 10 hit. Chicago would
continue with their renewed success for the rest of the 1980s, with songs like
Hard Habit to Break, Will You Still Love Me? and Youre
| La Bamba was finishing its third week at
the top of the U.S. singles chart in 1987, while the album it came from hit number 1 this week.
Los Lobos performed the song, along with seven others (Donna,
Come On Lets Go and Good Night included), for the La
Bamba soundtrack. Also appearing on the album release were Bo Diddley
(Who Do You Love, produced by Willie Dixon), Brian Setzer
(Summertime Blues) and Marshall Crenshaw (Crying, Waiting,
Hoping). Come On Lets Go was also a top 40 hit from the
soundtrack. The movie starred Lou Diamond Phillips as Ritchie Valens.
Valens died in a plane crash along with Buddy Holly and The
Big Bopper in February, 1959.
| Guns N Roses hit it big in 1988 with, Sweet Child O
Mine. It was number 1 and was taken from the album, Appetite for
Destruction. The song was written for Roses girlfriend, Erin
Everly. Yes, she is the daughter of Don Everly, of The Everly
Brothers. Axl and Erin were married briefly in 1990. Welcome to
the Jungle and Paradise City were also top 10 hits taken from
Appetite. The former song is popular at hockey games, especially when
fights break out.
| Hall and Oates played a sold out show in
Mexico in 1991. The concert at
the Mexico National Auditorium was in support of what was probably their finest
album, Change of Season, from the previous fall. The albums hit
single, So Close, which was produced by Danny Kortchmar and
Jon Bon Jovi, made it to number 11 in the U.S. A second,
unplugged version of So Close was also included on the
| Cyndi Lauper won an Emmy award in 1995 for a guest appearance on the Mad
About You sitcom. She won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, a
few weeks after her first hits package, Twelve Deadly Cyns
Some, was released. A new track, Hey Now (Girls Just Want to Have
Fun), was issued as a single.
| Graham Nash rejoined The Hollies in
1995 to complete recording of the
song, Peggy Sue Got Married. The song was begun by Buddy Holly
back in 1958, and now The Hollies were adding to it. Along with 11
other songs, Peggy Sue Got Married became part of the Holly
tribute album, Not Fade Away.
| David Bowie released a new single in
1996 that was available only
through the Internet. The track, Telling Lies, could be downloaded from
Bowies own web site, and was promoted as a song that would not
appear on CD, cassette or on radio. It was included on his Earthling
album the following year. Telling Lies indeed.
| Billy Joel phoned radio station WNEW 102.7
in New York in 1999, on the first
day of its new talk-radio format. The station had been one of the first
progressive rock FM stations back in the 1970s but finally gave up to the new
format it promoted as talk you cant ignore. Joel
reminisced on the air with disk jockey Ralph Tortora about the impact the
station had on The Piano Mans life. WNEWs rock and roll
ended with Thank You from
, The Kinks, Better Days and The
, which faded into the final chord of A Day in the Life, as
it appears on Anthology 3. Its unfortunate that radio everywhere
has abandoned the classic format, which played album tracks, like
Joels, Captain Jack, Somewhere Along the Line and
Youre My Home, and not just repetitive top 40 that the AM band
used to exclusively deliver.
| In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World
Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, a list of over 150 songs to be
banned from U.S. radio was produced. Not to be played were songs like Daniel
and Bennie & The Jets by Elton John, Get Together
by The Youngbloods and The Surfaris, Wipeout
because they were so offensive. Also on the list was every song by Rage
Against the Machine, a rap-metal band targeting corporate America in many
of its songs.
|The doctor had to Try a Little Tenderness when
bringing Otis Redding into the world in 1941. Also having Sweet Dreams on this day were
Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly, 1946), Billy Preston (1946) and Dave Stewart (The
|There was lots to Celebrate when Danny Hutton
(Three Dog Night, 1942), José Feliciano (1945) and Joe Perry
|Tommy Shaw (Styx / Damn Yankees, 1953) and Harry Connick Jr.
(1967) were born a couple of
|Maria Muldaur (1943), Barry White (1944), Gerry Beckley (America, 1952) and Neil Peart (Rush,
1952) were not born at
Midnight at the Oasis.
|David Clayton-Thomas (Blood, Sweat &
Tears) felt like he was on a Spinning Wheel when he arrived in a
disoriented state in 1941.
Peter Cetera (Chicago, 1944) became a product of the Glory of Love on this
day, as did Ringos son, Zak Starkey (1965).
|Pete Agnew (Nazareth, 1946) and Paul Kossoff (1950) broke Free of their umbilical
|Jimmy Gilmer (1940) and Rich Wamil (Copperpenny, 1950) were delivered next door to a
|Bill Monroe passed away in 1996 just days short of his
|Peter Tosh was assassinated in Kingston, Jamaica,
by three gunmen in 1987.
||Johnny Cash died in 2003 of complications from diabetes.
|Perez Prado passed away in 1989 at the age of 72.
||Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer in 2004 at the age of 55.