| Early in his career, Buddy Holly and
partner, Bob Montgomery opened for Bill Haley and His Comets as
Buddy and Bob, at a 1955
concert promoted by radio station KDAV. The next day they opened for
Elvis Presley at the Lubbock Cotton Club.
| The Zombies began a U.K. tour in 1964, with The Isley Brothers,
Dionne Warwick and The Searchers in tow. Their biggest hit,
Shes Not There, had just appeared in the U.S. top 40, and would go
on to make number 2 a couple months later. Several other hits followed,
including Time of the Season in 1969, coming after the group had already
| Grace Slick joined Jefferson Airplane
this week in 1966, replacing
new mother, Signe Toly Anderson. Slick left local band, Great
Society, and brought two of their songs with her: White Rabbit and
Somebody to Love.
| Jeff Beck left The Yardbirds in
1966 while the group was touring
the U.S. by bus. He developed acute tonsillitis and eventually ended up forming
a new band with Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, called The Jeff
| Joan Baez began a ten day stay in prison in
1966 after being arrested for
protesting compulsory military training for U.S. citizens. Over 100
demonstrators joined her in the California jail. Baez was one of Bob
Dylans earliest supporters, back in 1962.
| The Four Tops had the number 1 song this
week in 1966, with Reach Out
Ill Be There. It was their last trip to the top, but they did
continue having hits into the 1980s. Their best songs included I Cant
Help Myself, Baby I Need Your Loving, Its the Same Old
Song, Standing in the Shadows of Love, Bernadette,
Aint No Woman Like the One I Got and When She Was My Girl.
Great vocals! They were probably the most underrated Motown
| The movie, How I Won the War, with John
Lennon, premiered in London in 1967. It was during filming in Germany that Lennon
wrote Strawberry Fields Forever. All four Fabs attended the
showing of the movie directed by A Hard Days Night director,
Richard Lester. Lennon played Private Gripweed during the second World
| The Small Faces had a guest guitarist
appear with them at a 1968 gig.
Steve Marriott had invited The Herds lead guitar player to
join The Small Faces when they were playing in London. There
wouldnt be too many more concert appearances for the group with
Marriott as he and guest Peter Frampton would soon form Humble
| In 1969, a week after releasing Arthur or The
Decline and Fall of the British Empire, The Kinks began their first
U.S. tour in four years. They appeared at The Fillmore East, opening for
Spirit after delays in getting their permits. Victoria was taken
from the album as a single, but it stalled at number 62 in the
| John Lennon released the embarrassing,
The Wedding Album, with Yoko Ono in 1969. It was his third album without
in the past 12 months. The album came with a poster, and a picture of wedding
cake in a bag. Its hard to say which was better, the record or the extra
| Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records, died in
1969. Leonard and brother Phil
formed their namely label in 1950 after taking over Aristocrat Records.
Muddy Waters was one of the first to record on Chess, and was followed
by other blues greats like Howlin Wolf, Buddy Guy,
Elmore James and of course Willie Dixon. Leonard referred to
Dixon as his own right arm, performing, arranging, producing and writing
many of the best Chess tracks. R&B acts like The Moonglows, Chuck
Berry, The Dells and Etta James also recorded for
| Rod Stewart joined The Small Faces
in 1969, when it was renamed
The Faces. They would hit it big in 1971 with (I Know) Im
Losing You, and a year later with Stay With Me. Steve Marriott
was leaving the group and so Ron Wood replaced him, bringing along
| Rick Nelson played the seventh Annual Rock
n Roll Revival show in New York in 1971. The crowd booed him when all the oldies werent
played, as Nelson preferred to promote his latest material. The reaction
to his performance inspired Nelson to write his last top 40 hit,
Garden Party. It went to number 6 in 1972, with lyrics that included the
lines, If you gotta play at Garden Parties, I wish you a lot of luck, But
if memories were all I sang, Id rather drive a
| Creedence Clearwater Revival announced in
1972 that the group was splitting
up. After the failure of their most recent album, Mardi Gras, John
Fogerty was ready for a solo career. The other members of the group had
wanted in on the songwriting and production on what would be their final album,
but were not in the same league as Fogerty. He would release his Blue
Ridge Rangers LP the following year.
| The Rolling Stones had the number 1 song in
1973 in the U.S. with
Angie. The song was named after David Bowies wife at the
time, and was from the Goats Head Soup album. It only made it to
number 5 in the U.K. Their last top hit at home was Honky Tonk Women
| The Sweets most recognizable hit,
Ballroom Blitz, peaked at number 5 in the U.S. in 1975, over two years after it had been a
hit in the U.K. Little Willy had opened international doors in 1973
after several local hits, including Blockbuster, Wig-Wam Bam and
Hell Raiser. Following closely on the heels of Ballroom Blitz
came Teenage Rampage, The Six Teens, Fox On the Run
and Action, and in 1978, Love is Like Oxygen.
| Tina Turner breathed a major sigh of relief
in 1976 when she officially ended
her professional attachment to Ike Turner. She had left her marriage
behind a few months before, and had already released the Acid Queen solo
album exactly one year before. The album contained cover versions of such
classics as Whole Lotta Love, Under My Thumb, Lets Spend
the Night Together and Ive Been Loving You Too
| Three members of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd
(named after their teacher, Leonard Skinner), were killed on October
20th, 1977, in a fiery
plane crash. Out of respect, their 1977 album, Street Survivors, was
pulled from stores and re-released without the flames on the album cover that
were smothering the band. Recently, the remastered CD version of the Street
Survivors album used the original cover art work, flames and
| America returned to the U.S. top 10 for one
last time when You Can Do Magic peaked at number 8 in 1982. The song was from their third album
for Capitol Records, View From the Ground, after a number of successful
releases for Warner Brothers, most of which began with the letter H
(Homecoming, Hat Trick, Holiday, Hearts,
Hideaway, Harbour and History Americas Greatest
Hits). View From the Ground was a very solid album, and had
songwriting contributions from Argents Russ Ballard, Canadian
Ian Thomas and TV actor Billy Mumy (Will Robinson on Lost in
Space), as well as vocals from Carl Wilson, Timothy B. Schmit and
| Chuck Berry celebrated his 60th
birthday a few days early with an all-star concert in 1986. Guest stars included Keith Richards, Eric
Clapton, Linda Ronstadt and Julian Lennon. Berrys
recordings in the early days of rock and roll led John Lennon to
once say that, If you ever tried to give rock n roll another
name, you might call it Chuck Berry.
| Roy Orbison had his name added to the West
Texas Walk of Fame in 1989.
The Big O had died the previous December.
| Chris Isaak got a big break in 1990 when an Atlanta, Georgia, radio
station began playing Wicked Game in heavy rotation. The programme
director at the station had seen the movie, Wild at Heart, which featured an
instrumental version of Wicked Game, and was hooked by the melody. Other
radio stations also picked up the song and it became a top 10 hit in 1991. A
similar turn of events occurred in 1999 when a remix of Baby Did a Bad Bad
Thing was included in Stanley Kubricks, Eyes Wide Shut movie. The
original version of the song had been released on Isaaks Forever Blue
LP back in 1995.
| Steppenwolf, had their classic hit Born
to Be Wild re-enter the top 10 in Holland in 1990 this week. This isnt that surprising
considering the number of movies and commercials that have featured the
| Robbie Robertson released his second solo
album, Storyville, in 1991. Since then, he has been working on movie soundtracks
(Jimmy Hollywood, Casino, Phenomenon, etc.), as well as issuing two albums of
Native American music. Highlights of his last two releases include the tracks,
Ghost Dance and Unbound.
| Bobfest was held in
1992. That was the name given to
The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration
concert, by participant, Neil Young. He contributed All Along the
Watchtower and Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues at the event held at
Madison Square Gardens in New York, as a tribute to Dylan. Also
appearing were Tom Petty, George Harrison, Eric Clapton,
Roger McGuinn and others. Dylan performed Its Alright Ma
and Girl of the North Country.
| In 1993, Peter Gabriel had his visual commercial for
the song, Sledgehammer, listed by Rolling Stone Magazine as the number 1
video in history. It won nine awards from
, the most by
any music video.
| Dion and The Belmonts were inducted into
the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000. They were joined by fellow inductees, The Mamas
and The Papas, Three Dog Night, Ben E. King, The Four
Seasons, The Kingston Trio, Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers,
The Soul Stirrers, The Drifters, The Skylarks, The
Dixie Hummingbirds, The Flamingos, and for some strange reason,
The Bangles. After the ceremony, The Belmonts performed their two
biggest hits, Tell Me Why and Come On Little
|Cliff Richard came into the world
Suddenly, in 1940. So did
Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), but in 1946.
|It seems like Only Yesterday that Barry
McGuire (1935), Marv
Johnson (1938), Richard
Carpenter (1946) and Chris
DeBurgh (1948) were
|Bert Kaempfert (1923), Nico (1938), Fred Turner (BTO, 1943) and Bob Weir (The Grateful
Dead, 1947) dropped in at
Three OClock in the Morning.
|There was some turvy and Topsy II when Cozy
Cole (1909), Jim Seals
(Seals & Crofts, 1941), Gary Puckett (1942) and Ziggy Marley (1968) arrived.
|It was a School Day when Chuck Berry
(1926), Laura Nyro
(1947) and Gary Richrath
(REO Speedwagon, 1949)
|George Cates (1911), George McCrae (1944), Jeannie C. Riley (1945) and Jennifer Holliday
(1960) knew what it was like
to Rock Your Baby when they arrived.
|Tom Pettys mother was screaming at the
doctor, You Dont Know How It Feels, when Tom
was delivered in 1953.
Mark King, of Level 42, began his Lessons in Love on the
same day, but in 1958.
|Bing Crosby died in 1977 of a heart attack.
|Leonard Chess (founder of Chess Records) died at
the age of 52 in 1969. Ella
Mae Morse died of respiratory failure in 1999. Doug Bennett of Doug and the Slugs
died in 2004 after being in a
coma for a week.
|Tennessee Ernie Ford died of liver
disease in 1991.
|Julie London died in 2000 of respiratory arrest, at the age of 74.
|Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and
Cassie Gaines (all of Lynyrd Skynyrd) died in a plane crash in