| Britain saw its first rock n
roll show in 1956. It featured
Ronnie Harris and Kenny Flame and The Rockets. Harris had
a hit a couple of years earlier when The Story of Tina made it to number
12. But since then, artists like Bill Haley and His Comets, Carl
Perkins and Elvis Presley had made a huge impact. At the same time,
U.K. artist Lonnie Donegan was doing very well with his skiffle music,
and songs like Rock Island Line, Bring a Little Water Sylvie,
Stewball and Lost John. The Story of Tina may be found on
the 4 CD collection, One Hundred 50s Favourites.
| Buddy Holly made his final studio
recordings in 1958. The four
songs completed that day were It Doesnt Matter Any More,
Moondreams, Raining In My Heart and True Love Ways, using
a 12 piece string section from the Dick Jacobs
| Ben E. King recorded his first set of solo
tracks in 1960, after leaving
The Drifters. Included in the four songs were the monster hits,
Spanish Harlem and Stand By Me. King had sung lead on
The Drifters popular songs, There Goes My Baby, This
Magic Moment and Save the Last Dance for Me.
| James Brown recorded his famous Live At
the Apollo album in 1962 at
Harlems Apollo Theatre in New York. The 11 songs were released two months
later. In 1995 he gave us the sequel, with another 19 amazing
| The top two albums in the U.S. in 1963 this week were both by Peter, Paul
and Mary. In the Wind and their self-titled release were two of
eleven top 25 albums the trio recorded. In the Wind was the latest
collection of songs by the group, and contained two top 10 singles,
Blowin in the Wind and Dont Think Twice, Its
All Right. Their only number 1 hit came six years later.
| In 1964, Hollys successor as lead vocalist with
The Crickets, David Box, died in a plane crash. Spooky. Box
joined in the spring of 1960, but left later in the year for a solo career.
His contributions can be heard on the compilation, Still in
| Bill Black, Elvis Presleys
original bass player, died in 1965 from a brain tumour. Black also had many hits
of his own as part of Bill Blacks Combo. White Silver Sands
was the biggest of his instrumental singles, making it into the U.S. top 10
in 1960. Other top 20 hits without vocals included Dont Be Cruel,
Blue Tango, Smokie, Josephine and Hearts of
| In 1966, Supremes A Go Go became the first number 1
album in the U.S. by a female group. The Supremes would return to the
top spot on the albums chart twice more, in 1969 with TCB, and a year
later with Diana Ross and The Supremes Greatest Hits. They had
seven albums make the top 10 in the 1960s.
| Good Vibrations jumped onto the U.S.
singles chart in 1966. The
masterpiece was recorded over 6 weeks at 4 different recording studios, and was
included on the Smiley Smile album the following month. It was beaten at
the Grammys by Winchester Cathedral, from The New Vaudeville
| Last Train to Clarksville and The
Monkees albums were certified gold in 1966. Their first single and first album both reached
number 1 in the U.S. and proved to be a very successful start for the
| Lulu hit number 1 in the U.S. in 1967 with To Sir With Love. It
stayed at the top for 5 weeks, making it the biggest single of the year.
Unfortunately, the song didnt even chart in the U.K., her homeland.
Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie was married to Bee Gee,
Maurice Gibb, from 1969 to 1973.
| Pink Floyd released their double
Ummagumma LP in 1969. One
of the records was live while the other consisted of studio recordings. The
live disc revisited four of their stronger previous tracks, Astronomy
Domine, Careful With That Axe Eugene, Set the Controls for the
Heart of the Sun and A Saucerful of Secrets. On disc two, there were
actually five different tracks, but a few of them were broken down into several
parts each. Sysyphus had four parts, The Narrow had three, and
The Grand Viziers Garden Party also had three parts, while
Grantchester Meadows and Several Species of Small Furry Animals
Gathered Together in a Cave and Grooving With a Pict were single pieces.
Now repeat all of that without looking.
| Gladys Knight and The Pips had the number 1
song in 1973, with Midnight
Train to Georgia. It was their only top hit, but many other songs did well
in the 1960s and 70s, including Every Beat of My Heart, I Heard
It Through the Grapevine, If I Were Your Woman, Ive Got to
Use My Imagination, Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me, Where
Peaceful Waters Flow (these last 3 from the same album as Midnight Train
to Georgia, Imagination), On and On and The Way We Were /
Try to Remember. What vocals!
| Al Green had a very memorable shower in
1974 when his ex-girlfriend
stormed into his bathroom and poured a pot of boiling grits over his head.
Green experienced second degree burns and was hospitalized. The former
lover, however, shot herself with Greens gun immediately after
burning him. His recent single, Sha-La-La would soon hit the top 10. It
was from his upcoming Al Green Explores Your Mind album, which also
contained Take Me to the River, an idea that Green must have
entertained when considering his next shower.
| Keith Richards was found guilty on a
Canadian drug charge on October 24th, 1978, and received a one year suspended sentence, as well
an order to play a benefit concert. The Rolling Stone performed the
charity concert for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada early the next year,
as Beast of Burden climbed into the top 10.
| Paul McCartney received a rhodium medallion
in 1979 from the British
government as the best selling songwriter and recording artist in history, as
determined by The Guinness Book of Records. Since 1962, McCartney had a
hand in 43 million-selling songs and sold over 100 million records. Along with
Wings, Macca was finishing the decade by promoting the very
underrated Back to the Egg album, and would soon play the Concerts for
the People of Kampuchea.
| Paul Kantner, the only original member left
in Jefferson Starship, suffered a stroke in 1980. Grace Slick and Marty Balin, the
groups two lead singers, had left not long before, and were replaced by
Mickey Thomas, formerly of Elvin Bishops group. Thomas
sang on the Fooled Around and Fell in Love hit for Bishop in
1976. Jane, a single from Freedom at Point Zero, Jefferson
Starships latest album, had already made the top 20, while the LP
itself was top 10. Luckily, after two weeks in the hospital, Kantner
recovered completely from the ailment that struck him during a recording
session. Slick was soon welcomed back into the fold, and the group went
on to release Modern Times, with its Find Your Way Back hit
track, and a couple other albums before transforming into Starship in
| Dave Edmunds, Eric Clapton,
George Harrison and Ringo Starr joined Carl Perkins in a
1985 concert to celebrate the
30th anniversary of the song, Blue Suede
| In 1987, Rumours surpassed the record held by Bat
Out of Hell for the most weeks on the U.K. albums chart. Rumours was
up to 443 weeks by the end of 1991, compared to Meat Loafs, 416.
In the U.S., Rumours has sold over 18 million copies, and spent 31 weeks
at number 1, with a total of 59 weeks in the top 40.
| The Cars finished up on the U.S. singles
chart when their last top 20 hit stopped at number 17 in 1987. You Are the Girl was from the
Door to Door album, which stalled at number 26 on the albums chart. It
was actually a pretty good album that saw the end of the band.
| Phil Collins had the number 1 song in
1988, with A Groovy Kind of
Love, written by Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine. The song
most recently appears on his greatest ...Hits album, and was a remake of
the Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders hit from 1966. Collins
recorded A Groovy Kind of Love for the Buster soundtrack, a
movie he starred in with Julie Walters. A second hit from the movie came in the
form of Two Hearts, which also made it to number 1.
| Herb Alpert and partner, Jerry Moss, sold
A&M Records to PolyGram Inc. in 1989, for between $400 and $500 million. Their record
label was home to such artists as Herb Alpert of course,
Nazareth, Supertramp, Styx, Peter Frampton, Rita
Coolidge, Joe Cocker, Pablo Cruise, Bryan Adams and
Sergio Mendes. PolyGram is now part of the Universal Music
| The fourth annual Bridge School Concert was held
in 1990. Performers included
Jackson Browne, Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Steve
Miller, Chris Isaak and Edie Brickell. Costellos
Alison recorded at the gig was included on the 1997 album, The Bridge
School Concerts Volume 1.
| Robert Cray started a U.S. tour in 1990 by guesting on Late Night with David
Letterman, and then playing New Yorks Beacon Theatre before a sellout
crowd. He was promoting his latest album, Midnight Stroll, while just a
couple of months earlier, Cray had performed on stage with Eric
Clapton during Stevie Ray Vaughans final appearance.
Midnight Stroll made the top 20 in the U.K., but stalled at number 51 in
| Def Leppard must have been going for some
kind of record in 1995 when they
played three concerts on three different continents in the same day. The band
was promoting their latest single, When Love and Hate Collide, by
performing in Tangiers in the morning, London in the afternoon and finally in
Vancouver, Canada, in the evening. The hit single would soon be included on
their new compilation album, Vault: Greatest Hits.
| found themselves at the
top of a different chart in 2000.
The much anticipated book to accompany three Anthology CD sets made it
to the top of the New York Times best sellers list.
Anthology book beat out the latest from Stephen King, and consisted of
recollections by The Fab Four. It was several years
|Manfred Mann (1940), Steve Cropper (Booker T. & The
MGs, 1941) and Elvin
Bishop (1942) were Blinded
By the Light in the delivery room.
|Bobby Fuller (1942), Annette Funicello (1942) and Leslie West (Mountain, 1945) boarded the Train of
|Dwight Yoakam arrived in a Long White Cadillac
|The Big Bopper (J.P. Richardson, 1930) and Bill Wyman (The
Rolling Stones, 1936) made
their parents Happy on this day.
|When Helen Reddy was delivered in 1941, she was already whining to the
doctor, that Aint No Way to Treat a Lady. Jon
Anderson (Yes) felt the Rhythm of Love on the same day in
|Natalie Merchant became one of The Living
|Floyd Cramer first heard the Chattanooga Choo
Choo in 1933.
|Bill Black died of a brain tumour in 1965.
|Tommy Edwards died in 1969 at the age of 47.
|David Box (Buddy Hollys replacement
with The Crickets) died in a plane crash in 1964. Lee Leonard (Shirley & Lee) died
in 1976, just as his former
partner was having hits like, Shame Shame Shame, as Shirley &
|Rock promoter Bill Graham died in a helicopter crash in
|Singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton died in 1999 at the age of 61.