| John Lee Hooker was accompanied only by his
guitar when he had his first recording session, in 1948. Modern Records chose Boogie Chillen as
a single, which topped the R&B charts in 1949. Hooker was still a
janitor at Chrysler when the record took off.
| After much anticipation, and an incredible demand
even before the song was released, Love Me Tender finally hit number 1
in the U.S. in 1956. The week
before it had been second only to The Kings double-sided hit,
Dont Be Cruel / Hound Dog. His first film (originally titled, The
Reno Brothers), took on the Love Me Tender name just as production began
near the end of the summer. The song was rush-released in the first week of
October and went on to spend 5 weeks at the top.
| Buddy Holly made an appearance on American
Bandstand in 1958. It was his
last major TV showing. He lip-synched to Heartbeat and Its So
Easy, while The Crickets backed him.
| Little Richard began a 2 week engagement at
the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, in 1962. On the same bill were
, and Paul McCartney allegedly asked Richard for some
singing tips. Richard had also recently made appearances with Billy
Kramer, The Merseybeats , The Big Three and
| Dion didnt return for his second
performance on the live Ready, Steady, Go! television program in 1963. While trying to sing Donna the
Prima Donna, dancers on the stage around him were getting in the way, so he
walked off. The song had hit number 6 in the U.S., as would the follow-up,
Drip Drop. But Dion DiMucci would have to wait another 5 years
before charting in the top 10 again.
| The Move lost a court battle in 1967 to Prime Minister Wilson. The band
had created a promotional postcard for their single, Flowers in the
Rain, that contained a caricature of a naked Wilson. Roy Wood was
the driving force behind the group until he formed a second band, ELO,
with Jeff Lynne, a year and a half later. Lynne would make ELO
into his own, progressive rock group and would go on to re-record The
Move song, Do Ya.
| George Harrison became the first Beatle
to release a solo album when Wonderwall Music was issued in 1968. It was also the first LP to be put
out on Apple Records. The music was written as a soundtrack to the
| III hit number 1 on
the U.S. albums chart in 1970,
with the help of The Immigrant Song. It was the first of 4 weeks at the
top. Their second album had held the number 1 position for 7 weeks about a year
earlier, after the bands first album had stalled at number
| Three weeks before his 25th birthday,
in 1971, Duane Allman was
killed from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Allman swerved
to miss a truck and crashed. He was a crucial member of The Allman Brothers
Band and also had the pleasure of playing guitar with Eric Clapton
on the classic, Layla, as well as on Wilson Picketts
recording of Hey Jude.
| John Lennons Imagine album was number
1 in the U.S. in 1971, making it
his first album to hit the top in both the U.K. and America. A remixed and
remastered version was made available in the new millennium that featured a
much cleaner sound.
| James Taylor and Carly Simon were
married on November 3rd, 1972. Their most recent hits had been, Thats The
Way Ive Always Heard It Should Be and Anticipation
(Simon), and Fire and Rain and Youve Got a Friend
(Taylor). They were divorced in 1983, having recorded together
several times, including Mockingbird (1974) and Devoted to You
(1978). Both released new albums in 1997, Hourglass (Taylor)
and Film Noir (Simon). Although Simon has been recognized
with an excellent box set, Clouds in My Coffee, Taylor has yet to
receive similar treatment.
| Beatle George, the one most opposed to
touring in the final years with The Fab Four, became the first on an
American tour in the 1970s when he played the opening concert in
1974 in Vancouver, Canada.
Billy Preston backed him on keyboards but the tour played mostly to
| Bohemian Rhapsody was released as a single
this week in 1975. It was a hit a
second time for Queen after being featured in the movie, Waynes
World. The song had actually been cut down in length to the slightly less than
6 minute single that was issued.
| In 1976, Chicago had their biggest hit until that
point with If You Leave Me Now. It was number 1 for its second of 2
weeks and a re-recorded version can be found on a recent Peter Cetera
solo album. Cetera was Chicagos lead singer and bass
player until he left the band in 1985 for a solo career.
| Hearts debut album, Dreamboat
Annie, peaked at number 7 in the U.S. in 1976. It spent a couple of weeks there, and the following
week, the Magic Man single hit number 9. The album was full of strong
tracks, songs like Crazy On You, White Lightning and Wine,
Ill Be Your Song, How Deep It Goes, in addition to the
title track and singles.
| The made for television movie, Kiss Meets
the Phantom of the Park, was shown on NBC-TV in the U.S. in 1978. The four rock stars had to deal with a mad
scientist who went crazy in an amusement park. The heavily made-up rock stars
had just released their solo albums.
| Nick Gilder had the number 1 song in the
U.S. when Hot Child in the City displaced Kiss You All Over in
1978. Gilder had left
Canadian rock band, Sweeney Todd, for a solo career shortly after their
popular hit, Roxy Roller. He was replaced by Bryan Adams and soon
released his debut album, You Know Who You Are, in 1977.
Gilders next album, City Nights, proved to be his best, as
Hot Child in the City became a smash single and earned him international
| This week in 1983, Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon had
been on the U.S. charts for 491 weeks, longer than any other album. It still
sells amazingly well today.
| In 1986, Roger Waters tried to get the courts to
disallow David Gilmour and company from continuing as Pink Floyd
after Waters had departed. Waters did most of the work on
their last release together, 1983s very disappointing, The Final
Cut. His solo career went down hill from there, turning away many Pink
Floyd fans and seeing them stick with Gilmour and
| Dire Straits had their first greatest hits
package, Money for Nothing, jump onto the U.K. albums chart at number 1
in 1988. Ten years later they
tried it again, naming the new collection after their other huge classic rock
hit, Sultans of Swing. It featured a much better selection of songs and
a limited double CD version of it contained a set of live
| Almost 20 years after they first hit the charts
with family members, David Cassidy and Donny Osmond both returned
to the top 40 in the U.S. in 1990
this week with new singles. Cassidy had a self-titled solo album out
on Enigma records, while Osmond was doing well with his Capitol LP,
Eyes Dont Lie. Lyin to Myself from the former
Partridge Family member was still in the top 40 when
Donnys, My Love is a Fire, climbed higher to position 21,
beating Cassidy by six spots.
| In 1990, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish into the
dressing room of Faith No More during a show in Seattle. They returned
the favour by streaking onto the stage during Idols set. His
latest album, Charmed Life, had just been certified platinum in the
U.S., on the strength of songs like Cradle of Love, L.A. Woman
and Love Unchained.
| A free concert was held in 1991 in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
in memory of rock promoter, Bill Graham. The Grateful Dead, Crosby,
Stills, Nash and Young, Joan Baez and Journey all took part
in the show. Graham died the previous week in a helicopter crash after a
Huey Lewis concert, and was managing the careers of Santana,
Van Morrison and The Grateful Dead at the time. He was known as
one of rocks greatest entrepreneurs and ran The Fillmore East and West
venues where the biggest acts in rock performed.
| Cheap Trick contributed a cover of Cold
Turkey to the John Lennon tribute album released in 1995, Working Class Hero. The only
other decent track on the CD was Jealous Guy, performed by Collective
Soul. Artists like The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Candlebox,
Blues Traveler, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Mary Chapin Carpenter
and George Clinton also recorded Lennon songs for the
|Charlie Daniels was born an Uneasy Rider
in 1936. Wayne Fontana
began the Game of Love in 1945.
|Denny Laine (The Moody Blues / Wings)
arrived With a Little Luck in 1944, as did Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac),
but in 1946.
|The year 1939
saw Grace Slick find Somebody to Love. I Cant Tell
You Why, but I can tell you when: Timothy B. Schmit (Poco / The
Eagles ) was born in 1947.
|Russ Ballard (Argent, 1947) and Larry Mullen Jr.
(U2, 1961) were pretty
Helpless when they first showed their faces.
|Dan Peek (America, 1950), Lyle Lovett (1957) and Rick Allen (Def
Leppard, 1963) first felt
some Muskrat Love.
|Jay Black (Jay & The Americans,
1938), Keith Emerson
(Emerson, Lake & Palmer, 1944), J.D. Souther (1945) and Frankie Miller (1949) first experienced This Magic Moment on this
|Oh Me Oh My, Brian Poole (The
Tremeloes, 1941) and Lulu
(1948) both arrived on this
|Duane Allman was killed in a motorcycle accident
||Lonnie Donegan died in 2002 at the age of 71.