| In 1958, Hound Dog by Elvis Presley joined the
likes of Bing Crosbys White Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer by Gene Autry for sales of over three million copies.
Hound Dog and its double A-side partner, Dont Be Cruel, are
currently at the four million level.
| The Melody Maker began its albums chart in the
U.K. this week in 1958. The first
number 1 album was South Pacific. It stayed there through all of 1959
and continued until March of 1960, when Freddy Cannon took over the top
spot for a week. Thereafter, South Pacific crawled up and down the top
10, and when the summer ended that year, so did the soundtracks perch at
| Sam Cooke and Lou Rawls were injured
in a car accident in 1958.
Rawls was a member of Cookes back-up band, The Pilgrim
Travelers Quartet, when their car went off a road in Arkansas. The driver
was killed, but the musicians werent seriously hurt. It would be a few
years before Rawls would begin a solo career, but Cooke had
already had several hits, and was just releasing his second album that year,
| Brian Epstein saw
perform for the first time. It was at a lunch hour show in 1961 at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.
Epstein arrived in his pin-striped suit and was announced by house DJ, Bob
Wooler, as someone rather famous, even though Epstein was just a
local retailer, selling records to most of the local kids. After getting a
request for My Bonnie, and reading the hype in the Mersey Beat paper,
Epstein thought he should investigate the popular group himself. He would make
several more visits before offering to manage them.
| John Lennon made his famous request to
British royalty in 1963 when he
introduced Twist and Shout. For our last number Id like to
ask your help. Would the people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands? And the
rest of you, if you just rattle your jewellery. The Queen Mother and
Princess Margaret were in attendance, but Queen Elizabeth herself wasnt
at the Royal Variety Show at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London. Twist
and Shout, along with two other songs
performed that evening, She Loves You and Till There Was You,
were included on the Anthology 1 release from 1995. From Me to You
was the opening number.
| The Fillmore West opened in San Francisco in
1965 with performances by The
Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Promoter Bill Graham continued
to feature many of the areas up-and-coming bands, groups like
Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and The Holding
Company. Graham expanded his idea with The Fillmore East in New York, but
would close both venues down in 1971.
| John Lennon met Yoko Ono this week
in 1966 at a showing of her work.
The exhibition was titled, Unfinished Paintings and Objects, and was held at
the Indica Art Gallery in London. The sparks didnt fly for another two
years. On the same date, Paul McCartney apparently died in a car
accident, as he blew his mind out in a car. But it wasnt
until 1969 that the rumours of McCartneys death began to
circulate. Their classic, A Day in the Life track from the Sgt.
Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album was supposed to describe the
car accident that killed McCartney. He blew his mind out in a car,
he didnt notice that the lights had changed.
| The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was
published in 1967. It featured a
photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting
in his recent film, How I Won the War. The name of the sort of a magazine
and sort of a newspaper was compiled from three significant sources: the
Muddy Waters song, the band of bad boys from the U.K. and the first rock
n roll record by Bob Dylan.
| The Moody Blues re-issued the single,
Nights in White Satin in 1972, five years after its original release. It went on to
become their biggest hit, making it to number 2 on the U.S. singles chart. The
highest it got to in the U.K. was number 9, leaving Go Now (with
Denny Laine), as their only number 1 hit in their home country, followed
by their next most successful British single, Question, at number
| The New York premiere of The Bands,
The Last Waltz film took place this week in 1977. Martin Scorseses direction contributed to its
success, as critics felt it was one of the best concert films ever
| Greg Reeves sued Crosby, Stills, Nash
and Young for $1 million in 1978, claiming the group owed him money for his work on
bass guitar for the 1970 Déjà Vu album. Dallas Taylor
played drums on the album, as well as on the first CSN release and
many subsequent tours.
| John Travolta had the top two songs on the
U.K. singles charts this week in 1978. Sandy was number 2 while Summer
Nights, with Olivia Newton-John, was at the very top. Travolta
also had more sales than any other artist that year.
| The Eagles had their last number 1 hit in
1979 with the dismal,
Heartache Tonight. It was co-written by Bob Seger. The intro to
the song was borrowed from the lead-in to Never Let Her Slip
Away, by Andrew Gold (from the All This and Heaven Too
album). Several members of The Eagles had stopped into the studio
where Gold was recording. As Gold later said, Lucky
were friends. Grrr.
| Supertramp had a live version of Dreamer
climb to number 15 in the U.S. in 1980. It was taken from their double live Paris
album that was sitting at number 8 on the albums chart. Only The Logical
Song and Take the Long Way Home, both from the Breakfast in
America album, ever made the American top 10. Dreamer (live) later
showed up as a B-side track on the 1990 CD single of School, issued to
promote a new Supertramp compilation.
| Joe Cocker had his only number 1 hit in the
U.S. in 1982 with a little help
from a friend. Jennifer Warnes duetted with Cocker on the love
theme from An Officer and a Gentleman, Up Where We Belong. The song
stuck at the top for 3 weeks, and was joined on the soundtrack by songs from
ZZ Top, Van Morrison, Dire Straits and
| Ten years after their debut, Boston had
their biggest hit with Amanda, in 1986. It was number 1 in the U.S. for the first of 2 weeks
and was from their Third Stage release, an album that took six years to
finish. A best-of collection was finally put together in 1997. Unfortunately,
Greatest Hits was missing the key track, Whats Your Name,
from the Walk On album.
| In 1988, John Fogerty was found not guilty of
plagiarizing one of his own songs. He had recently released The Old Man Down
the Road, which his former label for all CCR releases, Fantasy Records,
claimed was a copy of Run Through the Jungle from 1970. Fogerty
had to play live in the courtroom and eventually pay $400000 in legal
| The Beach Boys returned to number 1 in the
U.S. in 1988 with Kokomo.
Their last top hit at home had been Good Vibrations in 1966. Between
these two songs, only Rock and Roll Music from 1976 made it into the top
10. Kokomo was from the Cocktail soundtrack, and followed the
albums first single, Dont Worry Be Happy, to the top of the
charts. A third song off the soundtrack, The Hippy Hippy Shake, would do
well for The Georgia Satellites.
| This week in 1989, Elton John became the third artist in history
to have 50 hits make the U.K. charts. Sacrifice was the song that did
the trick when it entered the charts, but it all began with Your Song in
1971. Sacrifice was also Eltons first solo number 1 in the
U.K. The first two artists with 50 hits were Cliff Richard and Elvis
| Neil Young had his first album in 22 years
miss the top 100 of the U.S. albums chart when Weld stalled at number
154 in 1991. It contained a third
CD, Arc, that was filled with feedback. The other two discs are
definitely worth picking up, for songs like Blowin in the Wind,
Cinnamon Girl, Cortez the Killer, Rockin in the Free
World, Crime in the City, Like a Hurricane and Hey Hey, My
| Meat Loaf hit number 1 in the U.S. in
1993 with Id Do Anything
for Love (But I Wont Do That). Does anybody know what hes
talking about in the song? The follow-up to Bat Out of Hell was first
suggested in 1984. Recording was done over a number of years, but ground to a
halt in 1991 until Meat Loaf changed managers. The hit single was
created after almost seven minutes was cut out of the album version of the
| Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were
guests on Soundbite, a program on BBC Radio 1 FM, in 1994. They were promoting the soon-to-be-released, No
Quarter Unledded album, which would debut at number 4 in the U.S.
and at number 7 in the U.K. It included reworked versions of a number of
tracks, like Thank You, Friends, Since
Ive Been Loving You, The Battle of Evermore and
| Made in Heaven became the final studio
album by Queen when it was released in 1995, almost four years after Freddie Mercurys
death. It is a very strong album, and includes Mercurys last
vocal performance, on the song, Mother Love.
| Stevie Nicks released her third recording
of Crystal in 1998. The
new version of the song was included on the Practical Magic soundtrack.
Nicks first recorded the song with Lindsey Buckingham on their
Buckingham / Nicks album in 1973. It was redone in 1975 with
Christine McVie taking a turn on lead vocals when it appeared on the
Fleetwood Mac LP. A second contribution from Nicks, If You
Ever Did Believe, was the opening song on the soundtrack, and was produced
by Sheryl Crow.
| Warner Brothers music group released the first DVD
audio discs in 2000. The discs
are DVDs but only have music on them. The sound is stored in a much higher
quality format than on CDs. Early releases will be compatible with current DVD
players, but to appreciate the full capabilities of the new format, a special
player is required. Brain Salad Surgery from Emerson, Lake and Palmer
is one of the first available titles.
| Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers
died in his hotel room in 2003. He and musical partner, Bill Medley,
were scheduled to perform in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when Hatfield was
found. The duo had been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier
the same year. Hatfield had released only one solo album,
Messin in Muscle Shoals in 1971.
|Delbert McClinton was born the Real Thing
Ike Turner was born a Poor Fool. Also born into this Wonderful
World on this date were Art Garfunkel (1941), Peter Noone
(Hermans Hermits, 1947) and Bryan Adams (1959).
|Ray Conniff (1916), Bill Henderson (Chilliwack,
1944) and Glenn Frey
(The Eagles, 1948)
were the products of True Love.
|Raindrops were falling when Mary Travers
(Peter, Paul & Mary, 1937) and Dee Clark (1938) checked in. Johnny Rivers (1942), Joni Mitchell (1943) and Nick Gilder (1951) felt a Mountain of Love on
the same day.
|Just in the Nick of Time, the world witnessed the
arrival of Roy Wood (The Move / ELO, 1946), Minnie Riperton (1947), Bonnie Raitt (1949) and Rickie Lee Jones (1954).
|Tom Fogerty (CCR) created quite a
Commotion in 1941, when he
|Dave Loggins (1947) and Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake &
Palmer, 1948) were trouble
Right From the Beginning when they dropped in.
|Guy Lombardo passed away at the age of 75, in
1977. Barry Sadler died in
1989 of heart failure. Bobby
Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers died of cocaine intoxication in
2003. Link Wray died in
2005 at the age of 76.
|Dickie Goodman died in 1989 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
|Ivory Joe Hunter died in 1974 of lung cancer.