| New Musical Express in the U.K. published its
first chart of pop singles, in 1952. The top six positions were held by Americans, with
Al Martino and his Here in My Heart single holding number 1. The
other five spots were taken by Jo Stafford, Nat King Cole,
Bing Crosby, Guy Mitchell and Rosemary
| Shake, Rattle and Roll became Bill
Haleys first top 10 hit when it made it to number 7 in 1954. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a
half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to the fiery, Bill Haley
and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians
of the American Hockey League, and got lots of play every time the team scored.
Shake, Rattle and Roll was originally made popular by Big Joe
| Buddy Holly made his final recordings for
Decca Records in 1956 at
Bradleys Barn, in Nashville. Holly was in town to appear at the
Disk Jockey Festival. He would move on to make recordings with Norman Petty, in
Clovis, New Mexico.
| Fats Domino had the best seat in the house
to see the arrest of five audience members during a 1957 performance. He was playing as part of the
Biggest Show of Stars tour in Boston, Massachusetts, when problems began.
Domino was promoting his latest single, The Big Beat, and its
B-side, I Want You to Know. The Big Beat was recorded as the
title track to the movie of the same name, in which Domino appeared,
singing Im Walkin.
| Johnny Mathis hit the top of the U.S.
albums chart for the second time. It happened in 1959 with his Heavenly album, at a time when rock
and roll was dead. Elvis Presley was in the army and other rockers,
including Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, were fading
| Ray Charles had his first U.S. number 1 hit
when Georgia On My Mind made it in 1960. The Genius had hit the top 10 a
year earlier with Whatd I Say, and would return to the very top in
each of the next two years, with Hit the Road Jack and his biggest song,
I Cant Stop Loving You.
| In 1962, Big Girls Dont Cry by The Four
Seasons was at number 1 on the U.S. singles chart for the first of five
weeks. It was their second single in a row to take over the top for 5 weeks,
and after a Christmas single, their next hit also made it to the peak position,
when Walk Like a Man stayed there for 3 weeks. Rag Doll from 1964
would be their only other number 1 song in the 1960s, and after that, they
would have to wait until 1976 to do it one more time.
| The Rolling Stones had their official
biography, Our Own Story, published in 1964. They were on a U.S. tour at the time, which was far
from trouble-free. Comments like, such groups do not add to the
communitys culture or entertainment, as well as Brian
Jones poor health didnt help. They returned to the U.K. within
| Johnny Rivers was at number 1 in the U.S.
for his only week, in 1966.
Poor Side of Town was his fifth top 10 single, following Memphis,
Mountain of Love, Seventh Son and Secret Agent Man. He
would have a bunch more through the 1960s and 70s, including Baby I
Need Your Lovin, The Tracks of My Tears, Rockin
Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu and Swaying to the Music
in 1977. Alan Freed suggested to Rivers that he change his name from
Ramistella, way back in 1958. Rivers also had success with
Maybellene, Summer Rain, Help Me Rhonda and a great
version of A Whiter Shade of Pale.
| Electric Ladyland hit number 1 on the U.S.
albums chart for the first of two weeks in 1968. The double album includes such classic Jimi
Hendrix tracks as Crosstown Traffic, Voodoo Chile and All
Along the Watchtower and features guest appearances by Dave Mason,
Steve Winwood and Al Kooper.
| Bob Dylan published his first book in
1970, Tarantula. It was a
controversial collection of urban poetry much in the same vane as
lyrics on albums like Highway 61 Revisited and Blonde on Blonde.
The book was reprinted in the early 1990s.
| Elton John recorded a live album in
1970 in New York. It was released
in 1971 and featured Bad Side of the Moon, Take Me to the Pilot,
Can I Put You On, Sixty Years On, Burn Down the Mission,
Amoreena and a cover of The Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk
Women. Regarding the words to Take Me to the Pilot, Bernie Taupin
said, If anyone can tell me what the song is about that would
| The Doors played their last concert this
week in 1970, with Jim
Morrison as lead singer. The gig was held in New Orleans, Los Angeles, just
days after Morrison recorded his An American Prayer poetry on his
27th birthday. It is reported that Morrison now shares an
apartment with Elvis.
| In 1972, Berry Oakley, bass player for The Allman
Brothers Band, was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus on Remembrance Day,
a year and thirteen days after Duane Allmans accident. Oakley
died three blocks away from the site that claimed Allman. Both
Eric Clapton and Duane Allman play guitar on the original version
of Layla, recorded by Derek and The Dominos. It was a bigger hit
in 1972, reaching 2 spots higher than the limp, Unplugged version. A
remixed version of the original Layla was released on Layla and Other
Assorted Love Songs in 1990. It was the 20th Anniversary Edition
of the original album.
| In 1974
John Lennon had the number 1 song on the U.S. singles chart for the
only time during his lifetime, with Whatever Gets You Through the Night.
Elton John played on the track and during recording was sure it would be
a big hit. Lennon told him that if it went to number 1 that hed
join Elton on stage during one of his concerts. They played three songs
together: I Saw Her Standing There, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
and Whatever Gets You Through the Night. Backstage after the
concert, Lennon got back with Yoko Ono after a temporary
| Rush was three times lucky in 1977 when their last three albums all went
gold. 2112, All the Worlds a Stage and the current LP, A
Farewell to Kings, all hit the plateau as the band from Canada was becoming
international favourites. All three albums would eventually go
| Bruce Dickinson became the new frontman for
Iron Maiden in 1981 when
he made his first live appearance with the heavy metal group. Dickinson
replaced Paul DiAnno who moved on to work with such bands as
Lone Wolf, Battlezone and Killers (named after his last
album with Iron Maiden). Die-hard fans were relieved when The Number
of the Beast, the first Maiden album with Dickinson, turned
out to be one of the groups finest. In fact, it has been described as one
of the best heavy metal albums ever released.
| In 1984, The Police received certification in the U.S.
that Ghost in the Machine had sold two million copies while
Synchronicity went over the four million mark. The latter held the
number 1 position on the U.S. albums charts for an amazing 17
| Dire Straits became the first artist to
sell over three million copies of an album in the U.K. when Brothers in Arms
passed the mark in 1987. It
contained five, top 40 singles: Money for Nothing, So Far Away,
Walk of Life, Brothers in Arms and Your Latest
| Around this time in 1988, The Scorpions played ten concerts in
Leningrad, USSR, followed by an appearance at the Moscow Music Peace Festival.
Lead singer, Klaus Meine, was so moved by the reaction of the huge
crowds that he wrote Wind of Change in response. The song became a smash
hit when released on the digitally recorded Crazy World album a couple
years later. The lyrics to Wind of Change were presented on a plaque to
an impressed Mikhail Gorbachev when he invited The Scorpions back to the
Soviet Union in 1991.
| Rod Stewart was sued in 1990 by one of his fans when she claimed
that a soccer ball he kicked into the crowd at a June concert ruptured the
tendon in her middle finger. She later received a $17000 settlement. Stewart
had recently released Downtown Train, an album of selected tracks
from his Storyteller box set.
| Elton John performed on the Late Show With
David Letterman in 1995. His
Made in England album had been released earlier in the year, and
contained the singles, Believe, Blessed and the title track. He
was promoting his current compilation, Love Songs, which eventually made
it to number 7 in the U.K.
| Ray Charles was chatting on the Internet in
1997. The singer was hosted by
Rhino Records to help promote the five CD box set, Genius and Soul: The
50th Anniversary Collection. Fans connected with The Genius
to ask questions about the ultimate career-spanning
| finally launched their own
Internet domain, www.thebeatles.com, in 2000. The site helped promote their new greatest hits
package, 1. Twenty-seven number 1 hits were included on the CD, destined
to become a huge seller all over the world. Fans immediately started asking
about a companion album to collect the rest of their hits.
|LaVern Baker (1929), Chris Dreja (The Yardbirds, 1945) and Marshall Crenshaw
(1953) were delivered Over
Under Sideways Down.
|Brian Hyland (1943), Booker T. Jones (1944) and Neil Young (1945) were born Sealed With a
|It would be awhile before Baby Washington
(1940) and Timmy Thomas
(1944) would find out
Thats How Heartaches are Made.
|James Young (Styx, 1949) became the pride and joy of some
Lady in Chicago. Everybody Needs Love, and so did Stephen
Bishop (1951) when he was
|Petula Clark was born in a Downtown
hospital in 1932 and Clyde
McPhatter became his parents little Treasure of Love in
|Chi Coltrane began the Road to Tomorrow in
|Gordon Lightfoot arrived at Sundown in
1938 and the stork was Eight
Miles High when delivering Gene Clark (The Byrds) in 1941.
|Berry Oakley died in a motorcycle accident in
1972. Ronnie Dyson died of
heart failure in 1990.
|Nineteen year old Jerry Lee Lewis Jr. died in a
car accident in 1973. Bill
Doggett passed away at the age of 80, in 1996.
||Arthur Conley died at the age of 57 in 2003 of intestinal cancer.