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August 7 -

1954, Johnny Cash married Vivian Liberto at St Ann's Catholic Church in Memphis. Cash had plans of becoming a Memphis appliance salesman, he instead formed a band with Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant, and was signed to Sun Records a year later.

1954, Elvis Presley appeared at the Eagles Nest in Memphis Tennessee, (the first of 12 shows at the venue in this year). The advertisement in the local paper read; ‘See and hear Elvis singing That’s All Right and The Blue Moon of Kentucky.’

1957, The Quarry Men played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, (without Paul McCartney who was away at Boy Scout summer camp). The Cavern was still a jazz club, but skiffle was tolerated, but when John Lennon dared to play ‘Hound Dog’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, the club owner sent a note to the stage saying, "Cut out the bloody rock!"

1965, Herman's Hermits went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I'm Henry VIII I Am'. The single was only released in the US.

1971, The Bee Gees started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart'. It was the group's tenth US hit and first No.1. The Bee Gees penned song was originally offered to Andy Williams, but ultimately the Bee Gees recorded it themselves, it was also later covered by soul singer Al Green.

1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart', giving Elton his sixth US No.1. It was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonym "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche."

2003, The Osmonds received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2008, Elvis Presley's peacock jumpsuit, was sold at auction for $300,000, making it the most expensive piece of Elvis memorabilia ever sold at an auction.


April 13 -

1962, The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg. During the seven week run The Beatles had only one day off.

1965, The Beatles record the song 'Help!' during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London.

1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid'

1968, Bobby Goldsboro started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Honey'

1971, The Rolling Stones released 'Brown Sugar' the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.

1974, Elton John went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Bennie And The Jets'

1974, Paul McCartney's 'Band On The Run', went to No.1 on the US album charts.

2009, 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-month retrial.

1946, Born on this day, Al Green, US soul singer. Big hits include "Tired Of Being Alone" and "Let's Stay Together"


April 7 -

1956, The CBS Radio Network premiered the first regularly scheduled national broadcast rock & roll show, Alan Freed's 'Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party.'

1958, The Alan Freed's Big Beat Show played two shows at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio, featuring, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels and Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

1962, Shelley Fabares started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Johnny Angel'.

1970, On this week's US Top 5 singles chart; No.5, 'Bridge Over Trouble Water' by Simon and Garfunkel, No.4, 'Spirit In The Sky', Norman Greenbaum', No.3, 'Instant Karma' by John Lennon, No.2, 'ABC' The Jackson Five and at No.1, 'Let It Be', The Beatles.

1973, Vicki Lawrence started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia.'

1949, Born on this day, John Oates, (of Hall and Oates).


April 5 -

1962, The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles' fan club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time's sake, then change into their new suits for the second half of the show.

1967, Monkees fans walked from London's Marble Arch to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest Davy Jones' planned call-up. Jones was exempted because he was deemed responsible for supporting his father.

1972, Elvis Presley kicked of a 15 date US tour at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York.

1975, Minnie Riperton went to #1 on the singles chart with the Stevie Wonder produced song 'Loving You'. It was the singers only US chart hit. Riperton died of cancer in 1979.

1983, Danny Rapp, leader of 50's group Danny and the Juniors committed suicide in a hotel in Arizona by shooting himself. Their hits included "At The Hop"

1984, Marvin Gaye's funeral took place at The Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles; Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and other Motown singers, writers and producers, attended the service.

2006, Gene Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness.

1928, Born on this day, Tony Williams, The Platters, (1959 UK & US No.1 single 'Smoke Gets In Your Eyes').


April 3 -

1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV's 'The Milton Berle Show' live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock in San Diego, California. He performed 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Shake Rattle And Roll' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.' It was estimated that one out of every four Americans saw the show.

1961, The Marcels started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Blue Moon'

1964, Bob Dylan made his first appearance on the UK charts with The Times They Are A-Changin'. In 2004 the song was ranked #59 on Rolling Stone's list of the '500 Greatest Songs of All Time'.

1971, The Temptations scored their second US No.1 with 'Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)'

1990, American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan died of lung cancer. She released over 50 albums during her recording career. She was 66.

2007, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs binge. Jane Rose, Richards' manager, told MTV News the remarks were made ‘in jest’, and she could not believe they had been taken seriously.

1924, Born on this day, Doris Day, singer, actress, (1956 US No.2 & UK No.1 single 'Whatever Will Be, Will Be, (Que Sera, Sera, plus 17 other UK Top 40 singles). She's 89.


Cool Album Of The Day:

Today! - The Beach Boys

Capitol records released this fine LP on March 8, 1965

It was their 8th studio album and their first of three in 1965.

It's not all about girls, cars and surf. I was the beginning of

Brian Wilson's Pet Sounds period of quiet period.

It hit #4 on the Billboard Album charts.

Tracks include:

Please Let Me Wonder

Good To My Baby

Don't Hurt My Little Sister

Help Me, Rhonda

Do You Wanna Dance?

Dance, Dance, Dance

When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)


March 30 -

1957, Buddy Knox became the first artist in the Rock 'n' Roll era to write his own number one hit when 'Party Doll' topped the US singles chart. Knox would go on to score four more US Top 40 hits between 1957 and 1961.

1963, The Chiffons started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with ‘He’s So Fine’. In 1971 George Harrison was taken to court accused of copying the song on his 1970 ‘My Sweet Lord’ and ordered to pay $587,000 to the writers.

1963, 16 year-old Lesley Gore recorded her breakthrough hit, 'It's My Party'. The song produced by Quincy Jones went on to be a #1.

1967, The photo session took place at Chelsea Manor studios in London with Michael Cooper for the cover of The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's' album. After the shoot The Beatles resumed work at Abbey Road studios on ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ adding guitars, bass, tambourine, and backing vocals. The session began at 11:00 pm and ends at 7:30 am.

1945, Born on this day, Eric Clapton, guitarist, singer, songwriter who has been a member of The Roosters, Casey Jones and the Engineers, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Cream.


Ten Great Instrumentals From The 1960's:

10 - Theme From A Summer Place - Percy Faith

9 - The Horse - Cliff Nobles & Co.

8 - Love Is Blue - Paul Muriat

7 - Miserlou - Dick Dale

6 - Classical Gas - Mason Williams

5 - Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekala

4 - Pipeline - The Chantays

3 - Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures

2 - Green Onions - Booker T. & The M.G.'s

1 - Soulful Strut - Young-Holt Unlimited


March 26 -

1956, Kay Starr was at #1 on the charts with 'Rock And Roll Waltz.' The song is told from the point-of-view of a teenager who comes home early from a date, and catches her parents attempting to dance to one of her rock and roll records.

1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes.

1969, Marvin Gaye was at #1 on the British singles chart, with 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'.

1970, Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul and Mary pleaded guilty to 'taking immoral liberties' with a 14 year old girl in Washington D.C. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months in jail. Just days earlier, the trio had won a Grammy Award for Best Recording for Children for their album, 'Peter, Paul and Mommy'.

1977, Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rich Girl'

2004, Jan Berry of Jan and Dean, died at the age of 62, after being in poor health sustained in a 1966 car crash. Had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.26 single 'Surf City', (co written by Beach Boy Brian Wilson). At the height of their fame, Jan and Dean hosted and performed at The T.A.M.I. Show, the film also featured The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.

1944, Born on this day, Diana Ross, (Real name: Diane Earle), singer, The Supremes.


March 24 -

1945, Billboard published the first US LP chart. Nat King Cole was at No.1 with 'A Collection Of Favorites.'

1958, At 6.35am, Elvis Presley reported to the Memphis draft board. From there Elvis and twelve other recruits were taken by bus to Kennedy Veterans Memorial Hospital where the singer was assigned army serial number 53310761.

1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with 'Homeward Bound.' Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy Chitty in Brentwood, Essex, England, and to return to the United States. The song was also a No.5 hit in the US.

1973, Alice Cooper went to #1 on the album chart with 'Billion Dollar Babies.'

1973, The O'Jays went to No.1 on the US singles chart with Love Train.'

1979, The Bee Gees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tragedy'

1946, Born on this day, Lee Oskar, War, (1973 US No.2 single 'The Cisco Kid', 1976 UK No.12 single 'Low Rider').


March 23 -

1961, Elvis Presley had his seventh British #1 single with 'Wooden Heart.' The song was based on a German folk song and was featured in Presley's film GI Blues.

1963, Ruby and the Romantics went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Our Day Will Come'

1967, At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello awards for 1966: Best-selling British single ‘Yellow Submarine’, most-performed song ‘Michelle’, and next-most-performed song ‘Yesterday’. None of the Beatles attended and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.

1972, The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in world history. The concert raised $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.

1974, Cher went to #1 on the US singles chart with 'Dark Lady'

1985, Billy Joel married model Christie Brinkley on a boat moored alongside the Statue Of Liberty. They divorced in 1993.

1985, Former Creedence Clearwater Revival front man John Fogerty went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Centerfield.'


March 16 -

1959, The Platters have a worldwide hit with "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".

1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'

1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Last Time', the bands third British #1 and first #1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

1968, The posthumously released Otis Redding single 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay', started a five week run at #1 on the US chart. Otis was killed in a plane crash on 10th December 1967 three days after recording the song. 'Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay', became the first posthumous #1 single in US chart history and sold over four million copies worldwide.

1970, Motown singer Tammi Terrell died of a brain tumour at the age of 24. She had collapsed onstage on October 14, 1967 into Marvin Gaye's arms during a concert in Hampton, Virginia. Initially Terrell recorded solo, but from 1967 onwards she recorded a series of duets with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 #5 'Your Precious Love' and the 1968, ‘Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing’.

1971, Winners at this years Grammy Awards included, Simon and Garfunkel who won Record of the year, Song of the year and Album of the year for 'Bridge Over Troubled Water', The Carpenters won Best new act and Best vocal performance.

1974, Barbra Streisand started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'The Way We Were'

1991, Seven members of Country singer Reba McEntire's band and her road manager were among 10 people who were killed when their private jet crashed in California just north of the Mexican border. McEntire, who had given a private concert in San Diego for IBM employees the night before, was not on the plane.

1942, Born on this day, Jerry Jeff Walker, US singer, songwriter, wrote 'Mr Bojangles' a hit for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.


March 14 -

1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone.

1962, Bruce Channel started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hey! Baby'

1972, Soul singer, Linda Jones, died aged 26 in New York after collapsing into a diabetic coma following a performance at Harlem's Apollo Theater in new York. Jones scored the 1967 US No.21 single 'Hypnotized'.

1973, Elton John was at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock.'

1981, Eric Clapton was hospitalized with bleeding ulcers causing a US tour to be cancelled. He was back in hospital five weeks later after being involved in a car crash.

1991, American songwriter Doc Pomus died. With Mort Shuman he wrote many early 60's hits including, ‘A Teenager in Love’, ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’, ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Can't Get Used to Losing You’, ‘Little Sister’, ‘Suspicion’, ‘Surrender’ and ‘Viva Las Vegas’.

1933, Born on this day, Quincy Jones, the bandleader, musician, and producer who scored the 1978 US No.1 single 'Stuff Like That', has a record 79 Grammy Award nominations. Jones was the producer of the three albums by Michael Jackson, Off The Wall, Bad and Thriller, which has now sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.


Cool (import) Album Of The Day:

This compilation of Beatles tunes was released in

England & Australia in December 1966 (in time for Christmas).

It is on the Parlophone label.

This LP was a big hit...but not #1 since most of the fans had these

songs in their collection. I can recall ordering it from London and how

cool it was to have something on Parlophone. It still gets played

here today!

Tracks include:

She Loves You

We Can Work It Out

From Me To You

Help

Michelle

Yesterday

I Feel Fine

Yellow Submarine

Can't Buy Me Love

Bad Boy

Day Tripper

Hard Day's Night

Ticket To Ride

Paperback Writer

Eleanor Rigby

I Want To Hold Your Hand


The WLS Chicago Top Twenty-Five ... middle-March 1968:

1. Valerie / Tapioca Tundra - The Monkees

2. Simon Says - The 1910 Fruitgum Company

3. Love Is Blue - Paul Muriat

4. Just Dropped In - The First Edition

5. Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

6. I'll Always Think About You - The New Colony Six

7. Kiss Me Goodbye - Petula Clark

8. Too Much Talk - Paul Revere & The Raiders

9. Valley Of The Dolls - Dionne Warwick

10. Everything That Touches You - The Association

11. You've Got To Be Loved - The Montanas

12. Dance To The Music - Sly & The Family Stone

13. A Question Of Temperature - Balloon Farm

14. I Thank You - Sam & Dave

15. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Four Seasons

16. Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin

17. The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde - Georgie Fame

18. Spooky - The Classic IV

19. La La Means I Love You - The Delphonics

20. Lady Madonna / The Inner Light - The Beatles

21. The Mighty Quinn (The Eskimo) - Manfred Mann

22. Green Light - The American Breed

23. Young Girl - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

24. Men Are Gettin' Scarce - Joe Tex

25. End Of The Road - Gladys Knight


March 12 -

1963, The Beatles played at the Granada Cinema in Bedford. Also on the bill, Chris Montez and Tommy Roe. John Lennon, suffering from a heavy cold, was unable to perform, so The Beatles set was rearranged so that George and Paul could sing the parts that John usually sang.

1966, Sgt Barry Sadler started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Ballads Of The Green Berets'.

1968, The Rolling Stones started recording their next single 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' with new producer Jimmy Miller at Olympic studios in London. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards' country house, where they were awakened one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded, "Oh, that's Jack - that's jumpin' Jack."

1969, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office. They then held a reception lunch at The Ritz Hotel, Paul then went to Abbey Road studios in the evening to work. George Harrison and his wife Patti were arrested on the same day and charged with possession of 120 joints of marijuana.

2001, Judy Garland's 'Over The Rainbow' was voted the Song Of The Century in a poll published in America. Musicians, critics and fans compiled the list by the RIA.

1948, Born on this day, James Taylor, US singer, songwriter, (1971 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'You've Got A Friend'. His first album was released on The Beatles Apple label. Taylor married Carly Simon in 1972.


Happy Birthday to Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean!! He's 73 today!

Top Ten Jan & Dean Hits:

1. Surf City - #1 - July 1963

2. The Little Old Lady From Pasadena - #3 - August 1964

3. Dead Man's Curve - #8 - May 1964

4. Baby Talk - #10 - September 1959

5. Drag City - #10 - January 1964

6. Honolulu Lulu - #11 - October 1963

7. Ride The Wild Surf - #16 - October 1964

8. Popsicle - #21 - July 1966

9. Sidewalk Surfin' - #25 - November 1964

10. Heart And Soul - #25 - July 1961


Cool Album Of The Day:

The Young Rascals

LP released in March 1966 (their 1st album) hitting #15 on the Album chart.

Includes their #1 hit "Good Lovin'"

Tracks include:

Slow Down

Good Lovin'

In The Midnight Hour

Mustang Sally


March 9 -

1963, Tommy Roe, Chris Montez and The Beatles (who were bottom of the bill), appeared at the East Ham Granada in London.

1964, The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Day's Night. During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles traveled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails.

1966, The Beach Boys started recording 'God Only Knows'.

1970, Having recently changed their name from Earth to Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward made their concert debut at The Roundhouse, London.

1985, REO Speedwagon started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Fight This Feeling'

1945, Born on this day, Ron Wilson, drummer, The Surfaris. Died of a brain aneurysm on 7th May 1989. Their big hit was "Wipeout" on Dot Records, 1963.


March 8 -

1961, The Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool at lunchtime. That night they perform twice: at Aintree Institute, Aintree, Liverpool, and at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool.

1970, Diana Ross made her first performance as a solo act when she appeared in Framingham, Massachusetts.

1975, Olivia Newton-John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Have You Never Been Mellow'

1990, Cher won the worst dressed female, and worst video for 'If I Could Turn Back Time', in The Rolling Stone Magazine's awards, Donny Osmond won the most unwelcome comeback award.

1945, Born on this day, Michael "Mickey" Dolenz, singer and drummer with The Monkees. Dolenz is now a actor, television director, radio personality and theatre director. And I saw him a couple of months ago with The Turtles "Happy Together Tour".


March 6 -

1959 - The Drifters recorded "There Goes My Baby."

1976 - Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" was released.

1976 - EMI Records re-released all 22 British Beatles singles. In addition "Yesterday" was released for the first time on 45 in the U.K.

1977 - "An Evening With Diana Ross" aired on NBC-TV.

Mary Wilson - of The Supremes ... born today in 1944.


The TOP TEN today in 1966: (Early March)

1. Ballad Of The Green Berets - SSgt. Barry Sadler

2. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra

3.Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie

4. Listen People - Herman's Hermits

5. California Dreamin' - The Mamas & Papas

6. Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind

7. My Love - Petula Clark

8. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder

9. Working My Way Back To You - The 4 Seasons

10. My World Is Empty Without You - The Supremes


March 1 -

1961, Elvis Presley signed a five-year movie deal with producer Hal Wallis

1967, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds'. The song was inspired by a drawing his 3 year-old son Julian returned home from school with one day. The picture, which was of a little girl with lots of stars, was his classmate - Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, and attended the same school as Julian

1975, The Eagles went to #1 on the chart with 'Best Of My Love', the first of five #1's for the band.

1975, Winners at this year's Grammy Awards included; Paul McCartney for Best pop vocal on 'Band On The Run', Olivia Newton-John won Record Of The Year for 'I Honestly Love You'

Happy birthday to Roger Daltry of The Who ... he's 69 today.


February 27 -

1961, Chubby Checker started a three week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Pony Time', his second #1 of the 60's.

1964, The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing 'Not Fade Away'.

1965, The first date of a 21 twice- nightly UK package tour with Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders and Herman's Hermits, at Sheffield's City Hall, England

1971, Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Pearl.'

1980, Winners at the Grammy Awards included: song of the year, 'What A Fool Believes', The Doobie Brothers, album of the year, Billy Joel's '52nd St', best new artist, Rickie Lee Jones, best disco record, 'I Will Survive' Gloria Gaynor.

1991, James Brown was paroled after spending two years of a six-year prison sentence, imposed for resisting arrest after a car chase across two States.

1927, Born on this day, Guy Mitchell, US singer who had the 1957 #1 single ‘Singing The Blues’ plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. Mitchell died on July 1st 1999.


February 26 -

1955, Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78's.

1958, Perry Como was at #1 on the singles chart with 'Magic Moments' on RCA Records.

1964, The Beatles worked on the final mixes for 'Can't Buy Me Love' and 'You Can't Do That' tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.

1966, Nancy Sinatra went to #1 on the chart with 'These Boots Are Made For Walkin'

1966, The Beatles 'Rubber Soul' was at No.1 on the US album chart, the group's seventh US album chart topper.

1977, The Eagles went to #1 on the singles chart with 'New Kid On Town'

1928, Born on this day, Fats Domino, singer, pianist, bandleader, songwriter who had the 1957 US #6 single 'Blueberry Hill' and 35 other US Top 40 singles. Happy #85 to Fats.


February 22 -

1960, Percy Faith started a 9-week run at No.1 on the US chart with 'Theme From A Summer Place'

1962, Elvis Presley was at #1 o the British singles chart with 'Rock-A- Hula Baby / Can't Help Falling In Love.' The tracks were from his latest film 'Blue Hawaii' and became the singers tenth UK #1.

1975, Scottish group The Average White Band went to #1 on the singles chart with 'Pick Up The Pieces', the bands album AWB also went to #1 on the chart.

1978, The Police appeared in a Wrigley's Chewing Gum commercial for US TV, the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.

1986, MTV dedicated a full 22 hours broadcast to The Monkees, showing all 45 episodes of the original Monkees TV series.

1989, A category for Heavy Metal was included at the Grammy Awards for the first time. Metallica performed on stage, but the award went to Jethro Tull. Many audience members booed. Meanwhile, Bobby McFerrin won Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year for 'Don't Worry, Be Happy'.

1936, Born on this day, Ernie K-Doe, R&B singer who had a 1961 #1 single with 'Mother-In-Law'. K-Doe died on 5th July 2001.


February 20 -

1949 - Ricky Nelson joined the cast of his parents' radio show.

1964 - The Beach Boys recorded "Don't Worry Baby".

1969 - The X-rated film "Candy" premiered. It was Ringo Starr's first non-musical role in a film.

1970 - John Lennon's "Instant Karma" was released in the U.S.

1974 - Cher filed for separation from husband Sonny Bono. She filed for divorce not long afterwards. They had been married for 10 years.

Happy birthday to singer Nancy Wilson who's big hit "How Glad I Am" went to #11 in August 1964. She's 75 today. Recorded for Capitol Records.


February 19 -

1958 - The Miracles released their first single "Got A Job."

1964 - Simon & Garfunkel completed the original acoustic version of "Sounds of Silence."

1970 - Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart guest starred on ABC-TV's "Bewitched".

1971 - Paul McCartney released "Another Day"

1974 - Dick Clark premiered the "American Music Awards."

1997 - Jazz great Miles Davis received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Happy #70 birthday to Lou Christie (Lugee Alfredo Giovanni Sacco) ...born today in 1943.

His hits include:

Lightnin' Strikes

I'm Gonna Make You Mine

Two Faces Have I


COOL ALBUM OF THE DAY:

The Best Of Atlanta Rhythm Section

Tracks include:

"So Into You"

"Imaginary Lover"

"Champagne Jam"

"Spooky"


February 15 -

1954 - Big Joe Turner recorded the original "Shake, Rattle & Roll".

1958 - "The Dick Clark Show" debuted on ABC-TV. Connie Francis, Pat Boone and Jerry Lee Lewis were the first performers to appear on the show.

1961 - The Marcels recorded "Blue Moon".

1965 - The Beatles released the single "Eight Days a Week".

1965 - Nat "King" Cole died of complications following surgery for lung cancer at the age of 48.

1967 - The band Chicago formed.

Happy Birthday - singer Melissa Manchester is 62 today. Her big hits include:

Midnight Blue #6 - 1975

Don't Cry Out Loud #10 - 1979

You Should Hear How She Talks About You #5 - 1982


February 14 -

1961, The Beatles perform at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool, and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool where they play a special Valentine's Day show. Paul McCartney sang Elvis Presley's "Wooden Heart", wearing wooden heart pinned to his coat, covered with satin and embroidered with the names "John", "Paul", "George", and "Pete". The heart was raffled off, and the winner also won a kiss from Paul.

1968, Manfred Mann were at #1 on the British singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song 'The Mighty Quinn'. A #10 hit in the U.S.

1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono started a week long run as co-hosts on 'Mike Douglas' US TV show.

1974, Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille (of Captain And Tennille) married in Virginia City, while on a promotion tour of the U.S.

2010, Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer. The Knack had the 1979 US #1 single 'My Sharona' which he wrote for Sharona Alperin, who later became his girlfriend.


COOL ALBUM OF THE DAY:

'ENDLESS SUMMER' - THE BEACH BOYS

This Capitol album was released in 1974 and sold

over 3 million copies, hitting #1 on the Billboard Album

chart. Released as a 2 album set in the U.S. it

had 20 songs total (5 to a side). The CD release in 1987

included the bonus track "Good Vibrations"

Track include:

Surfin' USA

California Girls

Surfer Girl

I Get Around

Fun, Fun, Fun

Help Me, Rhonda

All Summer Long


February 12 -

1961 - The Miracles' "Shop Around" became Motown's first million-selling single.

1967 - Police raided Keith Richards home in West Wittering, Sussex, England. The police found "various substances of a suspicious nature."

1968 - Jimi Hendrix returned home to Seattle where he received a key to the city and an honorary high school diploma. He also played for the students of Garfield High School from which he had dropped out.

1972 - "Roundabout" was released by Yes.

1989 - Tiny Tim declared himself a New York City mayoral candidate. He did not win in the election.

1997 - David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Celebrating #61 ....... Michael McDonald 1952 - Musician (Doobie Brothers)


February 10 -

1958, Frank Sinatra started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Come Fly With Me.'

1967, The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of 'A Day in the Life'. At the Beatles' request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown's nose, while another, a fake gorilla's paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.

1968, The Four Tops 'Greatest Hits' was at #1 on the British album chart, the first #1 album for the Tamla Motown label.

1974, Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum, California.

1976, Elvis Presley was made a police reserve for the Memphis police.

1979, Rod Stewart started a four week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'.

2004, Diana Ross was sentenced to two days in jail after pleading 'no contest' to a drink driving charge.

1937, Born on this day, Roberta Flack, US singer, songwriter, who had the 1972 #1 single 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', 1973 #1 'Killing Me Softly With His Song'. 76 today.


February 7 -

1959, Buddy Holly was buried in Lubbock, Texas. His tombstone reads "Holley", the correct spelling of his given surname and includes pictures of a guitar.

1964, Pan Am flight 101 was greeted by over 5,000 Beatles fans as it arrived at New York's JFK airport, bringing The Beatles to the US for the first time and causing riotous scenes as they touched down.

1969, John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents. John was named as Rolling Stone's Man Of The Year.

1969, The Who recorded 'Pinball Wizard' at Morgan Studio's, London, England. The song is one of the band's most famous live songs, being played at almost every Who concert since its debut live performance on 2 May 1969. The track which featured on their 1969 rock opera album Tommy was released as a single in 1969.

1970, One hit wonders Shocking Blue went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Venus'.


February 3 -

1959, 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tour bus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set - covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year.

1968, One hit wonders The Lemon Pipers went to #1 on the singles chart with 'Green Tambourine'

1968, The Beatles started work on their new single 'Lady Madonna' at Abbey Road studios in London.

1973, Elton John started a three-week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Crocodile Rock'. Elton's first of five #1 singles.

1979, The Blues Brothers went to #1 on the album chart with 'Briefcase Full Of Blues'.


February 1 -

1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45 rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.

1964, The Beatles started a seven week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand', the first US No.1 by a UK act since The Tornadoes 'Telstar' in 1962 and the first of three consecutive No.1's from the group.

1965, At the Arthur Smith Studios in Charlotte, North Carolina, James Brown recorded 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag', which will reach No.8 on the Billboard Pop chart and No.1 on the R&B chart the following August and later win a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm and Blues Recording.

1969, Tommy James and the Shondells started a two week run at #1 on the US singles chart with 'Crimson And Clover', the group's second and last #1.

1972, Chuck Berry had his first #1 single with a live recording of a song he'd been playing live for over 20 years 'My Ding-a-Ling'. UK public morality campaigner Mary Whitehouse attempted to have the song banned due to its innuendo-laden lyrics.

1975, Neil Sedaka had his second US No.1 single with 'Laughter In The Rain', over 12 years after his last chart topper 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'.

1937, Born on this day, Ray Sawyer, singer, songwriter with Dr Hook who had the 1972 #5 'Sylvia's Mother' plus 9 other US Top 40 hits. He's 76 today!


January 31 -

1961 - The "Bobby Darin and Friends" TV special aired on NBC-TV.

1963 - The Beach Boys recorded "Surfin' U.S.A." and "Shutdown."

1970 - In New Orleans, LA, the Greatful Dead were busted for possession of LSD and barbiturates. The event was alleged to be the inspiration for the song "Truckin."

1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) filmed a television special.

1978 - Greg Herbert (Blood, Sweat & Tears) died of a drug overdose in Amsterdam during the band's European tour. He was 30 years old.

1988 - Herb Alpert performed the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXII.


January 30 -

1968 - Bobby Goldsboro recorded "Honey." Turned into #1 and the biggest hit of 1968.

1969 - The Beatles made their last-ever public appearance as a group. The performance of "Get Back" was filmed for the movie "Let It Be."

1973 - KISS played their first show at Popcorn (The Coventry Club) in Queens, NY. The band performed 2 sets at the club that night for a crowd of under 10 people.

1994 - Natalie Cole sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXVIII.

Born on this date....Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) 1942


January 29 -

1962 - Warner Bros. Records signed Peter, Paul & Mary.

1966 - The Bobby Fuller Four's "I Fought The Law" was released. It went to #9 on the charts.

1969 - The "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" debuted on CBS-TV.

1972 - Smokey Robinson left The Miracles.

1989 - Billy Joel sang the U.S. national anthem at Super Bowl XXIII.

1994 - Mary Wilson, formerly with the Supremes, was injured when her jeep hit a freeway median and flipped over while driving outside of Los Angeles. Her 14-year old son was killed in the accident.

Born on this date in 1880...W.C. Fields. I know he's not rock & roll...but I like him!


Cool Album Of The Day:

The Best Of James Taylor

Released in April 2003

Track include:

Fire & Rain

Country Road

You've Got A Friend

Long Ago & Far Away

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Shower The People

Steamroller

Carolina In My Mind

Up On The Roof

Your Smiling Face


January 23 -

1956, Rock 'n' Roll fans in Cleveland aged under 18 were banned from dancing in public (unless accompanied by an adult), after Ohio Police introduced a law dating back to 1931.

1965, 'Downtown' by Petula Clark hits #1 on the charts.

1969, Working at Apple studios in London, The Beatles (with Billy Preston on keyboards) recorded ten takes of a new song called 'Get Back'.

1971, George Harrison became the first solo Beatle to have a No.1 when 'My Sweet Lord' went to the top of the UK single charts. The song from his 'All Things Must Pass' album stayed at No.1 for five weeks.

1971, Dawn started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Knock Three Times'

1978, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago accidentally shot himself dead while cleaning (with what he believed) was an unloaded gun. Kath's last words were "Don't worry it's not loaded" as he put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger. The guitarist and singer was killed instantly.

1986, Ray Charles was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the first induction dinner, held in New York City.


January 22 -

1959, Alone with an acoustic guitar and tape recorder in his New York City apartment Buddy Holly made his last recordings, including ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’, ‘Crying, Waiting, Hoping’, ‘That's What They Say’, ‘What To Do’, ‘Learning The Game’ and ‘That Makes It Tough’.

1966, The Beach Boys went into the studio to record 'Wouldn't It Be Nice', which would be the opening track on their forthcoming album 'Pet Sounds.'

1967, The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace, San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.

1969, The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the "Get Back" LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions.

1972, Don McLean's album 'American Pie' started a seven week run at No.1 in the US album chart.

1931, Born on this day, Sam Cooke, US soul singer (1957 US No.1 & UK No.29 single with 'You Send Me' and a 1986 UK No.2 single with 'Wonderful World', which was first released in 1960). Cooke died on December 11th 1964 of a gun shot wound.


January 21 -

1965, Over 3,000 screaming fans met The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrived for a 16 date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie 'A Hard Day's Night'.

1978, The soundtrack album 'Saturday Night Fever' started a 24 week run at No.1 on the US album charts, it went on to sell over 30 million copies world wide, making it the best selling soundtrack album of all time.

1984, Soul singer Jackie Wilson died aged 49. Wilson suffered a massive heart attack while playing a Dick Clark show at the Latin Casino in New Jersey on September 29, 1975, falling head-first to the stage while singing 'Lonely Teardrops', and had remained in a coma until his death 8 years later.

1987, Bruce Springsteen inducted Roy Orbison into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.

1989, Six weeks after his death Roy Orbison started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Legendary Roy Orbison' collection.

1997, 'Colonel' Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager and agent died of a stroke in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 87. Born Andreas van Kuijk, a Dutch immigrant who changed his name as soon as he arrived in the US, Parker never applied for a green card and feared deportation his entire life.

1939, Born on this day, DJ Wolfman Jack. Master of ceremonies for the rock 'n' roll generation of the '60s on radio, and later on television during the '70s. Starred in the movie "American Graffiti". Died of a heart attack Jan. 7, 1995 at age 56. Real name: Robert Weston Smith.


January 19 -

1967 - Lesley Gore appeared on ABC-TV's "Batman" as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat. Lesley had hits like "It's My Party".."She's A Fool" & "Judy's Turn To Cry" for Mercury records.

1971 - At the Charles Manson murder trial, the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" was played. At the scene of one of his gruesome murders, the words "helter skelter" were written on a mirror.

1976 - The Beatles turned down an offer of $30 million to play together again on the same stage. The offer was made by rock promoter Bill Sargent.

1977 - Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band played for Jimmy Carter's inauguration.

1981 - Styx released the album "Paradise Theater."

Born on Jan. 19th ... Janis Joplin...1943.


January 16 -

1956, Tennessee Ernie Ford was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Merle Travis coal-mining song 'Sixteen Tons.' Written in 1947 about the misery of coal mining.

1957, The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times.

1964, The Dave Clark Five were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Glad All Over', the group's only UK No.1.

1969, Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all appeared at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.

1973, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people.

1980, Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession.

1988, Tina Turner gave herself a place in the record books when she performed in front of 182,000 people in Rio De Janeiro. The largest audience ever for a single artist.

1937, Born on this day, Bob Bogle, guitar, The Ventures, ("Walk Don't Run"). He died at age 75 in 2009.


January 15 -

1958, The Everly Brothers made their debut on British TV appearing on The Perry Como Show.

1961, The Supremes signed a recording contract with Motown Records.

1965, The Who released their first single 'I Can't Explain'.

1967, The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of 'Lets Spend The Night Together' to 'Lets Spend Some Time Together' when appearing on the US TV's The Ed Sullivan Show after the producers objected to the content of the lyrics.

1969, George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good. Harrison wasn't happy with plans for live performances and the current Let It Be film project.

1972, Don McLean's 'American Pie' started a four week run at #1 in the singles chart.

1977, The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Hotel California' the group's third US No.1 album.

1992, Dee Murray bass player with the Elton John band died after suffering a stroke aged 45. He first appeared with Elton on the 1970 album Tumbleweed Connection and the milestone albums Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

1994, American singer songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep of heart failure after spending the previous day in the recording studio. He recorded 'Everybody's Talkin' from the film 'Midnight Cowboy' and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees. Had the UK & US No.1 single with his version of Badfinger Evans & Ham song 'Without You.' He was 52.

1948, Born on this day, Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd who had the 1974 US #8 single 'Sweet Home Alabama' and the 1982 UK #21 single 'Freebird'. Van Zant died in a plane crash between shows from Greenville, South Carolina to Baton Rouge, Louisiana on October 20th 1977 along with bandmates Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines. Remaining band members survived, although all were seriously injured.


Cool Album Of The Day:

"The Stranger" - Billy Joel
Columbia Records
His 5th LP
Released Sept. 29, 1977
Produced by Phil Ramone
Included:
"Just The Way You Are" (it won a Grammy for both "Record Of The Year"
and "Song Of The Year")
"She's Always A Woman"
"Only The Good Die Young"
"Movin' Out (Antony's Song)"


January 12 -

1959 - Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found the Motown record empire.

1963 - Bob Dylan performed in a radio play for the BBC in London. The play was called, "The Madhouse of Castle Street" and he played a folk singer.

1965 - "Hullabaloo" premiered on NBC TV.

1968 - The Supremes appeared in an episode of "Tarzan" on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.


Top Ten Johnny Cash hits on the Billboard charts
(this is in addition to his country chart hits):

1. A Boy Named Sue #2 - 1969

2. Guess Things Happen That Way #11 - 1958

3, Ballad Of A Teenage Queen #14 - 1958

4. I Walk The Line #17 - 1956

5. Ring Of Fire #17 - 1963

6. What Is Truth #19 - 1970

7. The Ways Of A Woman In Love #24 - 1958

8. One Piece At A Time #29 - 1976

9. Don't Take Your Guns To Town #32 - 1959

10. Folsom Prison Blues #32 - 1968


January 11 -

1958, The release date for the Elvis Presley single 'Jailhouse Rock' was put back a week after a pressing plant in the UK were unable to meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies.

1964, 'Ring Of Fire' by Johnny Cash became the first Country album to go to #1 in the US album chart.

1964, 'Louie Louie' by The Kingsmen was the number one song on the US Cash Box music chart. For a while, the record was banned by a handful of US radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, which were rumored to contain some naughty words. Even the F.B.I. investigated the song, but finally concluded that they could find nothing wrong.

1990, Paul McCartney played the first of 11 sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

2005, Former Bread guitarist and Academy Award-winning songwriter James Griffin died at his home in Nashville at the age of 61 after suffering from cancer. Bread had the 1970's hits 'Make It With You', 'Baby I'm-a Want You', and 'Everything I Own.'

1942, Born on this day, Clarence Clemons, saxophonist, E Street Band, (1987 UK No.16 single 'Born To Run'). He died of complications from a stroke in June of 2011 at the age of 69.


January 10 -

1949 - Vinyl records were introduced by RCA (45 rpm) and Columbia (33.3 rpm).

1956 - Elvis Presley recorded his first songs as an RCA Victor artist in Nashville. Elvis recorded "Heartbreak Hotel," "I Was the One," "I’m Counting On You," "I Got a Woman" and "Money Honey."

1979 - Richard Carpenter entered a chemical dependency treatment center in Topeka, KS.

1985 - Ted Nugent appeared on TV's "Miami Vice."

1997 - James Brown got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Happy birthday to rocker (and crooner) Rod Stewart ... he's 68 today!


Here are 10 Elvis LPs/CDs that should be in every collection:

1. The Essential Elvis Presley (2 CD set)

2. Recorded Live Onstage In Memphis (live in 1974)

3. 50 Greatest Love Songs (2 CDs)

4. The Sun Sessions (raw rock & roll from a future King)

5. Elvis Presley (This is a 2006 2 CD set that expands on 1956 original LP)

6. Elvis' Christmas Album

7. He Touched Me (his last gospel LP)

8. Elvis Ultimate Gospel

9. Elvis: 30 #1 Hits

10. Moody Blue (his last album ... it was originally released on blue vinyl, very cool)


January 8 -

1960 - Eddie Cochran's last recording session was held in Hollywood.

1965 - The TV dance show "Hullabaloo" debuted on NBC.

1966 - The final episode of "Shindig!" was broadcast on ABC-TV. The show featured the Kinks and the Who.

1973 - Elvis Presley sued Priscilla Presley for a divorce.

1981 - "Elvis Presley Day" was declared in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, North & South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

1993 - An Elvis Presley commemorative stamp was debuted by the U.S. Postal Service. The 29-cent stamp showed the likeness of the 1950's era Elvis.

1935 - Elvis born to rock & roll.


Cool Album Of The Day:

Listen To The Music

Best Of The Doobies

The Doobie Brothers

Released by Warner Brothers Records in November 1976

Tracks include:

China Grove

Long Train Runnin'

Takin' It To The Streets

Listen To The Music

Black Water

Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me)


January 5 -

1961, The Beatles played at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool. In the audience are two members from Rory Storm & the Hurricanes: Johnny Guitar and Ringo Starr who have just returned from Hamburg, Germany.

1967, During The Beatles Sgt Pepper sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on 'Penny Lane.'

1974, The Carpenters went to #1 on the album chart with 'The Singles 1969-1973'.

1976, Former Beatles roadie Mal Evans was shot dead by police at his Los Angeles apartment. His girlfriend called police when she found Evans upset with a rifle in his hand; he pointed the gun at the police who opened fire. Friends later said that Evans was depressed about his separation from his wife Lil Evans — who had asked for a divorce before Christmas.

1997, Sonny Bono was killed in a skiing accident at a resort near Lake Tahoe, aged 62. Bono who was one half on Sonny & Cher scored the 1965 #1 single 'I Got You Babe' and had become a US Congressman.

1923, Born on this day, Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records, the first label of Elvis Presley's recordings. Recorded Carl Perkins, Ike Turner, B.B. King, Jerry Lee Lewis. Phillips died on 30th July 2003.


January 4 -

1936, Billboard Magazine introduced the first ever-pop music chart that ranked records on national sales.

1954, Elvis Presley made his second visit to the Memphis recording service and cut two songs onto a 10 acetate, 'Casual Love Affair 'and 'I'll Never Stand In Your Way'. Studio boss Sam Phillips asked Presley to leave his phone number.

1957, Elvis Presley had his medical check up at Kennedy Veterans Hospital, a preliminary to his call up from the US Army.

1960, Marty Robbins started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'El Paso'.

1962, Liverpool's Mersey Beat published its first popularity poll, with The Beatles coming in first place and Gerry and the Pacemakers voted second.

1975, Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds'.

2006, The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb. The rustic house near Nashville, Tennessee went on the market in June 2005 with an asking price of $2.9 million .... Gibb said he planned to preserve the house to honor the Cash memory. Unfortunately Gibb's ownership of the house was short-lived. In April 2007, the house burned to the ground. Gibb was having the house renovated when a flammable spray sealer caused fire to break out during construction.


January 2 -

1965, Elvis Presley went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with the soundtrack from 'Roustabout'

1968, The entire shipment of John and Yoko's album 'Two Virgins' was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.

1969, Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the 'Let It Be' album.

1971, The George Harrison album 'All Things Must Pass' started a seven week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a U.S. #1 album.

1980, US singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home aged 45. Williams had the 1957 US No.5 & UK No. 21 single 'Short Fat Fannie.' Also known for 'Bony Moronie' and 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy.'

1936, Born on this day, Roger Miller, singer, guitarist and TV star. (1965 UK No.1 & US No.4 single 'King Of The Road'). He won four Grammy awards in 1965 including Best Country & Western Album. Roger died of lung cancer on October 25th 1991, aged 56. Scottish duo The Proclaimers had the 1990 UK No.9 hit with their version of 'King Of The Road.'


January 1 -

1953, Country singer Hank Williams died of a heart attack brought on by a lethal cocktail of pills and alcohol aged 29. Made his first record in 1946, scored 36 Top 10 US country hits, his best Known being 'Your Cheatin' Heart.' Over 20,000 mourners attended his funeral.

1955, Elvis Presley appeared at The Eagles Hall in Houston Texas. Presley went on to play over 250 shows in 1955.

1960, Johnny Cash played a free concert for the inmates of San Quentin Prison, California.

1962, The Beatles auditioned for Decca Records in West Hampstead, London. A&R boss at Decca Dick Rowe turned them down.

1966, Simon and Garfunkel started a two week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'The Sounds Of Silence'...the song was used in the open scene of "The Graduate" with Dustin Hoffman.

1968, Billboard magazine reported that for the first time albums had outsold singles in the US with album sales reaching over 192 million units.

2011, Chuck Berry cut short a concert at Congress Theater, Chicago, Illinois after collapsing on stage an hour into the show. Berry slumped over a keyboard and did not move for a couple of minutes before being helped off stage, he returned 15 minutes later only to be forced off again almost immediately. The 84 year-old later re-emerged on stage but told fans he had no strength to continue performing.


December 29 -

1956, Elvis Presley made chart history by having 10 songs on Billboards Top 100 for week ending Dec 19th.

1962, During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at The Troubadour in London.

1966, Working at Abbey Road studios, London, Paul McCartney began work on his new song ‘Penny Lane’, recording six takes of keyboard tracks and various percussion effects. The song's title is derived from the name of a street near Lennon's house, in the band's hometown, Liverpool.

1973, Jim Croce scored his second No.1 US single of the year when 'Time In A Bottle' went to the top of the charts. Croce was killed in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20th 1973.

1951, Born on this day, Yvonne Elliman, singer, (1978 US No.1 & UK No.4 single 'If I Can't Have You', also worked with Eric Clapton).


December 28 -

1968, The Beatles went to #1 on the US album chart with the 'White Album', the group's 12th US #1 album.

1968, The three day Miami Pop festival took place, the first major rock festival held on the East Coast of the US, with Chuck Berry, The McCoys, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Marvin Gaye, The Turtles, The Box Tops, Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Pacific Gas and Electric, Procol Harum, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly and The Grateful Dead.

1971, George Harrison was at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'My Sweet Lord', making him the first Beatle to score a #1 U.S. hit. The song was originally intended for Billy Preston.

1974, Helen Reddy went to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with 'Angie Baby', the singers third U.S. #1. The song was turned down by Cher.

1978, Rolling Stone magazine voted 'Some Girls' by The Rolling Stones 'Album of the Year.'

1983, Having made two successful dives below a friend’s yacht to find items he’d drunkenly thrown off his own boat three years before, Beach Boy Dennis Wilson took one last dive into the Pacific and never returned from the boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California. With the help of President Reagan he was given a burial at sea, normally reserved for Navel personnel. Dennis was the only genuine surfer in The Beach Boys.

1946, Born on this day, Edgar Winter, Edgar Winter Group, keyboards, vocals, (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Frankenstein').


Some #1 U.S. songs on Christmas Day:

I Feel Fine - The Beatles 1964

Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds 1965

Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys 1966

Daydream Believer - The Monkees 1967

I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye 1968

Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary 1969

My Sweet Lord - George Harrison 1970

Brand New Key - Melanie 1971

Me & Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul 1972

Time In A Bottle - Jim Croce 1973

Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin 1974

Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers 1975

You Don't Have To Be A Star - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. 1976

How Deep Is Your Love - The Bee Gees 1977

Le Freak - Chic 1978

Babe - Styx 1979

(Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon 1980

Physical - Olivia Newton John 1981

Maneater - Daryl Hall & John Oates 1982

Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson 1983

Like A Virgin - Madonna 1984

The Next Time I Fall - Peter Cetera & Amy Grant 1985


December 21 -

1967, The Beatles held a party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to preview their new movie ‘Magical Mystery Tour’.

1968, Glen Campbell topped the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman'.

1969, The Supremes made their last TV appearance together with Diana Ross on 'The Ed Sullivan show', singing their last No.1 'Someday We'll Be Together'.

2001, Police launched an investigation into why Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of George Harrison's death.

1940, Born on this day, Ray Hilderbrand, He was "Paul" of Paul & Paula. She was Jill Jackson in reality. They hit it big with "Hey Paula" on Philips Records.

He's 72 today!

1946, Born on this day, Carl Wilson, guitar, vocals, The Beach Boys. He died in February 1998 after a long battle with lung cancer.


December 20 -

1958, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison appeared as The Quarry Men at the wedding reception of George's older brother, Harry. The event was held at the Harrison family home at 25 Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool.

1962, The Osmonds appeared for the first time on the NBC-TV Andy Williams show. The brothers performed 'I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas'.

1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.

1967, American singer Jimmie Rodgers required brain surgery after he suffered a fractured skull and a broken wrist, allegedly at the hands of three San Diego police officers. Rodgers recovered and returned to performing a little over a year later. He had a big hit with "Honeycomb" (#1 - 1957).

1969, Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Leavin' On A Jet Plane'. John Denver wrote the song in 1966 with the original title of 'Oh Babe I Hate to Go.'

1973, American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 No.1 with 'Dream Lover' plus 20 other US Top 40 hits during the 60's including ‘Mack the Knife’, (Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960). Darin travelled with Robert Kennedy and worked on the latter's 1968 presidential campaign. He was with Kennedy the day he traveled to Los Angeles on June 4, 1968 for the California Primary. Darin was at the Ambassador Hotel later that night when Kennedy was assassinated.

1992, American blues singer and guitarist, Albert King died from a heart attack in Memphis, Tennessee. He recorded dozens of influential songs, such as 'Crosscut Saw' and 'As The Years Go Passing By', and the 1967 album, 'Born Under a Bad Sign.' He was 69.

1999, Canadian Country singer Hank Snow died. 'The Singing Ranger' released over 100 albums and scored more than seventy singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. A regular at the Grand Ole Opry, in 1954 Snow persuaded the directors to allow a new singer by the name of Elvis Presley to appear at the Grand Ole Opry.

1948, Born on this day Alan Parsons, British studio audio engineer, musician, and record producer. He was involved with the production of The Beatles' Abbey Road and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons' own group, The Alan Parsons Project released several albums.


December 19 -

1955 - Carl Perkins recorded the hit "Blue Suede Shoes."

1960 - Neil Sedaka’s "Calendar Girl" was released.

1974 - Ron Woods joined the Rolling Stones.

1987 - Paul Simon the musician, and Paul Simon, the presidential candidate, both host "Saturday Night Live."

1992 - Neil Diamond's "Christmas In Washington" aired on NBC-TV.


December 18 -

1961 - Britain's EMI Records rejected the Beatles. They later signed them.

1964 - Funeral services were held in Chicago for Sam Cooke.

1965 - U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler recorded "Ballad of the Green Berets."

1971 - Jerry Lee Lewis and his cousin Myra Brown were divorced. They were married when she was 13 years old.

Happy #69 to Keith Richards - The Rolling Stones


December 15 -

1959 - The Everly Brothers recorded "Let It Be Me" in New York City. It was the first time they recorded outside of Nashville and it was the first time they recorded with strings.

1967 - The Beach Boys met Maharishi Yogi in Paris and learned transcendental meditation.

1988 - James Brown was sentenced to a six-year jail term for leading police on a late-night, two-state car chase. He was released on February 27, 1991.

Happy #70 birthday to Dave Clark 1942 - Singer (The Dave Clark Five), TV producer, actor

Great British Invasion band with hits like:

Glad All Over #6 - 1964

Bits & Pieces #4 - 1964

Do You Love Me #11 - 1964

Can't You See That She's Mine #4 - 1964

Because #3 - 1964

I Like It Like That #7 - 1965

Catch Us If You Can #4 - 1965

Over & Over #1 - 1965


December 14 -

1962, Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rollin' Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England. The group were known as The Rollin' Stones during this period.

1963, American blues and jazz singer Dinah Washington died aged 39. Known as the ‘Queen of the Blues’ she scored the 1959 US #8 Grammy Award wining single 'What A Diff'rence A Day Makes' and the 1961 hit 'September In The Rain'.

1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first #1 single when 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine' started a five-week run at the top.

1969, The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance in the US when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1980, Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George's Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attend a memorial in New York's Central Park.

1999, Sir Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, his last gig at the venue was in 1963. The show was filmed for TV and also went out live on the Internet.

1938, Born on this day, Gary Usher, producer, songwriter. Worked with The Byrds, co-wrote The Beach Boys 'In My Room'. Died on 25th May 1990.


December 13 -

1961 - The Beatles signed with manager Brian Epstein.

1974 - George Harrison had lunch with U.S. President Gerald Ford at the White House.

1975 - Foghat's "Slow Ride" was released.

1985 - Phil Collins made his U.S. TV acting debut on "Miami Vice" playing a drug dealer.

1991 - "John Denver's Montana Christmas Skies" special aired on CBS.

Birthday greetings to rocker Ted Nugent ... he's 64 today.


December 12 -

1955, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley all appeared at the National Guard Armory, Armory, Mississippi.

1957, Still married to his first wife Jane Mitcham, Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year old second cousin Myra Gale Brown. His personal life was hidden from the public until a May 1958 British tour where Ray Berry, a news agency reporter at London's Heathrow Airport learned about Lewis third wife. The publicity caused an uproar and the tour was canceled after only three concerts.

1957, Al Priddy a DJ on US radio station KEX in Portland was fired after playing Elvis Presley's version of 'White Christmas' The station management said, 'it's not in the spirit we associate with Christmas'.

1964, Bobby Vinton went to #1 on the singles chart with 'Mr Lonely', his second #1 of the year.

1970, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tears Of A Clown'. It was the group's 26th Top 40 hit and first #1.

1998, A seven inch single by the Quarry Men featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison was named as the rarest record of all time, only 50 copies were made with each copy being valued at $20,500.

2007, Ike Turner, the former husband of Tina Turner died at the age of 76 at his home near San Diego, California. Turner who was a prolific session guitarist and piano player is credited by many music historians with making the first rock 'n' roll record in 1951. After marrying Tina Turner in 1959, the pair released a string of hits including the Phil Spector produced ‘River Deep Mountain High.’

1938, Born on this day, Connie Francis, singer. Recorded for MGM Records. She's 74 today. Connie's hits include:

Everybody's Somebody's Fool (#1 - 1960)

My Heart Has A Mind Of It's Own (#1 - 1960)

Don't Break The Heart That Loves You (#1 - 1962)

My Happiness (#2 - 1959)

Who's Sorry Now (#4 - 1958)

Where The Boys Are (#4 - 1961)

Lipstick On Your Collar (#5 - 1959)

Stupid Cupid (#14 - 1958)


December 11 -

1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis secretly married his 13-year-old third cousin Myra Gale Brown. It was his third marriage.

1958 - The Coasters recorded "Charlie Brown."

1964 - Sam Cooke was shot to death at a the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, CA.

1967 - The NBC-TV special "Movin' with Nancy Sinatra" aired.

1972 - James Brown was arrested after a show in Knoxville, TN, and charged with "disorderly conduct" after being accused of trying to incite a riot. The charges were dropped when Brown threatens to sue for $1 million.

1976 - Bob Seger released his album "Night Moves".

1985 - The single "Superbowl Shuffle" by Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew was released.

Happy birthday to writer, singer David Gates - leader of the group Bread. Hits included "Baby I'm-a Want You"..."Guitar Man" and "If". He's 71 today.


December 9 -

1963 - The first Supremes album, "Meet the Supremes," was released.

1967 - Jim Morrison was arrested onstage in New Haven, CT, and charged with breach of peace and resisting arrest.

1972 - "Tommy" was performed at London's Rainbow Theatre. The recording of the event was released the next year.


1972 - Elton John's "Crocodile Rock" was released.

1978 - "Soul Man," John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's version, was released under the name, "The Blues Brothers."

1992 - Bill Wyman left the Rolling Stones after over 30 years with the group.

Birthday greetings to Donny Osmond. He's 55 today.
Big hits with The Osmonds:
One Bad Apple (#1- 1971)
Yo-Yo (#3 - 1971)

Down By The Lazy River (#4 - 1972)
Love Me For A Reason (#10 - 1974)

Solo hits:
Go Away Little Girl (#1 - 1971)
Puppy Love (#3 - 1972)
Sweet Innocent (#7 - 1971)

..and with sister Marie:
I'm Leavin' It Up To You (#4 - 1974)
Morning Side Of The Mountain (#8 - 1975)
Deep Purple (#14 - 1976)


December 8 -

1961 - "Surfin'," the Beach Boys first recording, was released.

1963 - Frank Sinatra, Jr. was kidnapped.

1968 - Graham Nash announced the formation of Crosby, Stills and Nash three days after he quit the Hollies.

1969 - Testifying at his trial for possession of hashish and heroin in the Toronto Supreme Court, Jimi Hendrix claimed that he had now "outgrown" drugs. The jury found him not guilty after eight hours of deliberations.

1976 - John Denver appeared on the Carpenters' ABC-TV special.

1980 - Former Beatle John Lennon shot & killed at his Dakota apartment in New York City. Age 40.

Born on this date: Jim Morrison (The Doors) - 1943.


COOL ALBUM OF THE DAY!
Released on Chess Records in November 1964.
This album was released to cash in on The British Invasion although it does not included any cover versions of invasion songs. One song is called Liverpool Drive.


December 7 -

1963, The Singing Nun started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dominique', it reached No.7 on the UK chart. The song sold over 1.5 million copies in the US, winning a Grammy Award for the year's best Gospel song.

1964, Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, the Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips.

1967, Otis Redding went into the studio to record '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay'. The song went on to be his biggest hit. Redding didn't see its release; he was killed three days later in a plane crash.

1968, The Beatles 'White Album' started a seven-week run at #1 on the album chart. The double set was the first on the Apple label and featured 'Back In The USSR', 'Dear Prudence', and the Harrison song 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps.'

1974, Carl Douglas started a two week run at #1 on the singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting'. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million.

2007, Ray Charles Plaza was opened in Albany, Georgia, with a revolving, bronze sculpture of Charles seated at a piano.

1942, Born on this day, Harry Chapin, US singer, songwriter, (1974 UK No.34 single 'W.O.L.D. & 1974 US No.1 single 'Cat's In The Cradle'). Killed on 16th July 1981, when a tractor-trailer crashed into the car he was driving.


December 6 -

1964 - The movie "Ferry Cross the Mersey" with Gerry & the Pacemakers debuted in London.

1968 - Elvis Presley received one of 66,000 letters that U.S. President Nixon sent out to potential administrative office holders.

1969 - Four people died during a free concert given by the Rolling Stones. One of the deaths was a stabbing that occurred near the stage.

1995 - Michael Jackson was hospitalized after collapsing in a New York theater while rehearsing for a TV special.

Happy birthday to singer Len Barry. He was lead singer for the Philly group "The Dovells" (You Can't Sit Down & Bristol Stomp).

His solo career included the hit "1,2,3" (#2 - 1965)

He's 70 today!


December 5 -

1960, Elvis Presley started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'G.I. Blues'. His fifth US No.1 album. Music on this album comprised songs that had appeared in the film of the same name.

1960, Paul McCartney and Pete Best were arrested for pinning a condom to a brick wall and then igniting it. The two were told to leave Germany and The Beatles returned home, discouraged.

1961, Ray Charles was arrested in an Indianapolis hotel and charged with possession of drugs.

1964, Lorne Greene star of the NBC TV show 'Bonanza' was at #1 on the chart with 'Ringo', making him the second Canadian (after Paul Anka) to have a U.S. #1 single.

1965, The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group's final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. The group also had the #1 record with 'We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper.'

1932, Born on this day, Little Richard (Richard Penniman). He's still rockin at age 80!!

Some Little Richard hits:

Long Tall Sally (#6 - 1956)

Keep A Rockin' (#8 - 1957)

Jenny Jenny (#10 - 1957)

Good Golly Miss Molly (#10 - 1958)

Rip It Up (#17 - 1956)

Tutti Frutti (#17 - 1956)


COOL ALBUM OF THE DAY!
The 1967 album was released on Reprise Records.


December 4 -

1956, The so-called 'Million Dollar Quartet' impromptu jam session took place at Sun Studios in Memphis with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins.

1965, The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!'

1971, Sly and the Family Stone started a five-week run at No.1 on the US single chart with 'Family Affair'

1971, Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ entered the US Hot 100. The eight and a half minute song would eventually sell over 3 million copies.

1988, Roy Orbison played his final ever gig when he appeared in Cleveland, Ohio. Orbison died of a heart attack two days later at age 52.

1993, Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostrate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention as well a solo recordings.

1944, Born on this day, Dennis Wilson, drums, vocals, The Beach Boys. Wilson drowned while swimming from his boat moored in Marina Del Rey, California on 28th December 1983 after a heavy day's drinking.


December 3 -

1955, Elvis Presley's first release on RCA Victor Records was announced. The first two songs ‘Mystery Train’ and ‘I Forgot to Remember to Forget’ had been purchased from Sam Phillips of Sun Records. Elvis was described by his new record company as 'The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years.'

1956, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of 'Singing The Blues', which spent nine weeks at the top of the charts.

1961, Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4 p.m. meeting, (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was "taking a bath".

1965, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone.

(So this explains a lot)

1966, British act The New Vaudeville Band started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral'.

1966, Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.

1969, The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a #1 record.

1979, A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats, another 26 fans were injured. The concert was using 'festival seating' where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. When the waiting fans outside the Coliseum heard the band performing a late sound check, they thought that the concert was beginning and tried to rush into the still-closed doors.

1928, Born on this day, singer Andy Williams. His hits include:

Butterfly (#1 - 1957)

Can't Get Used To Losing You (#2 - 1963)

Lonely Street (#5 - 1959)

Where Do I Begin (Love Story Theme) (#9 - 1971)

Andy died in September this year at age 84.


December 2 -

1967, The Monkees album, ‘Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones Ltd’ went to number one on the US album chart. It was their fourth album to sell over a million copies, following ‘The Monkees’, ‘More Of The Monkees’ and ‘Headquarters’.

1969, Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes was kidnapped at knife point by a maintenance man who worked in the building she lived in. She later escaped unharmed by jumping out of his car on the San Diego freeway. The kidnapper was arrested in Las Vegas four days later.

1979, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand's ‘You Don't Bring Me Flowers’ was at #1. A radio station engineer had spliced together Neil's version with Barbra's version and got such good response, the station added it to their play list. When Neil Diamond was told about it, he decided to re-record the song with Streisand herself, and within weeks of its release, the single went to #1,

1997, A man died after falling from a balcony during a Rolling Stones concert at Pontiac Silverdome, Michigan.

1906, Born on this day, Dr Peter Carl Goldmark, invented the long-playing microgroove record in 1945. The invention went on to revolutionise the way people listened to music. Goldmark was Killed in a car crash on 7th December 1977.


December 1 -

1956 - The rock and roll film "Shake, Rattle and Roll" opened.

1957 - Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ("That'll Be the Day"), Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), and the Rays.

1960 - Bobby Darin and Sandra Dee were married.

1968 - Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1972 - Martha & The Vandellas gave their farewell performance in Detroit, MI.

1989 - Sly Stone was sentenced to 55 days in jail for driving under the influence of cocaine. Sly & The Family had big hits like "Everyday People" ... "Dance To The Music" & "Hot Fun In The Summertime".

Happy birthday to Philadelphia native Billy Paul...he's 78 today. He had a million seller "Me & Mrs. Jones" (#1 - Dec. 1972). The song also won him a Grammy.


November 30 -

1963, The Beatles second album "With The Beatles" became the first million selling album by a group in England. The album stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing Please Please Me, so that The Beatles occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks.

1968, Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman.'

1969, The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum, California.

1971, Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair', their fourth and final No.1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song #138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

2007, During a Christies Rock and Roll auction held the Rockefeller Plaza, New York City a collection of 276 ticket stubs compiled by a rock journalist who covered many of the greatest rock concerts at New York City venues between the late 1960s to the 1990s, sold for $2,000. The tickets included concerts by: Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Rolling Stones, Frank Zappa, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Traffic, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Bruce Springsteen.

1929, Born on this day, Dick Clark, host of US TV's longest running music show American Bandstand. Clark died April 18, 2012.


Some of my favorite "Girl Groups" (in no particular order):

(Listing just one hit but most of them had several hits)

 

The Angels (My Boyfriend's Back)

The Shirelles (Soldier Boy)

Martha & The Vandellas (Dancin' In The Street)

The Dixie Cups (Chapel Of Love)

Ruby & The Romantics (Our Day Will Come)

The Poni-Tails (Born Too Late)

The Crystals (Then He Kissed Me)

The Marvelettes (Please Mr. Postman)

Kathy Young & The Innocents (A Thousand Stars)

The Paris Sisters (I Love How You Love Me)

The Ad Libs (The Boy From New York City)

The Chiffons (He's So Fine)

The Ronettes (Be My Baby)

The Shangri-Las (Remember, Walkin' In The Sand)

The Supremes (Someday We'll Be Together)

The Raindrops (What A Guy)

The Toys (A Lover's Concerto)

The Jaynettes (Sally Go 'Round The Roses)

The Orlons (South Street) -mostly girls...1 guy

The Chantels (Maybe)

The Cookies (Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby)

The Exciters (Tell Him)

This list is not all inclusive by any means...but a good sample of the girls & the hits.

Any song or group you don't have in your collection is worth seeking out.

Mr. Oldies


November 28 -

1960, Elvis Presley started a six week run at #1 on the chart with 'Are You Lonesome Tonight', his third #1 of 1960.

1962, The Beatles performed two evening shows: the first at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and the second at the 527 Club in Liverpool. The 527 Club show was a dance for the staff of Lewis Department Store in Liverpool, held on the top floor of the store.

1964, The Shangri-Las went to #1 on the US singles chart with the 'teen death song', 'Leader Of The Pack'.

1968, On their first North American tour, Deep Purple played the first of four nights at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California.

1970, Dave Edmunds had a hit with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.'

1974, John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Lennon performed three songs; 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'

1993, Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton was killed in a car crash not far from his Santa Barbara, California home, he was 47.

1929, Born on this day, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records. Happy 83rd to Mr. Motown!


Cool Single Of The Day -
"Be My Baby" - The Ronettes
featured lead vocal by Ronnie Bennett (later to marry producer Phil Spector to become Ronnie Spector). This record (one of Mr. Oldies all time favorites) hit #2 on the Billboard chart in Oct. 1963. A prime example of Phil's notorious "Wall Of Sound"!
Ronnie later wrote a tell-all book about her marriage to Phil (she's lucky to be alive).


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