Saturday, November 26, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 27

1962:  The Beatles recorded for BBC Radio in the U.K. for the first time, performing, "Twist And Shout", "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You" at the BBC Paris Studio in London for BBC's Talent Spot program.
1963:  The Elvis Presley movie Fun In Acapulco opened in theaters.
1964:  The Beatles performed on the British television show Ready Steady Go!
1965:  Marvin Gaye moved to #1 on the R&B chart with "Ain't That Peculiar".
1965:  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass remained #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week with "A Taste Of Honey".
1965:  Whipped Cream & Other Delights was the new #1 album by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.
1967:  The Beatles released the album Magical Mystery Tour in the U.S.

Friday, November 25, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 26

1962:  The Beatles recorded "Please Please Me" in 18 takes and "Ask Me Why" for the flip side during a three-hour session at EMI Studios in London.

1966:  The self-titled debut album from the Monkees was #1 for the third straight week.  The former #1 Soundtrack to "Doctor Zhivago" remained second with The Supremes A Go-Go #3 and the self-titled Mamas & Papas album #4.  The remainder of the Top 10:  And Then...Along Comes the Association by the Association, What Now My Love from Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Revolver from the Beatles, Somewhere My Love by Ray Conniff & the Singers at #8, The Kinks Greatest Hits! and the Soundtrack from "The Sound of Music" re-entered the Top 10 after 88 weeks.

Pat Benatar Musical Planned for Broadway in 2017

Pat Benatar and husband/guitarist Neil Giraldo are putting together a musical based on their music that they hope will make Broadway in 2017.  No title has been announced.

Featured Unknown/Underrated Song: "My Kinda' Lover" by Billy Squier

This rocker from Massachusetts released an amazing album in 1981 that's one of the best that a lot of people don't know about.  This song was the third single released from the album, but when it stalled at #45, the song became an easy pick for Inside The Rock Era's favorite feature.

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"My Kinda' Lover"
Billy Squier

Music and Lyrics by Billy Squier

You got me runnin' baby
You give me somethin' way beyond revenue
You put the magic in me
I feel the magic when we do what we do
And oh
I can't do without you for too long
You're my situation
You're my kinda' lover

You keep me all together
You take me out whenever I'm lettin' down
You got the motions baby
I got a notion maybe I'll stick around
And oh
I can never doubt you for too long
I can't see no reason
You're my kinda' lover

When you come 'round I never get down
I fly across the floor
I can see you comin' on me
And I can't ask for more
Rock me, sock me
Baby you got me ridin' to the end
Rake me, shake me
Baby you make me turn me on again

You got my motor racin'
I find my thoughts embracin' your every move
I wanna set you reelin'
I wanna make you feel the way that I do
And oh
I been thinkin' 'bout you for so long
I don't wanna' lose ya
You're my kinda lover

Thursday, November 24, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 25

1957:  The great Sam Cooke took over at #1 on the R&B chart with "You Send Me".
1961:  Don and Phil Everly were both inducted into the United States Marine Corps Reserves, working as artillerymen for the 8th Battalion.   

1963:  The Rip Chords released "Hey Little Cobra".

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 24

1958:  The Platters were up 36 notches with their new single "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes".
1958:  Conway Twitty had the new #1 song with "It's Only Make Believe", knocking "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio down a notch.  The Teddy Bears appeared to have a big hit with "To Know Him Is To Love Him", but "Topsy II" by Cozy Cole and "It's All In The Game" both fell.  The rest of the Top 10:  "Beep Beep" by the Playmates, Elvis Presley hopped into the Top 10 with two songs--"One Night", moving 14-7 and "I Got Stung".  Ricky Nelson dropped with "Lonesome Town" and Bobby Darin had #10 with "Queen Of The Hop".
1962:  Brenda Lee made it three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "All Alone Am I".
1964:  After changing their name from the High Numbers because their manager told them they'd be mistaken for a bingo game, the Who played at the Marquee in London.  It was the beginning of a seven-week residency for the group.
1966:  The Beatles began recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" at Abbey Road Studios in London.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 23

1899:  The first jukebox was placed in the Palais Royal Hotel in San Francisco, California.
1959:  After taking a week off, "Mack The Knife" returned to inflict more damage on the chart with a seventh week at #1 for Bobby Darin.
1960:  Elvis Presley's first movie since returning from military service, G.I. Blues, was released.
1962:  The Beatles auditioned at St. James' Church Hall in London for the BBC, that was looking for people with the potential to be on television. They failed.  The person responsible for the decision was no doubt fired and made to wear the tattoo "I'm the world's biggest loser" on their forehead for the rest of their life.
1963:  Dale & Grace reached #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "I'm Leaving It Up To You".
1963:  Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs had the top R&B song with "Sugar Shack".

Monday, November 21, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 22

1955:  Sun Records sold the recording contract of Elvis Presley to RCA Records for $40,000.  Presley manager Sam Phillips invested his portion of that in the struggling chain of hotels called Holiday Inn and became a millionaire.
1957:  Simon and Garfunkel appeared under the name Tom & Jerry on American Bandstand.
1961:  Bob Dylan finished recording his debut album.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

This Date in Rock Music History: November 21

1956:  The Elvis Presley movie Love Me Tender opened nationally in theaters.  It had premiered November 16 in New York City.
1960:  George Harrison was deported from Germany because he was too young to perform there with the Beatles.  Harrison spent the night teaching John Lennon his guitar parts, then used all the money he had left to purchase train tickets, tips, and taxi fares.  The group had to play without him at the Kaiserkeller Club in Hamburg.