Saturday, July 22, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 23

1955:  Slim Whitman had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Rose Marie".

Friday, July 21, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 22

1963:  The Beatles released their first album Introducing the Beatles, the group's first U.S. album.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 21

1960:  Brian Hyland was the guest on the popular CBS television show To Tell the Truth.
1961:  The Everly Brothers reached #1 with "Temptation" in the U.K.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 20

1954:  Elvis Presley, with Scotty Moore and Bill Black as the Blue Moon Boys, gave his first concert in the flat bed of a truck in Memphis, Tennessee.


1959:  Lloyd Price scored another week at #1 on the R&B chart, his fourth, with "Personality".
1963:  The Beatles performed at the Ritz Ballroom in Rhyl, North Wales.
1963:  The Rolling Stones got down at the Wisbech Corn Exchange in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 19

Elvis Presley That's All Right Original 45 Record
1954:  Elvis Presley released his first single on Sun Records--"That's All Right".
1957:  Bobby Darin, Andy Williams, Chuck Berry and Frankie Lymon performed on Alan Freed's television show The Big Beat on ABC.
1958:  Manager George Treadwell fired all of the original Drifters and inserted the Five Crowns in their place.
1960:  Brian Hyland sang "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" on the popular television show American Bandstand


Monday, July 17, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 18

1960:  Elvis Presley took out a mortgage on the Graceland mansion he had purchased in 1960 for $160,000.  Presley had several buildings and additions constructed and made several improvements to the property. 
1960:  Hank Ballard and the Midnighters released the single "The Twist".

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 17

1961:  "Buttered Popcorn" was released as the second single from a new group called the Supremes.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 16



1955:  Fats Domino wouldn't budge from #1 on the R&B chart for a seventh week with "Ain't That A Shame".  It was Domino's first single.
1959:  The Coasters recorded "Poison Ivy" at Atlantic Recording Studios in New York City.

This Date in Rock Music History: July 15

1952:  Patti Page hosted a summer replacement series for Perry Como on television.
1952:  Eight-year-old Gladys Knight won the talent competition on the nationwide television program Ted Mack's Amateur Hour (Note:  some websites say Gladys was seven when she won the competition.  According to the book 'Notable Moments of Women in Music' by Jay Warner, Knight was eight.  She was born May 28, 1944 according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and other credible sources.) 1956:  Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers climbed to #1 in the U.K. with "Why Do Fools Fall in Love".
1957:  Paul Anka debuted on the chart with his first single "Diana".  It had been released Monday, July 3.

This Date in Rock Music History: July 14


1956:  "I'm In Love Again" from Fats Domino was #1 on the R&B chart for a ninth week.
1958:  "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters maintained the #1 position for a seventh week on the R&B chart.
1962:  The Beatles played at the Regent Dansette in Rhyl, Wales.
1962:  "Roses Are Red" by Bobby Vinton edged up to #1. 




This Date in Rock Music History: July 13










1956:  Another of the famous days of the Rock Era as Elvis Presley released the top double-sided single in history--"Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel". 
1958:  Buddy Holly nearly drowned trying to swim across a lake in the North Woods, near Rhinelander, Wisconsin while on tour.
1962:  Bob Dylan signed a contract with publisher Witmark.
1963:  Elvis Presley had one of the hottest songs, "(You're The) Devil In Disguise", moving up from 49- to 16.
1963:  Rolf Harris scored a #1 on the Easy Listening chart with "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport".  

This Date in Rock Music History: July 12

1954:  Here's a case where someone did indeed "quit their day job" and it worked out fine.  Elvis Presley quit his job as a truck driver and signed a recording contract with Sun Records.
1957:  DJ Alan Freed began a 13-week Big Beat show on ABC television with the Everly Brothers, Connie Francis & Frankie Lymon.
1960:  Floyd Cramer recorded "Last Date".
1961:  Pat Boone began a 10-day tour of South Africa at the Ice Dome in Durban.
1962:  The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Club in London.

This Date in Rock Music History: July 11

1960:  The Hollywood Argyles found themselves on top of the chart with "Alley-Oop".  15-year-old wonder Brenda Lee edged up with "I'm Sorry while Connie Francis tumbled from #1 with "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".
1962: Joe Meek wrote the instrumental "Telstar".
1964:  The Beatles performed live on the ABC television show Lucky Stars performing "A Hard Day's Night", "Long Tall Sally", "Things We Said Today" and "You Can't Do That".

Sunday, July 9, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 10

1958:  The Everly Brothers recorded "Devoted To You".


Saturday, July 8, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 9








1955:  History unfolded as "Rock Around The Clock" by Bill Haley & the Comets became the first Rock & Roll #1 on This Day in Rock Music History*.  Thus beginneth the Rock Era!



Friday, July 7, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 8

1954:  Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley's manager, gave Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips of WHBQ Radio a copy of Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)" for his radio show and Presley appeared on Phillips' show.  Phillips that night became the first DJ to play an Elvis Presley song.  (Note:  several websites claim Phillips played the song on July 6 or 7.  According to the newspaper 'The Knoxville Journal', the official Graceland website and the book 'Turn It Up!  American Radio Tales 1946-1996' by Bob Shannon, the correct date is July 8.)
1958:  The soundtrack to Oklahoma! became the first album to be certified Gold by the Recording Industry of America (RIAA).


Thursday, July 6, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 7

1954:  Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" at Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.  It would be the B-side for his first single "That's All Right".  (Note:  several websites have for years assumed that Elvis recorded the song on July 9.  But according to the book 'Sam Phillips:  The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll' by Peter Guralnick, Presley recorded the song the night after he appeared on Dewey Phillips' radio show and it appeared that "That's All Right" would be a hit and needed a flip side recorded for the single.  Websites claim the single was entitled "That's Alright"; Elvis never recorded a song with that title--the correct title is That's All Right".)
1955:  Elvis Presley used part of his proceeds from an $5,000 advance to buy his mother a pink Cadillac.  Elvis and his parents had lived in low-income housing their entire lives.



Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 6


1956:  John Lennon met Paul McCartney at a dinner at St. Peter's Church in Liverpool, England and invited him to join his group the Quarrymen.  (Note:  several websites incorrectly state that the meeting took place on June 15.  It was July 6, as the poster advertising the event clearly shows.)




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 5

1954:  Elvis Presley went into the recording studio for the first time, recording "That's All Right (Mama)" and "Blue Moon Of Kentucky" at Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee.
1958:  Ray Charles' appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival was recorded for the live album Ray Charles at Newport.

Happy 4th of July

The Rock Era and all music and culture and all the rights fought for 241 years ago are of course threatened right now.  On this July 4, remember Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Thomas Payne and the other Founding Fathers and oppose tyranny.  We Will Win!

Monday, July 3, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 4

1955:  Gene Vincent was in a serious accident when a car in Norfolk, Virginia hit his motorcycle, crushing his leg.
1956:  Elvis Presley performed a charity concert for the Memphis Press-Scimitar's Milk Fund in Memphis, Tennessee.
1958:  Buddy Holly and Frankie Avalon performed three concerts at the Buck Lake Ranch in Angola, India.
1958:  The Everly Brothers rolled into the #1 position in the U.K. with "All I Have To Do Is Dream".
1959:  The Brothers Four recorded the song "Greenfields".
1960:  Brian Hyland had the highest-debuting song with "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini".

Sunday, July 2, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 3

1965:  Cher had her first solo hit debut on the chart as "All I Really Want To Do" made the list.
1965:  Elvis reigned at #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the seventh week with "Crying In The Chapel".


This Date in Rock Music History: July 1




1959:  Dave Brubeck recorded "Take Five" at the CBS Recording Studio in Manhattan, New York.
1962:  Gene Vincent and the new group the Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1963:  The Beatles recorded "She Loves You" and "I'll Get You" at EMI Studios in London.
1966:  Janis Joplin moved into the house owned by Big Brother & the Holding Company in Lagunitas in the San Geronimo Valley in California.  


Saturday, July 1, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: July 2

1956:  Another of the famous days in the Rock Era as Elvis Presley went into the recording studio and recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at RCA Studios in New York City on this date.
1956:  Buddy Holly released his first solo single "Love Me" on Decca Records.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 30

1956:  Fats Domino remained at #1 for a seventh week on the R&B chart with "I'm In Love Again".
1958:  "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters was the new #1 R&B song.
1962:  Ray Charles made it six weeks in a row on top the R&B chart with "I Can't Stop Loving You".

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 29

1956:  Elvis Presley sang "Hound Dog" on The Steve Allen television show.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 28

1959:  Bobby Darin topped all others on the U.K. Singles chart with "Dream Lover".
1962:  The Drifters recorded the song "Up On The Roof".

Monday, June 26, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 27

1960:  Paul Anka, Pat Boone, Bobby Darin and Frankie Avalon appeared on the Coke Time television special on ABC.
1960:  Connie Francis scored a #1 with "Everybody's Somebody's Fool".
1963:  Billy Kramer recorded "Bad To Me".
1964:  The Rolling Stones served as panelists on the BBC-TV show Juke Box Jury(Note:  numerous websites incorrectly state that the group appeared on 'Juke Box Jury' on January 27, 1964.  They made only one appearance on the show, and it was on June 27, according to the official Rolling Stones website.)
1964:  "People" by Barbra Streisand topped the Easy Listening chart.
1964:  The 4 Seasons were tearing up the charts, moving from 53 to 18 with "Rag Doll".

Sunday, June 25, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 26

1955:  Decca Records announced that Bill Haley & the Comets had sold three million records in 13 months.
1955:  Elvis Presley played the first of three concerts at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.  (Note:  several websites claim Presley played at Kessler Air Force Base.  There is no such base in Mississippi--the correct spelling is Keesler.)
1961:  Little did we realize it at the time, but a group that would enjoy tremendous success in the '70s and '80s was first introduced on this date.  The Spinners debuted on the chart with their first single, "That's What Girls Are Made For".

Saturday, June 24, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 25

1961:  Elvis Presley recorded "(Marie's The Name) His Latest Flame)" in Nashville, Tennessee.
1964:  Elvis Presley rose to #1 in the U.K. with "It's Over".




Friday, June 23, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 24

1957:  A keyboard-banging star first emerged on the charts. He would go on to score 18 hits in the early years of the Rock Era.  On this date, Jerry Lee Lewis debuted with his first single--"Whole Lotta' Shakin' Goin' On". 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 23

1958:  A new singer named Bobby Darin debuted on the charts with his first hit song--"Splish Splash", which eventually landed in the Top 10.
1960:  Paul Anka became the youngest performer (age 20) to perform at the Copacabana in New York City.
1960:  Eddie Cochran hit #1 in the U.K. with "Three Steps To Heaven" a little over two months after he had been killed in a car crash.  (Note:  Some websites claim the song reached #1 three months after Cochran died.  Eddie died April 17, which is barely over two months before the song hit #1.)
1962:  Orlons moved from 60 to 30 with "The Wah Watusi".
1962:  The Soundtrack to "West Side Story" was #1 on the U.K. Album chart.


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 22

1956:  Elvis Presley began three days of concerts at the Paramount in Atlanta, Georgia.
1958:  Vic Damone had the #1 song in the U.K. with "On The Street Where You Live".

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 21

1948:  Columbia Records began mass production of the amazing new product--the 33 1/3 RPM long-playing record.  The format would dominate music sales well into the 1980s.
1955:  Elvis Presley appeared in concert at Beaumont, Texas.

Monday, June 19, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 20

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 19

1960:  The Kingston Trio debuted their radio show on CBS Radio.
1961:  Producer Bert Kaempfert signed a contract with the Beatles.  (Note:  several websites claim that Kaempfert signed a contract with the Beat Boys, who they later said became the Beatles, on July 20, 1961.  The Beatles were never known as the Beat Boys; in fact, by July of 1960, the group changed their name permanently to the Beatles.  John Lennon first formed a group called the Black Jacks, which became the Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, the Beatals, the Silver Beetles, the Silver Beats, and the Silver Beatles, before the group settled on the name the Beatles.

The contract was not signed on July 20.  As you can see from the above document, which became the first Beatles contract to be auctioned in 2011, the contract was signed June 19.)




Saturday, June 17, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 18


1948:  Columbia Records displayed its new 33 1/3 long-playing record in New York City.  The new format allowed 23 minutes per side as opposed to 3 minutes for a 78 RPM record.
1964:  The Beatles performed at Sydney Stadium in Sydney, Australia.


Friday, June 16, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 17

1933:  A man by the name of Vernon Presley married a woman by the name of Gladys Smith in Ponotoc, Mississippi.  They would give berth to a son, Elvis, a year-and-a-half later.
1954:  Danny Cedrone, guitarist who can be heard on the famous song "Rock Around The Clock", died 10 days after recording the record after falling down a staircase.  (Note:  some websites insist Danny died on July 17, 1954.  The correct date of death is June 17, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and the book 'Legends of Rock Guitar:  The Essential Reference of Rock's Greatest Guitarists' by Pete Prown and Harvey P. Newquist.)

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 16


1956:  The world was introduced to a guy on this date that would become a superstar.  Roy Orbison humbly debuted on the chart with "Ooby Dooby".
1958:  This famous R&B group originally known as the Roosters would go on to register 39 hits, but on this date, they first appeared on the charts with "For Your Precious Love", the first single for Jerry Butler & the Impressions.
1959:  Russ Conway had the top U.K. hit with "Roulette".
1961:  Gary "U.S." Bonds appeared on American Bandstand.
1962:  "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth week in a row.
1965:  Bob Dylan recorded "Like A Rolling Stone."   (Note:  some websites report that Dylan recorded the song on June 14 and others say it was on June 15.  According to 'Rolling Stone' magazine, Bob recorded it on June 16.)
1965:  Petula Clark and Gary Lewis & the Playboys appeared on the television show Shindig!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 15


1958 - The Platters sang "Twilight Time" on The Ed Sullivan Show. 
1958:  The all-music show Oh Boy was broadcast for the first time in the U.K.
1959:  Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" was the only new entry into the Top 10, but it made a huge move--18-8 on this date.  

Top Track*: Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic"

One of the great albums of the '70s is Van Morrison's Moondance, which not only includes the amazing title song but this prime cut:

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 14

1963:  The Beatles performed at the new Brighton Tower in England, with Gerry & the Pacemakers opening.
1964:  250,000 people in Australia were on hand to greet the Beatles in Melbourne.
1965:  Paul McCartney of the Beatles recorded the song "Yesterday" in two takes.  It was a significant departure from the Beatles' norm, as McCartney was the only group member on the song.

Monday, June 12, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 13

1958 - Frank Zappa graduated from Antelope Valley High in Lancaster, CA. 
1960:  Little Brenda Lee took a giant leap up the charts, moving from 76 to 38 with "I'm Sorry".

Sunday, June 11, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 12

1957:  Jimmy Dorsey ("So Rare") died of throat cancer at the age of 53 in New York City.
1961:  Frankie Avalon began a 15-day tour of South America.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 11



1957:  Elvis Presley released the single "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear".  (Note:  several websites claim the song was released June 1.  According to the book 'Elvis Presley:  The King of Rock 'n' Roll' by Jean-Pierre Hornbach, it was released June 11.)
1960:  We have those two or three moments in our lives when we have to make an important decision, choose a fork in the road.  Drummer Tommy Moore had one of those moments on this date.  Tommy decided to return to his job as a forklift driver instead of continuing with the Beatles. 
1962:  The Beatles recorded a show for the BBC radio program "Here We Go" at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, England.  Many of the patrons of the Cavern Club were on hand who had become huge fans of the group.
1964:  Manfred Mann recorded "Do Wah Diddy Diddy".
1964:  The Rolling Stones held a press conference on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, Illinois before police broke it up.  The group wasn't smart enough to know you have to let authorities know about things like that in advance.
1966:  Elvis Presley began filming his 26th movie Double Trouble.  (Note:  some websites insist filming began July 11, but the correct date is June 11, according to the book 'The Man Who Made the Jailhouse Rock:  Alex Romero, Hollywood Choreographer' by Mark Knowles.) 

1966:  The Beatles had a super high debut with "Paperback Writer"--#28.

Friday, June 9, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 10

1964:  The Rolling Stones recorded tracks for their upcoming album 12 x 5 at Chess Studios in Chicago.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 9

1958:  Jerry Lee Lewis and producer Sam Phillips bought a full-page ad in Billboard Magazine to explain his second divorce and third marriage to 14 year-old cousin Myra.
1959:  Bobby Darin made debut in Las Vegas, Nevada; he opened for George Burns at the Sahara.
1962:  A new artist appeared on the music charts for the first time on this date.  Bobby Vinton's first song "Roses Are Red" debuted and he would achieve the tough feat of achieving #1 with his first release.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 8

1961:  Elvis Presley's movie Wild in the Country premiered.  (Note:  some websites claim the movie was released June 15, but that is physically impossible, since a review in the newspaper 'The New York Times' appeared on June 10.  According to 'Turner Classic Movies', it opened on June 8.)
1963: "Another Saturday Night" from Sam Cooke occupied the #1 spot on the R&B chart.

Monday, June 5, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 6




1956:  Capitol Tower, the home of Capitol Records, was dedicated in Los Angeles, California.  The iconic building was the first circular building (13 stories and 92 feet in diameter) in America.
1960:  Tony Williams left the Platters to pursue a solo career.
1960:  The Silver Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers performed at the Grosvenor Ballroom in Liscard, Lancashire, England.
1962:  The Beatles auditioned for producer George Martin of EMI Records, playing "Love Me Do" and "Ask Me Why".

Sunday, June 4, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 5

1955:  "Eddy Arnold Day" was declared in Nashville, Tennessee.

1956:  Gene Vincent released "Be-Bop-A-Lula"
1956:  Elvis Presley performed on the final episode of The Milton Berle Show and did his famous "gyrating movements".
1957:  Bill Justus recorded "Raunchy", one of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*.
1959:  Bob Zimmerman earned his diploma from high school in Hibbing, Minnesota.  He later adopted the name Bob Dylan.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 4

1942:  Glenn Wallichs began Capitol Records in the United States.  Capitol would become the home for Frank Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Glen Campbell, Steve Miller, Anne Murray, Dr. Hook, Bob Seger, Tina Turner, Heart and many, many others.
1956:  Elvis Presley was on The Milton Berle Show, where he was presented with a Billboard Triple Crown Award to commemorate "Heartbreak Hotel" being #1 on the pop, R&B and country charts.

Friday, June 2, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 3

1953: Elvis Presley graduated from L.C. Humes High School in Memphis, Tennessee. Wonder if they had the foresight to vote him "Most Likely to Succeed".  (Note:  several websites claim Elvis graduated on June 2, and one says the graduation was June 14.  According to the official Graceland website, numerous Elvis websites, as well as the books 'Elvis for Dummies' by Susan Doll and 'Why Elvis Left the Building:  Revealing Seven Lost Years' by Heart Lanier Shapr, Presley graduated on June 3, 1953.)
1964:  The Rolling Stones taped a performance for the television show Hollywood Palace.  (Note:  numerous websites incorrectly identify June 3 as the date of the show.  'Hollywood Palace' on ABC-TV on Saturday nights.  Saturday in 1964 fell on June 6, and the date of the show is confirmed by both the newspaper 'The Baltimore Sun' and the book 'Overweight Sensation:  The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman' by Mark Cohen.    What happened on June 3 was not the airing of the show but rather the taping of it.)
1964:  Just as the Beatles were preparing to tour Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, the Netherlands and Hong Kong, drummer Ringo Starr collapsed from exhaustion.  Jimmy Nicol temporarily replaced him as drummer for the Beatles for 13 days.
1967:  Jefferson Airplane appeared on American Bandstand on ABC-TV, performing the hits "White Rabbit" and "Somebody To Love".

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 2

1957:  Johnnie Ray had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Yes Tonight Josephine".



1962:  "I Can't Stop Loving You" by Ray Charles was the new #1 song in the United States, replacing "Stranger On The Shore".
1962:  "Stranger On The Shore" was #1 for the seventh week on the Easy Listening chart for Mr. Acker Bilk.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: June 1

1956:  Doris Day signed a five-year recording contract with Columbia Records in excess of $1 million, which at the time was the biggest deal in Columbia history.
1957:  Sam Cooke recorded "Summertime" at Radio Recorders in West Hollywood, California.
1957:  Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Ricky Nelson and Patti Page starred in the television special Five Stars for Springtime on NBC.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 31

 1956:  After seeing the movie The Searchers starring John Wayne, Buddy Holly was inspired to write "That'll Be The Day".
1961:  Chuck Berry opened Berry Park, an amusement park in Wentzville, Missouri.
1964:  The Dave Clark Five appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1965:  Johnny Rivers released the single "Seventh Son".
1966:  Filming began for the Monkees on their television series.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 30

1955:  Elvis Presley was at the Fair Park Auditorium for two shows in Abilene, Texas.





Sunday, May 28, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 29


1942:  Bing Crosby recorded "White Christmas".
1959:  There's nothing like a summer outdoor rock concert and on this date, one of the first outdoor rock concerts was at Herndon Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.  Ray Charles, B.B. King and Jimmy Reed performed in front of nine thousand people .
1961:  "Travelin' Man" became Ricky Nelson's only #1 besides "Poor Little Fool".  Shep & the Limelights had #2--"Daddy's Home".  Roy Orbison slid into third with "Running Scared".
1962:  "Moon River" by Henry Mancini won Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards.  Chubby Checker won a Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording for "Let's Twist Again".
1963:  Del Shannon's cover of "From Me To You" became the first Lennon & McCartney song to chart.
1965:  Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home was the #1 album in the U.K.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 28

1955:  Elvis Presley performed for the Big "D" Jamboree at the Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas.  (Note:  some websites claim Presley performed in Fort Worth, Texas on this day.  According to the book 'Elvis Day By Day:  The Definitive Record of His Life and Music' by Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen, as well as the official website for guitarist Scotty Moore, Presley performed in Dallas, not in nearby Fort Worth.) 

Friday, May 26, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 27


1957:  A group from Lubbock, Texas released their first single on Brunswick Records for consideration on this date, and the world was about to discover one of the greatest talents ever known.  It was called "That'll Be the Day" and history was about to be made by Buddy Holly & the Crickets.

1957:  "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley was the #1 R&B song for the fourth week in a row.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 26

1953:  Man, egg on the faces of the judges who ranked Elvis Presley second in the talent competition at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Show in Meridian, Mississippi.  Whoever finished first came nowhere near having 18 #1 songs.
1958:  Jerry Lee Lewis played what would be his final concert of a planned 27-date tour of the U.K., booed off stage by angry British.  People found out that he had been married to his 13 year-old cousin and it was "Bye, Bye Jerry!" after four shows.  When Lewis returned to the United States, he was blacklisted from radio stations, his record company mocked him, and he went from making $10,000 per performance to finding gigs for $250.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 25


1959:  "Bongo Rock", the great instrumental from Preston Epps, was the biggest mover of the week, rising from 80 all the way to 48.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 24


1968:  The Rolling Stones released the single "Jumpin' Jack Flash".
1969:  The Guess Who appeared on American Bandstand.

Monday, May 22, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 23



1960:  "Cathy's Clown" reached #1 in its sixth week of release for the Everly Brothers.  Elvis Presley was resigned to #2 with "Stuck On You".  
1962:  The Elvis Presley movie Follow That Dream opened in theaters.
1963:  The Beatles toured with Roy Orbison at the Odeon Cinema in Nottingham, England.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 22

1958:  Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13-year-old cousin, Myra.  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 21

1963:  The Beatles recorded five songs for the BBC radio show Saturday Club and six for Steppin' Out before a live audience at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
1964:  The Drifters recorded "Under The Boardwalk".  Johnny Moore was called upon to sing lead after Rudy Lewis had died the night before.
1965:  The Four Tops appeared on the U.K. television show Ready Steady Goes Live!
1966:  Mel Carter's "Band of Gold" was #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1966:  A hot new song was moving up the chart.  It was called "Paint It Black" from the Rolling Stones.

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 20

1954:  The landmark single "Rock Around The Clock" was released by Bill Haley & the Comets.  The song wouldn't officially begin the Rock Era until it reached #1 a year later after being featured in the movie The Blackboard Jungle and re-released.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 19

1958:  Peggy Lee recorded the great song "Fever" at the famous Capitol Tower Studios in Hollywood, California.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 18


1959: This artist changed the name at the suggestion of Dick Clark's wife Bobbie because he resembled a teenage Fats Domino.  He scored 35 hits over three decades, but on this date, Chubby Checker debuted on the chart for the first time with "The Class", in which he did imitations of Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, the Coasters, Cozy Cole and the Chipmunks.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 17

1958:  "Jerry Lee Lewis Day" was held in Lewis's hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana.
1963:  Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary and Pete Seeger performed at the first Monterey Folk Festival, held over three days in Monterey, California.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 16

1960:  The city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania celebrated proclaimed it "Jimmy Clanton Week".
1960:  Elvis Presley held on to #1 for a fourth week with "Stuck On You".

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 15

1957: Chuck Berry recorded "Rock & Roll Music" at the Chess Studios in Chicago, Illinois. (Note: some websites report that he recorded the song on either May 6 or May 21, but according to the book 'Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings' by Steve Sullivan, Berry recorded the song on May 15.) 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 14

                                         The top group of the 50's was born...


1956:  The self-titled album by the Platters was released on Mercury Records.
1956:  Buddy Holly's doctor gave him contact lenses for his 20/800 eyesight (didn't know they were around back then!), but Buddy could not get used to them, so his trademark glasses remained.
1959:  Cliff Richard starred in his first movie, Serious Charges.
1963:  The Beatles performed at the Rink Ballroom in Sunderland, England.
1965:  The Rolling Stones, Boise, Idaho's Paul Revere and the Raiders, the Byrds and the Beau Brummels appeared at the Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.


Friday, May 12, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 13

1958:  Jerry Lee Lewis was granted a divorce from his second wife six months after marrying 14-year-old cousin Myra.


Thursday, May 11, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 12

1958:  The movie Let's Rock, starring Paul Anka, Danny & the Juniors and the Royal Teens opened to audiences.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 11

1957:  Buddy Holly & the Crickets auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts television program at the KFDA studios in Amarillo, Texas but were rejected.  So much for the opinion of Arthur Godfrey.
1957:  The Everly Brothers appeared in concert for the first time on "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 10

1960:  The Liverpool group the Beatals changed their name to the Silver Beetles.  The group, which included Stu Sutcliffe on bass and drummer Tommy Moore, along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison, auditioned to be the backing group for Billy Fury, Johnny Gentle or Duffy Power at the Blue Angel (formerly known as the Wyvern Social Club), a club owned by manager Allan Williams.   Fury, Gentle, and Power were all looking for bands, and four other groups, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, auditioned the same day.  Moore was late, so the group used Johnny Hutchinson, the drummer from the group the Cassanovas, another auditioning group.  Despite the fact that the drummer had never practiced with them, the Silver Beetles were still the class of the five.  Fury indicated that this was the band for him.  Moore then came staggering through the door and took over on drums.  Not too long afterwards, Fury abruptly decided that he didn't need a band, and the Silver Beetles were subsequently assigned to back Gentle on an upcoming tour of Scotland.  (Note:  some websites claim that the group changed their name to the Silver Beetles on May 20, but according to the book 'The Beatles As Musicians:  The Quarry Men Through Rubber Soul' by Walter Everett, the name change occurred on May 10.  Some websites say that the group changed their name from Johnny & the Moondogs to the Silver Beetles on this date.  According to 'The Beatles Bible', the group stopped using the name Johnny & the Moondogs in January, and briefly called themselves the Beatals before switching to the Silver Beetles.)

Monday, May 8, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: May 9

1958:  Disc Jockey Alan Freed quit radio station WINS in New York City after they refused to stand behind him in the wake of recent charges of inciting a riot at a Boston concert.



Bill Black's Combo pictured with the Beatles during a tour...


1960:  The great instrumental "White Silver Sands" by Bill Black's Combo was #1 for the third out of four weeks on the R&B chart.
1960:  Elvis Presley held on to #1 for a third week with "Stuck On You".  Incredibly, it was Elvis's 74th week at #1 in his career.  All this in just five years.
1963:  The Rolling Stones signed a contract with manager Andrew Loog Oldham's company Impact, agreeing to license their records in the U.K. to Decca Records.






1964:  Few people can match this performance with their first single.  On this date, we were first introduced to this duo.  They debuted on the chart with "A World Without Love",
which would go on to reach #1 for...Peter & Gordon.
1964:  The Animals, Chuck Berry and the Nashville Teens played at the Astoria Theatre in London.








1964:  "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong ended the Beatles' 14-week monopoly at #1.  The Beatles were still second with "Do You Want to Know A Secret".  Mary Wells moved up with "My Guy", leapfrogging "Bits And Pieces" from the Dave Clark Five, while the Beatles' former #1--"Can't Buy Me Love", was fifth.
1964:  The Beatles' Second Album continued to top the chart with Meet the Beatles! coming in second.  Hello, Dolly! remained at #3, the Dave Clark Five moved up to #4 with Glad All Over and Al Hirt had the fifth-biggest album with Honey in the Horn.
1966:  The Doors auditioned to be the house band at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.
1966:  Karen Carpenter signed her first recording contract with Magic Lamp Records at the age of 16.
1967:  Sandy Shaw had the #1 record in the U.K. with "Puppet On A String".




1970:  Tyrone Davis owned the #1 song on the R&B chart for the second consecutive week with "Turn Back The Hands Of Time".









        
                                         Remember this one from Marmalade?

1970:  The Guess Who scored their only #1 song with "American Woman"/"No Sugar Tonight".  "ABC" by the Jackson 5 slipped while the Beatles were at 3 with "Let It Be".  The Ides of March moved from 9 to 4 with "Vehicle".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Spirit In The Sky", #1 in most places for Norman Greenbaum, the Friends of Distinction with "Love or Let Me Be Lonely", Ray Stevens surprised everyone with a 16-7 move for "Everything Is Beautiful", John Lennon with "Instant Karma", Tyrone Davis wanted to "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" and the Marmalade moved in with "Reflections Of My Life".
1973:  Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones, contributed $150,000 for victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake, adding to the $350,000 raised in a benefit concert by the group.
1974:  Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie performed "Blowin In The Wind" and "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue" for a benefit concert for Chile at New York City's Felt Forum. 
1974:  Bruce Springsteen gave a two-hour performance at the Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts in opening for Bonnie Raitt.  Jon Landau, who would later become the manager and producer for Springsteen, famously said in Boston's The Real Paper, "I saw the future of rock and roll and its name is Bruce Springsteen."  (Note:  some websites report that the concert was at the Boston Arena.  According to the newspaper 'The Boston Globe', the concert was at Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge.)
1974:  The Eagles performed at the Syria Mosque in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for their On the Border tour.
1978:  Fee Waybill of the Tubes fell off a stage in England, breaking his leg.
1981:  "Morning Train" by Sheena Easton remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

1981:  It wasn't a huge hit, but still a tasty song by Lee Ritenour.  On this date, it was the hottest new song, rising from 80 to 65--"Is It You".
1981:  Styx had a #1 album with Paradise Theater, knocking off Hi Infidelity from REO Speedwagon.  Arc of a Diver by Steve Winwood was #3 followed by the Who's Face Dances and the great Grover Washington, Jr. album Winelight.  The rest of the Top 10:  Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap by AC/DC, Moving Pictures from Rush, Another Ticket by Eric Clapton at #8, Double Fantasy from John Lennon and Dad Loves His Work by James Taylor at #10.
1987:  Starship began a four-week stay at #1 in the U.K. with "Nothing's Gonna' Stop Us Now".  It made lead singer Grace Slick the oldest woman (48) to ever hit #1 in the U.K.




1987:  The Cutting Crew remained at #1 with "(I Just) Died In Your Arms".  Jody Watley was #2 with "Looking For A New Love" while U2 held down #3 "With Or Without You".  The rest of the Top 10:  "La Isla Bonita" from Madonna, "Don't Dream It's Over", the former #1 for Crowded House now at #5, "Sign 'O' The Times" from Prince at 6, Chris DeBurgh scored his first Top 10 with an 16-8 jump for "The Lady In Red", Fleetwood Mac was at 9 with "Big Love" and Aretha Franklin & George Michael slid to #10 with "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)".
1987:  Atlantic Starr moved into the #1 slot on the R&B chart with "Always".
1987:  The Joshua Tree continued to set the pace on the Album chart for U2.  Licensed To Ill by the Beastie Boys was at 2 with Slippery When Wet from Bon Jovi still hanging around the top.  The rest of the Top 10:  Look What the Cat Dragged In from Poison, Paul Simon's landmark Graceland album, Sign 'O' the Times by Prince at #6, Trio from Linda Ronstadt, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris at #7, Europe's The Final Countdown at #8, Bryan Adams at #9 with Into the Fire and Whitesnake moved from 19-10 with their self-titled album.

1987:  "The Finer Things" by Steve Winwood spent a third week atop the Adult Contemporary chart.
1992:  Will Smith married songwriter Sheree Zampino.
1992:  Bruce Springsteen appeared on Saturday Night Live on NBC-TV.








1992:  "Under The Bridge" gave the Red Hot Chili Peppers their first Top 10 song.









1992:  "Hazard" by Richard Marx was the new #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
1995:  Elton John won the Polar Music Prize in Sweden.
1998:  Brian Wilson, genius of the Beach Boys, began to make a remarkable comeback from mental illness when he performed his first-ever solo concert at the Norris Cultural Center in St. Charles, Illinois.  His heart-wrenching story is captured in the great movie Love and Mercy.










1998:  The Soundtrack to "Titanic" was #1 on the Album chart for the 16th week in a row with One Step at a Time from George Strait and another soundtrack, City of Angels close behind.  Let's Talk About Love by Celine Dion was #4 followed by the great debut from Savage Garden that held down #5.
2003:  Wyclef Jean of the Fugees signed with J Records.
2009:  Anne Murray received an honorary degree from University of Prince Edward Island in Canada.


Born This Day:
1937: Dave Prater (Sam and Dave) was born in Ocilla, Georgia; died in a one-car automobile accident in Sycamore, Georgia on April 9, 1988.
1937: Sonny Curtis of the Crickets (also wrote songs for the Everly Brothers) was born in Meadow, Texas
1939: Nokie Edwards, guitarist of the Ventures, was born in Lahoma, Oklahoma.
1941: Pete Birrell, bassist of Freddy & the Dreamers, was born in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
1941: Danny Rapp, lead singer of Danny & the Juniors, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died April 5, 1983 of an apparent suicide in Parker, Arizona.

1942: Tommy Roe was born in Atlanta, Georgia.
1943: Bruce Milner, keyboardist of Every Mother's Son, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1944: Don Dannemann, lead singer of The Cyrkle, was born in Brooklyn, New York.









1944: Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco, was born in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
1945: Steve Katz, guitarist of Blood, Sweat and Tears and also a producer, was born in Brooklyn, New York.
1946: Clint Holmes ("Playground In My Mind") was born in Bournemouth, Hampshire, England.  (Note:  some websites naively say Holmes was born in Bournemouth, Dorset, England.  Bournemouth was part of the county of Hampshire until 1974, when the Local Government Act made it part of Dorset.  But that was long after Holmes was born, and a check of his birth certificate will show that he was born in the county of Hampshire, not Dorset.) 








1949: Billy Joel was born in the Bronx, New York.  (Note:  some websites say he was born in New York City, others say Billy was born in Long Island, New York.  First off, Long Island is not a city but just an island.  Joel confirms on his website that he was born in the Bronx.)
1950: Tom Petersson, bassist with Cheap Trick, was born in Rockford, Illinois.
1953: John Edwards, bass guitar player for Status Quo, was born in Chiswick, London. 
1962:  Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode was born in Chigwell, Essex, England.  (Note:  some websites report Gahan was born in Epping, England, or Epping, Essex, England.  According to the official website for Depeche Mode, Gahan says he was born in Chigwell,)
1971:  Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, bassist and a founding member of Oasis, was born in Manchester, England.  (Note:  several websites report Paul was born in Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire, England.  Oasis websites report that McGuigan was born in Manchester.  Although no credible sources exist for his birthplace, our best information indicates he was born in Manchester.)
1975:  Ryan "Nik" Vikedal, drummer for Nickelback, was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
1975:  Tamia (Tamla Marilyn Washington) was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.