Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 21

1957:  Elite guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black quit as backup musicians for Elvis Presley after a salary dispute with Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker.
1959:  "Shout" by the Isley Brothers was their first single release and it debuted on this date in history.
1959:  "I Want To Walk You Home" from Fats Domino topped the R&B chart.
1959:  The instrumental "Sleep Walk" from Santo & Johnny moved to #1.  The Browns slipped after four weeks at the top with "The Three Bells".  Lloyd Price remained at 3 with "I'm Gonna' Get Married" while the Everly Brothers scored their 14th hit and sixth Top 10 with "('Til) I Kissed You".  The rest of the Top 10:  Phil Phillips and "Sea Of Love", another instrumental--"Red River Rock" from Johnny & the Hurricanes, the classic "Mack The Knife" moved up to 7 for Bobby Darin, Sarah Vaughan had song #8--"Broken-Hearted Melody", Fats Domino said "I Want To Walk You Home" and Paul Anka shot up from 29 to 10 with "Put Your Head On My Shoulder".
1961:  The busy Beatles played at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England by day and appeared with Gerry & the Pacemakers and Rory Storm & the Hurricanes at Litherland Town Hall in Liverpool by night.

This Date in Rock Music History: September 20

1957:  Buddy Holly released the single "Peggy Sue".  (Note:  one website reports the song was released in July.  According to the Buddy Holly Center in his birthplace--Lubbock, Texas, the song was released September 20.)

This Date in Rock Music History: September 19

1955:  Frank Sinatra sang "Love And Marriage" on the "Producer's Showcase" production of the play Our Town on NBC-TV.
1957:  Cliff Richard, 16 years old and known by his real name (Harry Webb), joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.
1960:  "Kiddio" by Brook Benton was #1 on the R&B chart for the fourth week. 
1960:  Hank Ballard and the Midnighters became the first group to own three songs in the Top 100 simultaneously--"Finger Poppin' Time", "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go" and "The Twist".  After the group refused to perform "The Twist" on television, Dick Clark suggested Chubby Checker do the song.  He did, and... 

1960:  "The Twist" worked its way to #1 for Chubby Checker.
1963:  Jimmy Dean premiered his prime time television show on ABC.  It lasted three seasons.
1964:  Dean Martin notched week #8 on top of the Easy Listening chart with "Everybody Loves Somebody".

Monday, September 18, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 18

1954:  Elvis Presley was at Bellevue Park in Memphis, Tennessee.  (Note:  some websites claim the show was at the Eagle's Nest in Memphis.  According to the official website for guitarist Scotty Moore, Elvis played at Bellevue Park on this date.)
1957:  The Big Record debuted on CBS-TV, with Patti Page hosting.
1959:  The first Dick Clark Caravan of Stars tour began with Paul Anka, the Coasters, Lloyd Price, Duane Eddy, the Coasters and Bobby Rydell at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
1960:  The Tab Hunter Show premiered on NBC-TV.
1960:  Frankie Avalon was given $600,000 on his 20th birthday as earnings accumulated when he was a minor.
1963:  The Patty Duke Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last three seasons.
1964:  The Beatles performed at Dallas Memorial Auditorium in Texas.
1965:  A new group was introduced to us as the Vogues first charted on this date with their first single "You're the One".
1965:  James Brown reigned on the R&B chart for the sixth week with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 1".
1965:  We Five were on top of the Adult chart for a third week with the great song "You Were On My Mind".

This Date in Rock Music History: September 17

1931:  RCA Records demonstrated the first players to play 33 1/3 records at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York City.
1955:  Tennessee Ernie Ford recorded "Sixteen Tons" at the Capitol Records Melrose Avenue Recording Studios in Hollywood, California.
1955:  "Maybellene" by Chuck Berry logged week #7 at the top of the R&B chart.
1962:  The Beatles, Billy Kramer, and the Coasters played the last of three Monday night gigs at the Queen's Hall in Widnes, Lancashire, England.  (Note:  Some sources claim that Rory Storm and the Hurricanes also played this night, when they only played the first two Beatles shows (September 3 and September 10, according to the websites 'Beatles Bible' and 'Liverpool Beat'.  Some sources also say the Beatles played in Widnes, Cheshire, England.  Widnes did not become part of the county of Cheshire until 1974, 12 years after the concert, so it is physically impossible for the Beatles to have played in Widnes, Cheshire.)  

This Date in Rock Music History: September 16

1960:  Johnny Burnette recorded "You're Sixteen".
1963:  "She Loves You" by the Beatles was released by Swan Records in the United States and, despite being #1 in the U.K., was ignored until 1964 when the Beatles' invasion was well underway.
1964:  The Everly Brothers, the Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, Bobby Sherman, the Wellingtons and comedian Alan Sues helped premiere the series Shindig! on ABC-TV.
1965:  The Dean Martin Show premiered on ABC-TV.  It would last 10 years.
1965:  The Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers, the Byrds and the McCoys opened the second season of Shindig!
1966:  Bassist Pete Quaife left the Kinks temporarily after suffering severe injuries in a car crash.  Quaife left the group for good in 1969.
1967:  The Beatles recorded "Your Mother Should Know" at EMI Studios, the third of four recordings of the song.  The version was not used at the time on the Magical Mystery Tour album, but was later included on the compilation Anthology 2.

This Date in Rock Music History: September 15

1956:  Elvis Presley's monumental double-sided hit "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel" was the #1 song on the R&B chart.
1961:  The Pendletones of Hawthorne, California recorded the song "Surfin'" at Hite and Dorinda Morgan's recording studio in Los Angeles.  The song would have a big influence on their career as the Beach Boys, as they were later known.

This Date in Rock Music History: September 14

1955:  Little Richard recorded "Tutti Frutti" at J&M Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana.

1959:  Sandy Nelson made a huge leap, jumping from 84 to 28, with "Teen Beat".
1959:  "The Three Bells" from the Browns was #1 for the fourth week in a row.  The instrumental "Sleep Walk" by Santo & Johnny came in #2 followed by Lloyd Price and "I'm Gonna' Get Married".  Phil Phillips had the original "Sea Of Love" (he also co-wrote the song) and the Everly Brothers were fifth with "('Til) I Kissed You".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Red River Rock", another instrumental, was #6 from Johnny & the Hurricanes, "Broken-Hearted Melody" from Sarah Vaughan, Fats Domino with "I Want To Walk You Home", Bobby Darin's "Mack The Knife" moved from 24-9 while Jan & Dean entered the list with "Baby Talk".
1963:  Although most of us wouldn't know them until their hit "Back Stabbers" nine years later, the O'Jays first charted on this date with the single "Lonely Drifter".

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 13

1958:  Cliff Richard made his British television debut singing "Move It" on the program Oh Boy.
1959:  Elvis Presley met Priscilla Beaulieu while he was in the United States Army in West Germany. 
1962:  Elvis Presley collected his 12th U.K. #1 with "She's Not You".

1964:  How's this for an amazing concert?  The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Dusty Springfield, the Miracles, the Searchers, Martha & the Vandellas, the Shangri-La's, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Jay & the Americans, the Contours, the Dovells, the Newbeats, and Millie Small shared a bill for the conclusion of Murray The K's (iconic DJ on WINS) 10-day Big Holiday Show (September 4-13) at the Fox Theatre in Brooklyn, New York.

The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel on Grooveshark
1965:  It was a famous day in Rock Era history as Simon & Garfunkel released the single "The Sound Of Silence". (Note: some websites show varying dates of the release, but Steve Sullivan, in his book 'The Encyclopedia of Popular Music' shows the date of release as September 13.)

1965:  As if that wasn't enough, the Beatles released the single "Yesterday" in the U.S.  It had been released in the U.K. on August 6.
1965:  The Steve Lawrence Show premiered on CBS-TV with guest Lucille Ball.
1969:  John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band debuted live at the Rock 'n' Roll Revival Concert at Varsity Stadium at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Doors, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Gene Vincent & Bo Diddley also performed.

1969:  Kool and the Gang first appeared on the chart as their first single "Kool And The Gang" debuted.

1971: Cat Stevens released the single "Peace Train".
1971:  Paul & Linda McCartney celebrated the birth of daughter Stella in London.
1974:  Stevie Wonder went on his first tour since his very scary car accident that nearly took his life in August of 1973, performing at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.  (Note:  several websites say the Nassau Coliseum is located in Long Island, New York.  Long Island is not a city, and if you tried to address a letter there, you'd get it back.  Nassau is located in Uniondale.)
1976:  Rod Stewart released the single "Tonight's The Night".

1976:  The Captain & Tennille released "Muskrat Love", their remake of the song by America.

1979:  ABBA ventured to the other side of the Atlantic for the first time (and only time) in their career, opening up at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
1980:  George Benson hit #1 on the R&B chart with "Give Me The Night".

          "Hold On, Hold Out", one of the top tracks on Browne's #1 album...

1980:  Hold Out, the great album by Jackson Browne, moved to #1, replacing Emotional Rescue from the Rolling Stones.  The Soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy" was third, followed by The Game by Queen and Diana from Diana Ross.  The rest of the Top 10:  Christopher Cross, the "Fame" Soundtrack, Give Me the Night by George Benson at #8, Glass Houses from Billy Joel, and the "Xanadu" Soundtrack.

                                                   Eddie Rabbitt cruised into the Top 10 on this date...

1980:  Diana Ross remained at #1 with "Upside Down" while Australia's Air Supply moved to challenge with "All Out Of Love".  The Rolling Stones were still at 3 with "Emotional Rescue" while newcomer Irene Cara moved up with "Fame".  The rest of the Top 10:  Christopher Cross and his former #1 "Sailing", George Benson and "Give Me The Night", Paul Simon had "Late In The Evening", Johnny Lee with "Lookin' For Love" from the great Soundtrack to "Urban Cowboy", Queen moved from 23 to 9 with "Another One Bites The Dust" and Eddie Rabbitt posted another Top 10 hit with "Drivin' My Life Away".
1985:  Glenn Frey and Don Henley won MTV Video Music Awards for "Smuggler's Blues" and "The Boys Of Summer", respectively.  Henley won four trophies on the night.

1986:  Wang Chung released the single "Everybody Have Fun Tonight".
1993:  Max Weinberg, drummer of the E Street Band, became the leader of the house band for Late Night with Conan O'Brien on NBC-TV.

1993:  Ace of Base released the single "All That She Wants".  (Note:  some websites naively say the single was released September 18.  "All That She Wants" debuted on the Singles chart on September 18.  It is physically impossible for a song to be released by a record company, mailed to radio stations, listened to and added to radio station playlists, reported to trade papers, and printed and published by the trade papers, all in one day.)
1996:  Tupac Shakur died six days after being shot in Las Vegas, Nevada from internal bleeding at the age of 25.  You live a life like that, you die like that.
1998:  Julian Lennon began a tour of Japan.
1998:  Mel B of the Spice Girls married Jimmy Gulzar in Little Marlow, Buckinghamshire, England.
1998:  Lauryn Hill had the top album with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

2003:  The White Stripes performed at the Greek Amphitheatre in Berkeley, California.

2003:  Mary J. Blige had the #1 album with Love & Life.
2005:  Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees received 708 votes in the primary election for mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio.
2005:  Jimi Hendrix's home in Seattle, Washington where he grew up was saved from demolition.  The building was made into a community center opposite the cemetery where Hendrix was buried in 1970.
2008:  The Ray Davies musical Come Dancing, which Ray himself starred in, opened at the Stratford East Theatre in London.

Born This Day:
1922:  Charles Brown ("Please Come Home For Christmas") was born in Texas City, Texas; died of congestive heart failure on Oakland, California on January 21, 1999.

1933:  Lewis Steinberg, original bassist for Booker T. & the M.G.'s, was born in Memphis, Tennessee; died July 21, 2016 in Memphis after a battle with cancer. 
1939:  Dave Quincy, saxophonist and songwriter of Manfred Mann's Earth Band ("Blinded By The Light" from 1977)
1941:  David Clayton-Thomas, one of the all-time great lead singers from Blood, Sweat & Tears, was born in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England.

1944:  Peter Cetera of Sun Valley, Idaho, the lead singer of Chicago for many years before a successful solo career, was born in Chicago, Illinois.
1952:  Randy Jones of the Village People was born in Raleigh, North Carolina.
1952:  Don Was of Was (Not Was) was born in Detroit, Michigan.
1954:  Steven John Kilbey, lead singer, songwriter and bassist with the Church, was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England.
1956:  Joni Sledge, member of the family group Sister Sledge, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died March 10, 2017 of natural causes in Phoenix, Arizona.

1961:  Dave Mustaine, founder, songwriter, guitarist and lead vocalist of Megadeth, was born in La Mesa, California.
1965:  Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr, who has played drums and worked with the Who, the Spencer Davis Group, Oasis and Johnny Marr, was born in Hammersmith, London, England.
1967:  Steve Perkins, drummer and songwriter of Jane's Addiction, was born in Los Angeles, California.
1967:  Timothy Owens, singer with Judas Priest, was born in Akron, Ohio.
1975:  Joe Rooney, singer and lead guitarist with Rascal Flatts, was born in Baxter Springs, Kansas.
1977:  Fiona Apple was born in Manhattan, New York.

Monday, September 11, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 12

1960:  The song had only been out nine weeks and five of those were at #1 for Elvis Presley--"It's Now Or Never".  Waiting in the runner-up position was "The Twist" from Chubby Checker.
1963:  The Beatles reached #1 in the U.K. with "She Loves You".

                                            Ronnie & the Daytonas in a much better time...

1964:  The Animals registered a second week at #1 with "The House Of The Rising Sun".  The Supremes' former #1 "Where Did Our Love Go" was still at #2.  The Dave Clark Five were at 3 with "Because" while Dean Martin grabbed the #4 position with "Everybody Loves Somebody".  The rest of the Top 10:  "Bread And Butter" by the Newbeats, Bobby Freeman and "C'mon And Swim", Ronny & the Daytonas were singing the virtues of the "G.T.O.", the Beatles were at #8 with their former #1 "A Hard Day's Night", the Shangri-Las became a member of the Top 10 with "Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)" and Roy Orbison shot up from 27 to 10 with "Oh Pretty Woman".
1966:  The Roger Miller Show premiered on ABC-TV.

1966:  The Beatles were awarded a Gold record for the single "Yellow Submarine".
1966:  The Monkees television series debuted on NBC-TV.
1967:  The Beatles continued filming of the movie Magical Mystery Tour for a second day.  The bus headed for Widecombe on the Moor but was stuck on a bridge and had to drive in reverse for half a mile before turning around.  The group then headed for Plymouth followed by a 20-car caravan of members of the media.

1968:  The first world tour of Led Zeppelin took them to Stora Scenen in Stockholm, Sweden (They were still being billed as the Yardbirds.)
1970:  Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie performed at the Woody Guthrie Memorial Concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
1970:  Smoky Robinson and the Miracles had the top U.K. song with "The Tears Of A Clown".
1970:  CCR scored a #1 album in the U.K. with Cosmo's Factory.

1970:  Ronnie Milsap first appeared on the chart as his initial single release "Loving You Is A Natural Thing" debuted on this date.

1970:  James Taylor debuted on the charts for the first time with his single "Fire And Rain" .
1970:  Anne Murray made it three weeks at #1 on the Easy Listening chart with her first hit "Snowbird".

1970:  R. Dean Taylor moved from 86 to 45 with "Indiana Wants Me".
1975:  Pink Floyd released the album Wish You Were Here in the U.K., with the U.S. release the following day.

1977:  Chicago released the single "Baby, What A Big Surprise".
1977:  B.T. Express performed at the White House for U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
1977:  Paul & Linda McCartney celebrated the birth of son James Louis in London.
1979:  Gary Numan had the #1 song in the U.K. with "Cars".  He was followed by Cliff Richard and "We Don't Talk Anymore", the Crusaders with "Street Life", ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" and Dollar with "Love's Gotta' Hold On Me".
1981:  Meat Loaf had the #1 album in the U.K. with Dead Ringer.
1981:  "Endless Love" from Diana Ross & Lionel Richie remained #1 for a fourth week on the R&B chart.

                                               "My Kinda Lover" from Squier's new album...

1981:  Journey posted the only #1 album of their career on this date--Escape.  Bella Donna from Stevie Nicks was #2 with 4 from Foreigner trailing.  Pat Benatar's great album Precious Time was fourth followed by Don't Say No from Billy Squier.

                                  The Pointer Sisters had a huge hit with this slow rocker...

1981:  Diana Ross & Lionel Richie teamed up for a fifth week at #1 with "Endless Love" and the Pointer Sisters held on to #2 for a third week with "Slow Hand".  Christopher Cross roared into the Top 10 with "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)".
1986:  Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues required hospitalization after collapsing in Los Angeles from exhaustion.
1987:  Reacting to the departure of Johnny Marr earlier in the month, Morrissey left the Smiths to pursue a solo career.
1987:  Michael Jackson began his world tour at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, the first of three dates at the venue.
1987:  Michael Jackson owned the top album in the U.K. with Bad.
1987:  Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett spent a third week at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "I Just Can't Stop Loving You".

1989:  Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville released their version of the great Bill Medley song "Don't Know Much".
1989:  Aerosmith released the album Pump.
1990:  Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announced they were done touring with Fleetwood Mac (at least temporarily).

1992:  Sun Valley, Idaho's Peter Cetera remained at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with "Restless Heart".

1992:  Boyz II Men held on to #1 on the R&B chart for a fourth week with "End Of The Road".
1996:  Oasis canceled all dates on an upcoming tour of the United States, citing "internal differences".

1997:  Stig Anderson, manager of ABBA and founder of Polar Records, died of a heart attack at the age of 66.  Anderson co-wrote hits such as "Waterloo", "Mamma Mia", "S.O.S.", "Fernando", "Dancing Queen", "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "The Name Of The Game".  Anderson's funeral was broadcast live on Swedish television.
1999:  Graham Nash broke both legs after his sailboat was hit by a large wave in Hawai'i.  (Note:  some websites say the incident occurred on September 13, but according to the Hawai'i newspaper 'The Star Bulletin', it was September 12.)
2000:  Christina Aguilera released an album in Spanish, Mi Reflejo, which included Spanish versions of her debut as well as new songs.
2000:  The family of Jimi Hendrix released The Jimi Hendrix Experience, a four-CD boxed set that included 56 rare tracks.
2003:  Olivia Newton-John joined Neil Finn of Split Enz and Crowded House and Daniel Johns of Silverchair in a PETA protest against the ritual torture of elephants in Thailand.
2003:  Mike Smith, lead singer of the Dave Clark Five, was paralyzed due to a fall on his estate in Spain.

2003:  Johnny Cash, who crossed over to the rock charts several times, died of respiratory failure at the age of 71 in Nashville, Tennessee.
2004:  The Pet Shop Boys performed a soundtrack composed for the Russian movie Battleship Potemkin in Trafalgar Square in London.
2004:  Brian McFadden rose to #1 on the U.K. chart with "Real To Me".
2004:  Tim McGraw had the top album in the United States with Live Like You Were Dying.
2004:  Kenny Buttrey, drummer on the albums Tapestry by Carole King, Harvest by Neil Young and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline and who also worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Dan Fogelberg and Donovan, died of cancer in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 59.
2005:  Seal and his wife Heidi Klum celebrated the birth of a son, Henry G√ľnther Adeola Dashtu Samuel.
2007:  The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced in a press conference that they would reunite for the first time in 19 years for a tribute to the late Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records.  Jason Bonham, son of the famous Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, took his place for the one-of-a-kind concert at the O2 Arena in London November 26.  
2009:  Colbie Caillat had the top album with Breakthrough.

2010:  Ides of March Way was dedicated in the group Ides of March's ("Vehicle" from 1970) hometown of Berwyn, Illinois.
2011:  Aretha Franklin was given the Founders Award from the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Born This Day:
1933:  Jewel Akens ("The Birds And The Bees") was born in Houston, Texas; died March 1, 2013 in Inglewood, California from complications of back surgery.
1946:  Tony Bellamy, lead guitarist, pianist and vocalist of Redbone ("Come And Get Your Love" from 1973), was born in Las Vegas, Nevada; died December 25, 2009 in Las Vegas of liver failure.

1943:  Maria Muldaur ("Midnight At The Oasis") was born in Manhattan, New York.  (Note:  many websites report that Muldaur was born in Greenwich Village, New York.  Greenwich Village, Harlem, or any other neighborhood anywhere in the world is not an official place of birth, and will never be listed on an official birth certificate.  Muldaur was born in Manhattan.)

1944:  Barry White was born in Galveston, Texas; died July 4, 2003 in Los Angeles, California after suffering a stroke in May.  White had high blood pressure that triggered kidney failure, and doctors were unable to stave off infections. 
1944:  Colin Young of the Foundations ("Build Me Up Buttercup") was born in Barbados, West Indies.

1952:  Neil Peart, elite drummer and lyricist of Rush, was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

1952:  Gerry Beckley, guitarist and founding member of America, was born in Fort Worth, Texas.
1956:  Barry Andrews, vocalist and keyboardist of XTC, was born in Lambeth, London, England.  (Note:  several websites report Andrews was born in West Norwood, London.  West Norwood is an area of town located in the Borough of Lambeth, not its own town.  Andrews was officially born in Lambeth.) 
1965:  Norwood Fisher, bassist and founder of Fishbone

1966:  Ben Folds, frontman and pianist of the Ben Folds Five, was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
1968:  Larry LaLonde, guitarist of Primus, was born in Richmond, California.
1981:  Jennifer Hudson was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 11

Saturday, September 9, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 10

1963:  Andrew Loog Oldham, manager of the Rolling Stones, invited Paul McCartney and John Lennon to the Studio 51 Jazz Club in London where the Stones were rehearsing.  The two Beatles were working on the song "I Wanna' Be Your Man", and finished it at the rehearsal when they found out the Rolling Stones needed another song.  The  Stones recorded it for their album. .
1963:  The Beatles received the award for Top Vocal Group of the Year from the Variety Club of Great Britain at a luncheon at the Savoy Hotel in London.
1964:  Nineteen year-old Rod Stewart recorded his first single "Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl" with the Hoochie Koochie Men.  Future Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones played on the song.
1964:  The Kinks had the top song in the U.K. with "You Really Got Me".
1965:  The Byrds spend a second session recording the song "Turn!  Turn!  Turn!" at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles. (They began recording on September 1 and finished the song with three more sessions September 14-16.)
1965:  Revolver by the Beatles shot up from #45 to #1 to leave no doubt which was the top album.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 9

1954, Elvis Presley played at the opening of the Lamar-Airways Shopping Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 8

1956:  Eddie Cochran signed a one-year deal with Liberty Records.
1956:  Elvis Presley was on the cover of TV Guide.
1957:  Paul Anka and Jimmy Rodgers appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1958:  Paul Anka started a tour of Southeast Asia in Tokyo, Japan.
1962:  "The Loco-Motion" by Little Eva remained #1 on the R&B chart for a third week.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 7

1957:  Sam Cooke released the single "You Send Me" on Keen Records.
1958:  Georgia Gibbs and Johnnie Ray appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show(Note:  some websites claim the performances were on September 6.  The show aired Sundays on CBS.  In 1958, Sunday fell on September 7.)
1959:  Frankie Avalon, the Coasters, Lou Rawls, Bobby Rydell and Annette Funicello performed on closing night of their four-day appearance at the Michigan State Fair as part a tour organized by Dick Clark.
1959:  Lloyd Price moved back up to #1 on the R&B chart with "I'm Gonna' Get Married".

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 6

1959:  "Bad Boys" by the Miracles was the first single on Barry Gordy's newly-formed Motown Records.
1960:  Sam Cooke's daughter, Tracy, was born.
1961:  Bob Dylan performed at the Gaslight Cafe in New York City.

Monday, September 4, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 5

1964:  A new British group first appeared on the charts on this date.  Manfred Mann, which had released the single "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" on August 31, first appeared on the chart with that release.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 4

1952:  Gladys Knight & the Pips formed following a birthday party for Bubba Knight in Atlanta, Georgia.
1959:  "Mack The Knife" by Bobby Darin was banned by a radio station in New York City.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 3

1955:  Bill Haley & the Comets refused an offer to tour Australia because of a fear of flying.
1955:  Chuck Berry logged a third week at #1 on the R& B chart with "Maybellene".
1962:  The Beatles, Billy J. Kramer, the Coasters, and Rory Storm and the Hurricanes played the first of three Monday night gigs at the Queen's Hall in Widnes, Cheshire, England.  The Hurricanes by this time had gotten over the defection of drummer Ringo Starr to the Beatles.
1963:  Frank Sinatra's Reprise Records was absorbed by Warner Brothers Records.
1966:  The Supremes stood on top of the R&B chart with "You Can't Hurry Love".
1966:  What Now My Love gave Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass their third #1 album out of six released.  
1966:  The great song "Born Free" was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for Roger Williams.
1966:  The Association were making their move as "Cherish" jumped from #66 to #27.

Friday, September 1, 2017

This Date in Rock Music History: September 2

1957:  Elvis Presley had the #1 R&B song with "(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear".