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Monday, September 1,2014

TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY

1952, Atlantic Records bought Ray Charles’ contract from Swingtime Records, where Charles had been recording in the mellower, bluesy style of Nat King Cole and Charles Brown.

1956, 19 year old Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at Sun Records hoping for an audition, only to find that owner Sam Phillips was on vacation in Florida. Jerry Lee recorded some demos that Phillips would hear when he returned.

1957, The Biggest Show Of Stars package tour kicked off at Brooklyn Paramount featuring: Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Drifters, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Lymon. On some dates artists were unable to play because of segregation laws.

1962, Tommy Roe went to No.1 on the singles chart with ‘Sheila’. The record was a re-recorded version of a song that was first released in 1960 when Roe was part of a group called The Satins.

1966, The Byrds played the first of an 11 night run at the Whisky-a-go-go, Hollywood, California.

1967, David Bowie released the single ‘Love You Till Tuesday’ which failed to reach the charts.

1967, The four Beatles held a meeting at Paul McCartney’s house in London to decide upon their next course of action following the death of manager Brian Epstein. They decide to postpone their planned trip to India and to begin the already-delayed production of the Magical Mystery Tour movie. They have two songs already recorded for the movie, ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ and ‘Your Mother Should Know’.

1967, Boz Scaggs returned to the US from Europe and rejoined Steve Miller’s band. The pair had played together as teenagers, after which Scaggs left for Europe and recorded the solo album, Boz. Working with Miller, Scaggs appeared on Children of the Future and Sailor before going solo for good.

1973, Elton John and Steely Dan appeared at the Balboa Stadium, San Diego, California.

1976, Ode Records president Lou Adler and employee Neil Silver were kidnapped at Adler’s house in Malibu. The two were released after paying a $25,000 ransom. A week later, a California couple were charged with the crime, but a third accomplice got away.

1977, Blondie, featuring former Playboy Bunny Debra Harry, signed their first major record company contract with Chrysalis Records.

1979, U2 released their very first record, an EP titled ‘U2-3.’

1980, Stevie Wonder played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley Arena in London.

1980, Fleetwood Mac ended a nine-month world tour with a performance at the Hollywood Bowl. Lindsay Buckingham announced on stage, “This is our last show for a long time.”

1982, Blondie cancelled their forthcoming British tour after poor ticket sales.

1983, Mick Jones, lead guitarist with The Clash was fired by the other three members who claimed he’d ‘drifted apart’ from the original idea of the group.

1984, After a 25-year career, Tina Turner had her first solo No.1 single with ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’.

2005, Barry Cowsill, bass guitarist for The Cowsills, died from injuries caused by Hurricane Katrina. His body was not recovered until December 28th, 2005, from the Chartres Street Wharf, New Orleans. He was 51.

2012, Songwriter Hal David, who wrote dozens of hits with collaborator Burt Bacharach, died in Los Angeles at the age of 91 from complications from a stroke. With Bacharach he wrote a string of hits for Dionne Warwick, including ‘Walk On By’ and ‘I Say a Little Prayer’, as well as other artists including Tom Jones and Dusty Springfield.

2013, Classic Beatles albums finally went platinum after the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) changed its sales award rules. Gold or platinum status has become synonymous with record success but the system has only been in place since 1973. This made Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club a triple-platinum album, having sold more than 900,000 copies since 1994. In total, the album is estimated to have sold 5.1 million units in the UK since its 1967 release. The albums Revolver, Help, Rubber Soul, Revolver and The White Album also now had platinum status.

Birthdays…..

Greg Errico - Sly & The Family Stone – 1946

 

Happy Birthday Gloria Estefan!

Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan , known professionally as Gloria Estefan, is a Cuban-born American singer-songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. 

  • Born: September 1, 1957 (age 57), Havana, Cuba
  • Nationality: United States of America

Happy Birthday Lily Tomlin!

Mary Jean “Lily” Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a stand-up comedian

The Beatles – Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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