TODAY IN ROCK & ROLL HISTORY
The late Leonard Chess (founder of Chess Records) was born in 1917
The late Brian O’Hara (lead guitarist with The Fourmost – ‘A Little Loving’) was born in 1942
The late Mike Gibbins (drummer with Badfinger – ‘No Matter What’) was born in 1949
Marlon Jackson (The Jacksons – ‘ABC’) is 58
Bill Payne (keyboards/songwriter with Little Feat – ‘Oh, Atlanta’) is 66
Al Jarreau (‘We’re In This Love Together’) is 75
1953 – Rufus Thomas, then a DJ at Memphis’ WDIA, recorded ‘Bear Cat’ on Sun Records as an answer song to Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Hound Dog’ and while it was a regional hit, the ensuing copyright-infringement litigation nearly wiped out label owner Sam Phillips. Thomas went on to have a highly successful recording career with Stax Records.
1955 – Jazz musician Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker died of lobar pneumonia at the age of 34.
Tribute was paid to Parker when a new nightclub in New York was named Birdland in his honor in 1949. In 1952, George Shearing wrote ‘Lullaby Of Birdland’, which was named for both Parker and the nightclub.
1961 – Elvis Presley recorded ‘I’m Coming Home’, ‘Gently’, ‘Give Me The Right’, ‘In Your Arms’, ‘I Feel So Bad’ and ‘It’s A Sin’.
1968 – The Byrds recorded a cover version of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Pretty Boy Floyd’.
1969 – Infamous London police officer Det. Sgt. Norman Pilcher, well-known for singling out and busting rock stars – often planting “evidence” when he arrived – entered George Harrison’s house in Esher, Surrey, England and arrested the Beatle and his wife Pattie for possession of marijuana.
1969 – At the 11th annual Grammy Awards, Glen Campbell’s ‘By The Time I Get To Phoenix’ won the Grammy for Album of The Year.
Record of The Year went to ‘Mrs. Robinson’ by Simon & Garfunkel. Song of The Year honors went to Bobby Russell for ‘Little Green Apples’.
Although the Beatles were nominated for Record of The Year, Song of The Year and Contemporary Pop Vocal Performance, Duo or Group (all nominations being for‘Hey Jude’), they were shut out.
1971 – A court ruling granted Paul McCartney’s request that a receiver be appointed to control the finances of The Beatles & Company. In his lawsuit, filed on December 31, 1970, McCartney had stated that he had never received audited accounts of Apple Corps’ books since its founding in April 1967. Further, since the Beatles were no longer planning to record or perform together, he claimed there was no need for the group to continue to carry on as a legal entity.
While his request was granted on this date, the legal process and negotiations that followed were lengthy and the formal dissolution of the partnership didn’t take place until January 9, 1975.
1971 – Pete Townshend suffered a nervous breakdown after the other members of The Who showed little to no interest in working on Townshend’s ‘Lifehouse’ project, a futuristic rock opera set in a polluted world with a totalitarian government.
“After about six months with no product, only problems, and only me involved in it and the rest of the group getting bored, John getting involved in making his own album, Roger ringing me up every day trying to dissuade me from doing the project, saying what we really need to do is to work on the road, we eventually gave up, and to put it quite frankly we just went back into the old mold.” … Pete Townshend
Several of the songs intended for the opera – ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘Baba O’Riley’, and ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ – were later released on the band’s ‘Who’s Next’, a traditional “old mold” studio album.
1971 – John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band released ‘Power To The People’ / ‘Open Your Box’ in England.
1971 – The Allman Brothers Band played the first of two concerts at New York City’s Fillmore East. The two nights of performances – including a scorching 23-minute version of ‘Whipping Post’ – were later released as ‘At Fillmore East’, a double album considered by some critics to be one of the greatest live albums in rock music history.
1975 – Elvis Presley recorded ‘T-R-O-U-B-L-E’ (a different song than ‘Trouble’, a song he recorded in 1958) and ‘Bringing It Back’.
1989 – Bob Dylan recorded ‘God Knows’.
2003 – On the eve of the Rolling Stones’ first tour of China, the Chinese government announced the group would not be allowed to perform ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Beast Of Burden’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’. It became a moot point when the tour was canceled due to the SARS outbreak.
The Stones did eventually get to China in 2006 as part of their ‘A Bigger Bang Tour’ but the banned songs remained with an additional song (‘Rough Justice’) added to the list.
2007 – The Ronettes, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, R.E.M. and Patti Smith were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
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