In the case of Brown vs. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for school integration, declaring that racially segregated schools were inherently unequal.
Elvis delivered supplies to job sites for Crown Electric for $1.00 an hour. April 20, 1954 – mid October 1954
May 17, 1955
Opening for Hank Snow, Martha Carson, The Country Gentlemen and Slim Whitman; Elvis performed at the City Auditorium, Asheville, North Carolina, at 7.00 and 9.00 p.m.
May 17, 1956
Elvis flew to Springfield, Missouri, with Gene Smith and Tom Diskin, while the band drove to the show in Elvis’ Cadillac. At the Shrine Mosque, Springfield, Missouri, Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, I Was The One, Blue Suede Shoes, Money Honey and Hound Dog
Elvis wrote a note to the staff of the Cedars of Lebanon Hospital: “Dear Friends, I want you to know how very much I appreciate your very wonderful treatment while I was there. When I went in I was all shook up but I left loving you. Thanks a million. My best to all. Sincerely, Elvis Presley.”
Ferriday, Louisiana celebrates Jerry Lee Lewis Day with a parade honoring their home town boy who was just about to leave on his fateful tour of England.
May 17, 1960
Fats Domino performed at the Memorial Auditorium in Dallas, TX, but his appearance cost him more than he made. Thieves rifled his dressing room, absconding with $1,300 of the Fat man’s money while he was onstage doing “Ain’t That a Shame.”
The first Monterey Folk Festival took place over three days in Monterey, California. The festival featured Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter Paul and Mary. The 1967 Monterey Rock festival is remembered for the first major American appearances by Jimi Hendrix and The Who as well as the first major public performances of Janis Joplin. It was also the first major performance by Otis Redding in front of a predominantly white audience.
Working at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song ‘You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)’. The song was not finished until November 1969, and was not released until March 1970 (as the B-side of the ‘Let it Be’ single).
“Don’t Look Back”, a documentary on Bob Dylan‘s 1965 British tour – including the Judas incident- premiered in San Francisco, CA. Directed by D. A. Pennebaker, it follows Dylan on his 1965 European tour.
May 17, 1968
The Monkees performed at the Lagoon Patio Gardens, a venue inside the famous amusement park, for about 5,000 fans.
The producer Bob Finkel had hired Steve Binder as director for Elvis’ upcoming Christmas special and there was a meeting with Elvis at 8833 Sunset Boulevard to discuss the show.
The album “Elvis: NBC TV Special” hit #2 in the U.K.
On the third recording night in Nashville Elvis started with Help Me Make It Through The Night and Until It’s Time For You To Go. Finally Elvis went back to the original reason that he was there for: the gospel album. But only after some karate moves, so the session ended before completing the album.
Due to illness Elvis, cancelled these Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows, and the next 2 nights, ending the Season.
May 17, 1974
ABC aired the Elton John television special “Say Goodbye To Norma Jean And Other Things.”
NBC-TV’s “The Midnight Special” presented another retro tribute, with Frankie Avalon as host, and performances by Sam & Dave, Lou Christie, the Fleetwoods, Shirley & Lee, Frankie Ford, and Fabian.
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows.
May 17, 1975
Elton John was awarded a Platinum record for his album “Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy”. It was the first L.P. to sell one million copies on its first day of release.
Donna Summer’s film Thank God It’s Friday premiered in Los Angeles.
ABC-TV aired two music specials, “The Carpenters: Space Encounters,” with guests John Davidson and Charlie Callas, and then “Olivia,” hosted by Olivia Newton-John, with ABBA and Andy Gibb.
Weeks after being detained in Tokyo on drug charges, Paul and Linda McCartney appear as musical guests on Saturday Night Live. They performed their latest single, “Coming Up.”
Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’, the singers third US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.
on the strength of the single, her LP Whitney Houston climbed back to #1 on the Album chart in its 60th week of release.
Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard performed together on the same stage for the first time at Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England, They were scheduled to appear in London the following night and in Birmingham on May 20, however Domino did not perform at either of those shows due to illness.
Songwriter Sharon Sheeley died in a Los Angeles hospital from complications following a cerebral hemorrhage. She was 62. Sheeley wrote “Poor Little Fool” for Ricky Nelson as well as “Dum Dum”, a hit for Brenda Lee. Sharon was the girlfriend of Eddie Cochran and was in the London car accident that took Eddie’s life on April 17th, 1960.
Lisa Marie Presley performed “Idiot” on “Good Morning America.”
Songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote “Hound Dog”, “Jailhouse Rock”, “Love Me”, “Don’t” and many others for Elvis Presley, “Kansas City” for Wilbert Harrison and “Charlie Brown” for the Coasters, were given the Outstanding Achievement Award for Musical Collaborators by the National Association of Recording Merchandisers in Chicago, Illinois.
Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer, an illness she believed she contracted from inhaling toxic particles released after the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York. She won five Grammy Awards, six American Music Awards, and had three multi-platinum albums, including the hits ‘Hot Stuff’, ‘Love to Love You, and ‘Baby’ and ‘I Feel Love’.
Lisa Marie Presley performed her song “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” on American Idol’s results show.
A 1963 Rickenbacker 425 guitar once owned and played in the studio by George Harrison went up for auction at Manhattan’s Hard Rock Cafe. Harrison’s axe sold for $657,000.
George Harrison’s Maton Mastersound guitar, used during the Beatles’ live performances in the summer of 1963, sold for $485,000 by Julien’s Auctions in New York. Also purchased were a black sequined glove worn by Michael Jackson, a stage-worn tank top that belonged to Madonna and Elvis Presley’s tour bus and marriage certificate.
At the Franklin Institute, Emile Berliner demonstrated an improved early gramophone using a flat 7-inch disc with lateral-cut grooves on one side only, hand-cranked at 30 RPM with a two-minute capacity. He was the first to mass-produce hard rubber vulcanite copies from a zinc master disk.
The first Academy Awards ceremony was held at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
May 15 1943
The Presley family moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where Vernon got a job. They stayed there until June 20, and then they all returned to Tupelo, homesick for family and friends.
“Crazy, Man, Crazy” by Bill Haley & His Comets was their first chart entry and also the first rock ‘n’ roll record to make the Billboard pop music chart.
May 16, 1955
At the Mosque Theater, Richmond, Virginia: Martha Carson, Slim Whitman, The Davis Sisters, Onie Wheeler, Jimmy Rogers Snow and special added attraction: Elvis with Scotty and Bill
Peter Guralnick and Ernst Jorgensen in Elvis Day by Day wrote “RCA field representative Brad McCuen (responsible for east Tennessee, Virginia, and the Carolinas) and country–and–western promotion manager Chick Crumpacker are in the audience to check out some of their acts. Crumpacker remembers being bowled over. “What really got the listeners was his energy and the way he sang the songs. The effect was galvanic.” Subsequently Crumpacker makes a point of taking all of Elvis’ records back to New York to give to his boss, Steve Sholes, who, unbeknownst to him, is already well aware of the new act.”
Elvis was interviewed by a local DJ between shows to name his favorite song and Elvis picked “I Was The One”, from his first RCA session.
Elvis performed: Heartbreak Hotel, Long Tall Sally, I Was The One, Money Honey, I Got A Woman, Blue Suede Shoes, and Hound Dog twice.
Auditorium Pandemonium Elvis Cools Cats Down To a Dungaree Delirium By Jack Blalock and Ray Moseley of the Gazette Staff
It started as a chant of “We want Elvis,” mounted to a wave of hysterical screaming and from then on the cats had a ball. Elvis Presley, his guitar and his singing caused it all last night – the biggest mob scene the Auditorium has ever witnessed. Teen-aged rock-and-roll fans started lining up 5 1/2 hours before his appearance and at show time the auditorium was packed, with hundreds more waiting outside. Presley, flashily dressed and beaming broadly, took it all with ease as he sang for two worshipful mobs. The 21-year-old singing star was scheduled to appear at 8 p.m. but he missed a plane connection in Memphis and did not come on stage until almost 8:30. The delay merely heightened the pandemonium in the Auditorium. Thirty minutes before his arrival, the big hall started rocking with waves of rhythmic applause and cries of “We Want Elvis!” The crescendo mounted to a hysterical pitch when the stage lights came on. The curtain parted and a blue jacketed master of ceremonies bubbled: “Bless your hearts, you’re going to get him.” That touched off another round of screaming. Then the crowd booed and hissed intermittently as another act performed. Plainly they wanted Elvis.
In Person; In Purple The master of ceremonies returned, fumbled through an introduction that no one cared to hear and then it happened. Out of the curtains on the right emerged a broadly smiling Presley, garbed in a violet purple coat and black silk slacks. A guitar was draped over his shoulders as he slinked toward the microphone. Instantly, the crowd was on its feet, screaming and waving. The front rows surged forward. Presley continued to beam, wrestled the microphone toward him and suddenly burst into the opening notes of his most popular song “Heartbreak Hotel.” That was more than the teenagers could take sitting down. On the left side of the auditorium, they rose in a body and stormed down the aisle, then stood screaming on the brink of the stage. Presley gyrated wildly on stage, drawing louder screams each time he flicked a leg in hula dancer fashion. Police Herd Them Back Policemen scrambled down the aisle after the teen-agers and finally persuaded them to return to their seats. The screaming never subsided during the rendition. The notes came through only now and then, but it didn’t matter.
REALLY SENDS ‘EM – Elvis Presley “sent” these teen-agers “a-rockin and a-roll-in” while singing and shaking out one of his self-styled “hi want you, hi need you” songs. This front row scene was typical in the packed Robinson Auditorium last night. The ticket demand was so great that Presley presented a second show.
Arkansas Democrat Photo by Cranford Little Rock Public Library
The Beatles appeared live on the national BBC TV children’s program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre, Shepherd’s Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed ‘From Me to You’ and a shortened version of ‘Please Please Me.’
May 16, 1965
The Beach Boys appear on The Ed Sullivan Show performing their latest hit, “Help Me Rhonda”. Although all of the group sang on the record, only Carl Wilson (guitar) and Brian Wilson (piano and organ) played instruments on it. The rest of the music was provided by The Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles studio musicians who would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.
The Beach Boys released the album Pet Sounds in the US. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson. To confirm this, Pet Sounds has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released and has been ranked at No.1 in several music magazines lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked No.2 in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, (Sgt. Pepper’S came first). Paul McCartney picked it as one of his favorite albums of all time.
Bob Dylan’s iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in the UK. Rock’s first double album, and Dylan’s seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.
The Beatles continued working on the George Harrison composition “Taxman,” which became the opening cut on their “Revolver” album. The initial recording was done on April 20 and the track was completed on June 21.
In Hollywood, Frank Sinatra recorded “Summer Wind.”
May 16, 1967
The Monkees‘ third LP, “Headquarters” was released. It was their first album recorded primarily by the four members of the group and would reach #1 in the US for one week before being relegated to second place for eleven consecutive weeks by “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Elvis went to The Memphian to see Peter Sellers’ A Shot In The Dark.
May 16, 1968
At the FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Tony Joe White recorded his composition, “Polk Salad Annie.” Billy Swan, singer of the 1974 hit “I Can Help,” produced the session. Elvis would open many concerts with his cover version.
May 16, 1969
Jack Cassady of Jefferson Airplane was arrested at the Royal Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana for possession of marijuana.
Pete Townshend of the Who was arrested onstage after mistakenly kicking a New York police officer.
John Lennon, declared “an inadmissible immigrant to the US”, seeks a visa to visit America. Lennon’s standing visa was revoked by the US Embassy in London ten days before because of his drug conviction in November 1968.
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel finally relinquished its spot at #1 on the Album chart after 10 weeks, falling to #2. The winner was the great Deja Vu by Crosby Stills, Nash & Young. McCartney, Paul’s first solo release, went from 14-3 with Hey Jude from the Beatles at 4 and Band of Gypsys (sp) by Jimi Hendrix coming in fifth.
Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane was arrested for marijuana possession and for contributing to the delinquency of minors in Bloomington, Minnesota.
May 16, 1971
Back in the recording studio in Nashville for his upcoming Christmas album, Elvis and the band started to jam during a break. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” of Bob Dylan went on for more than 11 minutes. Unfortunately Elvis lost his interest for the Christmas album afterwards and the band did 3 instrumental tracks.
May 16, 1973
The Carpenters released the single “Yesterday Once More”.
Elvis did Dinner and Midnight Tahoe Shows.
May 16, 1974
Elvis performed at the High Sierra Room, Sahara Tahoe Hotel, Stateline, Nevada to tepid reviews..
May 16, 1975
Chuck Berry hosted a retro tribute on “The Midnight Special” on NBC-TV was a retro tribute hosted by Chubby Checker, and featured performances by Bo Diddley, Lesley Gore, the Drifters, Tymes, Angels, and Danny & the Juniors.
May 16, 1976
From Elvis Presley Blvd, Memphis Tennessee released
Paul McCartney released his “McCartney II” album.
Dr. George C. Nichopoulous is indicated in Memphis on 14 counts of over prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and nine other patients. Although he was acquitted in November, his case was reopened twelve years later and resulted in the revocation of his medical license.
Former New Christy Minstrels member (with Kenny Rogers), Kim Carnes started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, the singers only US No.1 and a No.10 hit in the UK. Carnes received a personal thank-you letter for the song from actress Bette Davis, saying that it had impressed her young grandson. Blogger Nina recalls Davis publicly not liking the song or knowing what it was supposed to even mean.
The double soundtrack album “This Is Elvis” hit #115 in the U.S. The soundtrack album was certified Gold on August 6, 2002 by the RIAA
Motown’s twenty-fifth anniversary on NBC TV gathered The Temptations and the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles reunited for the show, The Supremes (Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Cindy Birdsong) also reunited for the event and, appropriately, sang “Someday, We’ll Be Together.” Stevie Wonder sang “You Are the Sunshine of My Life.” It was the first time Michael Jackson performed the “moonwalk” for a live audience.
Comedian/actor (Taxi, Heartbeeps, In God We Tru$t, God Told Me To) Andy Kaufman died of lung cancer at the age of 35.
A royalty check for $6.5 million from sales of “We Are The World” was handed over to the USA for Africa Foundation by Columbia Records. The total raised would eventually exceed $50 million. Blogger Nina recalls -None of the charity was effective and corrupt governments and military groups took the money and the food aid.
U2 started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart ‘With Or Without You’, co-produced by Canada’s Daniel Lanois, the group’s first US No.1. The third track from their 1987 album The Joshua Tree the song was the group’s most successful single at the time.
Jim Henson, The Muppets creator who scored two US Top 30 hits with “Rubber Duckie” in 1970 and “Rainbow Connection” in 1979, died of Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome at the age of 53.
Sammy Davis Jr. died of throat cancer at the age of 64. Davis was a member of The Rat Pack, along with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop and had several US Top 40 hits including “Something’s Gotta Give”, “Love Me or Leave Me”, “That Old Black Magic”, “The Candy Man” and his signature tune, “I’ve Gotta Be Me”.
Frank Sinatra famously got the mob to not murder Sammy for marrying a white woman.
Sammy and Elvis were long time friends, and appeared together on stage on the Frank Sinatra welcome elvis home special.
but Sammy’s most important tv and cultural appearance was on “All In the Family”
Ray Charles was inducted into the Atlanta Celebrity Walk.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall breaks his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their Bridges To Babylon tour.
The Artist Formerly Known As Prince reverts back to the name Prince. Because his publishing contract expired December 31, 1999, Prince says his birth name was emancipated from “long-term restrictive documents,” and he could stop using the unpronounceable symbol he used to identify himself when he was committed to what he called “undesirable relationships.”
Britney Spears released her sophomore album, Oops!… I Did It Again. It included tracks like “Stronger” and “Lucky” as well as a cover of The Rolling Stones classic “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and a recording of “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know” co-written by Canada’s Shania Twain.
Mike Love‘s lawsuit against fellow Beach Boys member Brian Wilson and the British newspaper Mail On Sunday was dismissed as being without merit. Love had sued over the free distribution of a 2004 CD that included the Beach Boys’ name and Love’s image.
Parma, Italy honored musical performers Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and John Lennon, by re-naming city streets after them.
Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album. The album received two Grammy Award nominations in Best Americana Album category and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for ‘Beyond Here Lies Nothin’. The album also is significant as the only album by Dylan to top the US and UK charts consecutively.
Paul McCartney told Scotland’s Sunday Mail newspaper that he is convinced The Beatles would have reformed in recent years if all their members had survived, because they would have signed up for a reunion “just for a laugh”. He pointed out that the band was asked to reunite shortly after they split, but said “It wasn’t really a good idea then, but I think if this much time had elapsed, I could easily see it happening. Somebody would have said, ‘Oh go on. Just for a laugh.’”
Nina Notes – SNL Did.. they were all in new york…but it was the too soon until it was too late.
all that orchestra was the wrong way to go for teenagers
*The Sun Records Rockabilly Era* October 19, 1955 Returning to Cleveland; Elvis appeared at the Circle Theatre Cleveland at 7.30 and 10.00 p.m. with Roy Acuff and Kitty Wells, local stars at the Grand Ole Opry.
*The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer*
October 19, 1956
Elvis Presley released his second album, “Elvis.”
The day before Elvis was booked for assault and battery at a gas station, but all charges were dropped against Elvis, while the other two men were fined for their involvement in the fight the other day. June Juanico arrived from Biloxi for a visit.
October 19, 1957
Alan Freed’s “The Biggest Show of Stars for 1957” concert tour played Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Performers included Fats Domino, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Chuck Berry, Paul Anka, Frankie Lymon, Clyde McPhatter, the Everly Brothers, LaVern Baker, the Drifters, Eddie Cochran, the Bobettes, Buddy Knox, Johnnie & Joe, the Spaniels, and Jimmy Bowen.
Scotty Moore and Bill Black played Texas State Fair, Dallas, TX (4 shows daily from October 5 to 20)
October 19, 1958
Brenda Lee records “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”. The song will be released as a single but will fail to chart in either 1958 or 1959. When it was re-released in 1960 it rose to #14 and has since become a Christmas standard, being ranked at #4 in the Top 10 All Time Christmas Songs.
October 19, 1959
“Mack The Knife” spent a third week at #1 for Bobby Darin and it wasn’t close to done. Paul Anka would have to settle for #2 with “Put Your Head On My Shoulder”. The Fleetwood had song #3–“Mr. Blue” while Sandy Nelson’s great instrumental “Teen Beat” took #4. The rest of the Top 10: The Everly Brothers and “(‘Til) I Kissed You”, Santo & Johnny with another of The Top 100 Instrumentals of the Rock Era*–“Sleep Walk”, Andy Williams and “Lonely Street” at #7, the Coasters with “Poison Ivy”, Frankie Avalon was back with “Just Ask Your Heart” and the Browns with their former #1 “The Three Bells”.
Elvis’ unit went on manoeuvres called Big Lift at the military training area in Wildflecken near the Swiss border.
October 19, 1963
A tour of the UK dubbed The Greatest Record Show, kicks off at London’s Finsbury Park Astoria. The line-up featured Lesley Gore, Brook Benton, Dion, Timi Yuro and newcomer Trini Lopez, who currently has the number 3 record in the United States with “If I Had A Hammer”.
The Beatles performed at the Pavilion Gardens in Buxton, England.
October 19, 1964
Bobby Vinton released the single “Mr. Lonely”.
October 19, 1967 The soundtrack to The Sound Of Music was at No.1 on the UK album chart, spending its 132 week on the chart. The Beatles were at No.2 with Sgt. Pepper and Scott Walker was at No.3 with ‘Scott.’ “I Second That Emotion” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles was released by Tamla-Motown. Jose Feliciano records his version of “Light My Fire”, which will reach #3 in the US in 1968. The Beatles finished vocal and guitar parts for “Hello Goodbye” at Abbey Road Studios in London. Elvis in Arizona for Stay Away, Joe
October 19, 1968
Elvis Presley’s single “A Little Less Conversation” hit #69 in the U.S.
October 19, 1970
The Australian outlaw film “Ned Kelly,” featuring Mick Jagger in his first starring role, was released to unflattering reviews. One movie critic wrote, “He looks about as lethal as last week’s lettuce.”
Elvis picked up 12 TCB-pendants in Beverly Hills from Schwartz and Ableser, Fine diamonds and Jewelry.
These pendants were made from a design sketched by Elvis and Priscilla. The 14 karat gold charm consisted of the letters TCB over a zigzag lightning bolt. Over the years many explanations were given but its meaning is:
Taking Care of Business- in a flash.
October 19, 1973
David Bowie released his seventh album Pin Ups. The album, which features supermodel Twiggy on the front cover, is a collection of cover versions of some of the singer’s favourite songs, including tracks by Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, The Who, The Yardbirds and The Kinks.
Art Garfunkel owned the top Easy Listening song for the third week with “All I Know”.
Elvis in Memphis Baptist Memorial Hospital. Linda Thompson stayed in the room with him.
October 19, 1974
Billy Preston went to the top of the US singles chart with “Nothing From Nothing”, the singer’s second and final number one.
The Eagles performed at the Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, South Carolina for the On the Border tour.
Canada’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive had the #1 album in the US with “Not Fragile”. A single from the LP, “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”, also topped the American charts.
Billy Preston took over at #1 with “Nothing From Nothing”. Dionne Warwick & the Spinners were close with “Then Came You” and Stevie Wonder’s powerful protest song “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” was third. The former #1 from Olivia Newton-John (“I Honestly Love You”) was #4 with Carole King from Stanley, Idaho moving from 15-5 with “Jazzman”. The rest of the Top 10: “The Bitch Is Back” from Elton John, although most stations placed it at #1, Blue Swede with their second hit “Never My Love”, Bad Company’s “Can’t Get Enough” was #8, Tony Orlando & Dawn had “Steppin’ Out” and the Osmonds moved into the Top 10 with “Love Me For A Reason”
ctober 19, 1976 The Mayor of Wisconsin proclaimed it to be ‘Elvis day’ in Madison. Elvis performed at the Dane County Coliseum, Madison, Wisconsin.
photo by Sean Shaver
– Prince‘s second album “Prince” was released.
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers released their breakthrough album Damn the Torpedoes.
After a highly successful tour of North America, ABBA began the European leg of the tour at the Scandinavian in Gothenburg, Sweden.
AC/DC kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Bristol Colston Hall. The bands first gigs since the death of singer Bon Scott.
A talented new singer from Florida and her band debuted on the chart for the first time with their first single “Conga”. Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine had their first hit on this date.
A-Ha went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Take On Me’, making them the first Norwegian group to score a US No.1. The video for the song featured the band in a pencil-sketch animation method called rotoscoping, combined with live action which won six awards and was nominated for two others at the 1986 MTV Video Music Awards.
An American Rock critic calls Public Enemy’s Rap effort “Bring The Noise” as “merely the greatest piece of Rock and Roll released in 1987.” The single is made up of rapping over sampled tracks by James Brown, Funkadelic, Marva Whitney, The Beastie Boys and others. For a record given such high praise, it failed to crack the US Top 40 and only reached #56 on the Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop chart.
George Michael released the title track to Faith.
Mariah Carey spent a second week at #1 with “Emotions” with competition coming from “Do Anything” by Natural Selection. Karyn White’s “Romantic” was third followed by “Hole Hearted” from Extreme and “Something To Talk About” by Bonnie Raitt. The rest of the Top 10: Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch with “Good Vibrations”, “I Adore Mi Amor” from Color Me Badd, Aaron Neville moved up to #8 with “Everybody Plays The Fool”, Bryan Adams collected his seventh Top 10 song–“Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” and Martika entered the list with “Love…Thy Will Be Done”.
Boyzone’s remake of the great Bee Gees song “Words” was #1 in the U.K.
“Macarena” by Los Del Rio was #1 for the 12th week, four off the Rock Era record set the year before by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men (“One Sweet Day”). Donna Lewis spent a record ninth week at #2 with “I Love You Always Forever”, probably a #1 song in almost any other time. Celine Dion had her lucky 13th hit with “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now”, BLACKstreet with Dr. Dre moved from 48 to 4 with “No Diggity” and No Mercy had their great song “Where Do You Go” at #5. The rest of the Top 10: “Twisted” by Keith Sweat, “Change The World” from Eric Clapton, the Quad City DJ’s slipped with “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train)”, Az Yet and “Last Night” and Toni Braxton’s great double sided hit “You’re Makin’ Me High”/”Let It Flow”.
On stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honored John Denver. Gill played “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
Famed producer Sir George Martin, known as “The Fifth Beatle”, retired from the music business. Martin produced every Beatles record from “Love Me Do” through Abbey Road, with the exception of post-production on the Let It Be album, and also produced artists including Elton John, America, and Jeff Beck.
A judge ruled that Robbie Williams had substantially copied lyrics on his song ‘Jesus Was A Camper Van’ from the 1961 Woody Guthrie song ‘I Am The Way’ and also used parts of a parody by Loudon Wainwright III. EMI Records had offered 25% royalties but the publishers Ludlow Music were demanding 50%
Bono of U2 was invited to the White House where he discussed the G8 and fighting AIDS with U.S. President George W. Bush.
A survey concluded that the average person spent around £21,000 ($42,000) on music during their lives, the figure included the amount spent on Hi-Fi equipment, concerts and CDs. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double that, parting with just over £44,000 ($89,000), in a lifetime, according to the survey conducted by UK company Prudential.
2009 A clump of hair believed to have been trimmed (nope Col Parker destroyed all that) from Elvis Presley’s head when he joined the US Army in 1958 sold for $15,000 (£9,200) at an auction in Chicago, America. Other items sold belonging to Presley included a shirt which sold for $52,000 (£32,000), a set of concert-used handkerchiefs, $732 (£450) and photos from the reception of Presley’s 1967 wedding to Priscilla, sold for nearly $6,000 (£3,700).
Elton John described today’s songwriters as “pretty awful”, Pop music as “uninspiring” and talent shows like American Idol as “boring” in an interview with UK Radio Times magazine.
At the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr Conrad Murray, Dr Steven Shafer testified that it would have been impossible for Michael Jackson to have self-administered a lethal dose of the sedative propofol. He later said of Dr Murray’s delay in calling 911: “I almost don’t know what to say. That is so completely and utterly inexcusable.”
73-year-old Etta James announced her decision to retire following the release of her latest album, “The Dreamer”. As well as her 1961 R&B smash “At Last”, James also placed nine songs on the Billboard Top 40 Pop chart between 1960 and 1968. She would die of leukemia on January 20, 2012.
Coldplay released their fifth studio album ‘Mylo Xyloto’ which charted at No.1 in thirty-four countries. In the UK ‘Mylo Xyloto’ became Coldplay’s fifth album to debut at No.1 and became the group’s third to debut at No.1 on the US Billboard 200.
Chess Records co-founder Phil Chess passed away at his home in Arizona at the age of 95. He and his brother Leonard were responsible for releasing early hits by Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, as well as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Etta James.
Singer and actress Della Reese passed away at the age of 86. She began her career by scoring three Billboard Top 20 hits in the late 1950s, including the #2 hit “Don’t You Know”
Elvis Presley Variety Show – Oct 19, 2018 – River Falls Chamber of …
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Born on this day, Chuck Berry singer, songwriter and guitarist. Berry was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music, who helped developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive; his lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism plus his own brand of showmanship became a major influence on subsequent rock music. He also had surprise hit in 1972 with the UK and US No.1 single ‘My Ding A Ling’. A major influence on The Beatles and Rolling Stones, Berry’s ‘Johnny B. Goode’ was one of the examples of music from Earth sent out to space. Berry died on 18 March 2017 aged 90.
On his twenty-first birthday, Chuck Berry leaves jail after serving three years for armed robbery. He would go on to hang bumpers on cars in an automotive factory, a janitor in an apartment building, and then as a beautician before recording “Maybellene” for Chess Records in 1955.
October 18, 1956
Elvis pulled into the station at Gayoso and Second for repairs and was besieged by fans. Hopper, the station manager, ordered Presley away and a brief altercation ensued. Station employee Aubrey Brown tries to help his boss, but is no match for Presley. After police are called, Hopper and Brown are charged with assault and are eventually fined $25 and $15 respectively.
Aferwards, Elvis spent the day with girlfriend Barbara Hearn and SweetPea, a dog he had gotten for Gladys.
October 18, 1957
Paul McCartney made his first appearance with The Quarry Men at New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool. The line-up for The Quarry Men was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry. Paul played John some songs that he had composed which Lennon contributes, marking the birth of the Lennon and McCartney songwriting partnership. . McCartney, who played lead guitar, didn’t perform well in his solo, which eventually led to George Harrison being invited into the group and Paul switching to bass.
Peggy Sue Gerron first heard the song that was named for her when she went to see Buddy Holly & the Crickets in concert in Sacramento, California. Gerron later married Crickets drummer Jerry Allison.
Scotty Moore and Bill Black played Texas State Fair, Dallas, TX (4 shows daily from October 5 to 20)
October 18, 1958
The Elvis Presley single “King Creole” hit #2 in the U.S.
October 18, 1959
In Kansas City, 75 teenagers were arrested outside Municipal Auditorium after a riot broke out, giving civic leaders ammunition to further decry “the rock ‘n’ roll menace.”
October 18, 1963
Chuck Berry was released from federal prison in Springfield, Missouri after serving 19 months for transporting a minor across state lines for an immoral purpose.
October 18, 1964
Taking a day off from their British tour The Beatles went into the studio and completed the recording of six album tracks and the A-side of their next single: ‘I Feel Fine’. They also completed ‘Eight Days a Week’, ‘Kansas City/Hey Hey Hey Hey’, ‘Mr. Moonlight’, ‘I’ll Follow the Sun’, ‘Everybody’s Trying to Be My Baby’. ‘Rock and Roll Music’ and ‘Words of Love.’
The Animals‘ first UK tour as headliners opens in Manchester, England, with Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Tommy Tucker and The Nashville Teens as supporting acts.
October 18, 1968
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were arrested for possession of marijuana when police raided Ringo Starr’s apartment.
October 18, 1976
Elvis performed at the Arena, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Buggles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Video Killed The Radio Star.’ A studio band featuring producer Trevor Horn. Famously, it was the first ever music video shown on MTV in North America
The Traveling Wilburys released the amazing album Volume One.
Lynn Anderson was released from jail after serving two days in jail in Nashville, TN for a contempt of court sentence for swearing in front of her children.
After a 15 year court battle, New York State’s highest court ruled that the Ronettes, did not have the right to share the money earned by their producer Phil Spector through the use of the group’s songs in movies, television and advertising. Citing a 1963 contract signed by the group, the court also substantially reduced the amount they stood to gain from royalties on sales of records and compact discs.
The latest collection of Elvis Presley‘s number one hits, “2nd To None” went to #3 on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums chart in its first week of release, selling over 180,000 copies.
A clump of hair trimmed from Elvis Presley‘s head when he joined the US Army in March, 1958, sold for $15,000 at the Leslie Hindman auction house in Chicago. Also among the 200 Elvis-related items up for bid was one of Presley’s shirts which went for $52,000.
(Nina notes, Col Parker ensured that the Elvis military hair cut hair was burnt, so questionable item)
A re-worked version of Elvis Presley‘s “Suspicious Minds” hit radio stations as part of a CD called “Viva Elvis – The Album” being released later that year. The disc featured newer, more contemporary music dubbed onto many of his hits.
Paul McCartney gave an impromptu gig in Covent Garden, London to a crowd of more than 2,000 fans during the lunchtime rush. McCartney’s latest solo album ‘New’ was released in the same week.
On his 90th birthday, Chuck Berry announced his first new album in 38 years. He dedicated the LP, simply called “Chuck”, to his wife of 68 years, Thelmetta. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
Elvis Scotty and Bill might have played the Silver Slipper
October 8, 1955
Chuck Berry continued to own the top R&B song with “Maybellene”, now in its 10th week at #1.
The Four Aces led the US hit parade with “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing”, the first US number one record that was specifically written for a motion picture.
Elvis performed at the Louisiana Hayride, Municipal Auditorium , Shreveport.
October 8, 1956
The show “Lawrence Welk’s Top Tunes and New Talent” debuted.
Elvis was released from the film Love Me Tender, because all the work completing the production was done.
October 8, 1957
As a follow-up to his six million seller, “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”, Jerry Lee Lewis records his biggest hit, “Great Balls of Fire” at Sam Phillips’ Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee. When released a month later it will sell over a million copies in the first ten days, eventually selling five million more. The record will peak at #2 in January, 1958, being kept out of the top spot by Danny And The Juniors’ “At The Hop”.
Scotty Moore and Bill Black played Texas State Fair, Dallas, TX (4 shows daily from October 5 to 20)
October 8, 1960
Elvis and the group stopped off in Las Vegas for some time before returning to Memphis.
October 8, 1962
After a five year absence, Little Richard makes his return to Rock ‘n’ Roll as he kicks off his first ever tour of the UK, sharing the bill with Sam Cooke. Enthusiastic audience reaction to Cooke’s secular set convinced Richard to end his self-imposed exile and return to rock ‘n’ roll.
The Beatles recorded a session at EMI House in Manchester Square in London, to be played on Radio Luxembourg’s Friday Spectacular show on October 12.
It Happened at the World’s Fair
October 8, 1963
“Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton held the #1 spot on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth straight week.
October 8, 1964
The Beatles recorded “She’s a Woman” in seven takes at the EMI Studios in London. The sixth take was deemed to be the best, and the group spent a second session that night adding overdubs.
Roy Orbison was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Oh Pretty Woman’, his third UK No.1. The title was inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected “A pretty woman never needs any money.”
October 8, 1965
The Rolling Stones, Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 2 and the Checkmates were in concert at the ABC, Stockton on Tees, England.
October 8, 1966
Ginger Baker, drummer of Cream, collapsed during a concert at Sussex University in England after playing a 20-minute drum solo. He recovered at a local hospital. and died in 2019.
The Temptations had the top R&B song for a third week with “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep”.
October 8, 1967
Jimi Hendrix and Arthur Brown were at the Saville Theatre in London.
Elvis arrived for shooting Stay Away Joe in Sedona, Arizona.
October 8, 1968
Cass Elliot debuted as a solo artist at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two week run was abruptly cancelled when opening night proved to be a disaster. Cass has tonsillitis and her band is poorly rehearsed.
The Beatles recorded “I’m So Tired” and “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill” for the upcoming White Album.
October 8, 1970
Lynn Anderson released the great single “Rose Garden”.
October 8, 1971
John Lennon released the single “Imagine” in the U.K.
Led Zeppelin II was enjoying its 100th week on the UK album charts. It was the band’s first album to hit No.1 in the US, knocking The Beatles’ Abbey Road twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA, (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying).
October 8, 1972
From October 8 to the end of the month, Elvis watched almost every night movies at the Memphian or the Crosstown.
In 2015 Priscilla would look back at her marriage to Elvis and say, “He was the father of my child and I learned so much from that man. I’m not saying that everything was wonderful, marriages have problems, and especially in that Rock ‘n’ Roll environment, but we had an amazing bond.”
After a long dry spell, Dionne Warwicke returned to the US top ten with “Then Came You”, recorded with The Spinners. Due to some superstitious feelings having to do with astrology, the former Ms. Warwick added an “e” to the end of her name for good luck. She would later return to the old spelling, which is actually a mis-spelled version of her real name: Warrick.
Elvis performed at the Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.
October 8, 1975
Elvis took a short flying tour in his newly bought Lockheed JetStar, with 5 others and his personal pilot, Milo High.
Barry White remained at #1 on the R&B chart with “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me”.
Billy Joel‘s breakthrough album, “The Stranger”, enters the Billboard album chart, where it would crack the Top 10. The LP contained four US Top 30 singles (“Just The Way You Are” – #3, “Movin’ Out” – #17, “Only The Good Die Young” – #24 and “She’s Always A Woman” – #17) and would be his first effort to reach the UK album chart.
“Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon was #1 on the Easy Listening chart for the fifth week.
Although her Pop career was on the decline, Anne Murray won the Country Music Association’s Album of the Year Award for “A Little Good News”. She was the first woman to ever be given that distinction.
Little Richard passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle while driving in West Hollywood and ran into a telephone pole, causing serious injury and forcing him to miss his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. He returned to spiritual music again after his recovery.
Elton John, David Lee Roth and Cher appear on the opening night of The Late Show starring Joan Rivers. At the end of the program, the hostess stood next to Elton and joined him in singing “The Bitch Is Back”. Joan’s decision to host her own show without telling Johnny Carson, for whom she filled in for on The Tonight Show, would permanently sour the friendship between the two.
Chuck Berry is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His film biography, Hail, Hail Rock & Roll premiered the same night.
Responding to Rolling Stone guitarist Ron Wood’s suggestion that The Who were only staging a 25th Anniversary Tour for the money, Pete Townshend fires back with: “Mick needs a lot more than I do. His last album was a flop.”
The U.S. Postal Service announced the commemorative stamp booklet that would include Bill Haley, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Clyde McPhatter, Dinah Washington, and Otis Redding.
Record label bosses at EMI recalled a vinyl, anniversary edition of The Beatles’ hit single “Love Me Do” after discovering they had accidentally pressed a version that included session musician Andy White playing drums instead of band member Ringo Starr. Copies of the disc featuring the wrong version were reportedly selling for big money on the internet auction website eBay.
Michael Jackson’s estate launched a lawsuit against three companies in Japan, alleging they were using the name and likeness of the late Pop star on key chains, mugs, towels, post cards and other products without permission.
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Bob Horn’s Bandstand debuts on WFIL-TV in Philadelphia. Less than four years later the weekly show will be hosted by Dick Clark and will go on to be one of the most influential US music programs in Rock history.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
October 7, 1955
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Revue,” a compilation of made-for-television short films featuring Duke Ellington, Nat “King” Cole, Lionel Hampton, Ruth Brown, the Clovers, Dinah Washington, Louis Bellson, Big Joe Turner, Martha Davis, Nipsey Russell, and the Delta Rhythm Boys, opened in U.S. movie theaters.
Elvis and Tillman Franks took a bus to Houston to see “Western Swing” king Bob Wills at Cook’s Hoedown Club while everyone else relaxed and made their way back to Shreveport for Saturday’s Hayride commitment. According to Franks, neither Elvis nor Wills were particularly impressed with the other
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
October 7, 1957
Little Richard‘s “Keep A Knockin’, featuring the wailing sax of Grady Gaines, enters the Billboard Top 40 on its way to #8 during a twelve week chart run. It was the seventh time Richard had reached the Pop chart in the last two years.
RCA Victor has already received a half-million advanced orders for Elvis Presley’s fourth LP, “Elvis’ Christmas Album”. So far only 200,000 copies have been pressed. Over the years, the disc has sold over 13 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling Christmas / holiday album of all time.
Scotty Moore and Bill Black played Texas State Fair, Dallas, TX (4 shows daily from October 5 to 20)
Elvis went to see wrestling matches at Ellis Auditorium. After that he had dinner with Penny Banner, one of the lady wrestlers, whom he took back to Graceland afterwards.
The Military Service Disruption
October 7, 1958
Georgia Gibbs sings “The Hula-Hoop Song” on The Ed Sullivan Show, giving the hip-swinging craze an even further boost. Twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months and in two years sales would reach more than 100 million units. Although many believe the toy was first popularized in the 1950s, references to it have been found from as early as 500 B.C.E.
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
October 7, 1960
Flaming Star Elvis recorded the new title song Flaming Star at Radio Recorders in an 8.00 to 11.00 p.m. session.
October 7, 1961
Elvis Presley’s single “Little Sister” hit #5 in the U.S.
October 7, 1962
It Happened at the World’s Fair
October 7, 1963
The Rolling Stones recorded the Lennon and McCartney penned song ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’ at De Lane Lea Studios in London. The song which was primarily written by Paul McCartney, was finished by Lennon and McCartney in the corner of a room while Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were talking peaked at No.12 on the UK charts when released.
Elvis reported to MGM in Hollywood for the preproduction on Kissin’ Cousins. During the week he had script and choreography rehearsals. There were also wig fittings for his role as the blond twin.
October 7, 1964
The Beatles appear on a taped episode of the American Rock ‘n’ Roll TV show Shindig!. From London, they perform “I’m a Loser”, “Boys” and “Kansas City”.
While driving his new Cadillac in Baton Rogue, Louisiana , Joe Tex becomes only the second man in America to be charged for driving while watching a TV on his dashboard.
October 7, 1965
Elvis arrived at Graceland at 11.00 p.m. He drove the Dodge Motor Home himself followed by a caravan of 5 cars.
October 7, 1966
Smiley Lewis, New Orleans R&B singer, died of stomach cancer. He wrote ‘One Night’ covered by Elvis Presley and ‘I Hear You Knocking’ 1955 US No.2 for Gale Storm plus UK No.1 & US No.2 for Dave Edmunds’.
October 7, 1967
The Beatles rejected an offer of $1 million from promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at New York’s Shea Stadium. Bernstein had originally brought the group to Shea in August 1965. Sid Bernstein had actually successfully contracted the Beatles to play at Shea Stadium in both 1965 and 1966.
Cass Elliot of the Mamas And Papas spends the night in a London jail after a dispute over her hotel bill. The charges would be dropped the next day, however a TV and concert appearance had to be cancelled.
Elvis went to Las Vegas for a few days before heading to Arizona for Stay Away, Joe
October 7, 1968
Jose Feliciano performed a controversial version of The Star Spangled Banner before the fifth game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result of his slow, Bluesy delivery, many radio stations refused to play his songs, and his career suffered.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
October 7, 1971
Michael Jackson‘s first solo single, “Got To Be There”, was released by Motown Records. The song would top the Cashbox Best Sellers list and reach #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it rose to #5.
October 7, 1974
Elvis performed at the Henry Levitt Arena, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas.
October 7, 1976
John Lennon was awarded his ‘Green Card’ – permanent residency status, at a hearing in New York which overturned previous efforts by the US Government to deport him. The three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was “contrary to US ideas of due process and was invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America.”
The Wake and Aftermath
October 7, 1977
The album “From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee” was confirmed gold by the RIAA.
The film soundtrack to ‘Grease’ featuring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John started a 13 week run at No.1 on the UK chart.
The Rolling Stones perform “Beast Of Burden” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, propelling it to its peak position of #8 on the Hot 100 a month later.
“Elvis 2nd To None” was released.
The album included Elvis’s #1 singles that did not appear on the previous release, other notable recordings by the artist, one previously unreleased recording (“I’m a Roustabout”) and a remix of “Rubberneckin’” by Paul Oakenfold.
Although not as successful as its predecessor, 2nd to None made the top 10 in at least nine countries and received certifications in several regions.
Singer Lisa Marie Presley and her fourth husband, guitarist/producer Michael Lockwood, welcomed the arrival of fraternal twins they named Harper and Finley.
Barbra Streisand surprised many music industry watchers when she topped the Billboard Hot 200 for the ninth time with her latest release, “Love Is the Answer”. The CD extended Streisand’s lead as the female act with the most chart toppers in the history of the Billboard Hot 200. Nielsen SoundScan reported the unit sold 180,000 copies during its first week of release.
Monkees vocalist Davy Jones ruled out ever reuniting with his former band mates after launching a scathing attack on each of his old pals in The National Enquirer. “It’s not a case of dollars and cents. It’s a case of satisfying yourself. I don’t have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me.”
Perry Como recorded “That Old Gang of Mine” with the Ted Weems Orchestra.
The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
October 4, 1955
Elvis performed at the Boys Club Gymnasium, Paris, Texas.
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
October 4, 1957
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the first man-made satellite to achieve Earth orbit in space. Sputnik fell out of orbit on January 4, 1958.
Winners at this years Annual NME readers poll included Pat Boone who was voted the world’s No.1 singer, with Elvis Presley voted second. The top two UK group’s were The King Brothers and The Stargazers.
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
Bob Dylan played a showcase at New York’s Carnegie Hall to 53 people, mostly friends of his.
Shooting for the Elvis Presley film “Flaming Star ” wrapped up.
October 4, 1962
The Tornadoes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the instrumental, ‘Telstar’, (named after a communication satellite). The track went on to be the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart also reaching No.1.
October 4, 1963
The Beatles make their first appearance on the UK rock and roll TV show Ready Steady Go!, where they are interviewed by fellow performer, Dusty Springfield.
Faced with parental disapproval and the anxiety of abandoning his art studies, 16-year-old Anthony Topham is replaced in The Yardbirds by 18-year-old Eric Clapton. After a career as a interior designer, painter and musician, Topham would rejoin The Yardbirds from 2013 to 2015.
Billboard magazine reports that hot-rodding songs are the latest teen fad, replacing surfing songs. Among the top tunes is The Beach Boys‘ “Little Deuce Coupe”, which sits at #15 on the Billboard chart. Capitol Records starts supplying DJs and record retailers with a book of hot-rod terms.
October 4, 1965
With the Dodge Motor Home Elvis and the gang drove back from the shooting of Paradise Hawaiian Style to Memphis. They made their usual stop at the Holiday Inn on Route 66 in Albuquerque.
October 4, 1967
Elvis flew to Los Angeles with Sonny West, Joe Esposito, Billy Smith, Gee Gee Gambill and Charlie Hodge.
October 4, 1968
On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page) appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, England, supported by Terry Reid’s Fantasia, tickets cost 10/6. The Mayfair was a regular venue for up and coming acts, Pink Floyd Mott the Hoople, Def Leppard and AC/DC had all appeared at the club which was demolished in 2000.
Elvis went to the Crosstown Theater to watch Gone With The Wind.
October 4, 1969
The Beatles Abbey Road album went to No.1 on the UK chart. The L.P. would go on to be the group’s biggest seller in Britain, although “The Beatles” (the white album) sold more in North America. The final studio recordings from the group supposedly contained clues adding to the ‘Paul Is Dead’ phenomenon: Paul is barefoot and the car number plate ‘LMW 281F’ supposedly referred to the fact that McCartney would be 28 years old if he was still alive. ‘LMW’ was said to stand for ‘Linda McCartney Weeps.’ And the four Beatles, represent; the priest (John, dressed in white), the Undertaker (Ringo in a black suit), the Corpse (Paul, in a suit but barefoot), and the Gravedigger (George, in jeans and a denim work shirt).
Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Green River’, the group’s first US chart topper. The album contained two of the band’s biggest hits, “Bad Moon Rising” and the title track, and in 2003, was ranked number 95 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
October 4, 1970
Just days after recording what would be her biggest hit, 27 year old Janis Joplin died of a heroin overdose at Hollywood’s Landmark Hotel . “Me and Bobby McGee” would reach number one in early 1971, her highest chart success since “Piece Of My Heart” with Big Brother And The Holding Company in 1968. Joplin had the posthumous 1971 US No.1 single ‘Me And Bobby McGee’, and the 1971 US No.1 album ‘Pearl’. She was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and as “Pearl” to her friends, Joplin remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.
October 4, 1973
The BBC broadcast the 500th edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll show, Top Of The Pops. The featured acts were Slade, Gary Glitter and The Osmonds.
October 4, 1974
John Lennon releases his “Walls And Bridges” LP, which would go on to top the Billboard album chart a few weeks later. Recorded during his estrangement from Yoko Ono, it turned out to be the last record that Lennon recorded without input from her.
Elvis performed at the Olympia Stadium, Detroit, Michigan.
October 4, 1976
Elvis Presley attracts a crowd at a gas station in Memphis, Tennessee when he stops to fill up his Harley. After chatting with fans for a few minutes, the King calmly drives away.
Queen started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Another One Bites The Dust.’
Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach fly to Tucson, Arizona to enter an alcohol abuse program. Over six weeks later, they complete the program and return to England.
Two separate lawsuits are combined on appeal against CBS Records and Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 17 year old Harold Hamilton and 16 year old Michael Waller, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide after listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution”. The Supreme Court would refuse to reinstate the case. A California court had already dismissed a separate suit in 1988, ruling that suicide was not a foreseeable result of Osbourne’s song.
Farm Aid ’97 raised over $1 million for U.S. farmers.
Michael Gibbins, drummer for Badfinger on their hits “Come And Get It”, “Day After Day” and “No Matter What”, died in his sleep at the age of 56.
Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group released “Hit Story.” The three CD set contained 80 Elvis Presley chart hits.
The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time with their A Bigger Bang tour. The tour which ran from late 2005 to August 2007, earned the band £247m, ($437m) with The Stones playing to over 3.5 million people at 113 shows. The previous high was set by U2’s Vertigo tour, which took place in 2005 and 2006, earning £220m, ($389m).
62-year-old Agnetha Faltskog of ABBA fame, announced that she was preparing for a comeback after a break of more than eight years. Her last album, “My Colouring Book”, was released in 2004.
Paul Revere, organist and leader of Paul Revere And The Raiders died following a battle with cancer. Between 1961 and 1971, the band placed 15 songs on Billboard’s Top 40, including the US Top 10 hits ‘Kicks’, ‘Hungry’, ‘Good Thing’ and ‘Him Or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?’