The Sun Records Rockabilly Era
October 1, 1954
The UK’s Top 12 Pop Chart, as published by the New Musical Express, became the Top 20 Chart. The list was compiled by the magazine’s representative who simply telephoned approximately twenty record shops, asking for a list of the ten best-selling songs. Because of its success, other retailers such as Record Mirror and Melody Maker, would soon begin compiling their own charts.
Elvis, Scotty and Bill played Eagle’s Nest in Memphis, a nightclub over the changing room at the Clearpool complex.
October 1, 1955
The first of 39 episodes of “The Honeymooners” aired on CBS-TV. The half-hour sitcom was based on a 1951-1955 sketch of the same name, which originally aired on the DuMont Network’s “Cavalcade of Stars” and subsequently on the CBS Network’s “Jackie Gleason Show,” and starred Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows and Joyce Randolph.
On this date, we first heard from the Platters with their first single “Only You (And You Alone)”.
Elvis performed on the Louisiana Hayride Municipal Auditorium, Shreveport
The RCA Victor Atomic Powered Singer
October 1, 1956
After test audiences have a negative reaction to Elvis dying at the end of the film Love Me Tender, The King is called back to re-shoot the scene. In the new ending, he’s a singing ghost of an extra verse of Love Me Tender on the Fox sound stage for use over the final credits of the movie. The backing vocals and strings were subsequently overdubbed.
October 1, 1957
Elvis appeared, not singing, on a WMCT radio and TV fund raising event in Memphis, where he told the audience that the shooting of his next movie would begin on October 30.
Elvis Presley didn´t answer the big one last night on the United Fund telecast.
Mrs. Eugart Yerian asked, ‘Is Anita still No. 1?’ Elvis didn’t answer.
Mrs: Yerian said, ‘Guess that’s a private matter’.
She and her husband, director of Memphis Little Theater, both doing the interviewing for the SUN program that included Marguerite Piazza, Cary Middlecoff and Hillman Robbins Jr., went on to other questions.
Elvis said he starts his next picture Oct. 30.
What about the draft board? ‘Haven’t heard from them’.
What about straight acting? ‘I’ll never make it’, said Elvis, with a grin.
Elvis went on to say, however, that he ‘would like a straight acting role. It would depend on the script’.
The Military Service Disruption
Memphis Press Scimitar Oct. 2, 1957
At 8.46 a.m. the USS Randall docked at the German port of Bremerhaven, where were over 1500 fans and an army of press.Elvis gave his first European Autograph on the gangplank
Elvis and his battalion, Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division; took a troop train from Bremerhaven to Friedberg, arriving at 7.30 p.m.
The Hollywood Decade/The Elvis Establishment
October 1, 1960
October 1, 1962
Brian Epstein signs his management contract with The Beatles. John Lennon and Ringo Starr signed for themselves and Harold Harrison and James McCartney do so on behalf of their underage sons. The agreement gave Epstein a 25% cut of the group’s earnings provided that they made more than $400 each per week.
The Beach Boys album “Surfin’ Safari” was released. It was their first album release.
A new talent on the scene, Barbra Streisand, signed a recording contract with Columbia Records. Although it was for a modest sum, Streisand had creative control of her music.
October 1, 1964
When the Beatles‘ debut film, “A Hard Day’s Night,” was shown in Prague, it became the first movie to premiere behind the “Iron Curtain” of Communist countries.
Capitalizing on material it owns, recorded by its two best-selling groups, Vee Jay Records releases the album “The Beatles Vs. The Four Seasons”. The record, which consists of previously released material, stays on the LP chart for just three weeks, reaching only as high as #142.
October 1, 1965
Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He introduced his new touring band on this tour, made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band.
The Byrds released the single “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Elvis left LA for Memphis.
October 1, 1966
? (Question Mark) and the Mysterians and Lesley Gore were the guest performers on ABC-TV’s “American Bandstand.”
Johnny Rivers had a major hit with “Poor Side of Town, which moved from 72 to 42 on this date.
Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the UK when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic. Hendrix made his official UK live debut a month later on Friday 25 Nov 1966, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Bag O’Nails Club, London.
October 1, 1967
Pink Floyd arrived in New York City to begin their first tour of the United States.
Elvis went to Nashville again, to Studio B, to record 3 songs for his soundtrack of his next film, Stay Away Joe. Elvis was not involved in the song selection and was so discouraged by the lack of quality of the movie material that he made Felton Jarvis swear that he would never release one of its songs on record: “Dominic” – which RCA did, and BMG/Sony, and the movies themselves as well.
Dewey Philips had died and Elvis attended his funeral at the Memphis Funeral Home, where 10 years earlier the funeral of his mother were held too. He offered Dewey’s widow his condolences and said: “Mrs. Dorothy, Dewey was my friend.”
October 1, 1969
The Beatles released their critically acclaimed album “Abbey Road” in the U.S. It was released a week earlier in England.
Elvis flew to Dallas, returning the following day.
The Vegas Artist in Residence and Tour Decade
Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church Seattle. Among the mourners; Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek and the Dominoes.
Curtis Mayfield quits The Impressions to launch a solo career and to found his own label, Curtom Records, with manager Eddie Thomas. He would go on to place five songs on the Billboard Hot 100 over the next four years, including “Freddie’s Dead” (#4) and “Superfly”, (#8), both of which sold over a million copies in 1972.
October 1, 1971
Elvis in Palm Springs
October 1, 1972
The Eagles were in concert at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for their first tour.
October 1, 1973
Pink Floyd began recording the album Wish You Were Here at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.
The Carpenters released their single “Top of the World”.
Ringo Starr released the single “Photograph”.
October 1, 1974
Elvis performed at the University of Notre Dame’s Athletic and Convention Centre, South Bend, Indiana.
Al Jackson, drummer of Booker T. & the MG’s, was shot and killed by an intruder in Memphis, Tennessee at the age of 39.
October 1, 1976
David Bowie begins a three year hiatus from music by moving to West Berlin in an attempt to resolve some personal problems.
The Wake and Aftermath
Elton John became the first musician to be honoured in New York City’s Madison Square Hall Of Fame and holds the all-time record with 62 performances at the Garden.
Not only was Star Wars a hit at the movie box office, “The Star Wars Theme” by Meco was the best selling single in the US. The orchestra was lead by American record producer and musician, Domenico Monardo. Both the single and the album “Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk” would be certified Platinum in the US. Meco started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with a disco version of ‘Star Wars Theme’. Had other hits with versions of ‘Close Encounters’, ‘Wizard Of Oz’ and ‘Empire Strikes Back’.
The Elvis Presley album “Loving You” hit #24 in the U.K.
The album “Elvis’ Golden Records Vol. 1” hit #63 in the U.S.
October 1, 1982
Sony Corporation introduces the first commercially available compact disc player in Tokyo, Japan. The price of the unit is about $650 US. Albums that have been converted to CD are slow to reach the North American market and the first to go on sale is Billy Joel’s “52nd Street”.
A David Bowie world convention was held at The Cunard Hotel in London. The event had the largest collection of Bowie merchandise ever assembled.
ABBA was honored with a postage stamp released in their native Sweden.
Forbes Magazine listed New Kids On The Block as the fifth richest entertainers in the US with an income of $78 million.
The white crystal-beaded glove worn by Michael Jackson was stolen from the Motown Museum in Detroit. M.C. Hammer offered a $50,000 reward for its return
The Daily Mirror in the UK printed a photo of Michael Jackson in a scoutmaster’s uniform along with five young Boy Scouts. A Boy Scouts leader later made a statement saying that Jackson had no association with the organization.
The Spice Girls London reunion concert sold out in 38 seconds after fans were notified tickets had gone on sale. More than one million people in the UK registered for the concert, on 15 December 2007 at the O2 arena, tickets cost £55-75. Three more London dates were added to the world tour which was kicking off in Vancouver on 2nd Dec.
Burton Cummings, keyboardist and lead singer of the Guess Who, was inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
An original tape of The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 was found after 50 years languishing in a desk drawer. It featured the Fab Four playing ‘Some Other Guy’ in September 1962, four weeks before their debut single came out. It was recorded after the group were filmed for Granada TV’s Know The North, but was never broadcast.
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Peggy Sue Gerron, the woman who inspired Buddy Holly’s 1957 #3 hit, “Peggy Sue”, passed away at the age of 78. Holly had originally wrote the tune as “Cindy Lou”, but his drummer, Jerry Allison persuaded him to change the title to that of his girlfriend. Gerron and Allison were eventually married, but divorced in 1964.
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Elvis went to Nashville again, to Studio B, to record 3 songs for his soundtrack of his next film, Stay Away Joe.
Elvis was not involved in the song selection and was so discouraged by the lack of quality of the movie material that he made Felton Jarvis swear that he would never release one of its songs on record.
Not only were the songs released, all the takes of them.
The movies ended up being released and ownable by fans too.
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