This Day In Classic Rock: May 22nd

It was today in 1958 that The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport for a 37-gig tour. Despite being advised against it, Jerry brought along his new bride, who happened to be his 14-year-old cousin Myra, and cheerfully answered all questions about his personal life.  The Rock and Roll crazy Brits were appalled, and Jerry only played 3 of the shows before the rest of the tour was cancelled.

It was today in 1965 that The Beatles scored their 8th #1 American single with Ticket To Ride, which the record company said would be from their forthcoming second feature film, Eight Arms To Hold You, which at the time was the working title for what would become Help!

It was today in 1971 that The Rolling Stones scored their 2nd #1 American Album with Sticky Fingers. The Andy Warhol designed cover featured the crotch of a pair of very tight  jeans with a working zipper that opened to reveal tighty whities. The crotch in question was widely assumed to be that of Mick Jagger, but actually belonged to actor Joe Dallesandro, a protege of Warhol’s and star of his films Flesh and Trash, which made him a sex symbol of the Greenwich Village hipster underground and the gay subculture. Sticky Fingers also marked the first appearance of possibly the most famous band logo ever, the “Lips and Tongue” designed by John Pasche, who also did tour posters for the Stones through the 70’s, as well as work for The Who, Paul McCartney and Wings, The Stranglers, and Dr. Feelgood.

It was today in 1976 that Wings started a 5 week run at #1 on the U.S. charts with Silly Love Songs, which Paul wrote as a response to critics…and John Lennon’s…claims that Paul had been writing lightweight fluff.

It was today in 2011 that police showed up at the Tennessee home of Kiss’ Ace Frehley replacement, Vinnie Vincent to investigate charges of domestic violence against his wife.  They found four dead dogs in sealed containers.  Vincent was arrested.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Calvin Simon is 70, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the original members of George Clinton’s doo-wop band The Parliaments, which would eventually morph into Parliament and Funkadelic.

Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin is 62.  He and Elton met when each answered an ad in England’s New Musical Express placed by Liberty Records seeking new talent.  Neither passed the audition, but an alert A&R agent hooked them up with each other resulting in a remarkable string of hits.  Bernie has written lyrics for other artists as well, scoring hits with We Built This City for Jefferson Starship, and These Dreams for Seattle’s own Heart.

Be safe, Crowski.

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