The Rolling Stones were on the American charts for the first time today in 1964 with a cover of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away. It would go all the way to #48.

Bobby Fuller Four frontman Bobby Fuller was found dead in his car in L.A. today in 1966, not long after he’d had his first big hit with a cover of a song by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets, I Fought The Law. The Police ruled suicide by gasoline asphyxiation, but many suspected murder.

The Beatles had never heard of Charles Manson today in 1968 when they were at Abbey Road recording the song that would drive him over the edge and later be the title of a book and film about his trial, Helter Skelter. One take clocked in at 27 minutes 11 seconds, the longest-ever Beatle recording. Ringo had blisters on his fingers.

Ringo was at Abbey Road exactly one year later, recording the vocal to Octopus’ Garden, a song he wrote on Peter Sellers’ yacht in the Medidteranian shortly after quitting the band because of infighting, and because he kept getting blisters on his fingers.

Sly and the Family Stone were on tour today in 1972 when police found 2 pounds of wacky tobbacky in their motorhome. Apparently they didn’t look in Sly’s violin case, which was usually full of much stonger stuff.

The U.S. Department of Justice ordered John Lennon booted out of the country today in 1974 on grounds that he’s plead guilty to wacky tobbacky possession in England in 1968. John’s lawyers appealed, and he was granted permanent resident status in 1976.

Def Leppard played their first ever show tonight in 1978 in front of 150 kids at a school in their native Sheffield, England.

Grennwich Villiage Supermodel, Andy Warhol protege, and later Velvet Underground singer and organist Nico died today in 1988 of a heart attack while riding her bicycle in Ibiza, Spain.

Ike Turner was sentenced to one year in Prison today for cocaine possesion and transportation today in 1988.

KISS added a new item to their ever-growing catalog of merchandise today in 2001: The Kiss Kasket, one of which Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell would be buried after he was shot on stage in 2004.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins would be 83. He was the prototype shock-rocker who wrote I Put A Spell On You in 1956. He died at 70.

Ian Stewart would be 74. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame as a member of the Rolling Stones, even though they booted him out in 1963. He continued as their road manger and occasional keyboardist.

Animals bass player Danny McCulloch is 67.

Flamin’ Groovies guitarist Tim Lynch is 66.

Golden Earring drummer Cesar Zuderwijk is 64.


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