Elvis Presley done bought his Mama a pink Cadillac today in 1956 with all the money he done made shakin’ his hips and whatnot. Buying cars for people would become a bit of a trademark for The King, but this one was special, and the family kept it long after Gladys Presley died…the car remains at Graceland, and is the subject of song written by an Elvis fan who once scaled the Graceland walls in an attempt to meet him: Bruce Springsteen’s Pink Cadillac.
The Animals version of an old “traditional” song, The House Of The Rising Sun, went to #1 in the U.S. today in 1964, possibly in part because the record company had lied on the disc: They listed the time at 3 minutes, feeling a 4 minute song was too long to get radio airplay.
John Lennon was in Spain today in 1966, just getting started in his acting role as Musketeer Gripweed in A Hard Days Night and Help! director Richard Lester’s black comedy How I Won The War. The Beatles had been big fans of Lester’s first short film with Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers: The Running Jumping And Standing Still Film.
The Doors appeared on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops tonight in 1968…their first British TV appearance on their first trip there.
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington crashed his brand new Ford Torino into an oak tree in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida today in 1976. Gary was apparently quite wasted, and his bandmates were not at all pleased that their tour, scheduled to start in 4 days, would have to be postponed. The not only fined him $5000, but Ronnie Van Zandt and Allen Collins wrote That Smell in mocking tribute: “Whiskey bottles and brand new cars, oak tree, you’re in my way.”
Ian Astbury, lead singer of The Cult, was arrested for inciting a riot in Vancouver BC tonight in 1987. Some of the promoters staff claimed they had been attack by Ian, who spent the night in jail.
Aerosmith had their first #1 hit today in 1998, with the song I Don’t Want to Miss A Thing, which was written for the soundtrack to the film Armageddon by Oscar-winning songstress Diane Warren.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Lispy-voiced Scottish singer songwriter Al Stewart is 67.
Band of Gypsys drummer Buddy Miles would be 64, he died at 60.
Farrokh Bulsara would be 66 today, he died from complications of AIDS at 45, and is better known by his stage name: Freddy Mercury of Queen.
Singer songwriter Loudon Wainwright III is 66.
Peter Frampton’s replacement in Humble Pie, David “Clem” Clemson is 62.