One year and one day after he had performed on the Milton Berle Show there on board the flight deck of the U.S.S. Hancock, Elvis Presley was back in San Diego tonight in 1956 for a show in the arena. The San Diego police chief issued a statement saying that if Elvis performed the way he did on the carrier (the usual “Elvis the Pelvis” stuff) he’d be arrested for disorderly conduct. He wasn’t.
The Beatles had all of the top 5 spots on the U.S. singles chart today in 1965: #1 Can’t Buy Me Love; #2 Love Me Do; #3 a cover of Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven; #4 I Want To Hold Your Hand; #5 Please Please Me. They also had another 9 singles on the chart, making their total in the “Hot 100” an unprecedented 14 songs.
Jimi Hendrix was the star guest on tonight’s first-ever broadcast of the BBC’s Dee Time in 1967. Hosted by former “Caroline Radio” pirate disc jockey Simon Dee, the show was modeled on the American Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. The show opened with sports presenter Len Martin’s introduction: “It’s Siiiiiiiiiiiimon Deeee!”, and closed with a film sequence of him driving off in an E-Type Jaguar with blonde model Lorna McDonald. The BBC wiped videotape after 6 weeks back then, and very little footage remains. Simon Dee died of bone cancer in 2009.
After hearing of the assassination of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today in 1968, a very depressed Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, and Al Kooper met up for an all-night jam session at the New Generation Club in New York. They were joined by a presumably drug-free guitarist from Detroit, who idolized Hendrix but managed to turn him off completely somehow, by the name of Ted Nugent.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young were at #1 on the U.S. album chart today in 1970 with their landmark Deja Vú. It sported 3 singles in the Top 40: Teach Your Children, Our House, and the song Joni Mitchell wrote after hearing Graham Nash’s tales of performing at Woodstock, oddly enough called Woodstock.
The soundtrack to a movie that came out of a Saturday Night Live sketch, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s Wayne’s World, started a two-week run on the U.S. album charts today in 1992. It featured songs by Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Seattle’s Soundgarden, Gary Wright, Eric Clapton, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and managed to get Queen’s 1975 song Bohemian Rhapsody back on the singles chart.
Swedish couple Michael and Karolina Tomaro were in court today in 2007 fighting their government over the given name of their 6 month old daughter, Metallica. Under Swedish law, baby names must be approved by the government, who apparently were not fans of the California metal band.
Procul Harum singer Gary Brooker was in court in London today in 2008, when the judge overturned a lower court’s decision to award the band’s keyboard player Matthew Fisher 40% of the royalties for their 1967 hit A Whiter Shade of Pale. Fisher claimed to have written the songs organ bits, which were derived from a Bach symphony, but the court ruled that asking for payment nearly 40 years after the fact was an “excessive delay”.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Today would mark the 100th birthday of one McKinley Morganfield, better known as the father of Chicago Blues, Muddy Waters. He died at age 70 in his sleep.
Jazz-rock trumpter Hugh Masakela is 73.
The Allman Brothers Band original bass player Berry Oakley would be 65. He died after a motorcycle accident almost exactly one year after Duane Allman did the same just three blocks away from the site in Macon Georgia, at the same age (24). He was not wearing a helmet, and right after the crash said he was fine and caught a ride home, but died of brain swelling later that night.
Slade guitarist Dave Hill is 66.
Dire Straits drummer Pick Withers is 64.