The Beatles played a show at London’s Playhouse Theater tonight in 1963, unremarkable as they played all the time in those days (sometimes several shows a day), but tonight Ringo Starr used his brand new Chicago-made Ludwig drum kit for the first time, with the band’s new logo with the elongated “T” on the kick drum front head. It had been designed in a hurry by the seller of the kit, Hamburg instrument retailer Ivor Arbiter, and hand-painted by Erwin Ross below the drum company logo already there. Ludwig would sell thousands of “Oyster Black Pearl” drum sets like Ringo’s, and the Zildjian cymbal company had so much trouble keeping up with demand at the height of Beatlemania that players noted a marked decline in the quality of bronze used to make them.
The Uxbridge Blues Festival in England today in 1965 did feature some blues, from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Long John Baldry, but also some folk in the form of Mick Jaggers soon-to-be girlfriend Marianne Faithful, soul from Solomon Burke and Zoot Money, and rock and roll from The Spencer Davis Group, The Birds (not to be confused with the American Byrds, this band featured a young Ronnie Wood), and The Who.
Paul McCartney, in an interview in today’s London Daily Mirror in 1967, said that he didn’t at all regret telling the American Life magazine that he’d taken LSD four times, hoped his fans would understand, and didn’t regret it in the slightest: “It opened my eyes… and made me a better, more honest, more tolerant member of society.”
Singer-songwriter-keyboard player Carole King, who both with and without husband and songwriting partner Gerry Goffin had written an incredible number of hits including Will You Love Me Tomorrow? by The Shirelles, Up On The Roof by The Drifters, The Locomotion which was a big hit for their babysitter Little Eva, Chains which was covered by The Beatles, I’m Into Something Good covered by Herman’s Hermits, and Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees, finally had a major hit of her own when a single from her Tapestry album, It’s Too Late b/w I Feel The Earth Move started a 5 week run at #1 today in 1971.
The Edgar Winter Group instrumental Frankenstein was awarded a gold record certification by the RIAA today in 1973. Edgar had named it that because of all the edits they did, done at the time by physically slicing the recording tape with a razor blade, and splicing it back together with sticky tape.
For the second day in a row, Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook got a beating from drunken British patriots angry over the band’s single God Save The Queen tonight in 1977, from six men wielding steel pipes outside a London tube station. Paul was taken to a hospital where he received 15 stitches to close a head wound.
Guns-N-Roses played in England for the first time tonight in 1987 at the prestigious Marquee Club in London.
The biggest arena to the north of us, Vancouver’s B.C. Place opened today in 1983. The 60,000+ seat arena has hosted major concert tours from the likes of Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, David Bowie, U2, and Roger Waters with and without Pink Floyd. Originally sporting a plastic roof held up by air pressure, it underwent a major remodel after it collapsed and tore during a major winter storm in 2007, replaced by a retractable one supported by cables.
The former financial manager for Pearl Jam, Rickey Goodrich, was hit with 33 counts of theft today in 2012, having made off with some $380,000 from the band’s management company and blowing it on lavish vacations, spa treatments, life insurance, and collectible wine.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Influential British singer Nick Drake would be 65. He died at age 26 of an overdose of an anti-depressant that some suspect was a murder.
Heart lead singer Ann Wilson is 62. Newly inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they will be playing Bumbershoot this coming Labor Day Weekend.