The musical guest on ABC TV’s American Bandstand tonight in 1963 was 13 year old Stevie Wonder.
Almost as popular at home as The Beatles, London band The Dave Clark Five released a movie of their own today in 1965. Catch Us If You Can (called Having A Wild Weekend in the U.S.), like A Hard Day’s Night from the year before, was a vehicle for the band’s songs, but unlike The Beatles they did not portray themselves, but appeared as a team of stuntmen/extras led by singing drummer Dave Clark, who had worked as a stuntman before the band took off. Of course, it wasn’t a very good movie, which is why KZOK doesn’t do Breakfast With the Dave Clark Five on Sunday mornings.
The Monkees had been turned on to The Jimi Hendrix Experience by John Lennon at a party in London, loved them instantly, and asked them to open their U.S. tour, which opened tonight in 1967 in Jacksonville Florida. Promoters quickly realized that The Monkees teenybopper audience were more than a little frightened by the psychedelic guitarist, many of the young girls would scream “We want Davy!” during Purple Haze, and The Experience were dropped from the tour after only six more shows, and by the time the pre-fab-four got to the Seattle Center Coliseum in late August, the shows were being opened by The Sundowners.
Mick Jagger’s then girlfriend Marianne Faithfull collapsed on the set of the movie, Ned Kelly, she and Mick were making in Australia today in 1969. She had apparently overdosed on something, and was rushed to a hospital, later to be sent home and edited out of the film.
Mott The Hoople fans managed to pretty well trash The Royal Albert Hall in London at their show tonight in 1971. Though Ian Hunter and company ponied up £1,467 to cover the damage, management were not amused and banned all rock acts from playing there again, a ban that lasted for several months.
Led Zeppelin were on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their 5th album Houses of the Holy today in 1973. The cover art, done by the Hipgnosis design firm that did Pink Floyd’s covers, was shot at a basalt formation in Northern Ireland called the Giant’s Causeway.
The only all-female band ever to write their own songs, play their own instruments, and top the Billboard charts, The Go Go’s, released their debut album Beauty and The Beat today in 1981.
Bob Dylan’s current European tour ended tonight in 1984 at Slane Castle in Ireland, where he was joined on stage by Van Morrison, U2’s Bono Vox (who had been sent to interview him for Ireland’s Hot Press magazine), and Carlos Santana.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson is 70. Working as a touring drummer with Otis Redding and Sam and Dave, the Mississippi drummer met Duane Allman, who made him the first of the Allman Brothers Band two-drummer attack.