Ike Turner gets the nod for “first rock and roll song”…“Rocket 88” in 1951, but it was today in 1955 that Bo Diddley had his first recording session at Universal Recording Studio in Chicago, where he layed down ‘Bo Diddley’, which went on the top the US R&B chart the following June. Without it there would have been no Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, or KZOK for that matter.
It was today in 1960, flying back from the U.S. Army in Germany, Elvis Presley stepped on British soil for the first and only time in his life when the plane stopped for refuelling at Prestwick Airport, Scotland.
On this day in 1964, The Beatles began filming “A Hard Day’s Night” at the Marylebone train station in London. A cute blonde extra chasing the Beatles around, model Patti Boyd, would eventually become Mrs. George Harrison, and later Mrs. Eric Clapton, inspiring the hits “Something”, “I Need You”, “Isn’t It A Pity” from George…and “Bell bottom blues”, “Wonderful Tonight”, and “Layla” from Eric.
And today in 1975, A policeman who stopped a Lincoln Continental for running a red light in Los Angeles was surprised to find Paul McCartney at the wheel with his wife Linda. The cop detected a smell of marijuana and on searching the car found eight ounces of the drug. Linda was arrested for the offence.
Rock and Roll birthdays
John Francis Bongiovi Jr., better known to the world as Bon Jovi, is 50
AC/DC’s original bass player Mark Evans is 56. He was sacked by Angus and Malcolm after “Let There Be Rock” in 1977.
Perhaps the most famous female drummer ever, and not a bad singer either… Karen Carpenter would be 62 today, had she not succumbed to complications of the eating and weight loss disorder anorexia nervosa at 32.
Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher would be 64 today…he checked out back in 1995 from complications after a liver transplant.
And the leader of the hugely influential Velvet Underground, Lou Reed is 70 today.
Have a great weekend. Crowski.