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This Day In Classic Rock

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Arthur Lee of Love in 2004 (Steve Finn / Getty Images)

Arthur Lee of Love in 2004 (Steve Finn / Getty Images)

It was today in 1962 that The Beatles recorded their first ever radio show at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, a BBC programme called “Teenager’s Turn-Here We Go!”, before a live audience of actual teenagers.  The show also marked the first time the Fab Four wore matching suits.

It was today in 1966 that Brian Wilson released the first solo single by a Beach Boy, “Caroline, No” which started out as “Carol, I Know”.  It later appeared on the Beach Boys legendary Pet Sounds album, but Brian is the only Beach Boy on it.

It was tonight in 1969 that Led Zeppelin played at the “Bluesville 69 Club”, a tiny meeting room at the back of the Hornsey Wood Tavern in London with a stage so small it could barely hold John Bonham’s drum kit…the rest of the band had to stand on the floor with the “crowd”….for example, a smaller show than the first appearances here in Seattle of Nirvana.

It was today in 1976 that a wax figure of Elton John was unveiled at Madame Tussaud’s in London, the first rock star to be so immortalized since the Beatles.

It was today in 1987 that the first 5 Beatles albums were released in the relatively new “Compact Disc” format, which marked the second time many of us purchased those albums, as we would again when they were made available on iTunes.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Chris White is 69, bass player for the Zombies. He no longer eats brains.

Arthur Lee would be 68 today, guitarist and frontman of the highly influential L.A. psychedelic band Love, one of few African Americans playing that kind of music back then.  He died in 2006 after a battle with lukemia.

Matthew Fisher of Procul Harum is 66, the organist responsible for “A whiter shade of Pale”.  He later produced two monstrous solo albums for Procul Harum’s guitarist, Robin Trower: “Bridge of Sighs” and “For Earth Below”.

Also 66 today, Peter Wolf, mild-mannered lead singer for The J. Geils Band.

And celebrating b-day number 60 is Isley Brother Ernie Isley, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,  and a self-taught multi instumentalist who played bass on their funk hit “It’s Your Thing”.  These days he tours with the “Experience Hendrix” revue…Ernie was 11 years old when Jimi moved into the Isley household while playing with the older brothers.

Be safe, Crowski.

Arthur Lee and Love:

Procul Harum:

J Geils:

The Isley Brothers on Sonny and Cher:

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