It was today in 1955 that Elvis Presley signed a management contract with “Colonel” Tom Parker, an illegal immigrant from the Netherlands who had previously managed, among other things, a troupe of dancing chickens…made to ‘dance” by placing them on a metal hotplate.
It was today in 1967 that George Harrison was at Abbey Road studios to record “Within You, Without You”. He was the only Beatle to play on it, the rest of the musicians he’d met in India.
It was today in 1969 that Janis Joplin graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which at that time cost 35 cents.
It was today in 1972 Disc Jockey Robert W. Morgan played Donny Osmond’s “Puppy Love” non-stop for 90 minutes on radio station KHJ. After receiving numerous calls, the station was raided by the LAPD who did not make any arrests, but probably should have beaten Morgan severely.
It was today in 1999 that Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, and Bruce Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. George Harrison, Prince, Bob Seger, The Dells, Traffic, and ZZ Top made it on the same day in 2004, and Genesis, The Hollies, Jimmy Cliff, The Stooges, and for whatever reason Abba made it in 2010
And it was today last year that Disney Studios thankfully scrapped plans for a 3-D remake of the Beatles “Yellow Submarine” being developed by Forrest Gump director Robert Zemeckis.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Blues legend Sam “Lightnin” Hopkins would be 100 today.
Grateful Dead bass player Phil Lesh is 72
Beach Boy Mike Love is 71
Sly Stone, who for years carried a violin case filled with a wide variety of drugs, is 69.
Guitarist Ry Cooder is 65. He’s played with The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Little Feat, and Captain Beefheart to name but a few.
Also 65 is Howard Scott, bass player for War.
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister is 57
Brett Michaels of Poison is 48
Be safe, Crowski