It was today in 1962 that the Beatles’ original bass player Stuart Sutcliff died of a brain aneurysm in an ambulance on the way to a hospital in Hamburg. The cause of the aneurysm was unknown, but he had been suffering from headaches, light sensitivity, and periods of temporary blindness, and it was thought to have been caused by head injuries suffered in a fight after a Beatle show a year earlier in which John Lennon and Pete Best had to rescue and drag Stu to safety. Though he’d quit the band to focus on painting in late ’61, It was Sutcliff, John Lennon, and his girlfriend Cynthia who came up with the name “The Beatles” (they loved the name of Buddy Holly’s band “the Crickets”), at first spelled “The Beatals”. At the urging of John and Paul McCartney, Stu was the first one to own the iconic violin shaped Hofner “Beatle Bass”, and a photo of Stu Sutcliff is among those on the cover of Sgt. Peppers Lonely hearts Club Band.
It was today in 1965 a school in Wrexham, Wales asked parents not to send their children to school in “corduroy trousers like the Rolling Stones“.
It was tonight in 1970 that Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek dragged singer Jim Morrison off the stage and theatre management switched off the power in Boston after Jim asked the audience “Would you like to see my genitals?” Jim had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for supposedly showing “Little Jim” to the crowd, though drummer John Densmore to this day insists he never did.
It was today in 1970 that a then 27 year old Paul McCartney issued a press release stating “I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John“. Lennon had kept his earlier decision to leave the Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, and when a reporter called for comment, angrily said “Paul hasn’t left, I sacked him”.
It was today in 1976 Peter Frampton went to #1 on the U.S. Album chart with “Frampton comes Alive”, the best selling live recording in rock history.
It was tonight in 1985 that Madonna began her very first U.S. tour right here in Seattle at the Paramount theater. The opening act is being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame this Saturday: The Beastie Boys.
It was today in 1994 over 5000 Nirvana fans showed up for a public memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Center’s Flag Plaza Pavillion. KZOK’s Scott Vanderpool (then at KXRX) and KISW’s Damon Stewart, very depressed having been close to the Seattle music scene for years, were required by their managers to appear on stage “to prevent KNDD from turning Kurt’s death into a radio station promotion”, which they did anyway. Fans who stayed after the memorial were surprised when Courtney Love showed up.
It was today in 2005 the final episode of “The Osbournes” aired. Ozzy was at a loss to explain the shows popularity: “I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week”.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Have a great Tuesday! Crowski.