It was today in 1954 that the first really big “rock-and-roll” song was recorded at Pythian Temple Studios in New York City: Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and his Comets. Bill Haley was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, his Comets have had to wait until this Saturday, and sadly many of them are no longer with us. Haley had been a country performer who changed his sound after doing a cover of what is widely considered to be the first rock and roll song: Ike Turner and Jackie Brenston’s Rocket 88.
Bob Dylan played his first major solo show tonight in 1963 at the Town Hall in New York City.
It was today in 1966 that Jan Berry of the surf-duo Jan & Dean was almost killed when he crashed into a parked truck a stone’s throw from the legendary “dead man’s curve”.
It was today in 1967 that Mick Jagger became very angry after the Rolling Stones missed their flight out of the Le Bourget Airport in France after being detained and searched for drugs. An airport official punched Mick in the face.
It was today in 1972 the Rolling Stones released what many consider to be their finest album, Exile on Main Street. Recorded in a “dirty filthy basement” in France ( it was a Gestapo headquarters during the war) at a house Keith rented, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it #7 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All time list. Crow likes Let It Bleed more.
It was today in 1975 that David Bowie retired…for the second time…saying “I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock n roll records from me”. Young Americans had come out the month before, Bowie would release 16 more rock n roll records, the next being Station to Station in January of ’76.
It was today in 2000 that Metallica filed a lawsuit against on-line music sharers Napster, and co-defendants Yale University, the University of Southern California, and Indiana University for copyright infringement.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
The man who made the ukelele a rock and roll instrument long before Eddie Vedder was born on this day in 1933. Tiny Tim died of a heart attack while singing Tiptoe Through The Tulips on stage in Minneapolis in 1996.
Crossover Jazz-Funk-Rock keyboardist Herbie Hancock is 72
John Kay of Steppenwolf is 68. The legally blind man who wrote the song considered to be the national anthem of motorcycling since it was used in the opening sequence of Easy Rider, Born to Be Wild, freely admits the biggest bike he was ever on was a Schwinn.
Danny Bonaduce’s TV big brother David Cassidy is 62, and he thinks he loves you.
And Canadian guitarist Pat Travers is 58.
Be safe, Crowski.