It was today in 1964 The Beatles had their fourth number one hit in the U.S. in a five month period, Love Me Do. The Beatles had already recorded the song, once with original drummer Pete Best, who producer George Martin thought totally unsatisfactory, and again with his replacement Ringo Starr. But for the American single Ringo was shoved aside and given a tambourine in favor of Scottish studio drummer Andy White who was paid all of £57 for the session (about $88, and with no royalties). In England, however, it was the Ringo version that was released. All three versions were eventually released: The Ringo version on the Beatles Rarities and Past Masters albums, and even the long-lost Pete Best version finally came out (and poor Pete finally got some royality payments) on the 1995 Anthology 1. Mike West will occasionally play the different versions on KZOK’s Breakfast With The Beatles. How do you tell the difference? If you hear a tambourine, it’s Andy White on drums.
It was today in 1968 The Beatles again checked into EMI’s Abbey Road Studios to begin recording the first album for their own Apple label. It was titled simply The Beatles, but would be come to be known as The White Album.
It was today in 1980 that Oklahoma born Carl Radle died of an alcohol and narcotic related kidney failure. He’s most famous as the bass player for Derek and the Dominoes, but also played on all of Eric Clapton’s solo albums from the 70’s, and arranged several tunes for Eric, including the hit Motherless Children. He also played for George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason, Leon Russell, and can be seen jamming with The Band in Martin Scorsese’s Last Waltz.
It was today in 2000 that Kid Rock released an album called The History Of Rock, which had nothing in fact to do with the History of Rock, but did include instantly forgettable song titles like American Bad Ass, Early Mornin’ Stoned Pimp, and Born 2 B a Hick.
It was today in 2003 that British produce Mickie Most (Michael Peter Hayes) died at age 64. Most was responsible for hits from The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, The Jeff Beck Group, and especially Donovan, who didn’t have a hit after falling out with Mickie. He also started his own record company, RAK, in the late 60’s, and it was at that time his business partner Peter Grant was asked to manage the Yardbirds, who shortly afterward morphed into Led Zeppelin.
It was today in 2009 that attorneys for Black Sabbath’s original singer Ozzy Osbourne filed a lawsuit against guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments and the rights to the Black Sabbath name. Iommi claimed Ozzy had legally relinquished those rights in the 80’s. Ozzy maintained that all four original members should share the name equally, ironic in that drummer Bill Ward walked away from doing the current reunion shows when Ozzy’s management (Sharon Osbourne) refused to pay him a full 4th.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Lenny Davidson is 68, inducted into the rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the lead guitarist for The Dave Clark Five.
Nicky “Topper” Headon is 57, the drummer for The Clash mostly responsible for their hit Rock The Casbah.
Be safe, Crowski.