The Beatles played a show at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York today in 1964. Afterward they retired to their hotel, where Bob Dylan came to meet them and reportedly introduced them to the evil weed.
The Beach Boys were at number 3 on the U.S. charts today in 1965 with a song Brian Wilson wrote on LSD: California Girls was again a hit 20 years later for Van Halen’s newly solo David Lee Roth, who was not on acid at the time, but did get Beach Boy Carl Wilson to contribute background vocals.
Bob Dylan started a North America tour tonight in 1965 at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York where he had corrupted The Beatles a year before. The first half of his set was acoustic fold, the second he went electric, backed by Robbie Robertson and Levon Helm of The Band.
Alice Cooper was at number one today in 1971 with a song that came out of an interview question: “What’s been the three greatest minutes of your life?” Alice’s answer was there were two of them every year. Christmas morning, and the last three minutes of the Academic Year just before School’s Out For Summer.
The late Soul Man Issac Hayes, who wrote the Sam and Dave hit Soul Man, sent a letter to the presidential campaign of Senator Bob Dole today in 1996, demanding that they stop using his song and changing the words to “Dole Man”.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Sterling Morrison, no relation to Jim, guitarist from Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground would be 70 if he hadn’t died at 53.
And Chicago’s original drummer Danny Seraphine is 64 and living in Los Angeles where he has a band called the California Transit Authority that is more like the old Chicago than Chicago.