Rockabilly guitarist Carl Perkins was at Sun Studios in Memphis today in 1955, recording a song he had written after seeing a dancer get mad at his partner for stepping on and scuffing up his footwear (“Uh-Oh, Don’t Step on my Suedes!). Blue Suede Shoes would be a minor hit for Carl, a bigger one for another Sun recording artist named Elvis, and go on to be covered by Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochran, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bill Haley and the Comets, The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Plastic Ono Band, Black Sabbath, Ten Years After, Bruce Springsteen, Mountain, Johnny Cash, and even be referred to in Chuck Berry’s Roll Over Beethoven.
Far from an overnight success, The Beatles were hard at work today in 1962, playing 3 shows in one day: After a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, they drove 85 miles to England’s Midlands for a show at the Smethwick Baths Ballroom, and another at the Adelphi Ballroom in Staffordshire.
The Empire Pool in London was host tonight in 1965 to the “Glad Rags Ball”, featuring The Kinks, The Who, The Hollies, Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, and Wilson Pickett. Tickets were a whopping 30 shillings (about $4.20). During the Who’s set the sound crew were having trouble with the audio system, which led an angry Roger Daltry to storm off stage, starting rumors that he had quit and would be replaced by Boz Burrell who would later play in King Crimson and Bad Company.
Ramones singer Joey Ramone suffered 2nd degree burns before their show in New York tonight in 1977 when a faulty humidifier exploded. A medic wrapped the burns and he finished the show, but spent the next week in the burn unit at NY Hospital.
Chuck Berry was released from the Lompoc Prison Farm in California today in 1979 after serving 4 months for tax evasion.
Badfinger singer, guitarist, and songwriter Tom Evans took his own life today in 1983 by hanging himself from a willow tree in his garden. His family said he had never got over the suicide of his bandmate Pete Ham in 1975.
David Crosby got a liver transplant today in 1994, which was financed by a fan of his: Phil Collins. The one he’d been born with had deteriorated from heavy alcohol and opiate use, and from complications of Hepatitis and Diabetes.
Mick Jagger released a solo album today in 2001 called Goddess in the Doorway. Sales were far less spectacular than a Rolling Stone would expect, moving all of 954 copies on it’s first day.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention singer Ray Collins is 76.
Paul Revere and the Raiders guitarist Joe Correro is 66.
Guns-N-Roses drummer Matt Sorum is 52.