The Beatles were at the BBC Studios in London today in 1962, recording their first radio programme for the British state radio network. They did Twist and Shout, Love Me Do, and P.S. I Love You, which ran later on a show called Talent Spot. It seemed to work out pretty well for them, despite the obvious godless socialism.
Another Elvis Presley rock and roll movie, Fun In Acapulco, premiered tonight in 1963. His co-star was the Bond girl from Dr. No of the year before, shagadelic actress Ursula Andress. Mary Tyler Moore later revealed that Elvis had “hooked up” with every female co-star in every one of his movies save one: Her. “What was I thinking? I could have slept with Elvis!” she said. Some exterior shots were filmed in the Mexican resort city, but all of The King’s were done in Hollywood. Elvis never visited Acapulco in his lifetime.
Mick Jagger was in court in London today in 1964 for driving badly. The judge raised an eyebrow at Mick’s appearance, but was told by his solicitor “The Duke of Marlborough had longer hair than my client, and he won some famous battles. His hair was powdered, I think because of fleas. My client has no fleas.” Mick was fined £16.
The “A” of A&M records, trumpeter Herb Alpert, was at number one on the U.S. album charts today in 1965 with his biggest hit record, and one of the most iconic album covers of all time: Whipped Cream and Other Delights. It featured a beautiful girl seated, holding a rose, and wearing a chiffon dress made of whipped cream. The model, Delores Erickson, was 3 months pregnant at the time, a fact easily hidden by the “dress”. She now lives in Longview, WA. The cover was famously parodied by the Minneapolis band Soul Asylum for their 1989 album on A&M label, Clam Dip and Other Delights, which featured the band’s bass player Karl Mueller wearing a chiffon dress made of whipped cream, paint, sour cream, and seafood.
Jimi Hendrix celebrated his 25th birthday today in 1967 at Queen’s College in Belfast Ireland, playing a show with The Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, Eire Apparent, and Amen Corner. Backstage the promoters presented him with a birthday cake. It would be the only time Hendrix ever played in Ireland.
George Harrison released All Things Must Pass today in 1970, a triple-album that included several songs left over from Beatles sessions. It was the best-selling solo Beatle album (Paul McCartney’s Wings were considered a band).
Bruce Springsteen’s band Steel Mill opened for Cactus and Black Sabbath tonight in 1970 at the Sunshine Inn in Asbury Park New Jersey. Tickets were a whopping $5.
Former main Beach Boy Brian Wilson was the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live tonight in 1976.
The Grateful Dead and The Allman Brothers Band were scheduled to play the Tangerine Bowl stadium in Orlando Florida tonight in 1981, but the show was cancelled as only 10,000 of 60,000 available tickets had been sold. When the two bands had played together in New York 10 years earlier, they drew 600,000.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Al Jackson Jr., drummer for Booker T and the MG’s and the Stax Records house band would be 77. He was shot and killed execution style in a home invasion robbery in 1975. Police followed a suspect across the country, where he was killed in a gun battle with police here in Seattle a year later.
The greatest guitarist ever to pick up the instrument, James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was born here in Seattle today in 1942. His father Al had just completed basic Army training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, and was put in the stockade by his commanding officer so he wouldn’t go AWOL to see his newborn son before shipping out to the South Pacific for WWII. Jimi would be 70 today had he not become perhaps the most famous member of “The 27 club”.
Supertramp sax player Dave Winthrop is 68.