Muddy Waters was at Chess Records in Chicago today in 1954, recording a song named for a sexually provocative dance that became hugely popular after the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893: Hoochie Coochie Man.
The Beatles recorded seven songs for the BBC’s Saturday Club show today in 1964. The show would air in February, after they had left to conquer America. While they were in a New York hotel room, someone was rolling film, and in this clip John is fooling around with a “Harmonium”, playing a riff on the keyboard that would eventually become Strawberry Fields Forever.
Black Sabbath released their second studio album in the U.S. today in 1971. The band wanted it to be named after their anti Vietnam song War Pigs, but Warner Brothers Records feared offending the handful of Americans under 30 who supported U.S. involvement, and changed the title to Paranoid after the Geezer Butler song. It remains Black Sabbath’s best selling album.
Pink Floyd released the song Another Brick In The Wall (Part II) from their album The Wall as a single today in 1980. It would go to number one on the charts in Britain, Australia, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the US of A, and be the only #1 hit for Pink Floyd.
The Beatles Book (also called Beatles Monthly) ceased publication today in 2003. Publisher Sean O’Mahoney started it after hearing Please Please Me in 1963, and asking Brian Epstein if he could do a magazine devoted to the band. By the end of that year circulation hit over 300,000 copies, but 40 years later with two of them dead and the other two not putting out much, Sean decided there was nothing left to say.
Studio drummer John Guerin died of pneumonia today in 2004 at age 64. He’d played with George Harrison, The Byrds, Frank Zappa, Van Morrison’s Them, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, and many others, but is perhaps most famous as the drummer on the theme song to Hawaii 5-0.
Gary Glitter (real name Paul Gadd) was formally charged today in 2006 with committing obscene acts with girls aged 11 and 12 in Vietnam, where the age of legal c0nsent is 18. He had been held by police since November while they investigated, and would not go to trial until March. If found guilty of child rape, he could have been sentenced to death by firing squad, but after making payments to the girls families, they asked the court for leniency. He returned to England after serving three years in prison.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Paul Revere and the Raiders keyboard player Paul Revere Dick is 76.
Paul McCartney’s younger brother Michael is 68. A guitarist, singer/songwriter, and rock photographer, he worked under the names Mike Blank and Mike McGear so as not to appear to be riding his famous bro’s coattails.
Strawbs guitarist and frontman Dave Cousins is 67.
Everett-born singer Kenny Loggins is 64.
Kathy Valentine, the bass player for the all-female band The Go Go’s is 54.