The Rolling Stones were in Hollywood today in 1966, starting work on their 10th single at RCA’s studios. Paint It, Black didn’t have a comma until Decca records typesetter put it there, apparently by accident. Credited to Jagger/Richards, bass player Bill Wyman later said the song was written by the whole band, and Keith Richards later admitted the whole thing started when Bill was making fun of their former manager, who’d been a movie theater organist, by playing an organ’s bass pedals with his fists. But the song’s signature hook came from Brian Jones, who had taught himself to play the sitar after visiting with George Harrison. A year later Eric Burdon and the Animals did an extremely psychedelic cover of it at the Monterrey Pop Festival.
The Beatles were at Abbey Road today in 1967, adding the sound effects to Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band. The crowd noises were taken from the band’s performance at the Hollywood Bowl, which they’d planned to release as a live album but didn’t due to technical difficulties.
Phil Kaufman, a record producer, promoter, and former “executive nanny” to the Rolling Stones most famous for stealing the body of country-rock singer Gram Parsons and attempting to burn it at Joshua Tree National Monument, released an album today in 1970 called Lie: The Love and Terror Cult by Charles Manson. No established record companies wanted anything to do with it, but Kaufman, who had met Charlie in prison and lived with his “family” for a while (he later claimed to have had sex with more serial killers than anyone else in the music business), raised $3000 and pressed 2000 copies that were sold, mostly on the west coast, to raise money for Manson’s defense in the Tate/LaBianca murder trial. Charlie had always wanted to be a musician, and at one time befriended Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, and talked him into having the band do one of his songs. Cease To Exist was changed to Never Learn Not To Love by the Beach Boys, who made it the “B” side to one of their singles.
Led Zeppelin played Dublin Ireland for the first time tonight in 1971. It would be the second time they played Stairway to Heaven live.
Slade were at number one in England today in 1973 with their song Cum On Feel The Noize, which would be a hit again ten years later for Quiet Riot, who also covered Slade’s Mama Weer All Crazy Now. Intentional misspelling was rampant with 80’s buttrock bands, and it all started with Slade in the 70’s.
Eric Clapton became the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times today in 2000, as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream, and as a solo artist.
Led Zeppelin gained a dubious distinction as The Most Bootlegged Band of All Time today in 2001, with 422 different titles available on the black market. The very first of these was recorded by an audience member in the gymnasium at Spokane’s Gonzaga University in 1968.
An employee of a New York hotel found a bag in the luggage room he couldn’t identify today in 2004, so he went through it looking for identification. Instead he found a handgun and a rather large amount of pot. Unfortunately for it’s owner, David Crosby, he called the authorities, and when he discovered it missing and showed up to retrieve it, police were waiting to arrest him.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Blues guitarist Walter “Furry” Lewis would be 120. He is widely credited as being the first “bottleneck” slide player, later a huge influence on performers like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Duane Allman to name but a few.
Supremes singer Mary Wilson is 69.
The Zombies drummer Hugh Grundy is 68.
Pink Floyd guitarist and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) David Gilmour is 67. A friend of Syd Barrett and Roger Waters from the Perse School and Cambridgeshire High School For Boys, he was invited into the band in 1967 to cover for the increasingly erratic Syd.