The Beach Boys had their second #1 hit today in 1965 with Help Me Rhonda. The recording session had been interrupted by the Wilson’s drunken dad, Murray, who heckled the Boys and questioned their enthusiasm. Those outtakes made it to fans who circulated them for years.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, The Move, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band (Not to be confused with the 70’s NYC hard rock band), and Pink Floyd played the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Lincoln, England tonight in 1967. Tickets were £1 ($1.73). Pink Floyd were at the bottom of the bill, on the shows “Second Stage” in a shed in a corner with a white sheet pinned behind them so psychedelic blobby light could shine on it.
Crosby, Stills, and Nash released their self-title debut album today in 1969. David Crosby, from L.A. had been in The Byrds; Stephen Stills, from Dallas, had been in Buffalo Springfield; Graham Nash, from Blackpool, England, had been in The Hollies, and they would later be joined…when he felt like it, by Still’s old Buffalo Springfield bandmate Neil Young from Winnipeg, Canada. Though there had been other “supergroups” made up of musicians from other successful acts who loved to socialize, CSNY were the first to go international. Later that year they would make it just a little more super and more international by adding a Welsh singer named Tom Jones, but it didn’t work out.
The Rolling Stones had their 6th #1 American hit with Brown Sugar today in 1971. The single artwork was a shot of the band holding copies of their new album Sticky Fingers over their crotches (Keith’s over his arse, Bill’s down around his ankles). The lyrics caused quite an uproar. Mick was said to have written them about one of his girlfriends, an African American named Marsha Hunt, but he claimed the song was a hit because it had a good groove, and dismissed the lyrics: “… the whole mess thrown in. God knows what I’m on about on that song. It’s such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go. I would never write that song now.” The “nasty subjects”, as critic Robert Christgau wrote, are “essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, including interracial sex, cunnilingus, slave rape and less distinctly, sadomasochism, lost virginity and heroin”. They played it live for the first time at Altamont.
Some 36 Grateful Dead fans were “treated” for hallucinations and other symptoms of unknowingly taking LSD in some spiked apple punch going around at The Winterland in San Francisco tonight in 1971. No one else complained, all came down successfully.
Early this morning in 1991 Nirvana had just finished recording Nevermind at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, and decided to play a show at The Jabberjaw Club. In the audience were Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl’s then-girlfriend L-7 bass player Jennifer Finch, who had brought along her bestest buddy Courtney Love.
Two photographers looking for old car wrecks in a canyon near Malibu California today in 1999 were surprised to find a skeleton in one. Forensic investigation found that the bones belonged to former Iron Butterfly bass player Phillip Kramer, who had dissapeared on the way home from work in 1995. The death was ruled a suicide.
Rock and Roll über-producer Phil Spector began a prison sentence of at least 19 years today in 2009 for the second degree murder of girlfriend Lana Clarkson in 2003. Many who had recorded with Spector, from John Lennon to The Ramones had tales of him waving guns around the studio. Spector later complained from Folsom, “I used to have The Beatles looking me up to record them. Now I’ve got Charlie Manson“.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Procul Harum singer, songwriter, and keyboard player Gary Brooker is 68, and was nominated…but not inducted…into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year.
Guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher is 47, hugely famous in Britain as the loutish leader Oasis, who became a superstar there in the 90’s by emulating the music and lifestyle choices of the great Brit Classic Rock bands of the 70’s.