The Beatles started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. charts with Paperback Writer today in 1966. The single features much louder bass than most singles of the day, which came about when John Lennon demanded that George Martin figure out why the bass was so loud on Wilson Pickett records was louder than theirs, and the use of a new piece of mastering equipment, which allowed the overall volume to be louder.
A busy day for The Jimi Hendrix Experience in San Francisco today in 1967, when they started in the afternoon with a free concert in Golden Gate Park near the hippie haven Haight Ashbury district, followed by two shows that evening at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West.
The Beatles were at the center of the world’s first satellite television broadcast today in 1967, when they played a song John Lennon had written at the request of the BBC for “a song with a simple message that could be understood by all nationalities”. The result was All You Need Is Love, which was watched by some 400 million people in 26 countries. The band sat on stools to play, while the audience, largely made up of their friends from about every major band in England at the time, sat on the floor. Joining the Fabs on instruments were Keith Moon on snare-and-brushes, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithful, and Graham Nash on background vocals, Dave Mason on Trumpet, and George Martin on piano.
Pink Floyd shattered previous concert attendance records tonight in 1977 in Cleveland Ohio when some 83,000 people showed up to see them.
Bruce Springsteen was the surprise musical guest on David Letterman’s final show on NBC tonight in 1993. Letterman then moved his show to the superior CBS network, where it remains to this day.
Seattle’s Pearl Jam cancelled the rest of their tour today in 1995, citing the monopoly held on most major American concert venues by Ticketmaster. They would take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and though they had made a lot of money, Ticketmaster had a lot more, and we know who always wins in this country. Nice try, though.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
The Moody Blues bass player Clint Warwick would be 73 if he hadn’t died in 2004.
Singer Carly Simon is 68, and though she’s dropped some hints in recent years, she’s still not telling who was so vain, but we know it wasn’t Mick Jagger who sings background vocals on the song.
Blue Öyster Cult keyboard and rhythm guitar player Allen Lanier is 67.