The Beatles taped their first-ever television appearance today in 1962, when Manchester’s Granada TV filmed one of their lunchtime shows at The Cavern Club in Liverpool. The segment wouldn’t air until October.
The Beatles made the only Northwest stop on their second U.S. tour with two shows at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland today in 1965. In between the two shows they got a visit from Mike Love and Carl Wilson from The Beach Boys.
The Beatles arrived in New York City for the 5th-to-last show on their last tour ever today in 1966. Two teenaged girls, Carol Hopkins and Susan Richmond, climbed out on the ledge of their hotel room and threatened to jump unless they got to meet them. Police pointed out that they were only on the second floor, would probably only break a few limbs, and talked them down. The band would play Shea Stadium the next day, then head to Seattle for two shows at the Coliseum, then Dodger stadium in L.A., Candlestick Park in San Francisco, and they wouldn’t play live again until their Apple Corps rooftop gig in ’69.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the BBC’s Simon Dee Show today in 1967, with opening acts Kiki Dee (no relation to Simon) and Cat Stevens.
Ringo Starr quit The Beatles today in 1968, during sessions at Abbey Road for what would be The White Album. He was fed up with Paul’s overbearing perfectionism, which often came in the form of criticism of his drumming ability, John’s passive-aggressive behavior and the constant presence of Yoko Ono, who George had observed “gave off bad vibes”. Ringo would head for the Mediterranean on his actor friend Peter Seller’s yacht, where to Ringo’s revulsion the chef served octopus. He wouldn’t eat it, but subsequent conversations with the boat’s captain about the creatures led to the song Octopuses Garden. While he was out the band recorded Back In The USSR with Paul on drums, but Ringo’s departure was kept a closely guarded secret from fans until he returned two weeks later to find his Ludwig drum kit covered in flowers.
Creedence Clearwater Revival started a 9-week run at #1 on the U.S. album charts with Cosmo’s Factory today in 1970. The album title refers to the Berkley warehouse where they practiced nearly every day at the insistence of John Fogerty, to the point where drummer Doug “Cosmo” Clifford had started referring to it as “The Factory”.
Led Zeppelin released their last studio album In Through The Out Door today in 1979, though another album of what was left in the recording archives, Coda, would come out after John Bonham’s death.
A wedding reception was held today in 1992 for the second marriage of The Police’s frontman and bass player Sting, who’d married his girlfriend of 10 years, actress Trudie Styler two days earlier. He’d hired The Troggs, who’d recently reformed, as the musical entertainment, and after their set all three members of The Police jammed together for the first time since they’d broken up in ’87.
Jerry Lieber, the lyricist from the songwriting team of Lieber-Stoller that gave us Hound Dog, Young Blood, Jailhouse Rock, Kansas City, and many others died of a heart attack today in 2011 at age 78. The two were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Legendary blues guitarist John Lee Hooker would be 96. He died at 83, but not before being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 10 years earlier.
Rockabilly guitarist Dale Hawkins would be 77. He died at age 73, but not before inventing what would be known as Swamp Boogie Rock (Creedence Clearwater Revival would have a hit with a cover of his Suzie Q). His cousin Ronnie Hawkins was also a rockabilly musician most famous for assembling a group of musicians as his backup act that would later become The Band.
Donna Godchaux is 66, most famous as a backup singer for The Grateful Dead and the wife of their Seattle-born keyboard player Keith Godchaux.
Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid is 55.
KZOK bullpen disc jockey, drummer about town, and the author of This Day In Classic Rock Scott Vanderpool is 54.
The Screaming Trees lead guitarist Gary Lee Conner is 51.
Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley would be 46 if he’d stayed away from the heroin that killed him at age 34.