The Beatles were at Abbey Road today in 1964 recording the B-Side to their last single of the year. She’s A Woman was written by Paul McCartney, but like all Beatles songs then is credited to Lennon-McCartney. Paul admits he was trying to copy the vocal stylings of Little Richard, and John was later quoted as saying, “We were so excited to say ‘turn me on’ –you know, about marijuana and all that… using it as an expression.” The single’s A-Side was John Lennon’s I Feel Fine, notable in that it was one of the first uses of guitar feedback in popular music. It would go to #1 in December, knocking The Rolling Stones first single Little Red Rooster from that spot.
The Castilles opened for The Flourescents at the I.B. Club in Howell, New Jersey tonight in 1965. It was the Castilles first advertised nightclub appearance, and cost all of $1, but no one remembers either band, except that The Castilles featured a guitar playing lead singer by the name of Bruce Springsteen.
Cream drummer Ginger Baker played his usual drum solo during the song Toad at Sussex University tonight in 1966, and then collapsed on stage. He was taken to a local hospital to recover, but was never really anything close to what one would call “normal”, as evidenced in last year’s award-winning documentary Beware of Mr. Baker, in which Eric Clapton is heard to say, “Some people say the greatest rock drummer ever is Keith Moon or John Bonham….pffffft….,it’s Ginger”.
Led Zeppelin II hit it’s 100th week on the British album charts today in 1971. It was Zeppelin’s 1st #1, and knocked The Beatles Abbey Road from the top spot twice.
David Soul, an American actor who played “Hutch” on the TV cop show Starsky and Hutch, was at #1 in England today in 1977 with the disco hit Silver Lady. Soul had been cast as Joshua Bolt in the set-in-Seattle show Here Come The Brides, and had bit parts in Flipper, Star Trek, The Streets of San Francisco, and the Clint Eastwood movie Magnum Force, but had always wanted to be “known for his music” since his first TV appearance singing in a mask on the Merv Griffin Show in the mid 60’s. He never caught on musically in the U.S., and moved to Britain, becoming one of The Queen’s subjects officially in 2004.
All three members of ZZ Top put down a deposit to be passengers on the tourist flight to the moon today in 1987. They’re still waiting, but they did give a copy of their 2011 single Flyin’ High to their friend, U.S. Astronaut Michael Fossum to debut to the world on board the International Space Station.
Chuck Berry was awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame today in 1987, and then attended the premier of his bio-pic Hail Hail Rock and Roll.
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was the musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live as a solo artist tonight in 1988.
The Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon was knocked off the Billboard Hot 22 album chart today in 1988, after spending a record 741 weeks there.
Tommy Chong, half of the 70’s stoner-comedy team Cheech and Chong, started a 9-month prison sentence today in 2003, for selling bongs over the interwebs.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
The Tornados rhythm guitarist George Bellamy is 73. Their 1962 song Telstar was the first #1 hit in America by a British band. His son Matthew has found some success on his own as the frontman for the band Muse.
Original Procul Harum guitarist Ray Royer is 68. He was replaced by band leader Gary Brooker’s friend from his previous band The Paramounts, Robin Trower.
John William Cummings would be 65. He’s better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, guitarist of The Ramones. He died of prostate cancer at 55.
Scottish guitarist Hamish Stuart is 64. He first became famous in The Average White Band, and later played in the touring bands of both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.