PCPB Presents On This Day In Music History
Welcome to this week’s edition of PCPB On This Day. This week we kick off in 1956 with my main man Elvis Presley. Right, let’s get down and dirty with Music History.
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On This Day….
Elvis Presley started a three-day run playing ten shows at the Paramount Theater in Atlanta, Georgia. The stage manager was told; “Pull all white lights. Presley works all in colour, Presley act has no encore. When he leaves the stage, immediately close curtains.”
13-year old Stevie Wonder first entered the US Singles chart as Little Stevie Wonder with ‘Fingertips Parts One and Two ‘. ‘Fingertips ‘ which featured a young Marvin Gaye on drums was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States since Johnny Standley’s 1952 comic monologue ‘It’s in the Book ‘.
The Beatles played their first ever show in New Zealand at Wellington Town Hall. The local Chief Constable refused a police escort for The Beatles leaving just two police officers to control over 5,000 fans.
Herb Alpert started a four week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘This Guys In Love With You ‘. This was his first No.1, plus the first No.1 for the A&M label and also the writer’s Bacharach and David’s first chart topper. The track also hit No. 3 in the UK.
The Otis Redding album’Dock Of The Bay ‘ went to No.1 in the UK. The posthumously released album and his sixth studio album contained some singles and B-sides dating back to 1965 and one of his best-known songs, the posthumous hit ‘(Sittin’ On The Dock) Of The Bay.’
American singer, actress, Judy Garland, died of a barbiturate overdose aged 47, she was found on the floor of her rented Chelsea home, in London, UK. Garland had made more than two dozen films, played Dorothy in the 1939 film ‘Wizard Of Oz‘, sang ‘Over The Rainbow ‘ in the movie, (voted the ‘Song Of The Century‘ in a 2001 poll published in America). Garland also took out the 1961 US No.1 with her comeback album ‘Judy At Carnegie Hall ‘.
Led Zeppelin appeared at Laugardalsholl Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland on the group’s only visit to Iceland. It is suggested that Robert Plant was inspired to write the lyrics to ‘Immigrant Song ‘ during this trip.
The second Glastonbury Festival in England took place. The festival was held over five days to coincide with the summer solstice. The Acts who appeared included: Melanie, Quintessence, David Bowie, The Edgar Broughton Band, Pink Fairies, Terry Reid – with David Lyndley and Linda Lewis, Gong, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Brinsley Schwarz, Fairport Convention, Family and Traffic. Over 7,000 fans attended the event.
Don McLean had his second UK No.1 Single with the Roy Orbison song ‘Crying ‘. The song had been a No.2 hit in the US for Orbison in July 1961. In 1987, Orbison re-recorded the song as a duet with k.d. Lang as part of the soundtrack for the motion picture, Hiding Out. Their collaboration won the Grammy Award.
Mark Chapman pleaded guilty to the charge of murdering John Lennon in 1980. He was later sentenced to 20 years to life.
American session guitarist Jesse Ed Davis died of a heroin overdose after collapsing in a laundry room in Venice, California, aged 43. Davis had worked with Conway Twitty, The Monkees, John Lennon, Eric Clapton, Leonard Cohen, Keith Moon, Jackson Browne, Steve Miller, Harry Nilsson and Taj Mahal.
Ry Cooder and David Lindley, The Cure, Happy Mondays, Sinead O’Connor, Deacon Blue, De La Soul, Adamski, Blue Aeroplanes, Julian Cope, Del Amitri, Jesus Jones, and James and The Pale Saints all appeared on the first day of this years Glastonbury Festival. A three-day ticket cost £38.
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain was rushed to hospital after a gig in Belfast, Northern Ireland suffering from acute stomach pains brought on by ulcers.
Three members of M.C. Hammer’s tour crew were wounded in a drive-in shooting incident, three days later Joseph Mack, a dancer in Hammer’s entourage was shot on stage during a concert in Nevada.
Suffocation murdered the brother of singer Diana Ross, Arthur Ross and his wife were murdered in the basement of their rented Detroit home. The badly decomposed bodies were discovered after neighbours complained of a foul odour coming from the house. Two men were later charged with murder and robbery. Arthur Ross had written songs for Marvin Gaye, The Miracles and Madonna.
U2 guitarist ‘The Edge‘ married his girlfriend of ten years Morleigh Steinberg in Eze in the south of France. The couple first met when she was a belly dancer on the band’s Zoo TV tour. Guest’s included Bono, Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart and Lenny Kravitz.
Coldplay went to No.1 on the UK Singles chart with ‘Viva La Vida ‘, it was their first UK No.1. Coldplay made history with this single, as it had no physical CD-single release in the UK, it was available by internet download only. The song won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2009
It was reported in the Irish press that Bono’s wandering peahen was causing havoc for some south Dublin residents. The peahen the less spectacular-coloured female partner to a male peacock had arrived in the Ard Mhuire housing estate in Killiney near to where the singer lived. One newspaper ran the headline: “Bono’s cock drives me nuts“. Local woman Susan McKeon said she first noticed the bird at night. “It had a tiny head and a huge body. It was actually quite ugly, but I don’t think it’s fully grown.”
MP Andrew Turner called for a review of procedures after thousands of rock fans were delayed for hours heading to the Isle of Wight Festival. After torrential rains cars were unable to park on waterlogged fields, which lead to gridlock as about 55,000 people headed to the festival site. Some fans were stuck in traffic for up to 16 hours on the way to the festival. Elbow, Lana Del Rey, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam all appeared at this year’s festival.
‘Blurred Lines ‘ by Robin Thicke started a 13 week run at No.1 on the US Singles chart. Featuring American rapper T.I. and American singer and producer Pharrell, the video was made in two versions; the first video features models Emily Ratajkowski, Jessi M’Bengue, and Elle Evans being topless, the second features them covered. The topless version of the video was removed from YouTube for violating the site’s terms of service regarding nudity, though it was later restored and flagged as inappropriate. ‘Blurred Lines ‘ peaked at No.1 in 14 countries.
P Diddy was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in Los Angeles. The alleged incident occurred on the University of California campus where his son was on the football team. The weapon in question was a kettlebell, which is used for weight training. Diddy – whose real name is Sean Combs – was released on $160,000 (£101,000) bail.
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant told a court hearing the ‘Stairway To Heaven ‘ copyright dispute that he had a dim memory of the time the song was written. Plant also said he could not remember meeting the band Spirit, who claimed the group stole their guitar riff for Stairway to Heaven in the 1970s. “I don’t have a recollection of almost anyone I’ve hung out with,” Plant said, causing roars of laughter in the court. The case was brought on behalf of Spirit’s late guitarist, Randy Wolfe. His estate claimed the opening riff of the 1968 song ‘Taurus ‘ is fundamentally the same as the iconic opening bars of Stairway to Heaven.
Well, my friends, that concludes this week’s Music History, make sure you join me the same time next week to see where history will take as next. Until then Keep It Turned On And Turned Up!