PCPB Takes You on a Music History Tour in This Week’s Edition of On This Day
Welcome back to another stellar edition of On This Day in Music History. This week we kick off our journey in 1961 with the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley and his seventh UK No.1 hit.
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At a ceremony held at the Playhouse Theatre in London, The Beatles were awarded three Ivor Novello Awards for 1966: Best-Selling British Single ‘Yellow Submarine ’, Most-Performed Song ‘Michelle ’, and Next-Most-Performed Song ‘Yesterday ‘. None of the Beatles attended, and the winning songs were played by Joe Loss and his Orchestra. The lead vocal for ‘Michelle’ was sung by Ross MacManus, whose son would go on to become the professional musician Elvis Costello.
The film of The Concert For Bangladesh featuring George Harrison, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton premiered in New York. The event was the first benefit concert of this magnitude in world history. The show raised $243,418.51 for Bangladesh relief, which was administered by UNICEF. Sales of the album and DVD continue to benefit the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
Marvin Gaye and Diana Ross entered the UK Singles chart with ‘You Are Everything ’ which was originally recorded by the Philadelphia soul group The Stylistics. Released as the second UK single from the Diana & Marvin album, the song reached No.5 in the UK Singles Chart that year.
Elvis Presley appeared at the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. This was the first date of the 49 date US Tour over three months and Presley’s last ever tour. His last ever show was on 26th June 1977 at the Indianapolis Indiana Market Square Arena.
R.E.M. scored their first UK No.1 Album with their seventh LP ‘Out Of Time‘ featuring the singles ‘Losing My Religion ‘, which became R.E.M.’s highest-charting hit in the US, reaching No.4 and ‘Shiny Happy People.’ The video for ‘Losing My Religion ‘ won two Grammy Awards and six MTV Awards.
Alan Barton of UK pop band Black Lace died. The band had the 1984 UK No.2 single ‘Agadoo.’ Black Lace represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 1979 in which they finished in 7th position. ‘Agadoo‘ earned them the dubious accolade of being voted as the Worst Song of all Time by a panel of music writers for Q Magazine.
Celine Dion went to No.1 on the US Singles chart with ‘Because You Loved Me ‘, her second US No.1, a No.5 hit in the UK. The Diane Warren song was taken from the film “Up Close And Personal” starring Robert Redford and Michelle Pfeiffer. On the same day, her album ‘Falling Into You‘ went to No.1 on the UK Album chart.
‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo ‘ by Tony Christie featuring Peter Kay was the No.1 UK single, ‘Candy Shop ‘ by 50 Cent was at No.1 on the US Chart and ‘Almost Here ‘ by Delta Goodrem, and Brian McFadden was at No.1 on the Australian Singles chart.
Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for The Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66. A school friend of Sir Paul McCartney and George Harrison, he was regarded by some of the band as the “fifth Beatle” becoming The Beatles road manager in 1961 before becoming their personal assistant. He led the legal battle with Apple computers over the use of the Apple name, and royalties dispute between the Beatles and record label EMI. Aspinall had also played background instruments on Beatles tracks including ‘Magical Mystery Tour ‘, ‘Within You Without You ‘ and ‘ Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.’
The Who’s Pete Townshend told Uncut magazine that he regretted ever forming the band. “What would I have done differently? I would never have joined a band. Even though I am quite a good gang member and a good trooper on the road, I am bad at creative collaboration.”
British artist, Lil’ Chris, was found dead in Suffolk at the age of 24. Chris Hardman first rose to fame on the UK reality show Rock School in 2006 when he was just 15 years old. He later released a hit single, ‘Checkin’ It Out,’ which reached No.3 on the UK Singles chart.
Well, folks, that’s a wrap on this week’s edition of Pop Culture Pipe Bomb’s On This Day. See you all at the same time next week, until then keep it #TurnedOn and #TurnedUp!