While searching classicbands.com, I came across some events that stood out on my screen this morning! So here is what I THOUGHT made the grade.
The Beatles appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
The Beatles began filming known as Help!
The Beach Boys record that great little ditty called “Help Me Rhonda”
In Liverpool, England, at the original Cavern Club and the home to many of the Beatles’ early performances, it closed its doors for the final time because of mounting debt. Police were called when over a 100 fans barricaded themselves inside the club to protest. Now that would have been a the place to have been on that day!
1969 – ClassicBands.com
The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last British concert as a band at the world famous London’s Royal Albert Hall. No that sucks! I was only 4 at the time and I never got to see them because I was WAY under age at the time!
The Doors’ LP “Morrison Hotel” goes gold.
The first annual Juno Awards, Canada’s version of the Grammys, was held in Toronto. The awards had existed since 1964 under the name The RPM Gold Leaf Awards, which were established by Walt Grealis, editor and publisher of RPM Magazine.
Jefferson Airplane is fined $1,000 for onstage profanity in Oklahoma City. How dare they!
After the family of the late Ferdinand von Zeppelin threatens a lawsuit, Led Zeppelin performs in Copenhagen, Denmark as “The Nobs”. Now that, I’ve never heard of before!
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” becomes Simon and Garfunkel’s third US number one hit. Great tune to be able to play on piano, that one I can’t.
Five months after her death, Janis Joplin began a nine-week stay at the top of the Billboard Hot 200 album chart with “Pearl”. Janis was one of those women that you would love to have gone camping with, just imagine the stories and sing-a-longs!
The Eagles LP “Their Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975” becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Really great album, I’ve still got my original vinyl one!
Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” in named Best Pop Vocal Performance and Album Of The Year at the 18th annual Grammy Awards. Now word of a lie, I’m working on this one right now, really! My wife caught the tale end of it on The Colbert report and taped it for me.
Keith Richards is arrested in Toronto after police raid his hotel room and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. I remember as a kid watching this thing unfold on TV. I was just left shaking my head.
At the 20th annual Grammy awards The Eagles win Record of the Year for “Hotel California”. Great album.
On the strength of their hit, “Sultans Of Swing”, England’s Dire Straits kick off their first US tour. I fell asleep many a nights listening to this guitar master piece.
The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes” wins a Grammy Award for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year, while Billy Joel’s “52nd Street” wins both Album of the Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. 52nd Street was one of those musical changing albums for me.
Mason City Police discovered a file containing Buddy Holly’s glasses and a watch owned by The Big Bopper, that were found in the wreckage of their plane crash in 1959. Holly’s cuff links worn during the crash had already been presented to Paul McCartney back in 1976, when the first Buddy Holly Week was held. Holly’s widow would eventually launch a lawsuit to recover his glasses.
Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” rose to #1 on the US album chart, where it would stay for 37 weeks. Only “The Eagles’ Greatest Hits 1971 – 1975” has sold more.
1984 – ClassicBands.com
Van Halen enjoyed a US number one smash with “Jump”, after David Lee Roth added lyrics to music that Eddie Van Halen had written two years before. I recall doing a parity on this song with some neighbours called plump, boy they were bent back in the day.
Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record and Best Song for “Tears In Heaven” as well as Best Album for “Unplugged”. This CD helped me get back into guitar again and I am forever grateful for it.
At Radio City Music Hall, Bob Dylan is handed three Grammys, including one for Best Album for “Time Out Of Mind”. Dylan’s son, Jakob, also won an award, winning Best Song for “One Headlight”, a tune he recorded with his band, The Wallflowers. Also winning awards were John Fogerty, who picked up Best Rock Album for “Blue Moon Swamp”, Elton John for Best Male Vocal for “Candle In The Wind 1997” and Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker who won for Best Pop Collaboration for “Don’t Look Back”. Bo Diddley and Roy Orbison were cited for Lifetime Achievement. that would have been a show to see. As for the rest of them, I’m not so sure.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel sang together for the first time in ten years as they receive a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. The day I saw them at the CNE one summer was pure magic!
Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Nora Jones was five-for-five at the Grammy Awards, as she took honors for Album of the Year, Record of the Year (for “Don’t Know Why”), Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (also for “Don’t Know Why”). Shankar is the man who taught Beatle George Harrison to play the sitar. I played in a band with Ravi Shankar’s God son for my cousin’s wedding, neat eh?!!
The Sex Pistols gave a virtual middle finger to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they issued an open letter on front man Johnny Rotten’s Website, saying they have no intention of attending the induction ceremony at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “Next to the sex Pistols, rock and roll and that hall of fame is a piss stain. Your museum. Urine in wine. We’re not coming.” GD, those guys are way too funny!