THIS WEEK IN ROCK HISTORY
Every Friday, we’re gonna take a look back at some of the interesting things that happened during this week in rock history. For example:
On Feb. 2, 1964, the guy who published The Kingsmen’s hit, “Louie Louie” (Max Frietag), offered a reward $1,000 to anybody who could find suggestive lyrics in the song (y’see, it’d already been banned by some stations because they though it was too … er, let’s just say “risque”). Nobody won it, natch …
On Feb. 3, 1959 … well, I don’t think there’s any need for description here. It was the “day the music died”; Buddy Holly, Big Bopper, Richie Valens and their pilot died in a tragic plane crash after a show in Clear Lake, Iowa.
Feb. 4, 1989 saw a song called “When I’m With You” by a band called “Sheriff” hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Problem was, there wasn’t a band by that name anymore; they’d split up four years earlier (and the song was recorded in 1983)!
On Feb. 5, 1966, many of us felt better after hearing that song on the Alka-Seltzer commercial, “No Matter What Shape”. The T-Bones made it to the Top 10 with that instrumental on this date. A few years later, the band resurfaced as the guys you see at the upper left of this blog: Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, who hit with “Don’t Pull Your Love”.
The 6th of February, 1965 saw the Righteous Brothers hit #1 with a song that’s become radio’s most played record in history (over 8 million times)!
If Feb. 3 of 1959 was “the day the music died”, then February 7, 1964 was the day that it was revived, thanks to the arrival of The Beatles at Kennedy Airport in New York City.
Two nights later …
February 9, 1964, on CBS Television between 7 and 8 PM EST (and with a pre-Monkees Davy Jones on it as part of the Broadway cast of “Oliver!”), the Fab Four performed on The Ed Sullivan Show – and rock music hasn’t been the same since.
Interestingly, exactly eight years to the day since The Beatles made their debut in America, Paul McCartney debuted his new band, Wings, at Nottingham University in England.
And that, my friends, was “the week that was” in rock and roll. But stay tuned; though we have one mid-week post coming up, we’ll have another “It Rocked This Week” coming up on Friday, the 16th. Until then, remember:
Keep your eyes on the skies, your feet on the ground, your heart with the music …
and I’ll see ya on the flip side …