3 January, 2018 Grupo Stereo Siete
January 3rd: On this Day
1955, Elvis Presley appeared in Boonesville, Virginia. The 20 year-old singer was still a regional star, but by the end of 56′ he had become a national sensation, recording two albums, (which included ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Blue Suede Shoes’), appeared on national television 11 times, played over 100 concerts and signed a seven year contract with Paramount Pictures.
1957, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Singing The Blues.’ (Tommy Steele and Marty Robbins had also released versions and Steele would replace this version at No.1). Also a US No.1.
1963, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his sixth UK No.1 ‘The Next Time / Bachelor Boy.’ Both songs were taken from the film Summer Holiday.
1964, The Beatles were seen for the second time on US TV when a clip from the BBC’s ‘The Mersey Sound’ showing the group playing ‘She Loves You’ was shown on The Jack Paar Show. The first US airing showing The Beatles was on Nov 18, 1963, on the NBC news program “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” (albeit pre-recorded) of The Beatles in concert.
1967, Having received a US army draft notice, The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson refused to be sworn in, saying he was a conscientious objector.
1969, Appearing live on The Lulu show on UK TV, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Child, (which is performed in full), then Hendrix stopped performing his new single ‘Hey Joe’ after a verse and chorus and instead launched into a version of the Cream song ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ as a tribute to the band who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show’s host Lulu from closing the show properly.
1970, B J Thomas started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.’ The song was featured in the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
1970, Working on the Get Back sessions at Studio Two of EMI Studios, London, in what would prove to be The Beatles’ final recording session, three Beatles (Paul, George, and Ringo) record 16 takes of the George Harrison song ‘I Me Mine’. John Lennon was away in Denmark at the time. A decade later it became the title of George Harrison’s auto-biography.
1972, Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England, (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).
1976, The Bay City Rollers went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Saturday Night.’ At the height of their US success, the Scottish group signed a deal to promote breakfast cereal.
1976, Bob Dylan’s song, ‘Hurricane’, peaked at No.33 on the Billboard singles chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter released from jail. The song promoted Carter’s innocence and a movie about Carter’s life, starring Denzel Washington, was released in 2000.
1980, American rhythm and blues singer Amos Milburn died aged 52. Famous for his drinking songs including, ‘Let Me Go Home, Whiskey’ and ‘One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer.’
1981, David Bowie made his final appearance as the Elephant Man at The Booth Theatre, Broadway in New York City.
1987, Aretha Franklin became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2000, Luciano Pavarotti agreed to pay the Italian authorities £1.6 million ($2.72 million) after losing an appeal against tax evasion charges. It was reported that the singer was worth £300 million ($510 million) at the time.
2002, Zak Foley bassist with British group EMF died aged 31 of a drug overdose. EMF had the 1990 world wide hit single ‘Unbelievable’ which reached No.3 on the UK singles chart, and was a No.1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The name EMF is believed to be an abbreviation of Epsom Mad Funkers.
2002, Liam and Noel Gallagher topped a poll of celebrities you would least like to live next to, getting 40% of the vote. Readers of Your Home magazine voted the brothers from Oasis as ‘Neighbours From Hell’.
2012, British musician Bob Weston died age 64. He had a brief role as guitarist and songwriter with Fleetwood Mac in the early 1970s. He also recorded and performed with a number of other musicians, including Graham Bond, Long John Baldry, Murray Head, Sandy Denny and Danny Kirwan.
2014, Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, including ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘All I Have to Do Is Dream’ and influenced acts such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The Everly Brothers had 35 Billboard Top-100 singles, 26 in the top 40. They hold the record for the most Top-100 singles by any duo. In the UK, they had 30 chart singles, 29 in the top 40, 13 top 10, and 4 at No. 1 between 1957 and 1984
2017, Vinyl sales topped three million last year, the highest UK total in 25 years. More than 3.2 million records were sold in 2016, a rise of 53% on the previous year, according to the BPI, which represents the music industry. David Bowie’s Blackstar was the most popular album on vinyl, selling more than double the number of copies of 2015’s biggest-seller, Adele’s 25.