SBC: The Week That Was
Sat Sep 4 15:22:46 EDT 2010
Jail Birds Sing . Dotty In Opry Cash . CD Sales Plunge .
This is the week that was in matters musical.
1956, in the wake of Johnny Ray's success with "Just Walking in the Rain,"
Sun Records releases a cover by The Prisonaires, a smooth-singing doo-wop
group composed of Tennessee State Penitentiary inmates .
1962, The Beatles hit Abbey Road recording studio for the first time,
recording "Love Me Do" in about 16 takes with drummer Andy White .
1965, an ad in Variety announces auditions for the new TV show The Monkees .
would-be Monkees who fail to make the cut include Stephen Stills; Danny
Hutton, later of Three Dog Night; songwriter Paul Williams; and Charles
1968, because of fears of street violence during the National Democratic
Convention, The Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" is banned from airplay
in Chicago .
1978, Who drummer Keith Moon succumbs to an overdose of the drug Heminevrin
prescribed to combat his alcoholism . an autopsy reveals that he'd washed
down 32 of the pills with champagne . his death occurs in the same apartment
in which Mama Cass of The Mamas & The Papas met her demise in 1974 . at a
Teddy Pendergrass show in New York called "For Women Only," female
concertgoers receive white chocolate lollipops in the shape of a teddy bear.
1990, Tom Fogerty, an original member of Creedence Clearwater Revival and
brother of John, dies of tuberculosis this week at age 48 . he had parted
from the band at the height of its success in 1971, a casualty of sibling
rivalry . and although he recorded a number of albums on his own, he never
scored a hit after his CCR days . across the pond, The Cure launches a
pirate radio station beamed at London to publicize the release of the remix
album Mixed Up. but the station will soon go off the air beset by technical
difficulties and use of the powerful BBC signal to cover up its broadcasts .
1991, country music star Dottie West dies from internal injuries suffered in
a car accident in the parking lot of The Grand Ole Opry. the crash occurred
a few days earlier when an elderly neighbor, who was giving West a ride to
work, lost control of the car .
1997, Pat Smear announces he will no longer be a Foo Fighter and that Franz
Stahl will take his place .
1999, record mogul Sean "Puffy" Combs is ordered to attend an anger
management class after being convicted of attacking the president of
Interscope Records, Steve Stoute . lucky for Stoute the Puff man doesn't
shop at Wal-Mart .
2000, Rage Against the Machine bassist Timothy Commerford pleads guilty to
charges of assault and disorderly conduct at the MTV Video Music Awards .
while raging against Limp Bizkit's acceptance of the award for Best Rock
Video-which was coincidentally up against Rage's video for "Sleep Now In The
Fire"-Commerford climbed a 15-foot arch that was part of the stage set .
stagehands and security swarmed the stage to extricate Tim, who would "sleep
now in the slammer" .
2004, the 6th Circuit Court in Cincinnati rules that artists should pay for
every sample they use . previously courts had held that as long as short
samples could not be identified, licensing was unnecessary . in this new
decision, the court, acknowledging other cases involving digital piracy
says, "If you cannot pirate the whole sound recording, can you 'lift' or
'sample' something less than the whole? Our answer to that question is in
the negative." . ironically, a two-second sample of a Funkadelic record in
NWA's 100 Miles and Runnin is at the heart of the ruling . Funkadelic and
Parliament leader and founder George Clinton has historically been
supportive of sampling, having produced two albums titled Sample Some of Dis
and Sample Some of Dat that permit remixers to use his music without legal
2006, in a Rolling Stone interview, Elton John reveals that he's thinking
about putting out a hip-hop album . "I want to work with Eminem, Pharrell,
Kanye, and Snoop. We'll see what happens. It could be a disaster." . Rapper
Master P debuts his new musical Uncle Willy's Family, in Meridian,
Mississippi . the show is semiautobiographical, focusing on a family that
has to abandon its home in the face of Hurricane Katrina . to no one's
particular surprise, it's revealed that Whitney Houston has separated from
her husband of 14 years, Bobby Brown . the marriage was punctuated by drugs
and domestic disturbances . on a more positive note, Lou Reed joins Jack
White and his Raconteurs at the VMA Awards show in New York, pitching in on
the vocals of "White Light/White Heat" .
2007, with just 7.4 million in album sales this week, Nielsen SoundScan
reports the lowest numbers in the chart service's history . only the High
School Musical 2 soundtrack manages to move more than 50,000 units . just
eight years earlier 27 albums moved that many . Lucinda Williams kicks off a
novel tour in which she will play five nights each in New York and L.A. .
each show will be devoted to one of her five studio albums in its entirety:
her 1988 self-titled disc, Sweet Old World, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road,
Essence, and World Without Tears .
2008, Oasis is mid-way through its headline set at the V Festival when a man
runs from backstage and knocks Noel Gallagher to the ground . Security
guards wrestle the attacker to the floor and drag him away with brother Liam
in pursuit . after a 15-minute break, the band resumes its set to cheers
from a 25,000-strong audience .
.and that was the week that was.
[Compiled by the Musician's Friend copywriting staff]
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