SBC: The Week That Was
Fri Aug 19 12:36:13 EDT 2011
Ringo passes audition ... Mick takes a bullet ... Janis inks record deal ...
This is the week that was in matters musical .
1962, Ringo Starr joins the Beatles after former drummer Pete Best is let go
. Ringo's performing debut is at the Horticultural Society Dance in
Birkenhead . The personnel change is not popular with many . When the
remodeled Beatles appear at the Cavern, irate fans of Pete Best attack the
band, giving George Harrison a nasty black eye that barely goes away in time
for the band's first photo shoot .
1967, The Doors begin laying tracks for their second album at Sunset Sound
Studios, Hollywood, California.
1968, down and out in Chicago, a broke and destitute Janis Joplin and Big
Brother and the Holding Company reconsider an earlier offer they had
initially passed on, signing on with Bob Shad's Mainstream Records. Shad
refuses to let the band in the studio during their album's final mix . The
record is not released until the band's successful performance at the
Montery Pop Festival the following year .
1969, The Woodstock Music and Art Festival is held on Max Yasgur's farm in
Bethel, New York . nearly half a million gather to celebrate "3 Days of
Peace and Music" (and mud, lots of mud) and enjoy performances by a Who's
Who of rock-and-roll, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin, the
Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Ten Years After, and Jefferson
Airplane . Joni Mitchell misses Woodstock when her manager books her on Dick
Cavett's TV show . The Canadian-born singer goes on to pen the seminal song
about the festival, "Woodstock" . Mick Jagger is accidentally shot in the
hand during the filming of Ned Kelly in Australia . his wound is not serious
. Miles Davis goes into the studio in New York for the first sessions of the
landmark album, Bitches Brew with Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul,
Jack DeJohnette, Dave Holland, Benny Maupin, John McLaughlin, Larry Young,
Harvey Brooks, Lenny White, Don Alias, and Jumma Santos .
1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival starts a nine-week run at No.1 on the
U.S. album chart with their fifth studio release Cosmo's Factory. The name
of the album stems from the warehouse in Berkeley where the band practiced.
Bandleader John Fogerty's insistence on constant rehearsals leads drummer
Doug "Cosmo" Clifford to start referring to the place as "the factory."
1970, Derek and the Dominoes perform at the Van Dike in Plymouth, England .
1972, Chicago starts a nine-week run at No.1 on the U.S. album charts with
Chicago V . David Bowie plays the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre
in England on his current 182-date Ziggy Stardust world tour .
1974, Led Zeppelin begin a 2-night stand at Pirates World in Dania, Florida.
Also on the bill are The Royal Ascots, Brimstone and The Echo .
1980, Queen appears at The Spectrum in Philly .
1988, "Crazy" by Patsy Cline, and Elvis Presley's "Hound Dog" are announced
as the most played jukebox songs of the first hundred years. The jukebox has
been around since 1906, but earlier models had been first seen in 1889 .
"Crazy" is recorded during this week in 1961 by Cline, who tracked the
Willie Nelson gem while on crutches due to injuries from a car crash in
which she was thrown through the window .
1990, Garth Brook's "Friends in Low Places" soars toward the #1 spot on the
charts . the song will eventually receive the Country Music Association
(CMA) Single of the Year Award
1997, U2 plays the first of two sold-out nights at Wembley Stadium, London,
England, on their Pop Mart tour .
2003, Norwegian Elvis Presley impersonator Kjell Henning Bjoernestad sets a
world record by singing the King's hits nonstop for over 26 hours. The
previous mark was set by British Elvis fan Gary Jay who sang for 25 hours 33
minutes and 30 seconds.
2006, a man in America looking at a webcam located in England foils three
men who are breaking into a shop in Liverpool. The man is logged onto a site
streaming live footage of Mathew Street, the site of an upcoming Beatles
festival, when he sees the men smashing a shop window and climbing inside.
He phones the Merseyside police who arrest the men.
2011, hot summer concert tickets include Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, Janet Jackson,
Katy Perry, and Jimmy Buffet .
. and that was the week that was.
[Compiled by the Musician's Friend copywriting staff]
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