SBC: The Week That Was

Jimmy Jacobs jacobslawoffice@GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 26 15:15:21 EDT 2011

Duane Allman Becomes A Domino ... Izzy Takes A Wizzy ... No "Soul" For
Bob Dole ...

This is the week that was in matters musical …

1958, Eddie Cochran's biggest hit, "Summertime Blues," enters
Billboard magazine's Top 100, where it will peak at #18 and sell over
a million copies … it will later be covered by such groups as Blue
Cheer and The Who …

1963, "Be My Baby" by The Ronettes hits the charts … the song will
later be cited as the perfect pop song by Brian Wilson of The Beach
Boys … one can maybe hear a touch of it in Brian's own "Good
Vibrations" …

1968, The Beatles release the single "Hey Jude" that eclipses Dylan's
"Like a Rolling Stone" as the longest single to receive Top 40 airplay
by nearly a minute at 7:06 … it is the first release from newly formed
Apple Records and becomes The Beatles' biggest hit, going to number
one around the world … the recording took two days and involved a
36-piece orchestra who also clapped and sang the na-na-nahs on the
fadeout … the epic ballad begins with Paul playing the piano and ends
with 50 layered instruments … "Piece of My Heart" by Big Brother & The
Holding Company with Janis Joplin singing lead enters the charts … it
is Joplin's and the band's first hit …

1970, Duane Allman begins sessions as a member of Derek & The Dominos
… Eric Clapton praises Allman as the catalyst in a double-album
project, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, that is completed in
only 10 days … The Kinks' transvestite-themed single "Lola" is
released … the song, which revived the band's flagging popularity, was
inspired by their manager's drunken club experience unknowingly
dancing with a she-man … Ray Davies had to re-record the line "You
drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry cola" at the last
minute because the BBC refused to play the song with its original, "it
tastes just like Coca-Cola," line fearing repercussions from the
beverage maker … Lola reappears in "Paranoia," a later Kinks tune …

1971, Paul McCartney's jaunty single "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" is
the number one pop hit of the week … the former Beatle reveals that he
actually had an Uncle Albert who used to get drunk and quote the Bible

1976, Boston releases their self-titled debut album … it spawns three
hit singles and shoots to the top of the charts … one of the
fastest-selling debut albums of all time, it's finally unseated by
Whitney Houston's debut in 1986 … ironically, this is the same year
Boston finally releases their third album, their release cycle slowed
by guitarist Tom Scholz's momentum-killing perfectionist leanings … by
this time most of the band, including Sib Hashian and his afro, have
left the band in frustration …

1977, three people are nabbed in Memphis for attempting to steal the
remains of Elvis … to prevent such thievery, Elvis is moved from the
cemetery to a more secure resting place at Graceland …

1978, art-punk practitioners Television break up just a month after
returning to New York from a West Coast tour … their proto-New Wave
approach and unique guitar style sets aside nearly every accepted rule
of rock guitar, making them guitar heroes to a legion of young rockers

1989, Izzy Stradlin of Guns N' Roses is arrested in Phoenix for
causing an in-flight public disturbance … he verbally abuses a flight
attendant, urinates on the floor, and smokes in the non-smoking
section of the plane … Izzy is apparently upset about the potty queue
… the flight from Los Angeles to Indianapolis makes an unscheduled
landing in Phoenix to dump him off …

1993, Snoop Dogg is arrested in connection with the death of Phillip
Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang who was fired at and killed in
a gang fight … Snoop and his bodyguard McKinley Lee are ultimately
acquitted but the rapper will remain entangled in legal battles
surrounding the case for three years … his video "2 of Amerikaz Most
Wanted" with Tupac Shakur chronicles the difficulties each rapper
faced as a result of their unrelated criminal prosecutions …

1995, in a landmark rock 'n' roll event, veteran rocker Neil Young
headlines the Reading Festival with Seattle's Pearl Jam backing him up

1996, Isaac Hayes, co-writer of the song "Soul Man," writes a letter
to senator Bob Dole protesting his use of the song in his presidential
campaign that had changed the chorus to "I'm A Dole Man" …

2002, Eminem draws boos at the MTV Video Music Awards after he calls
Moby a girl and tries to pick a fight with the diminutive techno
popper … Moby had called the rapper's music misogynistic and
homophobic … Em also mixes it up with Triumph The Insult Comic Dog
after Triumph tells the crowd "Eminem should lighten up. I mean, my
mom was a bitch too, but I don't go writing songs about it." … this
portion is removed from repeat broadcasts …

2003, 200 fans are ejected from the Charlotte, North Carolina, stop of
the Ozzfest tour for alcohol and drug use … the show started at around
10 a.m. and the first group of partied-out attendees was ushered out
just after noon, proving Ozzy Osbourne fans are not into pacing
themselves …

2006, Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton undergoes treatment for throat
cancer, forcing him to sit out the first half of the band's Route of
All Evil Tour, the first time he has missed any shows in the band's
history … longtime band friend David Hull fills in until his return …
one of the last iTunes holdouts, Linkin Park reverses their position
and Apple begins selling all three of their studio albums along with
bonus cuts and videos …

2007, The Stones wrap their Bigger Bang tour having grossed $558
million, eclipsing the record formerly held by U2's 2005 Vertigo tour
that brought in a paltry $389 million … commenting on the end of the
long-running tour, Mick Jagger acknowledges, "I'm sort of glad it's
done. I need to do some resting." … rock pioneer Bo Diddley suffers a
heart attack …

2008, a blogger who posted nine unreleased songs from the forthcoming
Guns N' Roses album Chinese Democracy is arrested for violating a
three-year-old law that prohibits such leaks … according to Kevin
Cogill's girlfriend, the cops "let me get him a shirt and shoes
without laces before they took him away" … Cogill is a former employee
of Universal Records' distribution department …

2009, Noel Gallagher announces he's leaving Oasis …

And that was the week that was.

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