SBC: The Week That Was
Thu Mar 24 16:55:35 EDT 2011
Etta Bull . Pepper Shows Us Wax On . Purple Reign .
This is the week that was in matters musical.
1952, Sun Records, the revered label that will be the first to give Elvis a
shot and go on to cut dozens of great rockabilly and blues sides, issues its
first single, "Selling My Whisky" by Jackie Boy and Little Walter .
1955, Georgia Gibbs' "Dance With Me Henry" is released . it's a cleaned-up
version of the more licentiously titled "Roll With Me Henry" by Etta James
that in turn was re-titled "The Wallflower" to keep censors at bay . Coral
Records hires original rock DJ Alan Freed as their A&R man .
1958, Elvis Presley is inducted into the U.S. Army as Private Presley,
serial number U-S-53310761 .
1962, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first perform together as Little Boy
Blue & the Blue Boys .
1963, teen idol Dion finally takes his "Runaround Sue" out of the
marketplace when he marries Sue Butterfield .
1964, everyone's favorite high-strung diva, Barbra "Babs" Streisand, opens
on Broadway in Funny Girl . she wins a Best Actress Oscar for her role in
the movie version .
1967, Peter Bergman of Firesign Theatre coins the term Love-In and throws
the first such event in Los Angeles' Elysian Park, attracting 65,000 people
and blocking freeways for miles . Columbia Records producer Gary Usher is so
impressed, he offers Firesign Theatre their first record contract . the
cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album is staged
and photographed at Chelsea Manor Studios in London using collage and wax
figures from Madame Tussaud's famous wax museum . among the likenesses
featured on the cover are Mae West, Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Bob Dylan,
Tony Curtis, Marlon Brando, Oscar Wilde, Marlene Dietrich, and W.C. Fields .
album artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth will be awarded a Grammy for Best
Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1968 .
1973, just 12 days after their single "Cover of the Rolling Stone" peaks at
#6 on the pop chart, Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show appear on the cover of
the magazine . wonder what Sylvia's mother has to say about The Hook now .
Lou Reed is bitten at a concert in Buffalo, New York . the "rabid" fan,
unable to contain his affection, leaps onstage and bites Reed on the bum as
he is about to perform "Waitin' for the Man" . screaming "leather," the fan
gets past security as he assaults Reed . the fan is ejected and Reed later
comments that the U.S. "seems to breed real animals" .
1974, The Ramones play their first live show at the Performance Studio in
New York . they will go on to play many more shows there and eat lots of
1975, Barry Manilow makes his first appearance on American Bandstand . No. 1
on the Billboard charts is Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti . No. 3 is Bob
Dylan's Blood on the Tracks . No. 2 is Olivia Newton-John's Have You Never
Been Mellow . go figure .
1978, the Police sign with A&M records .
1985, Prince wins an Oscar for Best Original Score for the film Purple Rain
. rumor has it that the movie's title song actually was written by Prince's
backup musicians, Wendy and Lisa . the movie seems to acknowledge this,
however the credits don't . they are credited as co-writers of "Computer
Blue," a song Wendy and Lisa claim in an interview that they had nothing to
do with .
1991, New Kid Donnie Wahlberg narrowly escapes becoming a new kid on the
cell block when he is arrested and charged with first degree arson . he
apparently was trying to set the historic Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, KY,
on fire with a Molotov cocktail . the charges are later reduced and then
dropped in exchange for public service commercials .
1995, while in jail, Tupac's Me Against the World hits number one . he
becomes the first rapper to top the charts and get married while
incarcerated for sexual assault against a female fan . an opera based on the
life of tennis ace Martina Navratilova premieres at New York's Carnegie Hall
. apparently, it took a lot of balls to pull this one off . Duran Duran
release Thank You, a collection of cover versions generally considered to be
one of the worst albums ever recorded .
1998, Chuck Negron files suit against his former Three Dog Night bandmates .
Negron alleges that a breach of a 1990 settlement put a crimp in the
crooner's career . years later in an odd twist, Negron's management licenses
the rights to use the name of the '60s horn band Blood, Sweat & Tears from
BS&T drummer Bobby Colomby . Negron now appears as Blood, Sweat & Tears
Featuring Chuck Negron . nothing to say about stopping David Clayton Thomas'
career . nothing? . anything? . nothing .
1999, rap mogul Master P donates $500,000 to keep his old grammar school
from closing .
2004, Bob Dylan starts hawking lady's underwear in a television ad for
Victoria's Secret which also features the song "Love Sick" from Dylan's 1997
album Time Out of Mind . the commercial features Dylan and model Adriana
Lima, who is barely clothed while Dylan, thankfully, is fully dressed .
music critics, columnists, and Dylan fans immediately erupt on the internet
after the first spot airs, all asking "Why?" . well, the answer my friend,
is blowin' in the wind . but we suspect that same wind has been blowing up
ladies' skirts in Bob's imagination since 1965, when he was asked what might
tempt him to sell out . his reply: "Ladies' undergarments." . as far as
we're concerned, Dylan didn't sell out, he bought in . and now when people
ask about Dylan's career whereabouts, our response is, "He's in ladies'
2005, The Decemberists opt to release their new music video, Sixteen
Military Wives, via BitTorrent, an easy way to give the video exposure
without fronting a lot of money for bandwidth . Dawn Barger, manager for The
Decemberists, says: "For the most part, MTV and VH1 won't touch video unless
bands have sold a huge number of records. It's impossible to get rotation" .
the experimental release is a success, seeing almost 2,000 downloads its
first weekend . The White Stripes finish recording their fifth album, Get
Behind Me Satan, in just under two weeks, averaging about a song a day .
apparently, like Robert Johnson, they had hellhounds on their tail . perhaps
it's a better idea to get Satan in front of you, where you can keep an eye
on him . American Idol is forced to have a re-vote after they display
incorrect phone numbers for each of the 11 contestants during the voting
stage of the Fox TV talent show .
2006, in the midst of a European tour Snoop Dogg and Sean "Diddy" Combs are
obliged to cancel plans for the British leg of the tour when Snoop is denied
a visa by English authorities . the refusal stems from an April 2006 scuffle
between the rapper and five members of his entourage with British cops at
Heathrow airport after the posse is refused entrance to a British Airways
first-class lounge . seven bobbies were injured in the fracas . if we're not
mistaken, one Diddy equals ten bobbies . Apple releases a free software
patch for download that permits iPod owners to set a maximum volume level .
the action is seemingly in response to articles critical of the device's
potential for hearing damage and a pending class-action lawsuit . so much
for self-determination . as Rene Descartes might have said, "iPod therefore
I am" .
2007, Sony BMG announces that henceforth it will no longer accept CDs or
tapes from bands hoping to land a contract with the company's labels .
instead, would-be recording acts are directed to post their demos on sites
set up for the purpose by Sony's subsidiaries as well as on blogs . it's not
really as cutting-edge an approach as it sounds . in the old days it was
known as, "Don't call us, we'll call you." .
. and that was the week that was in matters musical.
[Compiled by the Musician's Friend copywriting staff]
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