SBC: The Week That Was

Jimmy Jacobs jacobslawoffice@GMAIL.COM
Thu Nov 3 17:33:47 EDT 2011

Syd Zips It ... Wiz Rocks It ... Neil's Wheels Flame On ...

This is the week that was in matters musical .

1958, Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke are both injured in an Arkansas auto wreck
that kills their chauffeur .

1960, Greg Allman turns 13 and gets a guitar for his birthday . 14-year-old
brother Duane eclipses him quickly on that instrument while Greg excels at
organ and vocals . they'll play together in the Kings, the Allman Joys, and
Hourglass before they rule the southern rock universe with the Allman
Brothers Band, which they'll form in 1969 .

1963, "Louie Louie" is released by the Kingsmen . one of the most covered
songs of all time, it is charged that the slurred lyrics are obscene . the
song is banned on some radio stations especially in Indiana where Governor
Matthew Welch determines that the ditty is definitely dirty . even the FBI
gets caught up in the controversy though the Bureau ultimately wraps up its
31-month investigation, including playing the record at various speeds--,
inconclusively stating that they are "unable to interpret any of the wording
in the record" . in 2003, 754 guitarists play a 10-minute rendition of the
song at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington . the event is thought to be
the world's largest jam session . in 2004, Rolling Stone would rank "Louie
Louie" #55 in the list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time as voted on by
musicians and critics .

1964, The Nashville Teens become One Hit Wonders in the U.S. by reaching #14
with "Tobacco Road" . the follow-up single "Google Eyes"  by the same
songwriter, John D. Loudermilk, goes nowhere .

1965, promoter Bill Graham rents the building destined to become Fillmore
East for a lordly $60 . his first rock show bill features The Jefferson
Airplane and The Grateful Dead . at the Longshoreman's Hall, the Family Dog
present "A Tribute to Ming the Merciless" featuring The Mothers and The
Charlatans .

1966, The Monkees first single "The Last Train To Clarksville" hits #1 on
the U.S. charts replacing "96 Tears" by ? & the Mysterians . in London, John
Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an art gallery previewing her "Unfinished Paintings
and Objects" . . .

1967, the movie How I Won the War featuring John Lennon in an acting role,
opens in the U.S. is the first film to feature a solo performance by a
Beatle . Lennon in costume as a soldier from the movie is featured on the
cover of Rolling Stone magazine that hits the newstands for the first time .
Pink Floyd appear on The Pat Boone Show in the U.S .. singer-guitarist and
erstwhile band leader Syd Barrett refuses to answer interview questions from
the host and does not even try to lip-synch to the pre-recorded track for
the single "See Emily Play" . the following day, he repeats his
non-performance in front of the cameras for Dick Clark's American Bandstand

1968, Cream perform their last U.S. concert at the Rhode Island Auditorium
in Providence .

1969, The Rolling Stones gross a record-breaking $260,000 for two shows for
36,000 fans at the L.A. Forum .

1970, Bob Dylan records "George Jackson" a tribute to the black militant
leader killed in a California prison shootout .

1971, Led Zeppelin releases their fourth album that has no official name and
is variously referred to as: the runes album, ZoSo and "Led Zeppelin IV" (a
name actually used by Jimmy Page) .

1972, Johnny Paycheck starts pulling down a regular salary when he
officially joins the cast of the Grand Ole Opry .

1977, The Jam release their second album in the U.K., This Is The Modern
World . many record shops there pull the Sex Pistols album cover Never Mind
The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols from their front window claiming it is
indecent because of the word "bollocks" . Virgin Records boss Richard
Branson says his shops will continue to display the album in their windows .

1978, The Clash release their second album Give 'Em Enough Rope . Donna
Summer's cover of "MacArthur Park" becomes the #1 Pop Hit . a decade
earlier, actor Richard Harris had taken his bombastic reading of the Jimmy
Webb tune noted for its incomprehensible lyrics to #2 . unlike "Louie Louie"
with unintelligible lyrics, in 1996 readers of Dave Berry's syndicated
newspaper column voted "MacArthur Park" the Worst Song of All Time .

1980, The Human League split up with synth players Ian Marsh and Martyn Ware
leaving . vocalist Phil Oakey and Adrian Wright keep the name going . The
B-52s new single "Strobe Light" is from their album Wild Planet .

1981, Depeche Mode releases their first album Speak and Spell containing the
singles "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Dreaming Of Me" .

1985, the theme from the TV show Miami Vice composed and recorded by former
Mahavishnu Orchestra keyboard player Jan Hammer, rides the top of the
Billboard Hot 100 . the soundtrack LP also goes to #1 in the album chart
where it will reside for 11 weeks, beating the former TV-theme
record-holder, The Music from Peter Gunn .

1986, Willie Nelson plays a corrupt cop in a guest appearance on Miami Vice

1991, blues, soul, rock, and country are all well represented when the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame inducts Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T & The MGs, Jimi
Hendrix, Johnny Cash, The Isley Brothers, The Yardbirds, and Sam and Dave .

1992, Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" reaches the end of the #1 road when it
makes its 13th and final appearance in the Billboard Hot 100 chart's top
slot . Axl Rose is convicted of property damage in the wake of a Guns N'
Roses show in Missouri . he gets two years' probation and is ordered to pay
$50,000 in fines to community groups .

1995, Michael Jackson's ATV Music catalog and Sony Corp. merge to form the
world's third biggest music publishing company worth an estimated $300
million . among the goodies Jackson brings to the table are a raft of
classic Beatles tunes . The Wizard of Oz in Concert is performed at the
Lincoln Center in New York . the cast includes Jewel as Dorothy, Jackson
Browne as the Scarecrow, and Roger Daltrey as the Tin Man .

1996, Michael Jackson announces that he and friend Debbie Rowe are expecting
a child . the King of Pop denies tabloid reports that the baby had been
conceived using artificial insemination and that Rowe was paid to bear the
child .

1998, Ahmet Ertegun and Bobby "Blue" Bland are honored with lifetime
achievement awards from the Blues Foundation . Little Jimmy Dickens'
appearance at the Grand Ole Opry marks his 50th year as a member of the cast
. Dickens is best-remembered for his 1965 hit, "May The Bird Of Paradise Fly
Up Your Nose" . Rick James has a stroke when a blood vessel in his neck
ruptures during a head-banging performance in Denver .

2005, Mike Love of the Beach Boys files suit against his cousin Brian Wilson
claiming that a British promotion for Wilson's 2004 album Smile that gave
away 2.6 million Beach Boys compilations discs cut into the band's sales .
this marks the seventh time that Beach Boys have sued one another . despite
all the litigation and unpleasantness, in July 2010 Al Jardine announces the
surviving original members of the Beach Boys: Mike Love, Bruce Johnston,
Brian Wilson, Jardine, and early member David Marks will reunite for at
least one reunion show in 2011 . Mike Love reacts by saying there were no
specific plans but states "I've had a few conversations recently with my
cousin Brian about doing some musical projects together . in the fall we'll
get more focused on it"  . Madonna notches her 36th Top Ten single with
"Hung Up," tying her with Elvis Presley as the act with the most Top Ten
hits . The Beatles have 34 . the song is also her 47th Top Forty single-at
this point, the most for any female artist .

2006, Yoko Ono observes John Lennon's 66th birthday in Reykjavik, Iceland,
where she dedicates the site of a planned Imagine Peace Tower, a beam of
light 100 feet high that will shine around the clock . Nelly Furtado makes a
cameo appearance on the Portuguese soap Floribella .

2007, The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, Long Road Out of Eden
debuts at number one with sales of 710,000 copies, this despite its only
being available at Wal-Mart stores and the band's website . the Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame hosts a tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis with Chrissie Hynde,
Wanda Jackson, Kris Kristofferson, and others covering The Killer's songs .
Lewis' cousin, the televangelist Jimmy Swaggart turns in a bluesy rendition
of the hymn "Precious Lord Take My Hand" after delivering an emotional
speech about learning to play piano on the same instrument as his cousin ...
uncharacteristically, Lewis plays a serious and haunting version of "Over
the Rainbow" . the website Wolfgang's Vault makes more than 300 vintage rock
concerts featuring acts such as Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, and
Led Zep available via streaming audio ... they are part of a huge archive of
soundboard recordings made by the late rock promoter Bill Graham ... Garth
Brooks passes Elvis to become the second-best-selling artist of all time
with 123 million albums shipped ... however, he has a long way to go to
catch The Beatles, who hold the record with 170 million discs...

2008, Van Morrison reprises his 1968 critically revered LP Astral Weeks live
at the Hollywood Bowl, supported by a full string section as well as
performers on the original studio release-Richard Davis on bass and Jay
Berliner on guitar . A man accused of illegally posting songs on the
Internet from an unreleased album by the rock band Guns N' Roses has agreed
to plead guilty .

2009, Apple Corps and EMI Music announced an upcoming release of the entire
Beatles' catalog digitally in MP3 and FLAC formats . the tracks won't be
available in iTunes, or any other online store in fact, but only on 30,000
limited-edition, apple-shaped USB sticks .

2010, Neil Young's hybrid Lincoln causes a fire in his California
memorabilia warehouse . Young had converted the car to run on batteries and
a biodiesel-powered generator as part of his LincVolt project to create the
world's most efficient full-size vehicle . fire crews were able to save
about 70 percent of the warehouse's contents, including other cars and music
equipment belonging to Young .

... and that was the week that was in matters musical.

[Compiled by the Musician's Friend copywriting staff]

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