On This Day –
1954, Elvis Presley released his second single on Sun Records, “Good Rockin’ Tonight” a song made popular in 1948 by Wynonie Harris.
1964, The Temptations begin recording “My Girl” which went on to be their first number one and the first of fifteen Top Ten hits.
1965, “Eve of Destruction” by Barry McGuire topped the charts and stayed there for a week.
1967, The Beatles record “Fool On The Hill” in London at Abbey Road Studios.
1968, Welsh singer Mary Hopkin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with “Those Were The Days.” Hopkin had signed to The Beatles’ Apple label after appearing on the UK television talent show Opportunity Knocks.
1970, Ringo Starr releases his solo album “Beaucoups of Blues”
1970, the first episode of The Partridge Family premiered on television, featuring Shirley Jones, David Cassidy, Susan Dey and Danny Bonaduce.
Born On This Day –
1943, Gary Alexander, guitar, vocals, The Association, (1967 No.1 single ‘Windy’).
1945, Onnie Mcintyre, Average White Band, (1975 No.1 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces’).
1946, Jerry Penrod, bass player, Iron Butterfly. Their 17-minute ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ became a Top 30 hit.
Died On This Day –
1980, John Bonham, drummer for Led Zeppelin, died at age 32.
Something You Didn’t Know –
In 1967 the BBC banned The Beatles “I Am The Walrus” from any airplay on radio and TV, convinced the song contained a drug reference somewhere in the lyric. Wow, ya think?