On This Day in 1962… The Music World was forever changed by a very simple song. It was just a bass & acoustic guitar, 2-beat drum line, tambourine, harmonica and two singers harmonizing. The Beatles’ released their debut single… “Love Me Do”… Quite different than the coming classics “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” and “She Loves You (Yeah Yeah Yeah)”… but this little ditty, written by Paul McCartney when he was only 15, was the harbinger of what was to be a global phenomenon. (See: Beatlemania) In The studio, it was recorded several times with 3 different drummers… The original drummer, Pete Best was replaced during the recordings by Ringo Starr, and even HE couldn’t get it just right, so temporary drummer Andy White stepped in with Ringo sadly picking up the tambourine. It took a long time to finish such a simple song… but what an impact!! CLICK HERE to check out the UK version that the producer didn’t quite care for featuring Ringo on drums!
Look at all the Rockers Celebrating Birthdays Today!! Steve Miller is 73 – Still rockin’ and still callin’ out the Rock Hall of Fame! (or “Shame”, as he says) Brian Johnson of AC/DC is 69 today… He says he’s getting amazing treatment for his hearing issues and hopes to get back with AC/DC.. if the band even exists when he’s ready! Fast Eddie Clarke of Motorhead is 66 – Guitarist, Founder and only surviving member. Sir Bob Geldof of Boomtown Rats & The Live Aid Projects is 65 …and a Special Birthday Remembrance of an unsung Rock Star… Brian Connolly – Lead singer of The Sweet would have been 71 today… We lost him to kidney disease back in 1997. Some consider the band, that started out being put into the “bubblegum” category, to be a guilty pleasure… but they had some pretty damn cool Rock Anthems that you always sing along with… dontcha?! Ready Steve? Andy? Mick? Alright fellas… let’s GOOOOOOO!!!
On This Day in 1970… The dreaded “27 Club” gained another member… Less than a month after the death of Jimi Hendrix… 27 year old Janis Joplin was found dead of a heroin overdose at the landmark Hotel in Hollywood. In her native Texas, she was taunted by her classmates in both high school and college, for being overweight, awkward and suffering from severe acne. She was even voted her college’s “Ugliest Man In Class”. She found escape with her music (and her portable autoharp!) eventually coming to San Francisco forming “Big Brother & The Holding Company”… Even after her death, she remains one of the most influential and best-selling artists of all time, with over 15 million albums sold. Behind the unbridled talent was a destructive wild streak… she accidentally overdosed on some stronger-than-usual heroin while on tour in California. She was amazing live… see for yourself:
____________________________________________ Today marks the debut of “Johnny Cougar” and his debut album “Chestnut Street Incident”… Early in his career, John Mellencamp had a choice. He could either change his name and release his first album on MCA Records, or he could head back home to Seymour, Indiana. Potential rock stardom or a minimum wage job for the phone company – these were the options for the young singer, not even 25 years old, when presented with the stage name of Johnny Cougar. ______________________________________________ Over the last 40 years… He worked to reclaim his true identity! Get the whole story on how he gradually won his name back HERE!
Happy Birthday to one of our local Rock Heroes… Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust is 44 today! Tommy Lee – Motley Crue Drummer and Pamela Anderson Pornographer is 54! The Late, Great Stevie Ray Vaughan would have been 64 today… We tragically lost him in a 1990 chopper crash. And a very Happy Birthday to guitarist Lindsey Buckingham with Fleetwood Mac! He’s 67… He created the classic sound of the band, with his on-and-off (to this day…) girlfriend Stevie Nicks! Check out Lindsey’s UP-CLOSE solo from the Atlanta show 5 years ago… he’s truly amazing!