A Philadelphia radio station with only 250 watts of power began repeat plays of The Tune Wavers new release, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby”. By October 1 it was #1.
Elvis Presley appeared on Steve Allen’s TV show singing his new hit “Hound Dog” to a basset hound sitting on a pedestal.
“Windy” The Association #1 1967
Bobby Day (The Hollywood Flames) 1930
June Montiero (The Toys) 1946
Lillian Leach, on of the premier R&B lead singers of the fifties, and her group The Mellows singed to Jay Dee Records.
“Cool Jerk” The Capitals #7 1966
Paul Williams (The Temptations) 1939
The Chantels biggest hit “Look In My Eyes” charted today on it’s way to #14.
“Every Beat Of My Heart” Gladys Knight & The Pips #8 1961
“It’s Too Late” Carole King #1 1971
Jim Morrison of The Doors died in his bathtub in Paris of a heart attack. He was only 27.
The Demensions magnificent cover of “Over The Rainbow” hit the Top 100 (#16). Their version was the first since Judy Garland’s 1939 recording to chart even though 60 different versions had been issued during that 21 year span.
Independence Day may have been the result of the Americans defeating the British, but on the charts the battle was a draw. On the first July 4th since the musical British Invasion, both sides had 5 records in the Top 10. The Brits best was “My Boy Lollipop” (#2) while the Yanks topper was “I Get Around” by The Beach Boys.
“I Get Around” The Beach Boys #1 1964
“Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” Connie Francis #1 1960
Annette Sterling (The Vandellas) 1943
Jesse Lee Daniels (Force M.D.s) 1963
The Four Seasons were invited to perform at the White House by President Johnson.
“I Only Have Eyes For You” The Flamingos 1959 #6 R&B
“There’ll Be Sad Songs” Billy Ocean #1 1986
Paul McCartney met John Lennon for the first time at a Quarrymen concert in a Liverpool church.
“Easier Said Than Done” The Essex #1 1963
The Tokens recorded “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (RCA #1). It would become the first folk-rock hit.
Memphis D.J. Dewey Phillips played Elvis’ “That’s Alright Mama” on his show. It was the first time a Presley platter had been put on the air.
“Love, Love, Love” The Clovers #10 R&B 1956
“Will It Go Around In Circles” Billy Preston #1 1973
John Salvato (The Duprees) 1940
The Scholars “Beloved” was released. The quartet included 19 year old tenor Kenny Rogers.
The Yardbirds broke up after a New York concert. Soon after, a new Yardbirds was formed. They became known as Led Zeppelin.
“United” Otis Williams & The Charms #7 R&B 1957
“Teddy Bear” Elvis Presley #1 1957
The Harptones brilliant, “Life Is But A Dream” was released.
“Along Comes Mary” The Association #10 1966
Phil Leavett (The Diamonds) 1935
Don McPherson (Main Ingredient) 1941
Gene Pitney, B.J. Thomas and The Shirelles appeared in Nashville, but not to perform. They were in Federal Court to sue local Gusto Records over improper payments of royalties on reissued hits. The artists won 10 months later. Pitney for one was awarded $187,000.
“Tossin & Turnin” Bobby Lewis #1 1961
“Cara Mia” Jay & The Americans #8 1965
The Flamingos flip side of their debut disc (If I Can’t Have You”) “Someday, Someway” broke out in Los Angeles.
Kenny Rogers formed the First Edition. The country rock band charted 10 times in 1972 before Kenny went off on his spectacular solo career.
“Alley Opp” Hollywood Argyles #1 1960
Bonnie Pointer (The Pointer Sisters) 1950
Benny DeFranco (The DeFranco Family) 1954
8,000 lucky fans got in to The Carrs Beach Amphitheater (Maryland) to see The Teenagers, The Spaniels, The Cleftones, Carl Perkins and Shirley & Lee. The unlucky overflow numbered 10,000 people.
Sam Phillips, owner of Sun Records signed a 19 year old truck driver named Elvis Presley to record.
“Color Him Father” The Winstons #9 1969
“Coming Up” Paul McCartney & Wings #1 1980
Jay “Jaybird” Uzzell (The Corsairs) 1942
Neil Diamond’s very first single, “Clown Town” on Columbia was released and quickly vanished. Nine years later he signed with Columbia again, this time for the then unheard of guarantee of $5 Million dollars.
“Lonely Boy” Paul Anka #1 1959
The Drinkard Singers spiritual 45 “Rise, Shine” was issued. The group consisted of Dionne Warwick, Cissy Houston (Whitney’s mother) Dee Dee Warwick (Dionne’s sister) and Judy clay.
A new duo, Caesar & Cleo debuted with the release of their first single, “The Letter”. Through it received little attention, they would soon become known world wide when they changed their name to Sonny & Cher.
“Born To Be With You” The Chordettes” #6 1956
“Roses Are Red” Bobby Vinton #1 1962
Bob Scholl (The Mello-Kings) 1941
A Harlem street gang named The Charts, charted with their sensuously, smoking single “Desiree”. The same day the quintessential Doo Woppers The Jesters charted with their debut disc “So Strange”.
During a concert leader of The Kinks, Ray Davies, announced his retirement and then immediately checked into Whittington Hospital in England after swallowing a bottle of uppers.
“Too Late To Turn Back Now” Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose #2 1972
“Teddy Bear” Elvis Presley #1 1957
The Coasters memorable novelty “Poison Ivy” (#7 Pop, #1 R&B) was recorded.
“Story Untold” The Crew Cuts #18 1955
Sollie McElroy (The Flamingos) 1933
The Crows, The Clovers, The Hollywood Flames, The Chords, The Robins and The Four Tunes appeared at the annual Rock & Roll jubilee held at Hollywood’s Shrine Auditorium.
In one of the most bizarre performance pairings in history The Monkees appeared at Forest Hills Stadium, New York with show opener Jimi Hendrix.
“Please Stay” The Drifters #16 1961
“Afternoon Delight” Starland Vocal Band #1 1976
The Dominos “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” (#8 R&B) was released. It became their 10th top 10 hit.
The Jefferson Airplane reformed with original members (Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassidy) The group then became Starship.
“Rag Doll” The Four Seasons #1 1964
Dion DiMucci (Dion & The Belmonts) 1939
Martha Reeves (Vandellas) 1941
Cindy Heron (En Vogue) 1965
The Brooklyn Bridge’s 4th of 7 top 100 entries, “Your Husband, My Wife” charted. The vocal members consisted of former Crests leader Johnny Maestro and three of The Del Satins.
George Treadwell, The Drifters manager walked backstage at the Apollo Theatre, fired his group, walked across to the dressing room of the groups opening act, The Crowns, hired them and then christened them The Drifters. The Crowns lead singer was Ben E. King.
“Love Is Blue” The Dells #22 1969
“It’s Still Rock & Roll To Me” Billy Joel #1 1980
Elvis Presley gave his first public performance outside a Memphis drug store on a flatbed truck.
“Surf City” Jan & Dean #1 1963
The Elegants “Little Star” charted. It was based on Mozart’s “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” written by the 8 year old in 1764.
15 year old Bobby Vee, who replaced Buddy Holly at a Fargo, North Dakota concert when Holly died in a February plane crash, had his first single issued titled: “Suzy Baby” (#77). He went on to have 38 chart hits.
“Wah Watusi” The Orlons #2 1962
“Yakety Yak” The Coasters #1 1958
Kim Fowley (The Jayhawks) 1944
Lee Andrews & The Hearts “Long Lonely Nights” (#45 Pop #11 R&B) came out. The same day Louis Lymon & The Teenchords recorded their last single for Fury, “I’m Not Too Young To Fall In Love” before signing with End Records, part of the same company brother Frankie was signed to.
Tony Orlando announced during a show with is act Dawn that he was retiring from performing which shocked the group since he never told them.
“Stardust” Billy Ward & The Dominoes #11 R&B 1957
“Shadow Dancing” Andy Gibb #1 1978
Chuck Jackson (The Dell-Vikings) 1937
Thomas Wayne (The Delons)
Estelle Bennett (The Ronettes) 1944
After a 20 year hiatus, the original Danleers of “one Summer Night” fame regrouped for the Westbury Music fair on Long Island, New York.
“I Saw Her Again” The Mama’s & The Papa’s #9 1966
Cleve Duncan (The Penguins) 1935
The Orioles “In The Chapel In The Moonlight” and The Vibranaires “Doll Face” were issued.
The Lovin’ Spoonful performed in a Greenwich village club for an audience that included Bob Dylan and Phil Spector.
“Let’s Twist Again” Chubby Checker #10 1961
“Indian Reservation” The Raiders #1 1971
Barbara Love (Friends Of Distinction) 1941
Dawn’s “Candida” charted (#3) becoming their first of 25 top 100 hits.
Bob Dylan’s folk era changed to Rock when he performed at The Newport Folk Festival with an electric back-up group, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. He was roundly booed.
“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” The Nylons 1987 #13
“I’m Sorry” Brenda Lee #1 1960
Rudy West (The Five Keys) 1932
The “B” side of The Friends Of Distinction’s “Goin’ In Circles” (#15), “Let Yourself Go” charted (#63).
Tom Jones’ “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” charted reaching #6.
“Ting A Ling” The Clovers #5 R&B 1952
“In The Year 2525” Zager & Evans #1 1969
Darleen Love (The Blossoms) 1938
John Lennon finally received his U.S. “Green Card” three years and four months after U.S. immigration ordered him to leave.
“Lonely Boy” Paul Anka #1 1959
The Quintones “Down The Asile Of Love” (#18 Pop, #5 R&B) The Heartbeats “One Day Next Year” and The Diablos “For Old Times Sake” came out.
The largest Rock concert to date happened at Watkins Glen race track in upstate New York when The Band, The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead performed for over 600,000 people.
“60 Minute Man” Billy Ward & The Dominoes #1 R&B 1951
“I Want You, I Need You, I Love You” Elvis Presley #1 1956
Mama’s & Papa’s member Cass Elliot died in a London flat from a heart attack brought on by choking on a ham sandwich. It was the same flat Keith Moon (of The Who) died in 4 months later.
Bob Dylan suffered severe injuries during a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, NY home.
“C’mon Marianne” The Four Seasons #10 1967
“Alone Again, Naturally” Gilbert O’Sullivan #1 1972
The Hilltoppers “The Kentuckian Song” (#20) became their 8th of 17 charters between 1952 and 1957.
“Best Of My Love” The Emotions #6 1977
The group that sang backup for most of chubby Checker’s hits finally hit with one of their own when The Dreamlovers “When We Get Married” charted (#10).
The Beatles “Hey Jude” was released
“Kiss And Say Goodbye” The Manhattans #1 1976
“You’ve Got A Friend” James Taylor #1 1971