September 29th: On this day
1956, Bill Haley had five songs in the UK Top 30; ‘Rockin Through The Rye’, ‘Saints Rock n’ Roll’, ‘Rock Around the Clock’, ‘Razzle Dazzle’, and ‘See You Later Alligator’.
1959, Berry Gordy’s first release on the newly established Motown Records, ‘Bad Girl’ by The Miracles, entered the Billboard Pop chart.
1960, Ricky Valance was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’, making him the first Welsh singer to top the charts, and a One-hit Wonder.
1961, Robert Shelton, wrote a glowing review of Bob Dylan’s support slot at Gerde’s Folk City in the New York Times, calling him ‘One of the most distinctive stylists to play Manhattan in months’. On the same day Dylan played harmonica at a recording session produced by John Hammond.
1967, Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’, which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear”. Lennon composed the song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyse Beatles’ lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words.
1971, On the last night of their first ever Japanese tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of ‘Whole Lotta Love’, including ‘Let That Boy Boogie’, ‘I Gotta Know’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Fortune Teller’, ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and ‘You Shook Me’.
1973, Grand Funk Railroad went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We’re An American Band’, the group’s first of two US chart toppers.
1976, Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.
1979, The Police had their first UK No.1 single with ‘Message In A Bottle’ the group’s third Top 20 hit.
1984, Prince and the Revolution started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Go Crazy’, his second US No.1, and a No.7 hit in the UK. It was the opening track on both the album and the film Purple Rain.
1987, Pink Floyd’s thirteenth studio album A Momentary Lapse Of Reason was on the UK chart. The shoot for the album cover involved dragging 800 hospital beds onto Saunton Sands in Devon, but rain interrupted the session and they had to repeat the exercise two weeks later. A hang glider can be seen in the sky, a possible reference to the track Learning to Fly. Photographer Robert Dowling won a gold award at the Association of Photographers’ Awards for the image, which took about two weeks to create.
1989, While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band. Bruce played a bunch of rock and roll classics, including Elvis Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel,’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ and ‘Route 66.’ Bruce also donated $100,000 to a barmaid’s hospital bill.
1990, Maria McKee was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Show Me Heaven’ the song featured in the Tom Cruise film ‘Days Of Thunder’.
1992, American singer, songwriter Paul Jabara died from lymphoma related to AIDS at the age of 44. He wrote Donna Summer’s Oscar and Grammy Award-winning hit ‘Last Dance’ and Barbra Streisand’s ‘The Main Event/Fight’ and co-wrote the Weather Girls hit, ‘It’s Raining Men’ with Paul Shaffer.
1999, The Manic Street Preachers were given a bill for £28.000 after smashing up equipment during their show at Scotland’s T In The Park festival.
2004, Keith Moon’s five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.
2004, The Sun reported that Michael Jackson had a secret fourth child who was now 19. The story claimed that Norwegian Omar Bhatti was born after a one night stand and had stayed with Jackson at his Neverland home in California.
2007, US rapper 50 Cent was beaten by rival rap star Kanye West in the stand-off to claim the best-selling album in the US. West’s Graduation shifted 957,000 copies in its first week of sales while 50 Cent’s album, Curtis, only sold 691,000. Before the albums went on sale 50 Cent vowed he would retire from making solo albums if he was outsold by West. 50 Cent axed his forthcoming European tour and a performance at London Mobo Awards the Vodafone Live Music Awards in London, as well as at an MTV show in Germany.
2012, The UK press reported that there really was a girl who works down the chip shop and swears she’s Elvis’ daughter, after Lisa Marie Presley was spotted serving up deep-fried treats on a mobile motor called Mr Chippy. The 44-year-old, offspring of Elvis and actress Priscilla, donned an apron and cooked battered cod for the locals. Kim Scales, who owned the business, said: “Lisa Marie likes to see how we live and experience British life. We were laughing because the customers didn’t know who she was. She really enjoyed it.” The singer, had moved to the quaint village of Rotherfield, East Sussex, two years ago from Los Angeles.
2015, The original contract signed by The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold at Sotheby’s for £365,000, ($548.000). The 1962 document was said to be one of the most important contracts in popular music, marking the beginning of the band’s journey to international fame.
September 29th: Born on this day
1907, Born on this day, Gene Autry, America’s singing cowboy. During his career Autry scored 25 successive Top 10 Country hits. He died on 2nd October 1998 aged 91.
1921, Born on this day, Franny Beecher who was the lead guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets from 1954 to 1962. He died on February 24, 2014.
1935, Born on this day, Jerry Lee Lewis, US singer, keyboards, (1958 UK No.1 & US No.1 single ‘Great Balls Of Fire’, 1957 multi million seller ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’).
1937, Born on this day, Joe ‘Guitar’ Hughes, US blues guitarist, died May 20th 2003 aged 65. Worked with T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, Big Joe Turner.
1939, Born on this day, Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter. 1968 US No 8 single with Bobby Hart, ‘I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonite’. Wrote ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone’ and ‘Scooby-Doo Where Are You.’ Sold over 40m records. Boyce committed suicide on 23rd November 1994.
1943, Born on this day, Manuel Fernandez, Los Bravos, (1966 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘Black Is Black’). First Spanish rock band to have a UK & US hit single.
1948, Born on this day, Mark Farner, Grand Funk Railroad, (1974 US No.1 single ‘The Locomotion’). Most successful US Heavy Metal band of the 70’s selling over 20m albums.
1948, Born on this day, Mike Pinera, Blues Image, (1970 US No.4 single, ‘Ride Captain Ride’).
1957, Born on this day, Mari Wilson, UK singer, (1982 UK No.8 single ‘Just What I Always Wanted’).
1958, Born on this day, Mick Harvey, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, (1996 UK No.36 single with PJ Harvey ‘Henry Lee’).
1965, Born on this day, Ian Baker Keyboards with English group Jesus Jones who had the 1990 US No.2 hit with ‘Right Here Right Now’ and the 1991 UK No.7 single ‘International Bright Young Thing’.
1966, Born on this day, Tony Foster, guitarist, worked with Julian Cope and Olive, (1997 UK No.1 single ‘You’re Not Alone).
1967, Born on this day, Brett Anderson, vocals, Suede, (1994 UK No.3 single ‘Stay Together’). After Suede disbanded in 2003, he briefly fronted The Tears, and has released four solo albums.
1968, Born on this day, Matt & Luke Goss, Bros, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘I Owe You Nothing’ plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles).
1969, Born on this day, Donald DeGrate, (DeVante Swing), Jodeci, vocals, (1995 UK No.17 single ‘Freak ‘N’ You’).
1981, Born on this day, Suzanne Shaw, vocals, Hear’Say, (2001 UK No.1 single, ‘Pure and Simple).
1987, Born on this day, Joshua Farro, guitarist, Paramore, 2009 UK No.1 album ‘Brand New Eyes’ and their 2013 self-titled fourth studio album hit No.1 on the US chart.