~ 1968 – “All Along the Watchtower” was released by Jimi Hendrix.
~ 1974 – BTO released “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”
~ 1972 – David Bowie began his first U.S. tour with the Spiders from Mars.
~ 2001 – A jury dismissed claims against Cher brought by an accountant who said that he lost his job and was harassed for alleging that there were labor violations during the construction of her Malibu mansion.
~ 1949 – Bruce Springsteen was born
~ 1952 – Hank Williams did his last recording session
~ 1956 – Micky Dolenz began his television career in NBC’s “Circus Boy” series. He later became a member of the Monkees.
~ 1971 – Yes started their “Fragile Tour” in Devon, England. It was their first tour with Rick Wakeman
~ 1977 – “The Love Boat” debuted on ABC-TV. The theme song was sung by Jack Jones and was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox.
~ 1975 – Jackie Wilson collapsed while performing “Lonely Teardrops” at the Latino Casino in Cherry Hill, NJ. He had suffered a heart attack that caused brain damage. He was 41 years old. He died in 1984 after spending the rest of his life in hospitals.
~ 1945 – Bryan Ferry was born
~ 1955 – Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher were married. In 1959 they were divorced.
~ 1947 – Meat Loaf was born.
~ 1964 – The Beach Boys appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. They performed “I Get Around.” Formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson; their cousin Mike Love; and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The band drew on the music of jazz-based vocal groups, 1950s rock and roll, and black R&B to create their unique sound, and with Brian as composer, arranger, producer, and de facto leader, often incorporated classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways.
The Beach Boys began as a garage band, managed by the Wilsons’ father Murry, with Brian’s musicianship dominating their creative direction. In 1963, they gained national prominence with a string of top-ten hits reflecting a southern California youth culture of surfing, cars, and romance, later dubbed the “California Sound”. After 1964, they abandoned beach going themes for more personal lyrics and ambitious orchestrations.
OTHER BEACH BOYS TRIVIA…
… They became the first major American rock group to play in a Communist country when they performed in Czechoslovakia in 1968.
… Along with Chynna Phillips, Brian Wilson’s daughters Wendie and Carnie formed the popular early ’90s group Wilson Phillips. Brian and Carnie were estranged for many years, but reconciled in 1995.
… Brian Wilson stopped touring with the band because he hated performing, but he also hated to fly. Much of the travel on their early tours was by bus.