Wednesday, September 14, 2011

This Week In Rock History

1958—The Teddy Bears hit the top 40 with the song “To Know Him Is To Love Him” penned by an 18-year-old Phil Spektor. Spektor was inspired after seeing the phrase on his fathers gravestone.

1960—The Payola scandal is effectively put to an end when the FCC outlaws the giving of gifts or money in exchange for airplay.

1966—The television show The Monkees premieres on NBC. The show was formed to try an emulate the wacky-style of The Beatles Hard Days Night movie.

1967—The Beatles start filming Magical Mystery Tour. The plan was to drive around the countryside in a bus and “see what happened”; unfortunately, not much did happen. The film was the band's first flop.

1969—TV personality Ed Sullivan releases a rock-&-roll single entitled “The Sulli-Gulli.” The single fails to chart, bringing an end to Sullivan's rock aspirations.

1970—After stumbling over the words to the song In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley gets a case of the giggles so badly he has to stop the concert long enough to gain control of himself.

1987—Reggae legend, and original members of The Wailers, Peter Tosh is shot in the head and killed by three men attempting to extort money.

2003—The Man In Black Johnny Cash, who had 14 #1 hits and won 11 Grammy awards, passed away at the age of 71.

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