Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Quincy Jones

Born on this day:
1933 Quincy Jones, producer
1945 Walter Parazaider, sax (Chicago)
1946 Jim Pons, bass guitar (The Leaves, The Turtles)
1983 Jordan Taylor Hanson (Hanson)

Rock Pills:
1955, CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley. Instead, at the same audition, he signed Pat Boone.

1963, Cliff Richard & The Shadows were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Summer Holiday.” Taken from the film of the same name, it was Cliff’s seventh U.K. #1.

1968, the promotional film for The Beatles’ “Lady Madonna” was broadcast in black and white on BBC’s Top Of The Pops. The film was shot while the group was recording the track “Hey Bulldog” in Studio 2, EMI Studios.

1972, soul singer Linda Jones, who had a 1967 U.S. #21 single with “Hypnotized,” died at the age of 26 in New York after collapsing into a diabetic coma following a performance at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

1983, Jon Bon Jovi formed the band Bon Jovi.

1985, Dead Or Alive were taken off the U.K. music television show The Tube after admitting they were incapable of playing live. The group had scored a 1985 U.K. #1 with “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).”

1990, Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman in Daytona Beach, Florida. There were each fined $1,000.

1991, American songwriter Doc Pomus died. He co-wrote with Mort Shuman many early ’60s hits, including “A Teenager in Love,” “Save the Last Dance for Me,” “Sweets for My Sweet,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” “Little Sister,” “Suspicion,” “Surrender” and “Viva Las Vegas.”

2001, Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover, sued the group’s record company, EMI, for more money. Blake was given a one-off payment of $340 in 1967, but became “cheesed off” that the company had not offered to pay more money.

2006, U2 topped Rolling Stone’s annual list of 2005’s biggest money earners with $154.2 million. The top five were rounded out by The Rolling Stones ($92.5 million), The Eagles ($ 63.2 million), Paul McCartney ($56 million) and Elton John ($48.9 million).

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