Month: May 2016

Ain’t no smilin faces

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 31

Staple I'll Take You1972: Topping U.S. charts is I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers. The song is written by Stax Records vice president Al Bell after attending the funeral of his little brother, who was shot to death.


Makes my heart start to yearn

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 27

Travelin Man1961: The #1 song in the land is Travelin’ Man by Ricky Nelson. The song is written by Jerry Fuller, who wants Sam Cooke to record it. Cooke’s manager is not impressed and passes. Nelson is the beneficiary, with a massive #1 hit. The B-side, Hello Mary Lou, peaks at #9.

Don’t want your love

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 23

Everly Brothers1960: The Everly Brothers start a five-week run at #1 on U.S. singles charts with Cathy’s Clown. The song stays at #1 on U.K. charts for seven weeks. It is the first time a song is at the top of the charts at the same time in the U.S. and U.K. It’s also the first single ever released in the U.K. on the Warner Brothers label.

When the wind blows and the rain feels cold

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 22

Stones1971: The Rolling Stones go to the top of U.S. album charts with Sticky Fingers, their ninth British and 11th U.S. studio album. It is the band’s first release of the 1970s and the first on its new label, Rolling Stones Records. It’s also the first to fully feature Mick Taylor, the first not to feature work by guitarist and founder Brian Jones and the first to credit Mick Jagger on guitar. The highly regarded LP includes the chart-topping single Brown Sugar, the country ballad Wild Horses and the sweeping dreamlike Moonlight Mile. Oh, and it has that cover art designed by Andy Warhol.