Month: October 2016

Been missing ya, miss kissing ya

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 31

baby-love1964: The Supremes start a four-week run at #1 on U.S. charts with Baby Love. It is the second of five consecutive #1 singles for this, the most successful all-girl group of the 1960s.


When the sun comes up I’ll be on top

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 29

96-tears1966: ? & the Mysterians are at #1 on U.S. charts with 96 Tears.  Although he closely guards his true identity, the man known as Question Mark turns out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan. The song is later a U.K. hit for The Stranglers in 1990. Here’s the original and the cover:

On a cloud of sound I drift in the night

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 26

mcr1968: Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf peaks at #3 on the charts. The bass line for the song is created by the group’s bass player Rushton Moreve. Frontman John Kay writes the lyrics. It’s the second big hit for Steppenwolf and the second to be included in a movie soundtrack. The first hit, Born to Be Wild, is on the Easy Rider soundtrack. Magic Carpet Ride is on the soundtrack of Candy.

No reason to get excited

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 25

jimi-hendrix-wallpaper1968: Nine days after its U.S. release, Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience is released in the U.K. It is the band’s third and final studio album. It will peak at #1 in the U.S. and #6 in the U.K. Electric Ladyland includes a cover of Bob Dylan’s All Along the Watchtower, which becomes the Hendrix Experience’s best-selling single.

From the wound a lovely flower grew

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 24

Sting, Rachel Tucker1987: Sting goes to #1 on U.K. album charts with Nothing Like the Sun. The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 130  (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting uses in the song Sister Moon. The album wins Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards. Track 1, Side 1 is The Lazarus Heart, a song that puts on display a deep and powerful truth:

The wound itself would give him power
The power to remake himself at the time of his darkest hour