Month: January 2017

Nothing to get hung about

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 31, 1967

raf750x1000075tfafafa-ca443f4786-u4The Beatles spend a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the Strawberry Fields Forever promotional video. The film is shot in color, for the benefit of the U.S. market, since U.K. television is still broadcasting only in black and white. Taking time out from filming, John Lennon buys an 1843 poster from an antiques shop in Surrey which provides him with most of the lyrics for Being For The Benefit Of Mr Kite.



But still they begin

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 30, 1964

the_searchers_-_needles_and_pins_singleThe Searchers have the #1 single on U.K. charts with Needles and Pins. The song is written by Sonny Bono and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon. Here’s The Searchers version and the original:

A road other men have gone down

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 29, 1961

gottahaveit-401_lgBob Dylan achieves his dream of meeting folk singer Woody Guthrie. Guthrie is on weekend release from hospital where he is being treated for Huntington’s Chorea. Dylan tells him: “I was a Woody Guthrie jukebox”. Guthrie gives Dylan a card which says: “I ain’t dead yet”. More about the encounter here. And here’s the song — Song to Woody — that Dylan plays for Guthrie in that first meeting:


Open your eyes and look at the day

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 28, 2017

Fleetwood Mac RumoursFleetwood Mac goes to the top of the U.K. album chart with Rumours, the group’s 11th studio album. It has come to be known as the album that’s all about strife and complicated relationships among members of the group. (More on that here). I know it as one really great album. The songs Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Don’t Stop, and You Make Loving Fun are released as singles. Rumours is Fleetwood Mac’s most successful release; along with winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1978, the album sells over 45 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. Rumours has received diamond certifications in several countries, including the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Elvis Presley

Spider Murphy played the tenor saxophone

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 24, 1958

Elvis PresleyElvis Presley is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Jailhouse Rock. It is the first time a song has entered the chart at #1. Written by Lieber and Stoller, it will hit #1 on the U.S. singles, R&B singles and country singles charts. It sells four million copies in the U.S.

Also on this day:

Happy Birthday, Warren Zevon!