Month: May 2017

Number nine, number nine . . .

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 31, 1968


Working on what will become The White Album, The Beatles add overdubs of bass and vocals on Revolution. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolve into chaotic jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting “alright!” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for Revolution 9, and this session is the first that Yoko attends.


Love, love me do

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 30, 1964

The BeatlesThe Beatles are #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Love Me Do. It is the group’s fourth #1 in a five-month span. The version released in the U.S. has Andy White playing drums while Ringo plays the tambourine. The British single is a take on which Ringo Starr plays the drums.

You know it’s a lie

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 27, 1957

That'll Be the DayBuddy Holly and the Crickets release their first song, That’ll Be the Day. It becomes a U.K. #1 and a U.S. #3 hit. The song has its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers is playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” is the inspiration behind the song. It is also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently becomes The Beatles.

Her face, at first just ghostly

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

May 25, 1967

Procol HarumProcol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale enters U.K. charts for the first time. It will become a #1 hit and is the most-played song in the last 75 years in public places in the U.K. The first video for the song is shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. It is directed by Peter Clifton, whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage causes it to be banned from airplay on the Top Of The Pops TV show. The band subsequently made another video.