All you did was wreck my bed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 9, 1971

Maggie MayRod Stewart is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Maggie May, first released as the B-side to Reason to Believe. This is the first of six U.K. #1 hits for Stewart. It remains atop the chart for five weeks.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Now I need a place to hide away


Wound me up in jail

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 4, 1969

Green RiverCreedence Clearwater Revival starts a four-week run at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Green River, the group’s first chart-topping LP. It’s got Lodi, Cross-Tie Walker and Bad Moon Rising. It’s got nine great songs. Most of all, it’s got Wrote a Song for Everyone. We need songs about what it’s like to be in the county welfare line or in jail. People need a chance. Some need second chances. We choke on wealth. We can thrive on love. A song for everyone . . .

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Once there was a way

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 26, 1969

Beatles Abbey RoadThe Beatles release the final album they record as a group, Abbey Road, in the U.K. The final studio recordings from the group feature two George Harrison songs, Something (Harrison’s first A-side single), and Here Comes The Sun.

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I’m in heaven, when you smile

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 25, 1975

jackie-wilson-with-facial-expressionJackie Wilson has a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapses into a coma, suffering severe brain damage. He remains semi-comatose for the nine years until his death in 1984, at the age of 49. In tribute to Wilson’s immense talent, Van Morrison writes the song Jackie Wilson Said, covered by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: I’ll make everything all right | You make me wanna get up and scream


You can hang back or fight your best on the frontline

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 16, 2006

modern_times_CoverBob Dylan is at #1 on the U.S. album chart with Modern Times. The album enters U.S. charts at #1, making it Dylan’s first album to reach that position since 1976’s Desire, 30 years prior. At 65, Dylan becomes the oldest living musician to top the Billboard albums chart. (85 year-old Tony Bennett breaks this record in 2011 with his Duets album). The record also reaches #1 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway and Switzerland. Thunder on the Mountain is the big hit from Modern Times, but the one that lives and never stops playing in my heart and soul is Workingman’s Blues #2.

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I said something wrong

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 13, 1965

beatlesYesterday by The Beatles, featuring Paul McCartney vocals, acoustic guitar and string quartet, is released as a single in the U.S. Of course, it hits #1 not long after. It is the band’s first solo performance, and band members veto its release as a single in the U.K. However, it is released as a single there in 1976. It becomes the most-covered song in pop history.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Catch a painted pony | We’ll dance the night away


Kept some letters by his bed

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 12, 1931

George Jones 1Born this day in Nashville, Tennessee: Country superstar George Jones.  Nicknamed Possum, his signature song is He Stopped Loving Her Today, a track about love and death. He is married to Tammy Wynette between 1969 and 1975 and the pair records several songs together in the 1970s. Jones dies on April 26, 2013 at the age of 81.

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