Three nights and days I sail the sea

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 11, 1943

jack-ely-foodmarket-cuBorn on this day in Portland, Oregon, American guitarist and singer Jack Ely, best known for singing the Kingsmen’s version of Louie Louie. For a while, the record is banned by a handful of U.S. radio stations because of its indecipherable lyrics, rumored to contain some naughty words. In truth, the lyrics are perfectly innocent. Even the FBI investigates the song, but finally concludes that there is nothing wrong. Ely dies on 27 April 2015.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Listen to what I’ve got to say



I don’t know what I’m doin’ now

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 10, 1964

Kinks Got MeThe Kinks are atop the U.K. singles chart with You Really Got Me. Future Led Zeppelin founder and guitarist Jimmy Page plays tambourine on the track.

ALSO ON THIS DATE: With a pink carnation and a pickup truck You don’t get me 


Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 7, 1959

Craig Douglas only 16Craig Douglas is at #1 on the U.K. singles charts with his cover of Sam Cooke’s 1958 hit Only Sixteen. In 1976, Dr. Hook will have a Top 10 hit in the U.S. with his cover of Only Sixteen. The song is said to have been inspired originally by Eunice, the 16-year-old stepsister of the incomparable Lou Rawls.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: It’s a-gettin’ closer | You have no faith to lose and you know it


A suitcase and a trunk

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 5, 1964

Rising_sun_animals_USThe Animals start a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with House of the Rising Sun. When first released, the time of the song is listed at three minutes, even though it is actually four minutes long. Record execs think if they are truthful about the length of the song, it won’t get any airtime on the radio.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Gonna take on the world some day | You go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre | This train is bound for glory


Take the world in a love embrace

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 4, 1969

Easy RiderThe film Easy Rider starring Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper opens at The Classic in London, England. The movie’s soundtrack features The BandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience and Steppenwolf.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Once upon a time you dressed so fine | I don’t hear your knock upon my door


All the rainbows a-you can a-have for your own

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 3, 1966

donovan-1Donovan goes to #1 on the U.S. singles chart with Sunshine Superman, which will peak at #2 in the U.K. The track features Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. The song is written for Donovan’s future wife Linda Lawrence.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: With a love that will shelter you | Use your arms and legs it won’t ruin you


A little old fashioned but that’s alright

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

September 2, 1972

Rod Stewart Never a DullRod Stewart is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with You Wear It Well. It is his second U.K. #1 hit and is taken from his album Never a Dull Moment.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Love was such an easy game to play | I seek to cure what’s deep inside