Rock and Roll

Cancel him and let him go

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

November 8, 1958

SP CoverThe soundtrack to South Pacific goes to #1 on the U.K. album chart. It becomes the longest running #1 album of all time, spending a total of 115 weeks atop the chart. It also is a chart-topper in the U.S.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Stick around, now it may show




Steve Kline Ages of Rock

October 8, 1964

roy-orbison-oh-pretty-woman-monument-6Roy Orbison is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with (Oh) Pretty Woman, his third U.K. #1. The title is inspired by Orbison’s wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she is going out. When Orbison asks if she is okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjects, “A pretty woman never needs any money.”

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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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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


After all, he’s just a man

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 28, 1968

220px-StandbyyourmanTammy Wynette records Stand by Your Man at Epic Studios. The song is based on an idea from producer Billy Sherrill. Wynette and Sherrill complete the song in 15 minutes. It is the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most-covered songs in the history of country music. The song has appeared in various films, including: Five Easy Pieces, The Blues Brothers, The Crying Game, Sleepless in Seattle, Four Weddings and a Funeral and Golden Eye.

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All the pigeons gonna run to him

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 18, 1966

mighty quinnPaul Jones leaves Manfred Mann just as Pretty Flamingo is climbing the U.S. charts. He is replaced by singer Mike D’Abo, who takes over lead vocals on the band’s next hit, The Mighty Quinn, a song written by Bob Dylan.

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The future’s not ours to see

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

August 5, 1956

the-man-who-knew-too-much-movie-posterDoris Day is at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with Whatever Will Be, Will Be, the singer-actress’ second U.K. #1 single. The Oscar-winning song is featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1956 film, The Man Who Knew Too Much, with Doris Day and James Stewart in the lead roles.


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