Rock and Roll

The desk clerk’s dressed in black

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

January 8, 1935

Boy ElvisElvis Aaron Presley is born in Tupelo, Mississippi. His twin brother Jessie is stillborn. Elvis will become the greatest rock recording artist of all time with 17 #1 hits. The 1956 two-sided hit Hound Dog / Don’t Be Cruel stays at #1 for 11 weeks, a rock era record that stands until 1992. His first #1 is Heartbreak Hotel in 1956.



Watchin’ the ships roll in

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 7, 1967


Otis ReddingOtis Redding records (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay. Redding dies three days later in a plane crash. Redding’s familiar whistling, heard before the song’s fade, is the singer fooling around — he had intended to return to the studio at a later date to add words in place of the whistling.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: You got someone to blame

I’ll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 6, 1962

R-3395406-1403886457-9071.jpegDuring sessions for the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan album, Bob Dylan records A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall and versions of Hero Blues, Whatcha Gonna Do, Oxford Town, and I Shall Be Free, at Studio A, Columbia Recording Studios in New York City.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: What’s puzzling you

It’s no hanging matter

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 5, 1968

rolling-stones-replacement-cover-beggars-banquetThe release of The Rolling Stones’ new album Beggar’s Banquet is celebrated at a party in London that features a food fight with custard pies. Keith Richards is not feeling well and does not attend. The original cover for the LP is in the form of a plain white invitation, but that is later changed. The LP includes the hits Street Fighting Man and Sympathy for the Devil. But Stray Cat Blues is the coolest cut of all.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: Late that night I saved the life of Ringo

I needed money ’cause I had none

Steve Kline Ages of Rock

December 4, 1960

InStyleThe Crickets release I Fought the Law. It is written by Sonny Curtis, a member of The Crickets (Buddy Holly’s group). The Crickets record it shortly after Holly’s death in 1959 and release it on their 1960 album In Style With The Crickets. Bobby Fuller is a popular singer/guitarist from El Paso, Texas, and he first records this song in 1964. It becomes a regional hit in New Mexico and West Texas. The Bobby Fuller Four national hit version is recorded in 1965 at Del-Fi Records.

ALSO ON THIS DAY: A paradise we will share


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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