Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1952 and 2001.
On this day in 1952 Maxine Nightengale, future R&B and soul singer is born in London, England.
On this day in 1963 The Beach Boys release “Be True To Your School”, Also on this day reviewing The Beatles’ concert the night before in Cheltenham, England, the British paper Daily Mirror uses the headline “Beatlemania!” effectively inserting the phrase into the popular consciousness for the first time.
On this day in 1966 Dressed in full revolutionary regalia, Paul Revere and the Raiders appear on an episode of Batman.
On this day in 1973 Ringo Starr releases his solo platter Ringo.
On this day in 1974 Three Dog Night’s “Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)” enters the charts. Also on this day George Harrison begins the first-ever solo tour by a Beatle when he performs the first night of his “Dark Horse” tour in Vancouver, BC. The tour, which is plagued by Harrison’s laryngitis, is a disaster.
David Cassidy and The Who
On this day in 1978 David Cassidy’s infamous flop cop TV drama David Cassidy: Man Undercover debuts on NBC, the first of only ten episodes.
On this day in 1979 The Who’s musical motion picture Quadrophenia, featuring a small part played by singer-songwriter and actor Sting, opens in US theaters.
Hall & Oates, Stevie Wonder and The Beach Boys
On this day in 1981 the number one Billboard Pop Hit is “Private Eyes” by Hall & Oates
On this day in 1985 when “Part Time Lover” tops the charts, Stevie Wonder becomes the artist with the longest time between number one hits at 22 years (The Beach Boys would later break it with “Kokomo”). This song also sets a record by going to number one on four different Billboard charts.
Lil Wayne and Buddy Starcher
On this day in 1999 Lil Wayne’s debut disc Tha Block Is Hot shoots up to number one on the Billboard album charts. (It goes on to sell 1.4 million copies worldwide.)
On this day in 2001 American country crooner and TV star Buddy Starcher dies at the age of 95.