Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1948 and 2006.
On this day in 1948 future singer Lulu is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
On this day in 1962 The Crystals’ “He’s A Rebel” hits number one for the first of two weeks. None of the actual group appears on the track, as Phil Spector uses Darlene Love to sing lead. The real Crystals learn about the song when they hear it on the radio.
On this day in 1965 The Beatles record “Michelle”.
On this day in 1967 The Beatles complete filming on their ill-fated movie Magical Mystery Tour.
On this day in 1976 Firefall’s self-titled LP goes gold
On this day in 1979 The Eagles LP The Long Run hits number one in the US.
On this day in 1990 After being featured prominently in the smash hit film Ghost, The Righteous Brothers’ version of “Unchained Melody” returns to the top of the UK charts after 25 years.
Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Joan Baez; Santana and Journey
On this day in 1991 more than 300,000 people attend a free concert in San Francisco, California’s Golden Gate Park in memory of rock promoter Bill Graham. Among the acts performing are the Grateful Dead; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Joan Baez; Santana and Journey (which reunited for the event).
Leon Theremin and The Beach Boys
On this day in 1993 Leon Theremin dies at the age of 97. He was a Russian inventor, most famous for the Theremin, one of the first electronic musical instruments. Popularized in the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations”, the device was used to create those futuristic sound effects in many sci-fi movies.
Hootie & the Blowfish, Bob Dylan and Paul Mauriat
On this day in 1995 Hootie & the Blowfish settle out of court with Bob Dylan, who sees their lifting of lyrics from “Tangled Up In Blue” on their hit “Only Want To Be With You” as more plagiarism than tribute.
On this day in 2006 French musician and orchestra leader Paul Mauriat dies at the age of 81.