Today In Pop Music: October 15 – Les Paul’s Influence On The Carpenters


1925 – Mickey ‘Guitar’ Baker (Mickey and Sylvia – ‘Love Is Strange’ – died 2012)

1935 – Barry McGuire (New Christy Minstrels – solo career – ‘Green Green’ – ‘Eve Of Destruction’)

1938 – Marv Johnson (‘You Got What It Takes’, ‘I love The Way You Love’ – died 1993 – stroke)

1942 – Don Stevenson (Moby Grape – drums)

1947 – Chris DeBurgh (The Lady in Red)

1953 – Tito Jackson (The Jackson Five – guitar)


1965 – Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract in the UK in which he received $1 per album and a 1% royalty.

1966 – The Four Tops began a two week stay atop the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Reach Out I’ll Be There, their second chart topper.

1977 – Debby Boone began a 10 week run at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  It was the biggest single of the year.

1997 – Michael Jackson played the last date on his HIStory Tour in South Africa.

2000 – Dave Edmunds (I Hear You Knockin’) had a triple bypass operation at LA cedar’s Sinai Hospital.

2003 – Former Dave Clark Five lead singer Mike Smith, suffered a fall at his home at his home in Spain that left him paralyzed from the waist down.  One of the greatest rock and roll voices was stilled when Mike died on February 28, 2008, less than two weeks before The  Dave Clark Five was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1946 – Richard Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut. During an interview with Richard in 1982,I asked him about the person who influenced his production of the Carpenters hits, and was surprised to hear his choice of  guitar great Les Paul.

When you hear his explanation, it makes perfect sense.

And here’s an outtake with two of the greatest voices or all time from a tv special in the early 80’s: Karen Carpenter and Ella Fitzgerald – their only recording together.


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