Today In Pop Music: October 23 – Stevie Wonder’s First Record Stiffs


1939 – Ellie Greenwich (songwriter – co wrote ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’, Leader of the pacl’, and ‘Da Doo Ron Ron’ among others’.  – died 2009 – heart attack)

1940 – Fred Marsden (Gerry & the Pacemakers – drums – ‘Ferry Cross The Mersey’)

1943 – Barbara Ann Hawkins (The Dixie Cups – ‘Chapel of Love’, ‘People Say’)

1956 – Dwight Yoakam ( I know he’s country but I love the twang)


1963 – The Beatles completed the final session for their second album ‘With The Beatles’ when they completed ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’.

1963 – England’s Odeon Theatre was the scene of an all star show that included the Everly brothers, Little Richard, Bo DiddleY, and The Rolling Stones.

1963 – Bob Dylan recorded ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ at Columbia records studios in new York City.

1964 – All four members of the band Buddy and the Kings, were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to fly them to a gig. Their lead singer David Box, had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash five years earlier.

1976 – Led Zepplin made their tv debut on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert, singing ‘Black Dog’  and ‘Dazed and Confused’.

2002 – Chuck Berry had a day in court – and won, when a federal judge dismissed a lawuit against Chuck that had been filed by his former piano player Johnnie Johnson who wanted royalties for more than 30 songs written between 1955 and 1966.  Johnnie argued he and Chuck were co-writers on the songs, but because Chuck copyrighted them in his name alone, Johnnie was shut out of any money for the songs.  the judge ruled that too many years had passed to bring about a royalties suit.  Johnnie Johnson died in 2005.

1962 – Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown records,  ‘Thank You For Loving me All The Way’ which was finally released as a “b” side in 1964.


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