1936 – Charlie Daniels (‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’,’In America’)

1945 – Wayne Fontana (Mindbenders – ‘Game Of Love’, ‘A Groovy Kind Of Love’)

1948 – Telma Hopkins (Dawn – ‘Candida’,’Knock Three Times’, ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon…’)

1959 – Neville Henry (sax – The Blow Monkeys – ‘Digging Your Scene’)


1956 – Elvis Presley made his second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, where he received a gold record for ‘Love me Tender’ which had entered the Billboard Hot 10 a mere 8 days earlier.

1958 – Buddy Holly made his last major TV appearance on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched ‘It’s So Easy’ and ‘Heartbeat’, and did a live interview with Dick.  He had less than 100 days to live.

1961 – Raymond Jones strolled into the NEMS Record Store in Liverpool, England trying to find a copy of a record that had been released in Germany, but not England; ‘My Bonnie’ by The Beatles.  Shop manager Brian Epstein promised to invstigate further and find him a copy.  Brian did a little more that that (understatement) when he became their manager and guided them until his death in 1967.  Music has never been the same since, and who knows how history would have been changed were it not for Raymond Jones’ search for a disc that cost less than a dollar.

1967 – Diana Ross and the Supremes ‘Greatest Hits’ album began a five week run at #1 in the Billboard Album Chart.  Ironically, Florence Ballad who was pictured on the cover and sings on all the tracks, had been fired and replaced by Cindy Birdsong by the time the album was released.

1978 – London born and Canadian raised Nick Gilder had his first and only hit in the U.S. when ‘Hot Child In The City’ topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a single week.  It was not a hit in the UK.

1989 – Janet Jackson began a four week run atop the Billboard album chart with ‘Rhythm nation 1814’, becoming only the third album to produce seven top 10 singles.  Can you name the other two?  [her brother Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’, and Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’)

2001 – The various artists album ‘God Bless America’ topped the Billboard album chart.  Caught up in a fresh wave of patriotism after the attacks of 9/11, the album featured tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Bill with Withers, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan, and……Frank Sinatra.

1964 – The Santa Monica Civic Auditorium was the location for two of the biggest rock concerts of the time.  Later released as a concert film titled ‘The T.A.M.I. show’, it featured a stunning (even to this day) lineup of artists: The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Jan and dean, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Rolling Stones, and The Supremes.  The house band was a group of studio musicians know as ‘The Wrecking Crew’, hwose members included Hal blaine on drums, Glen Campbell on guitar, and Leon Russell on piano.

Among the go-go dancers seen in the film were actress Teri Garr and a very young Toni Basil – almost two decades before she topped the charts with ‘Mickey’.  Among the classmates in the surround schools who snagged the free tickets for the shows were film director John Landis and David Cassidy – both 7th graders at the time.  Steve Binder, who.directed Elvis Presley’s ’68 Comeback Special four years later, directed the show, which was combined into the T.A.M.I. Show film fro the best performances of the two nights.

I remember seeing the film at a movie theatre in January 1965.  I was 13 years old and the sights and sounds of seeing and hearing James Brown for the first time opened up a whole new world of music for a sheltered kid from Haskell, Oklahoma.

In 2006, the Library of Congress added the film to the list of films for preservation n the National Film Registry because of its ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically significance’.

It other words, it’s a really big deal.

If you’ve never seen it, rent it.  Or better yet, but it.

You’ll want to see it a lot more than once.

A musical moment from the movie that still has my jaw dropping nearly 50 years later.  Kith Richards said The Rolling Stones biggest mistake was following James Brown at the T.A.m.I. Show.  Here’s why he’s right.


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