It’s Monday and we kick it off all over again here in The Mermaid Lounge. Today’s lesson is not particularly taxing, so enjoy.
Here is today’s lesson:
January 11, 1958: The release of Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock was delayed a week because the Decca Records pressing plant in the UK could not meet the advance orders of 250,000 copies.
January 11, 1963: The Beatles recorded their first national TV show, Thank Your Lucky Stars, where they performed Please Please Me.
January 11, 1964: Louie, Louie by The Kingsmen was #1 on the Cash Box music charts despite being banned by several radio stations because of the indecipherable lyrics. It was even investigated by the FBI, if you can fucking believe it. They found nothing wrong with the song.
Also on this day, Billboard launched its new Country album chart, and Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire (his greatest hits) was its first #1 album.
January 11, 1971: The album Pearl by Janis Joplin was released posthumously on this day.
Born On This Day
January 11, 1895: Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond Organ, was born in Evanston, Illinois.
January 11, 1924: Slim Harpo, blues singer, guitarist, and master of the blues harmonica, was born in Lobdell, Louisiana.
January 11, 1942: Clarence Clemons (aka, The Big Man), elite sax player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, was born in Norfolk County, Virginia.
January 11, 1943: Tony Kaye, original keyboardist for Yes, was born in Leicester, England.
And that is it for today’s trivia! Stick around for today’s line-up!