Here we are again in The Mermaid Lounge, and we have successfully made it past mid-week in the Land of Oz. We have your lesson all ready for you.
Here’s your lesson!
January 14, 1955: Alan Freed’s New York Rock n’ Roll Ball kicked off at St. Nicholas Arena in Harlem. It featured Fats Domino, The Drifters, Big Joe Turner and The Moonglows.
January 14, 1956: A new talent debuted on the charts on this date with his first single, Tutti Frutti. Little Richard’s place in music history was born.
January 14, 1963: Charlie Watts made his Rolling Stones debut at the Flamingo Jazz Club in Soho, London.
January 14, 1967: The Human Be-in (A Gathering of Tribes), a forerunner to major outdoor rock concerts, took place at Golden State Park in San Francisco with 25,000 people in attendance. The event featured Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and Big Brother & The Holding Company.
January 14, 1969: The movie, Monterey Pop, a documentary about another outdoor festival, The Monterey Pop Festival of 1967, made its debut in theaters across the country.
January 14, 1970: Diana Ross performed for the final time with The Supremes at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, where she introduced Jean Terrell as her replacement. Terrell would lead the Supremes to another seven chart hits before they disbanded.
January 14, 1971: The Temptations released their great hit Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me).
January 14, 1972: Paul Simon released his second solo album (self-titled). It results in two great hits, Mother and Child Reunion and Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard.
Born On This Day
January 14, 1936: Clarence Carter, who had the hits Patches and Slip Away (a great song) was born in Montgomery, Alabama.
January 14, 1938: Allen Toussaint was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he makes his mark as a piano player, songwriter and producer. Over his long career, he worked with Paul Simon, The Neville Brothers, and Lee Dorsey, among many others.
January 14, 1948: Robert Burnett (aka, T-Bone Burnett) was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He worked in Bob Dylan’s band, and produced Elton John, John Mellencamp, and Counting Crows.
January 14, 1969: Dave Grohl, singer and drummer with Nirvana, and the great frontman for Foo Fighters, was born in Warren, Ohio. He’ll be In The Spotlight this evening.
That’s all, folks, as they say in the cartoons. We’ll be back with the line-up.