Greetings & Salutations From The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 1/21/2021

Yes, we did miss yesterday and I apologize for that. But there will be days like this here and there. We are back today, and ready to go!

The Trips Festival, held in 1966, was instrumental in the cultural development of psychedelic music.

Here’s your lesson for today:

January 21, 1959: The Kingston Trio, key to folk music becoming a staple in America, won a Gold record for Tom Dooley.

January 21, 1961: The great Del Shannon recorded the song Runaway, which will top the charts in America by April.

January 21, 1963: The Beatles made their third appearance on Radio Luxembourg’s program The Friday Spectacular, where they performed Please Please Me and Ask Me Why.

January 21, 1964: Peter & Gordon recorded the Lennon-McCartney tune A World Without Love, which goes to #1 in the UK by June 1965. Down the road during the 70s, Peter Asher will become Linda Ronstadt’s producer and manager, and helps launch her amazing career.

January 21, 1965: More than 3,000 fans greet The Rolling Stones and Roy Orbison at Sydney Airport when they arrive for a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand.

January 21, 1966: The first Trips Festival, a three-day event, begins at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco. It’s a landmark event in the evolution of psychedelic music and the hippie movement. Produced by Ken Kesey, Ramon Sender, and Stewart Brand, ten thousand people show up to see The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and The Jefferson Airplane. Pretty sure there was LSD in the punch.

January 21, 1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded Bob Dylan’s All Along The Watchtower at Olympia Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brian Jones (percussion) and Traffic’s Dave Mason (12-string guitar) play on the session.

January 21, 1983: Allman Brothers Band bassist Lamar Williams died of lung cancer at the age of 34. He joined the band in 1972, and replaced the deceased Berry Oakley. His doctors suspect he contracted the disease from exposure to Agent Orange during his Vietnam service.

January 21, 1984: The great soul singer Jackie Wilson died at the age of 49 after suffering a massive heart attack while performing at the Latin Casino in New Jersey. He fell head first to the stage while singing Lonely Teardrops, suffered brain damage, and remained in a coma for eight years until his death.

Born On This Day

January 21, 1941: Richie Havens, the great folk singer who appeared at the Woodstock, Newport, and Isle of Wight Festivals, was born in Brooklyn, New York.

January 21, 1942: Edwin Starr, soul singer who recorded the great songs War and Twenty-Five Miles, was born in Nashville, Tennessee.

January 21, 1947: Jim Ibbotson, who played guitar, keyboards, drums, and accordion for the very underrated Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, was born somewhere in the United States but nobody can seem to figure out where the fuck it was.

That’s it for today, and we shall be back with your line-up in just a while.

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Tuesday in The College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge: 11/24/2020

It’s Tuesday Bluesday in the College of Rock n’ Roll Knowledge, and we press on with some great events in our musical history.

The Kingston Trio made musical history in 1958

Here’s today’s classic rock lesson:

November 24, 1958: The Kingston Trio became the first group to have a #1 album. Only solo artists had achieved that prior to them.

November 24, 1961: Howlin’ Wolf arrived in London for his first European tour.

November 24, 1965: The Young Rascals begin recording Good Lovin’ which will hit #1 early the next year.

November 24, 1966: The Beatles begin recording sessions for Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band by laying down tracks for Strawberry Fields Forever. In the end, the song doesn’t make the album, but it will appear on Magical Mystery Tour the following year.

November 24, 1972: ABC-TV’s In Concert debuts with Alice Cooper, Chuck Berry, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Poco, and The Allman Brothers Band. Don Kirschner is the producer, and he also produces The Monkees.

November 24, 1979: The Eagles spend a fourth week on top of the album charts with The Long Run.

November 24, 1980: Steely Dan releases the single Hey Nineteen, one of my all-time favorite songs.

November 24, 1985: Blues pioneer Big Joe Turner died of kidney failure at the age of 74. Turner was one of the first artists to ever play rock n’ roll when he wrote and recorded Shake, Rattle and Roll in 1954.

November 24, 1991: Freddie Mercury dies of bronchopneumonia, a complication from AIDS, at his home in London at the age of 45. He had just publicly acknowledged having the disease the day before. His friend (and nothing more), Dave Clark, of The Dave Clark Five, was with him when he died.

Born on This Day

November 24, 1939: Jim Yester, keyboardist for The Association, was born in Birmingham, Alabama.

November 24, 1941: Pete Best, drummer for The Beatles in the very early years, was born in Madras, India.

November 24, 1941: Donald “Duck” Dunn, bass guitarist for the Mar-Keys, and Booker T. & The MG’s, was born in Memphis, Tennessee.

We’ll be back in a little bit with today’s music programming!