Today in music history:
There were several significant events on this day between the years 1936 and 2011.
On this day in 1936 Solomon Burke, future singer-songwriter, entrepreneur and archbishop of the United House of Prayer For All People, is born in Philadelphia, PA.
On this day in 1950 Roger Hodgson, future singer-songwriter/musician of Supertramp, is born in Hampshire, England.
On this day in 1955 Bill Hayes' song “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” hit number one in the US.
On this day in 1956 the film Rock Around The Clock, about a concert promoter (portrayed by DJ Alan Freed) who brings Rock and Roll to the masses, opens in theaters. The film stars Bill Haley and His Comets and is named after their hit song. It is one of the first movies based on rock music and aimed at teenagers.
On this day in 1967 John Lennon experiences his first major LSD trip and freaks out in the middle of recording backing vocal tracks for the song “Getting Better.” George Martin, their producer, unclear on the effects of the drug, takes Lennon to the roof of Abbey Road Studios to get some fresh air. Paul and George, upon learning where John is, rush up to get him down. They work on a piano track for “Lovely Rita” instead.
On this day in 2011 blues pianist Joe Willie "Pinetop" Perkins dies at the age of 97. Also on this day, songstress Loleatta Holloway also dies at the age of 64.