Presty the DJ for Oct. 4

Today in 1957, the sixth annual New Music Express poll named Elvis Presley the second most popular singer in Great Britain behind … Pat Boone. That seems as unlikely as, say, Boone’s recording a heavy metal album.

The number one British song today in 1962, coming to you via satellite:

Britain’s number one album today in 1969 was the Beatles’ “Abbey Road”:

The number one album on both sides of the Atlantic today in 1975 was Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”:

The number one single today in 1980:

Birthdays start with LeRoy Van Dyke, whose number one country and number five pop song in 1961 is not the “Walk on By” you might think it is:

Who is Patricia Holt? You know her better as Patti LaBelle:

Jim Fielder was the original bass player for Blood Sweat & Tears:

Chris Lowe played keyboards for the Pet Shop Boys:

Barbara Kooyman MacDonald, half of Timbuk 3, which claimed …

Two deaths of note today: Janis Joplin in 1970 …

… and Bruce Palmer, who played in the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby Stills Nash & Young, today in 1974:

2 thoughts on “Presty the DJ for Oct. 4

  1. Actually, the Pat Boone/Elvis Presley rivalry was a real deal during the 50’s. In those years, I was a huge Elvis fan while my sister was the Wisconsin Chapter President of the Pat Boone fan club. Made for some huge fights over who got to play what on the living room hi-fi. My Dad finally gave in on Christmas 1958 when he gave us each our own 45 record player for our bedrooms. The battle then devolved into who was playing theirs too loud.

  2. Actually, the Pat Boone/Elvis Presley rivalry was a real deal during the 50’s. In those years, I was a huge Elvis fan while my sister was the Wisconsin Chapter President of the Pat Boone fan club. Made for some huge fights over who got to play what on the living room hi-fi. My Dad finally gave in on Christmas 1958 when he gave us each our own 45 record player for our bedrooms. The battle then devolved into who was playing theirs too loud.

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