Today in 1965, Britain’s Tailor and Cutter Magazine ran a column asking the Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The magazine claimed that their male fans’ emulating the Stones’ refusal to wear ties was threatening financial ruin for tiemakers.
To that, Mick Jagger replied:
“The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.”
Jagger is a graduate of the London School of Economics. Smart guy.
Today in 1974, Jefferson Airplane …
… became Jefferson Starship.
That name remained until Jefferson ______’s Paul Kantner left the group and threatened to sue the group if it used its name, so the group changed to Starship.
The number one single today in 1981 (played two decades later by high school bands, and try explaining to your young child what this song is about):
In the world of premature celebrity deaths, this might be the most stupid: Today in 1982, Ozzy Osbourne and his band stopped at a small airstrip near Leesburg, Fla., on the way to Orlando, Fla., after a most-of-the-night drive following a concert in Knoxville, Tenn.
The bus driver talked keyboard player Don Airey into taking a flight in a 1955 Beachcraft Bonanza. After Airey’s flight landed, the driver took up guitarist Randy Rhoads and Rachel Youngblood, a hairdresser and seamstress on the tour, on another flight. This time, the bus driver/pilot decided to try to buzz the bus. On buzz number three, the plane’s left wing clipped the bus, the plane spiraled and crashed into a house and burst into flames. Rhoads’, Youngblood’s and the pilot’s bodies were burned beyond recognition.
The number one album today in 1995 was Bruce Springsteen’s “Greatest Hits”:
In 2006, Shakira released a single only via a Verizon download:
Birthdays begin with Paul “Don’t Call Me Fort” Atkinson (that’s a Wisconsin joke, by the way) of the Zombies:
Ruth Pointer of the Pointer Sisters:
Derek Longmuir of the Bay City Rollers:
Ricky Wilson of the B-52s:
Billy Sheehan played bass guitar for Mr. Big:
Bruce Willis, more proof that singers can act but actors usually can’t sing:
Terry Hall of Fun Boy Three:
Two other deaths of note today: Paul Kossoff of Free in 1976 …
… and Luther Ingram in 2007: