Category: Music

Presty the DJ for March 2

The number one British single today in 1961:

The number one single today in 1963:

Today in 1964, the Beatles began filming “A Hard Day’s Night,” and George Harrison met Patti Boyd, who had one line in the movie.

Boyd later would become the subject of an Eric Clapton song (in fast and slow versions), and then Clapton’s wife, and then Clapton’s ex-wife, while inspiring enough songs, between Harrison and Clapton, for an entire album.

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Presty the DJ for Feb. 28

The number one single today in 1970 was also the number one single of 1970:

The number one single today in 1976 is the first record I ever purchased, for $1.03 at a Madison drugstore just before it left the WISM radio top 40 list:

Today in 1977,  a member of the audience at a Ray Charles concert tried to strangle him with a rope.

The number one single today in 1981:

Birthdays today start with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones:

Joe South:

Donnie Iris of the Jaggerz:

Ronnie Rosman of Tommy James and the Shondells:

Cindy Wilson of the B-52s:

Ian Stanley played keyboards for Tears for Fears:

Phil Gould of Level 42:

Four deaths of note today: Frankie Lymon in 1968 …

… one-hit-wonder Bobby Bloom in 1974 …

… David Byron of Uriah Heep in 1985 …

… and drummer George Allen “Buddy” Miles, who had the good taste to record with two of the greatest rock guitarists of all time on the same song, in 2008:

Presty the DJ for Feb. 25

The number one country and western single today in 1956 was the singer’s number one number one:

The number one British album today in 1984 was the Thompson Twins’ “Into the Gap”:

The number one single today in 1984 was adapted by WGN-TV for its Chicago Cubs games …

… a good choice given that the Cubs that season decided to play like an actual baseball team:

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Presty the DJ for Feb. 23

The number one song today in 1991:

Today in 1998, the members of Oasis were banned for life from Cathay Pacific Airways for their “abusive and disgusting behavior.”

Apparently Cathay Pacific knew it was doing, because one year to the day later, Oasis guitarist Paul Arthurs was arrested outside a Tommy Hilfiger store in London for drunk and disorderly conduct.

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Presty the DJ for Feb. 22

The number one single today in 1960:

Its remake 16 years later — which I had never heard of before writing this blog — finished 12 places below the original:

The number one British single today in 1962:

The number one single today in 1975

Proving there is no accounting for taste, even among the supposedly cultured British, I present their number one single today in 1981:

The number one British single today in 1997:

The short list of birthdays begins with one-hit-wonder Ernie K. Doe (whose inclusion certainly does not express my opinion about my own mother-in-law):

Bobby Hendricks of the Drifters:

Michael Wilton of Queensryche:

One non-musical death of note today in 1987: The indescribable Andy Warhol, who among other things managed the Velvet Underground:

One musical death of note today in 2002: Drummer Ronnie Verrell, who drummed as Animal on the Muppet Show: