Today in Rock & Roll History: December 2nd

1957: A week after it topped the R&B chart, “You Send Me” by Sam Cooke became his first #1 pop single when it began three weeks at the top of Billboard’s Best Sellers chart, a day after Cooke had performed the song in full on The Ed Sullivan Show.

1961: Glen Campbell debuted on the US singles charts when “Turn Around, Look At Me,” entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it later reached #62.

1966: David Bowie released “Rubber Band,” the lead single from his self-titled debut studio album and his first release with the Deram Records label.

1966: Los Angeles band Love began three days headlining at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco with supporting acts Moby Grape and Lee Michaels.

1967: The Monkees had their final #1 single in the US with “Daydream Believer.” Also at the top of the album chart was the Monkees’ fourth studio album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, And Jones Ltd..

1967: Gladys Knight & the Pips had their second #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and first #1 since signing with Motown with their version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.”

1967: The Rolling Stones released “In Another Land,” the lead single from their sixth British and eighth American studio album, Their Satanic Majesties Request.

1967: Small Faces released the single “Tin Soldier.” It was the third single from the band’s first American LP, There Are But Four Small Faces, but after it reached #73 in the US, their label Immediate Records abandoned its attempts to penetrate the American market.

1967: “Bend Me, Shape Me” by The American Breed entered the Billboard Hot 100 on it’s way to becoming the group’s most successful single and only top 10 hit in the US, reaching #5.

1968: The Beach Boys released “Bluebirds over the Mountain,” the lead single from their fifteenth studio album, 20/20. The song was first written and recorded by Ersel Hickey in 1958 and has been covered by other artists including Richie Havens, The Echoes, and Robert Plant.

1968: The Mothers of Invention released their fourth studio album, Cruising with Ruben & the Jets. The doo wop-influenced concept album was one of four albums conceived as part of a project called No Commercial Potential, which also produced Lumpy Gravy, We’re Only in It for the Money, and Uncle Meat.

1969: George Harrison joined husband and wife act Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett onstage at Colston Hall in Briston, England the same day that he joined their tour as a guitarist. It was Harrison’s first stage appearance since the Beatles’ final concert on August 29, 1966. Also joining the tour was mutual friend Eric Clapton, who’d joined the band after the breakup of Blind Faith. When selected recordings from the tour were released in 1970 on the “Delaney & Bonnie & Friends On Tour With Eric Clapton” album, Harrison was credited as “Mysterioso,” similar to how he was credited as “L’Angela Misterioso” on Cream’s single “Badge.”

1969: During a break in their US tour, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards suggested the band visit the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama. On their first night in the studio, they recorded Mississippi Fred McDowell’s 1965 traditional spiritual song, “You Gotta Move,” which the group had performed regularly during the tour. Over the next two days, the group returned to the studio to recorded basic tracks for “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses” before beginning sessions for their Sticky Fingers album in earnest in March of 1970.

1971: “Black Dog,” the lead single and opening track of Led Zeppelin’s untitled fourth album, was released as a single in several countries outside of the UK.

1972: “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” by The Temptations hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The record peaked at #5 on the R&B chart.

1972: “You Ought to Be with Me” by Al Green became his third single to top the Billboard R&B chart.

1972: Former Beatles recording engineer and Pink Floyd producer Norman Smith entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart with his own recording under the name Hurricane Smith, “Oh, Babe, What Would You Say.” The song made it to the top of the Cash Box pop chart and was a top 5 hit in Canada and the UK.

1972: The debut album by Steely Dan, Can’t Buy a Thrill, entered the Billboard pop chart. Two weeks later it peaked at #17.

1972: Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show’s third single, “The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’,” written by poet and songwriter Shel Silverstein, entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it eventually peaked at #6.

1973: Following a performance at Montreal’s Forum, the Who attended an after-show party put on by RCA executives. After trashing their suite at the Bonaventure Hotel, police arrived to arrest the band and fourteen members of their touring party and hauled them off to jail. The next day, the group’s local promoter delivered almost $6,000 in cash to the police station for damages and everyone was released. The events were the inspiration for bassist John Entwistle’s future solo song “Cell Number Seven.”

1991: The US Supreme Court ruled that the Shirelles, Gene Pitney, and B.J. Thomas were owed $1.2 million in unpaid royalties. The artists had filed suit in 1987 against Gusto Records and GML Inc. and Gusto’s record-keeping was so poor that the true accounting of facts and figures was impossible.

1996: R.E.M. released “Electrolite,” the third single from their tenth studio album, New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

2003: During the duo’s Long Friends reunion tour, Simon & Garfunkel performed the first of three dates at Madison Square Garden with special guests the Everly Brothers. The show was recorded and released the following year on CD and DVD as Old Friends: Live on Stage.

Birthdays Today

Moses Asch, recording engineer, record executive, and founder of Folkways Records, a label that influential in bringing folk music into the American cultural mainstream, was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1905.

Peter Carl Goldmark, engineer who, during his time with Columbia Records, was instrumental in developing the long-playing microgroove 33-1/3 rpm phonograph disc, which became the standard for incorporating multiple or lengthy recorded works on a single disc for two generations, was born in Budapsest, Austria-Hungary in 1906.

Tom McGuinness, guitarist, songwriter, author, record and TV producer, and guitarist for Manfred Mann, McGuinnes-Flint, and The Blues Band, was born in Wimbledon, South London, England in 1941.

Ted Bluechel, Jr., vocalist, percussionist, guitarist, and original member of the Association, was born in San Pedro, CA in 1942.

Dave Munden, drummer for the Tremeloes, was born in Dagenham, Essex, England in 1943.

“Screamin’” Scott Simon, pianist and vocalist for Sha Na Na, was born in Boston, MA in 1948.

Abel Zarate, guitarist and vocalist with Malo, was born in Manila, the Philippines in 1952.

Nate Mendel, bassist for the Foo Fighters, was born in Richland, WA in 1968.