Today in Rock & Roll History: March 6th

1958: The Everly Brothers recorded “All I Have To Do Is Dream” at RCA Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The single became the duo’s second #1 on the US pop and R&B charts, their third on the country charts, and first in the UK.

1961: Del Shannon’s debut single “Runaway” entered Billboard Hot 100. The song later reached the top of the charts in the US, UK, and Australia.

1965: The Temptations hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “My Girl.” Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson and Ronald White, the single had been the group’s first top 10 single on the pop charts, their first #1 on the Hot 100, their second to top the Cash Box R&B chart, as well as their first song to chart in UK.

1965: “Eight Days a Week” by the Beatles went to #1 on the US Cash Box chart. It was the first single by a British act to top the American charts but not make the charts in Britain, where it was unreleased. A week later, it also topped the Billboard Hot 100.

1966: The Rolling Stones started recording sessions for their tenth single “Paint It Black” at RCA Studios in Hollywood.

1966: Five thousand UK Beatles fan signed a petition urging British Prime minister Harold Wilson to re-open Liverpool’s Cavern Club, where the group had gotten their start, after the venue had closed down after going bankrupt.

1970: The Beatles released their nineteenth US single “Let It Be.” Later, it debuted at a then record-high position of #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it became the group’s penultimate #1 on the chart. It was also the Beatles’ final single before Paul McCartney announced his departure from the band.

1971: The Temptations went to #1 on the Billboard R&B chart with “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me).” A month later, the single reached #1 on the Hot 100 pop chart.

1972: Badfinger’s single “Baby Blue” was released in US, where it reached #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Cash Box Top 100 charts.

1973: Asylum Records released Tom Waits’ debut album Closing Time, which had been produced and arranged by former Lovin’ Spoonful member Jerry Yester. Waits had been signed to the Asylum label less than a month after being discovered at West Hollywood nightclub The Troubadour by Asylum co-creator David Geffen.

1976: “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” by Elvin Bishop entered Billboard Hot 100, where it later became his only top 40 hit, peaking at #3.

1976: The Miracles went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Love Machine.” It was the group’s only top 10 single with lead singer Billy Griffin, who replaced Smokey Robinson after Robinson left to pursue a solo career.

1982: The Go-Go’s topped the Billboard pop album chart with their debut LP, Beauty and the Beat.

Birthdays Today

Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, was born John Leslie Montgomery in Indianapolis, IN in 1923.

Domingo “Sam” Samudio, lead vocalist and frontman of Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, was born in Dallas, TX in 1937.

Ben Keith, was born Bennett Keith Schaeufele in Fort Riley, KS in 1937. (multi-instrumentalist and record producer, best known as a pedal steel guitarist with Neil Young and a fixture of the Nashville scene in the 1950s and 1960s)

Jerry Naylor, recording artist, television and radio personality, and lead singer of the Crickets after the death of Buddy Holly, was born Jerry Naylor Jackson in Chalk Mountain, TX in 1939.

Mary Wilson, singer and founding member of the Supremes, was born in Greenville, MS in 1944.

Hugh Grundy, drummer and founding member of the Zombies, was born in Winchester, Hampshire, England in 1945.

David Gilmour, guitarist, singer, songwriter, member of Pink Floyd, and a solo artist, was born in Cambridge, England in 1946.

Kiki Dee, singer, was born Pauline Matthews in Little Horton, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England in 1947.

Chris Tomson, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and drummer with Vampire Weekend, was born in Upper Freehold Township, NJ in 1984.