Today in Rock & Roll History: May 24th

1968: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones was released in the UK. After multiple albums that explored pop and psychedelia, the record was seen as the band’s return to their blues roots. Less than four weeks later, the it became the group’s seventh #1 single in Britain, and peaked at #3 in the US in early July.

1968: Small Faces released their third studio album and first concept album, Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake. It was the final studio album released during the band’s original incarnation, and their last containing solely new material until Playmates in 1977. By the end of June, the LP became the group’s first #1 on the UK chart.

1969: Don Kirshner’s Calendar Records label released “Sugar, Sugar” by The Archies. The band was a fictional group made up of characters from the animated television series The Archie Show. The real performers behind the group were studio musicians assembled by Kirshner. “Sugar, Sugar” late became The Archies’ first of two top 10 singles and only to reach #1, hitting the top of the charts in the US, UK, and Canada.

1969: “Get Back” by the Beatles with Billy Preston climbed to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group’s seventeenth #1 record in the US.

1969: The Guess Who made their US television debut on American Bandstand performing their latest single, “These Eyes.”

1974: David Bowie released his eighth studio album, Diamond Dogs. Bowie had wanted to make a theatrical production of George Orwell’s novel 1984 and had begun writing material for it after completing his previous album, Pin Ups. Orwell’s estate denied Bowie the rights however, so the songs ended up on the second half the Diamond Dogs album. The LP became Bowie’s third #1 in the UK and first top 10 album in the US, reaching #5.

1975: Earth, Wind & Fire topped the US singles charts with “Shining Star,” the group’s seventh single and first to enter the top 20. In March, the record had become their first #1 on the R&B charts.

1977: After finishing their ambitious Works Volume 1 album, Emerson, Lake & Palmer began a tour of North American, accompanied by a 70-piece orchestra, starting with two shows at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.

1986: The Monkees began a reunion tour at the Concord Hotel in Kiamesha Lake, New York with Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork. Michael Nesmith did not join in on the tour, except for one show at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre in September.

1988: California band Camper Van Beethoven’s first major-label album, Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart, was released on Virgin Records.

1993: Rod Stewart’s second live album Unplugged… and Seated was released. The LP had been recorded in early February as part of MTV’s Unplugged series at Universal Studios in Los Angeles and aired on television in early May. It was Stewart’s only appearance on the program and the first time he had performed with former Faces bandmate Ronnie Wood in nearly twenty years.

1994: Jimmy Buffett’s eighteenth studio album, Fruitcakes, was released.

Birthdays Today

Tommy Chong, actor, writer, director, musician, activist, comedian, and half of comedy duo Cheech & Chong, was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1938.

Bob Dylan, influential singer-songwriter, was born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, MN in 1941.

Derek Quinn, guitarist and harmonica player for Freddie and the Dreamers, was born in Didsbury, Manchester, England in 1942.

Patti LaBelle, R&B and soul singer, songwriter, was born Patricia Louise Holt in Philadelphia, PA in 1944.

Steve Upton, drummer for Wishbone Ash, was born in Wrexham, Wales in 1946.

Albert Bouchard, drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and founding member of Blue Öyster Cult, was born in Watertown, NY in 1947.

Rosanne Cash, singer-songwriter and oldest daughter of Johnny Cash, was born in Memphis, TN in 1955.

Rich Robinson, singer, songwriter, guitarist and co-founder of the Black Crowes and The Magpie Salute, was born in Atlanta, GA in 1969.