Today in Rock & Roll History: October 9th

1961: “Hit the Road Jack” became Ray Charles’ second song to go to #1 in US. In the UK the single became his first top 10 hit, reaching #6.

1964: The Beach Boys recorded “Dance, Dance, Dance,” with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. The song became their twelfth US top 40 hit, ultimately reaching #8. It was also the first recognized writing contribution to a Beach Boys single by Carl Wilson, who wrote the song’s primary guitar riff and solo.

1965: The Beatle’s started four weeks at the top on the Billboard Hot 100 with their tenth US #1, “Yesterday.”

1965: “Let’s Hang On” by the Four Seasons entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it later became their fifth son to enter the top 10, reaching #3. It was also the group’s second charting record in the UK, where it made it to #4.

1969: Brother and sister duo the Carpenters released their first single, a cover of the Beatles’ song “Ticket to Ride.”

1971: A week after reaching #1 in the US, Rod Stewart topped the UK singles chart with his single “Reason to Believe” backed with “Maggie May,” giving him the top record on both sides of the Atlantic as well as the #1 album on both charts with Every Picture Tells a Story.

1971: “Wild Night” by Van Morrison entered the Billboard Hot 100 on it’s way to #28—his fifth single to make the US top 40.

1982: America had their first top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in seven years with “You Can Do Magic,” which also ended up being the group’s last to enter the top 10 on the pop.

1985: Yoko Ono dedicated Strawberry Fields, a 2.5-acre portion of New York City’s Central Park, in memory of her late husband, John Lennon, on what would have been his 45th birthday. Ono, who had donated more than $1 million towards the project and had conceived the idea, was joined by several hundred invited guests at the memorial located on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, directly opposite the Dakota building.

Birthdays Today

John Lennon, singer, songwriter, activist, solo artists, and member of the Beatles, was born John Winston Lennon in Liverpool, England during a World War II German air raid in 1940.

John Entwistle, singer, songwriter, film and music producer, and original bassist for the Who, was born in Chiswick, London, England in 1944.

Nona Hendryx, vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician, author, actress, solo artist, and member of the trio Labelle, was born in Trenton, NJ in 1944.

Jackson Browne, singer-songwriter, was born Clyde Jackson Browne in Heidelberg, Germany in 1948.

Rod Temperton, songwriter, record producer, musician, and member of Heatwave who also wrote such hits as “Thriller” and “Off the Wall” by Michael Jackson and “Give Me the Night” by George Benson, was born in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England in 1949.

James Fearnley, guitarist, pianist, mandolin player, and accordion player with the Pogues, was born in Worsley, Greater Manchester, England in 1954.

Shona Laing, singer, songwriter, guitarist, and brief member of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, contributing to their Somewhere in Afrika album, was born in New Zealand in 1955.

Kurt Neumann, singer, songwriter, and guitarist of the BoDeans, was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1961.

Sean Lennon, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, was born Sean Taro Ono Lennon in New York City in 1975.