Today in Rock & Roll History: September 4th

1962: After signing with Parlophone Records three months after their first audition, the Beatles began their second recording session at EMI Studios in London for a second attempt at recording their debut single, “Love Me Do.” It was drummer Ringo Starr’s first session with the group.

1964: The Animals made their live debut in America at New York’s Paramount Theatre.

1965: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” by James Brown and the Fabulous Flames peaked at #8 on Billboard Hot 100. Released as a two-part single, it was Brown’s first song to reach the Hot 100 top ten and was a #1 hit on the R&B chart for eight weeks.

1968: The Beatles filmed two promotional videos for “Hey Jude” and “Revolution” at Twickenham Film Studios. For “Hey Jude,” a 36-piece orchestral was assembled with its members wearing white tuxedos. For the finale, 300 extras were also brought in, who had responded to leaflets distributed in the local area. The “Hey Jude” film had its world premiere four days later on the BBC program Frost on Saturday. For the “Revolution” video, a new vocal track was overdubbed onto the studio version, and it aired on the BBC’s Top of the Pops later that month, on the 19th.

1970: The Rolling Stones released their second live LP, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!. Largely recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden in late November of 1969, it became the first live album to reach #1 in UK and is often cited as one of the greatest live albums of all time.

1970s: Dusty Springfield’s cover of “How Can I Be Sure,” a song originally recorded by The Young Rascals in 1967, was released exclusively in the UK. It was not until 1997 that it was issued in America as part of The Dusty Springfield Anthology.

1971: Paul McCartney achieved his first solo #1 hit in the US with “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey,” a song recorded with his wife Linda from his second post-Beatles LP, Ram.

1973: Queen’s self-titled debut studio album was released in the US following its UK release in July.

1976: After fifty-eight weeks on the Billboard pop chart, Fleetwood Mac went to #1 for the first time in the band’s history with their self-titled tenth studio LP.

1979: J.D. Souther released “You’re Only Lonely,” the title track from his third studio album. It became his only top 10 pop hit, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. Souther is accompanied on the track by guitarist Danny Kortchmar and saxophonist David Sanborn, in addition to Phil Everly, Jackson Browne, and three members of the Eagles provide vocal harmonies.

1982: The Steve Miller Band had their third and final #1 single in the US with the title track from the twelfth studio LP, Abracadabra.

1982: The Who released It’s Hard, their tenth studio album and last to feature bassist John Entwistle, last with drummer Kenney Jones, and last on Warner Bros. Records in the US. On the same day, the first single from the LP, “Althena,” was released.

1990: Los Angeles duo The Rembrandts released their self-titled first album.

1995: Jethro Tull’s nineteenth studio album, Roots to Branches, was released in the UK. Recorded at Ian Anderson’s home studio, it was the band’s last album with bassist Dave Pegg, first with keyboardist Andrew Gidding as an official member, and last released through their long-time label Chrysalis Records. The was album released in the US eight days later.

1995: The Help Album, a charity album devoted to the efforts of the War Child charity, was recorded, with contributions from Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Radiohead, Sinéad O’Connor, Blur, the Stone Roses, and many others. Inspired by the concept behind John Lennon’s 1970 song “Instant Karma,” that music should be released as soon as it’s recorded, the album was recorded, mixed, and in stores within a week.

2012: Melissa Etheridge released her twelfth studio album, 4th Street Feeling.

Birthdays Today

Jerry Ragovoy, songwriter, record producer, and founder of The Hit Factory recording studio in New York City best known for writing “Time Is on My Side” (under pseudonym Norman Meade) and “Piece of My Heart,” was born in Philadelphia, PA in 1930.

Sonny Charles, lead singer for the Checkmates, Ltd., solo artist, and member of the Steve Miller Band from 2008-2012, was born Charles Hemphill in Fort Wayne, IN in 1940.

Merald “Bubba” Knight Jr., singer, older brother of Gladys Knight, and unofficial leader of Gladys Knight & The Pips, was born in Atlanta, GA in 1942.

Gene Parsons, drummer, banjo player, guitarist, singer-songwriter, engineer, and solo artist, best known for his work with The Byrds from 1968-1972, who was also a member of Nashville West, the Flying Burrito Bros, and Parsons Green, and is credited with inventing the B-Bender guitar accessory with guitarist Clarence White, was born in Morongo Valley, Mojave Desert, CA in 1944.

Danny Gatton, guitarist who fused blues, rockabilly, jazz, and country into a genre he called ”redneck jazz,” was born in Washington, D.C. in 1945.

Greg Elmore, drummer for Quicksilver Messenger Service, was born in Coronado Naval Air Station, CA in 1946.

Gary Duncan, guitarist and vocalist for Quicksilver Messenger Service, was born in San Diego, CA in 1946.

Martin Chambers, drummer, vocalist, and founding member of the Pretenders, was born in Hereford, Herefordshire, England in 1951.