Today in Rock & Roll History: September 9th

1955: The J.P. Seeburg Corporation introduced its new Dual Music System Jukebox, the first ever equipped to hold a hundred 45rpm singles and two-songs-per-side EPs.

1956: Elvis Presley made his first of three appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog,” “Ready Teddy,” and his upcoming single, “Love Me Tender.” Actor Charles Laughton served as substitute host while Sullivan was recovering from car accident. After negative interactions with rock and roll stars in the past and telling the press that Elvis was “not his cup of tea,” Sullivan, who had previously refused an offer to have Elvis on the show for $5,000, changed his mind after the ratings boost that Elvis had brought to The Steve Allen Show. After negotiations with Colonel Tom Parker, Sullivan agreed to shell out the unprecedented sum of $50,000 for three appearances. Immediately after his performance, RCA Records received over a one million pre-orders for “Love Me Tender,” catapulting it to gold status before its actual release. As a result of the song’s popularity, as well as that of Presley himself, 20th Century Fox changed the name of its upcoming movie featuring Presley from “The Reno Brothers” to “Love Me Tender.” The record went to #1 on the Billboard charts in November that year and remained at #1 through the beginning of December, when it was topped by another Elvis hit, “Hound Dog” backed with “Don’t Be Cruel.”

1957: Jerry Lee Lewis topped the Billboard R&B singles chart with “Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On.”

1965: The Rolling Stones had their fourth #1 UK single with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” In July earlier that summer, the record had become the group’s first #1 song in the US.

1967: James Brown went to the top of the Billboard R&B chart with his single “Cold Sweat.”

1967: The Sam & Dave classic “Soul Man” entered the Billboard Hot 100, where two months later it reached #2. Their highest charting pop single, the song became their second of two #1 hits on the R&B chart in mid-October.

1968: After three rehearsal takes of “Helter Skelter” in July, the Beatles recorded eighteen takes of the song at Abbey Road Studios. What started out as a slow blues jam eventually turned into a frantic cacophony heard on the group’s self-titled LP known as The White Album. The next evening, sessions for the song were completed with the recording of additional overdubs. While Paul McCartney recorded his lead vocals, George Harrison ran around the studio with a flaming ashtray above his head, reminiscent of flamboyant performer Arthur Brown.

1971: A month before its release in the UK, John Lennon’s second solo album, Imagine, was released in the US. By the end of October, the LP became his first #1 in both America and Britain.

1975: The J. Geils Band released their sixth LP, Hotline.

1975: Wings began their Wings Over the World tour at the Gaumont Theatre in Southampton, England.

1978: “Beast of Burden,” the second single from the Rolling Stones’ sixteenth American and fourteenth British album, Some Girls, entered the Billboard Hot 100, later reaching #8 as well as #7 on the Cash Box chart.

1981: Sting and Phil Collins played their first live solo sets at the Amnesty International benefit, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball, at London’s Drury Lane Theatre. Additional musical acts during the four day event (that also featured several comedians) included Pete Townshend, Donovan, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Bob Geldof, Johnny Fingers, and Neil Innes.

Birthdays Today

Joe Negroni, founding member of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, was born Jose Negroni in New York City in 1940.

Otis Redding, soul and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger with Stax Records, was born in Dawson, GA in 1941.

Inez Foxx, pop and soul vocalist who recorded and performed with her brother, Charlie Foxx, best known for their hit single, “Mockingbird,” was born in Greensboro, NC in 1942.

Dee Dee Sharp, R&B and soul singer, was born Dione LaRue in Philadelphia, PA in 1945.

Doug Ingle, founding member, organist, primary composer, and lead vocalist for Iron Butterfly, was born in Omaha, NE in 1945.

Bruce Palmer, bassist for Buffalo Springfield, was born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1946.

Freddy Weller, guitarist with Paul Revere and the Raiders who later released his own solo recordings and played guitar for Joe South and Billy Joe Royal, was born Wilton Frederick Weller in Atlanta, GA in 1947.

John McFee, singer, songwriter, guitarist, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist, and long-time member of The Doobie Brothers, was born in Santa Cruz, CA in 1950.

Dave Stewart, musician, songwriter, and record producer, best known as half of the duo Eurythmics with Annie Lennox, was born in Sunderland, England in 1952.

Michael Bublé, singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer, was born in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada in 1975.