Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I came across a song in my collection that I need help identifying. It is a 45 rpm single with Dion's “Love Came to Me” on the A-side. The label on the B-side incorrectly says it's “Sandy,” also by Dion.

I have no idea what this song is, but it is obviously not “Sandy,” and probably not even Dion. I do not recognize the singer or group at all.

Based just on the lyrics, I would call it “Steady, Makin' Love.” I hope you will recognize it and will let me know the real title and artist.
—Dan Becker, Hartland, Wisc.

DEAR DAN: Congratulations, your choice of a title is exactly correct! It is “Steady, Makin' Love,” and the mystery singer is known as Jimmy Angel.

The original single of “Steady, Makin' Love” (Laurie 3654) came out in 1977, and has nothing to do with Dion's 1963 hit, “Sandy” (Laurie 3153).

In 1978, Laurie added a single of “Love Came to Me” coupled with “Sandy” to their Back-to-Back Hits catalog. However, due to a mix-up at the factory, Jimmy Angel's “Steady, Makin' Love” got stamped on the side intended for “Sandy.”

Only a few dozen were produced before the glitch was noticed and remedied.

Now, instead of a $3.00 record (copies with “Sandy”), ones playing Jimmy Angel's “Steady, Makin' Love” are worth five times as much.

DEAR JERRY: I am so happy with your depiction of my brief but special journey with the outstanding musicians who worked on my Amy recording sessions, including my producer, Paul Simon.

It is hard to believe we were all so incredibly young. It is still a magical time to me. Now, after all these years, there is finally a detailed account of the journey.

Thanks for crediting everyone involved that night in New York, in 1963, when we recorded “Play Me a Sad Song” and “I Wrote You a Letter.”

You mentioned Valerie Simpson, and her eventual marriage to Nick Ashford, and I recently read that Nick passed away from throat cancer last month (August 22).

For nearly two years now, I have been focusing on cancer, working with an oncology surgeon-musician, using music in the operating room during cancer surgeries, as well as in the chemo units. This even applies to Stage IV cases and beyond.

I loved the part about the unborn Whitney Houston, being in on the session as a special guest of sorts in the womb of Cissy Houston, one of our backup singers.

Thanks also for getting all the facts straight.
—Dorothy “Dotty Daniels” Goodman

DEAR DOROTHY: You made it all so easy, and for that I am grateful. Until now I didn't know about your work in the OR, which is both fascinating and rewarding.

We will talk again soon.

DEAR JERRY: Paul Revere and the Raiders is one of my favorite groups of the 1960s and '70s. Still, I don't recall any of their members, besides lead singer Mark Lindsay, having hits as a solo artist.

If they did, who, what, and when?
—Ann Perez, McMinnville, Ore.

DEAR ANN: Yes, Mark Lindsay did crank out eight solo hits, including the Top 10 ballad, “Arizona.”

Meanwhile, after easing away from the Raiders to focus on country music, Freddy Weller scored big with one hit after another for 12 years (1969-1980).

Less successful as solo artists than Weller and Lindsay are three other Raiders who recorded apart from the group: Jim “Harpo” Valley (“Try, Try, Try”) and Keith Allison (“Look at Me,” “Freeborn Man,” etc.), both in the 1960s; and Phil “Fang” Volk (“The Times They Are a-Changing”), issued earlier this year.

Other than these five, none of the other 23 who were Raiders at one time or another — including their namesake, Paul Revere — carved out a solo career.

IZ ZAT SO? Surprisingly, Freddy Weller's total number of post-Raiders solo hits (32) slightly exceeds the career total of Paul Revere and the Raiders (30).

Among Freddy's top hits are: “Games People Play”; “These Are Not My People”; “The Promised Land”; “Indian Lake”; and “Another Night of Love.”

Over their many years, at least 28 men have been a member of Paul Revere and the Raiders:

Ross Allemang; Keith Allison; David Bell; Michael Bradley; Charlie Coe; Joe Correro Jr.; Carlo Driggs; William Hibbard; Blair Hill; Mike "Doc" Holliday; Red Hughes; Jerry Labrum; Drake "Kid" Levin; Mark Lindsay; Andrea Loper; Omar Martinez; Dick McGarvin; Jamie Revere; Paul Revere; Mike "Smitty" Smith; Jim "Harpo" Valley; Phil "Fang" Volk; Dick Walker; Freddy Weller; Steve West; Richard White; Robert White; and Robert Wooley.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:  

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2011 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Styx Career Spanning Effort 'Regeneration Volume I & II' Due Oct 4th

Styx are set to their newest release, a double-disc career spanning effort called 'Regeneration, Volume I & II;' being released via Eagle Rock Entertainment this October 4th.

With over 30 million records sold in North America alone, Styx is one of the most beloved rock bands on the planet. Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young, Chuck Panozzo, Lawrence Gowan, Ricky Phillips and Todd Sucherman have been together longer than any other lineup in the band’s 40-year existence. In addition to thirteen Styx classics and a brand new song “Difference In The World,” Regeneration, Volume I & II also includes interpretations of “High Enough,” and “Coming Of Age,” originally recorded by Damn Yankees, which featured Shaw, along with Night Ranger’s Jack Blades, Ted Nugent and drummer Michael Cartellone.” The band had originally re-recorded these acclaimed anthems to sell only at their live shows, as they continued to tour the globe and introduce a new generation of fans to their chart-topping hits. Now, for the first time, this music is being made commercially available.

1) The Grand Illusion
2) Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
3) Lorelei
4) Sing For The Day,
5) Crystal Ball
6) Come Sail Away
7) Difference In The World

1) Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)
2) Miss America
3) Renegade
4) Queen Of Spades
5) Boat on The River
6) Too Much Time On My Hands
7) Snowblind
8) Coming Of Age
9) High Enough


Colorfeels Release Debut Album On Vinyl

The Nashville band Colorfeels debut record 'Syzygy' is being released on vinyl. Syzygy is available now at two locations in Nashville. You can visit Grimey's on 8th Ave., or if you live in East Nashville, head over to The Groove and pick up a copy. The 2LP vinyl release is on black, 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl and comes with a free download of the album in any file format you choose.

The initial writing for SYZYGY began more than two years ago in the winter of 2008 when musicians and writers Parker Cason and Justin Maurer teamed up to help push each other creatively. They soon realized that they shared a special musical connection worth pursuing. The two spent most of 2009 writing songs together and singing them for friends around the house. Still, the sound they crafted in their heads felt unfulfilled. Taylor Zachry, a long-time friend and musical collaborator of Parker’s, joined their efforts and brought a new energy to the duo which helped solidify what would become the core of a changing line-up. Colorfeels was born. With the addition of multi-instrumentalist and texture auteur, Jared Ziemba, the sound of Colorfeels departed from its earthly origins, never to return. Soon after, they got a short-term lease on a house in West Nashville and spent five months at the beginning of 2010 writing, rehearsing, and performing live.

Flash forward to September of 2010. The band, joined by the young, talented drummer, Matt Scibilia, brought an entire studio’s gear to the Cason family home in Brentwood, Tennessee. The historic 18-acre property, called Forge Seat, served as a gun forge during the Civil War. Colorfeels camped out at Forge Seat for a week with friends/audio engineers Ben Klise and Andrew Darby. Between Forge Seat and two other studios in Nashville, the team crafted their debut.


Korn Announce New Dubstep Album

KORN are scheduled to release their tenth studio album called 'The Path of Totality’ on December 5th.

‘The Path of Totality’ is an experimental album which finds Korn shifting gears and exploring new territory. The band have collaborated with some of the leading dubstep and electronic producers in the world, including Skrillex, Excision, Datsik, Noisia, Kill the Noise, and 12th Planet. The result is something completely new, yet utterly and definitively Korn. Leave it to a band like Korn to continue to reinvent itself two decades deep into its career. Tracks on the album include 'Narcissistic Cannibal', 'Burn The Obedient.' 'Illuminati', 'Kill Mercy Within,' and 'Chaos Lives In Everything'.

"The title The Path of Totality refers to the fact that in order to see the sun in a full solar eclipse, you must be in the exact right place in the exact right time," Korn frontman Jonathan Davis explained. "That's how this album came together. I think all the producers feel the same way. I'm not sure it could ever happen again"

The album will be released in two configurations: as a standard 11 song CD and a special edition CD that will include bonus tracks as well as a DVD of ‘The Encounter’, a full length video concert of Korn's once in a lifetime performance in the middle of a 900 foot long crop circle in a Bakersfield wheatfield. The complete concert, previously seen last year on TV and online in an abbreviated form, will be offered in its entirety to those who purchase the deluxe version.

No word if the effort is going to be released on vinyl.


from our friends at vinylcollective

Sub Pop Reissues Nirvana’s Bleach on Single LP

On November 22, Sub Pop Records will release a non-deluxe, affordably-priced, single-LP version of “Bleach“, Nirvana’s debut album. This single-LP version of Bleach contains the full remastered album – as found on the Bleach Deluxe Edition 2LP, SP834 – and a printed inner sleeve. Pre order it here.

Floyd the Barber
About a Girl
Love Buzz
Paper Cuts
Negative Creep
Swap Meet
Mr. Moustache
Big Cheese


Biohazard New LP Due In January

Biohazard have recently announced that their new album 'Reborn In Defiance' is set for release on January 20, 2012. The release will mark the final album of bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld, who left earlier in the year.

BIOHAZARD has sold over five million albums worldwide since its formation in the late Eighties in Brooklyn, New York. They achieved international success with their albums "Urban Discipline" on Roadrunner Records in 1992 and 1994's "State of the World Address" on Warner Brothers.


VENOM: 'Fallen Angels' Cover Artwork Unveiled

VENOM, the hugely influential U.K. outfit now celebrating a full 30 years since the release of its "Welcome To Hell" debut, will have a brand new studio album released on November 28 via Spinefarm Records/Universal. Titled "Fallen Angels" and featuring 13 fresh recordings produced by mainman/bassist Conrad "Cronos" Lant, this is the follow-up to 2008's "Hell" release, and sees the trio (completed by guitarist Rage and drummer Dante) adopting a style highly redolent of classic early VENOM with modern studio technology employed only to increase the general level of nastiness.

The first limited edition pressing of "Fallen Angels" will come with two bonus tracks, "Annunaki Legacy" and "Blackened Blues".

Prior to the album's release, on October 31, a double-A side single, "Hammerhead" / "Hail Satanas", will be made available on 12-inch vinyl and digital download, also through Spinefarm/Universal.

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Funeral For A Friend Releasing New EP

Funeral For A Friend are scheduled to release a nine track EP which will serve as an expansion to their ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ album, which was released earlier this year. the new effort is titled ‘See You All In Hell.' This collection of tracks will also include one brand new song "High Castles," as well as a selection of live, acoustic and cover songs. It will be released digitally and on CD on 7th November. The release will also coincide with a vinyl edition of ‘Welcome Home Armageddon’ which will include a CD insert of ‘See You All In Hell’.

The band say of the release – “We wanted to release something special as an add-on to 'Welcome Home Armageddon' and we've got some different versions of tracks from the record on there in the form of live, acoustic and a remix by our friend LoveGadgetsHateGizmos. It was a lot of fun to throw in a Strife cover as we've all grown up as massive fans of that band. We were really eager to get back into the studio and write the follow up to 'Welcome Home Armageddon' and I think 'High Castles' is good indication of where we'll be taking things on the next record.

1. High Castles (New original track)
2. Will To Die (Strife cover)
3. Medicated (LoveGadgetsHateGizmos remix)
4. Sixteen (live at XFM)
5. Broken Foundation (live at XFM)
6. Man Alive (live at XFM)
7. Front Row Seats To The End Of The World (live at XFM)
8. Old Hymns (acoustic)
9. Welcome Home Armageddon (acoustic)


BËEHLER Cover Artwork Unveiled

The Canadian band BËEHLER, featuring drummer/vocalist Dan Beehler, bassist Brian Stephenson and guitarists Sean Brophy and Scott Walsh have signed a deal with the German label High Roller Records. The group's debut album, 'Messages To The Dead,' will contain 12 songs and will be released on both LP and CD with the exact release date to be announced soon.

1. Jet Black
2. March Of Death
3. Eternal Tormentor
4. Message To The Dead
5. Destitude Abuser
6. In Know One We Trust
7. Organized Mayhem
8. Destroy
9. Megalodon
10. Save Me From Myself
11. Kill The Witch
12. The End Of The World


HOSTILE To Release 'Eve Of Destruction' In October

British metallers HOSTILE — who feature in their ranks bassist Alex Hill, son of JUDAS PRIEST's Ian Hill — will release their debut album, "Eve Of Destruction", on October 31. The CD was produced by former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing.

Not only did K.K. produce HOSTILE's debut CD — he also wrote and performed on the song "Avenger", the first time the guitarist has ever written for a band outside of PRIEST. K.K. became interested in HOSTILE's talent and potential after seeing them perform at a club called JB's in Dudley, Midlands.

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always loved this guy, saw him play and the sheer enjoyment he took just from playing that guitar was worth the price of admission

Thorogood on the blues, Beatles and being bad

by Nikki M. Mascali/Weekender Editor

When asked how he was during a phone call last week, George Thorogood said he was “bad.”

“Bad to the bone, do you get it?” the jovial musician replied with a laugh while traveling in “one of the states in New England.” He swore to the government, you see, to never disclose his exact whereabouts.

While he might always be “Bad To the Bone,” thanks to his popular 1982 song, things seem to be going pretty well for Thorogood and his band, The Destroyers, since its inception in 1974. The group — which also features bassist Billy Blough, drummer Jeff Simon, guitarist Jim Suhler and saxophonist Buddy Leach — released its 15th studio album, “2120 South Michigan Avenue” in July.

Named after the location of Chicago’s Chess Records, the 13-song album features covers of some of the label’s greatest musicians: Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy and more, plus a few new originals.

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Phil Spector Catalogue Being Released On Oct 31st

The reissue of four newly remastered, mono recordings Best Of… compilations, the much-anticipated 7CD Philles Album Collection boxset and the perennial favourite 'A Christmas Gift For You' are scheulded for release on Halloween. All these albums were recorded between 1962 -1964 when Spector perfected his ‘wall of sound’ recording technique. The ‘Philles Album Collection’ brings together 6 classic Spector produced albums and 1 disc of rarities for a stunning 7 disc-box set. ‘The Philles Album Collection’ features eight top 20 pop hits from those two years and includes tracks written by Gene Pitney, Carole King, Ray Charles, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich and performed by Darlene Love, the Crystals and the Ronettes; among others.

Newly remastered in their original mono versions, each album is being reissued in its entirety for the very first time. The collection also includes a booklet focusing on a comprehensive history of the music within the set and a bonus disc of rare B sides mostly unavailable since originally issued some 50 years ago.

The Sound Of Love: The Very Best Of…

1. No Other Love – The Blossoms with Eddie Beal’s Orchestra
2. He’s A Rebel – The Crystals
3. My Heart Beat A Little Faster – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
4. He's Sure The Boy I Love – The Crystals
5. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts? – Bob B. Soxx
and The Blue Jeans
6. (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
7. Not Too Young To Get Married – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
8. Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home
9. Run Run Runaway
10. A Fine, Fine Boy
11. Strange Love
12. Stumble And Fall
13. (He’s A) Quiet Guy
14. A Long Way To Be Happy
15. That’s When The Tears Start – The Blossoms
16. Good Good Lovin’ – The Blossoms
17. Lord, If You’re A Woman

Da Doo Ron Ron: The Very Best Of…

1. There’s No Other Like My Baby
2. Oh Yeah, Maybe Baby
3. Uptown
4. What A Nice Way To Turn 17
5. He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)
6. No One Ever Tells You
7. He’s A Rebel
8. I Love You Eddie
9. Another Country – Another World
10. Please Hurt Me
11. He’s Sure The Boy I Love
12. Da Doo Ron Ron
13. Heartbreaker
14. Then He Kissed Me
15. I Wonder
16. Little Boy
17. All Grown Up
18. Woman In Love (With You)

Be My Baby: The Very Best Of

1. Why Don’t They Let Us Fall In Love – Veronica
2. Be My Baby
3. Baby, I Love You
4. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up
5. So Young – Veronica
6. Do I Love You?
7. Walking In The Rain
8. I Wonder
9. When I Saw You
10. You Baby
11. Born To Be Together
12. Is This What I Get For Loving You?
13. Paradise
14. Here I Sit
15. I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine
16. Everything Under The Sun
17. I Can Hear Music

Wall of Sound: The Very Best Of Phil Spector 1961-1966

1. He’s A Rebel – The Crystals
2. Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals
3. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
4. Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals
5. (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry – Darlene Love
6. Baby, I Love You – The Ronettes
7. He's Sure The Boy I Love – The Crystals
8. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
9. Wait Til’ My Bobby Gets Home – Darlene Love
10. Walking In The Rain – The Ronettes
11. Uptown – The Crystals
12. Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts? – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
13. Do I Love You? – The Ronettes
14. A Fine, Fine Boy – Darlene Love
15. There’s No Other Like My Baby – The Crystals
16. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers
17. (The Best Part Of) Breakin’ Up – The Ronettes
18. Not Too Young To Get Married – Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans Blue Jeans
19. River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner


1. White Christmas - Darlene Love
2. Frosty The Snowman - The Ronettes
3. The Bells Of St. Mary - Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Crystals
5. Sleigh Ride - The Ronettes
6. Marshmallow World - Darlene Love
7. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Ronettes
8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals
9. Winter Wonderland - Darlene Love
10. Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers - The Crystals
11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - Darlene Love
12. Here Comes Santa Claus - Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans
13. Phil Spector; Traditional - Phil Spector, Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans, Darlene Love, The Crystals & The Ronettes


Tony Bennett's Duets II #1 on the Billboard Album Chart


NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tony Bennett's highly anticipated new release, DUETS II (RPM Records/Columbia Records) debuts at the #1 position on Billboard's top albums chart, with 179,000 units sold in the first week. The album has remained in the top 5 on iTunes' album chart in the US and other countries since its release. Digital albums represented 20% of overall sales, the highest for any Bennett album to-date.

Danny Bennett, Tony's son and manager stated, "It's an unprecedented and historical event that an artist at the age of 85 has topped the charts. He's remained at the top of his game without having ever compromised his integrity and standard of excellence."

"The number one success of Duets II pays tribute to the enduring genius of Tony Bennett," said Steve Barnett, Chairman, Columbia Records. "It is a true testament to Tony's artistry that he continues to top the charts while at the same time reaching a broader fan base and breaking new ground."

Tony Bennett has garnered high praise with DUETS II. Some of the highlights are below:

"Each of the megastar pairings with Tony Bennett on his second disc of duets is momentous" US WEEKLY 3 1/2 stars

"As savvy as ever at 85, Tony Bennett leaves no box unchecked..." PEOPLE

"...constantly reaffirming his position as pop music's greatest living patriarch" WALL STREET JOURNAL

"…he's also timeless, popular to at least three generations and in many ways even emblematic of this one." LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Tony Bennett is as timeless as the songs he sings on DUETS II, which should put him back on the charts for a remarkable seventh straight decade." ASSOCIATED PRESS

SOURCE RPM Records/Columbia Records


Preview: The Bridge School Benefit Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition

Bridge School 25

Artist: Various Artists
Title: The Bridge School Benefit Concerts: 25th Anniversary Edition
Release Date: October 24, 2011
Label: Reprise
Format(s): 2-CDs, 3-DVDs, DD

On October 24th, Reprise Records will release two very special and highly anticipated packages: a three-DVD set and a two-CD collection that feature unique live performances from many of the phenomenal artists who've performed at the beloved Annual Bridge School Benefit Concerts over the past 25 years. Some of the biggest names in music are included on The Bridge School Benefit Concerts - 25th Anniversary Edition, performing rare, acoustic versions of songs, never heard anywhere else, to benefit The Bridge School, a non-profit, innovative organization educating children with severe speech and physical impairments through the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems and assistive technology. This once-in-a-lifetime collection is sure to become a treasured artifact for generations to come

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 9/19 - 9/25, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Diarrhea Planet - Loose Jewels
2. St Vincent - Strange Mercy
3. Denney & The Jets - Killin' Machine 7"
4. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
5. Megafaun - Megafaun
6. Hands Off Cuba - Volumes Of Sobering Liquids
7. Neon Indian - Era Extrana
8. Jack Oblivian - Rat City
9. Radiohead - Bloom remix 12"
10. Acid Baby Jesus - Hospitals 7"
11. Jimi Hendrix - Johnny B. Goode 7"
12. Beirut - The Rip Tide
13. Thrice - Major/Minor
14. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
15. White Denim - Live At Third Man
16. July - July
17. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
18. Adele - 21
19. Yo La Tengo - And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
20. The XX - The XX
21. Whiskeytown - Pneumonia
22. The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers
23. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
24. Widowspeak - Widowspeak
25. The Black Keys - Attack & Release


in the music history section yesterday I printed that guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, at age 26. I was a day early, he died on Spetember 28th. so with that said, here is this day in music for the 28th of september:

The iconic showman Ed Sullivan was born in 1901 (died1974)

In 1963, "She Loves You" by the Beatles was played on the radio by Murry The K in New York. It is believed that this was the first time a Beatles song was played in the US.

Also in 1963, the Ronettes performed "Be My Baby" on American Bandstand.

In 1968, American radio DJ Dewey Phillips died of heart failure at age 42. He was one of rock ’n’ roll’s pioneering disc jockeys. In July 1954, he was the first DJ to play the young Elvis Presley’s debut record, “That’s All Right”/“Blue Moon Of Kentucky.”

In 1968, the Beatles had not only their biggest hit, but also the largest selling record of the 1960s when "Hey Jude" reached the top of the US charts. The song, written by Paul McCartney for John's son Julian, would stay at number one in America for nine weeks and sell over eight million copies.

Janis Joplin's manager announced in 1968 that she has left Big Brother and the Holding Company.

In 1970, Eric Burdon and War were awarded a Gold record for "Spill the Wine".

David Bowie sold out New York's Carnegie Hall in 1972. It was his first sell out in the U.S.

In 1973, the Rolling Stones appeared on US television for the first time since 1967.

In 1974, Canadian singer Andy Kim went to #1 on the Billboard singles chart with "Rock Me Gently", his only US chart topper. The record was also a hit in the UK, reaching #2. Along with his recording career, Kim was also a successful composer and was the co-writer of The Archies' "Sugar Sugar".

In 1974, Bad Company went to #1 on the U.S. album chart with their self-titled debut album. Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke had come out of Free, while Mick Ralphs had played guitar with Mott the Hoople and Boz Burrell was bass player for King Crimson before the group formed in 1973. They produced six albums together before disbanding in 1983.

In 1975, Jerry Garcia and Friends and Jefferson Starship gave a free show to 40,000 fans in San Francisco's Lindley Park.

In 1976, George Harrison was sued by A&M records for $6 million after missing an album deadline by two months.

In 1989, Jimmy Buffett's short story book, Tales of Margaritaville, was released.

In 1991, American jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer Miles Davis died of a stroke and pneumonia. His 1959 album Kind of Blue is a major influence on jazz music. Widely considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, Miles Davis was, with his musical groups, at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop, cool jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, and jazz fusion. Many well-known musicians rose to prominence as members of Davis' ensembles, including saxophonists Gerry Mulligan, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, George Coleman, Wayne Shorter, Dave Liebman, Branford Marsalis and Kenny Garrett; trombonist J. J. Johnson; pianists Horace Silver, Red Garland, Wynton Kelly, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and Kei Akagi; guitarists John McLaughlin, Pete Cosey, John Scofield and Mike Stern; bassists Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Dave Holland, Marcus Miller and Darryl Jones; and drummers Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Jimmy Cobb, Tony Williams, Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, and Al Foster. On October 7, 2008, his 1959 album Kind of Blue received its fourth platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments of at least four million copies in the United States. Miles Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. Davis was noted as "one of the key figures in the history of jazz.

On this date in 1991, on the week of their album Nevermind being released, Nirvana made an appearance at the Tower Records store in New York City and then played a show at The Marquee Club in New York. Their single “Smells Like Teen Spirit” had also entered the US Top 20 this week.

Also in 1991, Garth Brooks becomes the first Country artist to enter the Billboard Hot 200 album chart at number one. His "Ropin' the Wind", a collection of Pop and Country tunes, had advance orders of over 4 million copies.

In 2001, Courtney Love filed a claim against Geffen Records and two musicians from her late husband's band, Nirvana. The suit was aimed at invalidating a 1997 agreement over the group's body of work. Love claimed that she signed the deal while she was distressed.

In 2004, in Beverly Hills, CA, a tribute concert to honor Ray Charles raised $15 million for Morehouse College Center for the Arts in Atlanta. The performers included Bill Cosby as the host, Stevie Wonder, Travis Tritt, Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers), James Ingram and Patti Austin. They sang Charles' hits, such as "Georgia On My Mind," "What I'd Say" and "Hit the Road Jack." Charles had died of acute liver disease on June 10, 2004.

In 2005, a Mick Jagger impersonator spent over an hour accepting free drinks and enjoying VIP perks at a New York night spot. Club officials only realized that the man wasn't Jagger after looking at a photo of the Rolling Stones' front man and noticing that the unnamed imposter was younger and heavier than Jagger.

In 2009, Lucy Vodden (née O'Donnell), the childhood pal of John Lennon's son Julian, passed away at the age of 46 after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. She was the inspiration for The Beatles' track "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy - in the sky with diamonds, depicting his classmate.

birthdays today include (among others) Ben E. King (73), Paul Burgess (10cc) (61), Moon Unit Zappa (44), Paul Harwood (Mahogany Rush) (58), George Lynch (Dokken) (57), Nick St. Nicholas (Steppenwolf) (68)