Al Green’s fifth album is released on October 23, 1972.
It’s #285 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Patti Smith shuts down the legendary music venue on October 15, 2006.
It was a 3 1/2 hours long goodbye. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers attended the show and even performed on a handful of songs with Smith and her band. Television’s Richard Lloyd also guested on a few songs, including a reworked version of “Marquee Moon.” Toward the end of their set, Smith and her band played “Gloria”, paying tribute to the Ramones during the chorus by alternating between the original lyrics and the “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” of “Blitzkrieg Bop.”
The club closed after an extended dispute between club owner Hilly Kristal and the Bowery Residents Committee, which tried to charge Kristal $19,000 in alleged back rent. A men’s clothing store moves in and throws out practically everything associated with the former music club.
Rock ‘n roll never forgets.
The rock opera by which all others are compared debuts on Broadway 50 years ago … October 12, 1970.
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice starting working on the show about six months after completing their original, 30-minute version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
MCA Records insisted on a single before they would pay for an album and stage production so they released Murray Head’s “Superstar” in 1969 but it did little if nothing in terms of radio airplay or sales. Then, in September of 1970, Yvonne Elliman’s “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” is released and is a modest hit. It also riles the bible-thumpers.
I don’t remember much but I do remember my Big Sis causing a rumble in the house when she states she’s taking me to see the rock opera. Bless her heart.
Dick Ebersol fashioned the idea. Lorne Michaels brought it to life. And everything changed.
Saturday Night – a title later changed to Saturday Night Live – makes its debut on NBC with host George Carlin. Music is a big part of the show, and the first episode features two musical guests performing two songs each: Janis Ian doing “At Seventeen” and “In the Winter,” and Billy Preston playing “Nothing from Nothing” and “Fancy Lady.”
Blow up your TV … eat a lot of peaches.
A legend’s birthday – John Prine (b October 10, 1946.)
October 2, 1976 ~ Joe Cocker is the musical guest on Saturday Night Live …
Francis “Rocco” Prestia, the longtime bassist for Oakland funk pioneers Tower Of Power, died overnight Wednesday after a long battle with various illnesses, according to friends and family. He was 69.
Born on September 28, 1938. Former member of The Drifters but made his mark as a solo R&B artist with one of the most recognizable songs in the world.
The J. Geils Band release their fifth album on September 25, 1974. Producer wizard Bill Szymczyk was able to capture in the studio the wonders of one of the top live bands of the era.
BTW — the album photography is via the lens of Peter Himmelman. Go ahead .. impress your friends.