September 17, 1967 ~ Appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Doors are asked to change the line “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” in their hit “Light My Fire” to “Girl, we couldn’t get much better.” They agree, then Morrison sings the offending line anyway, pissing-off the host and earning a lifetime ban from the show.
At the Toronto Rock ‘n Roll Revival festival, host Kim Fowley starts a rock tradition when he asks the crowd to hold up lighters for Eric Clapton and John Lennon.
Clapton and Lennon are playing in The Plastic Ono Band, a group Lennon put together for the show. When Fowley gets word that Lennon is nervous and chain smoking backstage, Fowley comes up with the idea as a way to put him at ease. He tells the crowd:
Everyone get out your matches and lighters please. In a minute I’m going to bring out John Lennon and Eric Clapton and when I do I want you to light them and give them a huge Toronto welcome.
The Rolling Stones will celebrate the golden anniversary of one of their best albums with a Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) box. The limited-edition set features two LPs and two HybridSuper Audio CDs, newly remastered in stereo and mono by Bob Ludwig.
Who knew it was a saratorial concern that would lead The Father of Rock n’ Roll to introduce us all to his trademark move?
September 8, 1955 ~
Chuck Berry does the duck walk for the first time in an effort to conceal wrinkles in his suit. It’s at the Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn and Alan Freed’s “Rock n’ Roll Spectacular. It’s one of the first times Chuck and his band had performed outside of his hometown of St. Louis and, on the way to Brooklyn, their suits wrinkle badly. Chuck crouches on the stage to hide them while “hopping” across the stage — improvising his duckwalk along the way. The crowd at The Paramount goes crazy and the rest is history.