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December 16 - 22


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1959 - NBC-TV launched Bonanza, the first color western on TV. In all, 428 episodes were produced as the show ran through Jan 16, 1973. Michael Landon played Little Joe, Lorne Greene was Ben Cartwright, and Dan Blocker played Hoss
1962 - Mickey Mantle tied a major-league baseball record for home runs by hammering his 400th career round-tripper. 1963 - The last episode of Leave it to Beaver aired. The show made its debut October 4, 1957.
1965 - The U.S. 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), arrived in South Vietnam and was stationed at An Khe.
1966 - NBC-TV headed into “Space: the final frontier” on this day. The first episode of Star Trek, titled, The Man Trap, was seen on the network. 1967 - The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS-TV. The successful comedy show featured regulars Harvey Korman, Lyle Waggoner, Vicki Lawrence, and Tim Conway.


Rock & Roll Birthdays

Sep 09 Otis Redding (1941, d. 12/10/67)
Sep 10 Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night (1942)
Jose Feliciano (1945)
Sep 13 David Clayton-Thomas of Blood Sweat and Tears (1941)
Peter Cetera of Chicago (1944)


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This Week In Rock & Roll History
1960 With the American music scene still reeling from the "payola" scandal, the US Federal Communications act was amended to outlaw payments of cash or gifts in exchange for airplay of records.
1962 Ringo Starr joined John, Paul, George and Andy to record Love Me Do at Abbey Road, London, England. “Who’s Andy?” you ask. Andy White, that’s who, recruited as drummer for this session. “Then, what did Ringo do?” you ask. He handled the tambourine, that’s what. It took 17 takes to complete Love Me Do to everyone’s satisfaction.
Britain's BBC banned Bobby 'Boris' Pickett's single, Monster Mash, saying it was offensive and in poor taste. They eventually relented and the song went on to become a seasonal hit, reaching a high of #3 in 1973.
The Four Seasons had their first number 1 hit when Sherry reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled Terry, but after considering other names, including Jackie, after Jackie Kennedy, the group changed the lyrics to Sherry.
Brian Epstein brings The Beatles to an interview with Peter Jones of the London Daily Mirror. Jones concludes they are "a nothing group."
1963 The Beach Boys' Surfer Girl, the first song ever written by Brian Wilson, peaks at #7 on the Billboard Pop chart. The single would achieve Gold Record status later in the year and reach #13 in the UK.
1964 Rod Stewart recorded his first tune, titled Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, for Decca. It was not one of his more successful recordings.
Manfred Mann's Do Wah Diddy Diddy enters Billboard's Hot 100, where it will reach number one just a few weeks later.
1965 An ad appeared in Los Angeles Daily Variety: Madness!! Running parts for 4 insane boys, aged 17 to 21. Wanted spirited Ben Franks'-type. 437 youngsters auditioned for parts in the TV series The Monkees. Among those trying out were Stephen Stills, Paul Williams, Danny Hutton and Charles Manson. (Micky Dolenz, Davey Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith got the parts.)
The Byrds begin recording Turn! Turn! Turn!. Unlike their first hit, Mr. Tambourine Man, members of the group itself are permitted to play instead of session musicians.
The Ford Motor Company becomes the first auto maker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.
1966 The Beatles received a gold record this day (09/12) for Yellow Submarine.
The Monkees' The Last Train To Clarksville is released in the US. By the first week of November, it will be the top tune in the nation. The lyrics describe a phone call by a military man to his girl, asking that she 'take the last train to Clarksville' so they can have one last night together before he has to leave on the morning train. The record topped out at #23 in the UK.
The Supremes achieve their seventh US number one record when You Can't Hurry Love tops the Billboard chart.
1967 Sam And Dave's classic, Soul Man is released in the US, where it will rise to #4 by the end of November. The song would be given the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.
The Beatles' All You Need Is Love is certified as a million-seller. The boys also begin filming the movie, Magical Mystery Tour. The idea was to cruise the English countryside in a bus "just to see what would happen." Unfortunately, nothing did and the film was a disaster, receiving scathing reviews and condemned as The Beatles' first failure.
1968 Clarence Carter received a gold record for his million-selling hit Slip Away. Carter earned two other gold records for Too Weak to Fight and Patches. The singer from Montgomery, Alabama had been blind since age one and taught himself to play guitar by age 11.
The Chambers Brothers' Time Has Come Today enters Billboard's Hot 100, where it will climb to number eleven.
Big Brother And The Holding Company's LP, Cheap Thrills enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will stay for 29 weeks, including 8 at #1.
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