Here’s what happened today in Rock History:
The Four Tops had their last US number 1 song with “Reach Out I’ll Be There”.
Grace Slick quits the San Francisco band The Great Society to join Jefferson Airplane.
Rick Nelson played the seventh annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival Show in New York. He mistakenly thought he was being booed for not playing his old hits and was inspired to write what would be his last Top Ten hit, “Garden Party”, which would climb to number six in 1972. It was later revealed that the crowd was booing some trouble makers who had started a fight and were being escorted out of the building.
The US Supreme Court decides by a 7-2 vote to refuse to review a 1971 Federal Communications directive that broadcasters, in effect, censor songs with drug-oriented lyrics. The two dissenting votes are cast by Justices William J. Brennan and William O. Douglas, who say, “The government cannot, consistent with the First Amendment, require a broadcaster to censor its music.”
UB40 had the #1 song in America with a reggae version of Neil Diamond’s “Red, Red Wine”. Diamond’s 1968 original version only made it to #62.