Here’s what happened today in Rock History:
The Who released “My Generation” which will become a sort of anthem for British teens, rising to number two on the UK chart. In the US, however, despite performing the tune on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, the song will be mostly ignored and would get no higher than number 74 on the Billboard chart. “My Generation” was later named #11 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Eight weeks after their TV series debuted, The Monkees had the number one record in the US with “Last Train To Clarksville”.
Announcer Al Dvorin utters what would become a well-known phrase: “Elvis has left the building” at the end of a Minneapolis concert by the King. He was asked to make the announcement in an effort to quiet the fans who continued to call for an encore.
The Beach Boys had the number one record in the US when “Kokomo”, from the movie Cocktail, reached the top. It made #25 in the UK. It had been 22 years since the group had their last US chart-topper with “Good Vibrations”.