Here’s what happened today in Rock History:
Sun Records founder Sam Phillips launches America’s first all-female radio station, WHER in Memphis. Sam Phillips, who used a portion of the $35,000 he made from the sale of Elvis Presley’s recording contract to RCA Records to finance the station. The station operated with an all-female format until the 1970’s.
After topping the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart two weeks earlier,? and the Mysterians “96 Tears” reached number one on the Billboard chart. Although he closely guarded his true identity at the time, the man known as Question Mark turned out to be Rudy Martinez, from Saginaw Valley, Michigan.
Hair, advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opens off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York’s East Village. The show moved to Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances, closing on July 1st, 1972. The play’s original cast album spawned the hit singles “Aquarius” / Let the Sun Shine In”, “Good Morning Starshine”, “Easy To Be Hard” and “Hair” and helped launch the career of songwriter Galt MacDermont.
A 30 year old rocker named Marvin Lee Aday, who uses the stage name Meat Loaf, releases his landmark album “Bat Out Of Hell”. Since that time, the LP has sold over 43 million copies worldwide.
The four original wax heads of The Beatles that were used for the cover of their Sgt. Pepper album were auctioned off after being discovered in a back room at Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in London. The winning bidder paid 81,500 Pounds ($127,000) for the set.