Today in Rock History for October 9th:
John Lennon is born in Liverpool, England to Julia and Freddie Lennon. Today would have been his 79th Birthday.
“Hit The Road Jack” becomes Ray Charles’ second tune to hit number 1 on the Billboard Pop chart. The song has since been ranked #377 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Britain’s BBC bans Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett’s “Monster Mash”. Although the song is neither obscene or controversial, it’s about a horror movie and like many other songs, is banned under a vague regulation prohibiting the broadcast of anything deemed “offensive”.
“Yesterday” hit number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart. The song had the working title of “Scrambled Eggs”, with lyrics such as “Scrambled eggs, oh my darling how I love your legs…”. We think the final lyrics were probably better.
John Lennon and his wife Yoko celebrate his 35th birthday with the birth of their only child, Sean Taro Ono Lennon.
“A Fifth of Beethoven” by Walter Murphy And The Big Apple Band reaches number one on the Billboard singles chart and is awarded a Gold record. The song was a Disco treatment of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.