On this day…
1966 – The Who’s Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey grew tired of waiting for bassist John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive to their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England so they took to the stage with members from the opening act. When Enywistle and Moon finally did arrive in the middle of the set, a fight broke out and Townshend ended up hitting Moon in the back of the head with his guitar. Moon and Entwistle quit the band and rejoined a week or so later.
1967 – Kenny Everett of BBC’s Light program, ‘Where It’s At’ debuted the Beatles new LP ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hears Club Band’, playing every track consecutively, with the exception of ‘A Day In The Life’ which the BBC had banned claiming it ‘promoted drug taking’.
1969 – While taking in a baseball game at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, the singer of the group Chicago, Peter Cetera got into a fight with four Marines because “they didn’t like the length of his hair”. Cetera ended up breaking his jaw in the altercation and the singer ended up spending two days in intensive care.
1998 – The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held at the Church of the Good Shepard in Beverly Hills, California. In attendance was Tony Bennett, Faye Dunaway, Tony Curtis, Liza Minnelli, Kirk Douglas, Angie Dickinson, Sophia Loren, Bob Newhart, Mia Farrow and Jack Nicholson.
Brand New Music
Jim O’Rourke – Simple Songs
This one is a little short at only 8 tracks long, but O’Rourke packs so much density and lushness into the sound that it almost could be 20 songs worth of material. By throwing his ability behind the art of arrangement and keeping his songwriting straightforward this new record maintains a certain approachability that truly stands out.
Holly Herndon – Platform
For an electronic Art-Pop record, the new from from Holly Herndon is a bit of a ‘slow-burn’, really taking it’s time to build into an unsettling, smart, politically relevant, and even sensual LP. It may be the most accessible of her works, but it also fairly adventurous fringe-pop.
Shamir – Ratchet
This new one from Shamir is getting really good press as it finds almost the perfect blend of late 80’s disco and modern pop that it’s difficult to imagine this record coming out at any other point in the year. This nearly perfect combination of pop, disco, and new springtime sunshine makes me yearn for a long carride out to the beach. Shamir has created an excellent future pop record, there’s not much else to say about that.