Today In Pop Music: August 20 – The Beatles Dodge Electrocution
Big time birthdays today include The Honeycombs bass player John Lantree (Have I The Right) who’s 72. His sister Ann ‘Honey’ Lantree was the inspiration for the group’s name, and was also their drummer, at a time when there weren’t many girl drummers holding the back beat. Chicago trombonist James Pankow is 65, Led Zepplin frontman Jimmy Page is 64, and singer-songwriter John Hiatt is 60, as is The Knack (My Sharona) lead singer and guitarist Doug Fieger.
August 20, 1965 – The Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham and his partner Tony Calder unveil Immediate Records. Far more successful in England, the label had only one hit in America, when Small Faces cracked the Billboard top 20 with Itchycoo Park.
August 20, 1968 – The University of Tennessee released a report stating experiments that subjected a guinea pig to days of rock music at 120 decibels caused it to suffer acute hearing damage.
August 20, 1986 – After losing an arm in a car accident, Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen makes his first appearance with the band at a rock festival in England.
August 20, 1966 -Touring the United States for the last time, The Beatles were forced to cancel and reschedule their performance at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field – an open-air stadium. Heavy rain with no cover over the stage area made electrocution a virtual certainty id they has attempted to perform.
Two songs in particular hastened the groups decision the touring had to end. Here’s what Paul McCartney and George Harrison said about them, and the group they worried was musically breathing down their necks.
And in case you don’t remember Small Faces only American hit, here’s what their 89 cent single (see above photo) sounded like.