Today In Pop Music: October 5 – Beatles First Single Released 50 Years Ago Today

Doo-Woppers and one rocker celebrate birthdays today.  Original Belmonts (Tell Me Why) member Carlos Mastangelo is 75, The Chantels lead singer Arlene Smith (Maybe) and  Skyliners tenor Wally Lester (Since I Don’t Have You) are both 71, The Temptations Richard Street is 70, Steve Miller (Fly Like An Eagle) is 69, and Harold Faltemeyer whose instrumental ‘Axel F’ cracked the American top 5 in 1985, is 60.

October 5, 1965 – Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso after customs officials found hundreds of pills in his guitar case.  He received a suspended sentence and a thousand dollar fine.

October 5, 1966 Having moved to London, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, and Noel Redding played together for the first time, forming The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

October 5, 1992 – Eddie Kendricks, the original high tenor of the Temptations heard on hits Just My Imagination, as well as solo hits that included ‘Keep On Truckin’, dies of lung cancer at age 52, one year after having one lung removed.

October 5, 1962 – With a song that featured the word “love’ 23 times, The Beatles first single was released.  Though it wouldn’t become an American hit until 1964, Love Me Do cracked the British Top 20, launching the chart success of the biggest group of all time.

Here’s how the BBC reported it earlier today.


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