Today In Pop Music: January 2 – First Beatle To Have A #1 Solo Album
Birthdays today include the late Roger Miller (King of The Road) born on this day in 1936, Ten Years After keyboard player Chick Churchill born 1942) and Parliment (One Nation Under A Groove) guitarist Glenn Goins (born 1954).
January 2, 1965 – Elvis Presley had the #1 album in the country with the ‘Roustabout’ soundtrack. How they got screen legend Barbara Stanwick (who also starred in the Big Valley tv series) to sign on is a mystery.
January 2, 1968 – An entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by New Jersey authorities due to the couple’s full frontal nudity cover. It was eventually put on sale after being wrapped with a plain brown paper cover.
January 2, 1969 – Filming began at England’s Twickenham studios for The Beatles film ‘Let It Be’. The movie was fraught with problems, including George Harrison walking out on the group eight days later.
January 2, 1971 – ‘All Things Must Pass’ began a 7 week run atop the Billboard album chart, making george Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a #1 album.
January 2, 1980 – Singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head at his home in L.A. He was 45. Known for his hits ‘short Fat Fannie’ and ‘Boney Moronie’, he receved added fame when Beatles covered his songs “Dizzy Miss Lizzy’, ‘Bad Boy’ and ‘Slow Down’.
January 2, 1987 – Spirit (I Got A line On You) guitarist Randy California drowned while rescuing his 12 year old son while he was sucked into a riptide in surf off the coast of Hawaii.
Compare Larry William’s original to The Beatles cover version of ‘Slow Down’