Today In Pop Music: August 21 – Patsy’s Painful Recording
AUGUST 21 BIRTHDAYS
1938 – Kenny Rogers
1939 – James Burton – legendary guitar player for Rick Nelson, Elvis Presley, numerous others
1944 – Jackie DeShannon (Put a Little Love In Your Heart)
1947 – Carl Giammarese (The Buckinghams – guitar)
1952 – Joe Strummer (The Clash – guitar)
1954 – Steve Smith (Journey – drums)
1957 – Kim Sledge (Sister Sledge – We Are Family)
ON THIS DAY
1965 – The Rolling Stones had their first #1 album when ‘Out Of Our Heads’ topped the Billboard Album chart for the first of three weeks. ‘Play With Fire’, ‘The Last Time’, and ‘Satisfaction’ were three of the songs that helped push it to the top.
1967 – The Doors began recording their second album ‘Strange Days’ at Hollywood’s Sunset Sound Recorders, and contained the singles ‘People Are Strange’ and Love Me Two Times.’
2005 – Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog Syntheiser used by numerous groups including the Beatles, died at age 71. Wendy Carlos’ won a Grammy for her album ‘Switched On Bach’ which brought Dr. Moog to national prominence.
2013 – Sid Bernstein, who helped change the American music scene in the 1960s by bringing The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, The Moody Blues, and The Kinks to America for a series of memorable shows, died at the age of 95.
1961 – Patsy Cline laid down of the most played recordings of all time at Bradley’s barn in Nashville. Patsy was still on crutches after going through a car windshield in a head on collision just eight weeks earlier when she stepped in front of the microphone to record Willie Nelson’s song ‘Crazy’. You’d never know it by listening to the finished master, but Patsy was in terrible pain and had difficulty reaching the high notes of the song due to the fact her broken ribs from the accident weren’t completely healed. You’d never know it by listening.
Here’s a live version taped a few months later. Patsy’s still wearing a headband to hide scars from the accident.