Today In Pop Music: August 22 – First Sound Film Footage Of The Beatles
AUGUST 22 BIRTHDAYS
1920 – John Lee Hooker (blues legend – died 2001)
1938 – Dale Hawkins (original version of Susie Q – died 2010)
1939 – Fred Milano (Dion and the Belmonts – died -2012)
1945 – Ron Dante (The Archies – Sugar Sugar, The Cuff Links – Tracy)
1946 – Gary With Godchaem (Gary Puckett and the Union Gap – keyboards)
1947 – Donna Godchaux (The Grateful Dead – vocals)
1958 – Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers – Saturday Night)
1961 – Debbie Peterson (The Bangles – drums)
1963 – James DeBarge (Debarge – Rhythm of the Night)
ON THIS DAY
1964 – Motown’s Marvelettes made a very bad decision when they passed on a song they had been given to record titled ‘Where Did Our Love Go’. They thought it was too childish, so it was passed on to The Supremes who made it their first of 5 consecutive #1 hits. After rejecting the song, The Marvelettes only had one final top 10 hit ‘Don’t Mess With Bill’ in 1966.
1968 – Ringo Starr quit The Beatles when the group’s bickering and fighting during The While Album sessions became unbearable for him. During Ringo’s absence Paul played bass and John played bass on ‘Back In The USSR’ before Ringo returned on September 3. Unbelievable as it sounds, word never leaked at the time of his departure.
1969 – The Beatles met at John Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home in England for what would be their final ever photo session. Three pictures from the shoot were used for the ‘Hey Jude’ compilation, released on February 26, 1970.
1970 – Bread topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their only chart topping hit ‘Make It With You’. It became the groups most covered song with recordings by The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Earth Wind and Fire, and Dusty Springfield, among others.
1970 – Though they never had a #1 single, Creedence Clearwater Revival began a 9 week run atop the Billboard Album Chart with ‘Cosmo’s Factory’, named after their rehearsal studio in Berkley.
2004 – Al Dvorin, the announcer who coined the phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’, died in a car crash on his way home from an Elvis convention in California. Al was bitter toward the multi million dollar Elvis Presley Enterprises controlled by ‘the colonel’: he was never paid any money for Elvis recordings which contained his announcement that closed all Elvis concerts. In the early 70’s (exact date unknown) he was asked by Elvis’ manager Tom Parker to inform fans at a concert that Elvis would be coming back, at which point Al walked to the center microphone and announced ‘Ladies and gentlemen Elvis has left the building. Thank you and goodnight.’ Al Dvorin left the building at age 81.
1962 – The Beatles first television appearance was filmed by Manchester based Granada TV for broadcast on October 17, 1962. The occasion was a lunchtime session at The cavern Club in Liverpool. Ringo had replaced Pete best as the group’s drummer just a few days earlier and made his first appearance with the group on August 18.
Here’s that historic film footage of The Beatles. listen carefully at the end and you can hear someone in the audience yell ‘We want Pete!”.