Today In Pop Music: September 5 – A Pink Cadillac For The King’s Mom


1936 – Willie Woods (Jr. Walker and the All Stars – guitar – died 1997 – lung cancer)

1939 – John Stewart (Kingston Trio – singer/songwriter – wrote ‘Daydream Believer’ – solo top 10 single ‘Gold’ – died 2008 – brain aneurysm)

1945 – Al Stewart (‘Year Of the Cat’, ‘Time Passages’)

1946 – Dean Ford (Marmalade – lead vocals – ‘Reflections Of My Life’)

1946 – Freddy Mercury (Queen – died 1991 – bronchio-pneumonia – He was 45 years old.)


1964 – The Animals knocked The Supremes out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 as their single ‘House Of the Rising Sun’ began a 3 week run at #1.  The over 4 minute recording was faded out at around the 3 minute mark for play on top 40 radio stations.

1966 – John Lennon began filming the movie ‘How I Won The War’ , directed by Richard Lester, who had also directed The Beatles in both ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’.

1967 – The Beatles began recording John Lennon’s new song ‘I Am the Walrus’.  16 takes were recorded before a successful backing track was made.

1981 – Stevie Nicks topped the Billboard album chart for the first – and only time, when Bella Donna hit #1.  It would spend another 142 weeks on the chart spawning 4 top 40 hits: ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around’, ‘Leather and Lace’, ‘Edge Of Seventeen’, and ‘After The Glitter Fades’.

2012 – Singer/songwriter Joe South (‘Games People Play’, ‘Walk A Mile In My Shoes’, ‘Rose Garden’), died after suffering a heart attack.  He was 72.

1956 – Elvis Presley surprised his mother Gladys with a gift of a pink Cadillac, which remained in the Presley family and eventually went on display at Graceland.  Gladys never learned to drive.

The year before, Elvis recorded the song ‘Baby Let’s Play House’ – the only song out of the hundreds he made, that mentioned a pink Cadillac.

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