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Today In Pop Music: October 1 – M.G., D.O.A.

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Stax Records - 1962

Stax Records – 1962

Steve Goddard Steve Goddard
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OCTOBER 1 BIRTHDAYS

1935 – Dame Julie Andrews is 77 today,

1940 – Barbara Parritt (The Toys – ‘A Lover’s Concerto’)

1942 – Herb Fame (Peaches and Herb – ‘Reunited’)

1943 – Jerry Martini (Sly and the Family Stone – sax)

1945 – Donny Hathaway (‘Where Is The Love’, ‘The Closer I Get’) – died 1979)-suicide)

1948 – Mariska Veres (Shocking Blue – lead singer – ‘Venus’ – died 2006)

1948 – Cub Koda (Brownsville Station – ‘Smokin’ In the Boys Room – died 2000)

1955 – Howard Hewett (Shalamar – ‘The Second Time Around’)

1958 – Martin Cooper (Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – ‘If You Leave’)

ON THIS DAY

1956 – After test audiences had a horrible reaction to Elvis Presley ding at the end of his first movie ‘Love Me Tender’, a new ending was shot with the ghost of Elvis reprising the title song over his grave.

1965 – Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City: guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manuel, and drummer Levon Helm.  They would later be called The Band.

1970 – Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery in Seattle.  Among those in attendance wre Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter, and Eric Clapton.

1977 – Elton John became the first musician to be honored in New York City’s Madison Square Hall Of Fame.

1975 – Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. and the M.G.’s, was shot and killed by a burglar in his home.  The burglar was never found, and the case still remains a mystery.

Here’s the group playing their classic ‘Green Onions’, which I always dedicate to my best friend Stuart Dowdy.

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