Today In Pop Music: Doors Do Elektra Deal – Change Lyrics Of First Single
NOVEMBER 15 BIRTHDAYS
1928 – C.W. McCall – (‘Convoy’)
1932 – Petula Clark (‘Downtown’,’I Know A Place’,’A Sign Of the Times’)
1933 – Clyde McPhatter (Drifters – ‘Lover Please’ – died 1972 – heart attack)
1945 – Frida Lyngstad (Abba)
1949 – Steve Fossen – (Heart – bass – ‘Magic Man’,’Barracuda’)
1954 – Tony Thompson (Chic – ‘Le Freak’)
1957 – Joe Leeway (Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now’)
ON THIS DAY
1964 – Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was admitted to a hospital in Chicago with a temperature of 105 degrees, causing him to miss the remaining dates on their tour.
1969 – Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa, Florida during a concert in which she bad mouthed a policeman and later used vulgar and indecent language when police moved into the hall moving fans back into their seats. As she left the stage she confronted a detective with some choice words and the statement she would kick his face in. She was later released after posting a bail of $504.
1980 – Kenny Rogers began a six week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with ‘Lady’, written and produced by Lionel Richie.
1987 – Dire Straits became the first act to sell over 3 million copies of an album in the UK. ‘Brothers In Arms’ was a #1 album here in the states, but it produced 5 hit singles across the pond; ‘Money For Nothing’,’So Far Away’,’Walk Of Life’,’Brothers in Arms’, and ‘Your Latest Trick.’
1990 – The jig was up when Millie Vanilli producer Frank Farian held a press conference confirming Rob and Fab had not sung a note on any of their records.
1966 – The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal that stipulated the group would produce seven albums for the label. The Doors also, quite reluctantly, agreed to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single. The lyrics were changed from ‘She gets high/she gets high/she gets high, to she gets/she gets/she gets, in order to get radio airplay.