Today In Pop Music: January 14 – Supremes Say So Long To Diana
JANUARY 14 BIRTHDAYS
1936 – Clarence Carter (‘Slip Away’, ‘Patches’)
1938 – Alan Toussaint – (singer/songwriter – ‘Working In the Coal Mine’, Southern Nights’)
1948 – Tim Harris The Foundations – drums – ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’, ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’)
ON THIS DAY
1963 – Charlie Watts made his live debut as The Rolling Stones drummer.
1966 – David Jones changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones who was a successful stage actor and musician before joining the Monkees later that year.
1984 – Paul McCartney topped the British singles chart with ‘Pipes of Peace’ making history in the process. Paul became the first artist to have #1 hits with a group (The Beatles), in a duo (with Stevie Wonder), in a trip (Wings), and as a solo artist.
1970 – Diana Ross made her last appearance with The Supremes when the group took their final bow together at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas. During the show, Miss Ross (that’s what they called her) introduced her replacement Jean Terrell, who would lead the group to seven more top 40 hits including ‘Up The Ladder To The Roof’ and ‘Stoned Love’, which both cracked the top 10 later that year. The last song the group sang together was appropriate for the occasion: ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’.
Here’s how it sounded that night.