Today In Pop Music: May 16 – Beach Boys Blow Beatles Minds
MAY 16 BIRTHDAYS
Pervis Jackson (Spinners/vocals) – died 2008)
1947 – Darrell Sweet (Nazareth/guitar – died 1999)
1953 – Richard Page (Mr Mister/guitar-vocals)
1966 – Janet Jackson
ON THIS DAY
1966 – Bob Dylan’s iconic ‘Blonde On Blonde’ album was released – his seventh. It was rock’s first double album.
1969 – Pete Townsend spent the night in a California jail for assaulting a man during a Who concert at The Fillmore West. What Pete didn’t know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plain clothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. Townsend was later fined $30 for the offence.
1981 – Former New Christy Minstrels member (along with Kenny Rogers) Kim Carnes began a nine week run atop the Billboard Hot 100 with “Bette Davis Eyes”, although many teens who bought the record had no idea who Bette Davis was.
1987 – U2 produced their most successful single of all time when “With Or Without You” became the third track to be pulled from their album ‘The Joshua Tree’, climbing to #1 where it stayed for three weeks.
1998 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home, breaking his ribs and causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their ‘Bridges To Babylon’ tour. (Isn’t he the same guy that fell out of a coconut tree which caused a mild concussion…..yes he is!)
1966 – The Beach Boys released the album ‘Pet Sounds’, now regarded as Brian Wilson’s masterpiece. ‘Pet Sounds’ has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released, prompting The Beatles to take their recordings up a notch, and answering with ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. New Music Express, The Times, and Mojo Magazine all rank it at #1, while Rolling Stone Magazine lists it at #2 (behing Sgt. Pepper) as the greatest album of all time.
Here’s The Beatles producer George Martin speaking on how important The Beach Boys were to the Beatles, and vice versa.