LATE NIGHT TUNES ON THE TUBE
Letterman – The National
Kimmel – Jewel
Conan O’Brien – The Black Angels (a psychedelic rock band from Austin, Texas. They have released four studio albums and one compilation album. Their name is derived from the Velvet Underground song “The Black Angel’s Death Song”.)
Joe Cocker (born John Robert Cocker), a Belting Brit soulful rocker with a string of hits spanning four decades; Cocker became a household name after joining up with Leon Russell’s 1970 Mad Dogs & Englishmen tour and subsequent hit album and film; his spasmodic arm twitching and air guitar playing onstage was ruthlessly parodied by John Belushi on Saturday Night Live. Born in 1944 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England.
TODAY IN MUSIC
In 1954, A single that proved to be a turning point in popular music, “Rock Around The Clock” by Bill Haley & The Comets, was released. At the time it had little impact, but exploded the following year when it was used in the soundtrack for the juvenile delinquent drama, The Blackboard Jungle.
In 1960, Alan Freed was indicted for receiving payola from six record companies. It was the beginning of the end for the pioneering rock deejay.
In 1967, Jimi Hendrix signed a contract to record for famous rock-hater Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label.
In 1995, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Sting and Tony Bennett were all on hand for Don Henley’s wedding to Sharon Summerall in Malibu Beach, California.
In 1998, Frank Sinatra’s funeral was held in Beverly Hills. Among those paying their respects were Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.