Today in Keener History

  • Today in 1967, The State Board of Canvassers defied Attorney General Frank Kelley’s advice, keeping Michigan on Eastern Standard time until at least May 24, while petitions from farmers, theater owners and bowling proprietors fought a referendum to bring Michigan in sync with 1966 Uniform Time Act, passed by congress to standardize the nation’s time.
  • Today in 1972, Detroiters were mourning the May 10 death of George W. Trendle, creator of golden age radio franchises including The Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet. Produced at WXYZ, the Lone Ranger was heard on 244 stations across the country at the peak of it’s radio popularity.
  • Today in 1977, Michigan led the nation in income growth, with average family incomes reported to increase by 13.4% year over year.
  • Today in 1979, Rod Stewart performed at Cobo Arena as part of his Blondes Have More Fun tour.
  • Today in 1982, Highland Appliance was advertising a Marantz SR3100 stereo receiver, boasting 35 watts per channel for just $229 dollars.
  • Tonight in 1987, both Channel 50 and Windsor’s Channel 9 carried the final game of the NHL Campbell Conference Championship, pitting Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers against Steve Yzerman and the Detroit Red Wings. The Oilers dominated, going on to win the league championship 4-3 over the Philadelphia Flyers.

1910: In Montana, Glacier National Park was established by act of the U.S. Congress.
1927: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the brainchild of Louis B. Mayer, head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), was founded.
1947: The B.F. Goodrich Company announced the creation of the tubeless tire.
1949: In Southeast Asia, Siam officially renamed itself Thailand. The name had been changed before, in 1939, but anti-Axis powers refused to recognize the new name after Siam allied itself with the Japanese and declared war on the U.S. and the UK in 1942.
1956: A year before he purchased Graceland, Elvis Presley bought his first home (for $40,000 in cash) at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis, which he shared with his mother and father, Gladys and Vernon.
1957: Buddy Holly and the Crickets auditioned for the CBS-TV show “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts,” and were rejected.
1959: Annette Funicello made the first of her six appearances as Gina Minelli on CBS-TV’s Danny Thomas sitcom “Make Room For Daddy.”
1964: The Beach Boys released the single “I Get Around” b/w “Don’t Worry Baby.”
1964: The Rolling Stones, regardless of being Britain’s latest hot group, were refused service for lunch at Bristol, England’s Grand Hotel because they were not properly attired in jackets and ties. The next day, the Daily Express newspaper added insult to injury: beneath the headline “The Rolling Stones Gather No Lunch,” the story referred to them as “the ugliest group in Britain.”
1965: The Byrds made their television debut, singing “Mr. Tambourine Man” on NBC’s “Hullabaloo.”
1967: At Olympic Sound Studios in London, the Beatles recorded “Baby, You’re A Rich Man,” featuring an unusual oboe-like sound which was created by John Lennon playing a clavioline (an early forerunner of the synthesizer), with a spin-echo effect that was used to fill from the end of one line of the verse to the start of the next. Some have speculated that the song is about the Beatles manager, Brian Epstein.
1968: Richard Harris released his single of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park.” The song was inspired by the relationship and breakup of Webb and Susan Ronstadt, one of Linda Ronstadt’s cousins. MacArthur Park in Los Angeles, across from the insurance office where she worked, was where they often met for lunch. Their breakup also inspired one of Webb’s other memorable compositions, “By The Time I Get To Phoenix.”
1969: The Monty Python comedy troupe was formed by members Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin. Their television comedy sketch show “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” first aired on the BBC on October 5, 1969.
1970: The Beatles single “The Long and Winding Road” was released in North America. It became the Beatles’ 20th and last #1 song in the U.S. The post-production modifications made to it by producer Phil Spector angered Paul McCartney to the point that when he made his case in court for breaking up the Beatles as a legal entity, he cited the treatment of “The Long and Winding Road” as one of the reasons.
1970: The three-record album “Woodstock” soundtrack was released.
1970: The Chairmen of the Board’s “Give Me Just A Little More Time” was certified Gold.
1970: Sammy Davis, Jr. married his third wife, dancer Altovise Gore. They remained together until his death in 1990.
1972: At United Recording in Hollywood, Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band recorded “Garden Party.”
1972: On ABC-TVs “The Dick Cavett Show,” John Lennon claimed the FBI had tapped his phone.
1972: A bare-chested David Cassidy was pictured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1973: Citing U.S. government misconduct, charges against military analyst Daniel Ellsberg were dismissed. He had been indicted for releasing the Pentagon Papers – a 22-year history of U.S. political-military involvement in Vietnam – to The New York Times.
1973: In a three-hour burst of creativity, Stevie Wonder wrote and recorded “Higher Ground.” Wonder played all the instruments on the track, including drums.
1974: Steely Dan released “Rikki, Don’t Lose That Number,” the group’s highest-charting single, peaking at #4 in the summer of 1974. In the March 24, 2006 issue of Entertainment Weekly, it was revealed that Rikki Ducornet was the apparent inspiration for the song due to a friendship songwriter Donald Fagen had with her while he attended Bard College. Ducornet was pregnant and married at the time, but recalled that Fagen did give her his phone number at a college party, and said that she believed she was the subject of the song.
1975: Gregg Allman, Cher’s new boyfriend, appeared as a guest on “Cher,” her CBS-TV show.
1981: Reggae singer (Roots Rock Reggae)/songwriter (I Shot The Sheriff, Stir It Up) Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumor at age 36.
1988: On his 100th birthday, songwriter Irving Berlin was serenaded by fans singing his songs outside his New York City apartment. That night at Carnegie Hall, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Isaac Stern, and Leonard Bernstein saluted the composer with a program of his hits.
1989: Roy Orbison was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York. Eric Clapton presented the award to Orbison’s widow Barbara.
1990: Ritchie Valens was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 31 years after his death in the plane crash that also took the lives of Buddy Holly and “The Big Bopper.”
1994: The first Broadway revival of the musical “Grease,” starring Ricky Paull Goldin, Sam Harris, Marcia Lewis, and Rosie O’Donnell, opened at New York’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre for 1,505 performances.
1995: The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, limiting the spread of nuclear material for military purposes, was extended indefinitely.
2003: Jackson Browne was a guest voice on the Fox-TV animated series “The Simpsons.”
2011: Katy Perry became the first artist in Billboard chart history to spend an entire year in the Top 10 of the Hot 100. She eventually extended her record to 69 consecutive weeks.
2011: A 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt, one of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world, sold on eBay for $10,000, the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt.
2013: In Boston, the Berklee College of Music awarded honorary doctorates to Carole King, Willie Nelson and Annie Lennox.

Singles released today:

1964: The Beach Boys, “Don’t Worry Baby”, from Shut Down, Vol. 2, [B-Side]
1964: The Beach Boys, “I Get Around”, from All Summer Long, “Don’t Worry Baby”
1964: The Beatles, “Roll Over Beethoven”, from the Four By The Beatles[EP], with “All My Loving” / “This Boy” / “Please, Mr. Postman”
1964: The Beatles, “Please Mr. Postman”, [Single], [B-Side]
1964: Roger Miller, “Dang Me”, from Roger And Out, b/w “Got 2 Again”
1967: The Supremes, “The Happening” is released in the UK, b/w “All I Know About You”
1968: Richard Harris, “MacArthur Park”, from A Tramp Shining, b/w “Didn’t We?”
1970: The Beatles, “The Long And Winding Road”, from Let It Be, b/w “For You Blue”
1974: Three Dog Night, “Shambala”, from Cyan, “Our ‘B’ Side”
1982: Men At Work, “Who Can It Be Now?”, from Business As Usual, b/w “Anyone For Tennis” [Instrumental]
1985: Phil Collins, “Sussudio”, from No Jacket Required, b/w “I Like The Way

Rock Birthdays: Via

1888: Irving Berlin / (Israel Isidore Baline), Siberian-born lyricist, pianist and composer of dozens of enduring pop, stage show and film hits including “White Christmas” (1940), the best selling single of all time, died in his sleep on 9/22/1989, age 91
1905: “Kansas” Joe McCoy / (Joseph McCoy), Delta and Chicago blues slide guitarist and songwriter, recorded often with his younger brother, Charlie, wrote the now-standard jazz-pop “Why Don’t You Do Right?” (1941), his songs have been covered by Led Zeppelin, John Mellencamp and others, died from heart disease on 1/28/1950, age 44
1931: Marilyn King, Vocalist for complex and sophisticated four-part harmony 30s, 40s and 50s Big Band/pop sibling singing group The King Sisters, “The Hut-Sut Song” (Top 30, 1944), recorded with her sisters on hundreds of albums and numerous radio specials over three decades and in the musical-variety TV program The King Family Show (1966-1969) and holiday specials thereafter, died from cancer on 8/7/2013, age 82
1934: Bobby Black / (Robert Lee Black), Pedal steel guitar for country-rock/boogie/swing bar band Commander Cody And His Lost Planet Airmen, “Hot Rod Lincoln” (#9, 1972), later played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Dolly Parton, the Texas Tornados and many others, released two albums of steel guitar Hawaiian music in the 00s
1935: Kit Lambert / (Christopher Lambert), Assistant film director (The Guns of Navarone and From Russia With Love), record producer, record executive (Track Records, which signed Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon), band manager for The Who until 1971, eccentric but drug-abusing impresario, died from a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down a set of stairs at his mother’s house on 4/7/1981, age 45
1936: Tony Barrow / (Anthony F. J. Barrow), Brit journalist and record company publicist, represented The Beatles for Decca Records in 1962 and, until 1968 with Brian Epstein‘s NEMS Enterprises, coining the term “Fab Four”, later formed his own firm and was chief PR man in Europe during the 70s for The Kinks, Bay City Rollers, The Monkees and others, returned to journalism in the punk era, died from natural causes on 5/14/2016, age 80
1938: Carla Bley / (Carla Borg), 60s Free Jazz composer, keyboardist and bandleader
1938: Bruce Langhorne, Greenwich Village folk revival guitarist and songwriter, session musician for multiple 60s folk acts but best known for playing with Bob Dylan on several mid-60s albums central to the emergence of electric folk-rock, and as the inspiration for the title character on Dylan‘s “Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965), later became a macadamia nut farmer in Hawaii and creator of Brother Bru-Bru’s Hot Sauce, a salsa-style condiment, died of kidney failure on 2/14/2017, age 78.
1941: Eric Burdon, Vocals and eventual frontman for British Invasion hard/blues-rock The Animals, “House Of The Rising Sun” (#1, 1964), then funk-blues-jazz-rock War, “Cisco Kid” (#2, 1973)
1943: Arnie Silver / (Arnie Satin (Silver)), Baritone vocals for doo wop a cappella harmony turned early garage-rock/dance craze The Dovells, “Bristol Stomp” (#2, 1961)
1943: Les Chadwick, Bassist for British Invasion/Merseybeat pop-rock Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It?” (#9, 1964)
1947: Butch Trucks / (Claude Hudson Trucks), Founding member and drummer for Southern rock The Allman Brothers Band, “Ramblin’ Man” (#2, 1973), died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on 1/24/2017, age 69

Other Notable Birthdays: Via

1894 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania (d. 1991)
1904 Salvador Dali, Spanish surrealist artist (Crucifixion), born in Figueres, Spain (d. 1989)
1912 Foster Brooks, American comedian and actor (The Villain, Oddballs, Mork & Mindy), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 2001)
1912 Phil Silvers, American comedian and actor (Sgt Bilko-Phil Silvers Show), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1985)
1918 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist, born in Queens, New York (d. 1988)
1920 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1997)
1927 Mort Sahl, American stand-up comedian, political satirist, writer, and TV personality (The Big Party), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 2021)
1935 Doug McClure, American actor (Checkmate, Virginian, Roots), born in Glendale, California (d. 1995)
1946 Robert Jarvik, American scientist and researcher (developed the Jarvik-7 artificial heart), born in Midland, Michigan
1959 Martha Quinn, MTV VJ (Tracey-Bradys), born in Albany, New York
1963 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid’s Tale), born in London, England