You boys look great, [but] you ought to smile a little more.

By: sonofabeach96

Sep 28 2015

Category: Uncategorized


This date in music history was a busy one.  I’ll touch on a few of the more important notes.

Ed Sullivan was born on this date in 1902.  Known for The Ed Sullivan show during the 60’s, he had a distinctive voice and delivery.  The show was vital in introducing the US audience to various artists over the years, such as Elvis and the Jackson 5. The show was instrumental in exposing British bands during the British Invasion years.  Most notably, the show brought The Beatles to US masses on February 9, 1964.  There are varying descriptions about how their appearance on the show came to be.  What’s not in dispute is the fact that this episode was considered a milestone in American pop culture.  An estimated 75 million viewers watched this episode.

Another notable incident from the show was when The Doors appeared on September 17, 1967.  The band had a no. 1 hit with “Light My Fire”.  Producers for the show requested they say “better” instead of “higher” in the line “Girl we couldn’t get much higher”.  Of course, Jim Morrison, being who he was, ignored the request, looked straight into the camera, and sang “higher” loudly and emphatically.  The move got them banned from The Ed Sullivan show permanently.

On this day in 1968, “Hey Jude” began a 9-week run at no. 1 on the US singles chart.  It was The Beatles’ 16th no. 1 in the US and was the biggest selling single of 1968.

Today, in 1991, Miles Davis died from complications associated with pneumonia.  He was a jazz legend, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer.  He’s widely regarded as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.  He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

In 1972, David Bowie made his debut at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall.  The third show of his first Ziggy Stardust tour, it was a sellout.  It’s said that fans, including Andy Warhol, were expecting a British Alice Cooper.  Instead, they were greeted to a flame-red-haired Bowie coming on stage in a hazey cloud of smoke and spacey attire.  The performance was critically acclaimed musically and theatrically.

And finally, on this date in 1980, The Police hit no. 1 in the UK with “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”.  It was the third no. 1 off the album Zenyatta Mondatta and became the best selling single of 1980.

Songs of the day:

“‘Til There Was You” by The Beatles

“She Loves You” by TheBeatles

“Light My Fire” by The Doors

“Hey Jude” by The Beatles

“‘Round Midnight” by Miles Davis

“Blue and Green” by Miles Davis

“Suffragette City” by David Bowie

“Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie

“Changes” by David Bowie

“Don’t Stand So Close To Me” by The Police

37 comments on “You boys look great, [but] you ought to smile a little more.”

  1. Today was a busy music day! Good stuff. I think even after all this time, “Don’t stand So Close To Me” is still my favorite Police song. Could have something to do with the fact I was a young schoolgirl crushing on a young teacher at the time the song came out, but I won’t go there, lol. 😉

    I hadn’t heard that story about Ed Sullivan and The Doors. Im sure The Doors couldn’t have cared less they were banned! Old school versus the new, and we know who won.

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    • Nope, I’m sure Jim Morrison lost zero sleep about it. I find it hilarious that they really thought he’d comply. The title I used is quote from Sullivan to band members backstage after a rehearsal. I can picture them all looking at each other after Sullivan left the room!

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      • That makes it an even better story.

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      • And I’ve always loved The Police! I always thought Sting was uber cool. Seen em a few times over the years, most recently at Churchill Downs a few years ago. They’re still awesome.

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      • Lucky you! As much as I like them I never saw them in concert 😕

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      • Yeah, the show at Churchill was pretty great. They’re very good live. Sting is still awesome. Saw him solo once too, in an old theater, smaller room kinda show. He was terrific!

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      • I like smaller venues. So much more intimate. Can only and I can imagine how good Sting was. His musical style is so eclectic there’s something for everyone!

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      • Yeah, he’s pretty great. I’m with ya on the smaller venue thing. We have several great places here. One is called Headliners and you can literally get right next to the stage. Last show I saw there was Sam Bush and I could’ve reached up and stunned his mandolin I was so close. Pretty cool place.


  2. I loved Jim Morrison….one of my all time favorites….right up there with Bob Dylan….love your post…my brother got on the Ed Sullivan variety
    show when it was in Spokane Washington, I had to have been 4 or 5 years old…he played the guitar, it didn’t make him famous but he had fun….man that was back in the early 60’s, you really bring the blast from the past….thanks

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    • Now that’s a cool story! I always look forward to your comments on music tidbits. Still so, so jealous you met John Lennon AND saw Zeppelin! Dang! 😃


      • I am sitting with my chest out, obviously gloating….lol yes I have fond memories of my earlier days and you seem to make me think…I love remembering these memories…..

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      • Hahaha! I bet you do have fond memories. I do too, absolutely. I guess kids may look back at the shows I’ve seen, etc, and be a bit jealous. But you talked to JOHN FRIGGIN LENNON!!! Nothing I’ve got in my past comes anywhere close to that!
        (Both hands waving up and down while head bowed in awe!)


      • awe than you…however I am one of those that believe we are all humans with different talents…we all bleed red and poop at the end of the day….but he was pretty frigin awesome….

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      • Oh, he’s one of my top-5 would like to have met, person in music. Besides, discount him, but seeing Led Zeppelin? Too?!?


      • I was a rock and roll hound, what can I say…I can’t count how many groups I have seen in my your age….However Queen concert was one of the best I have ever been to…pretty spectacular…

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      • My wife would be exceptionally jealous about that one. You’d probably be surprised at some I’ve seen. My parents, well, my dad and step-mom, used to take me with em to shows, even as a 10 year old. But not Zeppelin. Still miffed about that one! Have seen hundreds since though. KISS was my very first one, 1978. Still have most of my stubs from over the years


      • Kiss was to crazy for me…couldn’t do them…LOL your way more hardcore than me….I also meet Leon Russel in Petaluma back in the middle 70’s…nice kicked back guy and I got to meet Devo…they were really nice….they also played in Petaluma…I had a friend who worked back stage and I was along for the ride….LOL

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      • Willow In The Wisp is a great album. Loved Devo in high school. Having backstage access wouldn’t suck! 😃


      • no it was great fun….but then I got a job and started working on the weekends and dating my first husband so that craziness kiinda stopped and an entire new one started…LOL

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      • I hear ya! Funny how priorities change. 😃


      • I remembered the other day my meeting up with Neil Sedaka…I was in Lake Tahoe, I do not gamble so I was rambling around the casino, I came across a closed door and when I peeked in it was a huge room where they do shows, no one was in there so I ducked in and was taking in all the room had to offer, the red velvet seats and the huge chandeliers, it was so show-bussinesseeee, anyway I was down near the stage area and being a piano player I am always drawn to them..I went over and was running my hand across the beautiful instrument when a man walked up and cleared his throat…I thought shit I am so busted…I turned around and there stood Neil Sedaka, the 34 years ago version of him…thank God I recognized him, lol I was stammering and trying to apologize for being there., I remember saying I know I shouldn’t have come in…I turned to go and he said, hey I was just going to practice for my show tonight wanna stay and listen?? Of course I wanted to stay and listen, I accepted graciously and went to sit in a chair, he said no, come on over here and sit by me on the piano bench…Uh Duh okay….I stayed for a couple songs and then excused myself and left….he was a very nice man and hugged me and kissed my check and thanked me for keeping him company….LOL Ican’t even remember what he played, not even sure I ever heard it…it was one of the most surreal moments in my life…LOL I was barely 21…and had stars in my eyes just being there…LOL

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      • You need to write a book!

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      • I was just sitting here writing down all the famous guys and gals I have encountered up close and personal…LOL my mother used to say I attract the weird and unusual in life…LOL

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      • I think that’s a terrific gift. I’ve been given a bit of that too.


      • It does make life interesting…the older I get the less weird is going on….LOL

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      • Yeah, me too. I’m wrapped up in being dad at this point so that’s my crazy now! 😃


      • and its a fun one….that I contest to!!!

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      • Very true! And fewer hangovers and broken laws as well!


      • Its all part of it, parenting will drive you to the hangovers…LOL broken laws well that just keeps it interesting…LOL

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  3. You are a history buff !

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