1955 – Elvis Presley signs a contract that names Colonel Tom Parker his “special advisor” with control over virtually every aspect of Elvis’ career. Parker is not really a Colonel at all, but a Dutch immigrant named Andreas Cornelius van Kujik, whose honorary title was given to him in 1948 by Governor Jimmie Davis of Louisiana. Parker’s pre-Elvis experience includes promoting carnival and medicine shows such as The Great Parker Pony Circus and Tom Parker And His Dancing Turkeys. His management of Presley becomes the defining role of masterminding talent management, which involves every facet of the client’s life and is seen as central to the success of Presley’s career.
1958 – Fats Domino records “I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday.”
1963 – The Beatles meet the Rolling Stones after a concert by the latter band in Richmond, England.
1956 – Leo Fender patents the successor to his popular “Telecaster” model of electric guitar, this time called the “Stratocaster.”
1963 – Sixteen-year-old Lesley Gore records her breakthrough #1 hit, “It’s My Party.”
The Pretenders made the Free at Noon stage their second home, blazing through a set filled with some old and new tunes, all in the name of the band’s comeback release Alone. After keeping quiet for a good couple years (last releasing a record in 2008), these English/American legends blessed the world with the recent release of their new full-length and announcement of an extensive tour with the one and only Stevie Nicks. Lucky for us, World Cafe Live got a sneak preview of what’s to come for the legendary group.
The year in music – 1984 – was voted on by the WXPN listeners as one of the greatest years in music, and for good reason. There were many notable releases from big stars as well indie artists, which spoke to the tension between big corporate rock and the indies that were starting to gain popularity. Continue reading →
1891 – The Music Hall (later Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening. The first performer is Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.