Elvis Inhales, Mick Fails to Move Like Jagger & More [This Week in Music History]
May 14, 1957: Elvis Presley inhales a cap from one of his teeth and has to be taken to an L.A. hospital to have it removed from his lung.
No, I can’t imagine how this happened either. Wasn’t there any cocaine around?
May 19, 1960: D.J. Alan Freed is indicted along with seven others for accepting over $30,000 in payola from six record companies. Two years later he’s convicted and receives a suspended sentence and a mere $300 fine.
Note to self: Payola is definitely worth accepting.
May 17, 1963: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, The Weavers and Peter, Paul & Mary are the featured performers at the very first Monterey Folk Festival in Monterey, California.
They are all excellent musicians, but due to the high degree of mind-numbing “folkiness”, many audience members fall into comas.
May 14, 1968: John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear on The Tonight Show with guest-host Joe Garagiola sitting in for Johnny Carson. The conversation includes some light-hearted banter about meditation, the forming of Apple Corp., songwriting, and why all the Beatles will soon hate each other and never record together again.
Yoko is retroactively blamed.
May 15, 1971: Pink Floyd play the Crystal Palace Bowl in London. Performing in front of a large lake, a number of fish are killed by the loud music, but several others die from the depressing lyrics.
May 17, 1975: Mick Jagger trips and, in an attempt to break his fall, puts his fist through the window of a restaurant in Long Island, NY. Jagger requires 20 stitches, but the Rolling Stones’ North American tour proceeds in 2 weeks as planned.
Adam Levine seems unaware of this particular move.
May 13, 1986: Ted Nugent appears on Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s T.V. show and tells the audience, “Life is one big female safari and Dr. Ruth is my guide.” Dr. Ruth responds, “Life is one big male safari” and shoots him.
My animal advocate self needed that.
May 16, 1986: Country singer Johnny Paycheck is found guilty of shooting and wounding a man after an argument in a bar in Ohio.
Best known for his 1978 hit, “Take This Job and Shove It”, he’s sentenced to 9 1/2 years in prison, where his cellmate, “Big Daddy”, insists he change the tune to “Take This Hand job and Love It”.
Suddenly, that previous regular job looks a lot better.