Delta Cats (Brenston upper left, Turner center)
Some consider it the first true rock and roll record. When released on Chess 1458 — named for a flashy new Oldsmobile model — it’s credited to singer-saxophonist Jackie Brenston (who sang the vocal) and his Delta Cats. Whatever you callem, it climbs to USR&B#1 and sells a reported half-million copies. In another year, Phillips would start up Sun Records.
See also: Origins of rock and roll
He turns himself in on April 4. In 1970 he’s sentenced to eight months of hard labor, and for some reason decides to tour Europe.
See also: Mysterious Death of Jim Morrison
Welcome to the Motel Santa Rosa
On the way to Nashville, LA country singer Jim Sullivan checks into a motel in Santa Rosa, NM.
Reportedly Sullivan was in the commune scene of the late 60s classic film Easy Rider. Spooky. His 1969 first album ‘UFO’, (*) backed up by The Wrecking Crew (heard on The Byrds classic Mr. Tambourine Man), has been re-released.
It’s definitely the only #1 single to start with a line recorded from a Russian shortwave transmission.