The instrumental single Rumble by North Carolina guitarist Link Wray and his Ray Men enters the charts headed for US#16.
It climbs to #16, pioneering an overdriven, distorted sound and the power chord (‘rumble’ is slang for a gang fight.) The song was ‘rough’, supposedly becoming the only instrumental ever banned from (some) radio. (*)
The band will also have a 1959 US#23 hit with Raw-Hide (not the TV theme).
Bach ‘n‘ Roll
The single of the song A Whiter Shade of Pale is released by brand-new baroque rock band Procol Harum. (*)
It shortly climbs to UK#1, US#5. (*) (*) Written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid (before the band formed, after the breakup of The Paramounts), it’s one of the most beautiful creations in pop music history.
The essential organ part is played by Matthew Fisher. (*) The organ: Hammond M102.
In 2004 PPL report that it is the most-played song in England for the last 70 years. Interestingly, it was -not- included on the UK release of the band’s first album!