October 14 – Xanadu, Everlys, Orbison

1797

English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge writes to John Thelwall about a poem he’s writing called Kubla Khan about Xanadu, a Chinese emperor’s summer palace.

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

Sam suspends disbelief long enough for 54 lines, but sadly, it’s never finished.

In the 20th century the title Xanadu excites many works, such as Citizen Kane’s mansion (and Bill Gates’), and the title of several pop songs (*) (*) , a 1980 film and a Broadway musical  that opens July 10, 2007.

1920

At Union College in Schenectady, NY, student operators of 640-AM radio station 2ADD make the first college radio experimental broadcasts.

The station begins broadcasting the ‘top 40’.
(*) ▷College Radio’s Hidden History▹

See also: Radio History (Detroit: 8MK, et.al.), Early Years of Radio  Chronology of AM Radio 1900-1960 

1957

The Everly Brothers, the most successful duo on the Hot 100, get their first US#1 with the banned-in-Boston song Wake Up Little Susie.

The action takes place at the drive-in movie … remember?

We both fell sound asleep
Wake up little Susie and weep
The movie’s over
It’s four o’clock
And we’re in trouble deep
Wake up little Susie
Wake up little Susie
We gotta go home

Like most of their hits, it is written by Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Simon and Garfunkel, who cite the Everlys as a strong influence on their act, will cover the song.

1963

US crooner Roy Orbison gets his second of four Irish#1 hits with Blue Bayou.

It only reaches #29 in the US until Linda Ronstadt sings it to US#3 in late 1977.  ~ Roy Orbison 

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