October 17 – Jailhouse Rock, Manfred, Hair


Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock premieres in a Memphis theatre.

He’d once worked as an usher in the same theatre. In his first film for MGM, he plays Vince Everett, an ex-convict working in the music industry. His co-star Julie Tyler is killed in a car accident a few weeks after the film was completed; Elvis refuses to view it.

The title song, released as a 45-rpm single, is a US #1 hit for 7 weeks. It’s a UK#1 for 3 weeks the following year, and on re-issue in 2005 again reaches UK#1! After 2 years in the military, needless to say, the same Elvis did not return.


British group Manfred Mann have a US#1 single (UK#1 in August) with Do Wah Diddy Diddy … previously released by US group The Exciters.
Manfred  Exciters 

The song is heard in the 1981 film Stripes by Bill Murray and Harold Ramis.

Ben E. King leads The Drifters to a US#1 with Leiber and Stoller megahit Save The Last Dance For Me. 1970
The Jackson 5 score their fourth straight US#1 single with I’ll Be There. 1987
The Bee Gees have their first UK#1 since 1979 with You Win Again.



Rado, Ragni and MacDermot’s
american tribal love-rock musical
premieres off-Broadway

for a six week run.

 Gimme head with hair 
 Long beautiful hair 
 Shining, gleaming, 
 Streaming, flaxen, waxen 
 Give me down to there hair 
 Shoulder length or longer 
 Here baby, there mama 
 Everywhere daddy daddy 

It opens on Broadway in April 1968 for 1750 performances, then for 1,997 performances (enjoying the new Theatres Act 1968) in London. ( Website
 ~ doubtit