In 1960, “Walk Don’t Run,” by The Ventures, made it all the way to #2 on the singles charts. The record marked the initial pairing of rock with surf music.
In 1967, the second album by Jefferson Airplane, Surrealistic Pillow, was certified Gold, largely on the strength of “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit.”
In 1969, On the day that The Beatles recorded “Sun King” and “Mean Mr. Mustard” for their forthcoming Abbey Road album, Paul McCartney recorded a demo of a song called “Come And Get It,” which he gave to The Iveys (soon to become known as Badfinger).
In 1971, Paul Revere & The Raiders went to #1 in the US with “Indian Reservation (The Lament Of The Cherokee Reservation Indian).”
In 1978, The film of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees, opened and promptly bombed with the public and critics alike.
In 1987, La Bamba, the movie bio of Ritchie Valens, premiered with Lou Diamond Phillips portraying Valens. Marshall Crenshaw (as Buddy Holly) and Brian Setzer (as Eddie Cochran) were also in the film. Singing “La Bamba” was Los Lobos.
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