Tim's history of music
The American Idol of its day! Singer presents The Sounds of '68 (Aug. 20, 1968) was a TV special with 9 singers competing for prizes and recording contracts. The show was hosted by Ed Ames and Aretha Franklin was the special guest star.
On Saturday, Sept. 19, 1981, 'The Concert in Central Park' reunited Simon and Garfunkel after eleven years. I was there and it was a great concert. Over 500,000 people attended the free event.
In 1969 Elvis performed his first show at the Las Vegas Hilton International to a sold-out crowd. He went on to perform regular engagements at the hotel for seven years — a total of 837 consecutive sold-out performances in front of 2.5 million people.
Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Greenwich (Oct. 23, 1940 – Aug. 26, 2009) was an American pop singer, songwriter, and record producer. She wrote or co-wrote "Be My Baby", "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Leader of the Pack", "Do Wah Diddy Diddy", & "River Deep, Mountain High", among many others. She discovered Neil Diamond. She sang backing vocals on several of Diamond's hit songs, as well as hits by others like Dusty Springfield, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Blondie & Cyndi Lauper.
Samuel David Moore (born Oct. 12, 1935) is an American soul and R & B singer, half of the duo Sam & Dave from 1961-81. He is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and a Grammy Award & a multi-Gold Record Award-winning recording artist. Sam & Dave were the most successful and critically acclaimed duo in soul music history. In 2008, based on a poll of other musicians, Rolling Stone named Sam Moore one of the 100 greatest singers of the rock era.
Dottie West (Oct. 11, 1932 – Sept. 4, 1991) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and co-recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Her career started in the early 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again," which won her the first Grammy Award in 1965. She died from injuries sustained in an auto accident on the way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
John Ono Lennon, MBE (b. John Winston Lennon; Oct. 9, 1940 – Dec, 8, 1980) was an English musician, singer & songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of The Beatles, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music. Together with Paul McCartney, he formed one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. He was killed by Mark David Chapman as he returned home from the recording studio with wife Yoko Ono.
Frank Wilson (Dec. 5, 1940 - Sept. 27, 2012) was a legendary producer for Motown who worked on music for The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder & Marvin Gaye, and more recently John Legend. He wrote & produced songs such as Stevie Wonder's "Castles In the Sand;" Diana Ross and The Supremes' "Love Child," "I'm Living in Shame;" The Supremes' "Up the Ladder to the Roof," & "Stone Love;" The Temptations' "All I Need;" Marvin Gaye's "Chained;" and Four Tops' "Still Water (Love)."
February 4, 1980: Studio 54 closes. Liza Minnelli & Diana Ross serenade owner Steve Rubell on his last night of freedom before going to prison for tax evasion. I was there & it was a wild night!