Looking Back on This Past Week in ROCK ‘N’ ROLL History
1960 — Ben E. King left the Drifters and signed a solo contract with Atco Records. He sang lead with the group on their ONLY #1 hit, “Save The Last Dance For Me,” a tune that was released later in the year AFTER he was gone; a tune he’d already recorded with the guys on Atlantic Records (ATCO was in the same family of labels).
In 1961, Ben E. would have TWO top ten hits as a stand-alone artist; “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me,” his biggest success in the post-Drifter days.
Also during this past week; in 1960, production began on Elvis’ first post-Army movie, “G.I. Blues”.
Donny Osmond (21) married his wife Debra on May 8th of 1978. They’re celebrating their 32nd anniversary THIS weekend! (way to go, you two!! Always great to hear of a show business marriage that LASTS!)
Cleveland was named as the site for the future “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame” this past week (May 5th) in 1986.
The Beatles recorded “Something” on May 2nd of 1969. It was written by George Harrison about Pattie Boyd.
now for the irony….
Eric Clapton recorded “Wonderful Tonight” on the SAME DATE, May 2nd, 8 years later (1977). It was also a song HE’D written about….you guessed it… Patti Boyd!
Both George and Eric were married to Patti; George said “I do” first; Eric made Patti a “Mrs.” the second time.
Must’ve been something in the way she moved that attracted them like no other lover….