On this day in 1964, The Beatle’s smash album Can’t Buy Me Love is released. The album broke numerous records, becoming the largest advance-selling record in history, with 2.1 million advance orders placed around the world. The album also helped the Beatles break Elvis Presley’s record for most concurrent singles on Billboard‘s Hot 100 Chart: By mid-April, the Beatles had 14 songs on the chart, beating Elvis’ 1956 record of nine. By April 4, the Beatles became the first band ever to hold all top five positions on Billboard‘s Hot 100, led by the single “Can’t Buy Me Love.” The song became the only single ever to leap to the No. 1 spot from a ranking below No. 20 the previous week, sailing to the top after debuting a week earlier at No. 27.The hits came as a welcome change for a group that had been rejected by numerous record labels in Europe in the early 1960s. The band started in 1958, as Johnny and the Moondogs, featuring Liverpool musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison. The band evolved through several names, and members, until 1962, when drummer Ringo Starr replaced Pete Best, and the group recorded “Love Me Do,” their first Top 20 hit in the United Kingdom. In 1964, they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, and Beatlemania invaded the United States.
As the band evolved, its members experimented with a variety of different musical styles that ranged from the simple (“I Want to Hold Your Hand”) to the innovative (“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” which used electronic music and a sitar).
The Beatles received the Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1965 at Buckingham Palace, and their immense popularity prompted Lennon to tell a newspaper reporter, “We’re more popular than Jesus Christ right now.” Beatlemaniacs searched for hidden meanings in Beatles songs and album covers, and the release of Abbey Road, allegedly filled with coded clues, sparked rumors that McCartney was dead.
When the band broke up in 1970, the members continued their music careers as solo artists or bandleaders. In 1980, a crazed fan murdered Lennon as the musician left his New York apartment building. Eight years after his death, the Beatles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a retrospective anthology was released in 1995. The album, Anthology, included the previously unrecorded “Free as a Bird,” which was written by Lennon and recorded by the surviving band members in 1994 and 1995. It became one of the fastest-selling albums in history. In November 2000, record label EMC released Beatles 1, a compendium of the Beatles’ 27 Number One hits, including “Love Me Do,” “I Feel Fine” and “Yellow Submarine.”
On this day in 1961, WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS released the classic, THE ABSENT MINDED PROFESSOR. Directed by ROBERT STEVENSON, the film starred Disney staples FRED MacMURRAY and TOMMY KIRK (along with a herd of grade-A character actors). A comedy sci-fi film for the whole family, this one lives on.
If you’re a fan of the hit CBS reality show, THE AMAZING RACE, and think you may have seen this season’s contestants roaming around Hollywood today, you may be right.
In a HOLLYWOOD OUTBREAK exclusive, we have it on good authority that gay contestant and screenwriter MIKE WHITE sponsored all of his opposing teams to come to LA and participate in a celebrity ‘scavenger hunt’.
Traveling in groups, they were squired to locations ranging from Paramount Pictures to a dingy Hollywood bar. Actors were hired as dress extras and celebrities handed out clues. (JACK BLACK was the celeb at the Hollywood dive where clues included bags of faux cocaine…lines were all over the tables).
Now, we don’t claim to have any knowledge of how this season of AMAZING RACE will end but this doesn’t exactly sound like something a losing contestant would do (and WHITE didn’t get the boot tonight…jus’ sayin’).
On this day in 1940, WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES offered up a little St. Patrick’s Day fun with THREE CHEERS FOR THE IRISH. Directed by LLOYD BACON and starring DENNIS MORGAN, PRICILLA LANE and THOMAS MITCHELL, the film was chock full o’ stereotypes in a time when that was OK and top o’ the world.
Ron Silver, best known for his roles on The West Wing and the film Reversal of Fortune, has died. The cause was esophageal cancer. He was 62.
“Ron Silver died peacefully in his sleep with his family around him this morning,” Robin Bronk, executive director of the Creative Coalition, said in a statement to the New York Post. Silver had helped found the group, which supports a range of liberal causes.
Silver, a onetime liberal activist and Actors’ Equity Association union leader, later became involved in Republican politics, even speaking at the party’s 2004 convention.