Tag: Cass Elliot

Monday 9/20/21 1pm ET: Feature Artist: Cass Elloit

Cass Elliot (born Ellen Naomi Cohen; September 19, 1941 – July 29, 1974), widely known as Mama Cass, was an American singer, actress and member of the singing group, the Mamas & the Papas. After the group broke up, Elliot released five solo albums. In 1998, she was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her work with the Mamas and the Papas.

Artist Countdown: Association Top 30 Hits 2pm ET

The-AssociationThe Association is a pop music band from California in the folk rock or soft rock genre. During the 1960s, they had many hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts and were the lead-off band at 1967’s Monterey Pop Festival.

Jules Alexander (born September 25, 1943, Chattanooga, Tennessee) was in Hawaii in 1962 serving a stint in the Navy when he met Terry Kirkman (born December 12, 1939, Salina, Kansas), a visiting salesman. The two young musicians jammed together and promised to get together once Alexander was discharged. That happened a year later; the two eventually moved to Los Angeles and began exploring the city’s music scene in the mid-1960s. At the same time, Kirkman played in groups with Frank Zappa for a short period before Zappa went on to form The Mothers of Invention. Eventually, at a Monday night hootenanny at the LA nightclub The Troubadour, in 1964, an ad hoc group called The Inner Tubes was formed by Kirkman, Alexander and Doug Dillard, whose rotating membership contained, at one time or another, Cass Elliot, David Crosby and many others who drifted in and out. This led, in 1965, to the forming of The Men, a 13 piece folk-rock band. This group had a brief spell as the house band at The Troubadour.

After a short time, however, The Men disbanded, with six of the members electing to go out on their own (some of the remaining players continued on as Tony Mafia’s Men, one of the others, Mike Whalen, joined The New Christy Minstrels). At the suggestion of Kirkman’s then-fiancée, Judy, they took the name The Association. The original lineup consisted of Alexander (using his middle name, Gary, on the first 2 albums) on vocals and lead guitar; Kirkman on vocals and a variety of wind, brass and percussion instruments; Brian Cole on vocals, bass and woodwinds; Russ Giguere (born October 18, 1943, Portsmouth, New Hampshire) on vocals, percussion and guitar; Ted Bluechel, Jr. (born December 2, 1942, San Pedro, California) on drums, guitar, bass and vocals; and Bob Page (born May 13, 1943) on guitar, banjo and vocals. However, Page was replaced by Jim Yester (born November 24, 1939, Birmingham, Alabama) on vocals, guitar and keyboards before any of the group’s public performances.

The new band spent about five months rehearsing before they began performing around the Los Angeles area, most notably a regular stint at The Ice House in Pasadena and its sister club in Glendale. They also auditioned for record labels but faced resistance due to their unique sound. Eventually, the small Jubilee label issued a single of “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” (a song originally recorded by Joan Baez, later popularized by Led Zeppelin) but nothing happened. Finally, Valiant Records gave them a contract, with the first result being a version of Bob Dylan’s “One Too Many Mornings” ,which was produced by Valiant’s owner, Barry DeVorzon.

The Men were first managed by Doug Weston, owner of the Troubador, before switching to actor Dean Fredericks, who remained on board when the Association was formed and helped get them the Valiant deal. In 1966 Fredericks turned the reins over to Pat Colecchio, who managed the group for the next eight years.  (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Cherish 
2 Windy
3 Never My Love
4 Along Comes Mary
5 Everything That Touches You
6 Pandora’s Golden Heebie Jeebies
7 Time for Livin’ 
8 Six Man Band
9 The Time It is Today
10 No Fair at All
11 Goodbye Columbus 
12 Birthday Morning
13 Names, Tags, Numbers and Labels 
14 Requiem for the Masses
15 Darlin’ Be Home Soon 
16 Just About the Sam
17 Dreamer
18 Dubuque Blues
19 Under Branches 
20 Yes, I Will  
21 Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You
22 One Too Many Mornings
23 Along the Way 
24 P.F. Sloan
25 Baby, Can’t You Hear Me Call Your Name
26 Forty Times
27 Your Own Love
28 Don’t Blame It on Me
29 Standing Still
30 Looking Glass

 

Feature Year: 1974 – 9am ET

1974January 3 – Bob Dylan and The Band kick off their 40-date concert tour at Chicago Stadium. It’s Dylan’s first time on the road since 1966.
January 17 – Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported by the single “Help Me” reaching the highest moment of commercial success. Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns.
February 10 – record producer Phil Spector is badly injured in a car accident. Details of the accident are kept secret.
February 12 – New York’s rock club, Bottom Line, opens in Greenwich Village. The first headlining act is Dr. John.
February 14 – The Captain & Tennille are married in Virginia City, Nevada.
February 16 – Two years of litigation between Grand Funk and former manager Terry Knight are finally resolved. The band gets the rights to its name but Knight wins a cash settlement.
February 18 – Yes sells out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, without a bit of advertising for the show. Kiss releases their self-titled debut album.
February 19 – The first American Music Awards are broadcast on ABC, two weeks before the Grammys.
February 20 – Cher files for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Sonny Bono.
March 12 – John Lennon is involved in an altercation with a photographer outside The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Lennon and friend Harry Nilsson have been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and are forced to leave the club.
March 16 – Country music’s Grand Ole Opry moves to a new location at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee
March 30 – The Ramones play their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York.
April 5 – Van Halen play their first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at Gazzarri’s.
April 6 – 200,000 music fans attend The California Jam rock festival. Artists performing at the event include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas, and the Eagles. Swedish group ABBA wins the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in The Dome, Brighton, England, with the song “Waterloo”, kickstarting their stellar international career.
April 14 – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, a concert movie filmed during the band’s 1972 North American Tour, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
April 16 – Queen play their first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.
April 25 – Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison’s widow, is found dead in her Hollywood apartment from an apparent heroin overdose.
May 7 – Led Zeppelin announces their new record label, Swan Song Records, with a lavish party at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York.
May 25 – Twenty years after it was recorded, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets returns to the Billboard Top 40, after it gains renewed popularity from its use in the film American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days.
May 28 – Experimental orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia, plays a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with its regular conductor John Farley. The performers included Michael Nyman and Brian Eno.
June 5 – Patti Smith records “Hey Joe”, her debut single which arguably becomes the first punk rock single when released in August.
June 14 – David Bowie launches his Diamond Dogs tour at the Montreal Forum. One year previously Bowie had announced he was retiring from touring as Ziggy Stardust.
July 4 – Barry White marries Love Unlimited lead singer Glodean James.
July 19-21 – Ozark Music Festival is held in Sedalia, Missouri with a crowd estimated between 100,000 to 350,000 people.
July 20 – The first Knebworth Concert is held in England, headlined by The Allman Brothers Band.
July 29 – Having performed at two sold-out concerts at the London Palladium, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot dies in her sleep after suffering a heart attack in a Mayfair flat in London, aged 32. Neil Peart officially joins Rush.
August 7 – Peter Wolf, lead singer of The J. Geils Band, marries actress Faye Dunaway.
August 17 – Ramones make their CBGB debut. The venue would help establish their place at the forefront of punk rock.
September 15 – Gary Thain of Uriah Heep is shocked on stage at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and is seriously injured.
October 5 – AC/DC performs its first official show with Bon Scott as its new lead singer.
October 18 – Al Green is attacked in the shower by a girlfriend. She scalds his body with a pan of boiling grits and commits suicide a few moments later.
November 2 – George Harrison launches his “George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” in Vancouver. It’s Harrison’s first tour since the Beatles North American Tour of 1966.
November 21 – Wilson Pickett is arrested in Andes, New York after allegedly firing a bullet through the door of a hotel room he was staying at while on a hunting trip with The Isley Brothers.
November 28 – John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden for three songs. It would be Lennon’s last stage performance.
December 12 – Mick Taylor leaves The Rolling Stones after 6 years.
December 31 – Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac. The third annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, moving this year from NBC to ABC, is aired with performances by Herbie Hancock, The Beach Boys, Chicago, Olivia Newton-John and The Doobie Brothers.

Feature Year: 1974 9am ET

1974January 3 – Bob Dylan and The Band kick off their 40-date concert tour at Chicago Stadium. It’s Dylan’s first time on the road since 1966.
January 17 – Joni Mitchell releases her monumental album Court and Spark, supported by the single “Help Me” reaching the highest moment of commercial success.  Dino Martin, singer and son of Dean Martin, is arrested on suspicion of possession and sale of two machine guns.
February 10 – record producer Phil Spector is badly injured in a car accident. Details of the accident are kept secret.
February 12 – New York’s rock club, Bottom Line, opens in Greenwich Village. The first headlining act is Dr. John.
February 14 – The Captain & Tennille are married in Virginia City, Nevada.
February 16 – Two years of litigation between Grand Funk and former manager Terry Knight are finally resolved. The band gets the rights to its name but Knight wins a cash settlement.
February 18 – Yes sells out the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden, without a bit of advertising for the show.  Kiss releases their self-titled debut album.
February 19 – The first American Music Awards are broadcast on ABC, two weeks before the Grammys.
February 20 – Cher files for divorce from her husband of 10 years, Sonny Bono.
March 12 – John Lennon is involved in an altercation with a photographer outside The Troubadour in Los Angeles, California. Lennon and friend Harry Nilsson have been heckling comedian Tommy Smothers and are forced to leave the club.
March 16 – Country music’s Grand Ole Opry moves to a new location at the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, Tennessee
March 30 – The Ramones play their first concert at the Performance Studio in New York.
April 5 – Van Halen play their first gig on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood at Gazzarri’s.
April 6 – 200,000 music fans attend The California Jam rock festival. Artists performing at the event include Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Arkansas, and the Eagles.  Swedish group ABBA wins the 19th Eurovision Song Contest in The Dome, Brighton, England, with the song “Waterloo”, kickstarting their stellar international career.
April 14 – Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones, a concert movie filmed during the band’s 1972 North American Tour, premieres at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York.
April 16 – Queen play their first North American concert, opening for Mott the Hoople in Denver, Colorado.
April 25 – Pam Morrison, Jim Morrison’s widow, is found dead in her Hollywood apartment from an apparent heroin overdose.
May 7 – Led Zeppelin announces their new record label, Swan Song Records, with a lavish party at The Four Seasons Hotel in New York.
May 25 – Twenty years after it was recorded, “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets returns to the Billboard Top 40, after it gains renewed popularity from its use in the film American Graffiti and the TV series Happy Days.
May 28 – Experimental orchestra, the Portsmouth Sinfonia, plays a concert at the Royal Albert Hall, with its regular conductor John Farley. The performers included Michael Nyman and Brian Eno.
June 5 – Patti Smith records “Hey Joe”, her debut single which arguably becomes the first punk rock single when released in August.
June 14 – David Bowie launches his Diamond Dogs tour at the Montreal Forum. One year previously Bowie had announced he was retiring from touring as Ziggy Stardust.
July 4 – Barry White marries Love Unlimited lead singer Glodean James.
July 19-21 – Ozark Music Festival is held in Sedalia, Missouri with a crowd estimated between 100,000 to 350,000 people.
July 20 – The first Knebworth Concert is held in England, headlined by The Allman Brothers Band.
July 29 – Having performed at two sold-out concerts at the London Palladium, ‘Mama’ Cass Elliot dies in her sleep after suffering a heart attack in a Mayfair flat in London, aged 32.  Neil Peart officially joins Rush.
August 7 – Peter Wolf, lead singer of The J. Geils Band, marries actress Faye Dunaway.
August 17 – Ramones make their CBGB debut. The venue would help establish their place at the forefront of punk rock.
September 15 – Gary Thain of Uriah Heep is shocked on stage at the Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas and is seriously injured.
October 5 – AC/DC performs its first official show with Bon Scott as its new lead singer.
October 18 – Al Green is attacked in the shower by a girlfriend. She scalds his body with a pan of boiling grits and commits suicide a few moments later.
November 2 – George Harrison launches his “George Harrison & Friends North American Tour” in Vancouver. It’s Harrison’s first tour since the Beatles North American Tour of 1966.
November 21 – Wilson Pickett is arrested in Andes, New York after allegedly firing a bullet through the door of a hotel room he was staying at while on a hunting trip with The Isley Brothers.
November 28 – John Lennon joins Elton John on stage at Madison Square Garden for three songs. It would be Lennon’s last stage performance.
December 12 – Mick Taylor leaves The Rolling Stones after 6 years.
December 31 – Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac.