1959 – In a report on the payola scandal, Billboard claims that the fallout “will substantially damage the careers of at least twenty-five DJs.” According to rock DJ Alan Freed, his career has already ended up “down the drain” as a result of his role in the pay-for-play racket.
1959 – Meredith Wilson hosts the Grammy Awards ceremonies. Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife” wins record of the year and Frank Sinatra’s “Come Dance with Me” wins album of the year.
1959 – Vocalist Wendy Wu of English new wavers Photo is born.
1959 – At the Grammys, Bobby Darin walks away with Best New Artist of the Year and the Record of the Year award for his single “Mack the Knife.” The winner of Album of the Year is Frank Sinatra’s Come Dance With Me.
1959 – Frank Sinatra won best new artist of the year at the Grammy Awards.
1959 – Simple Minds (“Don’t You Forget About Me”) guitarist Charlie Burchill is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1959 – Marillion guitarist Steve Rothery is born in Brampton, England.
1959 – RCA Records tries to allay worries that the Army will change Elvis for the worse. A spokesman says, “It just ain’t true.”
1959 – WABC-TV in New York fires DJ Alan Freed after he refuses to deny that he accepted payola.
1959 – After topping the US chart with “Come Softly To Me” the previous April, The Fleetwoods enjoyed their second number one song with “Mr. Blue”.
1959 – Johnny & the Moondogs – made up of future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison – take part in the finals of a talent competition in which the winner appears on English TV’s Star Search. Unfortunately, the last bus back to Liverpool leaves before the judging is due to occur, and […]
1959- A&R representatives for RCA try to lure Sam Cooke to their label from Keen Records with an offer of $100,000. Billboard today reports on the escalation of the government’s investigation into payola.