Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10th

Soul Singer Otis Redding (who literally stole the show at The Monterey Pop Festival a few months earlier) and four members of The Bar-Kays (Jimmy King, Ronnie Caldwell, Phalon Jones and Carl Cunningham) die in a plane crash near Madison, Wisconsin.  (A fifth Bar-Kay, Ben Cauley, survived the crash and bassist James Alexander wasn't on the plane.) 

The Bar-Kays had the Top 20 Hit "Soul Finger" earlier this year and Otis Redding will have the biggest hit of his career when Volt Records releases "Dock Of The Bay" posthumously in January.  The record will go all the way to #1 and stay there for four weeks in Billboard Magazine, incredibly NOT reaching the top spot in either Cash Box or Record World.  

The Hollies make an appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  

The Byrds kick off the first of an eight night engagement at Hollywood's Whisky A Go-Go.

The Steve Miller Band sign a five year contract with Capitol Records for the incredible sum of $860,000.  The deal also promises a $25,000 promotional campaign to launch their first release for the label.

OK, we teased you with it last week … returning to the #1 Spot at The Box Office this week is "The Jungle Book", reclaiming the throne in its EIGHTH week of release!!!  And it STILL managed to do over $3.4 million this week!  It has spent SIX of the last eight weeks at the top of the movie charts, never taking in less than $3.4 million in any given week … an UNHEARD of accomplishment for this classic animated film.