The Freep is reporting that a new Beatles exhibition is headed to Keenerland. “”The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition,” will run April 30-Sept. 18 at the Henry Ford Museum, “featuring artifacts and galleries tracing the Beatles’ trajectory from the band’s Liverpool origins up through the post-breakup days… Visitors can tour a mock-up of Liverpool’s Cavern Club and make custom mixes of tracks recorded at Abbey Road Studios.”
Speaking of the Fab Four, it was April 4th, 1964 that the band held down the top 4 spots on the Billboard Hot 100. In order from number one, “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Please Please Me.” Keener was ahead of the Beatle curve that week. The Top 5 on the WKNR Music Guide included were:
1. Look Homeward Angel – The Monarchs
2. Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
3. New Girl in School/Dead Man’s Curve – Jan & Dean
4. Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles
5. Shangri La – Vic Dana / Robert Maxwell
Happy 81st birthday to Herb Alpert. The erstwhile trumpeter and record executive was co-founder of A&M records, discovering the West Coast band We Five, Chris Montez, The Carpenters, Sérgio Mendes and Brasil ’66 and others. His band, The Tijuana Brass, had hits with “The Lonely Bull”, “A Taste of Honey”, “What Now My Love”, “Spanish Flea” and the theme from the film “Casino Royale”, plus a solo turn with “This Guy’s In Love With You” in 1968. Alpert had five No. 1 albums and earned nine Grammy Awards. Fourteen of his LPs went platinum, fifteen earned gold record status.
And speaking of birthdays, it’s either “Happy 92nd,” or “Happy 94th” birthday to singer / actress, Doris Day. Depending on who reports it, she was born on April 3rd, 1922 or 1924. Born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, she began her career as a big band singer, hitting with “Sentimental Journey” in 1945. She was soon signed to Columbia Records, turning out over 650 recordings between 1947 and 1967. Wikipedia records her first film appearance in 1948 co-starring in “Romance on the High Seas”, launching a Hollywood career that continued well into the 1960s. She was paired with the industry’s most bankable leading men. Here are just a few: Clark Gable in Teacher’s Pet (1958), Rock Hudson in Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961) and Send Me No Flowers (1964), Cary Grant in That Touch of Mink (1962), and James Garner in The Thrill of It All and Move Over, Darling (1963). Day was ranked the biggest box-office star, the only woman appearing on that list in the era, for four years (1960, 1962, 1963 and 1964). She was married four times. Her only son, Terry Melcher had a hit on Keener when he partnered with future Beach Boy, Bruce Johnston to record “Hey Little Cobra” as The Rip Chords. Melcher was best known as a producer for The Byrds, Paul Revere and the Raiders and the Beach Boys before his death from melanoma at the age of 62.