Tonawanda News — In England, a group called The Ravens featuring two brothers, started performing and looking for record deals. Within a few years, the band changed its name to The Kinks and went on to record timeless classics like “You Really Got Me.” Brothers Ray and Dave Davies both still tour and have hinted they may reunite as The Kinks sometime next year.
Also in England, a band featuring guitarist Anthony “Top” Topham formed. Topham left the band in October 1963, just a few months after their formation. Topham’s replacement was a young blues guitarist named Eric Clapton. The band was The Yardbirds.
Clapton was later replaced by Jeff Beck, and Beck was later replaced by Jimmy Page, who tried to form a band called The New Yardbirds that eventually was called Led Zeppelin.
Fifty years later, The Yardbirds are still active and this year marked the return of Topham to the lineup.
Finally, the No. 1 song the week of the Kennedy Assassination was “I’m Leaving it Up to You” by Dale & Grace.
One other note, Kennedy’s death did have an impact on the album charts. The “John Fitzgerald Kennedy — A Memorial Album” sold 4 million copies in its first week of release, a record that still stands today as the fastest-selling recording. I bought my copy at an estate sale many years later.
Thom Jennings writes a weekly column on the music scene for Sunday Lifestyle. Email him at email@example.com.