Proof that MC5 were truly original punks... / TV cop goes to the top... / No tuxedo's for Kiss!

(May, 1976 photo by Peter Cade/Central Press/Getty Images)

4/16/1969 (49 years ago today) - This is how it's done: Elektra Records dropped legendary Detroit psycho-punkers MC5 from the label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper, using the record company logo, mind you -- The ad simply said "F---k Hudsons"; the band was protesting the Michigan department store chain's refusal to stock their albums. Bravo!!! The group was quickly signed by Atlantic Records where their second album, "Back In The USA", was produced by influential Rolling Stone rock music critic and future Springsteen mentor Jon Landau -- Look these guys up, they're a hoot for sure...

4/16/1977 (41 years ago today) - Oh, you remember this, yes you do: One-time blonde-and-master-race-looking actor David Soul, who played "Hutch" in the 1975-'79 ABC-TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch", had his one and done No. 1 hit single on this date with the saccharine/vertigo-inducing pop monster "Don't Give Up On Us", also a chart-topper in the U.K. -- The song was written by Tony Macaulay who had earlier subjected us to the 1970 fingernails-on-the-chalkboard classic "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse, so there's lots of blame to spread around...

4/16/1996 (22 years ago today) - At the time, in the moment, it was positively hilarious: Kiss appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced their forthcoming 'no-holds-barred' reunion tour. It was actually the first time all four original members had appeared together in over fifteen years...

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"The future isn't just one night/It's written in the moonlight...",* xoxo!

* Actual lyrics!