Eddie Bond

Eddie Bond (July 1, 1933 – March 20, 2013) was an American rockabilly singer and guitarist. When he was almost 21 and established on the music scene in Memphis, a 16-year-old fellow band member, Ronnie Smith, invited a 19 year old Elvis Presley to audition to sing with the group in May 1954 at the Hi Hat Club on South Third Street. Presley, drinking a Coke with his girlfriend, Dixie Locke, waited nervously to go on.

Bond asked Elvis what he did for a living, and Elvis said he drove a truck for Crown Electric. Presley then sang two songs on stage, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Afterward, he and Bond spoke out of earshot of others. A few years later, Eddie Bond told a friend that he had told Presley to stick with his day job, “because you’re never going to make it as a singer.”

Source: Wikipedia and The New York Times

Stick to your day job. You’re never going to make it as a singer - Eddie Bond, 1954

Elvis Presley in Heart America

Eddie Bond told many people that he was simply conveying to Presley the assessment of the club owners, but the conversation apparently stuck with the future king of rock ’n’ roll.

In 1957, as Presley was about to film “Jailhouse Rock,” he told a friend that Mr. Bond “broke my heart.” Travelling by train to Hollywood, he said, “I wonder what Eddie Bond thinks now.”

A 2007 conservative estimate was that Elvis has sold over one billion records worldwide, more than anyone else in the history of the record business.

Variety Magazine cover

Rock'n'Roll? It'll be gone by June - Variety Magazine, 1955

Terry Kath

Don't worry about it ... Look, the clip is not even in it

Terry Alan Kath was a guitarist and singer for the band Chicago. In the 1970s he was mixing a liking for guns with drug and alcohol abuse.

On January 23, 1978, after a party at the home of roadie and band technician Don Johnson, in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, Kath began to play with his .38 revolver, spinning on his finger, putting it to his temple, and pulling the trigger. The gun was not loaded. Johnson warned Kath several times to be careful. Kath then picked up a semi-automatic 9-mm pistol and, leaning back in a chair, said to Johnson, "Don't worry about it ... Look, the clip is not even in it." Kath showed Johnson the empty magazine, replaced the magazine in the gun, put the gun to his temple and pulled the trigger. Apparently unknown to Kath, the semi-automatic had a round in the chamber. He died instantly from the gunshot, eight days before his 32nd birthday.

Source: Wikipedia

Don't worry about it ... Look, the clip is not even in it - Terry Kath, 1978