Rip’s Saturday Night Special

Welcome to Rip’s Saturday Night Special

A weekly music thread dedicated to all of your favorite tunes based on a weekly changing theme

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On this day in music

April 5th

1962 – The Beatles performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles’ fan club

1967 – The Monkees fans walked from London’s Marble Arch to the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square to protest Davy Jones’ planned call-up. Jones was exempted because he was deemed responsible for supporting his father

1975 -Minnie Riperton went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Stevie Wonder produced song ‘Loving You’ (a No.2 hit in the UK). It was the singers only US chart hit

1979 – Duran Duran made their live debut at The Lecture Theatre, Birmingham Polytechnic. The band have achieved 14 singles in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and have sold over 100 million records worldwide

1980 – R.E.M. played their first ever gig when they appeared at St Mary’s Episcopal Church, Athens, Georgia

1981 – Bob Hite Canned Heat singer Bob “The Bear” Hite died of a heart attack aged 36. (1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single ‘Let’s Work Together’). Played at both the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival and the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

1983 – Danny Rapp, leader of 50s group Danny and the Juniors committed suicide in a hotel in Arizona by shooting himself

1984 – Marvin Gaye’s funeral took place at The Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles; Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and other Motown singers, writers and producers, attended the service.

1985 – Michael Jackson At 3:50pm GMT, over 5,000 radio stations worldwide aired the charity single by USA for Africa ‘We Are The World’. The single went on to be a No.1 in the US & UK, and most Western territories.

1994 – Kurt Cobain committed suicide by shooting himself in the head at his home in Seattle. Cobain’s body wasn’t discovered until April 8, by an electrician who had arrived to install a security system An autopsy determined a high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were found in Cobain’s body

1995 – Monika Dannerman, the one time girlfriend of Jimi Hendrix committed suicide, two days after losing a court battle with another of the guitarist’s ex-lover

1998 – Cozy Powell British drummer Cozy Powell (Colin Flooks) was killed when his car smashed into crash barriers on the M4 motorway near Bristol, England. Powell had worked with the Jeff Beck Group, Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Brian May, Peter Green and the ELP spin-off Emerson, Lake, and Powell

1998 -The Spice Girls performed their first ever-live UK concert when they appeared in front of a 9,000 strong audience in Glasgow, Scotland

2002 – Layne Staley American singer Layne Staley of Alice in Chains was found dead from a mixture of heroin and cocaine in his home. It was reported that the 6-foot (1.8 m) Staley weighed only 86 pounds (39 kg) when his body was discovered

2006 – Suge KnightMarion ‘Suge’ Knight staved off receivership by seeking bankruptcy protection for himself and his music label, Death Row Records.

2006 – Gene Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and had shown no signs of illness. Pitney scored the 1962 US No.4 single ‘Only Love Can Break A Heart’. and 1967 solo UK No.5 & 1989 UK No.1 single with Marc Almond ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’, plus over 15 other US & UK Top 40 hits

2007 -Former KISS guitarist Mark St. John died from an apparent brain haemorrhage at the age of 51. St. John was Kiss’ third official guitarist, having replaced Vinnie Vincent in 1984 and appeared on the album ‘Animalize’

2008 – Apple’s iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US

2011 – Nirvana A statue in tribute to Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain was unveiled in his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, The unveiling marked the 17th anniversary of Cobain’s death

2012 -Jim Marshall, who made rock ’n’ roll rawer and noisier by inventing the Marshall amplifier died at a hospice in London, aged 88. His amplifiers and speakers known as ‘Marshall stacks and are still used today by some of the worlds biggest bands

2013 -Mark Knopfler cancelled two shows in Russia in protest over what he called the country’s “crackdown” on human rights groups. The former Dire Straits frontman pulled out of the gigs in June after Russian authorities searched the offices of organisations including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Critics said the raids were an attempt to crush government dissent

2016 – Drake Canadian hip hop artist Drake released the single ‘One Dance’. The track reached No.1 in ten countries including the US and topped the UK Singles Chart for 15 consecutive weeks

Born on this day

1928 – Tony Williams, from American vocal group The Platters who had the 1959 UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

1929 -Joe Meek, English record producer, sound engineer and songwriter who pioneered space age and experimental pop music

1935 – Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin. Died from a heart attack on 21st Nov 1995 aged 60 Known as being one of the shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the early 60s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals

1939 – Ronnie White, singer with The Miracles, who had the 1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson, ‘The Tears Of A Clown

1941 – Dave Swarbrick, English folk musician and singer-songwriter. Best known for his work for the group Fairport Convention

1942 – Alan Clarke, singer with British pop/rock group The Hollies who have scored over 30 top 40 hits, including ‘Just One Look’, ‘Bus Stop’, ‘Carrie Anne’, and later ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’ and ‘The Air That I Breathe’. Clarke retired from performing in 1999

1944 -Nicholas Caldwell, singer with American group The Whispers who had the 1980 UK No.2 & US No.19 single ‘And The Beat Goes On

1948 – Dave Holland English rock drummer Dave Holland best remembered for his stints with Trapeze from 1969 to 1979 and Judas Priest from 1979 to 1989

1950 – Agnetha FaltskogSwedish musician, singer, songwriter Agnetha Faltskog from ABBA. Their first UK hit was the 1974 No.1 ‘Waterloo’, followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and 9 UK No.1 albums and they scored the 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dancing Queen

1951 – Everton Morton, from British group The Beat who had a string of UK hit singles in the 80s, including ‘Mirror in the Bathroom,’ ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You’ and ‘Hands Off, She’s Mine’

1954 – Stan Ridgeway American multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Stan Ridgeway who scored the 1986 UK No.4 single ‘Camouflage’ and was a founding member of the band Wall of Voodoo

1965 -Mike McCready, guitarist, and one of the founding members of Pearl Jam who had the 1992 UK No.15 single Jeremy, the 1993 US No.1 and UK No.2 album Vs and the 1994 US No.1 and UK No.4 album Vitalogy. McCready also has the side project bands Temple of the Dog, Mad Season and The Rockford

1968 – Paula Cole American singer-songwriter Paula Cole, who scored the 1997 UK No.15 single, ‘Where Have All The Cowboys Gone’. Her song ‘I Don’t Want to Wait’ was used as the theme song of the television show Dawson’s Creek

1973 – Pharrell Williams, one half of the writing duo, The Neptunes (with Chad Hugo). Williams has produced numerous No.1 hits for Mystikal, Jay-Z, NSYNC, Britney Spears, Ed Sheeran, and Nelly

1975 – Juicy J American rapper, songwriter and record producer, Juicy J, (Jordan Michael Houston), founding member of the Southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia. He featured on the 2014 US Katy Perry No.1 hit ‘Dark Horse’.

1981 – Mariqueen Maandig Filipino American musician and singer-songwriter Mariqueen Maandig, vocalist for How to Destroy Angels, (with her husband Trent Reznor

Today’s theme is All things Canadian /Great Canadian Bands & Artists

Let’s Get This Party Started

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