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On this day in music
1960 – The Beatles The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury’s backing group. Parnes
suggested they use the name ‘Long John and the Silver Beetles’, but John Lennon refused to be referred to as ‘Long John’.
1963 – Chuck Berry The Rolling Stones recorded the Chuck Berry song ‘Come On’, at Olympic Studios, London. This the bands first release was issued on the 7th June 1963 by Decca Records.
1964 -Bob Dylan arrived in Britain for his first major UK tour including a show at London’s Royal Festival Hall on the 17th of this month.
1965 -The Rolling Stones recorded a version of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently aquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff
1967 -Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared at Chichester Crown Court, Sussex, charged with being in possession of drugs, they elect to go to trial pleading not guilty and were both granted £100 bail.
1969 -Frank Sinatra’s version of ‘My Way’ made the British Top ten for the first time.
1969 -The Moody Blues started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘On The Threshold Of A Dream’ (their first No.1 album).
1969 -The Turtles gave a special performance at the White House as guests of Tricia Nixon. Stories circulate concerning members of the group allegedly snorted cocaine on Abraham Lincoln’s desk.
1969 -Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart when the band’s debut album charted at No. 6, going on to spend 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at No. 10. Recorded in around 36 hours, the album is now considered one of the most important debuts in rock
1970 – David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song ‘Space Oddity’ which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra
1985 – Belinda Carlisle All girl group The Go-Go’s announced they were breaking up. The members went on to enjoy solo success, (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) and the group reformed in the late 90s.
1986 – Tommy Lee Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married TV star Heather Locklear in a courtyard in Santa Barbara California with five hundred guests. Tommy wore a white leather tuxedo.
1986 – Falco was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus.’ Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US No.1 hit single and the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts
1986 -The Pet Shop Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘West End Girls’, the duo’s first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
1991 -Madonna’s ‘warts and all’ documentary film Truth Or Dare (known as In Bed with Madonna outside of North America), chronicling the life Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, premiered in Los Angeles.
1999 – Shel Silverstein American singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack aged 57. Wrote, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr Hook including ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ and ‘The Cover of the Rolling Stone.’
2000 -Bobby Brown was arrested at Newark airport, New Jersey for breaking his probation order. He had been wanted in Florida since 1999 when his probation officer reported that a urine test proved positive for cocaine use.
2000 -Michael Bolton lost his appeal against a court ruling that he stole part of his 1991 hit ‘Love Is a Wonderful Thing’ from an Isley Brothers song. Bolton had asked for a retrial following a 1994 jury verdict that he had plagiarised parts of The Isley Brothers song of the same name, but, an appeals court panel upheld the ruling which awarded the group $5.4m (£3.37m) from the profits of Bolton’s single – one of his biggest hits.
2007 – Akon US hip-hop artist Akon apologised after footage of him dancing provocatively on stage with a teenage girl was posted on the internet. It led to telecommunications company Verizon pulling out as a sponsor of his US tour with Gwen Stefani
2010 – Apollo Theatre New York City’s Apollo Theatre began installing bronze plaques on the sidewalk outside the building of legends who had close ties to the theater. Among the first to be honored were James Brown, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald.
2011 – John Lennon The ornate iron gates of a children’s home which inspired John Lennon’s psychedelic Beatles anthem Strawberry Fields Forever were removed after The Salvation Army, which owned the former home, decided to put the red Victorian gates into storage. Beatles fans who passed the Liverpool site on tours would now be met with 10ft (3m) high replicas. The original gates were being taken to a secret location for storage, and would eventually be auctioned off.
2013 – Heavy Metal A two-year degree in heavy metal music was branded an “easy option” by education campaigners. The foundation degree was being offered by New College Nottingham in the UK.
2013 – Phil Lynott Two men were arrested in Dublin after the city centre statue of Phil Lynott was pushed over and seriously damaged. The memorial to the Thin Lizzy icon has been removed from its Harry Street location for repairs, and the men were later released without charge. The life-size bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2005 and had become a tourist destination and landmark since then.
2018 – Scott Hutchison Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist Scott Hutchison from indie band Frightened Rabbit was found dead near South Queensferry, Scotland. Hutchison was last seen at 1am on the 9th May leaving a hotel in South Queensferry and later tweeted ‘Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones’, followed by ‘I’m away now. Thanks’ prior to his disappearance.
Born On This Day
1920 – Bert Weedon English guitarist Bert Weedon who had the 1959 UK No.10 single ‘Guitar Boogie Shuffle’. His best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend and Jimmy Page. Weedon died on 20th April 2012 aged 91.
1935 – Larry Williams American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer Larry Williams. The Beatles and The Jam covered his songs. He scored the 1957 US No.5 hit single ‘Short Fat Fannie’ and a hit with ‘Dizzy, Miss Lizzy’. Williams died from gunshot wounds on 2nd January 1980 aged 45.
1935 – Julius Wechter American musician and composer Julius Wechter. He composed the song ‘Spanish Flea’ for Herb Alpert and was leader of The Baja Marimba Band. As a session musician he worked for the likes of The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher and various Phil Spector productions
1937 – Mike Melvoin American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Mike Melvoin who worked as a prolific studio musician, recording with Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Tom Waits, Barbra Streisand, The Jackson 5, Natalie Cole, and The Beach Boys
1938 -Henry Fambrough, from American rhythm and blues vocal group the Detroit Spinners who had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Working My Way Back To You’.
1944 -Jackie Lomax, UK singer, who was the first act to be signed to The Beatles Apple Records. George Harrison wrote his single ‘Sour Milk Sea’.
1946 -Donovan, Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist, who scored the 1966 US No.1 & 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Sunshine Superman’. ‘Mellow Yellow’ reached US No.2 the following year, with ‘Hurdy Gurdy Man’ reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968.
1946 -Graham Gouldman, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, who was a member of High Spots, The Crevattes and 10cc who had the 1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘I’m Not In Love’
1947 – Dave Mason English singer-songwriter Dave Mason who with Traffic had the 1967 UK No.2 single ‘Hole In My Shoe’ and the solo, 1977 US No.12 single ‘We Just Disagree’. Mason has worked with many notable musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix (twelve-string guitar on ‘All Along the Watchtower’ and Fleetwood Mac.
1947 -Jay Ferguson, from American group Spirit who had the 1969 US No.25 single ‘I Got A Line On You’
1952 – Lee Brilleaux English rhythm-and-blues singer Lee Brilleaux who with Dr Feelgood, had the 1979 UK No.9 single ‘Milk And Alcohol’ and the hits ‘She Does It Right’, ‘Roxette’, and ‘Back in the Night’
1952 -Sly Dunbar, session drummer, as Sly and Robbie worked with Peter Tosh, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, (1987 UK No.12 single ‘Boops Here To Go’).
1957 – Sid Vicious John Ritchie (Sid Vicious), bass, vocals, Sex Pistols, 1977 UK No.2 single ‘God Save The Queen’, and 1977 UK No.1 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. Vicious died of a heroin overdose on 2nd February 1979
1957 – Karl Hyde, from British electronic music group Underworld who had the 1996 UK No.2 single ‘Born Slippy
1960 – Bono Irish singer-songwriter, Paul Hewson, (Bono), U2, who had the 1984 UK No.3 single ‘Pride, In The Name Of Love’ plus over 25 other UK Top singles. Their 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album The Joshua Tree spent 156 weeks on the UK chart
1968 – Richard Patrick American musician Richard Patrick, guitarist with Filter, Army of Anyone, and also worked with Nine Inch Nails.
1991 – Ray Dalton American singer and songwriter Ray Dalton who had the 2013 US No.1 hit ‘Can’t Hold Us’ with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
This weeks Theme is Country & Western
Yee Haw Slap your Gramma
Enough Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites