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On this day in music
May 17 th
1963 -The first Monterey Folk Festival took place over three days in Monterey, California. The festival featured Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and Peter Paul and Mary.
1964 -Bob Dylan made his first major concert UK appearance when he played at the Royal Festival Hall in London with an afternoon show listed as a ‘Folksong Concert Dylan’s 18-song set included the live debut of Mr. Tambourine Man
1966 – Bob Dylan During a UK tour, Bob Dylan appeared at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
1967 -The Tremeloes were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of a Four Seasons song, (the B-side to Rag Doll), ‘Silence Is Golden’, the group’s only UK No.1.
1967 – The BeatlesWorking at Abbey Road studios The Beatles began recording a new John Lennon song The single “Let it Be”Which went on to sell millions of copies worldwide
1969 – Album Sales It was reported that for the first time ever album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK. 49,184,000 albums were produced during 1968 compared with 49,161,000 singles.
1971 – Dawn were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Knock Three Times’, the group’s first of two UK No.1’s. Singer Tony Orlando had retired from singing when he was persuaded to front Dawn for studio recordings.
1975 -Elton John was awarded a Platinum Record for sales of a million copies of the LP ‘Captain Fantastic and The Brown Dirt Cowboy’, the first album ever to be certified Platinum on the day of its release.
1975 -Led Zeppelin played the first of five sold-out nights to 17,000 fans at Earls Court Arena, London England Tickets cost £1 ($1.70) – £2.50 ($4.25).
1986 -Spitting Image started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Chicken Song.
1986 -Whitney Houston started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’
1987 – Tom Petty A fire destroyed Tom Petty’s house in Los Angeles, the cost was estimated at $800,000
1990 – Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho.
1996 – Johnny Guitar Watson US blues guitarist Johnny Guitar Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan Passing out on stage in the middle of a guitar solo
1996 -Kevin Gilbert, multi instrumentalist and songwriter, died of accidental asphyxiation. Member of Giraffe, worked with Sheryl Crow, co-wrote her 1994 UK No.4 hit ‘All I Want To Do.’
2002 -Sharon Sheeley, US songwriter, died aged 62. Hits include ‘Poor Little Fool’ US No.1 for Ricky Nelson in 1958 and 1959 hit for Eddie Cochran ‘Somethin’ Else’. Sheeley survived the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran during a 1960 UK tour.
2003 – Scott Weiland Singer with Stone Temple Pilots, Scott Weiland, was arrested on suspicion of drug possession after being stopped during a routine traffic search in Los Angeles He was later released after posting $10,000 bail
2012 -Donna Summer, the 1970s pop singer known as the Queen of Disco, died of lung cancer
2013 -Bob Dylan was made an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Dylan was not in attendance to accept the award
2013 – Daft Punk French Electronic Duo Daft Punk released their fourth album Random Access Memories. It would debut at No.1 on both the US and UK charts and go on to win five Grammy Awards
2015 – Chinx Rapper Chinx was shot and killed in Queens, New York. The 31 year-old, was part of French Montana’s Coke Boys group
2016 – Guy Clark American Texas country and folk singer, songwriter Guy Clark died in Nashville following a lengthy battle with lymphoma
2016 – Alanis Morissette sued her former manager for fraud saying she was robbed of almost $5m (£3.5m) by her former business manager
Born on this day
1941 -Malcolm Hale, from American 1960s sunshine pop band Spanky And Our Gang
1942 -Taj Mahal, US multi-instrumentalist, composer of film soundtracks. In the early 60s he formed The Rising Sons with Ry Cooder,
Mahal worked with Howlin’ Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Garth Hudson and Levon Helm of The Band, and Muddy Waters
1944 -Jesse Winchester, Canadian folk singer, songwriter. His songs have been covered by many artists including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Joan Baez, Anne Murray, Reba McEntire
1948 -Bill Bruford, English drummer. He was the original drummer for the progressive rock group Yes, from 1968–1972, and then joined King Crimson. He worked as the touring drummer for Genesis in 1976 and U.K. in 1978.
1953 -George Johnson from American funk, Motown and R&B band Brothers Johnson
1958 -Alan Rankine, keyboardist, guitarist from The Associates
1959 – Paul Dianno, vocals, the first vocalist to record with heavy metal band Iron Maiden, from 1978 to 1981
1960 -Simon Fuller, record and television producer, manager of the Spice Girls, S Club 7, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Will Young, Emma Bunton and Gareth Gates and the creator of the Idol series
1961 -Enya Ni Bhraonain, from Irish family band Clannad who had the 1982 UK No.5 single ‘Harry’s Game’. Enya had the solo, 1988 UK No.1 single ‘Orinoco Flow’, and the 2001 US No.2 album ‘A Day Without Rain’. Enya is Ireland’s biggest selling solo artist and second overall behind U2 with an estimated 75 million records sold worldwide
1963-Page Samuel McConnell, pianist, organist, keyboardist, from American rock band Phish
1965 -Trent Reznor, American singer-songwriter, record producer and member of Nine Inch Nails
1966 – Jan Kincaid, from English group The Brand New Heavies, who had the 1994 UK No.13 single with their version of ‘Midnight At The Oasis
1967 -Simon Friend, guitarist with English folk rock band The Levellers who had the 1995 UK No.12 single ‘Just The One
1968 -Dave Abbruzzese, American drummer with Pearl Jam from 1991 to 1994. In 1997, Abbruzzese rehearsed with Axl Rose during the making of Guns N’ Roses’ 2008 album, Chinese Democracy
1970 – Jordan KnightJordan Knight, singer, from American boy band New Kids On The Block
1971 -Vernie Bennett, from British R&B girl group Eternal who had the 1997 UK No.1 single ‘I Wanna Be The Only One
1973 – Josh Homme American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist and record producer, Josh Homme, founding and only continuous member of Queens of the Stone Age. He formed Eagles of Death Metal in 1998. In 2009, he formed Them Crooked Vultures with Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones
1974 -Andrea Corr, singer, tin whistle, piano with Irish group The Corrs. Had the 1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’ and their ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998
1984 -English singer-songwriter Michael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger. His most successful single, “Let Her Go”, topped the charts in many countries. In 2014 the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year
This weeks Theme is Long Weekend Party Tunes
Beer Bikes Babes Beach Parties BBQ’s and Bon Fires
Enough Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites