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

May 24 th

1956 – Lys Assia The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland

1962 -Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’ his 11th UK No.1 single.

1963 – Elmore James US blues guitarist and singer Elmore James died of a heart attack aged 45. James wrote ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as “The King of the Slide Guitar”, James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.

1963 -The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, “Pop Go the Beatles”. The theme song for the program was a version of “Pop Goes the Weasel”. The Beatles’ guests for this first show were the Lorne Gibson Trio

1966 -Captain Beefheart appeared at the Whisky a Go Go. West Hollywood, California. Supported by Buffalo Springfield and The Doors.

1968 -The Rolling Stones released the single ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit The song was written about Keith Richards gardener Jack Dyer while Richards and Mick Jagger was staying at Richards country home

1969 -Bob Dylan’s album Nashville Skyline peaked at No.3 in the US chart. The singer’s ninth album, it also scored Dylan his fourth UK No.1. The album featured ‘Lay Lady Lay’, which became one of Dylan’s biggest pop hits, reaching No.7 in the US, his biggest single in three years.

1969 – Billy Preston The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Back’, This was the only single the Beatles ever recorded featuring another artist

1970 -Peter Green played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac when they appeared at the Bath Festival, Somerset, England.

1974 -David Bowie released his eighth studio album Diamond Dogs \

1975 -Earth, Wind & Fire went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Shining Star’, the group’s first and only US No.1

1980 -Genesis fans turning up at the Roxy Club box office in Los Angeles to buy tickets for a forthcoming gig were surprised to find the band members Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford selling the tickets themselves

1991 – Gene Clark Founder member of The Byrds Gene Clark died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits ‘I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better’, and ‘Eight Miles High

1997 -Hanson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘MMMBop’, the brothers first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK

1997 -The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Spice

1999 -Queen singer Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honoured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail

2000 -Andrea and Sharon Corr from The Corrs both collapsed in the mid-day sun whilst shooting their new video in the Mojave Desert in California. The pair were treated in hospital for heat exhaustion and were back on the set within 24 hours

2003 -Paul McCartney made his first ever live solo performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square

2004-Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her Re-invention World Tour by playing three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum

2007 -Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at this years Ivor Novello Awards. Winehouse won best contemporary song for her hit ‘Rehab

2009 -Billy Joel was sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto claimed Joel owed him for 10 years worth of work

2010 – Slipknot Paul Gray, the bassist with US metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa of a suspected drug overdose. The body of the 38-year-old musician was found by an employee at the hotel in a suburb of the city. Police said foul play was not suspected

2017 – Elvis Presley Sonny West, one of the original members of Elvis Presley’s Memphis Mafia, died of lung cancer at the age of 79

Born on this day

1938 – Prince Buster Jamaican singer, songwriter and producer, Prince Buster. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music today

1941 -Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman), American singer-songwriter, author, and painter. Dylan has released over 40 albums since 1964

1942 -Derek Quinn, from the 1960s pop band Freddie and the Dreamers. They scored the 1963 UK No.3 single ‘You Were made For Me

1944 – Patti Labelle American singer, songwriter, Patti Labelle who scored the 1975 US No.1 & UK No.17 single ‘Lady Marmalade

1945 – Dave Peacock English musician and bass guitarist Dave Peacock, who with Chas & Dave had the 1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You

1946 -Steve Upton from British rock band Wishbone Ash who scored the 1972 UK No.3 album Argus and eight other Top 40 albums

1947 -Albert Bouchard, drummer, guitarist, songwriter, from American hard rock band Blue Oyster Cult who scored the 1976 US No.12 & 1978 UK No.16 single ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper’. Blue Oyster Cult have sold over 24 million records worldwide

1947 -Cynthia ‘Plaster’ Caster, a groupie who became famous for making plaster cast’s of rock star’s penises and breasts

1955 – Rosanne Cash Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was American singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife  Vivian Liberto Cash Distin

1956 -Larry Blackmon, lead singer with American soul-influenced funk group Cameo who scored the 1986 UK No.3 single ‘Word Up

1960 – Guy Fletcher, multi-instrumentalist, who has worked with Roxy Music, (joined in 1981 for their Avalon world tour) and is best known for his position as the keyboard player in Dire Straits from 1984 until the group’s dissolution

1967 – Heavy D Jamaican-born American rapper Heavy D, who scored the 1991 UK No.2 single ‘Now That We Found Love

1969 -Rich Robinson, guitarist with The Black Crowes (along with older brother Chris Robinson), who had the 1991 hit single ‘Hard To Handle

1976 – Alessandro CortiniItalian musician Alessandro Cortini best known for touring and recording with the American band Nine Inch Nails from 2004 to 2008

This weeks Theme is This weather gives me the Blues

Anything Blues or Weather related will Do but as always Play whatever you like

Enough Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started

Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites