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On this day in music
May 31 st
1961 -Chuck Berry opened ‘Berry Park’, an amusement complex near St Louis. The park had its own zoo, golf course and ferris wheel
1962 -The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time.
1966 – Monkees Filming began on The Monkees first TV series. The Monkees’ first single, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ was released in August 1966, just weeks prior to the TV broadcast debut
1968 – The Beatles began working on what will become The White Album, The Beatles added overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution
1971 – Grateful Dead 36 Grateful Dead fans were medically treated after unknowingly drinking L.S.D. laced cider, at a gig in the US
1976 -The Who gave themselves a place in the Guinness book of Records as the loudest performance of a rock band at 120 decibels, when they played at Charlton Athletic Football ground
1977 – Sex PistolsThe BBC announced a ban on the new Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ saying it’s, “in gross bad taste
1980 -Lipps Inc went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Funkytown
1980 – Mash The Theme From M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless), by Mash was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, 10 years after it was first recorded after being championed by BBC Radio
1982 -The Rolling Stones played at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London, to a sold out crowd of 400 people
1982 – R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California
1986 -Peter Gabriel scored his second solo UK No.1 album with ‘So’ featuring the singles ‘Sledgehammer
1989-David Bowie’s Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards, New York
1993 – Alan McGee Sister Lovers, 18 Wheeler, Boyfriend and Oasis appeared at King Tuts in Glasgow, Scotland. Creation Records boss Alan McGee who was in the audience declared after seeing Oasis, ‘I’ve found the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band since The Beatles
1997 -Eternal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Wanna Be The Only One
1998 – Geri Halliwell announced she had quit The Spice Girls
2000 – Johnnie Taylor US soul singer Johnnie Taylor died of a heart attack in a Texas hospital shortly after his 62nd birthday. Taylor had been a member of The Highway QCs and The Five Echoes and in 1957 Taylor replaced Sam Cooke in The Soul Stirrers
2003 – Festivals UK police announced that thousands of people at this year’s pop festivals would be subjected to a computerised drug test
2004 – Robert Quine US guitarist Robert Quine was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City home. Worked with Richard Hell And The Voidoids and Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits
2005 – Brian Harvey Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was in a critical condition in a London hospital after he fell and was run over by his Mercedes convertible in his driveway
2006 – Hal Bynum 71 year-old songwriter Hal Bynum, (whose credits include Kenny Rogers “Lucille,”) and his wife were arrested and charged with growing marijuana inside their Nashville home and possessing hallucinogenic mushrooms
2014 – Miley CyrusA car and jewellery belonging to Miley Cyrus were stolen after her home in San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles was burgled. A Maserati and an unspecified amount of jewellery were taken in the theft.
2016 – Prince A report, from the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota said Prince died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl. According to the autopsy report, Prince self-administered fentanyl, an opioid many times more powerful than heroin
Born on this day
1938 -Peter Yarrow, singer-songwriter from American folk group Peter Paul and Mary
1947 -Junior Campbell from Scottish pop rock band Marmalade They scored the 1969 UK No.1 single with their version of The Beatles song ‘Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
1948 -English cellist Mike Edwards who was a member of Electric Light Orchestra from 1972 and played with the band from their first live gig in Croydon until he departed in January 1975
1948 – Paulinho da Costa Brazilian percussionist Paulinho da Costa who played on Michael Jackson’s albums Off The Wall and Thriller He has also worked with Elton John, Diana Krall, Joni Mitchell, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Whitney Houston and others.
1948 – John (Bonzo) Bonham English drummer John Bonham from Led Zeppelin He was regarded as the greatest and most influential rock drummer of all time. Bonham died on September 25th 1980 aged 32 after choking on his own vomit.
1952 -Karl Bartos, from the German electronic music and pop band Kraftwerk
1954 – Paul Franklin American steel guitarist Paul Franklin. He began his career in the 1970s as a member of Barbara Mandrell’s road band playing on more than 500 albums including albums by Sting, Peter Frampton, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Shania Twain, Barbra Streisand, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless.
1962 – Corey Hart Canadian singer Corey Hart best known for his hit singles ‘Sunglasses at Night’ and ‘Never Surrender’. He has sold over 16 million records worldwide and scored nine US Billboard Top 40 hits.
1963 -Wendy Smith, guitar, vocals, from English English pop band Prefab Sprout
1964 -MC Darryl ‘D’ McDaniels, DJ and mixer for Run-D.M.C. who had the 1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith ‘Walk This Way
1965 -Steve White, English drummer who has worked extensively with Paul Weller and The Style Council. In 2005, he took over drumming duties for The Who
1980 – Andrew John Hurley, drummer, with American boy band Fall Out Boy
This weeks theme is Under the Covers Your favorite cover tunes Who did it best ? But as always feel free to play what ever floats your boat
Enough Bullshit Let’s Get This Party Started
Let’s kick it off with a few of my favorites
Originally done by the Dead Boys but done much better when you add Slash on guitar and Matt Sorum on the drums
A Bob Dylan original but immortalized by Hendricks
A T- Rex original but a little more edgy version by Ministry
Original by Grand Funk A kick ass version by The Dead Daisies