Elvis Presley made his first public appearance as a singer on this day. It did not go well: he came fifth in a local talent show. But he was only ten years old. October 3, 1945; Chopin: The Day the Music Died The brief life of Chopin, one of music’s earliest superstars, ended on this day when the sickly composer fell victim to tuberculosis. Source- | This Day In Music. For those who may not know. Elvis Presley was known as the King of Rock-n-Roll.
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Another late post, as I mentioned in the GSOTD post, posting in the evening will probably become the norm. So here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday.
1964 - The Supremes: record 'Where Did Our Love Go' at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song would become their first US No.1 single. Originally founded as the Primettes in Detroit, Michigan, in 1959, the Supremes were the most commercially successful of Motown's acts and are, to date, America's most successful vocal group with 12 No.1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100.
1965 - Unit Four Plus Two: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Concrete And Clay', the English group's only No.1 hit.
1967 - Otis Redding: Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley, and Booker T And The MG's all appeared at London's Hammersmith Odeon, England.
1967 - Sandie Shaw: won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna representing Britain with the song 'Puppet On A String'. She became the first UK female artist to win the contest.
1967 - John Lennon: took his Rolls Royce to coachbuilders J.P. Fallon Ltd in Surrey to enquire if they could paint his car in psychedelic colors. This was based on an idea by Marijke Koger ("The Fool" who was a member of a Dutch team of gypsy artists). J.P. Fallon commissioned Steve Weaver's pattern of scroll and flowers for the Phantom V. The cost for having the work done came in at £2,000. A custom interior/exterior sound system was also installed as well as a Sony television; telephone (WEYBRIDGE 46676) and a portable refrigerator.
1973 - David Bowie: During his Ziggy Stardust world tour, David Bowie played the first of three sold-out nights at Shinjuku Koseinenkin, Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.
1975 - Aerosmith: released their third studio album Toys In The Attic. The album is their most commercially successful in the US, with eight million copies sold, and features the hit 'Walk This Way' which peaked at No.10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1977 when re-released and was one of the songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream in the seventies.
1977 - Clash: CBS released the self-titled first album by The Clash in the UK. The album is widely celebrated as one of the greatest punk albums of all time. CBS in the US refused to release it until 1979 and Americans bought over 100,000 imported copies of the record making it one of the biggest-selling import records of all time.
1977 - The Damned: played at the home of the New York punk scene CBGBS, the first UK Punk group to play live dates in the USA.
1978 - Brian and Michael: (Kevin Parrott and Michael Coleman), were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song inspired by painter LS Lowery 'Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs.' The backing vocals are by the St Winifred's School Choir, who had a No.1 in 1980.
1985 - Fred Coots: American songwriter J Fred Coots died aged 87. Co-wrote, 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' and the Pat Boone US No.1 hit 'Love Letters In The Sand.' He wrote over 700 songs.
1991 - Massive Attack: English trip-hop group Massive Attack released their debut studio album, Blue Lines. In 1997, Blue Lines was named the 21st greatest album of all time in a "Music of the Millennium" poll conducted by HMV, Channel 4, The Guardian, and Classic FM. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
1994 - Pink Floyd: The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd's 1973 album The Dark Side Of The Moon had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide.
1994 - Kurt Cobain: Electrician Gary Smith who was working at Kurt Cobain's house in Seattle discovered Cobain's body lying on the floor in the greenhouse. Local radio station KXRX broke the news at 9.40 am that the Nirvana singer and guitarist were dead. A shotgun was found next to Cobain's body. A suicide note was found that said, 'I haven't felt the excitement of listening to as well as creating music, along with really writing . . . for too many years now. A high concentration of heroin and traces of Valium were also found in Cobain's body.
1995 - Take That: had their sixth UK No.1 single when Gary Barlow penned 'Back For Good' went to the top of the UK charts. The song sold over 300,000 copies in its first week and was also a US Top 10 hit. The song won Best British Single at the 1996 Brit Awards.
1997 - Laura Nyro: American singer, songwriter Laura Nyro died from ovarian cancer. Suzanne Vega, Phoebe Snow, Roseanne Cash, Frank Sinatra, and Linda Ronstadt all covered her songs. She wrote 'And When I Die' a hit for Blood, Sweat & Tears, and 'Stoney End' which was covered by Barbra Streisand.
1998 - Ron Wood: Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was rescued, along with 11 other passengers, in the nick of time, from a boat when an engine caught fire. The boat was exploring the islands near Angra Dos Reis, south of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, when one of the boat's engines caught fire. Passengers were rescued by nearby journalists, just before the boat exploded.
2001 - Emma Bunton: Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton scored her first UK No.1 single with 'What Took You So Long.' She became the fourth Spice Girl to have a solo No 1. Written by Richard Stannard who wrote six of the Spice Girls' UK No.1 hits.
2002 - Marilyn Manson: denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion in 2001. Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars. Her mother, Maria St John, was suing the singer for wrongful death, claiming Manson was negligent in "instructing the woman to operate a motor vehicle in her incapacitated condition".
2006 - The Rolling Stones: Following 2003's false starts, The Rolling Stones finally performed for the first time in mainland China, at Shanghai's Grand Stage Theatre. The Stones were banned from performing three songs ('Brown Sugar', 'Honky Tonk Women', 'Rough Justice'). Chinese rock star Cui Jian joined the band on stage for a duet with Mick Jagger on 'Wild Horses'.
2008 - Babyshambles: frontman Pete Doherty was jailed for 14 weeks for violating his probation and for using drugs. Doherty had been given a suspended jail sentence for possession of drugs and driving illegally in October 2007. The singer's supervision order had required him to make regular visits to the court for progress reports, as well as take part in a drug rehabilitation program but he missed one appointment with his probation team and had been late for another. The sentence forced Doherty to cancel his biggest gig to date at the Royal Albert Hall scheduled for later this month.
2010 - Malcolm McLaren: former manager of the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls, and Bow Wow Wow died from cancer aged 64. As a solo artist, he scored the 1983 UK No.3 single 'Double Dutch'. He set up the fashion store Let It Rock in the late 60s with Vivienne Westwood selling rubber and fetish gear.
2016 - Alex Turner: secured his seventh consecutive UK No.1 album with The Last Shadow Puppets' Everything You've Come To Expect. It was the second time the band had debuted at the top of the album chart and Turner's five albums with Arctic Monkeys also all debuted at No.1 in the UK.
2017 - Tupac Shakur: The late rapper Tupac Shakur, singer, songwriter Joan Baez, and Pearl Jam were all entered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They were inducted alongside the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Journey, and Yes during a concert in New York City.
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1929 - Jacques Brel: Belgian singer, songwriter. Marc Almond, Alex Harvey, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, The Kingston Trio, and Gavin Friday have all covered his songs. Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. He died of cancer on 9th October 1978.
1942 - Roger Chapman: English rock vocalist best known as a member of the progressive rock band Family, which he joined in 1966, and also the rock, R&B band Streetwalkers formed in 1974. Family scored the 1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time'. They released the 1968 album Music in a Doll's House. The Beatles had originally intended to use the title A Doll's House for the album they were recording during 1968. The release of Family's similarly titled debut then prompted them to adopt the minimalist title The Beatles for what is now more commonly referred to as The White Album.
1947 - Steve Howe: guitarist, Yes, (1977 UK No.7 'Wonderous Stories', 1983 US No.1 & UK No. 28 single 'Owner Of A Lonely Heart'). Asia, (1982 US No 4 & UK No. 46 single 'Heat Of The Moment'). Has also been a member of The Syndicats, Bodast, Tomorrow, and GTR. Released over a dozen solo albums. Howe was voted Best Overall Guitarist in Guitar Player magazine five years in a row (1977-1981).
1951 - Mel Schacher: best known as the bassist for Grand Funk Railroad who had the US No.1 single with their version of 'The Loco-Motion' which was produced by Todd Rundgren. They were the most successful US Heavy Metal band of the 70s selling over 20m albums.
1962 - Adam Mole: from English alternative rock band, Pop Will Eat Itself who scored the 1991 UK No.15 single 'X Y & Zee' and the 1993 top ten hits, 'Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!'
1962 - Izzy Stradlin: American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Izzy Stradlin, from Guns N' Roses. Their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction reached No.1 on the Billboard chart a year after its release, on the strength of 'Sweet Child o' Mine', the band's only single to reach No.1. The album has sold approximately 30 million copies worldwide, including 18 million in the US, making it the best-selling debut album of all time as well as the eleventh best-selling album in the US.
1962 - Jerry Kelly: from the English new wave band The Lotus Eaters who had the 1983 UK No.15 single 'First Picture Of You' which was a hit in continental Europe, notably France, Italy, Belgium, and Spain.
1963 - Donita Sparks: guitar, vocals with American rock band L7 who were associated with the grunge movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s. L7 influenced many of the riot grrrl bands of the 1990s.
1963 - Julian Lennon: the first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of Lennon's first wife Cynthia Lennon. His godfather was Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. Julian Lennon had the 1991 UK No.6 single 'Saltwater'. Had a cameo role in the 1995 film 'Leaving Las Vegas, as a bartender.
1971 - Darren Jessee: the drummer from American alternative rock trio Ben Folds Five. Their single 'Brick' from the 1997 album Whatever and Ever Amen gained airplay on many mainstream radio stations.
1984 - Ezra Koenig: singer, guitarist, Vampire Weekend. 2010 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Contra’ and the 2013 US No.1 album 'Modern Vampires of the City.
1989 - Matthew Healy: lead vocals, guitar, and keyboards with English indie rock band 1975. Their second album released in 2016, I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, went to No.1 on both the UK and US album charts, (setting the record for longest title of a Billboard No.1 album with 71 characters).
Until sometime tomorrow (probably in the evening). Take care and stay safe.
I apologize to the regular readers who read this post. I have a friend moving out of state, I have been helping them pack as well as load the U-Haul they are taking on their one-way trip. So here is what happened on This Day In The History Of Music.
1962 - Stuart Sutcliffe: former bass player Stuart Sutcliffe died, (original bassist for eighteen months - January 1960 - June 1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain hemorrhage in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, aged 22.
1965 - Wayne Fontana: British acts started a run of seven weeks at the top of the US charts when Freddie and the Dreamers went to No.1 with 'I'm Telling You Now', followed by Wayne Fontana's 'Game Of Love', Herman's Hermits 'Mr's Brown' and The Beatles 'Ticket To Ride.'
1965 - The Rolling Stones: A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones.
1967 - Marvin Gaye: recorded his version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million-seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.
1970 - Jim Morrison: was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a Doors concert in Boston, after Morrison asked the audience, 'Would you like to see my genitals?'. Theater management quickly switched off the power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for 'lewd and lascivious behavior' during a performance.
1970 - Paul McCartney: 27-year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before the release of his solo album). McCartney said, 'I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or to write any music with John'. John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, Lennon said, 'Paul hasn't left. I sacked him.
1970 - Elton John: released his self-titled second studio album which included his breakthrough single 'Your Song'. The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year the following year.
1976 - Peter Frampton: went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Frampton Comes Alive', one of the biggest selling 'live' albums in rock history. It was the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the US. Frampton Comes Alive! was voted Album of the year in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks.
1982 - Iron Maiden: scored their first UK No.1 album with The Number Of The Beast. The band's third studio album saw the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the final appearance of the late drummer Clive Burr. This was their first album to reach No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart, and be certified platinum in the US.
1984 - Nate Nelson: lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit 'I Only Have Eyes For You', died of heart disease aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.
1985 - Madonna: kicked off her very first North American tour by playing the first of three nights at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle, Washington. The Beastie Boys opened for Madonna on this 40-date Virgin Tour.
1990 - Tom Waits: took Doritos Chips to court for using a 'Waits', sound-alike on radio ads. The jury awarded him $2.475 million in punitive damages, Tom Waits comments after the case, 'now by law I have what I always felt I had...a distinctive voice.'
1994 - Kurt Cobain: Over 5,000 fans attended a US public memorial service for Kurt Cobain at Seattle Flag Pavilion.
1999 - Linda McCartney: A charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello, and Sinead O’Connor.
2001 - Bruce Springsteen: won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album 'Before The Fame' was found to be in breach of copyright. Springsteen was awarded more than £2m damages.
2001 - Sean Puffy Combs: was stopped by police in Golden Beach, Miami who informed him that his driving license was suspended. Combs was not arrested because he claimed he was unaware of the suspension, but he was cited for the traffic violation.
2001 - Eminem: was given 2 years probation and fined £1,800 and £3,600 costs after admitting to carrying a concealed weapon. The charges followed an incident outside a club in Warren, Michigan last June when Eminem 'pistol whipped' John Guerra after he saw him kissing his wife.
2003 - Little Eva: American singer Little Eva died in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59. She had the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Loco-Motion'. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to record the song they'd just written. 'The Loco-Motion' was also a hit for Grand Funk Railroad in 1974 (US No.1) and for Kylie Minogue in 1988 (US No.3).
2003 - Noel Fox: Former Oak Ridge Boys member Noel Fox died at a Nashville hospital following a series of strokes aged 63. Fox sang with the Oak Ridge boys until 1972 and later became a music business executive.
2005 - Ozzy Osbourne: The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at its height during a three-year run. Ozzy Osbourne was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, 'I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week.'
2006 - Chris Martin: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin announced they had named their second child, a boy, Moses Martin. The couple also had a daughter named Apple.
2007 - Johnny Cash: The former home of Johnny Cash burnt to the ground. Cash and his wife June Carter used the base in Tennessee to write many of their songs and to entertain fans and US presidents. Part of Cash's famous late-period video 'Hurt' was shot inside the house, 20 miles northeast of country music capital Nashville. After the couple's deaths in 2003, the home in Henderson was bought by Bee Gee Barry Gibb who was preparing to refurbish the property when fire struck - within a few hours, only the stone chimneys remained of the building.
2013 - Kate Bush: received her CBE for services to music from the Queen at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle, England. The singer-songwriter, who was catapulted to fame in 1978 when Wuthering Heights topped the charts, said she was 'incredibly thrilled'. The 54-year-old dedicated the award to her family and joked that it would have pride of place at the top of her Christmas tree.
2015 - All Time Low: was at No.1 on the UK album chart with their sixth studio album Future Hearts. The American rock band also reach No.2 in the US, giving them their highest placing on the US album chart to date.
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1921 - Sheb Wooley: actor and singer, best known for his 1958 novelty song and US No.1 'The Purple People Eater'. He died at the age of 82 in Nashville, Tennessee, on September 16, 2003.
1932 - Nate Nelson: The Flamingos, 1959 hit 'I Only Have Eyes For You. Died of heart disease on April 10th, 1984 aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.
1936 - Bobbie Smith: 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'. Smith died on 16th March 2013 in Orlando, Florida at the age of 76 due to complications from pneumonia and influenza.
1936 - Ricky Valance: (born David Spencer), who became the first Welsh singer to score a UK No.1 with 1960 single, 'Tell Laura I Love Her' which sold over a million copies. He died on 12 June 2020 at his home in Spain at the age of 84.
1947 - Karl Russell: from American pop and soul trio The Hues Corporation, who scored 1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Rock The Boat' which sold over 2 million copies.
1947 - Bunny Livingston: Jamaican singer-songwriter and percussionist Bunny Wailer, who was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.
1947 - Burke Shelley: bass guitarist, and vocalist from Welsh hard rock Budgie. They were one of the earliest heavy metal bands and a seminal influence on many acts. Budgie had the 1971 single 'Nude Disintegrating Parachutist Woman'.
1948 - Fred Smith: bassist with Television. The group's debut album, Marquee Moon, is often considered one of the defining releases of the punk era. He was the original bassist with Blondie until he replaced Richard Hell when Hell left Television in 1975.
1950 - Ernest Stewart: keyboards, with American disco and funk group KC and the Sunshine Band who had the 1975 US No.1 single 'That's The Way, I Like It', and the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up'. He died on 26th April 1997.
1950 - Eddie Hazel: American guitarist and singer Eddie Hazel, who played lead guitar with Parliament-Funkadelic. They had the 1978 US No.16 album One Nation Under A Groove. He died on December 23, 1992, from internal bleeding and liver failure.
1953 - Terre Roche: singer, songwriter, The Roches, who has also worked with Paul Simon and Loudon Wainwright.
1957 - Steven Gustafson: from American alternative rock band 10,000 Maniacs that was founded in 1981. They achieved their greatest success between 1987 and 1993 when they released four albums that charted in the top 50 in the US.
1959 - Brian Setzer: American guitarist, singer, and songwriter Brian Setzer, guitar, vocals, The Stray Cats who spearheaded the neo-rockabilly movement of the early 1980s. They scored the 1980 UK No.9 single 'Runaway Boys', and the 1983 US No.3 single 'Stray Cat Strut'. He later worked with his swing revival band, the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
1959 - Katrina Leskanich: from British-American rock band Katrina And The Waves, best known for the 1985 hit 'Walking on Sunshine. They also won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'Love Shine a Light'.
1963 - Mark Oliver Everett: (known by the stage name E), lead singer, guitarist, and keyboardist with American rock band Eels. Since 1996, Eels has released eleven studio albums, seven of which charted in the Billboard 200.
1964 - Reni: Alan 'Reni' Wren, English rock drummer with The Stone Roses who had the hit singles 'Sally Cinnamon' (1987) and 'Fool's Gold' (1989).
1968 - Kenediid Osman: bassist from English Britpop band Sleeper, who scored the 1996 UK No.10 single 'Sale Of The Century.
1970 - Q- Tip: US male rapper who had the 1997 UK No. 6 single 'Got 'Til It's Gone. He embarked on his music career as part of the critically acclaimed East Coast hip hop group A Tribe Called Quest.
1970 - Mike Mushok: guitarist with American rock band Staind who had the 2001 US No.1 album, Break The Cycle.
1979 - Sophie Ellis Bextor: English singer, with the audience who had the 2000 UK No.25 single 'If You Can't Do It When You're Young, When Can You Do It', the 2000 UK No.1 single with Spiller, 'Groovejet If This Ain't Love'. As a solo artist Bextor scored the 2001 UK No.2 single 'Murder On The Dancefloor.
1980 - Bryce Dane Soderberg: bassist and singer, with American rock band Lifehouse who had the 2001 US No.10 & UK No.25 single 'Hanging By A Moment' from their debut studio album, No Name Face.
1981 - Liz McClarnon: a singer who with Atomic Kitten had the 2000 UK No.1 single 'Whole Again'. McClarnon co-wrote several Atomic Kitten songs, including the UK Top 10 hits 'See Ya', 'I Want Your Love', and 'Someone like Me'.
1983 - Andrew Dost: American multi-instrumentalist, Andrew Dost from Fun. Fun's second album, Some Nights saw the band score their first No.1 hit single, 'We Are Young'.
1984 - Mandy Moore: American singer-songwriter and actress Mandy Moore who had the 2000 UK No.6 single 'Candy'.
Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
Here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Sunday.
1953 - Hank Williams: 'Your Cheatin' Heart was at No.1 on the Billboard country chart. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Jones who she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him whilst sat in the passenger seat. The song was recorded during his last ever recording sessions, on September 23, 1952, and had been released the following year, shortly after he died.
1956 - Elvis Presley: Traveling from Amarillo to Nashville, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley.
1961 - Bob Dylan: played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde's Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.
1963 - Gerry and the Pacemakers: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'How Do You Do It'' The group's first of three UK No.1's.
1964 - The Beatles: set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from 'Can't Buy Me Love' at No.1 to 'Love Me Do' at No. 81.
1966 - Buffalo Springfield: made their live debut at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. The folk-rock band is renowned both for their music and as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield was among the first wave of North American bands to become popular in the wake of the British invasion.
1970 - Peter Green: quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour. While touring Europe in late March 1970, Green took LSD at a party at a commune in Munich, an incident cited by Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis as the crucial point in his mental decline.
1970 - The Beatles: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let It Be'. It became the group's 19th US No.1 in 6 years. The track was a No.2 hit in the UK.
1973 - Beach Boys: appeared at the Omni Coliseum in Atlanta, Georgia. The Beach Boys were at a very low ebb in popularity in America and this show proved a financial disaster for the promoter, with less than 3,000 tickets sold for the 16,000 capacity venue. The opening act was Mothers Finest and the middle of the bill was Bruce Springsteen who played a 60-minute set. Elvis Presley performed twice in the Omni and a plaque was placed on an interior wall to that effect after his death.
1977 - Alice Cooper: played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show, Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.
1981 - Eddie Van Halen: married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980s television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.
1994 - Oasis: released their first single 'Supersonic' which peaked at No.31 on the UK charts. However, over time it has amassed sales of over 215,000, making it their 13th biggest selling single ever in the UK. 'Supersonic' was also the band's first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
2001 - Robbie Williams: raised 165,000 pounds at a charity auction with the money going to his old school in Stoke to build a performing arts block. The items sold were Robbie's personal possessions, including a toilet from a stage show, a Union Jack bikini, Tiger's head briefs, a Millennium jet pack, and the handwritten lyrics to 'Angels' which sold for 27,000.
2006 - Eminem: A member of Eminem's rap collective D12 was killed in a nightclub shooting in Detroit after an argument broke out at the CCC nightclub. Proof, (real name Deshaun Holton), was shot at a club on Eight Mile Road, made famous in Eminem's autobiographical film 8 Mile. Holton was a longtime friend of Eminem and was the rapper's best man at his wedding in January of this year.
2006 - Pointer Sisters: June Pointer, the youngest of the four Pointer Sisters who went from teenage Gospel singers to the top of the pop charts with such hits as 'Fire', 'Slow Hand' and 'I'm So Excited', died of cancer at the age of 52.
2014 - Nirvana: were enlisted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside the likes of Kiss and Beatles manager Brian Epstein. REM's Michael Stipe inducted the group, saying: "Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana was kicking against the mainstream. They spoke the truth and a lot of people listened.".
2014 - Jesse Winchester: American musician and songwriter Jesse Winchester died aged 69. To avoid the Vietnam War draft he moved to Canada in 1967, where he began his career as a solo artist. His best-known songs include 'Yankee Lady', 'The Brand New Tennessee Waltz, 'Mississippi, You're on My Mind', 'A Showman's Life', and 'Biloxi'.
2017 - J Geils: American guitarist, with The J. Geils Band, died aged 71. With the J. Geils Band he had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Centerfold', which was taken from their US No.1 1981 album Freeze Frame.
2017 - Toby Smith: British musician Toby Smith died aged 46. He was most famous for being the keyboardist and co-songwriter for Jamiroquai from 1992 until his departure in 2002. He was music producer and manager for The Hoosiers and in 2013, Smith co-produced Matt Cardle's third album Porcelain. 2019 - Nipsey Hussle: One person was shot dead and three others injured in a drive-by shooting during Nipsey Hussle's funeral procession in Los Angeles. Thousands of fans and scores of big-name stars including Stevie Wonder, Snoop Dogg, Beyonce and Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, and 50 Cent had gathered at the Staples Centre to pay tribute to the murdered 33-year-old rapper.
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1921 - Ronnie Milne: British musician Ronnie Milne who as a member of The Stargazers had two UK No.1 singles, 'Broken Wings' in 1953 (which was the first recording by a native British act to top the UK Singles Chart) and the 1954 'I See the Moon'. He died on 9 February 2014.
1946 - Bob Harris: English music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music program The Old Grey Whistle Test, and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out.
1956 - Neville Staples: Jamaican-born English singer Neville Staples who with The Specials had the 1981 UK No.1 single 'Ghost Town'. When The Specials split up, Neville along with Terry Hall and Lynval Golding, formed Fun Boy Three. They had a string of chart hits, some in collaboration with the all-female trio Bananarama.
1958 - Stuart Adamson: Scottish guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Stuart Adamson. He formed The Skids, who had a 1979 UK No.10 single with ‘Into The Valley’ than Big Country, who had the 1983 UK No.10 single with ‘Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. On 26 November 2001, Adamson was reported missing by his wife Melanie. At the time, the couple had been estranged for six weeks, and Melanie filed for divorce on the day he disappeared. Adamson had been due to face drunk-driving charges in March 2002 and had been ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous. He died on December 16th, 2001, his body found in a closet in his room at the Best Western Plaza Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1965 - Nigel Pulsford: of the rock band Bush who had the 1997 UK No.7 single 'Swallowed'. The bands' debut album, Sixteen Stone sold over 7 million copies in the US.
1966 - Lisa Stansfield: English singer, songwriter, and actress Lisa Stansfield, who had the 1989 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'All Around The World', taken from her first solo album, Affection.
1969 - Cerys Matthews: Welsh singer, songwriter, author, and broadcaster Cerys Matthews, who with alternative rock band Catatonia who had the 1998 UK No.3 single 'Mulder And Scully'. She founded 'The Good Life Experience', a festival of culture and the great outdoors in Flintshire in 2014.
1970 - Delroy Pearson: from British pop/R&B group Five Star who had the 1986 UK No.3 single 'System Addict' plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles.
1971 - Oliver: Oliver "Ollie" Riedel, bassist, for the German rock band Rammstein who formed in Berlin in 1994. Five of their albums reached No.1 on the German album charts.
1977 - DJ Fresh: Daniel Stein knew by his stage name DJ Fresh, English musician, DJ, and record producer. His two 2011 UK No.1 singles, ‘Louder’ and ‘Hot Right Now’ became the UK's first dubstep and drum and bass No.1's.
1978 - Tom Thacker: Canadian musician Tom Thacker, guitar, vocals, and co-founder of Sum 41. They had the 2001 UK No 13 single 'In Too Deep', and the 2001 UK No. 7 albums 'All Killer No Filler.
1987 - Joss Stone: (Joscelyn Eve Stoker), UK soul singer who rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Her multi-platinum Mind Body & Soul topped the UK Albums Chart for one week and spawned the top ten hit 'You Had Me. Stone also joined the supergroup SuperHeavy which was formed by Mick Jagger together with Dave Stewart and Damian Marley (the youngest son of Bob Marley).
Until Sometime Tomorrow. Take care and stay safe.
Here is what happened This Day In History Of Music for this Monday.
1954 - Bill Haley: recorded 'Rock Around the Clock' at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film 'Blackboard Jungle and went on to be a worldwide No.1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million. Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, 'Rock Around The Clock' was first recorded by Italian-American band Sonny Dae and His Knights.
1957 - Lonnie Donegan: The 'King of Skiffle' Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cumberland Gap.' The Scottish musician was a former member of Chris Barber's Jazz Band.
1963 - Bob Dylan: performed his first major solo concert at the Town Hall in New York City. Dylan played a 24 song set including 'Blowin' In The Wind', 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall', 'Highway 51', and 'Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie'.
1966 - Jan Berry: (Jan and Dean) was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck a short distance from Dead Man's Curve in Los Angeles. Berry was partially paralyzed and suffered brain damage. Berry was able to walk again after extensive therapy.
1967 - Mick Jagger: was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Rolling Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.
1968 - Pink Floyd: released their fourth UK single 'It Would Be So Nice', written by Richard Wright with Roger Waters' 'Julia Dream' on the B-side. Pink Floyd was on tour in Europe on this day, and played their second night at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.
1969 - The 5th Dimension: started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In', a No.11 hit in the UK.
1975 - David Bowie: During an interview with Playboy Magazine David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me. The last thing I want to be is some useless f—ing rock singer.'
1989 - Garth Brooks: released his self-titled debut album which was both a critical and chart success, peaking at No.13 on the Billboard 200 and No.2 on the Top Country Albums. This album contains Brooks earliest hits, including his first-ever single, 'Much Too Young (To Feel This **ahem** Old)', and his first No.1, 'If Tomorrow Never Comes' and the Academy of Country Music's 1990 Song of the Year and Video of the Year, 'The Dance'.
1989 - David Cassidy: Two DJs on the Los Angeles station KLOS asked 'whatever happened to David Cassidy' The singer called the station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently signed by a new record label.
1990 - The Beatles: The Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147-4150, would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr after the four members of The Beatles.
1995 - Selena: Two weeks after her death, George W. Bush, (then the governor of Texas), declared 'Selena Day' in Texas. The Mexican American singer Selena was murdered aged 23 by the president of her fan club Yolanda Sald'var on 31st March 1995.
1997 - R Kelly: started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his Grammy award-winning song 'I Believe I Can Fly.' A No.2 hit in the US, the track was featured in the film 'Space Jam'.
2000 - Metallica: filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California, and Indiana University for copyright infringement.
2005 - Mariah Carey: released The Emancipation of Mimi, the album entered the US chart at number one, going six times platinum in less than a year, and subsequently became the most successful album of 2005.
2007 - The Beatles: company, Apple Corps, settled a £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label, EMI. The suit alleged unpaid royalties on Beatles albums based on an audit of sales between 1994 and 1999, a period which included the release of three Anthology compilations. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.
2010 - The Beatles: The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment that the group was 'bigger than Jesus.' Lennon told a British newspaper in 1966 - at the height of Beatlemania - that he did not know which would die out first, Christianity or rock and roll.
2012 - Andrew Love: Saxophone player Andrew Love died aged 70. He was best known for being a member of The Memphis Horns with trumpet player Wayne Jackson where the two created the signature horn sound at Stax Records on hit records by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others such as Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Dusty Springfield.
2014 - The Pulp: hit 'Common People' was voted the top Britpop anthem by listeners of BBC Radio 6 Music in the UK, beating Oasis, Blur, and Suede to take the title. More than 30,000 people voted, with The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony' second and Oasis tracks 'Don't Look Back in Anger' and 'Wonderwall' in third and fourth.
2015 - Nelly: Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly was arrested on drug charges after police stopped the bus in which he was traveling in Tennessee. Officers found 'five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia' and handguns on board the tour bus.
2016 - British Artists: A report showed that British artists including Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, and Adele had helped the music industry return to meaningful growth for the first time in almost 20 years. British artists accounted for five of the top 10 selling albums during 2015, as the global music industry generated $15bn (£10.5bn).
2016 - Led Zeppelin: A US court ruled that Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page must face trial in a copyright row over the song 'Stairway to Heaven. The copyright infringement action had been brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Spirit guitarist Randy Wolfe, who played on the same bill as Led Zeppelin in the 1960s, and claimed he should be given a writing credit on the track.
2019 - John Hutch: drummer with the Liverpudlian group The Big Three died age 79. The Big Three rivaled The Beatles for popularity before the Mersey sound became a national and international phenomenon in the early Sixties. Hutch filled in on drums behind Lennon, McCartney, and Harrison in both 1960 and 1962 and later claimed he was offered the opportunity to become Pete Best’s successor before Ringo Starr was given the job in The Beatles.
Born On This Day In The Music World.
1933 - Tiny Tim: American singer Tiny Tim, who had a 1968 US No.17 single with ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’. He died of a heart attack on November 29th, 1996 on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis.
1940 - Herbie Hancock: American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer Herbie Hancock who had the 1983 UK No.8 single 'Rockit'. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965.
1944 - John Kay: German-Canadian rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist John Kay, from Steppenwolf who had the 1969 US No.2 hit single 'Born To Be Wild'. Steppenwolf sold over 25 million records worldwide, released eight gold albums, and scored 12 Billboard Hot 100 singles.
1949 - Donald Ray Mitchell: from American group Was Not Was, who had the 1992 UK No.4 single 'Shake Your Head'.
1950 - David Cassidy: American actor, singer, songwriter, and guitarist David Cassidy, known for his role as Keith Partridge, the son of Shirley Partridge (played by his stepmother Shirley Jones), in the 1970s musical sitcom The Partridge Family, which led to him becoming one of the popular culture's teen idols and pop singers of the 1970s. The Partridge Family had the 1970 US No.1 single 'I Think I Love You', and the 1972 UK No.3 single 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do'. As a solo artist, he scored the 1972 UK No.1 single 'How Can I Be Sure. He died of liver failure on November 21, 2017, aged 67.
1956 - Alexander Briley: from American disco group The Village People. They had the hit singles 'Macho Man', 'In the Navy', 'Go West and the 1978 US No.2 hit 'YMCA'. The group's name refers to New York City's Greenwich Village, at the time known for its large gay population.
1957 - Vince Gill: American country singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Vince Gill who has won 17 Country Music Awards and 14 Grammy Awards. He has recorded more than 20 studio albums and charted over 40 singles.
1958 - Will Sergeant: English guitarist, best known for being a member of Echo & the Bunnymen who had the 1983 UK No.8 single 'The Cutter' and the single 'The Killing Moon'.
1962 - Art Alexakis: guitar, vocals, from American rock band Everclear. The band found success with their first three albums Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One:
1962 - Rob Baker: Canadian guitarist Rob Baker, best known as the lead guitarist for the rock band The Tragically Hip.
1964 - Amy Ray: from Grammy Award-winning folk-rock music American duo Indigo Girls who have released over 15 albums.
1965 - Sean Welch: bassist with The Beautiful South, who had the 1990 UK No.1 single 'A Little Time' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.
1967 - Sarah Cracknell: English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead singer of the electronic music band Saint Etienne who had the 1993 UK No.12 single 'You're In A Bad Way'.
1978 - Guy Berryman: Scottish musician, multi-instrumentalist Guy Berryman, Coldplay who had the 2000 UK No.4 single 'Yellow', the 2000 UK No.1 album Parachutes, and the 2005 worldwide No.1 album X&Y which was the best-selling album worldwide in 2005.
1980 - Bryan McFadden: from Irish pop vocal group Westlife who scored 14 UK No.1 singles, and have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Despite their success worldwide, Westlife never managed to break into the US market, achieving only one hit single in 2000, 'Swear It Again'.
1984 - Alessandro Venturella: British heavy metal musician Alessandro Venturella is a member of the American band Slipknot.
1987 - Brendon Urie: a singer with American rock band Panic! at the Disco who scored the 2008 Australian No.1 and US & UK No.2 album Pretty.Odd.
1987 - Mark Ian Hoyle: commonly known by his Internet pseudonym LadBaby. With his wife, Roxanne they scored the Christmas No.1’s on the UK Singles Chart in 2018, 2019, and 2020 with the novelty songs ‘We Built This City, ‘I Love Sausage Rolls’, and ‘Don't Stop Me Eatin'’. This made them only the third act to secure three consecutive Christmas number ones, following The Beatles and the Spice Girls.
Until sometime tomorrow. Take care and stay safe.
This Day In The History Of Music for this Tuesday.
1962 - The Beatles: made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg. During the seven-week run, The Beatles had only one day off.
1965 - The Beatles: record the song ‘Help!’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London. During an interview with Playboy Magazine in 1980, John Lennon recounted: "The whole Beatles thing was just beyond comprehension. I was subconsciously crying out for help".
1967 - Frank Sinatra: Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid', (making them the only father and daughter who have a UK No.1 single as a team). The song was written by folk singer C. Carson Parks and originally recorded in 1966 by Parks and his wife Gaile Foote, as "Carson and Gaile". Robbie Williams recorded the song as a duet in 2001 with actress Nicole Kidman which went on to top the UK charts.
1971 - The Rolling Stones: released 'Brown Sugar' taken from their latest album Sticky Fingers, the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduced the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.
1973 - Bob Marley: and the Wailers released Catch a Fire their first album on Island Records and which is now regarded as one of the greatest reggae albums of all time. The album was also groundbreaking as its singles were released as long-playing records as against the early reggae songs coupled with two sides.
1973 - David Bowie: released his sixth studio album Aladdin Sane, the name of the album is a pun on 'A Lad Insane"' Two hit singles included on the album preceded its release, 'The Jean Genie' and 'Drive-In Saturday'.
1974 - Elton John: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bennie And The Jets', his second US No.1. John was set against releasing it as a single, believing it would fail. CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, began heavy airplay of the song and it became the No.1 song in the Detroit market with other radio stations adding it to playlists.
1974 - Paul McCartney: Band On The Run went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney's third US No.1, went on to sell over 6 million copies worldwide. Its commercial performance was aided by two hit singles 'Jet' and 'Band on the Run'.
1979 - Thin Lizzy: released their ninth studio album Black Rose: A Rock Legend. The album, which featured guitarist Gary Moore, contained the hits 'Do Anything You Want To', 'Waiting For An Alibi' and 'Sarah', which was written with Moore about Lynott's newborn daughter.
1982 - David Crosby: was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a show in Dallas.
1993 - Aerosmith: The first Aerosmith Day was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band was given their very own holiday.
1996 - Rage Against The Machine: appeared on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Their two-song performance was cut to one song when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from their amplifiers.
2002 - Robbie Williams: Thieves broke into a house in Bexhill, Sussex, and stole a hi-fi system and several CDs. They left albums by Madonna, Robbie Williams, and Oasis but took the owner's entire Showaddywaddy collection.
2003 - The Beatles: Apple Corp company was listed as Britain's fastest profit-growth firm with annual profit growth of 194%.
2003 - Madonna: struck back at websites that were offering illegal downloads of her new album, 'American Life' by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. When the files were opened they were greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, 'What the **ahem** do you think you're doing?' The latest Madonna album has been kept under tight wraps to avoid piracy, with promotional copies being held back from journalists until just before the official release.
2007 - Julian Lennon: sold a 'significant' stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were sold on CD, performed live, or played on the radio. The company, who were about to market Julian Lennon's new music project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.
2008 - Clifford Davies: Producer and drummer Clifford Davies, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in Atlanta, aged 59. Davies had worked with Ted Nugent from 1979-1982. It was reported that Davies was "extremely distraught" over outstanding medical bills.
2009 - Phil Spector: 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-month retrial. He had pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of 40-year-old Ms. Clarkson, who was shot in the mouth at Spector's home in Los Angeles. During the five-month retrial, five female acquaintances testified that Spector had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s. An earlier trial was abandoned in 2007 after a jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Spector was remanded in custody until sentencing on 29 May 09.
2009 - Procol Harum: 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years, according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody was at number two followed by 'All I Have To Do Is Dream by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet's 1994 hit, 'Love Is All Around', was at number four followed by Bryan Adams's 1991 hit '(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.'
2010 - Brian May: launched a major new campaign to try to prevent the return of legalized blood sports to the British Countryside. The 'SAVE-ME' campaign - named after May's song, called on the British public to consider how their vote will affect the welfare of animals; and in particular fox-hunting, stag hunting, and hare-coursing. The first 'SAVE-ME campaign poster was unveiled by Brian at a prime advertising site on London's West Cromwell Road.
2011 - Pink Floyd: A portrait of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett was returned to the London art gallery it had been stolen from the previous week. The late singer's former girlfriend, Libby Gausden, pleaded for its safe return and offered a reward of £2,000, and following an appeal, the image was returned undamaged and intact to the gallery by post.
2012 - Tom Petty: Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, California, where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for their upcoming worldwide tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster, and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery.
2013 - Paul McCartney: Sir Paul McCartney topped the Sunday Times Rich List of musicians with the £680m fortune he shares with his wife Nancy Shevell. Sir Paul, whose American heiress wife is said to be worth £150m, has topped each list since 1989 when he was worth an estimated £80m. Andrew Lloyd Webber was second, with £620m, while U2 was third, with £520m. Adele topped the list for young music millionaires in Britain and Ireland with an estimated fortune of £30m.
2015 - Vinyl Chart: The UK's first weekly vinyl chart was launched by the Official Charts Company as sales of vinyl albums and singles continued to soar. The first official vinyl albums chart was topped by All Time Low's Future Hearts.
2019 - Paul Raymond: English keyboardist and guitarist Paul Raymond died at age 73. He joined Plastic Penny in the early 60s as their keyboardist, vocalist, and replaced Christine McVie in British blues band Chicken Shack. He first joined UFO in 1976 and played with the band during four different stints, he was a regular in the UFO lineup since 2003. Raymond had also worked with Michael Schenker in MSG.
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1934 - Horace Kay: from the American vocal group The Tams who had the 1964 US hit 'What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)' and the 1971 UK No.1 single 'Hey Girl Don't Bother Me. The group took their name from the Tam o'shanter hats they wore on stage.
1936 - Tim Feild: from the British pop-folk vocal trio The Springfields who had the 1962 US No. 20 single 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles', and the 1963 UK No.5 single 'Island Of Dreams'. The Springfields included singer Dusty Springfield and her brother, record producer Tom Springfield.
1942 - Bill Conti: American composer and conductor Bill Conti who had the 1977 US No.1 single 'Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky).
1944 - Brian Pendleton: rhythm guitar, backing vocals, bass (1963–1966) with Pretty Things who had the 1964 UK No.10 single 'Don't Bring Me Down'. He died of cancer on 15th May 2001 aged 57.
1944 - Jack Casady: American bass guitarist, best known as a member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Jefferson Airplane became the first successful exponent of the San Francisco Sound. Their singles, including 'Somebody to Love' and 'White Rabbit'.
1945 - Lowell George: American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer, Lowell George from Little Feat who had two Top 40 albums during the 70s. Their best-known songs are 'Dixie Chicken' and 'Sailin Shoes'. George was once a member of Frank Zappa's Mothers Of Invention. Lowell died from a heart attack on 29th June 1979.
1946 - Roy Loney: from American rock band The Flamin Groovies who had the 1976 album 'Shake Some Action. In addition to the band's role in the advancement of power pop, the Flamin' Groovies have also been called one of the forerunners of punk rock. He died on 13 December 2019 age 73.
1946 - Al Green: American singer, songwriter Al Green (often known as The Reverend Al Green), who had the 1971 UK No.4 single 'Tired Of Being Alone and the 1972 US No.1 single 'Let's Stay Together' plus over 10 other Top 40 hits.
1951 - Max Weinberg: American drummer and television personality Max Weinberg with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Weinberg won an audition to become the drummer for Springsteen in 1974. He played on the 1975 single Born To Run.) He is also the leader of the Max Weinberg Seven on US TV Late Night with Conan O'Brien. And also the author of 1991 The Big Beat: Conversations with Rock's Greatest Drummers.
1951 - Peabo Bryson: American R&B and soul singer-songwriter Peabo Bryson who scored the 1983 UK No.2 single with Roberta Flack 'Tonight I Celebrate My Love' and the 1984 US No.10 single 'If Ever You're In My Arms Again'. Bryson is a winner of two Grammy Awards.
1954 - Jimmy Destri: American musician Jimmy Destri, keyboardist with Blondie They scored five UK No.1 singles including the 1979 UK & US No.1 single 'Heart Of Glass' and the 1978 worldwide No.1 album Parallel Lines. He was one of the principal songwriters for the band along with Chris Stein and Deborah Harry.
1955 - Mark Kamins: the American record producer and disc jockey famous for his role on the New York club scene. He is best known for helping launch the career of a one-time girlfriend, Madonna, by presenting a demo to Seymour Stein of Sire Records. He also produced her first single 'Everybody' in 1982. Kamins died on 14 February 2013.
1955 - Louis Johnson: from Brothers Johnson who had the 1980 US No.4 & UK No.6 single 'Stomp'. Johnson played on the Michael Jackson albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous, and hit songs 'Billie Jean' and 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough. Johnson died on May 21, 2015.
1957 - Wayne Lewis: from American band Atlantic Starr who had the 1987 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Always'.
1961 - Butch Taylor: keyboardist and long-time guest musician with Dave Matthews Band. Dave Matthews Band is the first group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at the top of the US charts.
1962 - Hillel Slovak: guitar, Red Hot Chili Peppers. Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987). He died from a heroin overdose on 27th June 1988.
1966 - Marc Ford: American blues-rock guitarist with The Black Crowes who had the 1991 hit single 'Hard To Handle' and the 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion. The band has sold more than 30 million albums.
1972 - Aaron Lewis: American musician and songwriter Aaron Lewis with American rock band Staind who had the 2001 US No.1 album, Break The Cycle.
1975 - Lou Bega: German mambo musician Lou Bega is most famous for 'Mambo No. 5', his 1999 UK No.1 hit which was a remake of the Pérez Prado instrumental from 1949.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
This Day In History Of Music for this Wednesday.
1953 - Lita Roza: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '(How Much) Is That Doggie In Window.' The 27-year-old singer was the NME readers' Top Female artist of 1953 and with this single became the first British female singer to top the UK singles Chart, (and the first Liverpudlian to do so).
1963 - The Rolling Stones: played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience. The name of the club derived from Bo Diddley's 1960 song 'Doing the CrawDaddy', which The Rolling Stones regularly performed as part of their set. In turn, the club would inspire the name of the American music magazine Crawdaddy!
1966 - The Spencer Davis Group: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Somebody Help Me, the group's second UK No.1.
1967 - David Bowie: novelty record 'The Laughing Gnome' was released in the UK. The track consisted of the singer meeting and conversing with the creature of the title, whose sped-up voice (created by Bowie and studio engineer Gus Dudgeon) delivered several puns on the word 'gnome'. The song became a hit when reissued in 1973, despite it being radically different from his material at the time, the single made No. 6 in the UK charts.
1967 - The Rolling Stones: A riot broke out at Warsaw's Palace Of Culture as The Rolling Stones made their first appearance in an Iron curtain Country; police used tear gas in a battle with 2,000 fans.
1967 - Bee Gees: Polydor Records released The Bee Gees 'New York Mining Disaster 1941' It was released with a promotional slogan announcing 'The most significant talent since The Beatles. The record became a Top 20 hit in the UK and US.
1969 - John Lennon: The recording of 'The Ballad Of John and Yoko' took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon. Paul played bass, drums, and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word 'Christ' was edited backward to avoid the ban.
1970 - Creedance Clearwater Revival: made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal Albert Hall, London.
1971 - Procol Harum: The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of 'drug-oriented records' including 'White Rabbit' by Jefferson Airplane, ’A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum, and The Beatles 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'
1972 - David Bowie: released 'Starman' as a single in the UK, which became his first hit since 1969's 'Space Oddity three years before. The song was a late addition to the album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars included at the insistence of RCA’s Dennis Katz, who heard a demo and loved the track, believing it would make a great single. The lyrics describe Ziggy Stardust bringing a message of hope to Earth's youth through the radio, salvation by an alien 'Starman'.
1973 - Led Zeppelin: started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Houses Of The Holy also a No.1 in the US. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photoshoot.
1975 - Ron Wood: After rumors that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck, or Chris Spedding variously would replace Mick Taylor as guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ronnie Wood would be joining the band for their forthcoming American tour.
1976 - Eric Faulkner: of The Bay City Rollers reportedly came close to death after taking a drug overdose at their manager's house while in a state of exhaustion.
1978 - Art Garfunkel: started a six-week run at No.1 in the UK with the theme from the film 'Watership Down', 'Bright Eyes' which went on to become the biggest selling single of the year. The song was written by the man behind The Wombles, Mike Batt.
1978 - Joy Division: played at the Stiff Test Chiswick Challenge, at Rafters in Manchester, England. Future managers Rob Gretton and then journalist Tony Wilson saw the band for the first time.
1980 - Gary Numan: released 'The Touring Principle, the first long-form rock video to be made commercially availableThe Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June 14th, 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died.
1994 - Kurt Cobain: was cremated at the Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle. The death certificate listed Cobain's occupation as a Poet/Musician and his type of business as Punk Rock.
1995 - Burl Ives: American actor, writer, and folk singer Burl Ives died of cancer aged 85. Had hits with 'Funny Way Of Laughing', 'The Blue Tail Fly' and 'Little Bitty Tear', won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1958 film The Big Country.
1999 - Anthony Newley: UK singer, songwriter, and actor Anthony Newley died of cancer. Scored 12 UK Top 40 singles from 1959-1962 including the No.1 single 'Why.' He won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "What Kind of Fool Am I?", he was married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971.
2001 - Puff Daddy: Sean Puffy Combs, (P. Diddy), was arrested in Miami for riding a scooter in South Beach on a suspended driver's license. He was released 20 minutes later after signing a promise to appear in court.
2003 - Bjork: A man was arrested accused of making up a Bjork concert then selling tickets. Alex Conate allegedly sold tickets worth $14,000 at $40 each after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that Bjork had agreed to play there. He was accused of taking the money and moving to Hawaii, where he was arrested.
2009 - Michael Jackson: A planned auction of nearly 1,400 items from the former home of Michael Jackson was canceled. A public preview of the collection had already begun in Los Angeles and the exhibition of Jackson's possessions would stay open until the end of next week. A last-minute settlement meant Jackson's belongings would now be returned to him. In response, he had dropped a lawsuit against Julien's Auctions.
2009 - George Harrison: Former Beatle George Harrison was honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison's widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the ceremony.
2013 - Justin Bieber: caused outrage after writing a message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, which stated he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan. The 19-year-old wrote: 'Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully, she would have been a belieber.' It provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who was in Amsterdam as part of a tour.
2014 - Armando Peraza: Latin jazz percussionist Armando Peraza died of pneumonia at the age of 89. He was a member of Santana from 1972 until the early 90s appearing on over 15 of the group's albums. Born in Lawton Batista, Havana, Cuba, Pereza played congas, bongos, and timbales.
2015 - Percy Sledge: American R&B and soul singer Percy Sledge died of liver cancer at his home in Baton Rouge aged 73. The inspiration behind his 1966 US No.1 hit 'When a Man Loves a Woman', came when Sledge's girlfriend left him for a modeling career after he was laid off from a construction job in late 1965.
2017 - Harry Styles: debut single 'Sign of the Times' broke Ed Sheeran's 13-week run at the top of the UK charts. The One Direction star achieved his first No.1 as a solo artist with this release - the first from his self-titled debut album.
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1932 - Loretta Lynn: country singer, the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The Year. Since her first No.1 'Fist City', in 1967 she has scored another 15 chart-toppers. Her best-selling 1976 autobiography was made into an Academy Award-winning film, Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones in 1980. (side note - my mom's favorite music artist) Happy Birthday, Mrs. Loretta Lynn.
1942 - Tony Burrows: British session pop singer Tony Burrows, singer, who with Edison Lighthouse had the 1970 UK No.1 single 'Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes'. Burrows holds the record for having four records in the British Top Ten at once, all under different names. Edison Lighthouse ‘Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)', White Plains, ‘My Baby Loves Lovin', The Pipkins ‘Gimme Dat Ding,’ and the Brotherhood of Man's ‘United We Stand,’ all of which were hits in both the US and UK.
1945 - Ritchie Blackmore: English guitarist and songwriter Ritchie Blackmore from Deep Purple, who had the 1970 UK No.2 single 'Black Night' and the 1973 US No.4 single 'Smoke On The Water'. Deep Purple was listed in the 1975 Guinness Book of World Records as "the globe's loudest band" for a 1972 concert at London's Rainbow Theatre. Blackmore later formed Rainbow who had the 1981 hit single 'I Surrender.
1948 - Larry Ferguson: Hot Chocolate, who had the 1975 US No.3 single 'You Sexy Thing' the 1977 UK No.1 single 'So You Win Again', and over 25 other Top 40 hits.
1949 - Dennis Bryon: from Amen Corner who had the 1969 UK No.1 single 'If Paradise Is Half As Nice', plus five other UK Top 40 hits). He also worked with The Bee Gees during the 1970s and 1980s.
1949 - June Millington: from American all-female band Fanny who was active in the early 1970s. They were one of the first notable rock groups to be made up entirely of women.
1949 - Sonja Kristina: English songwriter, musician Sonja Kristina, who with Curved Air had the 1971 UK No.4 single 'Back Street Luv'. Kristina starred in the seminal 1960s musical, Hair.
1965 - Carl Hunter: of Liverpool-based group The Farm who had the 1990 UK No.4 single 'All Together Now.
1965 - Martyn LeNoble: Dutch bassist and a founding member of American alternative rock Porno for Pyros.
1973 - David Miller: tenor, from the multi-national classical crossover vocal group Il Divo. Their 2004 self-titled album, was No.1 in 14 countries around the world.
1980 - Win Butler: lead vocalist, songwriter with the Grammy Award-winning indie rock band Arcade Fire who had the 2005 album Funeral, and 2017 US No.1 album Everything Now.
Until some time tomorrow. Take care and stay safe.
Here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday.
1957 - Jerry Lee Lewis: released 'Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On' on Sun Records. Written by Dave "Curlee" Williams the song was first recorded by American R&B singer Big Maybelle. The record reached No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart, No. 1 on the country charts, and No. 8 in the UK.
1964 - The Beatles: filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Street London for their forthcoming movie 'A Hard Day's Night'.
1967 - Frank Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Somethin' Stupid'. They became the only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single. UB40 singer Ali Cambell covered the song in 1995 with his daughter Kibbi. Robbie Williams had a 2001 UK No.1 with his version of the song featuring Nicole Kidman.
1967 - Jimi Hendrix: The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens, and Engelbert Humperdinck all appeared at The Odeon, Blackpool, England, tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings, ($0.70 and $1.40).
1972 - Roberta Flack: started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'. Written in 1957 by political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who was later to become his wife. At the time the couple was lovers, although MacColl was married to someone else. MacColl is the father of singer/songwriter Kirsty MacColl. The song was featured in the Clint Eastwood film 'Play Misty For Me.'
1978 - Television: were forced to postpone their gig at Bristol's Colston Hall after the 40-foot truck carrying their equipment was involved in a crash killing the driver.
1982 - Billy Joel: was reported to be in ''quite good'' condition after major surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York. The singer broke his left wrist when his 1978 Harley Davidson hit a car in Long Island, New York. The hospital switchboard was jammed with calls from his fans, and Joel issued a plea through a spokesman that the calls ceased because they were ''tying up lines for those people who are really sick.''
1989 - Bangles: American all-girl group The Bangles started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Eternal Flame.' Also a No.1 in Australia (biggest selling single of 1989) and the United States.
1996 - Rob Pilatus: Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus was jailed for 90 days by a Los Angeles judge for three violent attacks and parole violations.
1996 - Jerry Garcia: The rest of Jerry Garcia's ashes were scattered near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A small portion had been scattered in the Ganges River in India 11 days earlier. The Grateful Dead leader had died on 9th Aug 1995.
1999 - Tammy Wynette: The body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed from her grave in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country music legend died. A new autopsy was conducted on her a week after three of her daughters filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her doctor and her husband and manager, George Richey, claiming they were responsible for her death 12 months ago. Richey said he had requested the autopsy because of the allegations made against him.
2001 - Joey Ramone: Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of the Ramones died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer aged 49. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.
2003 - Beyonce: was sued by the Wilhemina Artist Agency who claimed she hadn't paid them the commission for her L'Oreal ads. The agency claimed the singer refused to pass on the 10 percent of the $1m (£640,000), a deal that was brokered by the agency.
2005 - John Fred Gourrier: singer from John Fred and His Playboy Band died after a long battle with kidney disease aged 63. Had the 1967 US No.1 single 'Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)', a parody of The Beatles song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
2010 - Whitney Houston: After receiving some bad reviews and even enduring some boos during her performance, Whitney Houston brushed off criticism of her first show in the UK in over eleven years by insisting she was playing to a 'tough crowd'. She had recently been hospitalized with chronic rhinopharyngitis, which is a swelling of the membranes in the nose and throat.
2015 - Digital Music: It was reported that Digital music revenues matched physical sales for the first time in 2014, thanks to strong growth in the streaming market. The digital market rose 6.9% to $6.9 billion (£4.6 billion), representing 46% of all global music sales. CDs, vinyl, and other physical formats also accounted for 46% of the market. Pharrell Williams's 'Happy' was the most downloaded single globally in 2014, with Taylor Swift the most popular artist.
2019 - Les Reed: English songwriter Les Reed died at age 83. His major songwriting partners were Gordon Mills, Barry Mason, and Geoff Stephens, although he wrote songs with many others such as Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, Peter Callander, and Johnny Worth. Reed co-wrote around sixty hit songs and is best known for 'It's Not Unusual', 'Green, Green Grass of Home' and 'Delilah', (hits for Tom Jones) as well as 'The Last Waltz' (Engelbert Humperdinck).
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1894 - Bessie Smith: US blues singer, 'Empress Of The Blues'. Songs include, 'Downhearted Blues', 'St Louis Blues, and 'Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out'. Died in a car accident on 26th September 1937.
1932 - Roy Clark: American singer and musician Roy Clark, who had the 1969 US hit single, 'Yesterday, When I Was Young'. He is best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969 to 1997. He died on 11 November 2018.
1934 - Tim Feild: from the British pop-folk vocal trio The Springfields who had the 1962 US No. 20 single 'Silver Threads And Golden Needles', and the 1963 UK No.5 single 'Island Of Dreams'. The Springfields included singer Dusty Springfield and her brother, record producer Tom Springfield. Feild died on 31 May 2016.
1939 - Adolph Jacobs: American guitarist Adolph Jacobs, The Coasters. The American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group scored the 1958 US No.1 single 'Yakety Yak', the 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single 'Charlie Brown', as well as 'Young Blood' and 'Poison Ivy'. Jacobs died on July 23rd, 2014.
1939 - Marty Wilde: English singer and songwriter. He was one of the first generations of British pop stars to emulate American rock and roll and scored the 1959 UK No.2 single 'A Teenager In Love', and over 10 other UK Top 40 singles. He is the father of 80s singer Kim Wilde.
1940 - Clarence Satchell: American saxophonist and guitarist Clarence Satchell, The Ohio Players, who scored the 1974 US No.1 single 'Fire' and had hits with ‘Skin Tight’, ‘I Want To Be Free’ and ‘Love Roller Coaster.’ He died on 30th December 1995.
1944 - Dave Edmunds: Welsh singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor, and record producer. With Love Sculpture he had the 1968 UK No.5 single 'Sabre Dance' and the solo 1970 UK No.1 and US No.4 single 'I Hear You Knocking'. He later became a member of Rockpile.
1947 - Michael Chapman: Chinnichap productions, (producer and writer for Suzi Quatro, Mud). 1947 - Wooly Wolstenholme: from English progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest who scored eight UK Top 40 albums from 1974-87.
1948 - Michael Kamen: American composer and orchestral arranger. He worked with many acts including Pink Floyd, Queen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams' ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’ He died on 18 Nov 2003.
1962 - Nick Kamen: English male model, songwriter, and musician, Nick Kamen who had the 1986 UK No.5 single 'Each Time You Break My Heart'.
1965 - Linda Perry: songwriter, producer, singer, 4 Non-Blondes, (1993 UK No.2 single ‘What’s Up’, 1993 UK No. 4 albums ‘Bigger Better Faster More!). Wrote ‘Beautiful’ for Christina Aguilera, plus Jewel, Courtney Love, Gwen Stefani, Sugababes, Robbie Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Gavin Rossdale have all recorded her songs.
1965 - Oscar Harrison: drummer with English rock band Ocean Colour Scene who formed in Moseley, Birmingham in 1989. They scored the 1996 UK No.4 single 'The Day We Caught The Train', plus over 12 other Top 40 singles and the 1997 UK No.1 album Marchin’ Already.
1966 - Graeme Clark: bassist with Scottish band Wet Wet Wet who formed in 1982. They are best known for their 1994 cover of The Troggs' the 1960s hit 'Love Is All Around', which spent 15 weeks at No.1 on the UK charts.
1966 - Samantha Fox: former English model, a singer who had the 1986 UK No.3 single 'Touch Me, I Want Your Body'.
1967 - Frankie Poullian: bass, with The Darkness who had the 2003 UK No.2 single ‘I Believe In A Thing Called Love’, and the 2003 UK No.1 album ‘Permission To Land’. The album was certified quadruple platinum in the United Kingdom, with sales of over 1,300,000 and in 2004 the band won three Brit Awards.
1968 - Edward John O'Brien: guitarist, Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single 'Creep' was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, 'Pablo Honey'. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics' lists and listener polls for best album of the year.
1978 - Luis Fonsi: Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and actor Luis Fonsi best known for the song 'Despacito', a remix with Justin Bieber and Daddy Yankee was No.1 in 2017.
1978 - Chris Stapleton: American country and bluegrass musician Chris Stapleton scored the 2015 US No.1 album Traveller. Stapleton who is a former member of The SteelDrivers has also written hits for Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Adele, and George Strait.
1980 - Patrick Carney: American drummer for The Black Keys, who had the 2014 US No.1 album Turn Blue. He also has a side-project rock band called Drummer.
1987 - Iyaz: Keidran Jones, better known by his stage name Iyaz, a British Virgin Islander, singer-songwriter, and dancer. He is known for his singles ‘Replay’, ‘Solo’ and ‘Pretty Girls’. He released his debut album Replay in 2009.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
Don't be so blue, it's Friday. Speaking of Friday, here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Friday. Have a great weekend.
1956 - Chuck Berry: recorded "Roll Over Beethoven" which was released by Chess Records the following month. It is said that Berry wrote the song in response to his sister Lucy always using the family piano to play classical music when Berry wanted to play pop music. The lyric "rollover Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news" refers to how classical composers would roll over in their graves upon hearing that classical music had given way to rock and roll.
1964 - The Rolling Stones: the first album was released in the UK, it went to No.1 two weeks later and stayed on the chart for 40 weeks, with 11 weeks at No.1. The American edition of the LP, with a slightly different tracklist, came out on London Records on 30 May 1964, subtitled England's Newest Hit Makers, which later became its official title.
1964 - The Beatles: filmed the 'chase scenes' for A Hard Day's Night with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, 'A Hard Day's Night' at Abbey Road. John and Paul had the title first and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.
1969 - MC5: Elektra Records dropped Detroit's MC5 from their label after the band took out an advertisement in a local paper that included the company logo and said; '**ahem** Hudsons.' The band was protesting at the Michigan department store's refusal to stock their albums.
1969 - Desmond Dekker: and the Aces were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Israelites', making Dekker the first Jamaican artist to have a UK No.1 single.
1970 - Led Zeppelin: single 'Whole Lotta Love' was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at No. 4 on the US singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on 5th December 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a 'no singles' approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.
1972 - Electric Light Orchestra: made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London. ELO was formed to accommodate former Move members Roy Wood and Jeff Lynne's desire to create modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones. Wood departed following the band's debut record, Lynne wrote and arranged all of the group's original compositions and produced every album.
1972 - Pink Floyd: appeared at the Township Auditorium, Columbia, South Carolina, USA. A typical setlist on this The Dark Side of The Moon tour was: The Dark Side of the Moon (entire album), One of These Days, Careful with that Axe Eugene, Echoes, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.
1973 - Paul McCartney: first television special, James Paul McCartney, was aired in America on the ABC network. The show, which includes performances by McCartney and Wings, would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.
1977 - David Soul: one half of TV cop show Starsky & Hutch, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Don't Give Up On Us', his only US hit. Also No.1 in the UK.
1993 - David Lee Roth: was arrested in New York's Washington Square Park for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana.
1993 - Paul McCartney: headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate 'Earth Day' along with Ringo Starr, Don Henley, and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of The Beatles in 1965.
1994 - Prince: had his first UK No.1 with 'The Most Beautiful Girl In The World', (his 37th single release). It was his first release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol.
1996 - Kiss: appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years.
1997 - Mark Morrison: was convicted of threatening a police officer with an illegal 23,000-volt electric stun gun. The singer left Marylebone Magistrates' Court in tears after being warned he was likely to be sent to prison.
1999 - Skip Spence: an original member of Jefferson Airplane and founding member of Moby Grape, died of lung cancer in a San Francisco hospital aged 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism.
2003 - Jerry Lee Lewis: filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. The 67-year-old singer married Kerrie in 1984 who was the president of Lewis Enterprises Inc. fan club.
2013 - Edwin Shirley Trucking: the co-founded Edwin Shirley Trucking, which became one of the largest music transport companies in Europe died of cancer. Brian May noted Shirley's importance to their touring operation: 'Edwin was at the head of Queen's vehicle convoy for so many years I can't begin to remember how many... He was a great pal of Gerry Stickells, our illustrious Tour Manager and the two of them wrote the book on how to party on tour.'
2015 - Pete Waterman: An auction of part of the model railway collection owned by record producer Pete Waterman raised more than £600,000. Waterman said he was selling the collection, which included 56 Gauge, 1 steam model, to fund apprenticeships at the heritage trust he runs.
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1924 - Henry Mancini: American composer, conductor, and arranger, Henry Mancini. His best-known works include the theme to The Pink Panther film series, 'Moon River' to Breakfast at Tiffany's, and the theme to the Peter Gunn television series. He died on 14th June 1994.
1924 - Rudy Pompilli: American musician Rudy Pompilli best known for playing tenor saxophone with Bill Haley and His Comets. They scored the 1955 UK & US No.1 single with 'Rock Around the Clock'. Pompilio died on February 5th, 1976.
1929 - Roy Hamilton: American singer Roy Hamilton had the 1955 US No.6 single 'Unchained Melody.' and recorded 'You'll Never Walk Alone. Hamilton died of a stroke on 29th July 1969.
1935 - Bobby Vinton: American singer and songwriter Bobby Vinton who had the 1963 US No.1 single & 1990 UK No.2 single 'Blue Velvet', (a cover of Tony Bennett's 1951 hit) plus 29 other US Top 40 hits.
1939 - Dusty Springfield: UK singer who had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which reached No.4, a 1966 UK No.1 & US No.4 single with 'You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. She died on March 3rd, 1999.
1947 - Lee Kerslake: Drummer, Lee Kerslake, best known for his performances on Ozzy Osbourne’s critically-acclaimed debut album, Blizzard of Ozz, and was also the drummer in Uriah Heep appearing on their 1972 album Demons and Wizards and nine studio records before departing in 1978. He died from prostate cancer on 19 September 2020 aged 73.
1947 - Gerry Rafferty: Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty who with Stealers Wheel had the 1973 US No.3 & UK No.8 single 'Stuck In The Middle With You'. The song was used in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, during the famous 'ear' scene. He is best known for his 1978 solo hit the UK No.3 and US No.2 single 'Baker Street.' He was also a member of the late 1960s group The Humblebums with Billy Connolly. Rafferty died on 4th Jan 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.
1949 - Boll Spooner: Bill 'Sputnick' Spooner, guitar, with American band The Tubes are known for their 1977 hit single 'White Punks On Dope' and the 1983 US No.10 single 'She's A Beauty.
1950 -Dave Peverett: (also known as Lonesome Dave) was an English singer and guitarist with Savoy Brown and a founder member of Foghat, who had the 1976 US No. 20 single 'Slow Ride'. He died of cancer on 7th February 2000.
1951 - John Bentley: John Bentley is best known as the bassist for the band Squeeze from 1980 to 1982 appearing on the albums Argybargy, East Side Story, and Sweets from a Stranger.
1953 - Peter Garrett: Australian musician, environmentalist, activist. He became the singer with the Australian rock band Midnight Oil in 1973. In 2010, their album Diesel and Dust ranked No.1 in the book The 100 Best Australian Albums.
1956 - Paul Buchanan: Scottish musician Paul Buchanan from The Blue Nile released the 1989 UK No.12 album, Hats. Buchanan's songs have been covered by Annie Lennox, Julian Lennon, Michael McDonald, Robbie Robertson, and Rod Stewart.
1959 - Stephen Singleton: saxophonist with English pop band ABC who as part of the New Romantic movement had the 1982 UK No.4 & 1983 US No.18 'The Look Of Love'. Their 1982 debut album, The Lexicon of Love, was a UK No.1 and they achieved ten UK and five US Top 40 hit singles between 1981 and 1990.
1962 - Jason Scheff: American bassist, singer, and songwriter Jason Scheff who from 1985 to 2016 was the bassist and singer with Chicago. His lead vocals were debuted on 1986 single '25 or 6 to 4,' a remake of their 1970 hit, then followed up with 'Will You Still Love Me?'
1963 - Little Jimmy Osmond: American singer, actor, and businessman Little Jimmy Osmond, who is the youngest member of the sibling musical group the Osmonds. He scored the 1972 UK No.1 single 'Long Haired Lover From Liverpool'.
1963 - Nick Berry: English singer, an actor who had the 1986 UK No.1 single 'Every Loser Wins'.
1964 - Dave Pirner: American songwriter, singer Dave Pirner with American alternative rock band Soul Asylum, who had the 1993 US No.5 and UK No.7 single 'Runaway Train' from their album Grave Dancers Union.
1969 - Sean Cook: bassist from English space rock band Spiritualized. They released the critically acclaimed 1997 Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, which NME magazine named as their Album of the Year.
1970 - Gabrielle: English singer who had the 1993 UK No.1 single 'Dreams' and the 2000 UK No.1 album Rise. Gabrielle has won two BRIT Awards, the first in 1994 for British Breakthrough Act, and the second in 1997 for Best British Female.
1971 - Selena: Selena Quintanilla-Perez, best known as Selena, Mexican American singer "the queen of Tejano music.’ Her album Selena Live! won a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Grammy Awards. Yolanda Saldivar the president of her fan club, murdered her on March 31, 1995. Warner Brothers made a film based on her life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997.
1973 - Akon: (Aliaune Thiam), US singer, (2005 UK No.1 album ‘Trouble’, 2005 UK No.1 and US No.4 single ‘Lonely’, (which samples Bobby Vinton's ‘Mr. Lonely’). Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the No.1 and No.2 spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. He was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the No.1 selling artist for master ringtones in the world.
1993 - Chance the Rapper: American recording artist Chance the Rapper. His third mixtape Coloring Book earned him three Grammy awards, including Best Rap Album. He featured on the 2017 US No.1 hit single 'I'm The One by DJ Khaled with Justin Bieber.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
Well everyone, here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Saturday.
1960 - Eddie Cochran: Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran's current hit at the time was 'Three Steps to Heaven. The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.
1965 - Bob Dylan: second studio album 'The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was at No.1 on the UK chart. The album opens with 'Blowin' in the Wind', which became an anthem of the 1960s, and an international hit for folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary.
1970 - Santana: began sessions for what would be their breakthrough album Abraxas at Wally Heider Recording Studio, San Francisco, California. When released in September of this year, Abraxas peaked at No.1 on the US chart.
1970 - Johnny Cash: While performing at the White House at the invitation of President Richard Nixon, Johnny Cash was asked to perform 'Okie From Muskogee'. Cash declined because it was not his song, but had been a hit for Merle Haggard. Instead, Cash sang his No.1 hit, 'A Boy Named Sue.
1971 - George Harrison: All four Beatles had solo singles in the UK charts, Paul McCartney with 'Another Day', John Lennon 'Power To The People', George Harrison 'My Sweet Lord' and Ringo Starr 'It Don't Come Easy.'
1971 - Three Dog Night: started a six-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Joy To The World'. The group's second US No.1; a No.24 hit in the UK.
1973 - The Eagles: released their second studio album, Desperado. Recorded at Island Studios in London, UK, two singles were released from the album 'Tequila Sunrise' and 'Outlaw Man'.
1973 - Pink Floyd: album The Dark Side Of The Moon went gold in the US. The LP went on to stay in the US chart for more than ten years and became the longest-charting rock record of all time.
1974 - Vinnie Taylor: guitarist with US rock 'n roll revival band Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose. Sha Na Na played at the Woodstock Festival, their 90-second appearance in the Woodstock film brought the group national attention. The group appeared in the movie Grease as Johnny Casino & The Gamblers.
1975 - Elvis Presley: bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area, and a dance floor.
1982 - Vangelis: was at No.1 on the US album chart with Chariots Of Fire, he later also won an Oscar for the album for best original score.
1983 - Felix Pappalardi: producer and bass player with American rock band Mountain was shot dead by his wife Gail Collins during a jealous rage. Collins was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and sentenced to four years in prison. Pappalardi who was 43 had produced the Cream albums 'Disraeli Gears' and 'Wheels of Fire.'
1987 - Carlton Barrett: Reggae drummer and percussion player Carlton Barrett of The Wailers was shot dead outside his house in Kingston, Jamaica. Joined Bob Marley and The Wailers in 1970, wrote the Marley song 'War'. Barrett was the originator of the one-drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style.
1991 - Nirvana: appeared at the OK Hotel in Seattle, where they played a new song, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', live for the first time. Other local bands such as Mudhoney, Tad, Mother Love Bone, and Soundgarden all appeared at the club, which has now been turned into a residential property.
1993 - David Bowie: went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his eighteenth studio album Black Tie White Noise. It was his first solo release in the 1990s after spending time with his hard rock band Tin Machine.
1994 - Pink Floyd: started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with The Division Bell, their fourth No.1 album.
1998 - Linda McCartney: died after a long battle against cancer. Married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was working as a photographer. As well as being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her own brand of vegetarian food.
2003 - Earl King: the New Orleans Blues guitarist died aged 69. King wrote the classic song Come On, (Let The Good Times Roll), covered by Jimi Hendrix.
2004 - Kurt Cobain: Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000 at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Texas. Other items sold included Elton John and Bernie Taupin's songwriting piano which sold for $140,000 and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by The Byrds Roger McGuinn's sold for $99,000.
2007 - Bryan Ferry: was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves...I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing - really beautiful.' British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was 'deeply upset' by the publicity surrounding the interview.
2008 - Bruce Springsteen: Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child with Springsteen.
2009 - Morrissey: walked off stage during his set at the Coachella festival in California after declaring he could 'smell burning flesh'. The committed vegetarian took offense to the smell coming from nearby barbecues. Sir Paul McCartney, The Killers, and The Cure also appeared at the event.
2016 - Joss Stone: Singer Joss Stone postponed shows in the Caribbean to be with her sick dog, which she said was "the closest thing I have to a child". She said her pet had "made it through the night" but she had to "go back and make sure she was ok".
2020 - Matthew Seligman: English bass guitarist Matthew Seligman, best known as a member of The Soft Boys, died aged 64 due to complications of the coronavirus. Seligman was also a member of the Thompson Twins, and was a sideman for Thomas Dolby, and backed David Bowie at his performance at Live Aid in 1985.
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1934 - Don Kirshner: American music publisher, talent manager, and songwriter Don Kirshner who helped launch the careers of Neil Diamond, Bobby Darin, Carole King, Neil Sedaka, and The Archies. Kirshner was hired by the producers of The Monkees to provide hit-worthy songs to accompany the television program and also served as a music consultant for almost two dozen TV series between 1966 and 1977. He died on January 17, 2011.
1940 - Billy Fury: English singer Billy Fury, who had the 1961 UK No.3 single 'Halfway To Paradise', plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles. He played rock 'n' roller "Stormy Tempest" in the film That'll Be The Day along with side David Essex and Ringo Starr. An early British rock and roll (and film) star, he equaled the Beatles' record of 24 hits in the 1960s and spent 332 weeks on the UK chart. Fury died of a heart attack on 28th January 1983.
1943 - Roy Estrada: bassist with Frank Zappa and a founder member of Little Feat, playing on their first two albums. Estrada was convicted of sexual assault on a child in 1977 for which he served six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child which happened in 2008 and he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole.
1948 - Jan Hammer: keyboard player, Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jeff Beck. He scored the solo, 1985 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Miami Vice Theme' and the 1987 UK No.2 single 'Crockett's Theme.
1954 - Michael Sembello: American Grammy-award-winning and Oscar-nominated singer, musician, songwriter, Michael Sembello, who had the 1983 US No.1 single 'Maniac', which featured in the film Flashdance.
1955 - Pete Shelley: English singer, songwriter, and guitarist Pete Shelley from punk rock band Buzzcocks, who had the 1978 UK No.12 single 'Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn't've'. They made their first appearance in 1976 in Manchester, opening for the Sex Pistols. Shelley also had a solo career: his song ‘Homosapien’ charted in the US in 1981. He died of a suspected heart attack on 6 December 2018.
1964 - James Keenan: from American rock band Tool who had the 2001 US No.1 album Lateralus. Keenan is also a member of A Perfect Circle and Puscifer.
1967 - Matt Chamberlain: one of the world's most widely-heard session drummers. Worked with, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Pearl Jam, Tori Amos, Morrissey, Fiona Apple, Christina Aguilera, Dido, David Bowie, Elton John, Peter Gabriel, The Wallflowers, Natalie Merchant, Robbie Williams, Kanye West, Garbage, John Mayer, and William Shatner.
1967 - Liz Phair: American singer-songwriter and guitarist Liz Phair. Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
1970 - Redman: US rapper who had the 2001 US No.4 album Malpractice and the 2002 UK No.1 single with Christina Aguilera ‘Dirrty’.
1974 - Victoria Beckham: businesswoman, fashion designer, model and singer, Victoria Beckham, (Posh Spice), The Spice Girls who scored the 1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single 'Wannabe', plus eight other UK No.1 singles). She had the solo 2000 UK No. 2 single 'Out Of Your Mind'. Beckham has become an internationally recognized style icon and fashion designer.
1988 - Eliza Doolittle: British singer-songwriter, Eliza Doolittle, (born Eliza Sophie Caird). Her debut self-titled album released in 2010, (where it debuted at No.3 on the UK Albums Chart), produced two UK top forty hits: 'Skinny Genes' and 'Pack Up'.
1989 - Avi Kaplan: American singer and songwriter Avi Kaplan a member of the a cappella group Pentatonix. Together with Pentatonix, Kaplan has released seven studio albums, won three Grammy Awards, and sold over six million albums. They scored the 2017 US No.1 album 'A Pentatonix Christmas'.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
This Day In History Of Music for this Sunday.
1964 - The Beatles: appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with 'Can't Buy Me, Love'.
1966 - Spencer Davis Group: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Jackie Edwards song 'Somebody Help Me', (as with their previous hit 'Keep on Running' which was also composed by Edwards).
1970 - Bruce Springsteen: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00.
1970 - Johnny Cash: was at No.1 on the Country album chart with Hello, I'm Johnny Cash, his 33rd album release. The album featured 'If I Were a Carpenter, the famous duet with his wife, June Carter Cash, which earned the couple a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1971.
1975 - Bay City Rollers: Four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on-site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group was making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park.
1984 - Michael Jackson: underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair the damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
1985 - Wham!: Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.
1987 - Aretha Franklin: and George Michael started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Knew You Were Waiting' also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1 singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit 'Respect' in June 1967.
1991 - Martin Hannett: Record producer Martin Hannett died. He worked with many Manchester acts including The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Magazine as well as U2 and The Psychedelic Furs.
1992 - Def Leppard: started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth studio album 'Adrenalize.' The album was the first by the band following the death of guitarist Steve Clark in 1991.
1992 - Annie Lennox: went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her debut solo release 'Diva.' The album won the Brit Award for British Album of the Year at the 1993 Brit Awards and received nominations for Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best Long Form Music Video, winning the latter award at the Grammy Awards the same year.
1995 - Tony McCarrol: Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-lump sum of £550,000 ($935,000).
1996 - Bernard Edwards: bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart.
2004 - Eamon: R&B singer from New York Eamon started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '**ahem** It, (I Don't Want You Back)' his debut single. The song earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for "the most expletives in a No.1 song", with 33.
2005 - 50 Cent: Reebok pulled a UK TV ad featuring 50 Cent after a mother whose son was shot dead complained it glamorized gun crime. Lucy Cope, from London, went to the Advertising Standards Authority about the campaign featuring the US rapper. The ASA had been investigating 54 other complaints from viewers over a reference to the rapper having been shot nine times.
2006 - Elton John: A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer's Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Centre.
2006 - U2: A line from U2's 1992 hit 'One was voted the UK's favorite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers" came top. The Smiths lyric "So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die" from the song 'How Soon is Now' came second in the poll, followed by "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us", from Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' which was voted into third place.
2012 - The Beatles: An original and extremely rare 1963 mono copy of The Beatles ‘Please Please Me’ album, signed by the Fab Four, sold on an eBay auction for nearly $25,000. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both signed their names with “love” in royal blue ink whereas George Harrison and Ringo Starr signed their names in midnight blue ink. The autographs were signed in May of 1963.
2013 - Storm Thorgerson: whose album cover artwork includes Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon died aged 69. A childhood friend of the founding members of the band, he became their designer-in-chief. His credits also include albums by Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel, and Muse. In 2003, Thorgerson suffered a stroke, from which he recovered. He was later diagnosed with an undisclosed form of cancer, which he battled for several years.
2015 - Green Day: was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of the 2015 class, in their first year of eligibility.
2017 - Prince: Numerous opioid painkillers were found at US singer Prince's home shortly after his death last year, unsealed court documents show. Some of the pills discovered at Prince's Paisley Park estate in Minnesota had prescriptions in the name of his friend and bodyguard. But the documents do not offer evidence about the source of the fentanyl that killed the singer on 21 April 2016.
Born On This Day In the Music World:
1935 - Paul A. Rothchild: American record producer, worked with The Doors, 'Break on Through (To the Other Side)', 'Light My Fire', 'People Are Strange'), Janis Joplin, (No.1 album Pearl and her only No.1 single, 'Me and Bobby McGee'). Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Love. Rothchild died March 30, 1995.
1939 - Glen D.Hardin: from American rock and roll band The Crickets, who had the 1957 US No.1 single 'That'll Be The Day, the 1959 UK No.1 single 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles.
1942 - Mike Vickers: British musician who came to prominence as guitarist, flutist, and saxophonist with Manfred Mann, who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy'.
1943 - Clyde Stubblefield: American drummer Clyde Stubblefield best known for his work with James Brown. His rhythm pattern on James Brown's 'Funky Drummer is among the world's most sampled musical segments and has been used by hip-hop groups and rappers such as Public Enemy, Run-DMC, N.W.A, Raekwon, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, and Prince. Stubblefield died on February 18, 2017, from kidney failure at age 73.
1944 - Skip Spence: Canadian-born American musician and singer-songwriter. He was co-founder of Moby Grape, in an early line-up of Quicksilver Messenger Service, and was the drummer on Jefferson Airplane's debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. He died on 16th April 1999.
1958 - Andy Kyriacou: from British pop band Modern Romance who had the 1982 UK No.4 single 'Best Years Of Our Lives and a string of UK hits.
1958 - Les Pattinson: English musician Les Pattinson, best known for being a member of Echo & the Bunnymen who had the 1983 UK No.8 single 'The Cutter' and the single 'The Killing Moon'.
1962 - Shirley Holliman: English singer, who sang with Wham! on their 1982 UK No.3 single 'Young Guns, (Go For It') and was a member of Pepsi & Shirlie. She is married to Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet.
1964 - Bez: Mark 'Bez' Berry, with English alternative rock band Happy Mondays who had the 1990 UK No.5 single 'Step On' and the 1990 hit Kinky Afro'. And with Black Grape had the 1995 UK No.8 single 'In The Name Of The Father'.
1970 - Greg Eklund: drummer from American rock band Everclear. The band found success with their first three albums Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow, and Songs from an American Movie Vol. One:
1974 - Mark Tremonti: lead guitarist from American rock band Creed, who had the 2001 US No.1 & UK No.13 single 'With Arms Wide Open' and the 2002 US No.1 album, Weathered.
1993 - Nathan Sykes: English singer, songwriter, and record producer Nathan Sykes. He is best known for being the youngest member of the British boy band The Wanted.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
I do apologize for the late post, but when work runs late everything becomes late. This Day In History Of Music for this Monday.
1965 - James Brown: The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes, Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys, and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance.
1965 - The Beatles: single 'Ticket to Ride' was released on Capitol Records in the US. The single label stated that the song was from the upcoming movie 'Eight Arms to Hold You' (the original name for the movie Help!).
1968 - George Harrison: John Lennon, George Harrison, and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.
1969 - Queen: Smile (later to be known as Queen ) appeared at the Revolution Club in London, England.
1969 - Glen Campbell: was at No.1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jimmy Webb song 'Galveston', which also made No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song describes a soldier waiting to go into battle who thinks of the woman he loves and his hometown of Galveston, Texas: "I still hear your sea waves crashing/as I watch the cannons flashing/ I clean my gun/And dream of Galveston." In 2003, this song ranked No.8 in CMT's 100 Greatest Songs in Country Music.
1974 - Bruce Springsteen: and the E Street Band appeared at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The gig was unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that word-of-mouth would be enough to fill the 550-seat venue, only 250 people attended. Tickets cost $4.50 and $5.50 in advance.
1980 - R.E.M.: played their first gig as R.E.M. at the 11:11 Koffee Club, Athens, Georgia to 150 people. The show ended at 2 am when police closed it down due to the venue being unlicensed.
1980 - Blondie: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Call Me', featured in the Richard Gere movie 'American Gigolo', the track was also a No.1 in the UK.
1980 - Brian Johnson: 32-year-old English singer Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinks binge in February 1980. Johnson's first band was the Gobi Desert Canoe Club. He was also in a band called Fresh. From 1970, Johnson played with cabaret/club band The Jasper Hart Band, performing songs from the musical Hair. He and other members of the band went on to form Geordie.
1980 - Crystal Gayle: For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris, and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5.
1985 - Bryan Adams: was on the UK album chart with Reckless. His fourth studio album was the first Canadian album to sell more than one million units within Canada. Six singles were released from the album: ‘Run to You,’ ‘Somebody,’ ‘Heaven,’ ‘Summer of '69,’ ‘One Night Love Affair,’ and ‘It's Only Love.’ All six singles made the top 15 on the US Billboard Hot 100, a feat that at the time had been accomplished previously only by Michael Jackson's Thriller.
1986 - George Michael: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Different Corner', the singer's second solo No.1. Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was also credited with being the second No.1 (after 'I Just Called To Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder), which was written, sung, played, arranged, and produced by the same person.
1986 - Prince: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Kiss.' Prince also had the No.2 song 'Manic Monday', by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym 'Christopher.'
1993 - Steve Douglas: American saxophonist and flutist Steve Douglas died aged 54. He recorded with Duane Eddy, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley Willy DeVille, Bob Dylan Ramones, and others.
1995 - Stone Roses: The Stone Roses played their first gig in five years when they appeared at The Rockefeller Club, Oslo, Norway.
1997 - Michael Jackson: attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France. Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure.
1998 - Robbie Williams: started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album Life Thru A Lens. The album spent a total of 218 weeks on the UK chart, with sales of 2.4 million copies.
1998 - Robbie Williams: started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album Life Thru A Lens. The album spent a total of 218 weeks on the UK chart, with sales of 2.4 million copies.
2000 - Phil Collins: won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back.
2002 - Oasis: Police were investigating how tracks from the forthcoming Oasis album 'Heathen Chemistry' had been illegally circulated on the Internet. They thought the person responsible had access to their private recording sessions.
2003 - Conrad Leonard: The oldest working musician in Britain, Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire's Garden Centre in Twickenham.
2005 - Richard Lewis: American tenor with The Silhouettes died. The doo wop/R&B group's single 'Get A Job' was a No.1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. The doo-wop revival group Sha Na Na derived its name from the song's lyrics. 'Get A Job' is included in the soundtracks of the film American Graffiti, Trading Places, and Stand By Me. The Silhouettes performed in the 1986 movie Joey.
2005 - Elvis Presley: It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to Graceland to experience the "real" Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland tourism.
2010 - The Beatles: A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper's editors had written, "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?" Ringo was unimpressed and replied "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."
2012 - Levon Helm: died of throat cancer aged 71. A drummer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist, Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan's backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,' 'Up on Cripple Creek,' 'Rag Mama Rag,' and 'The Weight.'.
2012 - Leonard Cohen: his former manager was jailed for 18 months for harassing the singer-songwriter. Kelley Lynch was found guilty by a Los Angeles court after sending a torrent of expletive-strewn emails and letters to the star. She was also sentenced to five months probation and ordered to attend anger-management courses. Cohen thanked the court for the "even-handed and elegant manner in which these proceedings have unfolded".
2020 - Captain Tom Moore: Michael Ball and Captain Tom Moore went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of "You'll Never Walk Alone". The charity single made Moore – six days short of his one-hundredth birthday – the oldest person to achieve a No.1 (he was at the top of the charts on his 100th birthday), beating the previous record-holder Tom Jones.
Born On This Day In the Music World:
1928 - Alexis Korner: blues singer, musician. He was a major force behind the UK R&B scene and formed Blues Incorporated with Charlie Watts. Later he had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single 'Tap Turns On The Water'). He was also a writer and radio presenter. Korner died on January 1st, 1984.
1942 - Eddie Kramer: South African producer and engineer Eddie Kramer who has worked with many artists including The Beatles, (Magical Mystery Tour), David Bowie, (Young Americans), Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, (engineered five albums), The Rolling Stones and Carlos Santana. Kramer and his crew attended the 1969 Woodstock Festival where they recorded the entire festival.
1942 - Alan Price: English musician Alan Price, keyboards with The Animals who had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'). As a solo artist, he scored the 1967 UK No.4 single 'Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear'.
1943 - Eve Graham: Scottish singer Eve Graham from The New Seekers who had the 1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing' and hits with 'You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me' and 'Beg, Steal or Borrow'.
1944 - Bernie Worrell: American keyboardist and composer best known as a founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and for his work with Talking Heads. Worrell died on June 24, 2016, at the age of 72.
1947 - Mark Volman: American guitarist Mark Volman, from The Turtles who had the US 1967 No.1 single 'Happy Together and the 1967 hit 'She'd Rather Be with Me'. He later worked with Frank Zappa, alongside his friend and partner Howard Kaylan who used the stage names of Flo & Eddie.
1956 - Tony Martin: English singer Tony Martin, best known for his time fronting Black Sabbath, initially from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997. Martin was the band's second-longest-serving vocalist after Ozzy Osbourne.
1956 - Gary Langan: from English avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise who had the 1988 UK No.5 single 'Kiss' with Tom Jones.
1966 - Marion Hugh "Suge" Knight Jr.: American record producer, a music executive. He is the co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records. Death Row Records rose to dominate the rap charts after Dr. Dre's breakthrough album The Chronic in 1992. After several years of chart successes for artists including Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Outlawz, and Tha Dogg Pound, Death Row Records stagnated after Knight's incarceration on probation violation charges in September 1996 and went bankrupt in 2006. In February 2015, Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, California.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
Hello everyone, and welcome to This Day In History Of Music for this Tuesday.
1957 - Elvis Presley: started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All Shook Up.' It went on to be the biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies. (side note, this song will be posted for GSOTD for today).
1959 - Dolly Parton: Goldband Records released 'Puppy Love' by a 13-year old Dolly Parton in the US, a song that was recorded two years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn't chart, (later to be a hit for Donny Osmond ).
1966 - The Beatles: During a 12-hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song 'And Your Bird Can Sing', and a new George Harrison song 'Taxman'.
1968 - Apple Music: ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal to release records on the Apple label. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel, and Elephant's Memory were signed up.
1968 - Deep Purple: made their live debut at a gig in Taastrup, Denmark. Formerly known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, named after his grandmother's favorite song (which had been a hit for Peter De Rose), after his grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the song.
1969 - Benny Benjamin: Session drummer Benny Benjamin died. One of 'The Funk Brothers played on many Tamla Motown hits including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder. The film 'Standing In The Shadows Of Motown' released in 2003 features his work.
1979 - Kate Bush: Lighting director Billy Duffy was killed in an accident during a Kate Bush concert in Southampton, England. 21-year old Duffy fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Bush held a benefit concert on 12th May with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London's Hammersmith Odeon for his family.
1980 - George Burns: 84-year-old George Burns, who starred in the movie Oh God with John Denver, became the oldest person to have a hit on the Billboard Hot 100 when 'I Wish I Was 18 Again' peaked at No.49. When asked if he wished he were 18 again, Burns replied "I wish I was 80 again." Before this, his most recent charting record had been a spoken word comedy routine with his wife and partner Gracie Allen in the summer of 1933.
1981 - John Phillips: of The Mamas & the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of taking drugs.
1985 - Bruce Springsteen: The charity record 'We Are The World' by the USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The US artists' answer to Band-Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Ray Charles, Billy Joel, and Paul Simon plus the composer's of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.
1987 - 2 Live Crew: A record store in Callaway, Florida was forced to closed down and a part-time clerk was arrested after selling a copy of '2 Live Is What We Are' by 2 Live Crew to a 14-year-old boy. Officials had deemed the recording "obscene" because of its pornographic lyrics.
1991 - Steve Marriott: Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90s bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single 'Itchycoo Park', plus 1968 No.1 UK album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake', Humble Pie, 1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'. As a child actor, he played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver.
1993 - Aerosmith: released 'Get A Grip' their 11th studio album which became their best-selling album to date with sales over 20m. The album which featured the hits: 'Livin' On The Edge' and 'Crazy' also featured guests Don Henley and Lenny Kravitz.
1996 - Mark Morrison: English R&B singer Mark Morrison had his first UK No.1 single when 'Return Of The Mack' started a two-week run at the top of the charts. A No.2 hit in the US, the beat was sampled from Tom Tom Club's 'Genius of Love.'
2001 - Peter Frampton: A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe, and Humble Pie.
2002 - Alan Dale: American singer Alan Dale died. During the 50s he had his own US TV & radio show, had the 1955 US No.7 single 'Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.'
2002 - Dave Grohl: In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana's recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was 'irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.' They also claimed a contract was invalid because Love was 'stoned' at the time.
2006 - Pete Doherty: Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested in east London on suspicion of drug possession only hours after a court appearance. Doherty had earlier admitted to seven charges of possessing drugs when he appeared before magistrates in east London. He was given a community order with two years of supervision and 18 months of drug rehabilitation and was also banned from driving for six months.
2012 - Bert Weedon: whose Play in a Day guitar guide set some of the biggest names in rock and roll on the road to greatness, died, aged 91. Play in a Day, released in 1957, sold over two million copies and helped inspire a generation of budding musicians including Eric Clapton, Brian May of Queen, and the late John Lennon.
2018 - Avicii: Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer, Avicii died aged 28. He was nominated for a Grammy for Best Dance Recording with 'Levels' at the 2013 Grammy Awards. His biggest single was 2013’s 'Wake Me Up'. He recorded with Wyclef Jean, Robbie Williams, ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, Rita Ora, and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1939 - Johnny Tillotson: American singer-songwriter Johnny Tillotson had the 1960 US No.2 and 1961 UK No.1 single 'Poetry In Motion. He enjoyed his greatest success in the early 1960s when he scored nine top-ten hits.
1940 - Ronald Mundy: American singer Ronald Mundy. He was a member of The Marcels who scored the 1961 US and UK No.1 with a doo-wop cover of the ballad 'Blue Moon' that began with the bass singer singing, "bomp-baba-bomp-ba-bomp-ba-bomp-bomp... Vedanga-dang-dang-vadinga-dong-ding...". The record sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc. He died of pneumonia on 20 January 2017 age 76.
1945 - Jimmy Winston: English musician Jimmy Winston was the original keyboard player with Small Faces, (he left in Nov 1965).
1948 - Craig Frost: keyboardist for 1970s hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad who had the US No.1 single with their version of 'The Loco-Motion' which was produced by Todd Rundgren and is also a member with Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band.
1948 - Rob Stoner: American multi-instrumental musician Rob Stoner. His work can be heard on Don McLean's classic 'American Pie. In the summer of 1975, he was hired as a bandleader, opening act, and bass player in Bob Dylan's band and has also worked with many other artists as well as Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Chuck Berry, Lou Reed, and Joni Mitchell.
1951 - Luther Vandross: American singer, songwriter Luther Vandross who scored the 1989 UK No.13 single 'Never Too Much', first released 1983, and the US N0.10 and UK No.2 single with Janet Jackson 'The Best Things In Life Are Free'. Vandross also worked with David Bowie, Mariah Carey. Vandross died on 1st July 2005 aged 54 two years after suffering a major stroke.
1971 - Mikey Welsh: bassist from American rock band Weezer who had the 1995 UK No.12 single, 'Buddy Holly'. Weezer achieved mainstream success, helped by music videos directed by Spike Jonze.
1972 - Stephen Marley: from Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers who had the 1988 UK hit single 'Tomorrow People'. The Jamaican American musician is the son of Bob Marley and his wife Rita Marley. His 2011 album Revelation Pt. 1 – The Root of Life won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2012.
1972 - Carmen Electra: American actress, model, singer Carmen Electra, from The Pussycat Dolls. They had 2005, US No.2 & UK No.1 with their debut single ‘Don't Cha’ featuring Busta Rhymes. The Pussycat Dolls became only the fourth ever girl band to enter the UK charts at No.1 with their debut single. (The other’s being the Spice Girls, B*Witched, and Girls Aloud). Carmen has appeared in Playboy magazine and Baywatch and MTV's Singled Out.
1973 - Gabry Ponte: Italian DJ, remixer, record producer from Eiffel 65, (1999 UK No.1 single 'Blue (Da Ba Dee). The single was also No.1 in Norway, Austria, Finland, Germany, and Denmark.
1978 - Clay Cook: American musician with the Grammy Award-winning country music group, Zac Brown Band. Their 2015 album Jekyll + Hyde which debuted at No.1 on the US chart featured the single 'Heavy Is the Head' with vocals from Chris Cornell.
Until some time tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
On This Day In History Of Music for this Wednesday.
1958 - Marvin Rainwater: US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Woman'. Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.
1962 - Elvis Presley: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Good Luck Charm', his fifth US No.1 of the 60s. Also a UK No.1 hit.
1967 - The Beatles: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow 'A Day in the Life, in the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut up and randomly re-assembled and edits backward. At John Lennon's suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album.
1969 - Janis Joplin: appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was Yes.
1970 - Tyrannosaurus Rex: Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut), and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings.
1973 - Tony Orlando: & Dawn started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree', (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in White Oak, Georgia if she still loved him.
1976 - The Rolling Stones: Women Against Violence Against Women called for a boycott of all Warner Communications albums because of the promotional campaign for The Rolling Stones' new album Black and Blue. The album was being promoted with a controversial advertising campaign that depicted the model Anita Russell, bruised and bound, under the phrase ‘I'm Black and Blue from the Rolling Stones - and I love it!’
1978 - Sandy Denny: UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend's home; four days later she died in hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of the Fairport Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes', was covered by Judy Collins. Denny sang on the Led Zeppelin track 'Battle Of Evermore' on the band's fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin album).
1982 - Joe Strummer: Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group canceling a tour. The singer was found living rough in Paris, France.
1984 - Phil Collins: started a three-week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from 'Against All Odds. It was Phil's first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK.
1990 - Paul McCartney: played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert.
1990 - Sinead O'Connor: started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song 'Nothing Compares To You'. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. The video was shot in Paris and consists almost solely of a close-up on O'Connor's face as she sings the lyrics. Towards the end of the video, two tears roll down her face. The clip won Best Video at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards - the first video by a female artist to win in this category.
2000 - Neal Matthews: of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley's 'Don't Be Cruel' and 'Hound Dog.' Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones, and Merle Haggard.
2001 - Peter Buck: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by police for 12 hours.
2002 - Oasis: went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Hindu Times', the band's sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry.
2004 - Shane MacGowan: Former Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan was attacked in a London pub. The singer was assaulted at the Joiner's Arms pub in central London and suffered a fractured cheekbone after being kicked, punched, and hit with a metal bar. Two men, aged 20 and 21, were arrested and later released on bail.
2007 - Keith Richards: Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him with an early passion for music.
2008 - Al Wilson: American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Wilson had a number of US hits, including The 'Snake' in 1968 and 'Show and Tell' in 1974.
2013 - Calvin Harris: made chart history by becoming the first artist to have eight top 10 hits from one studio album. His track 'I Need Your Love', featuring singer Ellie Goulding, climbed to No.7 on the Official UK Chart. The DJ and producer from Dumfries, Scotland had overtaken Michael Jackson, who previously held the record with seven top 10 hits from both his 1987 album Bad and his 1991 record Dangerous.
2014 - Robin Thicke: controversial hit single 'Blurred Lines' was named the UK's most-downloaded song of all time. The song had sold 1.54 million copies since it was released in May 2013, despite criticisms of its explicit lyrics. About 20 university student unions banned the track, saying it promoted "date rape culture", an accusation Thicke consistently denied.
2015 - AC/DC: Phil Rudd, the drummer of AC/DC, changed his plea to guilty on a charge of a threat to kill, in a court in Tauranga, New Zealand. The court heard Rudd was unhappy about his album's launch party and asked for a former employee to be "taken out". He had previously denied the charge. He also pleaded guilty to cannabis and methamphetamine possession. The court heard that he had fired a number of employees last August after the launch of his solo album, Head Job.
2016 - Prince: was found dead at his home in Minnesota at the age of 57 after Police were summoned to his Paisley Park estate and found his body in a lift. The acclaimed and influential musician became a global superstar in the 1980s, with albums such as 1999, Purple Rain, and Sign O' the Times and recorded more than 30 albums.
2016 - Adele: was named as Britain's richest ever female musician, in the latest Sunday Times Rich List. A list of the top 50 music millionaires in the UK and Ireland placed the singer's £85m fortune in 30th place - an increase of £35m compared to last year.
2016 - Lonnie Mack: American rock, blues and country singer-guitarist Lonnie Mack died of natural causes in a hospital near his log-cabin home, seventy miles east of Nashville, Tennessee. In the early 1960s, he was a "pioneer" in virtuoso rock guitar soloing whose recordings were pivotal to the emergence of the electric guitar as a lead voice in rock music. For this, it has been said that he launched the era of "modern rock guitar". He scored the hit single instrumentals, 'Memphis' and 'Wham!'
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1919 - Don Cornell: American singer Don Cornell. His 1952 hit 'I' was the only single-character pop chart entry until Prince's 1992 top 10 Billboard hit '7'. His 1954 single 'Hold My Hand' sold over one million copies and topped the UK Singles Chart. He died on 23 February 2004 age 84.
1947 - Alan Wagner: from British soul band The Foundations who scored the 1967 UK No.1 single 'Baby Now That I've Found You' and the 1969 US No.3 single 'Build Me Up A Buttercup'. The group was the first multi-racial group to have a No.1 hit in the UK in the 1960s.
1947 - Iggy Pop: American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop). Member of The Stooges and solo artist, Pop is sometimes credited with the invention of stage diving. Hits include: 'Lust for Life', 'The Passenger', 'Real Wild Child', and 'I Wanna Be Your Dog'.
1947 - John Weider: English rock musician who plays guitar, bass, and violin. He is best known as the guitarist for Eric Burdon & The Animals from 1966 to 1968. He was also the bass player for Family from 1969 to 1971.
1951 - Nicole Barclay: from American all-female band Fanny who was active in the early 1970s. They were one of the first notable rock groups to be made up entirely of women.
1958 - Mike Barson: keyboardist from English ska band Madness. They have had 15 singles reach the UK top ten, hits include 'One Step Beyond', 'Baggy Trousers', 'Our House' and 'It Must Be Love'.
1959 - Michael Timmins: guitarist with Canadian alternative country/blues/folk-rock band, Cowboy Junkies.
1959 - Robert Smith: Singer, songwriter, and musician Robert Smith with English rock band The Cure who had the 1989 US No.2 single 'Love Song', the 1992 UK No.6 single 'Friday I'm In Love', plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles. He was also the lead guitarist for the band Siouxsie and the Banshees from 1982 to 1984.
1960 - John Maher: drummer with English punk rock group Buzzcocks who had the 1978 UK No.12 single 'Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn't've'.
1963 - Johnny McElhone: Scottish guitarist and songwriter Johnny McElhone who with Altered Images had the 1981 UK No.2 single 'Happy Birthday. He joined Texas who had the 1997 UK No.3 single 'Say What You Want, and the 1997 UK No.1 album White On Blonde.
Until Some Time Tomorrow, take care and stay safe.
This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday.
1957 - Elvis Presley: had his custom-built 'Music Gates' installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc.
1964 - The Rolling Stones: The President of The National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next No.1 group in the UK pop charts. He said The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he's got a feather duster on his head.'
1965 - The Beatles: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Ticket To Ride.' Taken from the film Help! it was the group's seventh UK No.1.
1966 - Bruce Springsteen: Two dozen local group's appeared at a ‘battle of the bands’ gig in Matawan Keyport Roller Drome in New Jersey. All acts performed three songs each. The Rogues won first place, the second was Sonny & The Starfires, and third place went to The Castiles, (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals). The three winners were given an opportunity to perform at the Roller Drome the following week as part of a major concert headlined by The Crystals.
1966 - Reg Presley: 'Wild Thing' by The Troggs (who were originally called The Troglodytes) was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went on to reach No.1. Fronted by Reg Presley, 'Wild Thing' became a major influence on garage rock and punk rock.
1967 - Davy Jones: In the most popular Monkee poll conducted in the music paper Disc & Music Echo, Davy Jones received 63% of the votes, Mickey Dolenz 22%, Peter Tork 8%, and Mike Nesmith 7%.
1972 - Deep Purple: scored their second UK No.1 album with Machine Head. The album which features 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Highway Star', is often cited as a major influence in the early development of the heavy metal music genre and commercially, it was Deep Purple's most successful album.
1978 - Bob Marley: and the Wailers performed at the 'One Love Peace Concert' in Jamaica. It was Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.
1989 - Madonna: started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Like A Prayer', the singer's seventh US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
1991 - Dave Matthews: The Dave Matthews Band played their first-ever live show when they appeared at The Earth Day festival in Charlottesville, Virginia.
2001 - Destiny's Child: went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Survivor.' Their second chart-topper, they were the first US female band to have more than one UK No.1. The song won the trio a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Group.
2003 - Felice Bryant: Songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. Wrote many hits with her husband Boudleaux including; The Everly Brothers, 'Bye Bye Love', 'All I Have To Do Is Dream, 'Wake Up Little Susie', and 'Raining In My Heart' a hit for Buddy Holly. Other acts to record their song include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon And Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M., and Ray Charles.
2007 - Beyonce & Shakira: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Beautiful Liar'. The track won the Most Earth-Shattering Collaboration award at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and the song won an Ivor Novello Award for Best-Selling British Song.
2008 - Tommy Steele: It was revealed that 60s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took him around the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in March 1960.
2013 - Richie Havens: the folk singer who opened the legendary 1969 Woodstock rock festival, died of a heart attack at 72. He died at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Born On This Day In The Music World:
1922 - Charles Mingus: American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus, His final project was the collaboration with Joni Mitchell Mingus. He died on 5th January 1979 aged 56.
1936 - Glen Campbell: country singer, songwriter, TV presenter. Hits include ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix, ‘Wichita Lineman’, and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’. As a session musician in the 1960s, he worked with Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra. His guitar playing can be heard on ‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'‘ by The Righteous Brothers, and ‘I'm a Believer by The Monkees. Campbell became a patient at an Alzheimer's long-term care and treatment facility in 2014 and died of the disease in Nashville, Tennessee on August 8, 2017, at the age of 81.
1937 - Jack Nitzsche: producer, songwriter. Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, and The Walker Brothers. Co-wrote, 'Up Where We Belong' with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Died of a heart attack on 25th August 2000.
1950 - Pete Carr: American guitarist Pete Carr. He was the lead guitarist for the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and recorded extensively at FAME Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Alabama. He recorded with Joan Baez, Bob Seger, Joe Cocker, Boz Scaggs, Paul Simon, The Staple Singers, Rod Stewart, Barbra Streisand, Wilson Pickett, Hank Williams, Jr., among many others. Carr died on 27 June 2020 age 70.
1950 - Peter Frampton: British-American rock musician Peter Frampton who with The Herd, had the 1968 UK No.5 single 'I Don't Want Our Loving To Die', with Humble Pie, the 1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'. As a solo artist, he scored the 1976 UK No.10 single 'Show Me The Way' taken from his live release Frampton Comes Alive!. Frampton has worked with David Bowie, George Harrison, Harry Nilsson. Frampton is known for his work as a guitar player and particularly with a Talkbox.
1951 - Paul Carrack: English singer, songwriter Paul Carrack who was a member of Ace, who had the 1974 UK No.20 single 'How Long'. He replaced keyboardist Jools Holland in Squeeze in 1981 (sang on the hit single 'Tempted'). Was a member of Mike And The Mechanics, (sang lead on their 1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'The Living Years'). Carrack has also worked with artists such as Elton John, The Pretenders, B.B. King and played keyboards on The Smiths' eponymous debut album, The Smiths. He now works as a solo artist.
1956 - Kenny Lyons: from American alternative rock band The Lemonheads. A cover of Simon And Garfunkel's 'Mrs. Robinson became one of the band's most successful single in the early 90s.
1969 - Craig Logan: from English pop band Bros who had the 1988 UK No.1 single 'I Owe You Nothing' plus 10 other UK Top 40 singles.
1974 - Shavo Odadjian: bassist with Armenian-American heavy metal band System of a Down who had the 2001 US No.1 album Toxicity and the 2005 US No.1 & UK No.2 album Mezmerize.
1979 - Daniel Johns: from Australian rock band Silverchair who had the 1997 Australian No.1 single 'Freak' and the 1995 Australian No.1 album Frogstomp plus three other Australian No.1 albums. During their career, Silverchair won more ARIA Music Awards than any other artist in history with 21 wins.
1984 - Amelle Berrabah: a singer with British girl group Sugababes who had the 2002 UK No.1 single, 'Round Round'. In 2006, British Hit Singles & Albums named the Sugababes as the most successful female act of the 21st century with six UK No.1 singles and eighteen UK top ten hits.
Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.