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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. 

P.S I am thinking about posting each day. If anyone in the Pandora community would like to add or suggest this post, then please do. I welcome all who are interested. Thank you. Take care everyone, and please stay safe as well.

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P.S Here is my new source for Music History.  This includes opera as well as classical music. I will keep the other source in the above titled This Day In Music. I have over 300 posts that have been done using that source, so all who want to use it can just click on it from here. Be safe. 


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Another late one, here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday. 

1963 - The Rolling Stones: Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying the rights to the band's first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the lineup and become the band's road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).

1965 - Jimmy Nicol: the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.

1967 - Technicolour Dream Benefit Party: The 14 hour Technicolour Dream benefit party for The International Times was held at Alexandra Palace in London. Seeing the event mentioned on TV, John Lennon called his driver and went to the show. Coincidentally, Yoko Ono was one of the performers. Other acts to appear included The Flies, Pink Floyd, Arthur Brown, The Move, and Suzie Creamcheese.

1976 - Bruce Springsteen: After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley's Graceland home and proceeded to climb over the wall. A guard took him to be another crazed fan and apprehended him.

1977 - The Jam: released their first single 'In The City, which peaked at No. 40 in the UK charts. The English punk rock/mod revival formed in Woking, Surrey, fronted by Paul Weller, achieved 18 other Top 40 hits including four UK No.1's.

1978 - P.J. Proby: was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presley's in the play.

1980 - Ronnie James Dio: Black Sabbath began their first tour with vocalist Ronnie James Dio, who had replaced Ozzy Osbourne.

1981 - Elton John: paid £14,000 for 232 'Goon Show' scripts broadcast during the 50s at an auction held at Christie's, London.

1990 - The Friends of Distinction: Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single 'Grazing In The Grass' in 1969.

1993 - Mick Ronson: Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed's album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.

1997 - Boy George: was accused of being a 'professional liar' by musician singer Kirk Brandon during a London court hearing. Brandon was in court suing the singer over claims in George's autobiography that the pair had slept together.

1997 - Keith Ferguson: American bass guitarist Keith Ferguson died of liver failure at the age of 50, due in part to a nearly thirty-year addiction to heroin. He was a member of The Fabulous Thunderbirds who had two hit songs in the 1980s, 'Tuff Enuff' and 'Wrap It Up.'

1998 - Aerosmith: Steven Tyler broke his knee at a concert in Anchorage, Alaska delaying Aerosmith's 'Nine Lives' tour and necessitating camera angle adjustments for the filming of the video for 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing.'

2001 - Dusty Springfield: A blue plaque was unveiled at 38 Aubrey Walk, Kensington, London to honor the musical heritage of the address where British singer Dusty Springfield lived between 1968-1972.

2003 - Creedence Clearwater Revival: A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997.

2007 - Arctic Monkeys: started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their second album 'Favourite Worst Nightmare.'

2009 - Queen: An anonymous Queen fan won a two-hour one-to-one guitar lesson with Brian May, after bidding £7,600 (approximately $11,900) at a private charity auction. The auction, in support of the Action for Brazil's Children Trust, of which Brian May is a patron, was held at the exclusive Cuckoo Club in London.

2014 - Jail Guitar Doors: David Gilmour, former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien, and Philip Selway all signed an open letter, published by The Guardian, to keep musical instruments available to UK prisoners. Spearheaded by Billy Bragg, the singer-songwriter founded an "independent initiative" called Jail Guitar Doors in 2007 to provide instruments for the rehabilitation of inmates.

2016 - Prince: Fifteen of Prince's albums made it into the UK chart as fans rushed to buy his music following his sudden death. Six were in the top 40 with The Very Best Of, Ultimate, and Purple Rain at two, three, and four.

Born On This Day In The Music World: 

1899 - Duke Ellington: American composer, bandleader, pianist. He worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday. Ellington died on May 24, 1974, of complications from lung cancer and pneumonia, a few weeks after his 75th birthday.

1928 - Carl Gardner: 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'. Gardner died on June 12, 2011.

1931 - Lonnie Donegan: British skiffle singer, songwriter, and musician Lonnie Donegan, who launched the skiffle craze and was Britain's most successful and influential recording artist before The Beatles. He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A Dustman’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles. 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On the Bedpost Overnight?)', was his biggest hit in the US. He died on 3 November 2002 age 71.

1933 - Rod McKuen: American poet, singer-songwriter, and actor Rod McKuen. McKuen's translations and adaptations of the songs of Jacques Brel were instrumental in bringing the Belgian songwriter to prominence in the English-speaking world. McKuen's songs sold over 100 million recordings worldwide. He died on 29 January 2015.

1933 - Willie Nelson: country music singer-songwriter, (He was born on April 29, 1933, but his birth was recorded on April 30). Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he set up Farm Aid in 1985 to assist and increase awareness of the importance of family farms. He wrote the country classic 'Crazy' a hit for Patsy Cline.

1934 - Otis Rush: American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Otis Rush. His first single, ‘I Can't Quit You Baby’, in 1956 reached No.6 on the Billboard R&B chart. Two of his other best-known songs, are ‘Double Trouble’ and ‘All Your Love (I Miss Loving).’ He died on 29 September 2018 from complications of a stroke aged 84.

1936 - April Stevens: (born Carol LoTempio), US singer, Nino Tempo and April Stevens who had the 1963 US No.1 'Deep Purple', which was a No.17 hit in the UK.

1942 - Klaus Voorman: German artist, musician Klaus Voorman, who played bass with Manfred Mann and the Plastic Ono Band. Voorman designed the cover for The Beatles album Revolver. As a session musician, he worked on a host of recordings, including 'You're So Vain' by Carly Simon.

1945 - Tammi Terrell: American recording artist Tammi Terrell had a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye. She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, and scored seven Top 40 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough, 'Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing' and 'You're All I Need to Get By. Terrell died of a brain tumor on March 16th, 1970 after collapsing into Marvin Gaye's arms on stage during a duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’. Terrell had undergone eight brain operations in 18 months.

1946 - Lorraine Chandler: American soul singer, songwriter, and record producer Lorraine Chandler. She was one of the first black female songwriters and producers. She worked with Motown Records percussionist Jack Ashford (famous for playing the tambourine on hundreds of Motown recordings), The O’Jays recorded her song 'I'll Never Forget You'. Chandler died on 2 January 2020 age 73.

1947 - Tommy James: The Shondells, from an American rock band, Tommy James & The Shondells who had the 1966 US No.1 single 'Hanky Panky', the 1968 UK No.1 single 'Mony Mony' and the hit 'I Think We're Alone Now'.

1953 - Bill Drummond: producer, A&R man, writer, musician. Joined Big In Japan in 1977 (with Holly Johnson, later of Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Ian Broudie later of Lightning Seeds). Co-founder of Merseyside's Zoo Records. Formed KLF in the late 1980s, who had a 1991 UK No.1 single 3 AM Eternal’.

1958 - Simon Edwards: from British folk and soft rock band, Fairground Attraction who had the 1988 UK No.1 single 'Perfect'.

1960 - Phil King: bassist of the British alternative rock band Lush who had the 1996 UK No.21 single 'Single Girl'.

1968 - Carnie Wilson: of Wilson Phillips, daughter of Beach Boy Brian Wilson who scored the 1990 US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Hold On.

1973 - Mike Hogan: bass, with Irish rock band The Cranberries who had the 1994 UK No.14 single 'Linger'. The band's 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We spent 86 weeks on the UK chart.

1979 - Joanne Velda O'Meara: from English pop group S Club 7 who had the 1999 UK No.1 single 'Bring It All Back'. Their 2000 UK No.1 album 7 spent over a year on the UK chart. The group was formed in 1998 and quickly rose to fame by starring in their own BBC television series, Miami 7.

1980 - Kian Egan: 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'.

1981 - Tom Smith: bass guitarist, with English rock band The Editors, who had the 2007 UK No.1 album An End Has a Start and earned the band a Brit Awards nomination for best British Band.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Happy Friday everyone.  I hope your Friday will be a blessing for you. Here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music. Have a great and blessed day.

1957 - Elvis Presley: recorded the Leiber and Stoller song 'Jailhouse Rock' as featured in his third motion picture of the same name. In the movie, Mike Stoller had a small role as a piano player. 'Jailhouse Rock' later became the first song to debut at No.1 in Great Britain.

1960 - The Everly Brothers: started a seven-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Cathy's Clown', giving Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.

1964 - The Beatles: During a UK tour, The Beatles played two shows at The Odeon Cinema in Glasgow. They were also interviewed by BBC Scotland and STV for the evening news programs.

1966 - The Rolling Stones: fourth album 'Aftermath' went to No.1 on the UK chart, the group's third UK No.1 album. The album is considered an artistic breakthrough for the band and is the first to consist entirely of Jagger–Richards compositions, while Brian Jones played a variety of instruments not usually associated with their music, including sitar, Appalachian dulcimer, marimbas, and Japanese koto.

1968 - Cilla Black: BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show. The theme song, 'Step Inside Love', was written by Paul McCartney.

1970 - Twiggs Lyndon: the road manager for The Allman Brothers Band was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.

1976 - Keith Moon: The Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

1977 - Glen Campbell: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Southern Nights', his second US No.1.

1980 - Roger Daltrey: The film 'McVicar' with Roger Daltrey from The Who in the title role premiered in London, England. John McVicar was a 1960s armed robber turned writer who Scotland Yard publicly announced to be Public Enemy Number One and "wanted dead or alive".

1983 - Michael Jackson: started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Beat It', his fifth solo US No.1. The third single from the singer's Thriller album featured Eddie Van Halen on the song's distinctive overdriven guitar solo, but Halen was prevented by his record label from appearing in the music video.

1983 - Muddy Waters: American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois, aged 68. The major influence of many acts, Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters' 1950 song 'Rollin' Stone.' Best known songs include 'I Just Want To Make Love To You, 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Got My Mojo Working.'

1988 - S- Express: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Theme From S'Express'. One of the landmarks of early acid house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ's 'I Got the Hots for You' and the count-in 'Uno, dos, Uno, dos, tres, Quatro's is from Debbie Harry's 1985 single 'Feel the Spin'.

1990 - Prince: played a concert at Rupert's Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the family of his former bodyguard Charles 'Big Chick' Huntsberry, who had died from a heart attack.

1991 - Nirvana: signed a recording contract with Geffen's DGC label for $290,000. 1999 - Spandau Ballet: The three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.

1999 - Darrell Sweet: Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single 'Broken Down Angel' 1976 US No. 8 single 'Love Hurts'.

2004 - Michael Jackson: New child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering allegations of child abduction, extortion, and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th, 2004 was set.

2005 - Norma-Jean Wofford: American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as 'The Duchess', she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group).

2005 - Dave Matthews: The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. Bus driver Stefan Wohl who was alone on board the bus at the time the sewage was dumped was fined $10,000 (£5,200), the band had already donated $100,000 (£54,252) to two group's that protect the Chicago River and its surrounding area. The Dave Matthews Band offered their "deepest apologies" to more than 100 boat passengers who were on an architectural tour. 

2008 - John Lennon: Gail Renard, who was given the handwritten lyrics to 'Give Peace A Chance' by John Lennon in 1969, announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie's auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece of paper, saying "It will be worth something someday." The piece of music history was expected to fetch around $400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).

2008 - Mariah Carey: married actor Nick Cannon in the Bahamas following a whirlwind two-month romance. The pop diva met Cannon, 27 while shooting the music video for her single 'Bye Bye.' It was the second marriage for Carey, who married Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola in 1993, which ended in 1998.

2014 - Wilko Johnson: Guitarist Wilko Johnson had a major operation in an attempt to treat his pancreatic cancer. Johnson was diagnosed at the end of 2012 and was given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy. Johnson told Q magazine that a cancer doctor had become curious as to why he wasn't dead. And why I wasn't even sick which resulted in more tests.

2015 - Ben E King: (Benjamin Earl Nelson), soul and R&B singer with The Drifters, died at the Hackensack University Medical Center at the age of 76. The Drifters had the 1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Save The Last Dance For Me', and King scored the 1987 UK No.1 solo single 'Stand By Me', (first released in 1961).

2019 - Boon Gould: English musician Boon Gould died at age 64. He was one of the four founding members of Level 42 who scored the 1986 hit 'Lessons in Love', which reached No.3 on the UK Singles Chart, and No.12 on the US chart.

2019 - Russ Gibb: American concert promoter and media personality Russ Gibb died. He was best known for his role in the "Paul McCartney is dead" phenomenon, a story he broke as a disc jockey on radio station WKNR-FM in Detroit. As a promotor around the Detroit music scene, he was instrumental in giving the MC5, Ted Nugent and Iggy Pop their start.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1929 - Johnny Horton: American country music and rockabilly singer Johnny Horton who had the 1959 US No.1 & UK No.16 single 'The Battle Of New Orleans'. Horton was killed in a car crash on 5th November 1960.

1936 - Robert Bateman: American R&B singer, songwriter, and record producer Robert Bateman. Among other songs, he co-wrote the hits 'Please Mr. Postman' (the debut single by the Marvelettes for Tamla Motown), and the Wilson Pickett hit 'If You Need Me. He died October 12, 2016, aged 80, following a heart attack after attending an awards ceremony in Los Angeles, California.

1936 - Bobby Gregg: American musician Bobby Gregg performed as a drummer and record producer. Gregg is best is known for his work as a drummer on several seminal 1960s songs, including Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' and Simon And Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'. He was also temporarily a member of The Hawks, which later became known as The Band. Gregg died on 3 May 2014.

1943 - Bobby Vee: American singer, songwriter, and musician who was a teen idol in the early 1960s. He scored the 1961 US No.1 single & UK No.3 single 'Take Good Care Of My Baby' and thirty-eight Hot 100 chart hits, ten of which reached the Top 20. Vee died on October 24, 2016, aged 73.

1948 - Wayne Kramer: guitarist, singer, songwriter from American rock band MC5 (Motor City 5) who formed in 1964. Best known for their energetic live performances, one of which was recorded as their 1969 debut album Kick Out the Jams.

1951 - Des Tong: bassist with English group Sad Cafe who had the 1979 UK No.3 single 'Every Day Hurts'.

1953 - Merrill Osmond: from American family group The Osmonds. They had the 1971 US No.1 single 'One Bad Apple', 1974 hit 'Crazy Horses' and the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Love Me For A Reason'. They had their own 1972–1973 Saturday morning cartoon series, The Osmonds, on ABC-TV. The Osmonds have sold over 75 million records worldwide.

1957 - Wonder Mike: (Michael Anthony Wright), a rapper from The Sugarhill Gang who were the first hip hop act to have a hit with the cross-over single 'Rapper's Delight' in the pop charts in 1979.

1962 - Robert Reynolds: bassist from the American band The Mavericks who had the 1998 UK No.4 single 'Dance The Night Away. The Mavericks won a Grammy Award for the song 'Here Comes the Rain'.

1967 - Turbo B: American musician, rapper, and beatboxer from German Eurodance group Snap! who scored the 1990 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'The Power' and their 1992 hit 'Rhythm Is a Dancer.

1968 - Ben Ayres: guitar, vocals, from British indie rock band Cornershop, who had the 1998 UK No.1 single 'Brimful Of Asha'.

1969 - Paulo Destructor: Or Paulo 'Destructor' JR, Sepultura, from Brazilian heavy metal Sepultura. Formed in 1984 by brothers Max and Igor Cavalera, the band was a major force in the thrash metal and groove metal genres during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

1971 - Darren Emerson: keyboards, from British electronic music group Underworld who had the 1996 UK No.2 single 'Born Slippy'.

1971 - Chris Henderson: guitarist, with American rock band 3 Doors Down who had the 2003 US No.4 single When I'm Gone, and the 2005 US No.1 album Seventeen Days.

1981 - David Zowie: English DJ and record producer David Zowie. He is best known for his song ‘House Every Weekend’, which topped the UK Singles Chart in 2015.

1981 - Justin Vernon: American multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, and producer best known as the frontman of Indie folk band Bon Iver.

1982 - Lloyd Banks: (Christopher Lloyd), US singer, rapper, G-Unit, solo, (2004 US No.1 album ‘The Hunger For More’).

1982 - Cleo Higgins: singer from R&B/pop girl group Cleopatra who had the 1998 UK No.3 single 'Cleopatra's Theme'.

1983 - Stevie Aiello: American musician, 30 Seconds to Mars. Their 2018 album America peaked at No.2 on the US chart and No.4 in the UK.

1987 - Nikki Webster: the Australian singer, and model had the 2001 Australian No.2 single ‘Strawberry Kisses’.

1989 - Harry Bauer: American record producer of trap and bass music, best known for his 2013 hit song ‘Harlem Shake’ which stayed at No.1 on the US singles chart for five weeks.

1992 - Travis Scott: American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Travis Scott. His 2016 album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight went to No.1 on the US chart.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.  


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Welcome to This Day In History Of Music for this Saturday. Have a great and blessed weekend everyone. And welcome to the first day for the month of May. 

1956 - Johnny Cash: released his classic song, 'I Walk the Line', which became his first No.1 Billboard country hit and remained on the charts for over 43 weeks, selling over 2 million copies. The unique chord progression for the song was inspired by backward playback of guitar runs on Cash's tape recorder while he was in the Air Force stationed in Germany.

1962 - The Beatles: started a month-long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany. American musicians including Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Bill Haley, Jimi Hendrix, and Jerry Lee Lewis also all appeared here.

1964 - The Beatles: received $140,000 dollars for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.  

1965 - Herman's Hermits: started a three-week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter.  

1966 - Dusty Springfield: The Beatles played live for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. The Beatles set included; 'I Feel Fine, 'Nowhere Man', 'Day Tripper', 'If I Needed Someone, and 'I'm Down'. Also on the bill, The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who, and The Yardbirds.  

1967 - Elvis Presley: 32-year-old Elvis Presley married 21-year-old Priscilla Beaulieu, a girl he first met in 1959 when she was just 14 years old. When Elvis got out of the army in 1960, Beaulieu moved into the singer's Graceland mansion with her family's blessing. The wedding ceremony took place at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas and although the marriage license was only $15, the wedding cake cost $3,500. The couple divorced after five years of marriage on October 9, 1973.  

1967 - Beach Boys: The F.B.I. arrested The Beach Boys Carl Wilson on charges of avoiding the military draft and refusing to take the Oath of Allegiance. He was later released and joined the rest of the band in Ireland for a British tour.  

1969 - Bob Dylan: recorded an appearance for The Johnny Cash Show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. After two solo numbers from Dylan, Johnny Cash joined him for a rendition of 'Girl From The North Country. In this primetime show, Cash enjoyed booking contemporary performers as guests; Neil Young, James Taylor, Ray Charles, and Eric Clapton were all booked to appear on forthcoming shows.  

1971 - Dave and Ansil Collins: were at No.1 in the UK singles chart with 'Double Barrel'. It featured renowned drummer Sly Dunbar who was only 14 when the song was recorded.  

1975 - The Rolling Stones: During a press conference held at the 5th Avenue Hotel in New York City to announce The Rolling Stones forthcoming American tour, the Stones themselves came down the street playing live from the back of a flatbed truck. Stones drummer Charlie Watts came up with the idea after the practice of New Orleans jazz musicians, who would play walking down the street.  

1976 - Led Zeppelin: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Presence, the group's fifth No.1 album.  

1976 - The Bellamy Brothers: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let Your Love Flow', the duo's only US No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK.  

1977 - The Clash: The 'White Riot Tour' kicked off at the Roxy in London with The Clash, The Jam, and The Buzzcocks.  

1979 - Elton John: became the first pop star to perform in Israel. In three weeks' time, he also became the first Western solo pop performer to tour Russia.  

1980 - Pink Floyd: The South African government banned Pink Floyd's single 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' after black children adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.  

1984 - Mick Fleetwood: Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. It was reported that the drummer had spent thousands of dollars of cocaine a month, and had refused to listen to financial advisers, buying up several homes, a $400,000 spread in Hawaii, and a $1.8 million farm outside Sydney, Australia.  

1986 - Hugo Peretti: American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced many classic hits including, 'Can't Help Falling In Love', 'Twistin' The Night Away, 'Shout', 'The Hustle', and 'You Make Me Feel Brand New.'  

1993 - George Michael:  Queen and Lisa Stansfield went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Five Live EP' which was recorded at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert held in April 1992, London.  

1997 - Rick Parfitt: Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart bypass operation after visiting his Harley Street doctor and complaining of chest pains.  

1997 - Kurt Cobain: The house where Kurt Cobain committed suicide went up for sale. The asking price for the five-bedroom house built in 1902 was $3 million. The carriage house where the Nirvana guitarist died had been demolished.  

1999 - Paul McCartney: The Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum, Siegen, Germany. The exhibit featured 70 paintings by the former Beatle, including a piece called 'Bowie Spewing' McCartney's representation of a young David Bowie.  

2000 - Neil Young: A writer who claimed Neil Young went back on an agreement to have a biography written about him filed a $1.8 million civil fraud suit against Young in Los Angeles Superior Court. Young had blocked the book's publication.  

2003 - Barry White: American soul singer Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure. The singer died two months later on July 4th, 2003.  

2005 - Bruce Springsteen: went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Devils & Dust' the American singer-songwriters sixth UK No.1.  

2005 - Tony Christie: made chart history by hanging on to the UK number one spot for the seventh week in a row with '(Is This The Way To) Amarillo.' The last single to spend that long at number one was 'Believe' by Cher from October to December 1998.  

2005 - Rob Thomas: Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album Something To Be. This marked the first time a male artist from a rock group had debuted at No.1 with his first solo album since the Billboard Top 200 was introduced 50 years ago.  

2005 - Coldplay: became the first British band to have a new entry in the US Top 10 singles chart since The Beatles. Coldplay's latest single 'Speed Of Sound' entered the chart at number eight, only the second time a UK band has achieved the feat. The Beatles managed it with ‘Hey Jude’ in 1968.  

2013 - Pink Floyd: A Minnesota man was accused of pretending to be a member of Pink Floyd at a US hospital racked up as much as $100,000 in unpaid medical bills. Phillip Michael Schaeffer, 53, went for treatment on April 20 and claimed he was Pink Floyd singer-guitarist David Gilmour and that he didn't have health insurance. The man was treated and released from the St. Cloud Hospital, Minnesota, but not before he signed an autograph for an employee’s son.  

2013 - Chris Kelly: one-half of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross, died in an Atlanta hospital at the age of 34. Kelly had been found "unresponsive" at his home. Kris Kross was made up of Kelly, known as "Mac Daddy", and Chris "Daddy Mac" Smith. They are most widely remembered for their 1992 hit 'Jump'.  

2014 - Justin Bieber: personal assistant was ordered to do community service after police found ecstasy in his room. Xavier Domonique Smith, who is also known as Lil Za, was also sentenced to probation and ordered into a drug treatment program. He was fined $1,000 (£592).  

2015 - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: gave The Gap Band a writing credit on their huge hit 'Uptown Funk', due to its similarities with their 1979 track 'Oops Up Side Your Head'. 'Uptown Funk', which had topped the UK chart for seven weeks and the US chart for 14, originally had six songwriters but was now credited to The Gap Band as well.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1928 - James Loden: who became known as Sonny James, best known for his 1957 hit, 'Young Love'. Dubbed the Southern Gentleman, James has had 72 country and pop chart hits from 1953 to 1983, including 23 No.1 hits. He died on 22nd Feb 2016 aged 87.  

1930 - Little Walter: American blues musician, singer, and songwriter Little Walter. He was the first harp player to amplify his harmonica, giving it a distorted echoing sound. His virtuosity and musical innovations fundamentally altered many listeners' expectations of what was possible on blues harmonica. Walter died on February 15th, 1968.  

1939 - Judy Collins: American singer and songwriter Judy Collins had the 1968 US No. 8 & 1970 UK No.14 single with her cover of the Joni Mitchell song 'Both Sides Now' which won Collins her first Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance.  

1945 - Rita Coolidge: American recording artist. Rita Coolidge was a backing singer with Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Delaney and Bonnie. She scored the 1977 UK No.6 & US No.7 single 'We're All Alone). She was married to singer, songwriter, actor Kris Kristofferson from 1973 to 1980.  

1946 - Nick Fortune: bassist with American Sunshine pop group The Buckinghams who had the 1967 US No.1 single 'Kind Of A Drag' and became one of the top-selling US acts of 1967.  

1953 - Glen Ballard: American songwriter, lyricist, and record producer Glen Ballard who is best known for co-writing and producing Alanis Morissette's album Jagged Little Pill. He was involved in the recording and writing of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Bad and as a writer, he co-wrote Jackson's 'Man in the Mirror'.  

1954 - Ray Parker Jr: American guitarist, singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. who had the 1984 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Ghostbusters'.   

1957 - Rick Driscoll: from English pop and glam rock band Kenny who had several hit singles in the UK in the mid-1970s, including 'The Bump' and 'Fancy Pants'.  

1957 - Steve Farris: from American pop rock band Mr. Mister who scored the 1985 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single 'Broken Wings'.  

1959 - Phil Smith: sax, Haircut 100. The band had four UK Top 10 hit singles between 1981 and 1982, including 'Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)', 'Love Plus One' and 'Fantastic Day'.  

1962 - Owen Paul: Scottish singer who had the 1986 UK No. 3 single 'My Favourite Waste Of Time', a cover version of a song that was originally written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw.  

1966 - Johnny Colt: American bassist Johnny Colt 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. Colt also played with Lynyrd Skynyrd.  

1967 - Tim McGraw: country singer and actor. Many of McGraw's albums and singles have topped the country music charts with total album sales in excess of 40 million units in the US. McGraw had 11 consecutive albums debut at No.1 on the Billboard albums charts, as well as twenty-one singles hitting No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. He is married to country singer Faith Hill.  

1968 - D'arcy Wretsky-Brown: bassist with American alternative rock band, Smashing Pumpkins who had the 1995 US No.1 album Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.  

1970 - Bernard Butler: guitarist, from English alternative rock band Suede, who had the 1994 UK No.3 single 'Stay Together. After leaving Suede he formed the duo McAlmont and Butler with David McAlmont and they released two singles, 'Yes' and 'You Do'. Butler has played on or produced records by, Aimee Mann, Edwyn Collins, Neneh Cherry, Eddi Reader, Roy Orbison, Bert Jansch, The Libertines, The Cribs, and The Pretenders.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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I do hope your weekend was relaxing, joyful, and a blessing for you as well.  This Day In History Of Music for this Sunday. Have a great week.

1963 - The Beatles: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'From Me To You', the group's first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1's. The title of the song was inspired by a letter column called From You To Us that ran in the British music newspaper, The New Musical Express.

1964 - The Rolling Stones: self-titled debut album started a 12-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. The album spent a total of 51 weeks on the UK chart. Also on his day, The Stones made their first appearance on the US singles chart when 'Not Fade Away' entered the chart at No.98.

1969 - The Who: gave a press preview of their new rock opera 'Tommy' at Ronnie Scott's in London, England. The double album about a "deaf, dumb and blind boy" who becomes the leader of a messianic movement, was the first musical work to be billed overtly as a rock opera. In 1998 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant value" and has now sold over 20 million copies worldwide.

1969 - The Beatles: recorded a re-make of the new George Harrison song ’Something’ at Abbey Road Studios in London. They recorded 36 takes of the song, which included Billy Preston on the piano. The track is featured on the Abbey Road album.

1969 - Led Zeppelin: played the first of two nights at The Pasadena Rose Palace, California. Many other acts appeared here including The Byrds, Cream, Santana, Grateful Dead, and Joe Cocker.

1969 - Pink Floyd: appeared at Manchester Chamber Of Commerce, England. The show was recorded for the forthcoming album 'Ummagumma'.

1970 - Norman Greenbaum: One Hit Wonder Norman Greenbaum was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Spirit In The Sky.' Also a No.1 hit for Doctor and the Medics in 1986 and Gareth Gates in 2003.

1972 - Bruce Springsteen: auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition.

1978 - Kate Bush: was on the UK charts with her debut album 'The Kick Inside. The album which featured the singer's No.1 hit 'Wuthering Heights' peaked at No.3 spent a total of 70 weeks on the UK chart.

1980 - Ian Curtis: Joy Division played what would be their last gig with singer Ian Curtis when they appeared at Birmingham University, England. Curtis committed suicide two weeks later.

1981 - Sheena Easton: Scottish singer Sheena Easton started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Morning Train (9 to 5)'. The title of the song was changed to avoid any confusion with the Dolly Parton hit '9 to 5', in the same year.

1983 - Spandau Ballet: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'True', the group's only No.1. The song spent four weeks at the top of the UK chart and was a hit in 20 other countries. Parts of the original version have been sampled and used in a number of songs - most notably PM Dawn's 1991 US No.1 hit 'Set Adrift on Memory Bliss', which contains a sample of the song's famous guitar hook.

1987 - Cutting Crew: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with '(I Just), Died In Your Arms, a No.4 hit in the UK.

1989 - Stone Roses: English rock band the Stone Roses released their self-titled debut album on Silvertone Records. In 2008, it was named the fifth "greatest British album ever" by a Q magazine/HMV poll. The album has now sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

1989 - Michael Jackson: A security guard alerted the police after a man wearing a wig, fake moustache, and false teeth walked into Zales Jewellers, California. Three squad cars arrived and police detained the man, who turned out to be Michael Jackson in disguise.

1991 - R.E.M.: The video for the R.E.M. song 'Losing My Religion, was banned in Ireland because its religious imagery was seen as unfit for broadcast.

1991 - Nirvana: booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California for 16 days. On a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing the band started recording what would become the Nevermind album.

1998 - Hideto Matsumoto: Japanese rock star Hideto Matsumoto was found hanged in the bathroom at his Tokyo apartment and died in hospital a short time later at the age of 33. His funeral, held on May 7th, was attended by over 70,000 people and required 100 police officers, 170 security guards, police boats and helicopters. 21 people were hospitalized for injuries caused by the massive crowd at his funeral.

2004 - Guns N' Roses: Total Guitar magazine's readers voted Guns N' Roses' anthem ‘Sweet Child O' Mine’ as the greatest guitar riff ever ahead of Nirvana's grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit. Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' came third, followed by Deep Purple's ‘Smoke On The Water’. Total Guitar editor Scott Rowley said: "To a new generation of guitarists, Guns N' Roses are more thrilling than the Sex Pistols".

2005 - Eric Clapton: joined former Cream members Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall 36 years after they had split up. Tickets were changing hands for more than £500 on eBay and fans had flown over from the USA to witness the reunion, which Clapton aged 60, is said to have agreed to because of the failing health of the other former members of the band.

2006 - Keith Richards: guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62-year-old suffered a "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji. He was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital for observation, where he underwent a brain scan.

2007 - Jimi Hendrix: Almost 2,000 musicians gathered in the Polish city of Wroclaw to play a rock anthem by Jimi Hendrix. The guitarists were aiming to set a new Guinness World Record by gathering 1,876 guitarist's in the city's market square to play 'Hey Joe'. Organizers say it was the biggest guitar ensemble in recorded history.

2008 - Chad Kroeger: was banned from driving for a year after being convicted of drink-driving in the Canadian city of Vancouver. The 33-year-old Nickelback singer had almost twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he was stopped by police speeding in his Lamborghini.

2009 - Frank Wilson: A rare Motown seven-inch single sold for £25,742, ($38,378), setting a new world record. Kenny Burrell, from Fife in Scotland, but the unreleased 1965 single 'Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)' by Frank Wilson up for an auction; the single was one of only two in the world. Motown boss Berry Gordy had all other copies destroyed after Wilson moved into songwriting and producing. British Record dealer John Manship, who organized the sale, said the buyer wished to remain anonymous. Wilson went on to write hits for The Supremes and The Four Tops.

2009 - Bob Dylan: mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon's childhood home. He was one of 14 tourists to examine photos and documents in the National Trust-owned home, where Lennon grew up with his aunt Mimi and uncle George. Dylan who was on a day off on a European tour paid £16 for the public trip to the 1940s house in Woolton, Liverpool.

2013 - Spice Girls: It was announced that the Spice Girls musical Viva Forever! was to close at the end of June 2013. The production, which was written by Jennifer Saunders, suffered poor ticket sales after damning reviews.

2013 - Slayer: Jeff Hanneman, the founding member of the rock band Slayer, died at the age of 49. The guitarist had been suffering from necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating disease that he is believed to have contracted from a spider bite in 2011. Hanneman was being treated in a local hospital when he "suffered liver failure."

2014 - Jessica Cleaves: American singer and songwriter Jessica Cleaves died at age 65 following complications from a stroke. She had been a member of The Friends of Distinction, Earth, Wind & Fire, Parliament-Funkadelic, and Raw Silk.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1929 - Link Wray: Native American Shawnee rock and roll guitarist, songwriter, and vocalist Link Wray, famous for his 1958 hit single 'Rumble'. Wray was credited with inventing the 'fuzz' guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted sound. Wray is also said to have popularized "the power chord. Wray died of heart failure at his home in Copenhagen, on 5th Nov 2005 at the age of 76.

1936 - Engelbert Humperdinck: English pop singer Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey), who scored the 1967 UK No.1 and the US No. 4 single 'Release Me' and the hit 'The Last Waltz'. Humperdinck has sold more than 150 million records worldwide.

1939 - Tony Asher: British-American lyricist Tony Asher. He co-wrote eight songs on the Beach Boys 1966 album Brian Wilson, including 'God Only Knows' and 'Wouldn't It Be Nice.' He also wrote several songs with composer-arranger John Bahler for The Partridge Family and used them on their television show.

1945 - Goldy McJohn: 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.

1945 - Randy Cain: singer from American R&B/soul vocal group The Delfonics who had the 1968 US No.4 single 'La-La Means I Love You', and the hits 'Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)', and 'Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)'. Cain died on 9th April 2009 at the age of 63.

1946 - Bob Henrit: drummer with English rock band Argent who had the 1972 UK No.5 single 'Hold Your Head Up' and the hit and 'God Gave Rock and Roll to You'. He was also a member of The Kinks.

1946 - Lesley Gore: American singer, songwriter, actress, and activist, Lesley Gore, who had the 1963 US No.1 & UK No.9 single 'It's My Party', (which was produced by Quincy Jones). Gore composed songs for the soundtrack of the 1980 film Fame, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for ‘Out Here on My Own’, written with her brother Michael. She died on February 16, 2015, at the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan, New York City, of lung cancer.

1950 - Lou Gramm: singer, songwriter, with English-American rock band Foreigner, who scored the 1985 UK & US No.1 single 'I Want To Know What Love Is'. They are one of the world's best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of more than 80 million records.

1951 - John Callis: Synthesizer, keyboards, guitar, Human League, (1981 UK No.1 & 1982 US No.1 single 'Don't You Want Me' plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Callis had been a member of the Rezillos and wrote their 1978 hit 'Top Of The Pops'.

1954 - Prescott Niles: bassist with The Knack. Their first single, 'My Sharona' was an international No.1 hit in 1979. Their album Get the Knack became one of the most successful debuts in history, selling over one million copies in less than two months and spending five weeks at No.1 on the Billboard album chart.

1961 - Dr Robert: singer from British new wave group The Blow Monkeys who had the 1986 hit 'Digging Your Scene' and the 1987 UK No.5 single 'It Doesn't Have To Be This Way.

1962 - Alain Johannes: multi-instrumentalist, producer, and vocalist, who has worked with Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, and Arctic Monkeys.

1967 - David McAlmont: English vocalist and songwriter David McAlmont who scored the 1995 UK No.8 hit single 'Yes' (with guitarist Bernard Butler).

1969 - Ben Leach: of Liverpool-based group The Farm who had the 1990 UK No.4 single 'All Together Now.

1985 - Lily Allen: English singer, songwriter Lily Allen who had the 2006 UK No.1 single ‘Smile’, and the 2006 UK No.2 album Alright, Still which sold over 2.6 million copies worldwide and brought Allen a nomination at the Grammy Awards, Brit Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards. She is the daughter of actor Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen.

1987 - Justin Hayward-Young: English singer, songwriter, and the lead singer and guitarist of English indie rock band The Vaccines.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In History Of Music for this Monday. Have a great day.

1952 - Kitty Wells: recorded 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels. Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels' was an answer song to Hank Thompson's 'The Wild Side of Life', and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first No.1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist.

1965 - The Beatles: spent the day filming for their forthcoming film Help!, on Salisbury Plain, England, with the British Army's Third Tank Division.

1967 - Pink Floyd: appeared at The Moulin Rouge, Ainsdale, Southport, England. The promotion flyers for the club said: 'The Moulin Rouge night club. Wine, Dine, Dance! And have a gay time'.

1968 - Maharishi Mahesh Yogi: The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the concert which featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi lectured the audience on "spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were canceled.

1968 - Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

1969 - Jimi Hendrix: was arrested by police on his way to Toronto for possession of hashish and heroin. Hendrix claimed the drugs had been planted on him.

1971 - Led Zeppelin: kicked off a European tour at K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark in front of 4,000 fans. The setlist included the only known performance of 'Four Sticks' and the debut live performance of 'Misty Mountain Hop'.

1972 - Les Harvey: guitarist with Stone The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band.

1975 - The Bay City Rollers: started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album 'Once Upon A Star.'

1976 - David Bowie: played the first of six sold-out nights at Wembley, on his Station To Station tour, his first UK gig in three years.

1976 - Paul McCartney: made his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years when Wings kicked off their 31-date 'Wings Over America' tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas.

1980 - Bob Seger: & The Silver Bullet Band started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Against The Wind'.

1980 - Geno Washington: Dexy's Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Geno', a song written about US soul singer Geno Washington.

1986 - Robert Palmer: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Addicted To Love', it made No.5 in the UK. Palmer originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems, her voice was removed.

1986 - Tony Bennett: The Art Of Excellence by Tony Bennett became the first album in the US to be initially released on CD instead of the traditional vinyl format.

1997 - Katrina And The Waves: won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with the song 'Love Shine A Light', making them the first UK winners since Bucks Fizz in 1981.

1997 - Notorious B.I.G.: started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his posthumous hit 'Hypnotize', a No.10 hit in the UK, the rapper was gunned down and killed on March 9th, 1997.

2004 - Ozzy Osbourne: The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife, and the manager said that the pair had "harassed" her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behavior".

2006 - Bob Dylan: The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J, and The Streets.

2008 - Sean 'Diddy' Combs: Rap star Sean 'Diddy' Combs was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The 38-year-old dedicated the star to his father, who was shot dead in 1972.

2009 - Bob Dylan: went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album. It was the singer, songwriter’s 33rd studio album, he last topped the UK chart with ‘New Morning’ in 1970. His first No.1 in 1964, was ‘The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'. Dylan now held the record, (previously held by Tom Jones), for the longest gap between solo number one albums.

2012 - Paul McCartney: and his wife Nancy Shavell narrowly avoided a potential deadly helicopter crash when their pilot became disoriented during a flight in bad weather and missed some trees by just two feet. Flying home to their estate in East Sussex, England after a day in London, the McCartney's were not aware of how close they came to crashing at the time. The UK's Department of Transport launched an investigation into the incident the following November.

2014 - Bobby Gregg: American musician Bobby Gregg died aged 78. Gregg is best is known for his work as a drummer on several seminal 1960s songs, including Bob Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone' and Simon And Garfunkel's 'The Sound of Silence'. He was also temporarily a member of The Hawks, which later became known as The Band.

2017 -The Eagles: were suing a hotel in Mexico that calls itself the Hotel California after the band's hit song and album. The rock band claims the 11-room hotel, in Todos Santos, "actively encourages" guests to believe it is associated with them in order to sell merchandise. They claim the hotel plays Eagles songs in the lobby and sells t-shirts describing the venue as "legendary".

2020 - Dave Greenfield: The Stranglers’ keyboard player Dave Greenfield died at the age of 71 after testing positive for coronavirus. Greenfield contracted COVID-19 following a prolonged stay in hospital for heart problems. He is best known as a long-standing member of the rock band and penning the music for their biggest hit 'Golden Brown'.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1903 - Bing Crosby: American singer and actor Bing Crosby recorded an estimated 2,600 songs in his lifetime including ‘White Christmas’, which was written by Irving Berlin. Crosby had 317 other hits in the USA. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. He died of a heart attack in Madrid, Spain, on October 14, 1977.

1919 - Pete Seeger: American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger. He had a string of hit records during the early Fifties as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly's 'Goodnight, Irene, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture, and environmental causes. He died on 27 January 2014 at the age of 94.

1924 - Jane Morgan: American singer Jane Morgan had 1958 single ‘The Day The Rains Came’. Morgan initially found success in France and the UK before achieving recognition in the US. She later performed in musicals on the stage and on Broadway.

1933 - James Brown: 'Soul Brother No.1', (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single 'It's A Man's World', 1986 UK No.5 single 'Living In America', 1963 album 'Live At The Apollo'). Brown demanded extreme discipline from his musicians and dancers, and had the practice of assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing un-shined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage. Brown died on 25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73.

1934 - Frankie Valli: singer, from American rock and pop band The Four Seasons who had the 1960s hits 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Walk Like a Man', and the 1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December 1963, (Oh What A Night'). They are one of the best-selling musical groups of all time, having sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide. Valli had the 1978 solo US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Grease'.

1944 - Pete Staples: with English garage rock band The Troggs, who had the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing' and the hits 'With a Girl Like You' and 'Love Is All Around'.

1948 - John Richardson: from English pop band The Rubettes who had the 1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love'.

1950 - Mary Hopkin: (1968 UK No.1 and US No.2 single 'Those Were The Days', released on The Beatles Apple label and produced by Paul McCartney, winner of TV Talent show 'Opportunity Knocks.

1951 - Christopher Cross: American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross had the 1981 US No.1 single 'Arthur's Theme' and the hit song 'Sailing'.

1953 - Bruce Hall: from American rock band REO Speedwagon, who had the 1981 US No.1's 'Keep On Loving You' and 'Can't Fight This Feeling'. They named the band REO Speedwagon, from the REO Speed Wagon, a flatbed truck.

1959 - David Ball: English producer and electronic musician who with Soft Cell had the 1981 UK No.1 single 'Tainted Love', (an obscure 1965 northern soul track originally released by Gloria Jones, the girlfriend of Marc Bolan).

1964 - Sterling Campbell: American rock drummer who has worked with numerous high-profile acts, including The B-52s, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, Cyndi Lauper, Gustavo Cerati, and David Bowie.

1965 - Simon Smith: drums, from British indie rock group The Wedding Present. During 1992 they released one single every month giving them 12 Top 30 hits, making them the only group to score more than 10 new hits in one year.

1969 - Jay Darlington: from English psychedelic rock band Kula Shaker, who had the 1996 UK No.2 single 'Hey Dude'.

1971 - John Driskell Hopkins: 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.

1972 - Josey Scott: American musician Josey Scott, the lead singer, Saliva. Scott sang 'Hero' with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, which was used as the theme song to the 2002 film Spider-Man.

1977 - Eric Church: American country music singer-songwriter. His 2014 single 'Give Me Back My Hometown', became his fourth No.1 on the Country Airplay chart. Eric Church has become an avid advocate for the use of marijuana, reflected in songs such as 'Smoke a Little Smoke'.

1979 - Danny Foster: English pop singer and television personality, Danny Foster who with Hear'Say, had the 2001 UK No.1 single 'Pure And Simple.

1981 - Farrah Franklin: singer, actress, and model. Joined Destiny's Child in 2000, along with Michelle Williams, replacing original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Left Destiny's Child after five months.

1985 - Kelli-Leigh: English singer and songwriter, best known for being the uncredited vocalist in the 2014 UK No.1 singles ‘I Got U’ by Duke Dumont and ‘I Wanna Feel’ by Secondcity. She has also performed backing vocals for Adele and Leona Lewis among others.

1997 - Desiigner: American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, Desiigner. He had the 2016 US No.1 single 'Panda'.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Welcome to This Day In History Of Music for this Tuesday. I do apologize for such a late post.

1956 - Gene Vincent: recorded the classic rock 'n roll song 'Be Bop-A-Lula', at Owen Bradley's studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The song went on to be a US & UK Top 20 hit for that year. Vincent has said that he wrote the words to the song after being inspired by a comic strip called "Little Lulu".

1961 - The Marcels: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hart song from the 1930s 'Blue Moon', their only UK No.1.  

1967 - The Young Rascals: started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Groovin.' Atlantic Records head Jerry Wexler did not want to release the song. US disc jockey Murray the K heard the track and encouraged Atlantic to release it.  

1967 - Jimi Hendrix: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV's Top Of The Pops, performing 'Purple Haze'. During afternoon rehearsals for the show, Mick Jagger went into the studio to see Jimi Hendrix.  

1968 - Mary Hopkin: won her heat on the ITV talent show 'Opportunity Knocks'. She later signed with The Beatles owned Apple Records, Paul McCartney produced her UK No.1 single 'Those Were The Days', which also made No. 2 in the US. Hopkin later married record producer Tony Visconti.  

1970 - Neil Young: Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose 'Ohio' which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.  

1973 - Led Zeppelin: opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the 'biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States. The group would gross over $4 million from the dates, flying between gigs in 'The Starship' a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV, and video in a 30' lounge and a white fur bedroom.  

1974 - ABBA: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Waterloo', the group's first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest winner for Sweden. The song was first called 'Honey Pie'.  

1974 - Little Eva: Grand Funk Railroad started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of the Little Eva hit 'The Loco-Motion.' It was only the second time that a cover version had been a No.1 as well as the original.  

1977 - CBGB's: The Patti Smith Group, David Johansen, Dead Boys, Blondie, Suicide, and Richard Hell & The Voidoids all appeared at a Punk Benefit at CBGB's in New York City.  

1978 - Bee Gees: 'Night Fever' by The Bee Gees was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The group's third No.1 and the theme from the film 'Saturday Night Fever.' The song was a US No.1 for over two months.  

1985 - Phyllis Nelson: was at No.1 on the UK singles with 'Move Closer', her only UK hit making the American singer a One Hit Wonders.  

1987 - Paul Butterfield: American blues vocalist, harmonica player Paul Butterfield, who fronted The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, died at his home in North Hollywood, California, of drug-related heart failure, he was 44. Gained international recognition, as one of the early acts performing during the Summer of Love, at Monterey Pop Festival and Woodstock festival.  

1989 - Stevie Ray Vaughan: set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. The guitarist was killed in a helicopter crash on 27th Aug 1990 after a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin, after playing 107 of the 110 dates.  

1991 - Cher: scored her first solo UK No.1 single with 'The Shoop Shoop Song' from the film 'Mermaids'. The song had been a hit for Betty Everett in 1964, and gave Cher her first No.1 in the UK since 1965's 'I Got You, Babe'.  

1996 - Alanis Morissette: started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with Jagged Little Pill. The record produced six successful singles, including 'You Oughta Know', 'Ironic', 'You Learn', 'Hand in My Pocket', and 'Head over Feet'.  (Side note, One of my all-time favorite female pop artists).  

1996 - George Michael: scored his seventh UK No.1 single as a solo artist when 'Fastlove' started a three-week run at the top of the chart. The second of six singles to be taken from George's comeback album Older.  

1997 - Courtney Love: placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five-bedroom four-bathroom house was on the market for $3m. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment.  

2000 - Metallica: were demanding online music service Napster cut off 335,000 users who they claimed had been illegally trading their songs. The band had passed on the names of all those they considered to be "stealing" their material over the internet in the latest development in an ongoing battle over the protection of music copyrights on the web.  

2004 - Clement Seymour Dodd: Producer Clement Seymour Dodd died aged 72. He was a major force in the development of ska and reggae and made the first recordings of Bob Marley.  

2008 - Madonna: latest album Hard Candy went straight to No.1 in the UK, giving the singer a chart double, with her song 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake, on top of the singles chart for the third week. Hard Candy was Madonna's 10th number one album.  

2008 - Martha Reeves: Thieves broke into the childhood home of Motown star Martha Reeves and stole about $1 million worth of uninsured recording equipment, including speakers, microphones, and karaoke machines. A suspect was arrested at his home later in the day after he tried to sell the goods to a pawn shop for $400.  

2012 - Adam Yauch: American rapper, musician, film director, and human rights activist Adam Yauch died of cancer aged 47. He was best known as a founding member of the hip hop group Beastie Boys, who sold over 40 million records worldwide.  

2016 - Rolling Stones: After Donald Trump's campaign played ‘Start Me Up’ following his victory speech celebrating his path to the Republican nomination, The Rolling Stones asked him to stop using their music, joining several other artists in decrying his use of their songs.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1923 - Ed Cassidy: drummer, from American group Spirit who had the 1969 US No.25 single 'I Got A Line On You'. In 1964 he formed the Rising Sons with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. Cassidy died on Dec 12th, 2012.  

1937 - **ahem** Dale: American rock guitarist **ahem** Dale, known as 'The King of the Surf Guitar'. He pioneered and created what many call the surf music style. Dale worked closely with Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. His song 'Misirlou' featured over the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Dale died of heart failure on March 16th, 2019, at the age of 81.  

1942 - Nicholas Ashford: from husband-and-wife songwriting-production team Ashford and Simpson, who had the 1985 UK No. 3 single 'Solid'. They wrote hits such as: 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough, 'You're All I Need To Get By', 'Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing', and 'Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand)'. Ashford died August 22, 2011, of complications from throat cancer, in New York.  

1942 - Ronnie Bond: drummer with English garage rock band The Troggs, who had the 1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing' and the hits 'With a Girl Like You' and 'Love Is All Around'. Bond died on 13th November 1992.  

1945 - George Wadenius: from jazz-rock American music group Blood Sweat & Tears. They scored the 1969 US No.2 single 'Spinning Wheel', and the 1969 US No.12 single 'You've Made Me So Very Happy. They had a US No.1 with their second album Blood, Sweat & Tears in 1968.  

1949 - Zal Cleminson: Scottish guitarist Zal Cleminson from the Sensational Alex Harvey Band who had the 1975 UK No.7 single 'Delilah, and the 1975 album Next. During the 1990s Cleminson played with The Party Boys, a casual band that at various times featured Marillion's Fish and Nazareth's Dan McCafferty and Billy Rankin as vocalists.  

1951 - Bruce Day: American bassist and vocalist for the California smooth rock band Pablo Cruise. He previously played in a San Francisco high school band with Carlos Santana. He died of unknown causes on June 30th, 1999 at the age of 48.  

1951 - Jackie Jackson: from American family music group The Jackson 5. They were the first group to debut with four consecutive No.1 hits on the Hot 100 with the songs 'I Want You Back, 'ABC', 'The Love You Save', and 'I'll Be There'. And with The Jacksons, had the 1979 hit 'Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)'.  

1951 - Mick Mars: (Bob Deal), American musician and guitarist from American heavy metal band Motley Crue who had the 1989 US No.1 album Dr. Feelgood. For most of his professional career, Mars has openly struggled with ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic, inflammatory form of arthritis that mainly affects the spine and pelvis.  

1959 - Randy Travis: Randy Bruce Traywick, known professionally as Randy Travis, is American country music and gospel music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Active from 1978 until being incapacitated by a stroke in 2013, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including sixteen that reached the No. 1 position. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. He is known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.  

1961 - Jay Aston: a singer with British pop group Bucks Fizz who had the UK hits 'Making Your Mind Up' (1981), 'The Land of Make Believe (1981), and 'My Camera Never Lies (1982) and became one of the top-selling groups of the 1980s.

1970 - Gregg Alexander: US singer, songwriter, New Radicals, (1999 UK No. 5 single 'You Get What You Give'). He has written hits for Ronan Keating, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Enrique Iglesias, and the 2003 Grammy award-winning song 'The Game Of Love' by Santana and Michelle Branch.

1972 - Mike Dirnt: American musician Mike Dirnt, bassist with Green Day who had the 1995 US No.2 album 'Dookie'. Green Day is one of the world's best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

1979 - Lance Bass: singer from American boy band *NSYNC. Among the group's singles, 'Bye Bye Bye', 'This I Promise You', 'Girlfriend' and 'It's Gonna Be Me' reached the top 10 in several international charts. The group's second album, No Strings Attached, sold over one million copies in one day.

1984 - Ari Levine: producer and songwriter who is part of the Smeezingtons record producing team with Bruno Mars and Philip Lawrence. Worked with Adele, Snoop Dogg, Cee Lo Green, Justin Bieber, Flo Rida, and many other artists.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.  


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This Day In History Of Music for this Wednesday.

1956 - Elvis Presley: scored his first US No.1 single and album when 'Heartbreak Hotel' went to the top of the charts. 'Heartbreak Hotel' became his first million-seller and was the best-selling single of 1956. The lyrics were based on a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely man who jumped from a hotel window.

1962 - West Side Story: The soundtrack to West Side Story went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to spend a total of 54 weeks at the No.1 position.  

1963 - George Harrison: On a recommendation by George Harrison **ahem** Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles) went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band was signed to the label within a week.  

1966 - Manfred Mann: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Pretty Flamingo'. The recording features future Cream bassist Jack Bruce, who briefly joined the band in 1965. On their Top Of The Pops appearance, singer Paul Jones performed whilst standing on one leg.  

1967 - The Kinks: released 'Waterloo Sunset' as a single which went on to peak at No.2 on the UK chart. Songwriter and Kinks singer Ray Davies later stated that the song was originally entitled 'Liverpool Sunset', after his love for Liverpool and Merseybeat.  

1968 - Stephen Stills: Buffalo Springfield split up. Richie Furay formed Poco and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash in Crosby Stills & Nash.  

1969 - The Beatles: single 'Get Back' was released in the US. John Lennon claimed in 1980 that "there's some underlying thing about Yoko in there", claiming that Paul McCartney looked at Yoko Ono in the studio every time he sang "Get back to where you once belonged."  

1972 - Gary Davis: Blind blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis died of a heart attack aged 76. His unique finger-picking style influenced many other artists.  

1972 - Dr. John: The first day of the three days Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England, with Grateful Dead, Dr. John, Donovan, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, America, Family, Country Joe MacDonald, Wishbone Ash, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin Groovies.  

1973 - David Bowie: scored his first UK No.1 album when 'Aladdin Sane' started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single 'Drive-In Saturday'. The follow-up to his breakthrough The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, the name of the album is a pun on "A Lad Insane".  

1974 - CBGB's: Television appeared at CBGB's in New York City, supported by the Stillettoes (later to become Blondie who were playing their first show at CBGB).  

1979 - Peaches and Herb: started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Reunited', it made No.4 in the UK.  

1983 - Ivor Novello: The Stranglers 'Golden Brown' was named the most performed work of 1982 at the 28th Ivor Novello Awards. The single had become the UK hit after the comparatively conservative BBC Radio Two made it 'single of the week', a surprising step considering the band was almost as notorious as Sex Pistols only a few short years before.  

1984 - Duran Duran: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Reflex', the group's second and last No.1. The song which was taken from their third album Seven and the Ragged Tiger was also a US No.1.  

1984 - Chrissie Hynde: Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde in a horse-drawn carriage in Central Park, New York City. The couple divorced in 1990.  

1990 - John Lennon: The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Lenny Kravitz, Al Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe Walsh, and Wet Wet Wet.  

1992 - Radiohead: released 'The Drill EP', their first record in the UK. The band was still called "On a Friday" when the songs for this EP were recorded; they changed their name to Radiohead the following month.  

1995 - Steven Adler: Former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler was arrested on a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as two misdemeanor drug charges.  

1996 - Rage Against The Machine: went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Evil Empire'. The album's title is taken from the phrase "evil empire", which was used by former US President Ronald Reagan and many conservatives in describing the former Soviet Union. The album won the 1996 Grammy award for Best Metal Performance.  

2000 - Rod Stewart: had a one-hour throat operation at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles to remove a growth on his thyroid. The growth turns out to be benign.  

2002 - Ted Nugent: Two-disc jockeys from Denver's KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received dozens of complaints.  

2003 - Jennifer Lopez: UK Holiday camp operator Butlins introduced a new system of rhyming slang at bingo halls in an attempt to bring the game up-to-date. Pop stars Jennifer Lopez and Gareth Gates became new catchphrases for the callers, 'Gareth Gates' (8) and 'J-Lo's bum' (71). Other additions include 'stroppy teen' (15) and 'Feng Shui (53).  

2005 - Justin Timberlake: underwent an operation at Los Angeles' Cedars Sinai Hospital to remove nodules from his throat.  

2013 - Robert Plant: Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant obtained a temporary restraining order against an overzealous female fan he alleged was a threat to his safety. Plant said that the woman had been harassing him for over three years and believed that they were in a relationship, even though Plant insisted the pair have never met.  

2015 - Craig Gruber: American rock bassist Craig Gruber died of prostate cancer in Florida aged 63. He is best known as the original bassist in Rainbow and also played in Elf with vocalist Ronnie James Dio and worked with guitarist Gary Moore.  

2016 - The Rolling Stones: told Donald Trump to stop playing their songs during his presidential campaign. The band issued a statement saying that the US presidential candidate did not have permission to use the band's music. Their 1969 hit 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' had been a particular favorite during his campaign.  

2020 - Millie Small: Jamaican singer Millie Small died at the age of 72 after suffering a stroke. The star was most famous for her hit single 'My Boy Lollipop', which reached number two in both the US and the UK in 1964. It remains one of the biggest-selling ska songs of all time, with more than seven million sales.  

2020 - Sweet Pea Atkinson: American R&B singer Sweet Pea Atkinson died from a heart attack in Los Angeles, aged 74. He was best known as one of the vocalists for the band Was (Not Was). Their highest-charting hit, 'Walk the Dinosaur', released in 1987 became a worldwide top-40 hit and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1937 - Johnnie Taylor: American singer and songwriter Johnnie Taylor, who had the 1976 US No.1 UK No.25 single 'Disco Lady' and was a three-time Grammy-nominated American recording artist. Taylor died of a heart attack in a Texas hospital, on 31st May 2000, shortly after his 62nd birthday.  

1942 - Tammy Wynette: US Country singer, 1968 US No.19 and 1975 UK No.1 single 'Stand By Your Man'. Known as the first lady of country music. Had the 1991 hit with The KLF ‘Justified and Ancient’ which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries. She died from cardiac arrhythmia aged 55, on 6th April 1998.  

1942 - Jim King: saxophone and harmonica with British rock band Family who scored the 1971 UK No.4 single 'In My Own Time' and 1973 single 'My Friend The Sun'.  

1948 - Bill Ward: drummer with English rock band Black Sabbath who had the 1970 UK No.4 single 'Paranoid'. The band's self-titled album was voted as the best British rock album ever by Kerrang! in 2005.  

1950 - Eddy Amoo: from British soul group The Real Thing, who had the 1976 UK No.1 single 'You To Me Are Everything.  

1951 - Rex Goh: guitarist, for the Australian soft rock band Air Supply who scored the 1980 UK No.11 single 'All Out Of Love' and the 1981 US No.1 single 'The One That You Love'.  

1954 - Pete Erskine: percussion, with American jazz fusion band of the 1970s and early 1980s Weather Report who had the 1976 single 'Birdland' and the 1977 album Heavy Weather.  

1955 - Roddy Radiation: who played lead guitar for The Specials, as well as many rockabilly bands such as the Bonediggers and the Tearjerkers. Byers joined The Specials when the band was called The Coventry Automatics.  

1957 - Thereza Bazar: singer, from pop vocal duo Dollar who had the 1981 UK No.4 single 'Mirror Mirror'.  

1959 - Ian McCulloch: English singer-songwriter and musician Ian McCulloch, best known as the frontman for the rock group Echo & the Bunnymen who had the 1983 UK No.8 single 'The Cutter' and the single 'The Killing Moon'. McCulloch a member of the Crucial Three, one of many Liverpool bands that sprung up amongst the regulars who patronized a Liverpool club called Eric's in the late '70s. The other two members were Julian Cope and Pete Wylie who went on to form Wah!.  

1959 - Steve Stevens: American guitarist and songwriter Steve Stevens. Often referred to as "the fingers of rock", he is best known for being Billy Idol's guitarist, the lead guitar work on 'Top Gun Anthem', and for playing for other artists (most notably Michael Jackson and Vince Neil).

1961 - Sean McLuskey: with British new wave group Jo Boxers, who had the 1983 UK No.3 single 'Boxer Beat'.

1962 - Gary Daly: singer, with English pop/rock band China Crisis, who had the 1984 UK No.9 single 'Wishful Thinking'.

1962 - Kevin Paul Mooney: bassist from English rock band Adam and the Ants who scored the 1981 UK No.1 single 'Stand And Deliver and 15 other UK Top 40 singles.

1981 - Craig David: English singer, songwriter, rapper Craig David, who had the 2000 UK No.1 singles, 'Fill Me In' and '7 Days. His 2000 UK No.1 album 'Born To Do It' spent 50 weeks on the chart. David has been nominated for thirteen Brit Awards.

1988 - Adele: Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, English soul and jazz singer, (2008 UK No.1 album ‘19’, 2008 UK No.2 single ‘Chasing Pavements’). In 2011 Adele became the first artist to achieve the feat of two top-five hits in both the singles chart and the album chart simultaneously since The Beatles in 1964. She is the first artist to sell more than 3 million copies of an album in a year in the UK, and Adele is the first female in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to have three singles in the top 10 at the same time.

1989 - Chris Brown: American singer, songwriter, and actor who had the 2005 US No.1 with his debut release 'Run It' and the 2007 US No.1 'Kiss Kiss'. In 2009, Brown received media attention after pleading guilty to felony assault of his then-girlfriend, singer Rihanna; he was sentenced to five years of probation and six months of community service.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.  


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This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday. Have a great day, stay safe. 


1965 - The Rolling Stones: In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ’(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ following Richard's purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. The song is considered to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed 'Satisfaction' in the second spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1966 - The Beatles: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on 'I'm Only Sleeping' and worked on various mixes of the track. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by Harrison who perfected the part with the tape running backward so that, when reversed, it would fit the dreamlike mood.

1967 - Jimi Hendrix: The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink, and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.

1971 - Dickie Valentine: British pop singer Dickie Valentine who enjoyed great popularity in Britain during the 1950s (No.1 with 'Christmas Alphabet'), was killed instantly in a car crash on a single lane bridge near Crickhowell, Wales at the age of 41, together with pianist Sidney Boatman and drummer Dave Pearson, aged 42. The coroner's inquest revealed the car in which the three were traveling to have been driven in excess of 90 mph at the time of impact.

1972 - Tyrannosaurus Rex: double album 'Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows' went to No.1 in the UK. The longest title of an album ever at the time!

1973 - Paul Simon: set out on his first tour without partner Art Garfunkel, using The Jesse Dixon Singers as a back-up group on stage. Simon's tour of America and Europe was recorded and released as 'Live Rhymin'.

1978 - Bee Gees: The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever started an 18 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, also No.1 in the US. The album, which features seven Bee Gees songs, went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

1982 - Tam Paton: Former manager of The Bay City Rollers Tam Paton, was convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and was sentenced to three years in jail.

1989 - Holly Johnson: Former Frankie goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album 'Blast'.

1995 - Oasis: scored their first UK No.1 single when 'Some Might Say' went to the top of the UK charts. It was the first single to be released from the Manchester band's second album '(What's the Story) Morning Glory?' And the last Oasis track to feature original drummer Tony McCarroll.

2002 - Otis Blackwell: American songwriter and producer Otis Blackwell died from a heart attack. He wrote the classic songs ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don't Be Cruel, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’ Over the years, Blackwell's songs have sold more than 185 million copies.

2002 - Queen: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Queen was voted the UK's favorite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book. 'Imagine' by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles No.3, 'Dancing Queen' by ABBA was fourth and  Madonna 'Like A Prayer' was in fifth place.

2003 - Dixie Chicks: After the controversy regarding Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines’ comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, a Colorado radio station suspended two of its disc jockeys for playing music by Dixie Chicks.

2004 - The Beatles: A sale at Christie's in London, England became the most successful pop auction in the company's history after Beatles memorabilia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison went for £100,000. Also sold - a colored felt-pen drawing by Lennon (£10,000), a letter with his signature (£5,500), and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish (£9,500).

2004 - Barney Kessel: American jazz guitarist Barney Kessel died of a brain tumor aged 80. He was a member of the Wrecking Crew and was also a member of the Oscar Peterson Trio and worked with Billie Holiday, Sam Cooke, and many others. He appeared on The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album.

2005 - Bruce Springsteen: US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen's latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content. The retailer - which stocked CDs at its branches in the US - said it would be promoting other albums instead.

2006 - The Go-Betweens: singer, songwriter Grant McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia, aged 48. The Australasian Performing Right Association named his 1983 song 'Cattle and Cane' as one of the 30 greatest Australian songs of all time.

2006 - Morrissey: During a UK tour, Morrissey played at The Apollo Manchester on the first of three nights at three different venues in his home city of Manchester. The singer then appeared at Manchester Opera House the following night and then at Manchester Bridgewater Hall on the 8th of May.

2008 - Babyshambles: frontman Pete Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching the terms of his probation. The singer told reporters that he was glad to be out and was looking forward to having a drink and spending some time with his pet cats.

2009 - Michael Jackson: A former publicist for Michael Jackson was suing the singer for $44m (£29m) for his alleged failure to pay her for her services. Raymone Bain said Mr. Jackson had agreed to give her 10% of any business deals arranged with her assistance. Ms. Bain acted as Mr. Jackson's publicist during his 2005 trial for child abuse.

2013 - Lauryn Hill: was sentenced in the US state of New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion. The 37-year-old Grammy-winning singer had failed to pay taxes on about $1.8m (£1.2m) of earnings between 2005-07. In a statement to the judge, Hill said she had intended to pay the taxes but could not after withdrawing from public life and ending her music career to raise her children. Hill has six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley.

2015 - Errol Brown: British-Jamaican singer and songwriter Errol Brown, best known as the frontman of the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas. Their hits included 'You Sexy Thing', 'So You Win Again' and 'Brother Louie'. His break in music came in 1969 when he recorded a version of 'Give Peace a Chance' with some friends. Unable to change the lyrics without John Lennon's permission, he sent a copy to his record label, Apple, and the song was released with Lennon's approval.

2015 - Evolution of Western Pop Music: The results of the evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, were published in The Royal Society Open Science Journal. The scientists who looked at more than 17,000 songs found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983, and 1991. In 1964 the invasion of British bands introduced a radical new rocky sound. Synthesizers, samplers, and drum machines, drove a second major style shift in 1983. The third, in 1991, came about when rap and hip-hop went mainstream. The team also refuted claims that pop music was starting to sound the same.

2020 - Florian Schneider: co-founder of the highly influential electronic pop group Kraftwerk, died at the age of 73. The German quartet set the template for synthesizer music in the 1970s and 80s with songs like 'Autobahn' and 'The Model'.

2020 - Brian Howe: English rock singer Brian Howe died of cardiac arrest at age 66. He is best known for replacing Paul Rodgers as the lead vocalist of Bad Company. Howe's career was jump-started in 1983 when Ted Nugent recruited him to handle lead vocals for his Penetrator album and front its subsequent world tour.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1927 - Ronnie Hilton: English singer and radio presenter Ronnie Hilton, who had the 1956 UK No.1 single 'No Other Love' and 21 other Top 40 hits. He was the presenter on BBC Radio 2's Sounds of the Fifties series. Hilton died on 20th February 2001 aged 75.

1929 - Leon Hughes: American singer Leon Hughes, The Coasters. The 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'.

1942 - Colin Earl: Mungo Jerry, who had the 1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'In The Summertime' as well as the hits 'Baby Jump' and 'Lady Rose'.

1945 - Bob Seger: American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist Bob Seger, who scored the 1977 hit 'Night Moves, the 1987 US No.1 single 'Shakedown', taken from the film Beverly Hills Cop II, and the 1995 hit single 'We've Got Tonight. Seger has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

1948 - Mary MacGregor: American singe Mary MacGregor who scored the 1977 US No.1 and UK No.4 single 'Torn Between Two Lovers'.

1950 - Robbie McIntosh: drummer from Scottish funk and R&B group the Average White Band who scored the 1975 US No.1 and UK No.6 single 'Pick Up The Pieces. He died on 23rd August 1974.

1951 - Davey Johnstone: Scottish rock guitarist and vocalist Davey Johnstone best known for his work with Elton John. Johnstone's debut album with Elton John as a full-time member of his band was on the 1972 Honky Chateau. On 10 June 2009, Johnstone played a landmark 2,000th show as a member of the Elton John Band at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland.

1960 - John Flansburgh: guitar, vocals, from American alternative rock band They Might Be Giants, who scored the 1990 UK No.6 single, 'Birdhouse In Your Soul'. The band has won two Grammy Awards, one in 2002 for their song 'Boss of Me, and in 2009 for 'Here Come the 123s'.

1960 - Larry Steinbachek: keyboardist, from English group Bronski Beat who had the 1984 UK No.3 single 'Smalltown Boy. Steinbachek died in December 2016 aged 56.

1962 - Stan Cullimore: who with The Housemartins. The group's Cappella cover version of 'Caravan of Love' (originally by Isley-Jasper-Isley) was a UK No.1 single.

1966 - David Narcizo: drummer from alternative American rock band Throwing Muses and who has also worked with Tanya Donelly on her solo albums.

1967 - Mark Bryan: guitarist with American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 1995 US No.1 album Cracked Rear View which sold over 15m copies.

1968 - Tony Wright: vocals, with English rock band Terrorvision who had the 1999 UK No.2 single 'Tequila'. Terrorvision were originally known as The Spoilt Bratz.

1971 - Chris Shiflett: American guitarist Chris Shiflett joined Foo Fighters in 1999. Shiflett was also a member of No Use for a Name and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Over the course of the Foo Fighters career, four of its albums have won Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

1987 - Meek Mill: American hip hop recording artist Meek Mill. His 2015 album Dreams Worth More Than Money peaked at No.1 on the US album chart.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.


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Well we made it to another Friday, your weekend is just about to begin. Now let us not forget, Sunday is Mothers Day, show your mom some deserving love.     

And here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Friday.


1966 - The Mamas and the Papas: started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monday Monday' becoming the first song with a day of the week in the title to top the chart. The group was reported, as saying they all hated the song except for its writer John Phillips. The Mamas & the Papas won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for this song.

1967 - Pink Floyd: appeared at The Mojo Club, Tollbar, Sheffield, England, opened and owned by Peter Stringfellow. Acts who have also appeared at the club include Stevie Wonder, John Lee Hooker, Rod Stewart, Ike and Tina Turner, The Who, Small Faces and Jimi Hendrix .

1967 - Pearls Before Swine: begin recording an album called 'One Nation Underground'. The LP included a song called 'Miss Morse', which would be banned in New York when it was discovered that lead singer Tom Rapp was singing F-*-*-K in Morse code. After disc jockey Murray The K played the record on the air, local Boy Scouts correctly interpreted the chorus and phoned in a complaint.

1968 - Elton John: Flying back to the UK after a US tour after his last gig with the band Bluesology, keyboard player Reginald Dwight gave some thought for a stage name he could use for his burgeoning solo career. In the cabin, he came across the band's horn player Elton Dean and lead singer Long John Baldry, and asked them if he can appropriate their names to concoct a new one for himself. They agree, and Elton John is born.

1971 - David Bowie: 'Moonage Daydream' was released as a single by Arnold Corns, a band, formed by David Bowie the name of which was inspired by the Pink Floyd song 'Arnold Layne'. This was one of Bowie’s side projects and something of a dry run for Ziggy Stardust. The song later reappeared on Ziggy Stardust in a new version with updated lyrics.

1974 - Led Zeppelin: held a party at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York City for the launch of their new label Swan Song. Other label signings including, Scottish singer Maggie Bell (whose album Suicide Sal was the labels fourth release), and British supergroup, Bad Company also attended.

1977 - The Eagles: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hotel California', the group's fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK. The Eagles also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Record of the Year for 'Hotel California' at the 20th Annual Grammy Awards in 1978. The song's guitar solo is ranked 8th on Guitar Magazine's Top 100 Guitar Solos and was voted the best solo of all time by readers of Guitarist magazine.

1978 - Bob Dylan: 90,000 tickets were sold in eight hours for Bob Dylan's forthcoming London dates at Earls Court.

1983 - Paul Weller: Former Jam leader Paul Weller unveiled his new group The Style Council at an anti nuclear benefit gig in London. The Style Council scored seven UK Top 10 hits and the band was also very successful in Australia and New Zealand during the 1980s, with multiple hit singles and albums.

1983 - Spandau Ballet: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'True', the group's only No.1. The song spent four weeks at the top of the UK chart and was a hit in 20 other countries. Parts of the original version have been sampled and used in a number of songs - most notably PM Dawn's 1991 US No.1 hit 'Set Adrift on Memory Bliss', which contains a sample of the song's famous guitar hook.

1988 - Terence Trent D'arby: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Wishing Well', a No.4 hit in the UK.

1991 - Wilson Pickett: was arrested after running into an 86 year old man and yelling death threats whilst driving his car over the mayor's front lawn in Englewood, New Jersey. Pickett was charged with driving with open bottles of alcohol in his car.

1992 - John Lennon: A leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, England for £24,200.

1992 - Nigel Preston: drummer with The Cult died in London, England aged 32. Was a founding member of The Death Cult, he also played and recorded with Sex Gang Children, Theatre of Hate and The Gun Club.

1998 - Eddie Rabbitt: US singer, songwriter died of lung cancer aged 56. During his career, he scored over 20 No.1's on Billboard's country singles chart including 1981 'I Love A Rainy Night'. Elvis Presley, Dr Hook, Tom Jones, Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle and Lynn Anderson all recorded his songs.

2000 - Britney Spears: went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Oops!... I Did It Again'. Written and produced by hit-makers Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, who had previously collaborated with Spears on '...Baby One More Time'.

2003 - Dr Dre: A Los Angeles federal jury recommended a $1.5 million award to a British record company that sued rapper-producer Dr Dre for song plagiarism. London-based Minder Music Ltd. sued Dre in 2000, claiming his 1999 song, 'Let's Get High,' used the bass line of The Fatback's 1980 song, 'Backstroking' which was featured on Dre's successful '2001' album, which sold 9 million copies worldwide.

2003 - 50 Cent: A US surgeon sued 50 Cent over an unpaid medical bill. The doctor claimed 50 Cent and his friend turned up at a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds in 2000, but said the rapper never paid the $20,000 he owed for treatment despite being asked several times.

2004 - Madonna: A planning inquiry hearing Madonna's appeal to ban ramblers from parts of her £9m country estate heard details of the land's make-up. The pop star claimed 100 acres of land at the 1,200-acre Ashcombe House estate had been inaccurately classified as open country. Madonna was appealing against the classification in a hearing. Under the act, people would have the right to access any land registered on the final map as open country-mountain, moor, heath or down.

2006 - Snow Patrol: went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Eyes Open' the bands fourth album. Also a No.1 in Ireland, and Australia and a No. 27 hit on the US Chart. The bands first album 'Songs For Polarbears' peaked at No.143 when released in 1998.

2011 - The Walker Brothers: John Walker (John Joseph Maus) best known as the founder of The Walker Brothers died of liver cancer at his Los Angeles home. He formed The Walker Brothers (originally The Walker Brothers Trio) in 1964, with himself as lead vocalist and guitarist. The Walker Brothers scored the 1966 UK No.1 & US No. 13 single 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore'.

2015 - B.B. King: Three of B.B. King's 11 surviving children lost a bid in a Las Vegas court to take control over their father's affairs after they said they suspect the 89-year-old Blues legend's manager of stealing his money and neglecting his medical care while blocking them from seeing him in home hospice care. King died in his sleep on May 14, 2015, at the age of 89.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1931 - Teresa Brewer: American singer Teresa Brewer who had the 1952 US No.1 hit 'Till I Waltz Again with You', (one of Elvis Presley's first public singing experiences in 12th grade was performing 'Till I Waltz Again with You'). She was one of the most prolific and popular female singers of the 1950s, recording nearly 600 songs. Brewer died on 17 October 2007 age 76.

1939 - Jimmy Ruffin: American soul singer Jimmy Ruffin, who had the 1974 UK No.4 single 'What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted'. Ruffin who was the elder brother of David Ruffin of the Temptations died on Nov 17, 2014 aged 78.

1942 - Derek Taylor: press officer for The Beatles also worked with The Beach Boys and The Byrds. Taylor died of cancer on 10th September 1997.

1943 - Rick Westwood: guitarist, who with Brian Poole and the Tremeloes had the the UK 1963 No.1 hit 'Do You Love Me' and with The Tremeloes the 1967 UK No.1 & US No.11 single 'Silence Is Golden'.

1945 - Cornelius Bumpus: American woodwind, keyboard player and vocalist Cornelius Bumpus who toured with The Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Bumpus died of a heart attack at age 58 on February 3, 2004 while on an airline flight from New York to California, where he was scheduled to perform at the Columbia College Jazz Concert Series. The plane made an emergency landing in Sioux City, Iowa but Bumpus died by the time the plane reached the ground.

1945 - Christy Moore: Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist Christy Moore. He is one of the founding members of Planxty and Moving Hearts. In 2007, he was named as Ireland's greatest living musician in RTÉ's People of the Year Awards.

1946 - Bill Kreutzmann: drummer with Grateful Dead. He played with the Grateful Dead for its entire thirty-year career, usually alongside fellow drummer Mickey Hart. The group released more than 140 albums, the majority of them recorded live in concert.

1946 - Bill Danoff: from American pop group Starland Vocal Band, who had the 1976 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Afternoon Delight' one of the biggest-selling singles of 1976.

1946 - Jerry Nolan: drums, The New York Dolls, 1973 album New York Dolls. Nolan joined the New York Dolls in the autumn of 1972 to replace Billy Murcia. He left the Dolls together with Johnny Thunders in the spring of 1975. The two then placed a call to bassist Richard Hell, formerly of the Neon Boys and Television, to form The Heartbreakers. Nolan died on 14th January 1992 from a fatal stroke.

1946 - Thelma Houston: American singer and actress Thelma Houston who had the 1977 US No.1 & UK No.13 single 'Don't Leave Me This Way' which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

1948 - Pete Wingfield: singer, Pianist and producer, who had the 1975 UK No.7 and US No.15 single 'Eighteen With A Bullet', (which was later featured on the soundtrack to the 1998 film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels). Produced the first album by Dexys Midnight Runners, Searching for the Young Soul Rebels and The Proclaimers hit, 'I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)'.

1949 - James Keefer: Keith, (James Keefer), American singer, who had the 1967 US No.7 and UK No.24 single '98.6' which sold over one million copies worldwide. He legally changed his name to Bazza Keefer in 1988, in memory of his mother.

1950 - Prairie Prince: drummer with American band The Tubes known for their 1977 hit single 'White Punks On Dope' and the 1983 US No.10 single 'She's A Beauty'.

1951 - Mic Gillette: American brass player Mic Gillette famous for being a member of Tower of Power. He died on 17 Jan 2016 of a heart attack.

1955 - Steve Diggle: guitarist from punk rock band Buzzcocks, who had the 1978 UK No.12 single 'Ever Fallen In Love, With Someone You Shouldn't've'.

1960 - Anne Dudley: from English avant-garde synth-pop group Art of Noise who had the 1988 UK No.5 single 'Kiss' with Tom Jones.

1961 - Phil Campbell: lead guitar, Persian Risk, Motorhead, who had the 1980 UK No.15 single 'Ace Of Spades'.

1969 - Eagle Eye Cherry: Swedish musician Eagle Eye Cherry, who scored the 1998 UK No.6 single 'Save Tonight'. Cherry co-wrote and sang on 'Wishing It Was' on Santana's 1999 album Supernatural. He is the son of jazz artist Don Cherry.

1974 - Lynden David Hall: English singer, songwriter, arranger, and record producer Lynden David Hall. In 1999, he was the first UK performer ever voted "Best Male Artist" by the readers of Britain's Blues & Soul magazine. In October 2003, Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma; he died on 14 February 2006, at the age of 31, from complications resulting from the stem cell transplant he received in January 2005.

1986 - Matt Helders: drummer, with English rock band Arctic Monkeys who had the 2005, UK No.1 single ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’, and the 2006 UK No.1 album Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not. The band has won six Brit Awards – winning both Best British Group and Best British Album three times, and have been nominated for three Grammy Awards.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In History Of Music for this Saturday. I do hope your Saturday will smile upon you.

1954 - Johnny Ray: BBC radio in the UK banned the Johnny Ray song ‘Such a Night’ after listeners complain about its 'suggestiveness'. Ray was famous for his emotional stage act, which included beating up his piano, and writhing on the floor.

1964 - The Beatles: had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for fourteen weeks with three No.1's in succession. 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' for seven weeks, 'She Loves You' for two weeks, and 'Can't Buy Me Love', for five weeks.

1965 - Bob Dylan: The filming of the promotional film for Bob Dylan’s 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The original clip was actually the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film, Don't Look Back, a documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England. In the film, Dylan, who came up with the idea, holds up cue cards for the camera with selected words and phrases from the lyrics. The cue cards were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth, and Dylan himself. While staring at the camera, he flipped the cards as the song played.

1969 - ABKCO: John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.

1970 - The Beatles: twelfth and final album, Let It Be was released, (it was recorded before the Abbey Road album, and was originally to be called 'Get Back'). The album came in a deluxe-boxed edition with a 'Get Back' book.

1974 - Graham Bond: UK keyboard player Graham Bond committed suicide after throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station, aged 36. It took police two days to identify his body which was crushed beyond all recognition. Briefly a member of Blues Incorporated, a group led by Alexis Korner, before forming the Graham Bond Quartet, with a lineup of Bond on vocals and organ, Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass.

1976 - Abba: scored their third UK No.1 single with 'Fernando', the song went on to become ABBA's biggest selling single, with sales over 10 million. And also on the day, Abba started a nine-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits' album.

1976 - Johnny Walker: BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers.

1976 - John Sebastian: Former lead singer of the Lovin Spoonful John Sebastian went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Welcome Back', taken from the US TV show 'Welcome Back Kotter'.

1982 - Paul McCartney: scored his fifth UK No.1 album with 'Tug Of War'. The album featured the duet with Stevie Wonder 'Ebony & Ivory, which was inspired by McCartney hearing comedian Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!", (the ebony (black) and ivory (white) keys on a piano).

1982 - Vangelis: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Chariots Of Fire', his only US No.1. Vangelis was accused of plagiarising 'Chariots of Fire' from a song by fellow Greek composer Stavros Logaridis called 'City of Violets'. Vangelis won in court by convincing the judge to allow him to bring his keyboard setup into the court to demonstrate his method of composing by improvising new music.

1982 - Neil Bogart: died of cancer at the age of 39. Bogart was the founder of Casablanca Records, with Peter Guber, home of Donna Summer, The Village People, Kiss, T.Rex, and Joan Jett.

1984 - Roger Waters: released his first solo album The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking. The concept album, as originally envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's thoughts during a midlife crisis, and featured guest musicians Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone, and Michael Kamen on piano.

1993 - Aerosmith: entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'Get A Grip', a No.2 hit in the UK. The album went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning the band two Grammy awards.

1993 - Mark Knopfler: received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

1996 - Tommy Lee: A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and his wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home.

2005 - Bruce Springsteen: was at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Devils and Dust' his 13th No.1 studio album.

2006 - Keith Richards: The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62-year-old guitarist suffered a "mild concussion" when he fell out of a coconut tree on holiday in Fiji.

2008 - Larry Levine: American audio engineer Larry Levine died of emphysema in Encino, California at the age of 80. He was known for his work with Phil Spector on the Wall of Sound recording technique. He worked on The Beach Boys' influential 1966 album Pet Sounds and received the 1966 Grammy Award for Best Engineered Recording for 'A Taste of Honey' performed by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. The recording also won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1966.

2008 - Eddy Arnold: American Country artist Eddy Arnold died of natural causes, one week before his 90th birthday. He sold more than 85 million records and had 147 songs on the US charts, including 28 number one hits on Billboard's Country Singles chart. He was once managed by Colonel Tom Parker (who later managed Elvis Presley). Arnold had the 1965 US No.4 hit, ‘Make The World Go Away.

2013 - Ja Rule: was released from prison after serving nearly two years on gun and tax evasion charges. The rapper was let out of a prison in Ray Brook, New York, but would remain under house arrest until 28 July. The 37-year-old pleaded guilty to not filing tax returns over a five-year period in 2011 and attempted criminal possession of a weapon the year before. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison after failing to pay $1.1m (£710,319) in taxes between 2004 and 2008. The rapper was also sentenced to two years in prison for possessing a semi-automatic handgun, which police found hidden in his car after a concert in New York in 2007.

2013 - Madonna: A painting by Fernand Leger owned by Madonna sold for $7.2 million (£4.7m) in New York. The singer bought the 1921 Cubist work, Three Women at the Red Table, in 1990 for $3.4m (£2.2m). According to Sotheby's, proceeds from the sale "would benefit Madonna's Ray of Light Foundation, supporting girls' education projects in the Middle East and South Asia".

2014 - Chuck Berry: was named as one of the 2014 Polar Music Prize laureates. A spokesperson from the award committee said: "In the course of three minutes he conjures up an image of the everyday life and dreams of a teenager, often with the focus on cars. Chuck Berry, born in 1926, was the first to drive up onto the highway and announce that we are born to run."

2016 - Prince: Following his unexpected death, Prince had the top two spots on the Billboard albums chart with The Very Best of Prince at No.1 and Purple Rain at No.2. With his music unavailable on most streaming services and download distributors, physical albums were in many cases the best way to get his music.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1911 - Robert Johnson: American blues singer-songwriter Robert Johnson. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 influenced later generations including Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Eric Clapton (Cream covered 'Crossroads), The Rolling Stones ('Love In Vain'). Johnson is now recognized as a master of the blues. He died on 16th August 1938 at the age of 27.

1940 - Ricky Nelson: American rock and roll star Ricky Nelson, who had the 1958 US No.1 'Poor Little Fool', the 1961 UK No.2 single 'Hello Mary Lou' plus over 30 US Top 40 hit singles. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1972, Nelson reached the Top 40 one last time with 'Garden Party. Nelson died in a plane crash northeast of Dallas in De Kalb, Texas on 31st December 1985.

1941 - John Fred: John Fred Gourrier, from John Fred and His Playboy Band who had the 1968 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)' which was a parodic play on the title of The Beatles' song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. He died on 15th April 2005 after a long battle with kidney disease aged 63.

1943 - Danny Whitten: guitarist, singer, songwriter. Member of Neil Young's Crazy Horse and writer of 'I Don't Wanna Talk About It', covered by Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge, and Everything But The Girl. The Neil Young song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose on Nov 18th, 1972).

1943 - Paul Samwell-Smith: English musician Paul Samwell-Smith, bassist with The Yardbirds, who had the 1965 UK No.3 and US No.6 single 'For Your Love'. The Yardbirds spawned such noteworthy musicians as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page.

1943 - Toni Tennille: from husband-and-wife duo The Captain and Tennille who had the 1980 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Do That To Me One More Time' and the hit 'Love Will Keep Us Together. They divorced in July 2014.

1944 - Bill Legend: English musician and former drummer for glam rock band T. Rex. Legend played drums on four albums: Electric Warrior, The Slider, Tanx, and Zinc Alloy.

1951 - Chris Frantz: American musician Chris Frantz, drummer, with Talking Heads, who had the 1983 US No.9 single 'Burning Down The House', 1985 UK No.6 single 'Road To Nowhere.

1951 - Philip Bailey: American R&B, soul, gospel, and funk singer, songwriter with Earth, Wind & Fire, who had the 1975 US No.1 single 'Shining Star', and the 1981 UK No.3 single 'Let's Groove'. The band has received 20 Grammy nominations and was the first African-American act to sell out Madison Square Garden. As a solo artist, he scored the 1985 UK No.1 single 'Easy Lover' a duet with Phil Collins.

1953 - Alex Van Halen: Dutch-American musician, best known as the drummer and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen who had the 1984 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Jump'. Alex has become an ordained minister and presided at the wedding of his brother Eddie Van Halen in 2009.

1964 - Dave Rowntree: drummer with Blur who had the 1994 UK No.1 album 'Parklife' which spent over 2 years on the UK chart, and the 1995 UK No.1 single 'Country House', plus over 12 other UK Top 40 singles. Rowntree now also works as a solicitor, animator, radio presenter, and political activist.

1972 - Darren Hayes: Australian singer-songwriter, comedian, Darren Hayes, who with Savage Garden had the 1998 US No.1 & UK Top 5 single 'Truly Madly Deeply', the hit 'To the Moon and Back, and the solo 2002 UK No.8 single 'Insatiable'.

1975 - Enrique Iglesias: Spanish singer, songwriter, actor, Enrique Iglesias, who had the 2000 US No.1 single 'Be With You' and the 2002 UK No.1 & US No.3 single 'Hero'. He is widely regarded as the King of Latin Pop and has sold over 170 million records (albums and singles combined) worldwide.

1976 - Ian Watkins: H, (Ian Watkins), singer with British dance-pop group Steps. Between 1997 and 2001 Steps scored two No.1 singles in the UK, two No.1 albums, and 14 consecutive top 5 singles in the UK.

1976 - Martha Wainwright: Canadian / American, singer-songwriter, daughter of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, and sister of Rufus Wainwright. Appeared on recordings by her family members and has released several independent EPs. Her full-length self-titled debut was released in 2005.

1977 - Joe Bonamassa: American blues-rock guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa, who has released nine studio albums as well as being a member of Black Country Communion.

1978 - Ana Maria Lombo: singer from Eden's Crush, the American girl group who were created on the American television series Popstars who scored the 2001 Canadian No.1 and the US No. 8 single 'Get Over Yourself'.

1985 - Matt Willis: bassist from English pop-rock band Busted. Formed in 2000, the band had four UK No.1 singles and released two studio albums - Busted (2002) and A Present for Everyone (2003) - before disbanding in January 2005.

1996 - 6ix9ine: American rapper, and songwriter 6ix9ine. ‘Trollz’, his third collaboration with Minaj, debuted at No.1 in the US.

Please remember, tomorrow is Mother's Day, treat your mom with a great dinner, and your great love. Until sometime tomorrow take care and stay safe.  


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I hope all of you moms out there had a great Mother's Day yesterday. Well here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Monday. 

1960 - The Beatles: The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing groups for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as a backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatles to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Casanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.

1963 - Chuck Berry: The Rolling Stones recorded the Chuck Berry song 'Come On', at Olympic Studios, London. This band's first release was issued on the 7th June 1963 by Decca Records.

1964 - Bob Dylan: arrived in Britain for his first major UK tour including a show at London's Royal Festival Hall on the 17th of this month.

1965 - The Rolling Stones: recorded a version of ’(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and the Gibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently acquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.

1967 - Mick Jagger: and Keith Richards appeared at Chichester Crown Court, Sussex, charged with being in possession of drugs, they elect to go to trial pleading not guilty and were both granted £100 bail.

1969 - Led Zeppelin: made their first appearance on the UK album chart when the band's debut album charted at No. 6, going on to spend 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at No. 10. Recorded in around 36 hours, the album is now considered one of the most important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the Rock And Roll genre, with groundbreaking musical styles and recording techniques.

1969 - Frank Sinatra: version of 'My Way' made the British Top ten for the first time. Over the next three years, it re-entered the Top 50 singles chart on eight different occasions. Paul Anka re-wrote the original French song for Sinatra after he told Anka he was quitting the music business. Anka changed the melodic structure and lyrics to the song with Sinatra in mind.

1969 - The Moody Blues: started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'On The Threshold Of A Dream' (their first No.1 album).

1969 - The Turtles: gave a special performance at the White House as guests of Tricia Nixon. Stories circulate concerning members of the group who allegedly snorted cocaine on Abraham Lincoln's desk.

1970 - David Bowie: was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song 'Space Oddity which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to venues in America, France, Spain, Australia, Holland, and Venezuela. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs' Ashes to Ashes, 'Hallo Spaceboy', and 'Blackstar'.

1985 - Belinda Carlisle: All-girl group The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. The members went on to enjoy solo success, (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin), and the group reformed in the late 90s.

1986 - Falco: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rock Me Amadeus.' Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score the UK and US No.1 hit single and the first German-speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts. Falco died of severe injuries received on 6 February 1998, when his Mitsubishi Pajero collided with a bus in the Dominican Republic. It was later determined that the bus driver was speeding, for which the driver served three years in prison. His estate claims he has sold 20 million albums and 15 million singles, which makes him the best-selling Austrian singer of all time.

1986 - The Pet Shop Boys: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'West End Girls, the duo's first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.

1986 - Tommy Lee: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married TV star Heather Locklear in a courtyard in Santa Barbara California with five hundred guests. Tommy wore a white leather tuxedo.

1991 - Madonna: Madonna's 'warts and all documentary film Truth Or Dare (known as In Bed with Madonna outside of North America), chronicling the life of Madonna during her 1990 Blond Ambition World Tour, premiered in Los Angeles.

1999 - Shel Silverstein: American singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack aged 57. Wrote, 'A Boy Named Sue for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr. Hook including 'Sylvia's Mother' and 'The Cover of the Rolling Stone.'

2000 - Bobby Brown: was arrested at Newark airport, New Jersey for breaking his probation order. He had been wanted in Florida since 1999 when his probation officer reported that a urine test proved positive for cocaine use.

2000 - Michael Bolton: lost his appeal against a court ruling that he stole part of his 1991 hit 'Love Is a Wonderful Thing' from an Isley Brothers song. Bolton had asked for a retrial following a 1994 jury verdict that he had plagiarized parts of The Isley Brothers song of the same name, but, an appeals court panel upheld the ruling which awarded the group $5.4m (£3.37m) from the profits of Bolton's single - one of his biggest hits.

2007 - Akon: US hip-hop artist Akon apologized after footage of him dancing provocatively on stage with a teenage girl was posted on the internet. It led to telecommunications company Verizon pulling out as a sponsor of his US tour with Gwen Stefani. The incident took place on 12 April in Trinidad, where Akon was performing at a nightclub. It was later reported that the girl was just 14. In a statement, Akon said he didn't know the girl was underage. He said: "I want to sincerely apologize for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on stage, her family, and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert."

2010 - Apollo Theatre: New York City's Apollo Theatre began installing bronze plaques on the sidewalk outside the building of legends who had close ties to the theater. Among the first to be honored were James Brown, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, and Ella Fitzgerald.

2011 - John Lennon: The ornate iron gates of a children's home which inspired John Lennon's psychedelic Beatles anthem Strawberry Fields Forever was removed after The Salvation Army, which owned the former home, decided to put the red Victorian gates into storage. Beatles fans who passed the Liverpool site on tours would now be met with 10ft (3m) high replicas. The original gates were being taken to a secret location for storage, and would eventually be auctioned off.

2013 - Heavy Metal: A two-year degree in heavy metal music was branded an "easy option" by education campaigners. The foundation degree was being offered by New College Nottingham in the UK. The course, which was due to start later this year would include modules on the music business, the history of heavy metal, and its role in films and video games and would show students how to compose and perform heavy metal songs.

2013 - Phil Lynott: Two men were arrested in Dublin after the city center statue of Phil Lynott was pushed over and seriously damaged. The memorial to the Thin Lizzy icon has been removed from its Harry Street location for repairs, and the men were later released without charge. The life-size bronze sculpture was unveiled in 2005 and had become a tourist destination and landmark since then.

2018 - Scott Hutchison: Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist Scott Hutchison from indie band Frightened Rabbit was found dead near South Queensferry, Scotland. Hutchison was last seen at 1 am on the 9th May leaving a hotel in South Queensferry and later tweeted 'Be so good to everyone you love. It's not a given. I'm so annoyed that it’s not. I didn't live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones, followed by 'I'm away now. Thanks' prior to his disappearance.

2020 - John McKenzie: British bass guitarist John McKenzie died. He was a member of bands such as Global Village Trucking Company and Man and played on numerous singles, notably for Eurythmics, The Pretenders, and Alison Moyet and was a touring musician with acts as diverse as Lionel Richie, Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Peter Green, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1920 - Bert Weedon: English guitarist Bert Weedon had the 1959 UK No.10 single 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle'. His best-selling tutorial guides, Play in a Day, were a major influence on many British musicians, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, and Jimmy Page. Weedon died on 20th April 2012 aged 91.

1935 - Larry Williams: American rhythm and blues and rock and roll singer Larry Williams. The Beatles and The Jam covered his songs. He scored the 1957 US No.5 hit single 'Short Fat Fannie' and a hit with 'Dizzy, Miss Lizzy'. Williams died from gunshot wounds on 2nd January 1980 aged 45.

1935 - Julius Wechter: American musician and composer Julius Wechter. He composed the song 'Spanish Flea' for Herb Alpert and was the leader of The Baja Marimba Band. As a session musician, he worked for the likes of The Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, and various Phil Spector productions. His vibraphone solo work is featured on the Beach Boys' acclaimed album, Pet Sounds ('Let's Go Away for Awhile'). He died of lung cancer on February 1, 1999, a day after his song 'Spanish Flea' was used in the Simpsons episode Sunday, Cruddy Sunday.

1937 - Mike Melvoin: American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger Mike Melvoin who worked as a prolific studio musician, recording with Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Tom Waits, Barbra Streisand, The Jackson 5, Natalie Cole, and The Beach Boys on Pet Sounds. He worked in the early 1970s as a music director on The Partridge Family recordings and also composed for film and television including contributing scores to Fame. Melvoin died in Burbank, California on February 22, 2012, of cancer, aged 74.

1938 - Henry Fambrough: from American rhythm and blues vocal group the Detroit Spinners who had the 1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'Working My Way Back To You'.

1944 - Jackie Lomax: UK singer, who was the first act to be signed to The Beatles Apple Records. George Harrison wrote his single 'Sour Milk Sea'. Lomax died on 16th Sept 2013 aged 69.

1946 - Donovan: Scottish singer, songwriter, and guitarist, who scored the 1966 US No.1 & 1967 UK No.2 single 'Sunshine Superman'. 'Mellow Yellow' reached US No.2 the following year, with 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968.

1946 - Graham Gouldman: UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, who was a member of High Spots, The Crevattes, and 10cc who had the 1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'I'm Not In Love', plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including 2 No.1's. As a member of Wax, he had the 1987 UK No.12 single 'Bridge To Your Heart'. During the 60s Gouldman wrote hits for Herman's Hermits, The Hollies, and The Yardbirds.

1947 - Dave Mason: English singer-songwriter Dave Mason who with Traffic had the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe' and the solo, 1977 US No.12 single 'We Just Disagree'. Mason has worked with many notable musicians including Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix (twelve-string guitar on 'All Along the Watchtower' and Fleetwood Mac.

1947 - Jay Ferguson: from American group Spirit who had the 1969 US No.25 single 'I Got A Line On You'. And with Jo Jo Gunne had the 1972 UK No.6 & US No. 27 single 'Run Run Run. 1952 - Lee Brilleaux: English rhythm-and-blues singer Lee Brilleaux who with Dr. Feelgood, had the 1979 UK No.9 single 'Milk And Alcohol' and the hits 'She Does It Right, 'Roxette', and 'Back in the Night'. He died of cancer on 7th April 1994.

1952 - Sly Dunbar: session drummer, as Sly and Robbie worked with Peter Tosh, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Grace Jones, Joe Cocker, (1987 UK No.12 single 'Boops Here To Go').

1957 - Sid Vicious: John Ritchie (Sid Vicious), bass, vocals, Sex Pistols, 1977 UK No.2 single 'God Save The Queen', and 1977 UK No.1 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here are The Sex Pistols'. Vicious died of a heroin overdose on 2nd February 1979.

1957 - Karl Hyde: from British electronic music group Underworld who had the 1996 UK No.2 single 'Born Slippy'. Hyde has also released a solo album and made albums with Brian Eno.

1960 - Bono: Irish singer-songwriter, Paul Hewson, (Bono), U2, who had the 1984 UK No.3 single 'Pride, In The Name Of Love' plus over 25 other UK Top singles. Their 1987 UK and worldwide No.1 album The Joshua Tree spent 156 weeks on the UK chart. U2 is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. They have won 22 Grammy Awards.

1968 - Richard Patrick: American musician Richard Patrick, guitarist with Filter, Army of Anyone, and also worked with Nine Inch Nails.

1991 - Ray Dalton: American singer and songwriter Ray Dalton who had the 2013 US No.1 hit 'Can't Hold Us' with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Good Tuesday afternoon, speaking of Tuesday, here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Tuesday.


1963 - The Beatles: started a 30 week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album 'Please Please Me', making it the longest-running No.1 album by a group ever. The bands follow up 'With The Beatles' replaced it at the top of the charts on 7th December 1963 and stayed there for 21 weeks.

1964 - The Rolling Stones: During a UK tour The Rolling Stones were refused lunch at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, where they were staying because they were not wearing jackets and ties. The following day the Daily Express ran the story with the headline, 'The Rolling Stones gather no lunch.'

1965 - Roger Miller: was at No.1 on the US Country charts with 'King Of The Road.' The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, and Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson. The Proclaimers had a UK No.9 hit with their version of the song in 1990.

1967 - The Bee Gees: made their Top Of The Pops debut performing 'New York Mining Disaster' on the UK TV show.

1970 - Woodstock: The triple soundtrack album Woodstock was released in the US, going gold within two weeks. The album featured tracks by; Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe McDonald, Crosby Stills & Nash, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana, and others. The couple on the album cover are Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline.

1972 - John Lennon: appeared on the US television '**ahem** Cavett Show', claiming he was under surveillance from the FBI.

1974 - Led Zeppelin: attended an Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: ‘Wait a minute, if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, let's try to look like we know what we're doing.’ All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.

1981 - Bob Marley: Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died aged 36. In July 1977, Marley was found to have a type of malignant melanoma under the nail of a toe, Marley's health deteriorated as cancer had spread throughout his body. Marley had 1981 single 'No Woman No Cry', plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. In 1990, the 6th of February was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

1985 - Bruce Springsteen: and a small group of friends went out for a boy’s night out in Lake Oswego, Oregon, two nights before his wedding to Julianne Phillips. Drinking in the Gemini pub Springsteen sang a number of songs, karaoke-style, to his own records in the jukebox.

1985 - Paul Hardcastle: UK producer and keyboard player Paul Hardcastle were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with '19'. The title referred to the average age of American soldiers in the Vietnam War and features dialogue by television narrator Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message.

1991 - Roxette: scored their fourth US No.1 single with 'Joyride.' The song was inspired by an interview with Paul McCartney who said that writing songs with John Lennon had been 'like a Joyride.'

1996 - Bill Graham: the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2 died of a heart attack aged 44. He was also the co-founder of the Irish music paper Hot Press. Members from Clannad, U2, Hothouse Flowers, and Gavin Friday all attended his funeral.

2001 - The Black Crowes: Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog kicked off 'The Tour of Brotherly Love', a North American tour at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Nevada. (The three bands featuring pairs of brothers, (Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson, Royston and Antony Langdon, respectively).

2002 - Michael Jackson: Over 500 Michael Jackson fans held a demonstration outside the Sony records building in Berlin complaining that the label hadn't promoted the singer's latest album 'Invincible'.

2003 - Noel Redding: Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland,' Right up until his death, Redding had been taking legal action against the Hendrix estate for payment estimated at £3.26 million for his part in recordings and for ongoing royalties. Had also been a member of Fat Mattress and formed The Noel Redding Band.

2004 - John Whitehead: US songwriter John Whitehead was killed by a gunman. He co-wrote 'Back Stabbers' for the O'Jays and as McFadden & Whitehead wrote and sang 'Ain't No Stopping Us Now' which sold more than 8 million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

2006 - George Michael: was involved in his second minor car crash in a month after a tabloid photographer found Michael asleep in his parked car in central London. The singer crashed into a bollard after he woke up and was driving away.

2011 - Led Zeppelin: One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000 (£6096.00), the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage. The recent completion of the transaction placed the purchase as the world's rarest and most expensive vintage t-shirt.

2014 - Ed Gagliardi: American bass guitarist Ed Gagliardi best known as the original bass player with Foreigner died at age 62 after an eight-year battle with cancer. In 1981, Gagliardi formed the band Spys with former Foreigner keyboardist Al Greenwood.

2020 - Moon Martin: American singer-songwriter Moon Martin died age 74. Originally a rockabilly artist, he wrote the songs 'Bad Case of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)', made famous by English singer Robert Palmer, and 'Cadillac Walk', a hit for Willy DeVille.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1888 - Irving Berlin: American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin is widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. He was the composer of many pops, stage shows, and film hits. He emigrated from Siberia to New York as a child. He was the composer of ‘White Christmas’, 'There's No Business Like Show Business and ‘Let’s Face The Music and Dance’. He died on September 22nd, 1989 of a heart attack and natural causes, in New York City, at the age of 101.

1936 - Tony Barrow: who worked as The Beatles' press officer between 1962 and 1968. He coined the term 'The Fab Four' to describe the band and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums, as well as the strip cartoon for the Magical Mystery Tour booklet. Barrow died on 14th May 2016 aged 80.

1941 - Eric Burdon: English singer-songwriter and actor Eric Burdon, who with The Animals had the 1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun'. He later joined forces with the Californian funk rock band War.

1943 - Les Chadwick: who with Gerry And The Pacemakers had the 1963 UK No.1 single 'How Do You Do It and the 1965 US No.6 single, 'Ferry Cross The Mersey'. In common with The Beatles, they came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin.

1947 - Butch Trucks: American drummer Butch Trucks, The Allman Brothers Band who released the classic album Eat a Peach in 1972 and had the 1973 US No.12 single 'Ramblin Man'. Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on 24 January 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69.

1965 - Avtar Singh: bassist from British indie rock band Cornershop, who had the 1998 UK No.1 single 'Brimful Of Asha'.

1966 - Christoph"Doom" Schneider: drummer, for the German rock band Rammstein who formed in Berlin in 1994. Five of their albums reached No.1 on the German album charts.

1983 - Holly Valance: Australian actress, singer, and model Holly Valance scored the 2002 UK and Australian No.1 single 'Kiss Kiss'.

1986 - View: Kieren Webster, bass guitarist, vocalist, from The View who had the 2007 UK No.1 album Hats Off to the Buskers.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.  


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i only know of pearls before swine as one of my favorite comics in the paper i didn't know there was a band called pearls before swine.

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@Oshawott, neither did I until I did the post. Very interesting facts every day, that is why I love doing this post, every day is something new even though it has already happened in history. Take care and stay safe @Oshawott. By the way, great to see you back in the community. 


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Good Wednesday evening, here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Wednesday. 


1958 - The Everly Brothers: started a four-week run at No.1 in the US with 'All I Have To Do Is Dream. Written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, the track was recorded in just two takes.

1961 - The Beatles: in Hamburg, West Germany, signed a recording contract with producer Bert Kaempfert. That evening they played at The Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg.  

1965 - Keith Richards: The Rolling Stones recorded ’(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ at RCA Hollywood studios. Keith Richards had come up with the guitar riff in the middle of the night a week earlier. It gave the band their first number 1 single in the US.  

1965 - Wilson Pickett: recorded the soul classic 'In the Midnight Hour' with studio musicians Steve Cropper and Al Jackson of the Stax Records house band, including bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn. The song was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be assassinated in April 1968.  

1967 - Pink Floyd: appeared at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, giving a special concert Games For May - Space Age Relaxation For The Climate Of Spring. This was reportedly the first show to include loudspeakers placed at the back of the hall to give a 'sound in the round', ie quadraphonic, effect. The sound system, developed by EMI technicians, was stolen after the show and not recovered for some years.  

1967 - Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced by the Jimi Hendrix Experience was released in the UK. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest debuts in the history of rock music. The album features Jimi Hendrix's innovative approach to songwriting and electric guitar playing which soon established a new direction in psychedelic and hard rock music. The album spent 33 weeks on the UK charts and 106 weeks on the US Billboard Top LPs chart.  

1968 - The Rolling Stones: Brian Jones made his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appeared at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England. Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, on 3rd July 1969 aged 27.  

1971 - Mick Jagger: Rolling Stone Mick Jagger married Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall. The guest list included the other members of the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Stephen Stills. The couple separated in 1977.  

1972 - The Rolling Stones: released Exile on Main Street, the second album on their own label. The double set featured two hit singles, 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Happy'. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 7 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the highest of any Stones album on the list.  

1973 - Led Zeppelin: started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth album Houses Of The Holy. The group's third US No.1 album went on to spend 39 weeks on the US chart. Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.  

1975 - Jefferson Starship: gave a free concert in New York's Central Park in front of 60,000 fans. The band and concert sponsor, WNEW-FM, was forced to pay $14,000 for cleaning up and damage done to the park after the event.  

1977 - Sex Pistols: After being dropped by both EMI and A&M records in less than 6 months, Virgin records announced they had signed the Sex Pistols.  

1977 - Led Zeppelin: received the outstanding contribution to British music at the second Ivor Novello Awards held at the Grosvenor Hotel, London.  

1981 - Meat Loaf: filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $1 million. The singer stated; "I made almost nothing. That’s how it was back then. The record company said Bat Out Of Hell never made a profit."  

1984 - Lionel Richie: started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Hello' his second US solo No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.  

1986 - Joe Strummer: of The Clash was banned from driving after being convicted of drink driving.  

1990 - Adamski: started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Killer'. The single featured Seal who remade the song under his own name, reaching the Top 10, the following year.  

1996 - Smashing Pumpkins: 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien died the day after being injured 'body surfing' at a Smashing Pumpkins gig at The Point, Dublin.  

2000 - The Beatles: Thieves stole the gates to Strawberry Fields the Merseyside landmark immortalized by The Beatles song. The 10' high iron gates were later found at local scrap metal dealers in Liverpool.  

2001 - Perry Como: American singer and TV presenter Perry Como died aged 88. He scored fourteen US No.1 singles, from 150 US chart hits and over 25 UK chart hits, including the single 'Magic Moments' and 'Catch A Falling Star.' Como was once the highest-paid performer in the history of television.  

2001 - Travis: played a gig at singer's Fran Healy's local primary school at Weston Park, Crouch End, London. The crowd of 150 paid a £1 entry fee to the summer fete.  

2004 - The Bee Gees: Barry and Robin Gibb from The Bee Gees were both presented with honorary degrees from Manchester University. They also picked up a posthumous award for their brother Barry. The brothers had once lived in Manchester, England.  

2008 - Neil Young: Singer-songwriter Neil Young had a spider named after him. US university biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and decided to name it after his favorite musician. Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi was found in Jefferson County, Alabama, in 2007.  

2013 - Justin Bieber: Thieves stole more than one million rands (£70,000) in takings after a Justin Bieber concert at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium. The gang, armed with ropes, hammers, and chisels, broke into a strongroom where the takings from the Justin Bieber concert and a gig the previous evening by Bon Jovi.  

2017 - Kendrick Lamar: was at No.1 on the US album chart with his fourth studio album **ahem**. It became the Billboard Year-End No.1 album of 2017 and was nominated for Album of the Year and won Best Rap Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. The album also won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music, making it the first non-jazz or classical work to earn the accolade.

Born On This Day In The History Of Music:

1928 - Henry Cosby: American songwriter, arranger, producer, and musician Henry Cosby who worked for Motown Records from its formative years. Along with Sylvia Moy, Cosby was a key collaborator with Stevie Wonder from 1963–1970. Cosby co-wrote three No.1 US hits: Stevie Wonder's 'Fingertips'1963), The Supremes 'Love Child' (1968), and The Miracles' 'The Tears of a Clown'. He died on January 22, 2002.

1928 - Burt Bacharach: American composer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, and singer Burt Bacharach. With Hal David he wrote many classic songs including, 'Close To You', '24 Hours From Tulsa', 'Make It Easy On Yourself, 'Magic Moments', 'I Say A Little Prayer'. He won two Oscars for the film score to Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and for the song 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head'. Bacharach's songs have been recorded by more than 1,000 different artists and as of 2014, he had written 73 US and 52 UK Top 40 hits.

1940 - Norman Whitfield: American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Berry Gordy's Motown. Collaborated with Barrett Strong on such hits as, 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine, ‘Ain't Too Proud to Beg’, ‘(I Know) I'm Losing You’, ‘Cloud Nine, ‘War’, ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ and ‘Car Wash’. He died on September 16, 2008.

1942 - Ian Dury: English rock and roll singer-songwriter and actor Ian Dury. His 1977 UK No.5 album New Boots And Panties!! spent 90 weeks on the UK chart and he scored the 1979 UK No.1 single 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'. He was also a member of Kilburn and the High Roads. Dury died on 27th March 2000 aged 57.

1943 - David Walkes: from American 1960s era pop and rock group Gary Lewis and the Playboys who scored the 1965 US No.1 single 'This Diamond Ring' and 11 other US Top 40 hits.

1944 - Billy Swan: American Country singer-songwriter Billy Swan, who had the 1974 US No.1 & 1975 UK No.6 single 'I Can Help'.

1944 - James Purify: singer from R&B duo James & Bobby Purify who had the 1976 US No.6 & UK No.12 single 'I'm Your Puppet'.

1945 - Jayotis Washington: singer, The Persuasions, a- Cappella group, worked with Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, Don McLean.

1946 - Ian McLagan: English keyboard instrumentalist Ian McLagan, Small Faces who had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.17 single 'Itchycoo Park', and the 1968 UK No.1 album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake'. With The Faces, had the 1971 UK No.6 & US No.17 single 'Stay With Me. Also worked with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Billy Bragg, and Bruce Springsteen. He died on 3rd Dec 2014 died aged 69, due to complications from a stroke.

1948 - Ivan Král: Czech-born American musician, filmmaker, record producer, and singer-songwriter Ivan Král. He played bass with Blondie, Patti Smith, and Iggy Pop. His songs have been recorded by such artists as U2, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Simple Minds, and John Waite, among others. He died on 2 February 2020 age 71.

1948 - Steve Winwood: English musician Steve Winwood, who with the Spencer Davis Group had the 1966 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Running', with Traffic the 1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe', Blind Faith, (with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, and Ric Grech), 1969 UK & US No.1 album. Winwood played Hammond organ on the Jimi Hendrix Electric Ladyland album track 'Voodoo Chile'. He also had a successful solo career with hits including 'While You See a Chance', 'Valerie', 'Back in the High Life Again' and during the late 80s two US No.1 hits 'Higher Love' and 'Roll with It'.

1950 - Billy Squier: American rock musician Billy Squier, who had the 1982 hit 'The Stroke', 1984 US No.15 single 'Rock Me Tonight'.

1954 - Barry Borden: from American Southern rock/hard rock band Molly Hatchet who had the 1980 album 'Beatin' The Odds ' and their hit song 'Flirtin' with Disaster'.

1956 - Greg Phillinganes: American keyboardist, singer-songwriter, and musical director Greg Phillinganes. He has toured with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Karen Carpenter, Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, and Toto, and served as musical director for Michael Jackson contributing to every one of Jackson's solo albums.

1958 - Eric Singer: drummer, Kiss. He debuted with the band on the 1992 album Revenge.

1959 - Billy Duffy: English guitarist and songwriter, Billy Duffy who with Theatre Of Hate, had the 1982 UK hit single 'Do You Believe In The Westworld'. And as a member of The Cult had the 1987 UK No.11 single 'Lil' Devil'.

1959 - Ray Gillen: American rock singer-songwriter Ray Gillen. He was best known for his work with Badlands, in addition to his stint with Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s and recording most of the vocals on Phenomena's Dream Runner album. Gillen died on 1 December 1993 age 34 from an AIDS-related disease in a New York Hospital.

1972 - Mark Morrison: West German-born British hip hop and R&B singer Mark Morrison, who had the 1996 UK No.1 single 'Return Of The Mack' and was a hit in several European countries.

1976 - Matt Mangano: 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 sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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Pardon me for such a late post, but work is work, you have your real early days or your real late ones. So here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Thursday.

1967 - The Monkees: second album More Of The Monkees, went to No.1 on the UK charts. In 1967 only four albums reached No.1; The Sound Of Music which spent 17 weeks at No.1, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper, 25 weeks at No.1, and The Monkees first and second albums spent 9 weeks at No.1.

1967 - Diana Ross: The Supremes scored their 10th US No.1 single with 'The Happening'; it made No.6 in the UK. It was the last single to be released as the Supremes, from now on they were known as Diana Ross and the Supremes.

1969 - Led Zeppelin: became one of the first major British rock groups to appear in Hawaii, when they appeared at The Civic Auditorium, Honolulu. A review in the Honolulu Advertiser stated: 'The showmanship exceeded any rock performance here to date. I wondered before the concert if Led Zeppelin could sound as good as their Atlantic album – they sounded better.

1970 - The Beatles: The world premiere of The Beatles film 'Let It Be' took place in New York City. The film which was originally planned as a television documentary features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.

1971 - Stevie Wonder: On his twenty-first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood earnings. Despite having earned $30 million so far, he received only $1 million.

1978 - Boney M: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rivers of Babylon'. The single which stayed at the top of the charts for five weeks was originally by the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians, whose version of the song appeared in the soundtrack to the 1972 movie The Harder They Come.

1985 - Bruce Springsteen: married Julianne Phillips at Lake Oswego, Oregon. Julianne filed for divorce on Aug 30th, 1988.

1988 - Eddi Reader: Scottish band Fairground Attraction was at No.1 on the UK singles with 'Perfect'. The group featured Eddi Reader who had previously worked as a backing singer with the Eurythmics and Sandie Shaw. 'Perfect' won the award for Best Single at the 1989 BRIT Awards.

1989 - Kylie Minogue: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second solo No.1 'Hand On Your Heart.' The song was written and produced by Stock, Aitken & Waterman.

1989 - Simple Minds: went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Street Fighting Years', their fourth No.1 album. The album featured 'Mandela Day, 'Belfast Child' and 'Biko'.

1996 - Oasis: became the fastest-selling group in UK history after all 330,000 tickets for their summer shows sold out in just nine hours, the tickets for shows at Knebworth and Loch Lomand were priced at £22.50.

2000 - Shaun Ryder: Volkswagen Corrado was found abandoned after being used as the getaway car. The former Happy Mondays singer's car was used in an armed robbery on Harry Ramsden's fish and chip restaurant in Manchester. £7,000 cash was taken in the robbery.

2002 - Dionne Warwick: was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana after authorities found 11 joints in a lipstick case in the singer's hand luggage. The charges were dropped after she completed a drug program and made a contribution to charity.

2003 - Michael Jackson: launched a court case suing Motown Records. Jacko filed the lawsuit in LA, saying he hadn't been paid royalties due for the music he did with the Jackson Five in the 60s and 70s. The singer also claimed his music has been used in TV ads without his permission.

2007 - Brian May: was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him - then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it, the man - said May was an "impostor" and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter "Brian May."

2008 - Frank Sinatra: The US Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in honor of Frank Sinatra. The design showed a 1950s-vintage image of Sinatra, wearing a hat.

2011 - Bob Dylan: 'Like A Rolling Stone' was voted as Bob Dylan's best-ever song by Rolling Stone Magazine, who had asked the opinions of a panel of writers, academics, and musicians to compile a poll to mark Dylan's 70th birthday on 24th May. 'Like A Rolling Stone', was described by U2's Bono as 'a black eye of a pop song', while Mick Jagger praised the simplicity of 'Desolation Row'. Keith Richards argued that the original 1963 solo version of 'Girl From The North Country', ranked 30th, was superior to Dylan's 1969 duet of the same song with Johnny Cash.

2012 - Booker T and the MG's: Donald Dunn, bassist with Booker T and the MG's died in his sleep after playing a show at the Blue Note nightclub in Tokyo the night before. He had been in the country as part of an ongoing tour with Steve Cropper and Eddie Floyd. Booker T and the MG's scored the 1962 US No.3 single 'Green Onions', and the 1969 UK No.4 single 'Time Is Tight'.

2016 - Rick Stevens: Tower of Power played a California prison with former lead singer Rick Stevens, who had served 36 years for a 1976 drug-related triple homicide. Stevens was in his 30s, four years out of Tower of Power, and addicted to drugs when he shot to death three men in a 1976 dealing dispute. A jury voted for his execution, but the California Supreme Court ruled not long afterward that the death penalty was unconstitutional. After the show, Stevens talked to the audience about how he rebuilt his life.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1941 - Joe Brown: English entertainer and rock and roll singer and guitarist Joe Brown, who had the 1962 UK No.2 single 'A Picture Of You'. He has made six films and presented specialist radio series for BBC Radio 2.

1941 - Ritchie Valens: American singer, songwriter, Ritchie Valens, who had the 1958 US No.2 hit single 'Donna' and a hit with 'La Bamba'. On February 3, 1959, on what has become known as "the Day the Music Died", Valens died in a plane crash in Iowa, an accident that also claimed the lives of fellow musicians Buddy Holly and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.

1943 - Mary Wells: American singer Mary Wells, who had the 1964 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'My Guy', (written by Smokey Robinson). Other hits include, 'The One Who Really Loves You', 'Two Lovers' and the Grammy-nominated 'You Beat Me to the Punch'. Wells died of cancer on 26th July 1992 at the age of 59.

1945 - Magic **ahem**: harmonica, with American rock band The J Geils Band, who had the 1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Centerfold' which was taken from their US No.1 1981 album Freeze Frame.

1947 - Overend Watts: Pete Overend Watts, bassist with Mott The Hoople, who had the 1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes' which was written for them by David Bowie. Other hits include, 'All the Way from Memphis' and 'Roll Away the Stone'. Watts continued with Dale Griffin, Morgan Fisher, and Ray Major in the Mott successor British Lions. He later became a record producer, producing albums for artists including Hanoi Rocks and Dumb Blondes. Watts died on 22 January 2017 from throat cancer, aged was 69.

1950 - Danny Kirwan: British musician Danny Kirwan, guitarist, singer, and songwriter with the blues-rock band Fleetwood Mac between 1968 and 1972 who had the 1969 UK No.1 single 'Albatross'.

1950 - Johnny Logan: Australian-born Irish singer and composer Johnny Logan. He first won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980, with the song 'What's Another Year'.

1950 - Stevie Wonder: American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist Stevie Wonder. A child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Wonder who has been blind from shortly after birth, signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. Wonder has scored over 40 US & UK Top 40 singles. Albums include Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life.

1951 - Paul Thompson: a drummer who with Roxy Music scored the hit singles 'Street Life', 'Love is the Drug', 'Dance Away', 'Angel Eyes', 'Jealous Guy and 'Avalon'.

1963 - Julian Brookhouse: from British pop band, Curiosity Killed The Cat who had the 1989 UK No.14 single 'Name And Number' and the UK No.1 album Keep Your Distance.

1964 - Lorraine McIntosh: Scottish singer Lorraine McIntosh from Deacon Blue who had the 1988 UK No.8 single 'Real Gone Kid' plus over 15 other UK Top singles. The name Deacon Blue comes from the title of the Steely Dan song 'Deacon Blues'. McIntosh is married to Deacon Blue lead singer Ricky Ross.

1966 - Darius Rucker: American singer and songwriter Darius Rucker, from American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish who had the 1995 US No.1 album Cracked Rear View. As a country music singer, his first single, 'Don't Think I Don't Think About It', made him the first black artist to reach No.1 on the Hot Country Songs charts since Charley Pride in 1983.

1966 - Alison Goldfrapp: English singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp who had the 2008 UK No.2 album Seventh Tree.

1967 - Chuck Schuldiner: American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chuck Schuldiner. He founded the pioneering band Death in 1983 and is often referred to as "The Godfather of death metal". Death's best-selling album is the 1991 release Human. Schuldiner died of brain cancer on 13 December 2001...

1969 - Buckethead: Brian Patrick Carroll is known professionally as Buckethead, an American musician who has worked within many genres of music and was a member of Guns N' Roses from 2000 to 2004.

1979 - Michael Madden: bass, Maroon 5, who had the 2004 UK No.1 album ‘Songs About Jane’, the 2004 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘She Will Be Loved’ and the 2014 US No.1 album V.

Until sometime late again tomorrow, take care and stay safe.  


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Good Friday Morning, I guess this will not be a late post after all. Here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music. 

1957 - Elvis Presley: was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which then lodged its-self in one of his lungs.

1960 - The Beatles: The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".

1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney: appeared on NBC-TV's Tonight Show with guest-host Joe Garagiola sitting in for Johnny Carson. The conversation included some light-hearted banter about meditation, the forming of the Apple Corps. and songwriting.

1969 - Martin Lamble: During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in Birmingham killing the group's 19-year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson's girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn.

1976 - Keith Relf: 33-year-old Keith Relf, the former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar that was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight-year-old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. The Yardbirds had the hits 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', and 'Shapes of Things.

1977 - Brian Eno: During a UK tour, Talking Heads played a gig at The Rock Garden in London where Brian Eno who was in the audience saw the band, who then went on to produce them.

1977 - Leo Sayer: went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song 'When I Need You', the singer's second US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.

1983 - Spandau Ballet: scored their first and only UK No.1 album with True. The title track from the album spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK singles charts and reached No.2 in the US. Other singles from the album included 'Gold' (a No.2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), 'Lifeline', and 'Communication'.

1988 - Led Zeppelin: reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th-anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York, appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett, and Ben E. King.

1993 - Kiss: During an auction at Christie's in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, 'That's All Right Mama and 'Blue Moon of Kentucky', sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group Kiss sold for £20,000, ($35,385).

1994 - Stiltskin: Scottish band Stiltskin was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Inside'. The song had been used on a Levi's TV Jeans commercial. The band's only No.1 and only Top 30 hit.

1998 - George Michael: was fined £500 after being convicted of a "lewd act" in a Los Angeles lavatory. The Los Angeles court also ordered him to undergo psychological counseling and carry out 80 hours of community service.

1998 - Frank Sinatra: American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1953 film 'From Here to Eternity. He went on to score over 25 Top 40 singles including the 1966 No.1 'Strangers In The Night'. His 1969 single 'My Way, re-entered the UK charts eight times and spent a total of 165 weeks on the UK chart.

2000 - Tom Jones: was at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Reload' making the singer the oldest artist score a UK No.1 album with new material.

2002 - Queen: The musical We Will Rock You opened in London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks, and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.

2003 - Britney Spears: Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company settled a dispute over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories. Spears had filed a $1.5 million breach of agreement lawsuit against Skechers in December, claiming the company failed to pay her adequately. Skechers had responded with a $10 million lawsuit, accusing Spears of fraud and breach of the three-year licensing agreement she signed in January 2002.

2004 - Phil Spector: was arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur at his California mansion. The 64-year-old record producer was taken into custody and later released after a court date was set.

2005 - 50 Cent: A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, ordered rapper 50 Cent to stay clean of drugs and take an anger management course to avoid spending time in jail. The rapper appeared in court charged with assaulting three women at a concert in 2004 after leaping into the crowd. 2008 - Metallica: kicked off a 26-date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.

2013 - Kiss: It was reported that Kiss planned to open over 100 restaurants in North America. The band who had just opened the third branch of Rock & Brews in the greater Los Angeles area said that they wished to open 100 more in the next five years. The band planned to open new branches at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Maui in Hawaii, and Kansas City in Missouri over the coming year.

2015 - B.B. King: Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist B.B. King died in his sleep aged 89 from a series of small strokes caused by type 2 diabetes. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

2016 - Tony Barrow: former press officer, Tony Barrow, who coined the term 'The Fab Four' to describe the band, died aged 80. Barrow represented the band between 1962 and 1968 and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums, as well as the strip cartoon for the Magical Mystery Tour booklet.

2019 - Mike Wilhelm: American guitarist, singer and songwriter Mike Wilhelm died aged 77. He was best known as a founding member of the influential Bay Area band The Charlatans, who have been widely credited as starting the Haight-Ashbury psychedelic scene during the 1960s. He later played with the bands Loose Gravel and the Flamin' Groovies.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1928 - Dub Jones: American R&B singer Dub Jones, best known as the bass vocalist for The Coasters, ('Yakety Yak and 'Charlie Brown'), and was also a member of The Cadets. He sang lead vocals on The Trammps' cover version of 'Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart'. Jones died on 16th Jan 2000.

1928 - Will Jones: American singer Will Jones. He is best known as the bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. The Cadets' biggest hit was ‘Stranded In The Jungle’ and his bass vocals can be heard on The Coasters' hits ‘Yakety Yak’ and ‘Charlie Brown.’ He also sang lead on The Trammps' cover version of ‘Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart’. Jones died on 16 January aged 71 from the effects of diabetes.

1932 - Bob Johnston: American record producer Bob Johnston produced a string of notable and highly influential albums including; Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait, New Morning, as well as Simon And Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence, Leonard Cohen: Songs from a Room and many others. Johnson died on 14 August 2015 aged 83.

1936 - Bobby Darin: American singer, songwriter Bobby Darin. He recorded his first million-selling single, 'Splish Splash', in 1958 followed by the hits 'Dream Lover', 'Mack the Knife', and 'Beyond the Sea'. He became politically active and worked on Robert F. Kennedy's Democratic presidential campaign. He was present on the night of June 4/5, 1968, at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles at the time of Kennedy's assassination. In 1973, after failing to take antibiotics to protect his heart before a dental visit, Darin developed an overwhelming systemic infection (sepsis) and died on 20th December 1973 aged 37.

1943 - Jack Bruce: Scottish musician, singer, and songwriter Jack Bruce who was a member of the Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, and Cream, who had the 1967 UK No.11 single 'I Feel Free', and the 1968 US No.5 single 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. Their 1968 Wheels of Fire becoming the first platinum-selling double album. Also a member of West, Bruce, and Laing. Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71.

1943 - Winston Riley: Jamaican singer, songwriter, and record producer Winston Riley. He formed the band The Techniques in 1962 and Riley's own song, ‘Double Barrel’, performed by Dave and Ansell Collins under his own production, was one of the first international reggae hits, reaching No.1 in the Dutch and UK Singles Chart. He died aged 68 on 19 January 2012 after he was shot in the head at his home in Kingston.

1946 - Gene Cornish: with the American rock band, The Rascals (initially known as The Young Rascals) who had the US No.1 hits 'Good Lovin'' (1966), 'Groovin'' (1967), and 'People Got to Be Free' (1968).

1946 - Derek LecKenby: guitarist with English beat rock band, Herman's Hermits who scored the 1964 UK No.1 single 'I'm Into Something Good' (cover of Earl-Jean's) and the 1965 US No.1 single 'Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter'. He died on 4th June 1994 aged 51.

1947 - Al Ciner: from American rock band American Breed who scored the 1967 US No.5 single 'Bend Me, Shape Me', (a hit on the British charts for the British group Amen Corner). Also, a member of Three Dog Night who had the 1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single with the Randy Newman song 'Mama Told Me Not To Come'.

1950 - Arthur Grant: drummer from English psychedelic rock group Edgar Broughton Band who had the 1970 UK hit single 'Out Demons Out.

1952 - David Byrne: Scottish-American musician David Byrne, who was the founding member of the American new wave band Talking Heads. They scored the 1983 US No.9 single 'Burning Down The House', and the 1985 UK No.6 single 'Road To Nowhere. Byrne scored the 2002 solo UK No.2 single with 'Lazy' with X-Press. He has received Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

1956 - Steve Hogarth: singer from British rock band Marillion who he joined in 1989. The band achieved eight Top Ten UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a No.1 album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood.

1960 - Shelley Preston: a singer with British pop group Bucks Fizz who had the UK hits 'Making Your Mind Up' (1981), 'The Land of Make Believe (1981), and 'My Camera Never Lies (1982) and became one of the top-selling groups of the 1980s.

1962 - C.C. Deville: lead guitarist from American rock band Poison who scored the 1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.13 single 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn' and have sold over 45 million records worldwide.

1962 - Ian Astbury: English singer with Southern Death Cult, who became The Cult. In 2002 he became the lead singer of The Doors of the 21st Century, featuring original Doors members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.

1963 - Fabrice Morvan: singer from German R&B duo Milli Vanilli, who had the 1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Girl I'm Gonna Miss You'. Their success quickly turned to infamy when they confessed that they did not sing any of the vocals heard on their hits. Consequently, the duo was stripped of their Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

1966 - Mike Inez: American rock musician Mike Inez, best known for his role as the bassist of Alice in Chains since 1993. He has also worked with Ozzy Osbourne from 1989-1993 and Inez has also associated with Slash's Snakepit, Black Label Society, and Heart.

1969 - Greg Kurstin: American producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin who has worked with Adele, Beck, Ben Harper, Kelly Clarkson, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2009 he won three Ivor Novello awards for his work with Lily Allen, and he also co-wrote Adele's 2015 worldwide hit single 'Hello'.

1971 - Danny Wood: from American boy band New Kids On The Block, who had the 1989 UK No.1 single 'You Got It, The Right Stuff', and the 1990 US No.1 single 'Step By Step'. They enjoyed success in the late 1980s and early 1990s and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

1973 - Natalie Appleton: singer, from British girl group All Saints, who had the 1998 UK No.1 and US No.4 single 'Never Ever. The group's debut album, All Saints (1997), went on to become the third best-selling girl group album of all time in the UK.

1973 - Shanice: American singer, songwriter Shanice, who scored the 1992 US & UK No.2 single 'I Love Your Smile.

1976 - Martine McCutcheon: singer, actress, (1999, UK No.1 single 'Perfect Moment'). 1979 - Dan Auerbach: American guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys who had the 2014 US No.1 album Turn Blue.

1984 - Olly Murs: English singer-songwriter, musician, Olly Murs was the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. Scored the 2010 UK No.1 hit single 'Please Don't Let Me Go',

1996 - Martin Garrix: Dutch DJ and record producer Martin Garrix. He was ranked number one on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list for three consecutive years (2016, 2017, and 2018). He scored the 2013 UK No.1 single ‘Animals’.

Have a great Friday, and may your weekend become the desire of your heart (good things I hope). Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 



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Good Saturday afternoon. I do hope you have been enjoying your weekend thus far. Here is what happened on This Day In History Of Music for this Saturday. Enjoy the rest of your day and weekend. 


1959 - Elvis Presley: scored his fourth No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.' His first ballad to hit No.1.

1961 - Floyd Cramer: was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'On The Rebound.' The US singer's only UK No.1. The Nashville pianist played on many Elvis Presley hits.  

1963 - The Beatles: During a UK tour, The Beatles performed at the Royalty Theatre in Chester. The setlist was: ‘Some Other Guy, ‘Thank You Girl, ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret, ‘Please Please Me, ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There, and ‘From Me To You’.  

1965 - Bob Dylan: single 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' peaked at No.39 in the US charts, giving Dylan his first US top 40 hits. John Lennon was reported to find the song so captivating that he didn't know how he'd be able to write a song that could compete with it.  

1967 - Paul McCartney: met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time, during a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O'Nails nightclub in London, England. They married on March 12, 1969.  

1968 - George Harrison: and Ringo Starr attended the premiere of Wonderwall at the Cannes Film Festival. The 1968 film by first-time director Joe Massot starred Jack MacGowran and Jane Birkin and featured cameos by Anita Pallenberg. The soundtrack was composed by then-Beatle George Harrison. The film provides the name for the Oasis track 'Wonderwall', which was inspired by George Harrison's score.  

1969 - John Lennon: Life With The Lions was released on Apple's avant-garde imprint Zapple. One side of the album was recorded on a cassette player at London's Queen Charlotte Hospital during Yoko Ono's pregnancy which ended in a miscarriage.  

1971 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young: scored their second US No.1 album with 4 Way Street. The live album featured recordings from shows at The Fillmore East, New York, and The Forum, Los Angeles.  

1974 - Frank Zappa: and his wife announced the birth of their third child, a boy named Ahmet Rodan, after the Japanese movie monster that lived off a steady diet of 707 planes.  

1976 - The Rolling Stones: went to No.1 on the US album chart with Black And Blue, the group's sixth US No.1 album. The band's first studio album released with Ronnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor featured the hit 'Fool To Cry.  

1981 - Public Image Ltd: Former Sex Pistol John Lydon's band Public Image Ltd performed a show at New York's Ritz Club posing behind a video screen while the music was played from tapes. They were showered with missiles and eventually booed off the stage.  

1982 - Asia: went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album. It spent a total of nine weeks at No.1 and became the best-selling album in the US for the year 1982. The supergroup included former members of several veteran progressive rock bands, namely bassist/vocalist John Wetton (formerly in Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, the U.K., and Wishbone Ash), guitarist Steve Howe (formerly in Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (of Yes and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (formerly in The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer).  

1982 - Paul McCartney: Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney started a seven-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ebony And Ivory. The song gave McCartney his 24th US No.1 as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!". It was later named as the tenth worst song of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners.  

1991 - Richey Edwards: Manic Street Preacher guitarist Richey Edwards carved '4 real' into his arm with a razor blade while being interviewed by music paper The NME.  

1992 - Barbara Lee: of the Chiffons died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday. Had the 1963 US No.1 single 'He's So Fine.'  

1993 - Janet Jackson: started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'That's The Way Love Goes', her sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.  

1994 - Blur: scored their first UK No.1 album with Parklife which went on to spend over two years on the chart. The album featured four UK hit singles: 'Girls & Boys', 'End of a Century, 'Parklife' and 'To the End'. In the year following its release, the album came to define the emerging Britpop scene. The album cover for Parklife was among the ten chosen by the Royal Mail for a set of "Classic Album Cover" postage stamps issued in January 2010.  

1995 - Supergrass: released their debut studio album 'I Should Coco'. The album which peaked at No.1 on the UK chart featured their No.2 hit single 'Alright'. The album title is Cockney rhyming slang for "I should think so".  

1997 - Courtney Love: sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. A local family purchased the house in the salubrious Denny Blaine area for $3m.  

1997 - Oasis: became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group was working with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files, and photographs of the band.  

1999 - Rob Gretton: manager of Joy Division and New Order died aged 46. He was also a partner in Factory Records, proprietor of the Rob's Records label, and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Hacienda nightclub in Manchester, England.  

2000 - Geoff Goddard: Songwriter Geoff Goddard died aged 62. Wrote 'Johnny Remember Me', and played keyboards on The Tornadoes 1962 No.1 hit 'Telstar'. Wrote songs for Heinz, Mike Berry, The Outlaws, Freddie Starr, and Screaming Lord Sutch.  

2001 - Brian Pendleton: of The Pretty Things died of cancer aged 57, (1964 UK No.10 single 'Don't Bring Me Down). The band's 1974 album Silk Torpedo was the first album release on Led Zeppelin's own label Swan Song.  

2003 - June Carter Cash: Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. She was a member of the Carter Family, and had hits with Johnny Cash, including the Grammy Award-winning songs, 'Jackson', 'Ring Of Fire', (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and 'If I Were A Carpenter.'  

2008 - Neil Diamond: reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with Home Before Dark the 67-year-old's 29th studio album. His previous highest chart position was in 1973 when the soundtrack to the film Jonathan Livingston Seagull peaked at No.2. At the age of 67, Diamond became the oldest artist to have a US number one, the record was previously held by Bob Dylan in 2006 with Modern Times released when he was 65.  

2015 - Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly: R&B and jazz singer Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly died from heart failure in the US Virgin Islands, where she was visiting for a performance, she was 70 years old. Ortheia spent much of her career touring with and opening for some of Motown's biggest acts, including Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Gladys Knight.  

2019 - Charles 'Chuck' Barksdale: a founding member of the doo-wop group The Dells died age 84. They scored the hits ‘Oh, What a Night, ‘Stay in My Corner,’ ‘Always Together,’ and ‘Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation.’  

2019 - Tom Petty: Adria Petty and Annakim Violette daughters of the late Tom Petty filed suit against his widow, Dana York Petty, in a dispute about the singer-songwriter’s catalog and estate. The papers accused York Petty of superseding the daughters’ right to ‘equal participation,’ as they claimed was in the terms of the trust when making decisions regarding his catalog. The suit was seeking at least $5 million in damages.  

2020 - Phil May: the frontman of The Pretty Things, died aged 75 after suffering complications from emergency hip surgery. The Pretty Things were cited as an influence by a wide range of artists from David Bowie to Jimi Hendrix to Kasabian.  

Born On This Day In The Music World:  

1918 - Eddy Arnold: American country music singer Eddy Arnold, who scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones and sold more than 85 million records worldwide. Arnold died from natural causes on May 8, 2008.  

1932 - Baba Oje: from American alternative hip hop group who scored the 1992 UK No.2 and the US No. 8 single 'People Everyday. The group won two Grammy Awards in 1993 for Best New Artist and Best Rap Performance and were also named Band of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.  

1937 - Trini Lopez: American singer, guitarist Trini Lopez, who scored the 1963 US No.3 & UK No.4 single 'If I Had A Hammer. Other hits included 'Lemon Tree', 'I'm Comin' Home, Cindy' and 'Sally Was a Good Old Girl.  

1943 - Freddie Perren: American songwriter, record producer, arranger, and orchestra conductor Freddie Perren. He co-wrote and co-produced songs including 'Boogie Fever' the Sylvers, 'I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor, and 'Shake Your Groove Thing by Peaches & Herb. He died on December 16, 2004.  

1944 - Ian Amey: (Tich), from British pop/rock group, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, who scored the 1968 UK No.1 single 'Legend Of Xanadu'.  

1947 - Graham Goble: from Australian group, Little River Band who scored the 1978 US No.3 single 'Reminiscing' plus 12 other US Top 40 singles selling more than 30 million records.  

1948 - Brian Eno: English musician, composer, record producer Brian Eno, best known for his pioneering work in ambient music. With Roxy Music, he had the 1972 UK No.4 single 'Virginia Plain'. He has produced U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, John Cale, Coldplay, and Damon Albarn.  

1948 - Gary Thain: bassist with Keef Hartley Band and then Uriah Heep. Had a hit with ‘Easy Livin' from the 1972 album Demons and Wizards. He died of a drug overdose on December 8, 1975.  

1951 - Dennis Frederiksen: American rock singer Dennis Frederiksen best known as the former lead singer of Trillion, Angel, LeRoux, and Toto, who had the 1980s Top 5 hits 'Hold the Line', 'Rosanna', and 'Africa'. He died from liver cancer on January 18, 2014, aged 62 at his home in Mound, Minnesota.  

1953 - Mike Oldfield: UK composer, multi-instrumentalist, 'Tubular Bells' was the first album released on the Virgin record label in 1973 and went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide. 1976 UK No. 3 single 'Portsmouth' plus 20 other UK Top 40 albums.  

1959 - Andrew Eldritch: singer from English gothic rock band, The Sisters Of Mercy who scored the 1992 UK No.3 single 'Temple Of Love'.  

1965 - Jon Sevink: violin, with English folk-rock band The Levellers who had the 1995 UK No.12 single 'Just The One.  

1966 - Pete Wiggs: from English band Saint Etienne who had the 1993 UK No.12 single 'You're In A Bad Way'.  

1983 - Devin Bronson: guitarist with Avril Lavigne, Kelly Osbourne and Black List Club.

Until sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe. 


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This Day In History Of Music for this Sunday. I do hope you had a great weekend.


1962 - B Bumble and the Stingers: were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Nut Rocker.' The instrumental was based on Tchaikovsky's 'Nutcracker Suite.'

1963 - The Beatles: appeared live on the national BBC TV children's program ‘Pops and Lenny’, at Television Theatre, Shepherd's Bush Green, London, in front of an live audience. The Beatles performed ‘From Me to You’ and a shortened version of ‘Please Please Me.'

1964 - Mary Wells: started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Guy'. Written and produced by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, it made No.5 in the UK.

1965 - The Rolling Stones: Driving away from a gig at the Civic Hall, Long Beach, California, the limo taking The Rolling Stones back to their hotel was besieged by fans who caved in the roof by standing on it. The band attempted to hold the roof up while their chauffeur drove off with bodies falling onto the road.

1966 - Bob Dylan: iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in the UK. Rock's first double album, and Dylan's seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.

1966 - Beach Boys: released the classic album Pet Sounds widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released and has been ranked at No.1 in several music magazines lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked No.2 in Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, (The Beatles Sgt. Pepper's came first).

1969 - Pete Townshend: spent the night in a US jail for assaulting a man during a Who gig at The Fillmore East. What Townshend didn't know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plainclothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. The Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offence.

1970 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young: went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Deja Vu'. The album featured three Top 40 singles: 'Teach Your Children,' 'Our House,' and 'Woodstock'. In 2003, the album was ranked number 148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

1974 - Brian May: Guitarist Brian May collapsed in New York while Queen were on a US tour and was flown back to England suffering from hepatitis.

1976 - Patti Smith: made her UK debut at The Roundhouse, London. The American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.

1977 - Led Zeppelin: The London Evening Standard reported that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since Plant was at his home in Wales at the time of the incident, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the British paper ran an apology the following night.

1981 - Kim Carnes: Former New Christy Minstrels member (with Kenny Rogers), Kim Carnes started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Bette Davis Eyes', the singers only US No.1 and a No.10 hit in the UK.

1984 - Ozzy Osbourne: was arrested in Memphis, Tennessee for 'staggering drunk' down Beale Street. Osbourne was released from the Memphis jail five hours later, after drying out, and was not required to return for a court appearance. He continued on with a tour in support of 1983’s Bark at the Moon.

1987 - U2: started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart 'With Or Without You', the group's first US No.1. The third track from their 1987 albumThe Joshua Tree the song was the group's most successful single at the time.

1992 - Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: scored their first and only UK No.1 album with '1992 The Love album.' The English indie rock band formed in 1988 with singer Jim "Jim Bob" Morrison and guitarist Les "Fruitbat" Carter.

1993 - Marv Johnson: US soul singer Marv Johnson died of a stroke. He had the US Top 10 single 'I Love The Way You Love' and the 1969 UK No.10 single 'I'll Pick A Rose For My Rose'. Johnson's recording of Berry Gordy's song 'Come To Me' became Motown Records first ever-single release in May 1959.

1998 - The Rolling Stones: guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home. The fall broke his ribs, causing the Stones to postpone many dates on their Bridges To Babylon tour.

2004 - Frankee: started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'F.U.R.B. (F U Right Back)'. The song was a "reply" to the No.1 by Eamon that it replaced, (F**k It, I Don't Want You Back). This is the first time that a record and its reply have both made No 1.

2009 - Bob Dylan: went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Together Through Life’, his 33rd studio album. The album received two Grammy Award nominations in Best Americana Album category and Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance category for 'Beyond Here Lies Nothin'. The album also is significant as the only album by Dylan to top the US and UK charts consecutively.

2010 - Ronnie James Dio: singer with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio died after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Dio’s career began in 1957 with The Vegas Kings, which later changed to Ronnie and the Rumblers, then Ronnie and the Redcaps, then in 1961, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. In 1967, Dio and Prophets guitarist Nick Pantas formed the Electric Elves, which shortened its name to Elf. The band’s success eventually landed them an opening slot for Deep Purple which exposed Dio’s voice to Deep Purple’s guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who later recruited Dio and other members of Elf for his new band Rainbow.

2013 - George Michael: It was reported that George Michael had been injured after the car in which he was travelling in crashed on the M1 during the evening rush-hour. Ambulance crews confirmed that the singer had to be airlifted from the scene, near the junction with the M25. Three days later Katherine Fox told The Sun newspaper that she was driving behind a silver Range Rover when the singer tumbled from out the passenger door on to the third lane of the northbound carriageway. She said Michael had “a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth. He was breathing and conscious but in shock.”

2019 - P!nk: was at No.1 on the US album chart with Hurts 2B Human. The album which reached No.1 in eight countries including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Switzerland became P!nk's third consecutive album to debut at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Born On This Day In The Music World:

1919 - Liberace:American pianist, singer, and TV presenter, Liberace, (Wladziu Valentinon Liberace) who had a career spanning four decades and for a period, his TV show would pull in over 30 million viewers at any one time and he was the became the highest-paid entertainer in the world. He died on 4th February 1987. Behind the Candelabra, a film adaptation of Scott Thorson's autobiography, featured Michael Douglas stars as Liberace, with Matt Damon playing Thorson.

1939 - Pervis Jackson: vocals, 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'. Jackson died of cancer on 18th Aug 2008.

1944 - Billy Cobham: Panamanian-American jazz drummer Billy Cobham, who worked with Miles Davis, Mahavishnu Orchestra, James Brown, Santana and the Soundtrack to the film 'Shaft'.

1946 - Robert Fripp: English guitarist, composer and record producer Robert Fripp, who with King Crimson had the 1969 UK No.5 album, In The Court Of The Crimson King. He has also worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with David Bowie on the albums Heroes and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Brian Eno, Porcupine Tree, Andy Summers, Slow Music, Theo Travis, The Humans, Jakko Jakszyk and many others.

1947 - Barbara Lee: singer, from American all-girl group The Chiffons who had the 1963 US No.1 single 'He's So Fine', and the 1972 UK No.4 single 'Sweet Talking Guy', (first released in 1966). Lee died on 15th May 1992.

1947 - Darrell Sweet: from Scottish hard rock band Nazareth, who had the 1973 UK No.9 single 'Broken Down Angel', and the 1976 US No.8 single, 'Love Hurts'. Died on 30th April 1999 after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana.

1948 - Alto Reed: American saxophonist Alto Reed. He is best known as a long-time member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and also worked with many artists including Grand Funk Railroad, Little Feat, Otis Rush, Spencer Davis, The Blues Brothers, The Ventures and George Thorogood. He died of colon cancer on 30 Dec 2020 age 72.

1951 - Jonathan Richman: guitar, vocals, from American rock band The Modern Lovers who scored the 1977 UK No.5 single 'Egyptian Reggae' and the 1977 UK No.11 'Roadrunner'. Richman appeared in the films Dumb & Dumber and There's Something About Mary.

1953 - Richard Page: lead singer and bassist from American pop rock band Mr Mister who scored the 1985 US No.1 & 1986 UK No.4 single 'Broken Wings'.

1955 - Hazel O'Conner: British singer-songwriter and actress Hazel O'Conner, who had the 1980 UK No.5 single 'Eighth Day' as well as starring in the film Breaking Glass.

1958 - Glenn Gregory: Heaven 17, (1983 UK No.2 single 'Temptation'). 1962 - Andrew Innes: from Scottish rock band Primal Scream who had the 1994 UK No.7 single 'Rocks' and the 1991 UK No.8 album Screamadelica.

1964 - Boyd Tinsley: American violinist and mandolinist Boyd Tinsley with the Dave Matthews Band who had the 1998 US No.1 album 'Before These Crowded Streets' and the 2001 US No.1 album 'Everyday'. Dave Matthews Band are the first group to have six consecutive studio albums debut at the top of the US charts.

1965 - Krist Novoselic: bassist with Nirvana, who had the 1991 UK No.7 and 1992 US No.6 single 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', which was taken from the 1991 album Nevermind. After Nirvana ended, Novoselic formed Sweet 75 and then Eyes Adrift, releasing one album with each band. From 2006 to 2009 he played in punk band Flipper.

1966 - Janet Jackson: American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress Janet Jackson. The youngest child of the Jackson family, she has amassed an extensive catalogue of hits, with singles such as 'Nasty', 'Rhythm Nation', 'That's the Way Love Goes', 'When I Think Of You', 'Together Again' and 'All for You', selling over 100 million records worldwide.

1968 - Ralph Tresvant: American contemporary R&B singer Ralph Tresvant who with New Edition had the 1983 UK No.1 single 'Candy Girl'.

1971 - Simon Katz: English songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Simon Katz from Jamiroquai who had the 1993 UK No.1 album Emergency on Planet Earth and the 1998 UK No.1 single 'Deeper Underground'. Jamiroquai have sold more than 26 million albums worldwide and won a Grammy Award in 1998.

1973 - Will White: from English electronic duo Propellerheads who scored the scored the 1997 UK No.7 single 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.

1977 - Emilíana Torrini: Emilíana Torrini, Icelandic singer and songwriter. She is best known for her 2009 single ‘Jungle Drum’, her 1999 album Love in the Time of Science, and her performance of ‘Gollum's Song’ for the 2002 film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

1992 - Kirstin Maldonado: American singer and songwriter Kirstin Maldonado a member of the a cappella group Pentatonix. Together with Pentatonix, Maldonado 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 sometime tomorrow, take care and stay safe.