Archive for the ‘May’ Category

May 31

1961, Chuck Berry opened ‘Berry Park’, an amusement complex near St Louis. The park had its own zoo, golf course and ferris wheel.

1962, The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time.

1966, Filming began on The Monkees first TV series. The Monkees’ first single, ‘Last Train to Clarksville’ was released in August 1966, just weeks prior to the TV broadcast debut. In conjunction with the first broadcast of the television show on September 12, 1966 on the NBC television network, NBC and Columbia had a major hit on their hands.

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May 30

1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, the group’s fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo Starr played the drums.

1965, The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.

1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as The White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.

1970, Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’. The former DJ had a string of novelty hits, including ‘Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green & Purple Pill’.

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1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the White City Stadium show.

1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

1987, Adam Horovitz from The Beastie Boys was arrested while on tour after a beer can hit a fan during a disturbance in Liverpool, England.

1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.

1991, Morrissey played the first date on his debut ‘Kill Uncle’ US concert tour at San Diego Sports Arena, California.

1992, The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’.

1996, Alan Whitaker from Penzance appeared on the UK TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject being the Sex Pistols. He won a place in the semi-final of the show answering all but one of the 18 questions correctly.

2002, Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises to “clear up some personal issues” before setting out on a summer concert tour.

2003, Record producer Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50’s, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Most ran his own record label RAK in the 1970’s, having hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud.

2003, Singer Finley Quaye was threatened with jail after his mobile phone rang when he was in the dock waiting to be sentenced on charges of assault. After being found guilty of assaulting his former girlfriend he was ordered to attend a six-month domestic violence programme by a district Judge.

2004, Madonna was forced to pay out £250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her song ‘Hollywood’ was inspired by Burton.

2005, Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road studios for journalists instead of sending them copies of the album, any CDs that were sent out were labelled with a false name – The Fir Trees – to throw would-be pirates off the scent.

2007, A coroner told the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector that US actress Lana Clarkson’s death was a homicide. Dr Louis Pena said bruising suggested the barrel of a gun may have been forced into Ms Clarkson’s mouth before she was fatally shot in 2003. Spector was accused of murdering Clarkson on 3 February 2003 at his home in California.

2007, A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago’s radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.

2007, Britney Spears said she “truly hit rock bottom” when she went to rehab earlier this year. In a message on her website, the singer wrote that she “genuinely did not know what to do with myself” following her split from husband Kevin Federline. The 25 year old singer entered a Malibu treatment facility in February after months of partying which ended with the singer shaving off all her hair.

2008, Music mogul Simon Fuller married his long-term girlfriend Natalie Swanston at a ceremony in California’s Napa Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier this year Billboard magazine named him the “most successful British music manager of all time”, with an estimated fortune of $450m (£229m).

2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner – who’d promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm – being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, ‘Jagger told me he’d really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000.

2009, An oil painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie failed to meet the reserve price of £15,000 at auction in Glasgow. Scottish artist Peter Howson had produced several portraits of the pop icon in a state of undress.

2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band’s name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band’s name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath’s name equally.

2013, A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.

2014, Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University. The Soul legend became an honorary doctor of arts at the Harvard ceremony, which came a year after she was forced to cancel a string of concerts due to ill health.

2015, Enrique Iglesias’s sliced his fingers open when he tried to grab a drone camera, which was taking pictures of the audience, at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. He was “semi-treated” at the side of the stage to stop the bleeding, and was advised to end the show.

2015, Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died of unknown causes at the age of 34. Brown began playing with the Stone Temple Pilots singer in 2008.
May 30th: Born on this day

1944, Born on this day, Lenny Davidson, Dave Clark Five, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Glad All Over’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Over And Over’ plus 15 other UK Top 15 singles).

1949, Born on this day, Klaus Flouride, (Geoffrey Lyall), bassist, lead and backing vocalist for the San Francisco, punk rock band Dead Kennedys.

1955, Born on this day, Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’, 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Also worked with Mirkwood, and The Moors Murderers.

1958, Born on this day, Marie Fredriksson, Roxette, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘It Must Of Been Love’, plus five other top 10 US hits).

1960, Born on this day, Stephen Duffy, singer, songwriter, guitarist, founding member of Duran Duran with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes (left in 1979). Member of Lilac Time, Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 singe ‘Hanging Around’), solo, (1985 UK No.4 single ‘Kiss Me’).

1964, Born on this day, American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist Tom Morello, guitar, Rage Against The Machine, (1996 US No.1 album ‘Evil Empire’). Audioslave (2005 US No.1 album ‘Out of Exile’). Morello was most recently a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

1964, Born on this day, American country music singer Wynonna Judd who first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo The Judds. The duo released seven albums and scored 26 US hit singles, of which 14 were No.1 hits.

1966, Born on this day, American musician and lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Pavement. He also performs with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

1967, Born on this day, Sven Pipien, bass, The Black Crowes, (replaced original bassist Johnny Colt).

1968, Born on this day, Tim Burgess, vocals, The Charlatans, (1990 UK No.9 single ‘The Only One I Know’, 1996 UK No.3 single ‘One To Another’, plus 3 UK No.1 albums). And solo.

1971, Born on this day, Patrick Dalheimer, bassist, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).

1974, Born on this day, Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer, Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley, (2006 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Crazy’), and solo.

1975, Born on this day, merican musician Brian Fair, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Shadows Fall.

May 29

1942, Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song ‘White Christmas’. Crosby recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

1961, Ricky Nelson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Man’. Sam Cooke turned the song down, the B-side was the Gene Pitney song ‘Hello Mary Lou’ which became a double A side UK No.1.

1962, Chubby Checker won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for ‘Let’s Twist Again’ and Ray Charles won Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for ‘Hit The Road Jack’.

1965, Bob Dylan’s album Bringing It All Back Home was at No.1 on the UK charts, his second UK No.1 album. The black and white pamphlet lying across the Time magazine with President Lyndon B. Johnson on the cover is a publication of the Earth Society, who saw its mission as protecting earth from collisions with comets and planets.

1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Help Me Rhonda’, the group’s second US No.1. The recording session was interrupted by the Wilson brothers’ drunken father, Murry, who arrived at the studio to criticize the Boys enthusiasm. The recording reel continued to record the confrontation, which still circulates among fans.

1967, The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln, England. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the coloured oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70). The poster advertising the show promised a ‘Knockout Atmosphere’.
1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut on Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hits: ‘Marrakesh Express’ and ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’.

1971, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brown Sugar’, from Sticky Fingers. The first single released on Rolling Stones Records, it was the bands sixth US No.1, and a No.2 hit in the UK. The songs lyrics, which are essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, include: interracial sex, cunnilingus, slave rape, and less distinctly, sadomasochism, lost virginity, and heroin.

1971, Three dozen Grateful Dead fans were treated for hallucinations caused by LSD after they unwittingly drank spiked apple juice served at a gig at San Francisco’s Winterland.

1976, Diana Ross started a two week run No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Hangover’, her fourth US No.1, it made No.10 in the UK.

1977, Manchester band Warsaw, (later to become Joy Division) made their live debut supporting The Buzzcocks at The Electric Circus, Manchester, England.

1983, US school boy band (which included Bobby Brown), New Edition were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Candy Girl’. Songwriter & producer Maurice Starr discovered New Edition performing at a local talent show. Starr went to produce and write for New Kids On The Block.

1991, After just completing the recording of the ‘Nevermind’ album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl’s girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.

1992, Concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song ‘We Are The Champions’, at their Graduation Ceremony.

1992, The FBI recovered 44 nude photographs of Madonna which had been stolen in America from fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

1997, Sharitha Knight filed a suit at LA, Superior Court claiming she was owed $1 million (£588,000) as Snoop Doggy Dogg’s personal manger between 1993-6. The claim alleged that Snoop had withheld the 20 percent she was owed.

1997, Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley disappeared after talking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist riverboat.

1997, The Manic Street Preachers won the best song award for ‘A Design For Life’ at the 42nd Ivor Novello awards. Other winners included The Spice Girls for Hit of the year with ‘Wannabe’, Elvis Costello for Outstanding contribution to music, George Michael won Songwriter Of The Year and Most Performed work for ‘Fastlove.’

1999, Skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were Philip Kramer former bassist with rock group Iron Butterfly, who had disappeared on his way home from work on February 12, 1995. His death was ruled as a probable suicide.

2001, The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow.

2002, A 16ft by 6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The mosaic had been built into Lennon’s swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.

2002, Australian actress and singer Natalie Imbruglia became the new face of L’Oreal when she signed a deal worth £100,000 ($170,000) with the French cosmetics manufacturer.

2005, Gorillaz scored their first UK No.1 album when ‘Demon Days’ went to the top of the charts.

2007, A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 (£189,000) on The Moments in Time memorabilia website. The upright grand piano was part of the Record Plant Recording Studios in New York where the former Beatle recorded his 1971 Imagine album. Lennon was said to be so fond of the instrument that he had it moved to whichever studio he was working in and had used the piano hours before being shot on 8 December 1980.

2009, Phil Spector was jailed for at least 19 years for murdering an actress in 2003. The producer, 69, famed for his Wall of Sound recording technique, was last month found guilty of shooting Lana Clarkson at his California home. Spector had pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder during the five-month retrial in Los Angeles. His lawyers said he would appeal. Spector was given a sentence of 15 years to life for second-degree murder and an additional four years for personal use of a gun.

2010, Sabrosa Park (at the small town of Sabrosa, north of Portugal) was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of King and the free concert he had played before 20,000 people.

2015, Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch went up for sale with a price tag of $100m (£65m). Jackson bought the Santa Barbara development in 1987 for $19.5m but struggled to pay for it, until an investment company stepped in to help him save it from auction.
May 29th: Born on this day

1941, Born on this day, Roy Crewsdon, Freddie and the Dreamers, (1963 UK No.3 single ‘You Were made For Me’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘I’m Telling You Now’).

1945, Born on this day, Gary Brooker, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 and US No.5 single A Whiter Shade Of Pale. and scored the hits ‘Homburg’, ‘Conquistador’. Brooker founded The Paramounts in 1962 with his guitarist friend Robin Trower and has also worked with Eric Clapton, Alan Parsons and Ringo Starr.

1949, Born on this day, Francis Rossi, guitar, vocals, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, plus 50 other UK Top75 singles since 1968).

1955, Born on this day, Mike Porcaro, bass, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’). won an Album of the Year Grammy for 1982’s Toto IV. Porcaro died on 15th March 2015 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

1956, Born on this day, La Toya Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson. Sang backing vocals with The Jackson 5, has released various singles and albums none of which ever charted in the UK.

1959, Born on this day, Mel Gaynor, drums, Simple Minds, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Don’t You, Forget About Me’, 1989 UK No.1 single ‘Belfast Child’, plus over 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1961, Born on this day, David Palmer, ABC, (1982 UK No.4 & US No.18 single ‘The Look Of Love’, plus nine other UK Top 40 singles).

1962, Born on this day, John Pedder, bass, Babybird, (1996 UK No.3 single ‘You’re Gorgeous’, 1996 UK No. 9 album ‘Ugly Beautiful’).

1963, Born on this day, Blaze Bayley, lead vocalist Blaze, Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden from 1994 to 1999.

1967, Born on this day, Noel Gallagher, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Oasis. First single was the 1994 UK No.31 single ‘Supersonic’, followed by the 1994 UK No.1 album Definitely Maybe which became the fastest selling UK debut album ever. Now fronts Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

1975, Born on this day, Melanie Brown, (Mel B), Scary Spice, The Spice Girls who scored the 1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’, plus eight other UK No.1 singles. She had the solo 1998 UK No.1 single ‘I Want You Back’ and has now become a television presenter, talent competition judge, and model.

1978, Born on this day, Daniel Pearce, vocals, One True Voice, (2002 UK No.2 single ‘Sacred Trust / After You’re Gone’).

May 28

1964, The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones forthcoming appearance on the British TV show, Juke Box Dury.

1966, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘What Now My Love’, setting a new American record with four albums in the US Top Ten. The other three were; ‘South of the Border’, ‘Going Places’ and ‘Whipped Cream and Other Delights’.

1966, Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.

1966, All four Beatles spent the day with Bob Dylan in his room at the Mayfair hotel in London, England, watching rushes of D.A. Pennebakers’s forthcoming documentary film, Don’t Look Back, which covered Dylan’s 1965 concert tour of the United Kingdom.

1966, Love appeared at the Whisky A Go Go West Hollywood, California, supported by The Doors.
1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis, they were both later released on £50 ($85) bail.

1973, Bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance, (who had the 1974 hit ‘How Come’).

1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).

1976, The Allman Brothers Band temporarily disbanded after Greg Allman testified against Scooter Herring, his personal road manager, who was charged with drug trafficking. Herring was subsequently sentenced to 75 years in prison. An album of previously unreleased live material was issued later in the year under the title ‘Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas’.

1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howlett’s band, Strontium 90 in Paris France.

1982, Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe.

1983, Actress and singer Irene Cara started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’. Taken from the film ‘Flashdance’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Cara had also appeared in TV’s ‘Roots’ and ‘The Next Generation’.

1983, The four day US Festival ’83’ took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson. INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival.

1983, Rapidfire appeared at Gazzarri’s On The Sunset Strip, in Los Angles. Rapidfire featured singer Axl Rose, who was seen for the first time by guitarist Slash, who was in the audience.

1985, Desert Island Discs radio presenter Roy Plomley died. He devised the BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs in 1941, and went on to present 1,791 editions of the show, which became one of the longest running radio shows in the UK.

1988, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married his second wife clothing designer Teresa Barrick. The couple announced they were separating due to personal problems in February 2005.

1990, Mitch Mitchell former drummer with The Jimi Hendrix Experience took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over an allegedly defamatory item. Are You Experienced?

1995, Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Cracked Rear View’. The album went on to sell over 15m copies.

1996, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. The singer was later arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin.

2000, Britney Spears was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’. The singer’s second album also reached No.1 in thirteen other countries and has now sold over 20m copies.

2000, British singer and DJ Sonique started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘It Feels So Good’. She first charted in 1989 with S-Express.

2007, The Police kicked off their 152 show Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans.

2007, Right Said Fred singer Richard Fairbrass and gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, were both attacked during a march in Moscow. Trouble broke out when demonstrators tried to appeal against a ban on a gay rights march through the Russian capital. The banned march was aimed at marking the 14th anniversary of Russia decriminalising homosexuality.

2009, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bladder. The band who were currently on a world tour cancelled several shows because of the 47-year-old’s ongoing health problems.

2015, Michael Jackson’s former home, Neverland Ranch, was listed for sale for one hundred million dollars. The 2,700-acre ranch in Santa Ynez Valley, California included a train station, a six-bedroom house, a 50-seat movie theater and two lakes.
May 28th: Born on this day

1910, Born on this day, T- Bone Walker, US blues guitarist, influenced Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddy King. Died on 16th March 1975.

1917, Born on this day, Papa John Creech, violinist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. He died in 1994 aged 76.

1943, Born on this day, Tony Mansfield, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, (1964 UK No.1 & US N0.7 single ‘Little Children’).

1944, Born on this day, Billy Vera, US singer, (1987 US No.1 single with The Beaters, ‘At This Moment’ featured in the US TV show, ‘Family Ties’).

1944, Born on this day, Gladys Knight, singer, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, 1975 UK No.4 single ‘The Way We Were’ plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

1945, Born on this day, John Fogerty, guitar, vocals, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’, plus ten other US Top 30 hits, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’). Solo and The Blue Ridge Rangers.

1948, Born on this day, Ray Laidlan, Lindisfarne, (1972 UK No.3 single ‘Lady Eleanor’).

1949, Born on this day, Wendy O. Williams singer with The Plasmatics, a New York punk band who had the 1980 UK No. 55 single ‘Butcher Baby’. She died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds on April 6th 1998.

1955, Born on this day, John McGeoch, guitar, member of Magazine, (1978 UK No.41 single ‘Shot By Both Sides’). Also worked with Siouxsie And The Banshees, Armoury Show, Public Image Ltd. Died in his sleep 5th March 2004 aged 49.

1959, Born on this day, Steve Harrington (Steve Strange), vocals, Visage, 1980 UK No.8 single, ‘Fade To Grey’. He died on 12th Feb 2015 after suffering a heart attack in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

1962, Born on this day, Roland Gift, singer, Fine Young Cannibals, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘She Drives Me Crazy’).

1968, Born on this day, Australian-born singer, songwriter, and actress Kylie Minogue who scored the 1988 UK No.1 single ‘I Should Be So Lucky’ plus over 40 other UK Top 40 hit singles). She achieved recognition by starring in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson and as of 2013, Minogue had worldwide record sales of more than 70 million.

1970, Born on this day, Mark Richardson, drums, Skunk Anansie, (1996 UK No.20 single ‘Weak’).

1970, Born on this day, Jimi Goodwin, (vocals, bass, guitar), Sub Sub, (1993 UK No.3 single ‘Ain’t No Love, (Ain’t No Use’). Doves, (2002 UK No.3 single ‘There Goes The Fear’ and 2002 UK No.1 album ‘The Last Broadcast’).

1981, Born on this day, Mark Feehily, vocals, Westlife, (Irish boy band, scored 12 UK No.1 singles, first UK No.1 1999 ‘Swear It Again’ plus four UK No.1 albums).

1985, Born on this day, Colbie Caillat, American singer-songwriter. 2008 Australian No.1 single ‘Bubbly’. 2009 US No.1 album ‘Breakthrough’. (Her father, Ken Caillat, co-produced Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Tusk albums).

May 27

1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ A UK No.1 and US No.3 hit. The song had its genesis in a trip to the movies by Holly, Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing. Wayne’s frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, “that’ll be the day” was the Inspiration behind the song. It was also the first song to be recorded by The Quarrymen, the skiffle group that subsequently became The Beatles.

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1963, The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Bob Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan’s songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.

1964, Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts.

1964, Pirate radio station ‘Sutch’ was started by Screaming Lord Sutch, broadcasting from former army fort ‘Shivering Sands’ in The Thames Estuary.

1967, To celebrate Cilla Black’s birthday, her manager Brian Epstein organised illuminated greetings at London’s Piccadilly Circus and sites in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.

1972, David Bowie appeared at Ebbisham Hall, Epsom, England on his Ziggy Stardust tour.

1977, Declan McManus made his ‘live’ debut at the Nashville in London as Elvis Costello.

1977, The Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart’s ‘I Don’t Want to Talk About It’. There have been persistent rumours, (never confirmed or denied), that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.

1983, The Smiths were at No.1 on the UK independent chart with their debut single ‘Hand In Glove.’ The Smiths recorded the track after their manager Joe Moss paid £250 for a one-day recording session at Strawberry Studios in Stockport, England.

1988, Def Leppard kicked off the third leg of their North American Hysteria world tour at George M. Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska.

1989, Cliff Richard released his one hundredth single, ‘The Best Of Me’, which became his 26th Top 3 UK hit.

1990, The Stone Roses played at Spike Island, Widnes, Cheshire, England to a capacity crowd of 30,000. The event, considered a failure at the time due to sound problems and bad organisation, has become legendary over the years as a “Woodstock for the baggy generation.”

1994, The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California. The two-and-a-half-hour show ended with two encores, closing with ‘Desperado’.

1997, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London. Members of the band had been drinking at the bar when the fight broke out.

1999, Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award, Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers won songwriters of the year and Chrissie Hynde won outstanding contribution to British Music.

2000, Paula Yates was awarded £400,000 ($680,000) in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. Hutchence had died in 1997 INXS singer Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney in 1997 aged 37.

2001, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade.’ A hit for LaBelle in 1975, this version was from the Baz Luhrmann film Moulin Rouge.

2005, Robbie Williams was voted into first place beating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to be named the best live solo artist. A UK nation-wide survey of 5,000 people saw the former Take That star beat music icons including Madonna, Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan. U2 were named best live band, ahead of Queen and Oasis, in a poll by Carling to celebrate the UK’s live music scene.

2006, Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Stadium Arcadium’ the bands ninth studio album, also a UK No.1.

2007, Saatchi & Saatchi were fired by Dr Martens for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars such as Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious wearing the brand’s boots in heaven. David Suddens, the chief executive of Dr Martens parent company Airwear, said the brand had not commissioned the series of four print ads. “Dr Martens are very sorry for any offence that has been caused by the publication of images showing dead rock icons wearing Dr Martens boots.”

2008, Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale’s president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had ‘awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues’. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.

2008, UK High street chain Woolworths announced it would stop selling CD singles in its stores saying that the format was in “terminal decline” and would be removed from the shelves from August. Sales of CD singles had fallen sharply as the popularity of downloading music from the internet had increased.

2009, A credit card company sued Courtney Love, claiming she owed more than $350,000 (£220,000). In court papers filed in Los Angeles, American Express said it had suspended Love’s Amex Gold card after she “failed and refused” to make payments.

2010, Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue – the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.

2013, A report was published saying how many musicians were frustrated with fans filming gigs on their smartphones. Jack White and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had both put up signs at their concerts asking people to leave their mobiles in their pockets.
May 27th: Born on this day

1935, Born on this day, Ruby Lewis, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’). He died on May 10th 1964.

1935, Born on this day, Ramsey Lewis, US keyboard player, (1965 US No.5 single ‘The In Crowd’, 1972 UK No.31 single ‘Wade In The Water’).

1943, Born on this day, Priscilla White (Cilla Black), singer, TV presenter, 1964 UK No.1 single ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles). Black died at her holiday home near Marbella, Spain, on 1 August 2015. She was 72.

1944, Born on this day, Billy Adamson, drummer with The Searchers from 1969 to 1998, (the longest serving drummer in the group). He died on 11 November 2013

1947, Born on this day, Marty Kristian, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 single ‘I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing’).

1947, Born on this day, Peter Knight, violin, Steeleye Span, (1975 UK No.5 single ‘All Around My Hat’).

1948, Born on this day, Pete Sears, Jefferson Starship, (1987 UK & US No.1 single ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us’).

1956, Born on this day, Neil Finn, guitar, vocals, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single ‘I Got You’). Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single ‘Weather With You’). Solo and Finn Brothers.

1957, Born on this day, Eddie Harsch, keyboards, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single ‘Hard To Handle’, 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’).

1957, Born on this day, Susan Dallion, (Siouxsie Sioux), vocals, Siouxsie And The Banshees, 1983 UK No.3 single ‘Dear Prudence’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Also a member of The Creatures, (1983 UK No.14 single ‘Right Now’).

1966, Born on this day, Sean Kinney, Alice In Chains, (1993 UK No.19 single ‘Would’).

1971, Born on this day, Lisa Lopes, Left-Eye, vocals, TLC, (1995 US No.1 & UK No.4 single ‘Waterfalls’ 1999 US No.1 album ‘Fanmail’ spent 57 weeks on the UK chart). ). Lisa was killed in a car accident on April 26th 2002.

1975, Born on this day, Dre, (Andre Benjamin), Outkast, US rapper, 2001 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Ms Jackson.’

May 26

1933, American country singer Jimmie Rodgers who was among the first country music superstars and pioneers, died from a pulmonary hemorrhage while staying at the Taft Hotel; he was only 35 years old.

1962, Acker Bilk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stranger On The Shore’; it became a million seller in the UK making No.2 on the charts.

1964, Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By’, accompanied by future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass.

1966, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Paint It, Black’, their sixth UK No.1 single. It was originally titled ‘Paint It Black’ without a comma. Keith Richards has stated that the comma was added by the record label, Decca. It was the first No.1 single to feature a sitar on the recording.

1966, The Beatles recorded ‘Yellow Submarine’ at Abbey Road studios in London. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!”

1968, US blue artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first to record a ‘Fever’ (covered by Peggy Lee in 1958), and ‘Need Your Love So Bad’ covered by Fleetwood Mac. James Brown recorded a tribute album ‘Thinking Of Little Willie John… And A Few Other Nice Things’.

1968, Pink Floyd, Blonde On Blonde and The Pretty Things all appeared at the OZ magazine benefit at the Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London, England. OZ was a satirical humour magazine, founded by Richard Neville and based in Sydney, Australia from 1963. In its second and better-known incarnation it became a counter-culture magazine, based in London from 1967 to 1973.

1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began an eight-day ‘bed in’, in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus). The song was credited to Lennon & McCartney, even though Paul had nothing to do with the record.

1972, At the point of the band splitting up David Bowie offered Mott The Hoople two of his new songs, ‘Suffragette City’, which they turned down and ‘All The Young Dudes’, which they recorded. The song gave the group a No.3 UK and US Top 40 hit.

1972, The first day of the four day UK festival ‘The Great Western Express’ near Lincoln featuring; The Faces, Joe Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don McLean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by Monty Python.

1973, The Edgar Winter Group went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Frankenstein’, the bands only US No.1, it reached No.18 in the UK. The group featured ex McCoys guitarist Rick Derringer. In live performances of the song, Edgar Winter further pioneered the advancement of the synthesizer as a lead instrument by becoming the first person ever to strap a keyboard instrument around his neck.
1974, Tragedy struck at a David Cassidy concert at London’s White City when over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers due to the frenzied excitement. One fan Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later.

1977, Billy Powell singer with The O’Jays died of cancer. (1972, hit ‘Back Stabbers’, 1973 US No.1 & UK No.9 single ‘Love Train’). Originally known as The Triumphs, and then The Mascots, they took the name “The O’Jays”, in tribute to radio disc jockey Eddie O’Jay.

1978, On Irish television today; at 4.00 ‘Top Cat’, 4.30 ‘Skippy’ and at 5.30 a program called ‘Youngline’ a series for young people highlighting their interests. On today’s show a feature on a new pop group, The Hype ( U2).

1979, ‘Sunday Girl’ gave Blondie their second UK No.1 hit single. The track was taken from the group’s ‘Parallel Lines’, which went on to become the biggest selling album of 1979.

1979, The first day of the two day Loch Lomond Festival with The Stranglers, Dr Feelgood, Skids, Third World, The Dickies. Day two featured The AWB, Buzzcocks, Rockpile and The Boomtown Rats who played ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ live for the first time.

1984, Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams started a 2 week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’, taken from the film ‘Footlose’, a No.2 hit in the UK.

1990, For the first time ever the Top five positions on the US singles chart were held by female artists; Madonna was at No.1 with ‘Vogue’, Heart were at No.2, Sinead O’Connor No.3, Wilson Phillips at No.4 and Janet Jackson was at No.5

1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley. The couple divorced in 1995. They had first met when the seven-year-old Presley attended several of Jackson’s concerts in Las Vegas.

1995, The Rolling Stones played two semi-acoustic concerts at the Paradiso Amsterdam over two days. Keith Richards later said that the Paradiso concerts were the best live shows the Stones ever did. The venue is housed in a converted former church building that dates from the nineteenth century, subsequently squatted in 1967 by hippies who wanted to convert the church into an entertainment club. Artists who have recorded concerts at the Paradiso include Joy Division, Willie Nelson, Phish, Nirvana, The Cure, Lenny Kravitz, Nick Cave, Dave Matthews and Amy Winehouse.

1996, A fire at the home of Eric Clapton caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage; Firemen arrived on the scene to find Clapton braving the blaze to save his collection of guitars.

2000, Drummer Tommy Lee was jailed for five days for drinking alcohol. Lee appeared in front of a LA court charged with violating his probation by consuming alcohol, an act that directly contravenes the terms of his parole.

2002, The first episode of At Home With The Osbournes was shown on MTV in the UK. Already becoming a hit in the the US, the show focused on the madman and his family (his wife Sharon, and two of their three children). Oblivious to the camera, they bicker, squabble, curse and hang out backstage at Ozzy shows.

2009, A US judge ended a bitter two-year battle over the late soul singer James Brown’s estate. Judge Jack Early ruled half of his assets will go to a charitable trust, a quarter to his wife and young son, and the rest to his six adult children. Brown’s family and wife Tomi Rae Hynie Brown, had fought over his fortune since he died of heart failure in 2006.

2015, US authorities were investigating the death of blues legend B.B. King after two of his daughters claimed he was poisoned. Karen Williams and Patty King said the musician had been given “foreign substances to induce his premature death” by his business manager Laverne Toney. King died in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on 14 May of this year, aged 89.
May 26th: Born on this day

1904, Born on this day, George Formby, UK singing comedian and ukulele player. He made over 20 films and his best-known song is ‘Leaning On A Lamp Post’. He was made an OBE in 1946, and died on March 6th 1961. Formby was a major influence on George Harrison

1920, Born on this day, American singer, actress, Peggy Lee, real name: Norma Dolores Egstrom, (1958 US No. 8 & UK No.5 single ‘Fever’, worked with Benny Goodman, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones. She was nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, winning Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit ‘Is That All There Is’’ She died on 21st January 2002.

1926, Born on this day, Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter and composer who had a 1959 album with Kind of Blue. He was a major influence on jazz music. Davis died on September 28th 1991.

1941, Born on this day, Art Sharp, Nashville Teens, (1964 UK No.6 single ‘Tobacco Road’).

1942, Born on this day, Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans, (1964 UK No.2 and US No.24 single ‘Hippy Hippy Shake’).

1943, Born on this day, Levon Helm, drummer and singer with The Band. He died of throat cancer aged 71 on 19th April 2012. Helm formed his own high school band, the Jungle Bush Beaters, at 17, he later joined The Hawks (who became Bob Dylan’s backing group) who then became known as The Band. He sang on Band classics like ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,’ ‘Up on Cripple Creek,’ ‘Rag Mama Rag,’ and ‘The Weight.’

1945, Born on this day, Verden Allen, keyboards, Mott The Hoople, (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single ‘All The Young Dudes’).

1945, Born on this day, Gary Peterson, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).

1946, Born on this day, Mick Ronson guitarist, producer, member of The Rats, then worked with David Bowie, (1972 UK album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars 1974 UK No.5 single ‘Rebel Rebel’). Also worked with Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter. Released the 1974 UK No.9 solo album ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’. Ronson died on April 29th 1993.

1948, Born on this day, Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac who scored the 1987 UK No.5 single ‘Little Lies’ and 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dreams’, from world-wide No.1 album Rumours. Solo, 1981 US No.1 & UK No.11 album ‘Bella Donna’, 1989 UK No. 16 single ‘Rooms On Fire’.

1949, Born on this day, Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music’s greatest star.

1959, Born on this day, Wayne Hussey, guitar, Dead Or Alive, (1985 UK No.1 single ‘You Spin me round, Like A record’), Sisters Of Mercy, The Mission, (1988 UK No.12 single ‘Tower Of Strength’).

1962, Born on this day, Colin Vearncombe, singer, songwriter, Black, (1987 UK No.8 single ‘Wonderful Life’). Solo

1964, Born on this day, Lenny Kravitz, US singer, guitarist, songwriter, (1990 UK No.39 single ‘Let Love Rule’, 1999 UK No.1 single ‘Fly Away’, 1993 UK No.1 album ‘Are You Gonna Go My Way’). Worked with Mick Jagger, Madonna and David Bowie.

1972, Born on this day, Alan White, drums, Oasis (replaced Tony McCarroll in 1995, 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’). Sacked from the band in 2004.

1978, Born on this day, Jaheim Hoagland, (aka Jaheim), US R&B singer, (2006 US No.1 album ‘Ghetto Classics’).

1981, Born on this day, Isaac Slade, lead singer and pianist, The Fray, (2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’).

May 25

1961, The Temperance Seven were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, their only UK No.1 single. The song gave producer George Martin his first No.1.

1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison, Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. According to the Led Zeppelin biography Hammer of the Gods, touring the UK in the 60’s, Sonny Boy set his hotel room on fire while trying to cook a rabbit in a coffee percolator.

1967, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a No.1 hit. ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire, England. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on the Top Of The Pops TV show. The band subsequently made another video.

1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Gwent Constabulary (‘A’ Division) Spring Holiday Barn Dance, held at The Barn, Grosmont Wood Farm in Cross Ash, Wales, UK.
1968, Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with ‘Bookends’. The album featured four US singles: ‘A Hazy Shade of Winter’, ‘At the Zoo’, ‘Fakin’ It’ and ‘Mrs Robinson’.

1969, A benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families of the band’s drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson’s girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were all killed in an accident driving back from a gig. Also on the bill, Family, Pretty Things, Soft Machine and John Peel.

1969, The Who and Led Zeppelin appeared at the Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland, USA. This was the only time the two group’s ever appeared together, with Zeppelin opening the show. On the tickets Led Zeppelin was spelt Lead Zeppelin.

1973, Carole King played a concert in New York’s Central Park, which attracted an audience of 100,000.

1974, Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a No.1 UK album when ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’ went to the top of the charts.

1978, After seeing The Hype (soon to become U2) appearing at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin, Paul McGuinness became their manager.

1985, Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Brothers In Arms’, also No.1 in the US and 24 other countries. ‘Brothers In Arms’ was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
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1990, Fleetwood Mac played the first of 42 North American dates on their Behind The Mask world tour at the PNE Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. Squeeze were the opening act.

1991, Mariah Carey scored her fourth US No.1 single with ‘I Don’t Wanna Cry’, not a hit in the UK.

1992, Khalil Roundtree, tour manager of Boyz II Men, was killed by gunfire after a scuffle in an elevator on the 26th floor of a hotel in Chicago; their assistant tour manager was also injured.

1995, The earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for £50,250 ($85,425).

1996, Gina G had her first UK No.1 hit single when ‘Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit’ went to the top of the charts for 1 week. Australian singer Gina was representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she finished in eighth place in the contest.

1997, A report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world’s bestselling posthumous entertainer with worldwide sales of over one billion, over 480 active fan clubs and an estimated 250,000 UK fans who still buy his records. Ironically he had died owing $3 million (£1.76 million).

1997, Bob Dylan was diagnosed as suffering from histoplasmosis pericarditis, a fungal infection of the lung, and was admitted to hospital he stayed until June 2nd. Having just turned 56, Dylan later admitted: ‘I really thought I’d be seeing Elvis soon’. Treated by drugs and rest, Bob was back on the road only 10 weeks later, for 22 American and Canadian shows.

1998, Coldplay released their first ever record, an EP called Safety, which featured 3 tracks; ‘Bigger Stronger’, ‘No More Keeping My Feet on the Ground’, and ‘Such a Rush’. The EP was intended as a demo for record companies and is now such a rarity that it is known to fetch in excess of £2000 on eBay.

2000, UK Supermarket chain ASDA decided to cancel a signing tour planned to promote Boyzone’s Mikey Graham’s debut solo single ‘Like An Angel’ after he admitted that he had used cannabis and gone on alcohol benders with his fellow Boyz.

2001, Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher won a damages settlement from The Daily Mirror after they claimed he lied in court during divorce proceedings with Meg Matthews.

2002, 30 Eminem fans were hurt after a crowd surge at a gig in Washington DC. Five people were taken to hospital, one man suffered a heart attack.

2003, 50 Cent started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ’21 Questions’, the rapper’s second US No.1.

2003, Jemini, the UK entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, failed to get a single point, the first time a UK entry had ended up with nul points. The first nul pointers came in 1962, six years after the contest started, when four countries Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain all failed to register.
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2003, Marilyn Manson were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Golden Age of Grotesque’, a No. 4 hit in the UK and the bands second US No.1.

2004, Madonna cancelled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her kids. A spokesperson said she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.

2005, The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office in California announced that it was officially closing the stabbing case of Meredith Hunter, the 18-year-old American who was killed at the 1969 Rolling Stones Altamont Free Concert. Investigators, concluding a renewed two-year investigation, dismissed the theory that a second Hell’s Angel took part in the stabbing.

2006, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack at his home in London, England. Had one of the first international Jamaican hits in 1968, with the ‘Israelites’.

2007, Sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff’s car and setting fire to it. The judge criticised the former lead singer of the Mindbenders, for arriving at Derby Crown court dressed as the Lady of Justice. He had to hand a sword and scales to guards but still wore a crown, cape and dark glasses, claiming “justice is blind”.
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2009, A former member of Wilco, who was suing the band over a royalties claim, died at his home in Illinois at the age of 45. Jay Bennett worked as a sound engineer and played instruments for the band between 1994 and 2001. Bennett filed his legal action against Wilco lead singer Jeff Tweedy at the beginning of May, claiming $50,000 (£33,160) for five albums he made with the group.
May 25th: Born on this day

1921, Born on this day, Hal David, US songwriter, pianist and arranger, with Burt Bacharach. Wrote many classic songs including, ‘Close To You’, ’24 Hours From Tulsa’, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’. Won two Oscars for film score ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’, for ‘Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head’. David died from from complications from a stroke on 1st Sept 2012.

1936, Born on this day, Donnie Elbert, US soul singer who had a 1972 US No.22 & UK No.11 single with ‘I Can’t Help Myself, Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’. He died on January 26th 1989.

1936, Born on this day, Tom T. Hall, country music singer-songwriter. Hall has written 11 No.1 hit songs, with 26 more that reached the Top 10, including ‘Harper Valley PTA’ a hit for Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. He became known as ‘The Storyteller,’ due to his storytelling skills in his songwriting.

1942, Born on this day, Brian Davison, The Nice, (1968 UK No.21 single ‘America’).

1943, Born on this day, John Palmer, Family, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘In My Own Time’).

1945, Born on this day, Dave Lee Travis, BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter. (1976 UK No.4 single ‘Convoy GB’ as Laurie Lingo and the Dipsticks).

1947, Born on this day, Mitchel Margo, The Tokens, (1961 US No.1 & UK No.11 single ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’).

1948, Born on this day, Klaus Meine, The Scorpions, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Wind Of Change’).
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1950, Born on this day, Jean Millington, all girl group Fanny, (1975 US No. 29 single ‘Butter Boy’.).

1950, Born on this day, Robert Steinhardt, Kansas, (1978 US No.3 single ‘Dust In The Wind’, UK No.59 single ‘Carry On Wayward Son’).

1955, Born on this day, John Grimaldi, Argent, (1972 UK No.5 single ‘Hold Your Head Up’).
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1958, Born on this day, Paul Weller, UK singer, guitarist, songwriter, The Jam (1980 UK No.1 single ‘Going Underground’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Long Hot Summer’, plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Solo (1995 UK No.7 single ‘The Changing Man’). Weller has received four Brit Awards, winning the award for Best British Male twice, and the 2006 Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

1959, Born on this day, Rick Smith, keyboards, Underworld, (1996 UK No.2 single ‘Born Slippy’).

1975, Born on this day, Lauryn Hill, singer, The Fugees, (1996 UK No.1 single ‘Killing Me Softly’), solo, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Doo Wop, That Thing’, 1998 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’).

1980, Born on this day, Joe King, guitarist, vocals, The Fray, (2005 US Top 3 single ‘How to Save a Life’).

May 24

1956, The first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. The event was the brainchild of Marcel Baisoncon of the European Broadcasting Union. Seven countries participated and they were each allowed two songs. Both Luxembourg and the winner Switzerland used the same singer for both. Switzerland won with ‘Refrain’ by Lys Assia.

1962, Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’ his 11th UK No.1 single. It completed his second hat-trick of chart topping singles in the UK.

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

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

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

1968, The Rolling Stones released the single ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ in the UK, the track gave them their seventh UK No.1 hit. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”

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

1969, BBC television aired the first ’33 & A Third Revolutions Per Monkee’, guests included Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and Julie Driscoll.

1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Back’, the group’s 17th US No.1. Credited to “The Beatles with Billy Preston”, it was the Beatles’ only single that credited another artist, ‘Get Back’ was also the Beatles’ first single release in true stereo in the US.

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

1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday. Awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1966. In 2009 the United States Mint launched a new coin featuring Duke Ellington on the reverse side of the coin.

1974, David Bowie released his eighth studio album Diamond Dogs. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid’s genitalia.

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

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

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

1991, Guns N’ Roses played the first show on their 192-date Use Your Illusion world Tour at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin.

1992, Police in Montgomery were called when an impostor posing as Steve Miller left a hotel owing a $600 (£353) unpaid bill, he did however leave a $73 (£43) tip on a $8 (£4.7) drinks bill.

1997, Hanson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘MMMBop’, the brothers first US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. ‘MMMBop’ was phenomenally successful, especially for a debut single, reaching No.1 in 27 countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Australia and Mexico.

1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Spice’, making them only the third all girl group to do so after The Supremes and The Go-Go’s and the first ever UK girl group to do so.

1999, Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who died in 1991, was honoured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. Mercury, who featured on the 19p stamp, was a keen stamp collector, and his collection was bought by the Post Office in 1993. The stamp marked his contribution to the Live Aid charity concert in 1985, and caused controversy by featuring a small portion of Queen’s drummer, Roger Taylor, in the background – UK stamps by tradition only carry pictures of living persons who are members of the Royal Family.

2000, A New York Judge told Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, she’d better keep her nose clean for the next six months.

2000, Andrea and Sharon Corr from The Corrs both collapsed in the mid-day sun whilst shooting their new video in the Mojave Desert in California. The pair were treated in hospital for heat exhaustion and were back on the set within 24 hours.
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2003, Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red Square.

2004, Madonna kicked off the North American leg of her Re-invention World Tour by playing three sold out nights at The Los Angeles Forum. The tour became the top grossing of the year, with ticket sales of nearly $125 million, with over 900,000 fans attending the 60 date tour. As a follower of the Kabbalah, Madonna didn’t play any Friday night gigs as the teaching of the religion forbids it.

2007, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at this years Ivor Novello Awards. Winehouse won best contemporary song for her hit ‘Rehab’, while Madonna collected the international hit of the year for ‘Sorry.’ Sheffield-based band Arctic Monkeys collected the best album award for ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not.’

2009, Billy Joel was being sued by his former drummer for hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid royalties. Liberty Devitto, claimed that Joel hadn’t paid him proper royalties for 10 years of his work. Devitto was Joel’s drummer from 1975 until 2005, when he said he was abruptly thrown out of the band. He said: “People get fired, they get severance or insurance for a certain period of time. I didn’t even get a phone call. It was cold.”

2010, Paul Gray, the bassist with US metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The body of the 38-year-old musician was found by an employee at the hotel in a suburb of the city. Police said foul play was not suspected, but an autopsy would be carried out. The nine members of Slipknot wore masks in public and referred to other bandmates by numbers; Gray was number two.
May 24th: Born on this day

1941, Born on this day, Robert Zimmerman, (Bob Dylan) US folk singer, songwriter. Released over 40 albums since 1964, major influence on The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during the 60’s. Biggest hit is 1965 US No.2 single ‘Like A Rolling Stone’, 1969 UK No.5 single ‘Lay Lady Lay’, 1964 UK No.1 album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’. 2006 album ‘Modern Times’ entered the US chart at No.1. Also a member of The Traveling Wilburys.

1942, Born on this day, Derek Quinn, Freddie and the Dreamers, (1963 UK No.3 single ‘You Were Made For Me’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘I’m Telling You Now’).

1944, Born on this day, Patti Labelle, singer, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.17single ‘Lady Marmalade’, 1986 US No.1 & UK No.2 single with Michael McDonald, ‘On My Own’.

1945, Born on this day, Dave Peacock, Chas & Dave, (1982 UK No.2 single ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’).

1946, Born on this day, Steve Upton, Wishbone Ash, (1972 UK No.3 album ‘Argus’, & 8 other Top 40 albums).

1947, Born on this day, Albert Bouchard, drummer, guitarist, songwriter, Blue Oyster Cult, (1976 US No. 12 and 1978 UK No.16 single ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’).

1947, Born on this day, Cynthia ‘Plaster’ Caster, groupie who became famous for making plaster cast’s of rock star’s penises and breasts. Clients included Jimi Hendrix and members from MC5, Television, The Kinks and various road managers.

1955, Born on this day in Memphis, Tennessee, was American singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash, the eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and his first wife, Vivian Liberto Cash Distin. She won a Grammy in 1985 for ‘I Don’t Know Why You Don’t Want Me’, and has received twelve other Grammy nominations. She has had 11 No.1 country hit singles, 21 Top 40 country singles and two gold records.

1956, Born on this day, Larry Blackmon, lead singer with Cameo, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Word Up’).

1960, Born on this day, Guy Fletcher, multi-instrumentalist, Roxy Music, (joine Roxy Music in 1981 for their ‘Avalon’ world tour). Also worked with Bryan Ferry, Dire Straits an Mark Knopfler.

1962, Born on this day in 1962, Gene Anthony Ray, ‘Leroy’ in TV’s ‘Fame’. Axed from the show in 1984, after his mother was jailed for running a drug ring. He danced with The Weather Girls in their video of ‘It’s Raining Men.’ Leroy died on November 19th 2003.

1967, Born on this day, Heavy D, US rapper, (1991 UK No.2 single ‘Now That We Found Love’). He died on November 8, 2011, in Los Angeles, California, at the age of 44.

1969, Born on this day, Rich Robinson, guitar, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single ‘Hard To Handle’, 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’).

1969, Born on this day, Tommy Page, (1990 US No.1 single ‘I’ll Be Your Everything’, No. 53 in the UK.

1976, Born on this day, Alessandro Cortini, keyboards, Nine Inch Nails, (2005 US No.1 album ‘White Teeth’).

May 23

1960, The Everly Brothers started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, which also spent seven weeks at No.1 in the UK. It became the Everly Brothers’ biggest hit single and their third and final US chart topper, selling eight million copies worldwide.

1964, Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ entered the UK chart.

1970, Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. Apart from Linda McCartney’s vocal contributions, McCartney performed (and recorded) the entire album solo. The album featured ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’, which Rod Stewart and The Faces featured on their 1971 album Long Player.

1970, The Beatles 12th and final studio album ‘Let It Be’ started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart, featuring ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Across The Universe’ and the title track.

1970, The Grateful Dead played their first gig outside the US at ‘The Hollywood Rock Music Festival’, in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs, England.
1973, Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban.

1974, George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Dark Horse.’

1978, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea’s Buffalo, in Buffalo, New York.

1979, Due to a record company dispute, Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000 (£338,235). A long-running battle with his record company followed.

1982, The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.

1987, Swing Out Sister went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP ‘It’s Better To Travel’, their only UK No.1 album.

1987, Twelve former members of the Doobie Brothers reunited for a charity concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The show raised $350,000 for Vietnam veterans, about two-thousand of whom attended the show for free.

1991, Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s Nevermind album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies and was taken by Kirk Weddle. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon’s photo came out best.

1992, A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million – $17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.

1992, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Fear Of The Dark’ their third No.1 album.

1999, Shanks & Bigfoot with vocals by Sharon Woolf started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sweet Like Chocolate.’

2000, Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam. The band drafted in replacement guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the European dates.

2002, Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine ‘Vida Nova’. 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99 ($15.28) a bottle.

2002, ‘Up For Grabs’ opened at London’s Wyndham’s Theatre featuring Madonna in the lead role. The first night crowd complained that the singer was lacking in vocal power and strained to hear her lines.

2002, Winners at the 47th Ivor Novello awards included, Dido for Songwriter of the year, Best song went to U2, ‘Walk On.’ Kylie Minogue won The Dance Award and Most Performed Work and International Hit for ‘Can’t Get You Out Of My Head.’ Hear’say won Bestselling UK single for ‘Pure And Simple’. Mick Hucknall won Outstanding Song collection and Kate Bush was awarded Outstanding Contribution to British music.

2006, The King of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group ABBA who named it after his record label, Polar Records.

2009, Amy Winehouse cancelled her appearance at a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Island Records. The event, scheduled to take place on 31st May at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, had now been cancelled completely, her management said.

2010, The Rolling Stones scored their first UK No.1 album for 16 years with the re-release of their classic 1972 double LP Exile On Main Street. The album, which was first released in 1972, had been reissued with previously unheard tracks. Their last No.1 album was 1994’s Voodoo Lounge.

2012, Erasmus MC University Medical Center in the Netherlands announced they had drawn clear links between listening to loud music, smoking marijuana and having “risky” sex. The study, published in the Official Journal of the American Academy Of Pediatrics, revealed that young people who listened to loud music on their MP3 players were more likely to have sparked up a joint in the last month. The researchers, surveyed 944 students from inner-city vocational schools aged 15 to 25.

2014, The parents of a camera assistant who was killed after being hit by a train while shooting footage for a biopic about Gregg Allman were suing the musician and the film’s producers. The case claimed film-makers “selected an unreasonably dangerous site for the filming location” and failed to take actions to adequately protect the crew.
May 23rd: Born on this day

1928, Born on this day, Rosemary Clooney, American singer who came to prominence in the early 1950s with the novelty hit ‘Come On-a My House’, which was followed by other pop numbers such as ‘Botch-a-Me’, ‘Mambo Italiano’ and ‘This Ole House’. She died on 29th June 2002.

1934, Born on this day, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser. He built his first electronic instrument, a theremin – aged 14 and made the MiniMoog, “the first compact, easy-to-use synthesiser” in 1970. He died on 21st Aug 2005 at his North Carolina home aged 71, four months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

1943, Born on this day, Norman Johnson, (General Johnson), Chairmen Of The Board, (1970 UK & US No.3 single, ‘Give Me Just A Little More Time’). He also wrote the Grammy Award winning ‘Patches’ for Clarence Carter (Jerry Reed also recorded a country music cover version). Johnson died on October 13, 2010, in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

1944, Born on this day, Raymond Fulwood, Parliament, Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).

1946, Born on this day, Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Centrefold’).

1947, Born on this day, Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, plus 26 other Top 40 hits).

1953, Born on this day, English rock guitarist Rick Fenn, best known for being a member of 10cc since 1976. He has also collaborated with Mike Oldfield, Rick Wakeman and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

1965, Born on this day, Simon Gilbert, drums, Suede, (1994 UK No.3 single ‘Stay Together’). Following Suede’s hiatus in 2003, he was the drummer for a local Bangkok band called Futon.

1967, Born on this day, English drummer Junior Waite, Musical Youth, best remembered for their successful 1982 single ‘Pass the Dutchie’, which became a No.1 hit around the world. It was a cover version of two songs: ‘Gimme the Music’ by U Brown, and ‘Pass the Kouchie’ by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).

1967, Born on this day, Philip James Selway, drummer with Radiohead. Their 1993 debut single ‘Creep’ was initially unsuccessful, but it became a worldwide hit several months after the release of their debut album, Pablo Honey. Their 1997 album OK Computer appeared in many 1997 critics’ lists and listener polls for best album of the year.

1970, Born on this day, Matt Flynn, drummer of American rock band Maroon 5. Prior to joining Maroon 5, Flynn played drums for The B-52’s, Chicago, Gavin DeGraw and Gandhi.

1972, Born on this day, Maxwell, US male singer, (1997 UK No.27 single ‘Sumthin’ Sumthin’ The Mantra’, 2001 US No.1 album, ‘Now’).

1974, Born on this day, Jewel Kilcher, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer, actress, author and poet. Jewel’s debut album, Pieces of You, released in 1995, became one of the best-selling debut albums of all time, going 12 times platinum.

1974, Born on this day, Richard Jones, bass, Stereophonics, (2001 UK No.1 album ‘Not Enough Education’, 2001 UK No.4 single ‘Handbags And Gladrags’).

1983, Born on this day, Heidi Range, vocals, (original member of Atomic Kitten), The Sugababes, (2003 UK No.1 single ‘Hole In The Head’).

1985, Born on this day, Blaine Harrison, English musician and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist of the indie rock band Mystery Jets.

May 22

1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London’s Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public’s shock over Lewis’ marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

1961, Ernie K Doe went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Mother In Law’. The song was written and produced by Allen Toussaint who also played the piano solo. Huey Lewis and the News recorded the song for the 1994 covers album, Four Chords & Several Years Ago.

1965, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride’, the group’s eighth US No.1. The American single’s label declared that the song was from the United Artists release Eight Arms to Hold You. This was the original title of the Beatles’ second movie; the title changed to Help! after the single was initially released.

1968, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Young Girl.’ The song which was about under-age sex, was the acts only UK No.1.

1971, The Rolling Stones album ‘Sticky Fingers’ started a four-week run at No.1 on the US charts, the group’s second US No.1 album. The artwork for Sticky Fingers which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs, was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro’s crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the “Tongue and Lip Design” designed by John Pasche.

1976, Wings started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Silly Love Songs’, McCartney’s fifth US No.1 since leaving The Beatles. Paul McCartney had often been teased by music critics as well as former Beatle and friend, John Lennon, for writing lightweight songs and he wrote this number in response.

1977, Television kicked off their first UK tour at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland, Blondie were the support act.

1980, U2 kicked off their 23 date ’11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.

1989, Rap group Public Enemy fired one of its members, Professor Griff, after he made anti-Semitic remarks in the Washington Post.

1991, Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single ‘Move Any Mountain.’

1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All That She Wants’, a No.2 hit in the US.

2000, Robbie Williams set up a children’s charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, ‘Give It Sum’, boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries would include UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.

2000, Travis swept the board at the Ivor Novello awards. Singer Fran Healy won two awards for Best Contemporary Song for the single ‘Why Does It Always Rain On Me” And Songwriter Of The Year for the Travis album ‘The Man Who.’

2002, Adam Ant appeared at The Old Bailey in London charged with possession of an imitation firearm. Ant, (Stuart Goddard) had been arrested in January after an altercation at The Prince of Wales pub in London when a bouncer refused to let him in.

2003, A new model of J.Lo was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London. It was part of a new “A list” celebrity area that also featured Naomi Campbell and Samuel L Jackson. J.Lo’s waxwork cost £52,000 to make.

2003, Soul singer Ruben Studdard won the second series of talent show American Idol after 24 million viewers voted in the final. Studdard beat fellow finalist Clay Aiken in a tense live showdown.

2004, Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, England on his 45th birthday. It was Morrissey’s return to his home city Manchester after an absence of 12 years and the 18000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes. During the set Morrissey performed five Smiths songs.

2005, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Lyla’ giving the UK band their seventh No.1 single. Taken from the album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’.

2005, Dave Matthews Band were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Stand Up.’ The album entered the chart at No.1 with sales of 465,000. Features the singles ‘American Baby,’ ‘Dreamgirl,’ and ‘Everybody Wake Up.’

2009, White Stripes drummer Meg White married Jackson Smith at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White’s Nashville home. Jack and Meg White were married for four years and divorced in 2000. The event was part of a double wedding, which also saw Jack Lawrence and Jo McCaughey marry. Lawrence plays bass in Jack White’s other musical projects, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.

2010, Alanis Morissette married rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway in a private ceremony at their Los Angeles home.

2011, Four dead dogs in ‘sealed containers’ were found in the Tennessee home of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. Vincent, a member of Kiss from 1982 to 1984, was released after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest by the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department.

2012, British newspaper The Sun, reported that Mick Jagger’s lavish Caribbean holiday home on Mustique was available for hire, at £9,500 a week, but added that Mick, demanded full details of applicants’ backgrounds, including professions, before they were even considered. Bandmate Keith Richards’ beach-front Caribbean holiday home at Parrot Cay Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands was also available for rent, at £35,000 a week.

2014, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie was honoured with a lifetime achievement at this year’s Ivor Novello songwriting awards. McVie played with Fleetwood Mac for 28 years and wrote some of their most famous songs, including ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Little Lies’. Other winners at the ceremony in London included London Grammar, The Chemical Brothers and Nile Rodgers.
May 22nd: Born on this day

1924, Born on this day, Charles Aznavour, French singer, actor, public activist and diplomat, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘She’). He is one of France’s most popular and enduring singers and has been dubbed France’s Frank Sinatra, selling more than 180 million records.

1931, Born on this day, Kenny Ball, (1961 UK & US No.2 single ‘Midnight In Moscow’). Ball died on 7 March 2013 at Basildon Hospital, Essex, where he was being treated for pneumonia.

1941, Born on this day, Bruce Rowland, drummer, best known for his memberships of The Grease Band (he played for Joe Cocker’s performance at the Woodstock Festival) and folk rock band Fairport Convention as well as Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance. He was also a prolific session musician. He died on 29 June 2015.

1942, Born on this day, Calvin Simon, a former member of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, (1978 US No.16 album ‘One Nation Under A Groove’).

1950, Born on this day, Bernie Taupin, English lyricist, poet, and singer and Elton John’s long-time song writing partner. Rod Stewart, Cher, The Motels, John Waite, Starship and Alice Cooper have all recorded his songs. In 1967, Taupin answered an advertisement placed in the UK music paper New Musical Express by Liberty Records, a company that was seeking new songwriters, Elton John responded to the advertisement, and the pair were brought together.

1954, Born on this day, Jerry Dammers, founder member and keyboard play with The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Ghost Town’). He contributed to the founding of the Coventry based 2 Tone Records.

1955, Born on this day, Iva Davis, Icehouse, (1983 UK No.17 single ‘Hey Little Girl’).

1955, Born on this day, Mary Black, Irish singer, songwriter, (1991 album ‘Babes In The Wood’).

1959, Born on this day, Steven Morrissey, vocals, songwriter, The Smiths, who scored the 1984 UK No.10 single ‘Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now’, plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles’. As a solo artist he scored the 1988 UK No.5 single ‘Suedehead’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles. Widely regarded as an important innovator in the indie music scene and he has also attracted media attention for his advocacy of vegetarianism and animal rights.

1962, Born on this day, Jesse Valenzuela, Gin Blossoms, (1994 UK No.24 single ‘Hey Jealousy’).

1966, Born on this day, Johnny Gill, US singer, (1992 UK No.17 single, ‘Slow And Sexy’).

1967, Born on this day, Dan Roberts, bass, Crash Test Dummies, (1994 UK No.2 & US No.4 single ‘MMM MMM MMM MMM’).

1979, Born on this day, Russell Pritchard, bass guitar, The Zutons. 2004 UK No. 6 album, ‘Who Killed ‘The Zutons’, 2006 UK No.9 single ‘Valerie’ (also a hit for Amy Winehouse).

1981, Born on this day, Su- Elise Nash, (Mis-Teeq), (2001 UK No.2 single ‘All I Want’).

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