domingo, 5 de junio de 2011

May 31st: On this Day In Music History



May 31st: On this Day In Music History

 

1961, Chuck Berry opened 'Berry Park', an amusement complex near St Louis.
The park had it's 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.
1965, Marianne Faithfull became a resident guest on BBC2 TV's 'Gadzooks! It's The In Crowd'.
1966, Filming began on The Monkees first TV series.
1968, Working on what will become The White album, The Beatles add overdubs of bass and
vocals on 'Revolution'. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the
song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting "alright" and Yoko Ono
speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for 'Revolution 9', and this session is the
first that Yoko attends.
1969, Jimi Hendrix was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents (2/6).
1971, 36 Grateful Dead fans were medically treated after unknowingly drinking L.S.D. laced cider,
 at a gig in the US.
1975, Freddy Fender went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Before The Next Teardrop Falls',
 his only US No.1.
1975, 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 flat-bed truck.
1976, The Who gave themselves a place in the Guinness book of Records as the loudest performance of 
a rock band at 120 decibels, when they played at Charlton Athletic Football ground.
1977, The Patti Smith group started a nine night residency at New York's CBGB's.
1977, The BBC announced a ban on the new Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' saying its,
 "in gross bad taste". And the IBA issued a warning to all radio stations saying the playing the single 
would be in breach of Section 4:1:A of the Broadcasting act. The single reached No.2 on the UK chart.
1977, The Police appeared at The Railway Hotel, Putney, London.
1980, Lipps Inc went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Funkytown', a UK No.2 hit.
1980, Paul McCartney went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'McCartney II'.
1980, The Theme From M*A*S*H* (Suicide Is Painless), by Mash was at No.1 on the UK singles chart,
10 years after it was first recorded after being championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ Noel Edmonds. Mike Altman
the son of the original film's director, Robert Altman, was 14 years old when he composed the song's lyrics.
1982, The Rolling Stones played at the 100 Club, Oxford St, London, to a sold out crowd of 400 people.
1982, R.E.M. signed a five-album deal with I.R.S. Records, an independent label based in California.
1986, Peter Gabriel scored his second solo UK No.1 album with 'So' featuring the singles 'Sledgehammer' and
 a duet with Kate Bush 'Don't Give Up'.
1986, The Notting Hillbillies made their live debut when they appeared at The Grove in Leeds. The group featured
Mark Knopfler, Steve Phillips and Brendan Crocker who were each paid £22.
1989, David Bowie's Tin Machine made their live debut at the International Music Awards, New York.
1994, The Eagles appeared at Irvine Meadows Theatre, California.
1997, Eternal started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Wanna Be The Only One' the girl
 soul trio's first - and only UK chart-topper.
1998, Geri Halliwell announced she had quit The Spice Girls saying "This is because of differences between us.
 I am sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best."
1998, Simply Red went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Blue', their fifth consecutive No.1 album.
1998, The Tamperen went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Feel It'. The track featured US vocalist Maya and was based
 on the Jacksons 1981 hit 'Can You Feel It'.
 
2003, UK police announced that thousands of people at this years pop festivals would be subjected to a computerised
 drug test. Fans would be asked to provide swab samples from their hands, which would be inserted into a drug detection
 machine. It was to be a voluntary test but Anti-drug officers could search anyone refusing. 
2005, Former East 17 singer Brian Harvey was in a critical condition in a London hospital after he fell under the
 wheels of his Mercedes convertible. The accident happened outside his home in Walthamstow when Harvey was 
reversing from an access road into the street. The singer suffered a broken leg, pelvis and a crushed abdomen and ribs.
2008, Death Cab For Cutie were at No.1 on the US album chart with their sixth release 'Narrow Stairs.'
May 31st: Born on this day
1938, Born on this day, Peter Yarrow, Peter Paul and Mary, (1969 US No.1 & 1970 UK No.1 single 'Leaving On A Jet Plane').
1947, Born on this day, Junior Campbell, Marmalade, (1969 UK No.1 single 'Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da').
1948, Born on this day, John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, who had the 1969 US No.4 single Whole Lotta Love. 
The bands fourth album released in 1971 featuring the rock classic Stairway To Heaven, has sold over 37 million copies.
 Bonham died on September 25th 1980 after choking on his own vomit.
1952, Born on this day, Karl Bartos, Kraftwerk, (1975 US No.25 single 'Autobahn', 1982 UK No.1
single 'Computer Love / The Model').
1959, Born on this day, Danny Pearson, bass, American Music Club, (1993 album 'Mercury').
1963, Born on this day, Wendy Smith, guitar, vocals, Prefab Sprout, (1988 UKNo.7 single with 
'The King Of Rock 'N' Roll').
1964, Born on this day, MC Darryl 'D' McDaniels, Run-DMC. (1986 UK No.8 single with Aerosmith
 'Walk This Way', 1998 UK No.1 single 'It's Like That').
1965, Born on this day, Steve White, drums, The Style Council, (1983 UK No.3 single 'Long Hot Summer'
 plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles).
1980, Born on this day, Andrew John Hurley, drummer, Fall Out Boy, (2007 US No.1 album
 'Infinity on High').
 
Died on this day
 
2000, US soul singer Johnnie Taylor died of a heart attack in a Texas hospital shortly after his 62nd birthday.
 Taylor had been a member of The Highway QCs and The Five Echoes and in 1957 Taylor replaced Sam Cooke
 in The Soul Stirrers. He scored the 1976 US No.1 'Disco Lady.'
 
2004, US guitarist Robert Quine was found dead of a heroin overdose in his New York City home. Worked with 
Richard Hell And The Voidoids, (1977 album 'Blank Generation' features the track 'Love Comes In Spurts') and 
Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Waits and They Might Be Giants.
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