Thursday, December 31, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick

This Is Love - The Loved Ones - Magic Box

My Weapon - XTC - Go 2

Night Ride Across The Caucasus - Loreena McKennett - The Book Of Secrets

The odd sock

Chaccaron Maccaron

Finale (Toys) - Eden Mackenzie - Living In A Clock

Heads Will Turn - The Yachts - The Yachts

Who’s Dreamin’ This Dream? - Christine McVie - Christine McVie

Onward - Yes - Tormato

Stuff you left in your pockets

Stomp Boogie – John Lee Hooker

Pretty Girls Everywhere – Eric Clapton & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers

Country Blues – Muddy Waters

Gene’s Boogie – Gene Krupa & his orchestra

Board Meeting – Benny Goodman & his orchestra

Hawk Talk - Coleman Hawkins

Country Jam – Magna Carta - Songs From Wastie’s Orchard

Many Happy Returns - ABC - The Lexicon Of Love

Justice Wears A Skirt - Man Bites God - Man Bites God

Imagine The Swan - The Zombies - The Time Of The Zombies

3-piece suit

Time To Live

Jump Back – Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Live At Sunbury

Clean Like Tomorrow – XMetal 11

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer – AC/DC - TNT

Morning After The Party - Manfred Mann - The Ascent Of Mann – The Fontana Years

Young Lust - Aerosmith - Pump

Quote – “You can never get silence anywhere nowadays, have you noticed?” Bryan Ferry

Intros & Outros (6th January)

1924Earl Scruggs, bluegrass musician

1929Wilbert Harrison, R&B singer

1935Nino Tempo, rock vocalist

1935 - Paul Wilson, R&B singer

1937 - Doris Troy

1944 - Van McCoy, singer & producer for Gladys Knight and Aretha Franklin

1946 - Syd Barrett (Roger Keith Barrett),original singer & guitarist with Pink Floyd

1947 - Sandy Denny (Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny), singer for Fairport Convention, solo artist & featured on Led Zeppelin’s Battle of Evermore

1951 - Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds

1953Malcolm Young, guitarist with AC/DC

1959 - Kathy Sledge, member of Sister Sledge

1963 - Paul Brindley, bassist for The Sundays

1964 - Mark O’Toole, bassist/drummer with Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1967 - Peter Loran, vocalist for Trixter

1980 - Georgeanna Tillman Gordon of The Velvelettes died on this day

1993John B “Dizzy” Gillespie, blues / jazz trumpeter died of cancer on this day. He was 75

1995 - James Clay, saxophonist, died on this day. He was 59

1996 - James Brown’s wife Adrienne died on this day when she suffered a heart attack during a major plastic surgery operation. She was 47

On this day (6th January)

1956 - Elvis Presley’s first performance in a small auditorium, in the gym at Randolph High School, Mississippi

1957 - Elvis Presley made his 7th and last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing Hound Dog, Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Don’t Be Cruel, Peace in the Valley, a first performance of his new single Too Much, and When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again

1958Gibson guitars launched their famous Flying V electric guitars

1964 - The first night of a 14-date tour, Group Scene 1964, headlining The Rolling Stones, as well as The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry & The Cruisers at the Granada Theatre,Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex

1966 - The BeatlesWe Can Work It Out was awarded gold

1968 - Val Doonican had no. 1 position on the UK album charts with Val Doonican Rocks, But Gently, while The Beatles had no. 1 on the US charts with Magical Mystery Tour for the next 8 weeks. Also, Paul Mauriat released Love is Blue and Lalo Schifrin released the theme to Mission: Impossible

1969 - The Supremes released I’m Livin’ In Shame

1970 - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young made their UK live debut in The Royal Albert Hall, London

1971 - Neil Young returned to Canada for his first concert there since pre-stardom days

1973 - Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals) started 3 weeks at no. 1 on the US singles charts

1975 - The Wiz opened on Broadway to enthusiastic reviews. In Boston Gardens, 1000 Led Zeppelin fans waiting overnight in the foyer for ticket sales, caused an estimated $30,000 damage when they rioted. The Boston Mayor cancelled the show

1977 - Faced with growing discontent from staff who had come face to face with The Sex Pistols, and a strike threat from employees at the company’s pressing plant who were unhappy about manufacturing Anarchy in the UK, EMI Records dropped the band and payed them £40,000 to release them from their contract. Also, Kiss’s LP, Rock & Roll Over, went platinum

1979 - The Village People scored no. 1 on the UK charts with Y.M.C.A.

1982 - Fun Boy Three’s Lynval Golding required 20 stitches to his head & neck after a stabbing by white youths in a Coventry disco

1987 - Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing 6 shows at The Royal Albert Hall, London

1990 - Phil Collins… But Seriously started 3 weeks at no. 1 on the US charts, while figures released by US accountants showed that the recent US tour by The Rolling Stonesgrossed over $1 million – a then new record for any rock act

1993 - It was reported that David Bowie had lost over £2.5 million in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud

1997 – Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from George Harrison’s garden when thieves scaled a 3 metre wall, and cut the statues from their plinths

2001 - Pink Floyd guitaist David Gilmour won the right to his name. David took legal action in his battle to reclaim from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site

2004 - US CD sales rose for the first time in 4 years, despite the growing popularity of legal digital musical downloads

Monday, December 28, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Heavy Hats – Nils LofgrenDamaged Goods
Romany Soup – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn
She Comes In Colours - Love - Best Of …

The odd sock
Eleanor Rigby - Tony Bennett

Shake, Rattle & Roll - The Loved Ones - Magic Box
Jumping In Gomorrah - XTC - Go 2
The Highwayman - Loreena McKennett - The Book Of Secrets
I Can’t Stay Long - The Yachts - The Yachts

Stuff you left in your pockets
Shoo Shoo Baby – Dinah Washington
Lonely Years – Eric Clapton & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Slop Around – Buddy Guy
I Should Have Kept On Dreaming – Gene Krupa & his orchestra
Scarecrow – Benny Goodman & his orchestra
I Knew Dana - Coleman Hawkins

The Woman’s Dream - Eden Mackenzie - Living In A Clock
Circus Of Heaven - Yes - Tormato
Got A Hold On Me - Christine McVie - Christine McVie

3-piece suit
In The Real World
Where’s The Walrus?
Light Of The World
Chinese Whispers
Stereotomy 2 – Alan Parsons Project - Stereotomy

Embers Fire – Paradise LostMetal 11
Show Me - ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
Country Jam – Magna Carta - Songs From Wastie’s Orchard
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Singer – AC/DC - TNT

Quote“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain“ Bob Marley

Intros & Outros (30th December)

1928Bo Diddley (Elias Bates McDaniel), blues guitarist & singer
1930 - Andy Williams, singer
1931 - Skeeter Davis (Mary Francis Penick), singer
1933 - Andy Stewart, singer
1934Del Shannon (Charles Westover), singer
1937 - John Hartford, songwriter. Also played banjo & fiddle on The ByrdsSweetheart of the Rodeo
1937 - (Noel) Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary
1940 - Kenny Pentifallo of Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes
1942Mike Nesmith, actor, vocalist & guitarist with The Monkees, solo artist, record & video producer
1942Robert Quine, guitarist with Richard Hell & The Voidoids, also worked with Lou Reed, Brian Eno, Lloyd Cole and They Might Be Giants
1945 - Davey Jones, actor, vocalist & guitarist with The Monkees
1945 - Roger Glover, bassist with Rainbow
1946Patti Smith, singer and poet
1947 - Jeff Lynne, guitarist, synthesizer-player and vocalist with Idle Race, The Move, Electric Light Orchestra and The Travelling Wilburys
1949 - Geoff Peacey of Boston Show Band, Lake and Elephant
1950 - Dave Stewart of Hatfield and The North
1959 - Tracey Ullman, comedian, singer & actress
1969 - Jason Kay, vocalist with Jamiroquai
1975 - Tiger Woods (Just thought you’d like to know. Ed.)
1991 - A second child is born to Bruce Springsteen and his wife Patti Scaialf
1995Clarence Satchell of The Ohio Players died on this day

On this day (30th December)
1962 - 18 year-old Brenda Lee (Brenda Mae Tarpley), was injured slightly when she tried to rescue her poodle, CeeCee, from their burning house. The dog later died from smoke inhalation
1962Ike & Tina Turner, The Ike-ettes, Jimmy Thomas and Mary Brown performed at Coconut Grove in Sacrament, California
1963 - New Musical Express’s 12th International popularity Poll lists British acts at the top of most categories for the first time – the no. 1 male singer is Cliff Richard, the no. 1 group is The Beatles, and the record of the year is She Loves You
1965 - Tonight’s episode of the TV pop show, Shindig!, featured The Kinks, The Who, Manfred Mann, The Hollies and Gerry & The Pacemakers
1967 - The top 3 positions on the US singles charts were The Beatles at no. 1 with Hello Goodbye (their 15th no. 1 in the US), Gladys Knight & The Pips with I Heard It Through The Grapevine and The Monkees with Day Dream Believer
1969 - Peter Tork quit The Monkees by buying himself out at a cost of $160,000
1970 - Paul McCartney sued John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr to dissolve The Beatles partnership, and regain control of his interest in it
1973 - John McLaughlin & The Mahavishnu Orchestra played their last concert at The Masonic Auditorium in Detroit, Michigan
1974 - The Beatles partnership officially dissolves, 4 years after Paul McCartney initiated his lawsuit
1976 - Abba’s Greatest Hits goes gold
1978 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer announced their official break up, while XTC made their live debut in the US at a show in Philadelphia
1981The J. Geils Band’s Freeze-Frame goes gold
1989 - Chris Novoselic, bassist with Nirvana married Shelli Dilly in Washington
1993 - Deni Hines married INXS’ guitarist Kirk Pengilly
1995Michael Jackson’s Earth Song was no. 1 in the UK
1999 - George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked when an intruder broke into their home. The Intruder, Michael Abram, was arrested; George had been stabbed in the chest and was admitted to hospital. On a lighter note, former Slade singer, Noddy Holder, was awarded an MBE, and Mark Knopfler awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Millennium Honours list
2001 - Nickelback’s How To Remind Me went to no. 1 in the US charts
2002 - Diana Ross was arrested for drink driving by the Arizona police. She was cited with 3 misdemeanors – driving under the influence, driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 and “extreme DUI” driving with a blood alcohol level over .15

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Ask Me If I Care - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …
Last Night - The Ventures - The Ventures Play Telstar
Baby Please Don’t Go - John Lennon - Lennon

The odd sock
My Pal Foot Foot - The Shaggs

Something So Right - Annie Lennox - Medusa
The Misty Coast Of Albany – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn
Setting Sun – Nils LofgrenDamaged Goods
(Don’t Spill My) Courage - Wall Of Voodoo - 7 Days In Sammystown

Stuff you left in your pockets
Hold It Right There – Eddie “Clean Head” Vinson
Third Degree – Eric Clapton & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Ain’t Nobody’s Business – Jimmy Witherspoon
Gee Bop – Gene Krupa & his orchestra
The Mole – Harry James & his orchestra

Que Vida - Love - Best Of …
And Then - Weather Report - Mr Gone
Don’t Need A Reindeer - The Moody Blues - December
Life Is Good In The Greenhouse - XTC - Go 2

3-piece suit
One Night In Paris
The Same Night In Paris
Later The Same Night In Paris
I’m Not In Love
Blackmail – 10cc - The Original Soundtrack

Embers Fire – Paradise LostMetal 11
Semaphore Love - The Yachts - The Yachts
Christmas In California – America
Go Tell It On The Mountain – The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Quote“ I really like performing when I'm mad. And I'm always mad at boys “
Avril Lavigne

Intros & Outros (23rd December)

1913Lulu Belle (Myrtle Eleanor Cooper) of Lulu Belle & Scotty
1929Chet Baker (Chesney Baker)
1935Esther Phillips (Esther Mae Jones), soul singer
1939Johnny Kidd (Frederick Heath), front-man for Johnny Kidd & The Pirates
1940 - Eugene Record, singer with The Chi-Lites
1940Jorma Kaukonen, guitarist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna
1941 - Ron Bushy, drummer with Iron Butterfly
1941 - Tim Harden, singer / songwriter
1943Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) of Spinal Tap
1943 - Peter Quaife, bassist for The Kinks
1946 - Duster Bennett, singer, guitarist & harmonica player for Alexis Korner, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, BB King & Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
1949Ariel Bender (Luther James Grosvenor), guitarist with Spooky Tooth and Mott the Hoople
1951 - Johnny Contardo, singer with Sha-Na-Na
1955Bruce Hornsby, keyboard player
1958 - Dave Murray, guitarist with Iron Maiden
1960 - Will Sinnott, bassist with The Shamen
1965 - Slash, guitarist for Guns ‘n’ Roses
1965 - Eddie Vedder, singer for Pearl Jam
1992 - Eddie Hazel, guitarist for Funkadelic died on this day. He was 42

On this day (23rd December)
1957 - Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel) released Hey! Schoolgirl
1959Chuck Berry was arrested for taking 14 year-old Janice Norine (who, unbeknown to Berry, was working as a prostitute) across a state line. Berry was sentenced to 5 years gaol but was freed after racist remarks by the judge
1961 - Decca talent scout, Mike Smith was impressed by a performance of The Beatles when he saw them play at The Cavern
1964 - The Beach BoysBrian Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston during a US tour. He left the band to concentrate on writing &producing. Glen Campbell took his place for the rest of the tour
1964 - Pirate radio station Radio London began regular broadcasts
1964The Beach Boys made their first appearance on Shindig! playing Little Saint Nick, Dance, Dance, Dance, Johnny B. Goode and Monster Mash
1966 - British TV pop show, Ready, Steady, Go broadcast its final edition featuring The Who, while Night Tripper, later to be renamed The UFO Club, opened, featuring progressive rock, light shows, movies and weirdness ‘til dawn. This first show featured Pink Floyd, The Floyd, The Soft Machine, Tomorrow and Arthur Brown
1967 - The Classics IV released Spooky and The Jimi Hendrix Experience released Foxy Lady
1969 - Elton John, lyricist Bernie Taupin, arranger Paul Buckmaster and producer Gus Dudgeon meet for the first time to discuss Elton’s recording career
1970 - Joni Mitchell’s 3rd LP, Ladies of the Canyon, goes gold
1972 - 9 year-old Jimmy Osmond became the youngest artist to top the UK singles charts with Long Haired Lover From Liverpool, and John Lennon’s Imagine is world premiered on US television
1972 – Former Grand Funk Railroad manager, Terry Knight showed up at a benefit gig armed with 2 deputy-sheriffs and a 20-foot moving van. He had a court order giving him the right to seize and hold $1 million in money or assets pending settlement of several lawsuits between him & the band. Since the show couldn’t go on without the equipment, he was ordered not to touch anything until after the show
1974 - The Faces set an attendance record for the most successful rock tour of Britain for the year, and George Harrison released Ding Dong, Ding Dong
1977 - Cat Stevens formally changed his name to Yusef Islam
1978 - Rod Stewart released Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?
1980 - John McVie and wife, Julie were busted for cocaine possession when sniffer dogs alerted police to the contents of a package addressed to their Honolulu home
1984 - Howard Jones played the first of 3 sold-out concerts at London’s Hammersmith Odeon, supported by Strawberry Switchblade
1985 - During a concert by LL Cool J at a roller rink at Baltimore, a fight broke out – one person was trampled underfoot & 3 people were shot
1985 - Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after drinking beer, smoking dope and listening to the LP Stained Class for several hours. Belknap shot & killed himself, while Vance blew off the front of his face. He lived for 3 years before dying of the effects of the shooting
1989 - The 2nd version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? by Band Aid II hit no. 1 on the UK charts
1996 - Motley Crue’s bassist, Nikki Sixx, married Baywatch star Donna Deruico
1998 - BBC 1 aired the program about the life of Robbie Williams, Some Mothers …
2000Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall was given a police caution for possessing cocaine and cannabis, found in his Surrey home by police after a woman falsely accused him of rape
2002 - Sir Paul McCartney was granted his own coat of arms by the College of Arms. It features a Liver Bird, highlighting his Liverpool connections

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
In Perfect Dreams - k d lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Red River Rock - The Ventures - The Ventures Play Telstar
Rock & Roll - Led Zeppelin - Early Days

The odd sock
Things I Wonder - The Shaggs

Rainbow Tree - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …
Come To Me – Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy James & The Shondells
Fortunately - John Lennon - Lennon
The Pilgrim’s Tale – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn

Stuff you left in your pockets
Bye Bye Baby Blues – Big Joe Williams
Hideaway – Eric Clapton & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
Sittin’ On Top – Ray Charles
Ladybird – Charlie Bird
Swingin’ On The Teagarden Gate – Jack Teagarden & his orchestra

Waiting In Vain - Annie Lennox - Medusa
Tragic Vaudeville - Wall Of Voodoo - 7 Days In Sammystown
Here For You – Nils LofgrenDamaged Goods
Pinocchio - Weather Report - Mr Gone

3-piece suit
Let It Rain
Presence Of The Lord – Derek & The Dominos - In Concert

Do You Need Some – Mind BombMetal 11
Beatown - XTC - Go 2
Orange Skies - Love - Best Of …
Then & Now - The Yachts - The Yachts

I always felt rock and roll was very, very wholesome music
Aretha Franklin

Intros & Outros (16th December)

1919Earl Bolick of Sky Boys
1934Karl Denver, singer with Happy Mondays, and solo artist
1937 - Jim Glaser, member of The Glaser Brothers
1944Glenn Miller, jazz player / band-leader, died on this day. He was 40
1945 - Tony Hicks, guitarist with The Hollies
1946 - Benny Anderson, keyboard player & vocalist with Abba
1950 - Bill Gibbons, guitarist & vocalist for Moving Sidewalks & ZZ Top
1951Robben Ford, guitarist
1959Steve Irvine, drummer forLloyd Cole & The Emotions
1972 - Michael McCary, vocalist with Boyz II Men
1988 - Sylvester James, US disco singer, died on this day of an aids-related condition. He was 41
1997Nicolette Larson, singer/ songwriter who worked with Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and David Crosby died on this day. She was 45
2001Stuart Adamson, vocalist for Big Country, was found dead in Hawaii motel room more than a month after disappearing from his US home. He had been fighting a battle against alcoholism. He was 43

On this day (16th December)
1950Patti Page’s Tennessee Waltz topped the charts
1957 - Pat Boone’s April Love topped the charts
1965The Beatles’ double A-side Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out, became their 9th no. 1 in the UK, and their 3rd Christmas chart-topper in a row. The Music of Lennon & McCartney was screened by Granada TV in the London area, and Magical Mystery Tour double LP & book entered the UK charts
1966 - The Beatles released Everywhere It’s Christmas in the UK
1966 - Jimi Hendrix Experience released Hey Joe on the Polydor label after it was rejected by Decca Records
1967 - The Rolling Stones announced that Marianne Faithful was the first artist signed to their Mother Earth label, The Lemon Pipers released Green Tambourine and Pink Floyd perform at the Middle Earth Club, one of London’s major rock venues
1968 - Creedence Clearwater Revival’s debut LP went gold
1970 - In one day, 5 singles & 5 albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival are certified gold. Down on the Corner, Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Travellin’ Band, bad Moon Risin’, Up Around The Bend and Cosmo’s Factory, Willy & The Poor Boys, Green River, Bayou Country and Creedence Clearwater Revival
1971 - Frank Zappa’s movie, 200 Motels opened at London’s Piccadilly Classic Cinema
1971 - Don McLean released his 8-minutes-plus single American Pie
1972 - Billy Paul’s Me & Mrs Jones started a 3-week run at no. 1 on the US charts, and Paul McCartney released Hi, Hi, Hi
1973 - Stephen Stills becomes the father of a 2 year-old boy when he loses a paternity suit filed against him by Harriet Tunis
1974Mott The Hoople called it quits. Front man Ian Hunter left the band after failing to recover from having collapsed from exhaustion 2 months before
1975 - The Bay City Rollers received US gold for Saturday Night
1977 - The Bee Gees’ received gold for How Deep Is Your Love
1977 - Saturday Night Fever premieres
1978 - Alex Harvey played Glasgow’s Apollo. Tickets ranged from £1.50 to &pound:3
1982 - Japan played their last concert before splitting up in Nagoya, Japan
1983 - Judas Priest played the first of 2 sold-out nights at London’s Hammersmith Odeon
1983 - The Who disbanded. Although substitute drummer Kenny Jones was probably the best possible substitute, the group never really recovered from Keith Moon’s death 5 years earlier
1988 - Sigue Sigue Sputnik played at England’s Stourbridge Town Hall. Tickets cost £5
1989 - Billy Joel’s Storm Front LP went to no. 1 in the US, while Jive Bunny & The Mastermixes had a no. 1 single in the UK with Let’s Party
1991 - Chubby Checker filed a $14,000 million lawsuit against McDonalds in Canada, for its alleged use of an imitation of his voice on The Twist in a fries commercial
1993 - The Verve played The Krazy House, Liverpool, supported by Oasis while MTV aired Nirvana’s Unplugged session for the first time
1994 - The MonkeesDavey Jones was charged with DWI
1999 – A 28 year-old man died when he fell more than 24metres while dismantling the set of a Spice Girls set in Earl’s Court, London
2000 – The estranged father & former manager of LeAnn Rimes made embarrassing allegations during a legal battle over millions of dollars. Mr Rimes told the court that LeAnn paid her mother $11,390 every times she styled her hair before a show
2001Robbie Williams & Nicole Kidman started a 3-week run at no.1 on the UK singles charts with their cover of Frank & Nancy Sinatra’s 1967 no. 1 hit Somethin’ Stupid. The song was the Christmas no. 1 for 2001

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Kundalini Yoga Waltz - k d lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Rock Love - Utopia - Adventures In Utopia
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin - Early Days

The odd sock
Mr Tambourine Man - William Shatner

I Was Not Born To Follow - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …
Inside Out - The Venetians - Amazing World
Imagine (take 1) - John Lennon - Lennon
Percolator - The Ventures - The Ventures Play Telstar

Stuff you left in your pockets
I Ain’t Mad At You Pretty Baby – Gatemouth Brown
Walkin’ Away Blues – Ry Cooder
Nothin’ For Nothin’ Blues – Big Joe Turner
Untitled Blues – Charlie Bird
Begin The Beguine – Artie Shaw & his orchestra

Thin Line Between Love & Hate - Annie Lennox - Medusa
Gotta Get Back To You – Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy James & The Shondells
Alone – Nils LofgrenDamaged Goods
Nijinsky Hand – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn

3-piece suit
Child In Time
Black Night
Cry Free – Deep Purple - Powerhouse

Shame On Me – The WildheartsMetal 11
Museums - Wall Of Voodoo - Welcome To Sammystown
Stephanie Knows - Love - Best Of …
Punk Jazz - Weather Report - Mr Gone

Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music
Angela Monèt

Intros & Outros (9th December)

1932Jessie “Ooh Poo Pah Doo” Hill, jazz musician
1932 - Junior Wells (Amos Blackmore), harmonica player with The Muddy Waters Band, teamed with Buddy Guy, and solo artist
1938 - David Houston
1940 - Sam Strain R&B singer of Little Anthony & The Imperials & The O’Jays
1941Dan Hicks of Hot Licks
1943 - Rick Danko, guitarist & vocalist for The Hawks, which evolved into The Band
1943 - Kenny Vance of Jay & The Americans
1944Neil Innes, vocals & guitarist for Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band (later Bonzo Dog Band), composed music for Monty Python’s Flying Circus, wrote for and performed in The Rutles
1944Shirley Brickley of The Orlons
1948Dennis Dunaway, played in Alice Cooper’s band
1950Joan Armatrading, singer
1953Jill Seaward of Shakatak
1956Sylvia (Sylvia Kirby Allen), country singer
1956Lou Handman, songwriter, died on this day
1957 - Donny Osmond, member of The Osmonds
1968 - Michael Foster, drummer for Firehouse
1969 - Jakob Dylan (son of Bob Dylan), guitarist & vocals for The Wallflowers
1970 - Zac Foley, bassist with EMF
1972Tre Cool (Frank Wright), drummer for Green Day
1978Chris Wolstenholme bassist for The Muse
1981Sonny Til (Earlington Carl Tilghman) of The Orioles, died of as heart attack on this day. He was 51
1994 - Garnet Silk, reggae singer, died on this day. He was 28
1994 - Maureen Cox Starkey ex-wife of Ringo, died of leukemia on this day. She was 48
1996 - Faron Young, country singer, committed suicide on this day
2340 - Worf, Star Trek Klingon

On this day (9th December)
1964Paul McCartney paid a visit on Ringo Starr, recovering from a tonsillectomy
1967 - Jim Morrison was maced back-stage at a Doors concert by an over-enthusiastic security guard who mistook him for a fan. Morrison retaliated with verbal abuse of the officer onstage, was dragged off and gaoled.
1967 - Cream’s Disreali Gears entered the charts
1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experiencetook no. 1 on the US charts with Electric Ladyland
1971 - The Who played The Los Angeles Forum, California
1971 - Carole King was awarded gold for her LP, Music
1972 - The Moody Blues started a 5-week run at no. 1 on the US charts with Seventh Sojourn, Elton John released Crocodile Rock, while Helen Reddy became the 1st Aussie female to top the US chart. I Am Woman, from the movie Stand Up & Be Counted, became an anthem for the feminist movement. It was Capitol Records’ first no. 1 hit in over 4 years.
1972 - A stage version of Peter Townsend’s Tommy, with an all-star cast including The London Symphony Orchestra, The Who, Rod Stewart, Steve Winwood, Maggie Bell, Sandy Denny, Richie Havens, Ringo Starr, Peter Sellers and Richard Harris, was staged at London’s Rainbow Theatre. 2 shows were staged as charity performances aiding Stars’ Organisation Form Spastics and raised £10,000, and a live album was later released
1974 - The Who receive gold for Odds & Sods, a collection of oddities from the group’s tape archive
1974 - George Harrison released his first album on the Dark Horse label, titled Dark Horse
1978 - Boney M’s Mary’s Boy Child, (a cover of the 1957 Harry Belafonte hit), went to no. 1 in the UK. Chic started a 7-week run at no. 1 in the US with Le Freak. The Blues Brothers released a cover of Sam & Dave’s hit, Soul Man
1984 - Lloyd Cole & The Commotions played The Powerhouse, Birmingham while Spandau Ballet performed at Wembley Arena in London
1988 - According to a poll released in the US, music by Neil Diamond was favoured as the best background music for sex. Second choice was Beethoven followed by Luther Vandross
1989Rodney Crowell, husband of Johnny Cash’s daughter, Roseanne, became the first artist to release an album that contained 5 US country no. 1 singles
1989Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start The Fire started a 2-week run at no. 1 in the US
1990Paula Abdul was taken to North Hollywood Medical Centre after being involved in a car crash in Los Angeles
1991 –2nd Billboard music awards
1991 - After a long legal battle, Bob Marley’s $11.5 million estate was awarded to his wife & children. Ziggy Marley’s daughter was born and named Justice in honour of the verdict
1992 - Bill Wyman leaves The Rolling Stones after playing with the band for over 30 years
1992 –3rd Billboard music awards
1995 - Michael Jackson scored his 6th solo UK no. 1 single when Earth Song hit the top for 6 weeks. It also gave him the UK Christmas no. 1 of 1995
1995 - The BeatlesAnthology No. 1 topped the charts
1997 - Oasis played the 1st of 3 sold-out concerts at Wembley Arena in London, supported by Supergrass
1998 - All SaintsNicole Appleton walked out during the recording of BBC2’s Later, saying she had quit the band
2000 - Sharon Corr of The Corrs called for the legalization of cannabis, claiming it has medicinal properties. Sharon said, ”certainly people with certain conditions can get a brief reprieve from their symptoms through cannabis”
2001 - Channel 4 issued an apology to viewers for Madonna’s use of the word “motherfucker” during live TV coverage at The Tate gallery. A TV spokesman said they did have a bleeper system, but missed it. (The editor of The Laundromat blog apologises to viewers for the use of….. oh, forget it)
2003 - Ozzy Osbourne was hospitalised at Wexham Park, Slough, Berkshire after a quad-bike accident at his UK home. He broke his collarbone, 8 ribs and a vertebrae in his neck. News of the accident reached the House of Commons, where the government sent a goodwill message
2003 - A Celebrity Thumbprints auction took place on Beyoce, Kelly osbourne, Coldplay, Blue and Westlife were among celebrities whose thumbprints were auctioned

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Lifted By Love - k d lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Love Alone - Utopia - Adventures In Utopia
Since I’ve Been Loving You - Led Zeppelin - Early Days

The odd sock
The Ballad of Jim & Tammy Bakker

Shoeshine Boy - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …
Looks Like Love - The Venetians - Amazing World
Remember - John Lennon - Lennon
Green Onions - The Ventures - The Ventures Play Telstar

Stuff you left in your pockets
Between The Hard Places & The Ground – Mike Bloomfield
Willie Brown Blues – Ry Cooder
Stone Crazy – Buddy Guy
52nd Street Theme – Charlie Bird
The Japanese Sandman – Artie Shaw & his orchestra

Downtown Lights - Annie Lennox - Medusa
She – Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy James & The Shondells
Damaged Goods – Nils LofgrenDamaged Goods
Iscariot – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn

3-piece suit
Simple Man
Foolish Man
Mama Lion
Deja Vu – David Crosby & Graham Nash - Live

Into The Pit – FightMetal 11
Dark As The Dungeon - Wall Of Voodoo - Welcome To Sammystown
Seven & Seven Is - Love - Best Of …
Punk Jazz - Weather Report - Mr Gone

Quote“Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music“
Allan Bloom

Intros & Outros (2nd December)

1906 - Dr Peter Carl Goldmark, inventor of the long-playing microgroove record (LP) which revolutionised the way people played recorded music
1915 - Roebuck ‘Pops’ Staples
1915Adolph Green
1923Maria Callas, singer
1941Tom McGuinness, bassist and guitarist for Manfred Mann up to1969, then McGuiness Flint and Blues Band.
1942 - Ted Bluechel, vocalist & drummer for The Association
1943 - Dave Munden of The Tremeloes
1950 - John Wesley Ryles
1952Peter Kingsbery of Cock Robin
1952 - Michael McDonald, keyboard player & vocalist for The Doobie Brothers
1960Rick Savage, bassist for Def Leppard
1960Sydney Youngblood
1968Nate Mendel, bassist for Foo Fighters
1978Nellie Furtado, Canadian singer
1982 - David Blue, US folkie and member of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue, died of a heart attack while jogging in New York’s Washington Square Park. He was 41
1986 - Lee Dorsey, R&B singer, died on this day. He was 59
1987Britney Spears, singer and mime artist
2001Valerie Jones, singer with The Jones Girls, and worked with Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin and Betty Everett, died on this day. She was 45

On this day (2nd December)
1950Phil Harris’s The Thing, topped the charts
1957 - Sam Cooke’s You Send Me topped the charts
1959 - Marty WildeBritish rock singer, married Joyce Baker, a member of the vocal group The Vernons Girls
1964 - Ringo Starr had his tonsils removed while The Beatles were on tour in Australia
1966 - Love, Moby Grape and Lee Michaels performed at the Fillmore East
1967 - The Monkees started 5 weeks at no. 1 on the US charts with Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd. This was the 4th LP of theirs to occupy no. 1 in the same year. Their single Daydream Believer topped the charts as well, while The American Breed released Bend Me, Shape Me
1967Jimmy Rodgers was found in mysterious circumstances in a car with his skull fractured. He later recovered, but his career was over
19 - Eric Burdon launched a ”Curb the Clap” bumper sticker campaign to combat what he called ”the number one sickness in the record business today”. For every donation to the LA Free Clinic, Burdon sent out a Curb the Clap bumper sticker
1971 - Led Zepellin performed at The Royal Ballroom, Bornemouth, England
1971Taj Mahal gave a concert for the men on death row in Washington State Penitentiary
1972Niel Sedaka’s Oh Carol re-entered the British Top 20 charts, 13 years after its previous success. Dr Hook released On The Cover Of The Rolling Stone, Hurricane Smith released Oh Babe, What Would You Say? and Carly Simon released You’re So Vain. The TemptationsPapa Was A Rolling Stone topped the charts
1973 - After a show at the Montreal Forum, members of The Who and companions were jailed overnight for $6000 worth of hotel damage. The incident was later chronicled in the John Entwhistle song Cell Block Number Seven
1973 - 658,000 tickets for Bob Dylan’s up-coming tour in San Francisco sold out. Traffic was backed up 5 blocks from the Post Office, and many applications were marked ”Return to Sender” as there were too many to be handled
1974 - Ravi Shankar was hospitalised in Chicago whilst on tour with George Harrison. He was released 2 weeks later and rejoined the tour in Boston
1975 - Silver Convention earn gold for their disco hit Fly, Robin, it went to no. 1 on the US charts
1978 - Rod Stewart’s Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? hit no. 1 on the UK singles chart, while Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond had a no. 1 hit with You Don’t Bring Me Flowers in the US
1979 - Kris Kristofferson divorced Rita Coolidge after 6 years of marriage
20 - Stevie Wonder performed at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House playing material from his recent Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants LP, accompanied by the National Afro-American Philharmonic Orchestra. The last part of the 3-hour concert had Wonder doing more conventional hits.
1980Joni Mitchell made her cable TV debut on Shadows & Light, an 80-minute concert taped at the Santa Barbara County Bowl in California
1986 - Jerry Lee Lewis checked into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome his addiction to painkillers
1986 - Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lennox ripped off her bra during a performance of Missionary Man in front of a 10,000-strong Birmingham crowd
1987 - INXS performed at Newcastle City Hall (England), supported by Sinead O’Connor
1988 - The Stone Roses performed at the London School of Economics, supported by The Charlatans
1988 - Kiss members Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons joined Willie Nelson on Geraldo to discuss the topic ”Sex on the Road”
1995 - Mariah Carey went to no. 1 on the US singles charts with her duet with Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day. It made Mariah the first artist in history to have 2 consecutive singles debut at No. 1
1997 - A man died after falling from a balcony during a Rolling Stones concert at Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan
1997 - Whitney Houston pulled out of a Moonies sponsored concert, 2 hours before it was due to begin. The religious group said they had no intention of suing the singer, as long as she returned the $1 million fee she had received
1998 - Jimmy Buffett played his home town of Mobile, Alabama for the first time in 8 years. Proceeds of the concert went to help victims of Hurricane George
1999 – It was reported that Stevie Wonder was to undergo an operation to regain his sight. The breakthrough surgery involved insertion of a microchip in his retina
2000 - Thieves broke into Madonna’s London home by forcing their way through a basement door. They stole Guy Richie’s, (her fiance), carkeys, loaded up his car with possessions and drove off
2001 - Daniel Bedingfield’s single Gotta Get Thru This hit no. 1 in the UK
2002Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after he hung-fu-kicked a police officer in the Bayerischer Hotel in Munich. The singer lost his 2 front teeth in the brawl, and an Oasis minder was knocked out cold. A concert in Munich was postponed and a show in Hamburg rescheduled as the singer underwent emergency dental work

Monday, November 23, 2009


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Death of a Clown - The Kinks - The Ultimate Collection
You Make Me Crazy - Utopia - Adventures In Utopia
Marching Along Singing A Song – Ed KuepperThe Blue House

The odd sock
I can’t find a name for the track or the artist, but you are warned – DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! Ed.

Lifted By Love - k d Lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Little Change - The Venetians - Amazing World
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin - Early Days
Tequila - The Ventures - The Ventures Play Telstar

Stuff you left in your pockets
Information Blues – Roy Milton
Somebody’s Callin’ My Name – Ry Cooder
Wise Woman Blues – Dinah Washington
Allen’s Alley – Charlie Bird
Flying Home – Lionel Hampton & his orchestra

Lonely Atmosphere - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …
Ball Of Fire – Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy James & The Shondells
Mother - John Lennon - Lennon
The Sea Beasts – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn

3-piece suit
Khe Sanh
My Turn To Cry
Four Walls
One Long Day – Cold Chisel - Swingshift

Punishment – BiohazardMetal 10
Big City - Wall Of Voodoo - Welcome To Sammystown
I Can’t Get Next To You - Annie Lennox - Medusa
Mr Gone - Weather Report - Mr Gone

Quote“If you don't have sex and you don't do drugs, your rock 'n' roll better be awfully good.“
Abbie Hoffman

Intros & Outros (25th November)

1924 - Paul Desmond (Paul Breitenfield) of the Dave Brubeck Quartet
1940Percy Sledge, soul singer
1943Roy Lynes, organist for The Spectres and Status Quo.
1944Bob Lind, singer
1944Bev Bevan, drummer for Move and ELO
1947Val Fuentes, drummer with It’s a Beautiful Day
1950Jocelyn Brown, singer
1951Del Bromham of Stray
1959 - Steve Rothery of Marillion
1960Amy Grant, singer
1960Kasey Smith of Danger Danger
1966 - Stacey Lattislaw, disco singer
1967Rodney Sheppard, guitarist with Sugar Ray
1968 - Tundle, singer with Lighthouse Family
1970 - Albert Ayler, avant garde saxophonist, died on this day in the Hudson River. Rumours of him being tied to a jukebox were unconfirmed. He was 34
1974Nick Drake, singer / songwriter died in his sleep of an overdose of the anti-depressant, Tryptasol
1991Bill Graham, rock promoter, died on this day

On this day (25th November)
1945 - Miles Davis made his first recording as a member of Charlie Parker’s band
1955 - Bill Haley & The Comets’s Rock Around the Clock hit no. 1 on the UK charts, while The Singing Dogs, a single by the band of the same name, entered the UK charts
1957 - Billboard reports that ”rock & roll acts are turning away from the increasingly disappointing grosses of big package shows in favour of smaller scale teen record hops where performers appear for a smaller guarantees but a bigger percentage of the gate”
1957 - Gene Vincent & The Blue Caps perform on the Ed Sullivan Show for their first national TV appearance
1958 - Lord Rockinhgam’s XI hit no. 1 on the UK singles charts with Hoots Mon
1961 - The Everly Brothers commenced active service for the 8th Battalion, Marine Corps Reserves
1965 - London’s Harrods department store closed their doors to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping
1965The Seekers’s single, The Carnival is Over hit no. 1 in the UK
1966The Jimi Hendrix Experience made its London performing debut at The Bag o’ Nails Club
1967 - Strawberry Alarm Clock’s Incense & Peppermints topped the charts
1968 - The Beatles’s White Album, individually numbered with colour photos of each of the Beatles as well as a fold-out poster, was released in US
1969 - John Lennon returned his MBE to the Queen with a note that read, ”Your Majesty, I am returning this MBE in protest against Britain’s involvement in the Nigeria-Biafra thing, against our support of America in Vietnam, and against “Cold Turkey” slipping down the charts. With love, John Lennon of Bag”
1971 – The 3 remaining members of The Doors tell Rolling Stone that they are determined to carry despite the death of their singer
1972 - Chuck Berry’s My Ding-a-Ling was no. 1 on the UK charts
1972 - A disappointing 32,000 turned out for the Woodstock of the West concert, sponsored by a Los Angeles radio station. Performers included Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Mott the Hoople, The Eagles, The Bee Gees and others
1972 - Pink Floyd Live In Pompeii, a film set for its premier at London’s Rainbow Theatre was cancelled at the last minute by the theatre’s owner. No explanation was given
1972 – According to Rolling Stone, The Hollies’ lead singer, Allan Clarke had announced plans to leave the band
1976 - The Band played their last performance, called The Last Waltz. The show also featured Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Ringo Star, Emmylou Harris, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Hawkins, Bobbie Charles and others
1976Rick Wakeman rejoined Yes after leaving 3 years earlier to pursue a solo career
1978 - The Police performed at London’s Electric Ballroom. Tickets were £1.50
1982The Jam started their final UK tour at Glasgow’s Apollo Theatre
1984 - The cream of the British pop world gathered to record the historic Do They Know It’s Christmas? single, written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure. It featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell in excess of 3 million copies becoming the best-selling record ever, and raised over £8 million worldwide
1985Bobby brown announced he was leaving New Edition
1988James appeared at the Irish Centre, Birmingham, supported by The Happy Mondays, while The Las performed at Manchester University
1988 - Chuck Berry paid a $250 fine to settle a New York City assault charge
1989 - New Kids On The Block scored their first UK no. 1 single with You Got It (The Right Stuff)
1989 - Milli Vanilli’s Blame It On The Rain topped the charts
1995 - Radiohead’s Thom Yorke blacked out halfway through a show in Munich, Germany, suffering from exhaustion
1995 - Whitney Houston’s Exhale (Shoop Shoop) went to no. 1 on the US charts
2000 - A burglar broke into Alice Cooper’s house and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to Cooper’s daughter, as well as 4 of Alice’s gold discs
2001 - Garth Brooks hit no. 1 on the US album charts with Scarecrow, while Robbie Williams started an 8-week run at no. 1 on the UK album charts with Swing When You’re Winning
2003 - Michael Jackson launched a website to defend himself following allegations of sexual abuse of a 12 year-old boy. The singer posted a message saying the charges were based on “a big lie and that he wanted to end “this horrible time” by proving they were false in court
2003 - Meatloaf underwent heart surgery in a London hospital after being diagnosed with a condition that causes an irregular heartbeat. He had collapsed on November 17 as he performed at London’s Wembley Arena

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Here’s the playlist for The Laundromat this week (18th November)

Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks - The Ultimate Collection
Fair Warning – Todd RundgrenInitiation
I Remember Larry - ’Weird Al’ Yankovic - Bad Hair Day

The odd sock
Stairway To Gilligan - Little Roger & The Goosebumps

Eggtooth – Leo KottkeLive In Europe
Hymn – UltravoxMonument The Soundtrack
The Comedians – Ed KuepperThe Blue House
Last Of The New Wave Riders - Utopia - Adventures In Utopia

Stuff you left in your pockets
Goin’ Back To L.A. – Joe Liggins
Feelin’ Bad Blues – Ry Cooder
Bad Bad Whiskey – Amos Milbourne
Salt Peanuts (2) – Charlie Bird
Artistry Jumps – Stan Kenton & his orchestra
Blues Waltz – Ray Charles

Virtual Vortex - k d Lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy James & The Shondells
What Is & What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin - Early Days
Evenings of Damask – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn

3-piece suit
Dizzy Dizzy
Com Sta La Luna
Splash – Can - Soon Over Babaluma

Angel Of Disease – Morbid AngelMetal 10
Age Of Reason - The Venetians - Amazing World
Lonely Atmosphere - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.'
Aaron Copland

Intros & Outros (18th November)

1909Johnny Mercer, songwriter
1936Don Cherry
1936Hank Ballard US singer / songwriter
1941Con Clusky, singer for The Bachelors
1945Dave Irving of Supercharge
1949 - Herman Rarebell, drummer for The Scorpions
1950Rudy Sarzo, bassist with Whitesnake
1950 - Graham Parker
1953John McFee, guitarist with The Doobie Brothers
1954John Parr, singer / guitarist
1957Jenny Burton of C-Bank
1960Kim Wilde, singer
1961 - Janice Lynn Kuehnemund of Vixen
1962 - Kirk Hammett, guitarist with Metallica
1970 - Hal Dickinson of The Modernaires died on this day
1971Herman ‘Junior’ Parker, blues harmonica player on Ben E King’s Stand By Me, died on this day after a series of brain operations
1972Danny Whitten, singer / songwriter & member of Crazy Horse, died of a drug overdose. He was 29
1983Tom Evans of Badfinger died on this day
2003 – Composer & arranger Michael Kamen died of a heart attack on this day. He had worked with Pink Floyd (The Wall), Metallica, and on soundtracks Robin Hood, X-Men and Brazil

On this day (18th November)
1950 - Sammy Kaye’s Harbour Lights topped the charts & stayed there for 4 weeks
1958 - Fats Domino performed Blueberry Hill on The ed Sullivan Show
1964 - Shindig!’s performers were The Supremes singing Baby Love and Come See About Me and The Righteous Brothers singing Little Latin Lupe Lu
1965 – Performing live at the ABC Cinema, Stockton, Cleveland were Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul & Barry Ryan
1965 - Marc Bolan (previously known as Toby Tyler although his real name was Mark Field) released his first single The Wizard
1967 - Long John BaldryLet The Heartaches Begin entered the UK charts, Pink Floyd released Apples & Oranges as their 2nd single, The Monkees released Daydream Believer, Johnny Rivers released Summer Rain and Gary Puckett & The Union Gap released Woman Woman
1968 - Glen Campbell formerly a session musician for Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole and The Beach Boys, received gold for By The Time I Get To Phoenix and Gentle On My Mind
1968 - Electric Ladyland earns gold for the Jimi Hendrix Experience
1970Traffic recorded their Live LP
1970 - Myra Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis divorce
1971Procol Harum recorded their Live in Concert album with The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Ontario, Canada. The single Conquistador emerged as the hit
1972Cat Stevens’ album Catch Bull At Four began 3 weeks at no. 1 on the US charts, Steely Dan released Do It Again and Stevie Wonder released Superstition
1975 - Chicago receive gold for their Greatest Hits LP
1975 - Bruce Springsteen & The ‘E’ Street Band made their UK live debut London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Bruce was unimpressed with CBS’s poster campaign and boycotted the after-show party
1978 - Billy Joel’s 52nd Street went to no. 1 on the US charts, The Bee Gees released Too Much Heaven and this week’s UK top 5 singles were – 5 The Cars (My Best Friend’s Girl), 4 Rod Stewart (Do You Think I’m Sexy?), 3 Dan Hartman (Instant Replay), 2 Olivia Newton-John (Hopelessly Devoted To You) & 1 The Boomtown Rats (Rat Trap)
1979 - The B-52s earned gold for their first album, The B-52s
1983 - R.E.M. made their first appearance outside the US, on Channel 4’s The Tube
1985 - Paul McCartney released Spies Like Us
1986 - Boston’s Amanda topped the charts & stayed there 2 weeks
1987 - Country-rock band The Dalton Brothers opened for U2 at a Los Angeles concert. They were in fact U2 themselves
1988 - Phil Collins made his “screen debut in a starring role” in the opening of the movie Buster. His official screen debut was as an extra in The BeatlesHard Days Night
1989 - All-girl group The Three Degrees lost their court case over the rights to their group name. The rights to the name belonged to their former manager Richard Barrett while the all-girl group Shangri’Las wont their court case over the rights to their group name. They could license it to whoever they wanted
1990 - Paul McCartney’s birth certificate was auctioned for $18,000
1992 - Black Sabbath were honoured with their own star on the Rock Walk in Hollywood
1993Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special
1993 - Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam was arrested in New Orleans for disturbing the peace after a fight broke out in a bar
1995 - The Rolling Stones became the first act to broadcast a concert on the Internet
1995 - Tina Turner sings the theme to the latest James Bond movie, Goldeneye
1999Madonna saved over £100,000 when she bought a Kensington home privately and cut out any estate agent
2000Craig David started a 16-date UK tour at The Pavilions in Plymouth, England
2002 - Manic Street Preachers played the Carling Homecoming gig at St Davids Hall in Cardiff
2003 – More than 500 Britney Spears fans camped out overnight outside Virgin Records Megastore in New York’s Times Square to have her sign copies of her new album In The Zone
2003 – Police raided Michael Jackson’s Neverland ranch following allegations of sexual abuse with a 12-year-old boy. Jackson denied the accusations
2003 - Michael Jackson released his greatest hits album Number Ones

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Here’s the playlist for The Laundromat this week (11th November)

Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Exodus – Matthew KnightsOne to One
Rainmaker – TrafficLow Spark of High-Heeled Boys
I’m Sick Of You - ’Weird Al’ Yankovic - Bad Hair Day

The odd sock
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - William Shatner

Dead End Street - The Kinks - The Ultimate Collection
Initiation – Todd RundgrenInitiation
Palm Blvd / Shadowland – Leo KottkeLive In Europe
Mine For Life – UltravoxMonument The Soundtrack

Stuff you left in your pockets
What’d I Say – Ray Charles
He Made A Woman Out Of Me – Ry Cooder
Caldonia – Louis Jordan
Salt Peanuts – Charlie Bird
One O’Clock Jump – Count Basie & his orchestra
How Long Blues – Ray Charles

Barefoot In The Grass – Ed KuepperThe Blue House
Sweet Cherry Wine – Tommy James & The Shondells - Tommy James & The Shondells
Virtual Vortex - k d Lang - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues
Evenings of Damask – Tyrannosaurus Rex - Unicorn

3-piece suit
Paradise By The ‘C’
Growin’ Up
It’s Hard To Be A Saint In The City – Bruce Springsteen & The ‘E’ Street Band - Live 1975 - 1985

Future Madhouse – Gamma RayMetal 10
Last Of The New Wave Riders - Utopia - Adventures In Utopia
What Is & What Should Never Be - Led Zeppelin - Early Days
Age Of Reason - The Venetians - Amazing World
Lonely Atmosphere - The Lemon Pipers - The Best Of …

Intros & Outros (11th November)
1880Ned Kelly was hanged by the neck until dead on this day. He gave us the 2 immortal quotes, ”That it should come to this” & ”Such is Life”. He was 25. (It wasn’t rock & roll, but it’s good history. Ed)
1927Mose Allison, singer/songwriter, pianist, blues artist and sometime trumpeter. His songs were covered by the likes of The Who, John Mayall, Georgie Fame and Elvis Costello
1938Roger Laverne Jackson of The Tornados
1943Mac Kisson
1944Jessie Colin Young (Perry Miller), of The Youngbloods
1945Vince Martell, guitarist with The Pigeons who later changed their name to Vanilla Fudge, & Cactus
1945 - Jerome Kern, songwriter, died on this day
1946Len ‘Chip’ Hawkes, singer with The Tremeloes
1946Chris Dreja, guitarist with The Yardbirds
1947Pat Daugherty, bassist with Black Oak Arkansas
1950Jim Peterik, guitarist, keyboard player & vocalist for The Ides of March and Survivor
1950Paul Cowsill of The Cowsills
1953Andy Partridge, vocalist & guitarist with XTC & Dukes of Stratosfear
1956Ian Craig Marsh of Human League & Heaven 17
1962 - Mic Michaeli of Europe
1968 - Jo of Fuzzbox
1972Berry Oakley, bassist for The Allman Brothers, was killed in a motorcycle accident, 3 blocks from the Macon, Georgia, intersection that saw the death of former band member Duane Allman, 1 year earlier. Berry was 24
1998Paddy Clancy of The Clancy Brothers died on this day aged 76
1973 - Dave ‘Stringbean’ Akerman, country singer, and his wife were beaten up, robbed and then murdered on this day
1979 - Dimitri Tiomkin died on this day
1990 - Ronnie Dyson died on this day

On this day (11th November)
1925 - Louis Armstrong recorded the first of the Hot 5 and Hot 7 recordings
1955Elvis Presley was voted the most promising new country & western artist by Billboard magazine
1957Jerry Lee Lewis secretly took his cousin Myra Gale Brown in holy matrimony, to be his third wife
1957 - Buddy Holly released Peggy Sue
1958 - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters record the original version of The Twist in King Studios, Cincinnati
1963 - Brian Epstein and Ed Sullivan signed a contract for 3 shows for The Beatles
1967 - Diana Ross & The Supremes released In & Out of Love
1967 - Small faces released Itchycoo Park
1968 - John & Yoko released their Two Virgins album, a collection of pants, grunts, and other assorted “just-barely-musical” love sounds, plus the infamous and controversial nude cover
1969Jim Morrison was arrested by the FBI for “interfering with the flight of an intercontinental aircraft and public drunkenness” aboard a plane on the way to a Rolling Stones concert
1969 - The Beatles and Billy Preston released Get Back in the UK
1969The Stone Poneys’s Different Drum entered the US charts
1970Bob Dylan published his novel Tarantula
1970 - 2 very different albums entitled Plastic Ono Band, one by John Lennon and the other by Yoko Ono, were released on the Apple label at the same time, one in UK and the other in US
1971 – BBC TV’s Top of the Pops celebrated its 400th show. Guests included Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodah Rodgers and The Newbeats
1972Gilbert O’Sullivan’s single, Clair was no. 1 on the UK charts
1972 - Loggins & Messina released Thinking of You
1972 - Joni Mitchell released You Turn Me On I’m a Radio
1973 - 30 US radio stations broadcast a “live” Mott The Hoople concert. In reality, it was the band recorded in the studio with applause dubbed in
1976 - Kiss earned gold for Rock & Roll Over
1977 - Wings released Mull of Kintyre and Girl’s School
1978Donna Summer’s cover version of MacArthur Park went to no. 1 on the US charts. Her album Live & More also hit no.1
1978 - Chaka Khan’s single I’m Every Woman hit no. 1 on the soul charts. Also the LP that it came from, Chaka entered the soul LP charts
1978The Cars released the first-ever commercially available picture disc single My Best Friend’s Girl
1981 - Rod Stewart kicked off the first tour in 3 years at Greensboro North Carolina. It was billed ”Le Grand Tour of America and Canada – Worth Leaving Home For”
1986Big Audio Dynamite performed at Birmingham’s Powerhouse. Tickets cost £5
1989 - Chris Rea’s albumThe Road To Hell started a 3-week run at no. 1 on the UK charts
1989Lisa Stansfield’s single All Around the World went to no. 1 in the UK
1989 - Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker play a concert in Germany celebrating the falling of the Berlin Wall
1989Diane Warren become the first female to write the top 2 songs on the US singles charts - Bad English’s When I See You Smile and Milli Vanilli’s Blame It On The Rain
1990 – A 21-year-old fan was attacked & died outside an AC/DC concert at Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey
1995The Smashing Pumpkins double album Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness went to no. 1 on the US charts
1999Britney Spears won 4 MTV awards: Best Female Singer; Best Pop Act; Best Song for Baby One More Time and Best Breakthrough Artist.
Offspring won Best Rock Act, Will Smith took Best Male Act, and Bono won the Free Your Mind Award
2003The Darkness played the Carling Homecoming gig at The Astoria, London
2004Robbie Williams, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Michael Jackson, and Cliff Richard were inducted into UK’s first Music Hall of Fame at a ceremony in London. Each act had been chosen by Channel 4 TV viewers to represent a decade since the 50s.