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.