Thursday, April 29, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Couldn’t I Just Tell You? - Todd Rundgren - Anthology 1968 – 1985
I’m Goin’ Down - Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA

The odd sock
Surfin’ Down The Swanee River - The Honeys - Brian Wilson rarities

Saint Of Me - The Rolling Stones - Bridges To Babylon
Chestnut Mare - The Byrds - Untitled
This Perfect Day - The Saints - Eternally Yours

Stuff you left in your pockets
Georgia On My Mind – Billie Holiday
Blues Medley –
Don’t Answer The Door
You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
I Need Love So Bad
Nobody Loves Me But My Mother – BB King
I Can’t Be Satisfied – Muddy Waters
A Study In Brown – Casa Loma Orchestra
What A Difference A Day Makes – Dinah Washington
When The Sun Goes Down - Count Basie

Abhainn an t sluiagh - Runrig - The Gaelic Collection 1973 – 1998
CC Shooter - Canned Heat - The Heat Brothers
Everybody’s Everything – SantanaDance Of The Rainbow Serpent

Wait For Me Juanita - Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band - Making Whoopee
When I Get Home - The Searchers - The Searchers
Since You’re Gone - The Cars - Shake It Up

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 15) – Douglas Adams

Quote – There are more love songs than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another” Frank Zappa

Intros & Outtros (5th MAY) – (Trying a new format – I’d appreciate comments. Ed)

· Blind Willie McTell (Willie Samuel McTell), blues artist

· Ace Cannon

· Johnnie Taylor, singer

· Tammy Wynette (Virginia Wynette Pugh), country singer
· Jim King of Family

· Bill Ward, drummer and founding member of Earth, which evolved into Black Sabbath

· Eddy Amoo, of Real Thing
· Maggie McNeal (Sjoukje van Spijker), of Mouth & McNeal

· Rex Goh, guitarist with Air Supply

· Louis Cortelezzi, saxophonist with Mink De Ville

· Billy Burnette, guitarist with Fleetwood Mac. Had songwriting cuts with Faith Hill, Josh Turner, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Ray Charles, Greg Allman, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Everly Brothers, Cher, Tammy Wynette, and most recently had the George Strait single River Of Love

· Angelo Kimball, guitarist with Face To Face
· Peter Erskine, drummer for Weather Report

· Dick Kemper, vocalist & bassist for Vandenberg

· Thereza Bazaar, of Dollar

· Ian McCulloch, singer with Echo & The Bunnymen

· Gary Daly of China Crisis
· Kevin Paul Mooney of Adam & The Ants

· Kevin Saunderson of Inner City
· Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue

· ’Reverend’ Gary Davis, blues artist, died of a heart attack on this day, aged 76

· Craig David, singer

· Clarence Quick of the Del Vikings died of a heart attack on this day, aged 46

On this day (5th MAY)

· Rock publication Billboard began weekly publication

· Elvis Presley had his 1st no. 1 single & album with Heartbreak Hotel on his debut album

· The soundtrack to West Side Story went to no. 1 in the US
· The Shirelles had a no. 1 hit with their single Soldier Boy
· Cliff Richard received gold for the title song from his first movie The Young Ones

· On George Harrison’s recommendation, Dick Rowe, head of A&R at Decca Records & the man who turned down The Beatles, went to see The Rolling Stones at The Crawdaddy Club. They were signed up within the week

· Manfred Mann had no. 1 in the UK with Pretty Flamingo

· Scott McKenzie’s San Fransisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) entered the US singles charts

· Buffalo Springfield split up. Richie Furay formed Poco with Jim Messina, and Stephen Stills teamed up with David Crosby and Graham Nash

· Creedence Clearwater Revival released Bad Moon Rising, Elvis Presley released In The Ghetto and Three Dog Night released One

· The 1st day of the 3-day Bickershaw Festival in Wigan, England with The Grateful Dead, Dr. John, Donovan, The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, America, Family, Country Joe McDonald, Wishbone Ash, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, Brinsley Schwartz and The Flamin’ Groovies
· Warren Beatty gathered 30 rock stars together for a benefit for presidential hopeful George McGovern. $4000 was raised by performances from Michelle Phillips, Mama Cass, Judy Collins, Goldie Hawn, Paul Simon, Carole King, James Taylor, Chicago and Quincy Jones

· David Bowie started a 5-week run at no. 1 in the UK with his Aladdin Sane album
· Paul McCartney’s Red Rose Speedway was released to coincide with Wing’s first major UK tour

· The Boomtown Rats played The Palladium in New York; the last night of their US tour
· Peaches & Herb went to no. 1 with Reunited

· The StranglersGolden Brown was named most performed work of 1982 at the 28th Ivor Novello Awards

· Jim Kerr of Simple Minds married Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders in Central Park

· Rock & Roll Hall of Fame chairman, Ahmet Ertegen announced that Cleveland, Ohio was to be the city where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was to be built

· 135 girls fainted at a gig in Liverpool by Curiosity Killed The Cat

· A John Lennon tribute concert was held in Liverpool, with Daryl Hall & John Oates, Kylie Minogue, Terence Trent D’Arby and Dave Edmunds amongst the performers

· Radiohead released their EP, The Drill
· Tammy Wynette was hospitalised with a bile duct infection

· Former Guns ‘n’ Roses drummer, Steve Adler, was arrested on a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as two misdemeanour drug charges

· Cranberries’ singer Dolores O’Riordan received both a public apology and a donation of £7,500 to the Warchild charity, from The Sport newspaper after they ran a story claiming she had performed a gig in Hamburg without wearing any underwear

· The Notorious B.I.G. had a no. 1 with Hypnotize

· Rod Stewart underwent surgery to remove a benign growth on his thyroid

Thursday, April 22, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Baby, I Need Your Lovin’ - Johnny Rivers - The Best Of …
A Man I’ll Never Be - Boston - Don’t Look Back

The odd sock
The Elements - Tom Lehrer - An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

Pretty & High - The Roches - The Roches
One Too Many Mornings - Bob Dylan - The Times, They Are A’Changin’
It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference - Todd Rundgren - Anthology 1968 – 1985

Stuff you left in your pockets
Sally Mae – John Lee Hooker
Intro / BB King Theme / Caldonia – BB King
Short Haired Woman – Lightnin’ Hopkins
Bullfrog Moan – Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti
Temptation – Artie Shaw & his orchestra
Manha de Carnival - Don Burrows & The Brazilian Connection

Out Of Control - The Rolling Stones - Bridges To Babylon
Make It By Yourself - Bread - Guitar Man
No, Your Product - The Saints - Eternally Yours

Bobby Jean - Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
Tir An Airm - Runrig - The Gaelic Collection 1973 – 1998
Chestnut Mare - The Byrds - Untitled

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 15) – Douglas Adams

Quote – “Rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, in order to provide articles for people who can't read”Frank Zappa

Intros & Outtros (28th April) – (Trying a new format – I’d appreciate comments. Ed)

· Peter Anders of Anders & Poncia

· John Wolters, drummer for Dr. Hook
· Brian Miller of Isotope

· Bob Robertson of Supercharge and The Rumour

· Kim Gordon, bassist for Sonic Youth

· Eddie Jobson, violinist with Zappa, UK, Roxy Music, Curved Air and Jethro Tull

· Andy LeGear of The Rosetta Stone
· Enid Williams of Girlschool

· Owen, daughter of ’Mama’ Cass Elliot

· Daisy Berkowitz (Scott Putesky), guitarist for Marilyn Manson

· Mica Paris
· Howard Donald, vocalist with Take That

· Tom Donahue, the man responsible for launching FM radio in San Fransisco, died on the day he was to return to the station as General Manager

· Tommy Caldwell, bassist for The Marshall Tucker Band died from head injuries received in a car crash on this day

· Steve Currie, former member of T. Rex, was killed in a car accident in Portugal on this day. He was 34

· BW Stevenson died on this day

On this day (28th April)

· Glenn Miller recorded Pennsylvania 6-5000

· Andrew Loog Oldham saw The Rolling Stones at The Crawdaddy Club for the first time

· The Kinks played the Mecca Ballroom, Nottingham, England

· Gary Lewis & The Playboys received gold for This Diamond Ring

· The first rock-musical, Hair, opened at the Baltimore Theatre, New York

· King Crimson debuted

· Barbra Streisand received gold for Stoney End

· Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon hit no. 1 in the US and stayed on the charts for 741 weeks

· John Lennon appeared on The Tonight Show
· Ringo Starr appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show

· The Rolling Stones kicked-off a 2-month tour of Europe at the Festhalled in Frankfurt, Germany

· FM, a film depicting the beginnings of progressive FM radio, premiered to dismal reviews in New York & Los Angeles. FM star, Michael Brandon commented, ”the whole idea was really ‘right on’, and it got blown in the editing room. They took out the story to make a double album”

· Blondie scored their first no. 1 US single with Heart of Glass, also No. 1 in the UK
· Cheap Trick released I Want You To Want Me
· Van Halen released Dance The Night Away

· Wings disbanded

· Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones launched AIMS, a project which provided affordable recording-studio time to promising musicians
· Peter Gabriel’s innovative video for Sledgehammer won awards in the US for Best Pop Video, Best Design and Art Direction
· On a plane carrying returning ‘spring-breakers’ to Boston from Miami, Ozzy Osbourne bought 3 rounds of drinks and sang Crazy Train over the plane’s PA system

· Jon Bon Jovi married his high-school sweetheart, Dorothea Hurley, at the Graceland Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas

· Guns ‘n’ Roses front-man Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly, at Cupid’s Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas
· Sinead O’Connor started 6 weeks at no. 1 on the US album charts with I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

· Bonnie Raitt married actor Michael “Noonan” O’Keefe in New York

· Mark Morrison was fined £750 after admitting threatening behaviour during an incident in Leicester city centre when he believed someone had kicked his car

· Stevie Nicks released her 3-CD boxed-set, Enchanted

· The tour bus carrying members of The Clint Boon Experience was involved in a near-fatal accident when it was involved in a train crash outside of Glasgow. Members of the band were air-lifted to hospital
· Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

· A blaze swept through James Brown Enterprises, the office that co-ordinated the superstar’s tours. Memorabilia & live tapes were destroyed and an employee was later arrested & charged with arson
· Paul Atkinson was gaoled for 3 years after being found guilty of stealing more than £25,000 from Rolling Stones’ drummer, Charlie Watts. Atkinson had been manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Watts

· Ozzy Osbourne’s 17 year-old son, Jack was reported to be in rehab at Las Encinas Hospital, California

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Mannequin Dreams - Rez - Reach Of Love
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers

The odd sock
Our Favourite Recordings - The Beach Boys - All Summer Long

Struggle - The Residents - Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses - Roosevelt
The Journey / It’s Easy - Boston - Don’t Look Back
Turn On Your Love Lights - The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody

Stuff you left in your pockets
Night Time Blues – Ma Rainey
Trying So Hard To Forget – Fleetwood Mac
Outside Of That – Bessie Smith
Guitar Blues – Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti
Lady Be Good – Artie Shaw & his orchestra
Sitio Azul - Don Burrows & The Brazilian Connection

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Johnny Rivers - The Best Of …
With God On Our Side - Bob Dylan - The Times, They Are A’Changin’
Quitting Time - The Roches - The Roches

Guitar Man - Bread - Guitar Man
I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren - Anthology 1968 – 1985
No Surrender - Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 14) – Douglas Adams

Quote – “Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny”Frank Zappa

Intros & Outtros (21st April) – (Trying a new format – I’d appreciate comments. Ed)

· Ira Louvin (Lonnie Ira Loudermilk)

· Ernie Maresca

· Alan Warner, guitarist with The Foundations
· Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterberg), singer with The Stooges and solo artist
· John Weider, guitarist with The Animals and Family

· Paul Davis, country singer

· Nicole Barclay of Fanny
· Paul Carrack of Squeeze, Ace and Mike & The Mechanics

· Mike Barson of Madness

· Robert Smith, guitarist and vocalist for The Cure

· Johnny McElhorne, bassist with Altered Image then Texas

· Earl Hooker, blues guitarist, died of tuberculosis on this day

· Don Drummond, sax player, died on this day

· Sandy Denny, folk-singer and member of The Fairport Convention, died of a brain haemorrhage on this day after falling down a flight of stairs

· Neal Matthews of The Jordanians, (Elvis Presley’s backing vocalists), died on this day of a heart attack. He had also worked with Ricky Nelson, Marie Osmond, Tom Jones and Merle Haggard

On this day (21st April)

· Elvis Presley topped the charts with Heartbreak Hotel

· The Platters had a no. 1 in the US with Twilight Time

· Dick Clark, described as “the single most influential person” in the pop music business, testified before the congressional committee looking into payola. He admitted that he had a financial interest in 27% of the records he played on his show over a 28 month period

· Elvis Presley started a 2-week run at no. 1 in the US with Good Luck Charm

· The Rolling Stones were paid £50 for their performance at The Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, London. The Beatles met them for the first time on this day. Says Bill Wyman, ”We were playing there one Sunday and suddenly looked up and there were four sort of silhouetted guys with black leather overcoats … all dressed exactly the same. And we said to ourselves, “Shit! That’s the Beatles!” and got all nervous. But then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rappin’ and we became really good mates.”

· The Beach Boys performed on the pop music TV show, Shindig!

· Janis Joplin, supported by Yes, played her concert debut at the Royal Albert Hall in London

· Rolling Stones records first release was Sticky Fingers

· Neil Young was awarded gold for Heart Of Gold

· Alice Cooper went to no. 1 on the US album charts with Billion Dollar Babies
· Tony Orlando & Dawn started 4 weeks at No. 1 on the US singles charts with Tie A Yellow Ribbon (Round The Old Oak Tree). It was also no. 1 in the UK on this day
· Jim Croce released Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown
· The Doobie Brothers released Long Train Runnin’

· Dolly Parton left The Porter Wagoner Show to embark on a solo career

· Ex-Raspberries lead singer, Eric Carman, entered the charts with All By Myself

· Jessie Winchester performed his first concert in the US since leaving there for Canada 10 years earlier to avoid the draft

· Knock On Wood went to no. 1 on the US charts for Amii Stewart

· Joe Strummer from The Clash went missing for 3 weeks, causing a tour to be cancelled. He was found living rough in Paris

· Phil Collins started a 3-week run at no. 1 on the US singles charts with the theme from Against All Odds
· After 37 weeks, Thriller is replaced as no. 1 album by Footloose

· Barbra Streisand recorded You’ll Never Know

· Fleetwood Mac scored their 4th no. 1 UK album with Behind The Mask
· Paul McCartney played before 184,000 fans in Rio, creating a new world record for the number of fans attending a rock concert
· Sinead O’Connor started 4 weeks at no. 1 on the US singles charts with her cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares To You
· Amy Grant sued Marvel Comics for including her likeness in a Dr Strange comic

· Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman married Suzanne Accosta

· R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged with being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting British Airways crew, by police at Heathrow airport after a flight from Seattle. He was taken into custody and questioned for 12 hours

Monday, April 12, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
The Beginning Of A Great Adventure - Lou Reed - New York
Shake Your Tailfeather - The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers

The odd sock
Pearl Pureheart - Aunty Jack Cast

Land Of Stolen Breath - Rez - Reach Of Love
Don’t Look Back - Boston - Don’t Look Back
The Cry Of A Crow - The Residents - Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled Masses - Roosevelt

Stuff you left in your pockets
Avalon Blues – Mississippi John Hurt
Lazy Poker Blues – Fleetwood Mac
Roberta – Leadbelly
Wild Cat – Eddie Lang & Joe Venuti
Chicks Is Wonderful – Jack Teagarden & his orchestra
Blues For Judy - James Morrison & Adam Makowicz

(I’m Leaving It) Up To You - The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
The Ballad Of Hollis Brown - Bob Dylan - The Times, They Are A’Changin’
The Poor Side Of Town - Johnny Rivers - The Best Of …

Welcome To The Music - Bread - Guitar Man
Runs In The Family - The Roches - The Roches
No Surrender - Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 13) – Douglas Adams

Quote – “A composer is a guy who goes around forcing his will on unsuspecting air molecules, often with the assistance of unsuspecting musicians”Frank Zappa

Intros & Outtros (14th April)

1933 - Buddy Knox, singer
1935 - Loretta Lynn, C&W singer
1942 - Tony Burrows, singer with Edison Lighthouse, Flowerpot Men, White Plains
1945 - Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist for Deep Purple, Elf and Rainbow
1946 - Patrick Fairley of Marmalade
1948 - Larry Ferguson, keyboard player for Hot Chocolate
1949 - June Millington of Fanny
1949 - Sonja Kristina of Curved Air
1952 - Jerry Knight of Raydio
1983 - Pete Farndon, bassist for The Pretenders, died of a drug overdose on this day. He was 27
1995 - Burl Ives, singer, died on this day. He was 85

On this day (14th April)

1953 - Lita Roza had a no. 1 hit in the UK with How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?
1955 - Fats Domino released Ain’t That a Shame
1963 - George Harrison indicated he was impressed by the as-yet unsigned group The Rolling Stones
1964 - The King Bees (with a young David Jones, later to rename to David Bowie), played a wedding reception at the Jack of Clubs in London
1965 - The title of the upcoming Beatles’ movie was changed from 8 Arms To Hold You to Help!. Millie Small, Jerry Lee Lewis and Neil Sedaka appeared on Shindig!
1967 - A riot broke out in Warsaw’s Palace of Culture as The Rolling Stones made their first appearance in an Iron Curtain country. Police used tear gas to try and control over 2000 fans. Polydor Records released The Bee GeesNew York Mining Disaster 1941 and billed the band as “the most significant talent since The Beatles
1968 - Pink Floyd demonstrated an electronic device called an Azimuth Coordinator during a concert titled, More Furious Madness From The Massed Gadgets of Auzimenes at London’s Royal Festival Hall
1969 - The Ballad of John & Yoko was recorded by two of The Beatles. Paul McCartney played bass, drums & piano while John Lennon played guitars
1970 - Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of 2 nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Stephen Stills broke his wrist in a car accident when he smashed into a parked car, while watching a Police car in his rear-view mirror
1971 - The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of “Drug-orietated records, including Jefferson Airplane’s White Rabbit, Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade Of Pale and The Beatles’s Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
1972 - David Bowie released Starman from the LP The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars
1973 - Led Zeppelin sat at no. 1 in the UK for 2 weeks with Houses Of The Holy. Paul McCartney released My Love
1974 - Pete Townshend performed without The Who at London’s Roundhouse
1975 - After rumours that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck and Chris Spedding were to replace Mick Taylor as guitarist for The Rolling Stones, it was announced that Ron Wood would play in the bands forthcoming US tour. Art Garfunkel started a 6-week run at no. 1 in the UK with Bright Eyes, theme to the movie Watership Down. The Doobie Brothers picked up a gold single for Black Water
1976 - Eric Faulkner of The Bay City Rollers reportedly came close to death after a drug overdose at the band’s manager’s house. Stevie Wonder and Motown Recordsannounced a contract agreement of $13 million
1978 - Joy Division played at the Stiff Test / Chiswick Challenge and was noticed by their future manager Rob Gretton
1979 - The Doobie Brothers went to no. 1 on the US singles charts with What A Fool Believes. Dr. Hook released When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman
1980 - Gary Newman released The Touring Principle the first longform rock video to be made commercially available in the UK. Pete Townshend released his Empty Glass LP. A New Jersey State Assemblyman introduced a resolution to make Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run the official state song. The Knack released their 2nd album … but the little girls understand
1987 - Fleetwood Mac released Tango In The Night
1989 - Tom Petty released Full Moon Fever
1990 - Tommy Page topped the charts with I’ll Be Your Everything
1994 - Kurt Cobain was cremated in Seattle. The death certificate listed his occupation as ‘poet/musician’ and his business as ‘punk rock’
2003 - A man was arrested and accused of making up a Bjork concert and then selling tickets. Alex Conate sold $14,000 worth of tickets after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that the artist was going to perform there. He took the money & moved to Hawaii, where he was arrested

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Take Your Pick – Greg OlsenTake Your Pick
Pinhead - The Ramones - Ramones Mania
The Dreamer - Benny Mardones - Too Much To Lose

The odd sock
Sax Man - The Lonely Island

Holding Out - Chris Rea - Wired To The Moon
The Myth Of Trust - Billy Bragg - Brewing Up With Billy Bragg
The Last Great American Whale - Lou Reed - New York

Stuff you left in your pockets
Boogie Chillen – John Lee Hooker
If You Be My Baby – Fleetwood Mac
Walkin’ Blues – Muddy Waters
D’jango’s Castle – Dick Fregulia
The Madam Swings It – Gene Krupa & his orchestra
Indiana - James Morisson & Adam Makowicz

Reach Of Love - Rez - Reach Of Love
Megalomania - Black Sabbath - Sabotage
I Tried To Cry - The Residents - Our Tired, Our Poor, Our Huddled asses - Roosevelt

She Caught The Katy - The Blues Brothers - The Blues Brothers
He - The Righteous Brothers - Unchained Melody
The Ballad Of Hollis Brown - Bob Dylan - The Times, They Are A’Changin’

3-piece suit
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (episode 12) – Douglas Adams

Quote – “
I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to
Elvis Presley

Intros & Outtros (7th April)

1908 - Percy Faith
1915 - Billie Holiday (Elenora Harris), jazz singer
1920 - Ravi Shankar, sitar player and mentor to George Harrison
1935 - Bobby Bare, singer
1937 - Charley Thomas, tenor & lead singer with The Drifters
1938 - Spencer Dryden, drummer for Jefferson Airplane
1938 - Freddie Hubbard, jazz trumpeter
1943 - Mick Abrahams, guitarist for Jethro Tull
1946 - Bill Kreutzmann, drummer for The Grateful Dead
1947 - Florian Schneider-Esleben, multi-instrumentalist with Kraftwerk
1947 - Patricia Bennett, singer with The Chiffons
1948 - Carol Douglas, of The Chantels
1949John Oates, half of Hall & Oates
1949 - Bryan Gannett, of Flower Garden
1950 - Steve Ellis, of Love Affair
1951 - Janis Ian (Janis Eddy Fink), singer / songwriter
1952 - Bruce Gary of The Knack
1960 - Simon Climie (Climie Fisher), songwriter / producer
1981 - Kit Lambert, manager for The Who fell down a flight of steps and died on this day
1988 - Tammy Wynette, US country singer died on this day aged 55
1998 - Wendy O Williams, singer with The Plasmatics committed suicide on this day
2000Heinz, bassist & singer with The Tornadoes died on this day aged 57

On this day (7th April)

1943 - Lysergic acid diethylamide was first synthesized by Albert Hoffman in a lab in Switzerland. LSD played its part in the evolution of music & its culture in the 1960s
1956 - Little Richard released Long Tall Sally
1958 - CBS Radio Network premiered the first regularly scheduled nationally broadcast rock & roll show Allan Freed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party. The Platters released Twilight Time
1962 - While at Alexis Korner’s Ealing Jazz Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones for the first time. Brian was calling himself Elmo Lewis and was playing guitar that night for Ian Stewart, Geoff Bradford and Paul Jones. Ian went on to be tour manager for The Rolling Stones while Paul ended up fronting Manfred Mann. Shelley Fabares had a hit with Johnny Angel
1973 - Diana Ross started a 2-week run at no. 1 on the US album charts with Lady Sings The Blues. Elton John released Daniel. Vicki Lawrence had a hit with The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia
1975 - Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own band, Rainbow. Tommy Bolin replaced him in Deep Purple
1977 - The Clash released their debut album
1979 - Siouxsie & The Banshees played a charity gig for MENCAP but after crowd trouble, were hit with a £2000 bill for damage to seats. A 2-day California Music Festival opened at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum with 110,000 attending the event. Artist performing included Aerosmith, The Boomtown Rats, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent and Van Halen
1979 - The Doobie Brothers went to no. 1 with their only US chart topper, Minute By Minute
1981 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band started their first world tour in Hamburg. It was Bruce’s first tour outside the US and took in 10 countries. Steve Marriott, guitarist for Humble Pie, crushed his hand in a closing door. Rumours that he would never play again were unfounded.
1984 - A record 40 UK acts appeared on the US singles charts
1985 - Wham! became the first western pop group to perform in China 1988 - Alice Cooper almost hanged himself onstage when a safety rope snapped & left him dangling. A roadie came to his aid after a few seconds
1990 - Taylor Dane had a hit with Love Will Lead You Back. Farm Aid IV was held at the Indiana Hoosierdome. Artists included Neil Young, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Jackson Browne. Elton John dedicated Candle in the Wind to AIDS patient Ryan White who died later in the night
1997 - Liam Gallagher married Patsy Kensit
1998 - George Michael was arrested in a public toilet in Beverly Hills for lewd conduct
2000 - A tribute to Joni Mitchell was held in New York, and featured Elton John, Bryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, James Taylor, Cyndi Lauper, Richard Thompson, k d lang and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
2002 - UK Pop Idol runner up, Gareth Jones was at no. 1 for his version of Unchained Melody
2003 - Avril Lavigne won four prizes, including Best Single & Best New Artist at Canada’s Juno Awards