When the student is ready,the master appears-Buddhist Proverb
I cannot believe how busy I have been today. I started by walking from Albir to Altea and back at 8.45 am when not too many people were about. Next, I was busy studying Spanish until nearly 2 pm. At 3 pm I was meeting up with old friends from OCI and then my phone battery packed in. It was time to rush home and get the battery charged. Next it was down to a business meeting in Alfaz before rushing off to Benidorm to say goodbye to Rue Slater who flies back to Cumbria tomorrow.
(1) Is an English R&B band that formed in 1983. The band’s music
features elements of R&B, soul, jazz, funk and soft rock. They were
formed in 1982, out of a Latin soul band called Pride and they made
their debut at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London.
(2) On 25 February 1984, they released their first UK single. Their
debut album Diamond Life was released on 28 July 1984 in the United
Kingdom, where it peaked at #2 and was later certified 4 times
Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry and the band embarked
on their first major UK tour
(3) They were nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards—”Best Female
Video” and “Best New Artist”. On 13 July 1985 the band performed at
Live Aid at Wembley Stadium. In 1985 the lead singer also found
herself making a cameo in Julian Temple’s musical film “Absolute
Beginners”; performing the song “Killer Blow”,
(4) In 1993, the band recorded a cover of the Percy Mayfield song
“Please Send Me Someone to Love” for the Academy Award winning film
“Philadelphia”, before launching their Love Deluxe world tour.
(5) In 2002, the singer of this band was made an OBE for services to
popular music.On the 14th Feb 2011 they won a Grammy award for Best
R&B Performances By A Group for the track “Soldier of Love”.
(6) They have been awarded 4 Grammy Awards in total. The bands US
certified sales so far stands at 23.5 million units and they have sold
more than 57 million units worldwide to date.
1541 – Ignatius of Loyola became the first superior-general of the Jesuits. They are a very strict order
1581 – Francis Drake completed the circumnavigation of the world. Wow
1905 – In Kangra, India, an earthquake killed 370,000 people. This was terrible
1918 – The Battle of Somme, an offensive by the British against the German Army ended. Brave soldiers
1932 – After five years of research, professor C.G. King, of the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C. Excellent work
1945 – Hungary was liberated from Nazi occupation. Good
1956, Elvis Presley played the first of two nights in San Diego Arena in San Diego, California. The local Police chief issued a statement saying if Elvis ever returned to the city and performed like he did, he would be arrested for disorderly conduct.Times were certainly different
1960, RCA Victor Records announced that it would be release all Pop singles in mono and stereo simultaneously, the first record company to do so. Elvis Presley’s single, ‘Stuck on You’ was RCA’s first mono / stereo release.I didn’t know this
1964, The Beatles held the top five places on the US singles chart, at No. 5 ‘Please Please Me’, No.4 ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’, No.3, ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, No.2 ‘Love Me Do’ and at No.1 ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ They also had another nine singles on the chart, bringing their total to fourteen singles on the Hot 100.What an amazing feat
1967, Jimi Hendrix was the special guest on the first edition of the UK BBC-TV’s ‘Dee Time’, along with Kiki Dee and Cat Stevens. It’s Dee time
1968, Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joni Mitchell, Al Kooper and Ted Nugent met up for an all night blues, folk and rock session at The New Generation Club, New York after hearing the news of Martin Luther King’s assassination.Music an provide what words fail to deliver
1970, Brinsley Schwarz’s promotion company sent 133 UK journalists, by plane to New York to see the band supporting Van Morrison at the Fillmore East, at a cost of £120,000 ($204,000). The event turned into a disaster. The group planned to leave a few days before the show to rehearse, but were denied visas on a technicality. They were finally given visas on the morning of the show, and arrived hours before the concert. The plane carrying the journalists developed a mechanical fault, delaying the flight and when the journalists arrived In New York 18 hours later, they were all hung over. Brinsley Schwarz gave a underwhelming live performance, resulting in a flood of scathing reviews.What a PR nightmare
1987, Starship started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us’, taken from the film ‘Mannequin’, also a No.1 in the UK. Nice song 1987, The charity record by Ferry Aid ‘Let It Be’ was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The single was recorded in aid of the 1986 Zeebrugge Ferry disaster, which killed almost 200 people. The song featured Paul McCartney, Boy George, Mark Knopfler, Kim Wilde, Nik Kershaw, Kate Bush and others.We had to sail to Roscoff just a week after this tragic event
. 1996, Take That made their final performance on The Ivo Niehe Show on Dutch TV, playing two songs in front of a 250 strong studio audience.They needed a rest
. 2008, Procol Harum singer Gary Brooker won back full royalty rights to the band’s worldwide hit, ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, at London’s Court of Appeal. The decision overturned a 2006 ruling that organist Matthew Fisher was entitled to a 40% portion of royalties on the 1967 hit after he argued he had written the song’s organ melody. The court ruled there was an “excessive delay” in the claim being made – nearly 40 years after the song was recorded. This is a shame they couldn’t have reached an amicable agreement
1915, Muddy Waters, US blues singer, guitarist, died 30th April 1983. Recorded ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’
1939, Hugh Masekela, (1968 US No.1 single ‘Grazing In The Grass’).
1940, Sharon Sheeley, US songwriter. Hits include ‘Poor Little Fool’ US No.1 for Ricky Nelson in 1958 and 1959 hit for Eddie Cochran ‘Somethin’ Else’. Sheeley became Cochrn’s girlfriend and survived the car crash that killed Cochran in 1960. She died on May 17th 2002 aged 62.
1941, Soul singer Major Lance, died of heart failure 9th March 1994. (1964 US No. 5 & UK No.40 single ‘Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um’).
1948, Berry Oakley, bass, Allman Brothers Band, (1973, US No.12 single ‘Ramblin Man’). He was killed in a motorcycle accident 11th November 1972.
1948, Pick Withers, drummer, Dire Straits, (1985 US No.1 single ‘Money For Nothing’, 1986 UK No.2 single ‘Walk Of Life’).
1952, Dave Hill, guitarist, Slade, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Coz I Luv You’ plus 5 other UK No.1 and 18 top 40 singles).
1952, Gary Moore, guitar, vocals, Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, (1973 UK No.6 single ‘Whisky In The Jar’), solo, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘Parisian Walkways’). Died on 6th February 2011 while on holiday in Spain.