You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one. – Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862
The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret to outward success. – Henry Ward Beecher, 1813-1887
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves. - Francois De La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680
The day’s Podcast is always an interesting journey with the story of the day’s music over the years…..and there are some very interesting stories about the music of the day. 1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts.
were sitting down for a
break in their soon-to-be new shop…As yet, the shop wasn’t ready,
with only a few shelves set up.
One said to the other,
“I bet any minute now some pensioner
is going to walk by, put their face to the window,
and ask what we’re selling.”No sooner were the words out of his mouth
when, sure enough, a curious old woman walked to the window,
had a peek, and in a soft voice asked,”What are you selling here?”One of the men replied sarcastically,
“We’re selling ass-holes.”
Without skipping a beat, the old dear said,
“Must be doing well… only two left.”
Events 29th March
1461 – Edward IV secured his claim to the English thrown by defeating Henry VI’s Lancastrians at the battle of Towdon. It was a bit like the Boat Race only with troops
1848 – Niagara Falls stopped flowing for one day due to an ice jam. Cold or what?
1913 – The Reichstag announced a raise in taxes in order to finance the new military budget. There’s always money for wars
1936 – Italy firebombed the Ethiopian city of Harar. Another example of the Europeans causing havoc
1967 – France launched its first nuclear submarine. I still don’t like nuclear power
1971 – A jury in Los Angeles recommended the death penalty for Charles Manson and three female followers for the 1969 Tate-La Bianca murders. The death sentences were later commuted to live in prison.
1974 – Mariner 10, the U.S. space probe became the first spacecraft to reach the planet Mercury. It had been launched on November 3, 1973. Fantastic achievement but what came next?
1975 – Egyptian president Anwar Sadat declared that he would reopen the Suez Canal on June 5, 1975. Nice
1987 – Hulk Hogan took 11 minutes, 43 seconds to pin Andre the Giant in front of 93,136 at Wrestlemania III fans at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI. Those are a few fans
1992 – Democratic presidential front-runner Bill Clinton said “I didn’t inhale and I didn’t try it again” in reference to when he had experimented with marijuana. Sorry, Bill. You run with the hares and hunt with the hounds
1999 – At least 87 people died in an earthquake in India’s Himalayan foothills. Really sad
2004 – Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia became members of NATO. This is why NATO is now getting a little less organised
The Day’s Music Events 29th March
1963, The Shadows had their fifth and final UK No.1 single with ‘Foot Tapper.’ I love this tune
1964, The first night of a UK tour kicked of at The Coventry Theatre with The Hollies, the Dave Clark Five, The Kinks and The Mojos. The Mojos were a great group
1966, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was injured during a gig in Marseilles after a fan threw a chair at the stage, Jagger required eight stitches in the cut. Nasty
1966, Fans mobbed the Walker Brothers as they entered a hotel in Cheshire resulting in two of the group being concussed. The group were in the UK for a tour and TV appearances.They were popular
1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Black Sabbath, The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, Curved Air, J.J. Jackson’s Dilemma, Shy Limbs, Spontaneous Music Ensemble, Sunflower Brass Band and Toe Fat all appeared at the London Free Easter Festival in Bethnal Green, London, England. Sounds a great festival
1975, Labelle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Lady Marmalade’, the group’s only No.1.Great song in the discos
1975, Led Zeppelin had all their six albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week with their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1.What success
1980, Mantovani, (Annunzio Paolo Mantovan), Orchestra leader died aged 74. Born in Italy his family moved to England in 1912, where he studied at Trinity College of Music in London. He recorded over 50 albums for Decca records, including Song from Moulin Rouge and Cara Mia, both reached No. 1 in the UK. In the United States, between 1955 and 1972, he released over 40 albums with 27 reaching the Top 40 and 11 the Top Ten. His biggest success was with the album Film Encores, which made it to No. 1 in 1957. 1980, Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’, spent its 303rd week on the US album chart, beating the record set by Carole King’s album ‘Tapestry.’ This guy was an absolute giant
1981, Shakin’ Stevens was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the Rosemary Clooney hit ‘This Ole House’, the Welsh singers first of four UK No.1′s. A very good rock n roller
1985, Jeanine Deckers, The Singing Nun, died aged 52 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with a friend. Her 1963 US No.1 & UK No.7 single ‘Dominique’ sold over 1.5 million copies, winning a Grammy Award for the year’s best Gospel song. Deckers wrote about her financial difficulties in a suicide note, and in a great irony, the very day of her suicide and unknown to her, the Belgian association that collects royalties for songwriters awarded her $300,000 (571,658 Belgian francs).Was this not one of the saddest pop stories?
1986, Austrian singer Falco started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus’, also a No.1 in the UK. Falco became the first German speaking artist to achieve a No.1 on the US charts. Along with Kraftwerk and the Goombay Dance Band….
1986, Cliff Richard and The Young Ones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ In aid of Comic Relief, a re-recording of his 1959 No.1, with the cast of the TV show ‘The Young Ones’.One of those songs that transcends age differences
1999, The David Bowie Internet Radio Network broadcast its first show for Rolling Stone Radio. The show was Bowie’s favourite songs with Bowie introducing each track.The Internet is the way forward
2000, Phil Collins took out a high court action against two former members of Earth, Wind And Fire. Collins claimed his company had overpaid the musicians by £50,000 ($85,000) in royalties on tracks including ‘Sussudio’ and ‘Easy Lover’. Come on, Phil, you can afford this
2005, Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month.I hope he has fully recovered
2007, U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. The rock star and campaigner, 46, was not entitled to be called “Sir” because he is not a British citizen. The U2 singer’s new title is Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE). This is a rather silly moot point in my opinion
2007, ‘Umbrella’, by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z was released in the US. The track went on to reach No.1 in various countries, including the US. A No.1 in the UK for 10 consecutive weeks making it the longest running No.1 single since Wet Wet Wet’s ‘Love Is All Around’ in 1994, and the longest running No.1 by a female artist since Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You.’ This is a wonderful pedigree
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1942, Eden Kane, singer, 1961 UK No.1 ‘Well I Ask You’, brother of Peter and Robin Sarsted.
1943,Chad Allan, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).
1943, Evangelos Papathanassiou, (Vangelis) 1981 UK No.12 & 1982 US No.1 single ‘Chariots Of Fire.’
1945, Speedy Keen, drums, vocals, Thunderclap Newman, (1969 UK No.1 & US No.37 single ‘Something In The Air’).
1946, Terry Jacks, singer, songwriter, (1974 UK & US No.1 single ‘Seasons In The Sun’), also a UK No.1 hit for Westlife in 1999.
1947, Bobby Kimball, vocals, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘Africa’). 1949, Dave Greenfield, The Stranglers, keyboards,