Whatever you can or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. —Goethe
“A walk of 1000 miles starts with the first step” – Ghandi
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly. – Marcus Aurelius, 121-180—————————————————————————————
1558 – Mary, Queen of Scotland, married the French dauphin, Francis. Was this a marriage of convenience?
1833 – A patent was granted for first soda fountain. Why no name?
1898 – Spain declared war on the U.S., rejecting America’s ultimatum for Spain to withdraw from Cuba. Big mistake if it was now…..
1915 – During World War I, the Ottoman Turkish Empire began the mass deportation of Armenians. Humans are wonderful aren’t we?
1916 – Irish nationalist launched the Easter Rebellion against British occupation forces. They were overtaken several days later. Sorry, but I say leave Ireland to the Irish
1944 – The first B-29 arrived in China, over the Hump of the Himalayas.
1948 – The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.Big moment in history
1952 – Raymond Burr made his TV acting debut on the “Gruen Guild Playhouse” in an episode titled, “The Tiger.” …but not in a wheelchair
1953 – Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Great man
1961 – U.S. President Kennedy accepted “sole responsibility” following Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Nice to see somebody taking the necessary responsibility
1967 – The newest Greek regime banned miniskirts. I thought their soldiers wore them
1974 – David Bowie released “Diamond Dogs.” Who let the dogs out?
1981 – The IBM Personal Computer was introduced. Seems a lifetime ago
1989 – Thousands of students began striking in Beijing. They were the vanguards for change
1990 – The space shuttle Discovery blasted off from Cape Canaveral, FL. It was carrying the $1.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope. Wow
1997 – The U.S. Senate ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention. The global treaty banned the development, production, storage and use of chemical weapons.When will we ever learn?
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The Day’s Music Events 24th April
1955, Perez Prado was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White’. Known as the ‘King of the Mambo’ the instrumental was the theme from the film ‘Underwater’ where Jane Russell can be seen dancing to ‘Cherry Pink’.Well, we now know the King of Mambo
1959, Buddy Holly was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Paul Anka song ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore.’ A No.1 hit six weeks after Holly’s death.I love this song
1961, Bob Dylan appeared on Harry Belafonte’s album ‘The Midnight Special’ playing harmonica on the track ‘Calypso King’; Dylan was paid a $50 session fee for this his first ever recording. First time I’d read this
1961, Del Shannon started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Runaway’, also a No.1 in the UK. Del was the first person to have a hit with a Beatles song in the US with his version of ‘From Me To You.’Great artist and a sad loss
1965, Beatles manager Brian Epstein won the ‘star prize’ of an album when he had his letter published in UK music weekly ‘Melody Maker’ informing it’s readers that Paul McCartney played lead guitar on ‘Ticket To Ride.’ I wonder what he did with it?
1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Game Of Love’, a No.2 hit in the UK. Wayne took his name from DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart guitarist in the Mindbenders went on join Hotlegs and 10CC. I think he is still living here in Spain
1968, The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. I bet somebody felt like the Decca man who turned down the Beatles
1968, Enjoying a wild birthday party Keith Moon drummer with The Who drove his Lincoln car into a Holiday Inn swimming pool.He never mastered the art of parking
1968, Louis Armstrong was at No.1 in the UK with the single ‘What A Wonderful World / Cabaret.’ At 69 years of age, it made Armstrong the oldest act ever to score a UK No.1. What a claim to fame for ‘Satchelmouth’
1975, Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote ‘Without You’, with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, were signed to the Beatles’ Apple label, their first hit ‘Come And Get It’ was written by Paul McCartney. This is so sad and I covered almost every part of this story…. unknowingly
1976, ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ went to No.1 on the US album chart. Paul McCartney’s fifth No.1 after The Beatles……… and still going strong
1976, Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together.It’s nice to think they were still friends
1979, Ray Charles’ ‘Georgia On My Mind’ was proclaimed the state song of Georgia. I should think so too although there was always sweet Georgia Brown
1982, Status Quo scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ’1982′.Kiss principle
1984, Jerry Lee Lewis married wife number six, 22- year old Kerrie McCarver. Glutton for punishment
1995, Oasis released ‘Some Might Say’ which went on to give the band their first UK No.1 single. The Gallaghers were coming
2003, The first official UK download chart was compiled after the big five record companies- EMI, Warners, Sony, BMG and Universal combined for a Digital Download day. Over 150,000 computer users had downloaded 1.1m tracks. The Net Parade Top 3: No.3, Tatu, ‘All The Things She Said’, No, 2, Coldplay, ‘Clocks’ and No.1 Christina Aguilera, ‘Beautiful.’ …but did this reflect overall taste?
2007, Sheryl Crow said a ban on using too much toilet paper should be introduced to help the environment. The singer suggested using “only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where two to three could be required”. Crowe made the comments on her website after touring the US on a biodiesel-powered bus to raise awareness about climate change. ……..do I detect fanaticism?
2007, The Arctic Monkeys sold 85,000 copies of their new album ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’ on its first day in UK shops, putting it on course to be the year’s fastest-selling new release. Hype or quality?
Birthday Boys and Girls
1942, Barbra Streisand, singer, actress, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.31 single ‘The Way We Were’, 1980 UK & US No.1 single ‘Woman In Love’ plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles and 4 other US No.1′s).
1945, Doug Clifford, drums, Creedence Clearwater Revival, (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single ‘Bad Moon Rising’ plus 11 other US Top 40 singles, 1970 US & UK No.1 album ‘Cosmo’s Factory’).
1947, Glenn Cornick, bass guitar, Jethro Tull, (1969 UK No.3 and US No.11 single ‘Living In The Past’).
1947, Ann Kelly, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Rock The Boat’).
1948, Steve York, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’). 1951, Nigel Harrison, British bass player with Blondie from 1977-82. Also a member of Silverhead. .
1960, Paula Yates, presenter on UK music TV show The Tube, ex-wife of Sir Bob Geldof and girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence. She died on September 17th