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Music Stuff April 1st
1956, Elvis Presley was given a screen test at Paramount Studios in Hollywood
1957, Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers appeared at the London Palladium, London, England.
1961, The Beatles began a three-month residency at The Top Ten Club, Hamburg, playing 92 straight nights. The
group played for seven hours a night on weekdays and eight hours at weekends with a fifteen-minute break every
hour. It was during this visit that Astrid Kirchherr cut Stuart Sutcliffe’s hair into the style destined to become known as
the “Beatle haircut” which The Beatles later adopted themselves.

1966, Pye Records released David Bowie’s first solo single
1966, The Troggs recorded ‘Wild Thing’ at Regent Sound Studio in London.
1969, Ambrose Slade (Slade) made their live debut at Walsall Town Hall, Walsall, England.
1969, The Beach Boys announced they were suing their record label Capitol for unpaid royalties.
1972, the three-day Mar Y Sol festival in Puerto Rico took place, featuring Rod Stewart, Dr John, The Allman Brothers,
Osibisa, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Alice Cooper, The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father at his parent’s home in Los Angeles, California.
1985, Tom Bailey singer with The Thompson Twins collapsed from exhaustion while staying at The Holiday Inn,
Chelsea. He was flown to Paris to see his private doctor.
1989, Madonna scored her third UK No.1 album with ‘Like A Prayer.’ singles chart with ‘Eternal Flame’, also a No.1 in
the UK and the biggest selling single of 1989 in Australia.
2001, TV’s ‘Popstars’ winners Hear’say started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album
‘Popstars.’
2001, it was reported that Spice Girl Mel B had been advised to sell her £3.5m Buckinghamshire mansion because she
couldn’t afford to run it. 2
004, Paul Atkinson guitarist with The Zombies died aged 58 due to liver and kidney disease.
2005, During the first leg of their Vertigo World tour, U2 appeared at the Arrowhead Sports Arena in Anaheim,
Southern California, with Kings Of Leon as the opening act.


1939, Rudolph Isley, The Isley Brothers
1942, Alan Blakley, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
1946, Arthur Conley, US soul singer
1946, Ronnie Lane, bass player and vocalist with Small Faces.
1948, Born on this day, Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican singer, songwriter
1948, Born on this day, Simon Cowe, guitar, Lindisfarne

Music Stuff April 2nd
1964, The Beatles had their fourth UK No.1 single with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’
1964, The Beach Boys recorded ‘I Get Around’, which became their first US No.1 in the summer of this year
1965, the first ‘Ready Steady Goes Live!’ was shown on UK TV.
1965, The Who made their first radio appearance on the
UK BBC’s ‘Joe Loss Pop Show.
1975, The Bay City Rollers UK No.1 with their version of The Four Seasons song ‘Bye Bye Baby.’
1977, Abba UK No.1 with their fifth No.1 ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You.’
1977, Fleetwood Mac US No.1 with ‘Rumours.’
1977, Frank Sinatra scored his first ever UK No.1 album with ‘Portrait Of Sinatra
1981,
CBS records launched the ‘Nice Price’ series of back catalogue albums in the UK. The first batch priced at £2.99
included early albums by Bob Dylan, Santana, Billy Joel, Abba, Janis Joplin and Simon and Garfunkel.
1987, one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time,
Buddy Rich died aged 69 due to complications caused by a brain
tumour.
1987, U2 kicked off their 29-date North American Joshua Tree tour at
Arizona State Activity Centre.
1994, Ace Of Base US album No.1 with ‘The Sign.’
1997, Joni Mitchell was reunited with Kilauren Gibb, the daughter she gave up for adoption 32 years earlier.
1998, Rob Pilatus, one half of pop duo Milli Vanilli was found dead in a Frankfurt Hotel room after taking a lethal
combination of drugs and alcohol.
2000, Westlife UK No. 1 ‘Fool Again’. It made the Irish group the first in chart history to debut at No.1 with their first five
releases.
2001, Mariah Carey signed the richest recording deal in history. The 31-year old singer signed a deal with Virgin for
three albums worth £60m.
2003, US soul singer Edwin Starr died at his British home in Nottingham aged 61.
2006, a John Lennon schoolbook containing the 12-year-old’s drawing of Lewis Carroll’s poem The Walrus and the
Carpenter was sold at auction for £126,500. The poem inspired Lennon to write The Beatles’ 1967 song ‘I Am the
Walrus.’
2006, Gnarls BarkleyUK No.1 single with ‘Crazy.’ The American duo made chart history by becoming the first act ever
to reach No.1 through computer downloads only.
Birthdays

1928, Serge Gainsbourg
1939, Marvin Gaye
1947, Emmylou Harris
1956, Gregory Abbott

Music Stuff April 3rd

1956, Elvis Presley appeared on ABC-TV's 'The Milton Berle Show' live from the flight deck of the USS Hancock in San
Diego, California. He performed 'Heartbreak Hotel', 'Shake Rattle And Roll' and 'Blue Suede Shoes.'
1960, During recording sessions at
RCA studios in Nashville, Tennessee, Elvis Presley recorded ‘It's Now Or Never’,
‘Fever’ and ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight?’
1961, The Marcels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Blue Moon', also a No.1 in the UK
1964, Bob Dylan made his first entry on the UK charts with 'The Times They Are A-Changin'.
1967, working on The Beatles Sgt Pepper album at Abbey Road studios in London, George Harrison recorded his lead
vocal on his song ‘Within You Without You’. as well as a sitar part, and some acoustic guitar parts.
1971, The Temptations scored their second US No.1 with 'Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)' a No.8 hit in
the UK.
1983, after completing a 29-date UK tour, U2 appeared on BBC TV Top Of The Pops performing their latest single
‘Two Hearts Beat As One.’
1985, On BBC Radio 1, Janice Long with The Chameleons in session and Stephen Tin Tin Duffy playing his favourite
records and at 10pm Muriel Gray sitting in for John Peel with Simple Minds and The Cocteau Twins in session
1990,
American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan died of lung cancer.
1991, Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1993, 10 years after it's first release, The Bluebells had a UK No.1 single with 'Young At Heart' after the track was
featured on a Volkswagen TV commercial.
1998, Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born
1999, English composer
Lionel Bart died from cancer aged 69. Wrote 'Living Doll' for Cliff Richard, 'Little White Bull' for
Tommy Steele, composed the musical, 'Oliver' And wrote the theme song for the 1963 James Bond film From Russia
With Love
2001, Robbie Williams won the award for the most radio plays in the UK for the third year running.
2003,
Stax records songwriter Homer Banks died aged 61.
2006, Founder member and original drummer for The Wonder Stuff, Martin Gilks died aged 41, after losing control of
his motorbike in London. Gilks was voted the best drummer on the planet in an NME poll in 1989.
2007, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs
2008, Morrissey accepted a public apology in court from
Word Magazine after it suggested he was a racist and a
hypocrite. The singer took Word to court after an article concerning his political views appeared in its March edition.
His solicitor said the magazine now accepted that it was "absurd to accuse Mr Morrissey of being a racist" and that he
was "not a hypocrite". The former Smiths frontman did not appear at London's High Court.
2008, Mariah Carey smashed Elvis Presley's US chart record by scoring the 18th number one of her career with
‘Touch My Body’, from her new album E=MC2. Carey had now surpassed Elvis Presley's 17 number ones, The Beatles
still held the record with 20 US No.1 hit singles.

Birthday Boys and Girls April 3rd
1924, Doris Day, singer, actress
1928, Don Gibson, US country singer songwriter
1938, Jeff Barry, songwriter. Wrote 'Tell Laura I Love Her', 'Da Doo Ron Ron', 'Be My Baby', 'Baby I Love You', 'Do
Wah Diddy
1941 Jan Berry, Jan and Dean
1961, Eddie Murphy, Golden Globe Award-winning American actor and comedian. Regular cast member on Saturday
Night Live from 1980 to 1984. Appeared in the 2006 motion picture musical Dreamgirls. Scored the 1986 US No.3
single, 'Party All The Tim

April 4th

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
April 4th

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.

April 5th

1955, Ray Charles married his second wife Della Beatrice Howard Robinson

1962, The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles’ fan
club. The Beatles wear their black leather outfits for the first half of the performance, for old time’s sake, then change
into their new suits for the second half of the show.I was in Liverpool at the time

1968, The first date of a twice-nightly UK tour featuring, Amen Corner, Gene Pitney, Status Quo, Simon Dupree & The
Big Sound and Don Partridge kicked off at The Odeon Theatre, Lewisham, London.Great show

1975, Minnie Riperton went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Stevie Wonder produced song ‘Loving You’ (a No.
2 hit in the UK). It was the singers only US chart hit. Riperton died of cancer on 12th July 1979. If you know the song
you can hear a bird singing in its cage

. 1981, Canned Heat singer Bob “The Bear” Hite died of a heart attack aged 36. (1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single ‘Let’
s Work Together’). Played at both the 1967 Montery Pop Festival and the 1969 Woodstock Festival.Distinctive voice

1983, Danny Rapp, leader of 50′s group Danny and the Juniors committed suicide in a hotel in Arizona by shooting
himself. (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘At The Hop’).Utterly tragic

1984, Marvin Gaye’s funeral took place at The Forest Lawn Cemetery, Los Angeles; Smokey Robinson, Stevie
Wonder, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and other Motown singers, writers and producers, attended the service.
1985, At 3:50pm GMT, over 5,000 radio stations worldwide aired the charity single by USA for Africa ‘We Are The
World’. The single went on to be a No.1 in the US & UK, and most Western territories. Music can unite people

1995, Jimi Hendrix’s one-time girlfriend Monika Dannerman committed suicide, two days after losing a court battle with
another of the guitarist’s ex-lovers. This is bizarre
1998, British drummer Cozy Powell was killed when his car smashed into crash barriers on a motorway in Bristol,
England. Powell had worked with Whitesnake, ELP, Black Sabbath, Rainbow and the ELP spin-off Emerson, Lake, &
Powell. Plus sessions with Donovan, Roger Daltrey, Jack Bruce, Jeff Beck, Gary Moore and Brian May. Another pop
related tragedy
1998, The Spice Girls performed their first ever-live UK concert when they appeared in front of a 9,000 strong
audience in Glasgow, Scotland.

2006, Gene Pitney was found dead aged 65 in his bed in a Cardiff hotel. The American singer was on a UK tour and
had shown no signs of illness. Pitney helped the Rolling Stones break the American market with his endorsement of the
band. Jagger and Richards wrote his hit That Girl Belongs to Yesterday which became the Stones duo’s first
composition to reach the American charts. He scored the 1962 US No.4 single ‘Only Love Can Break A Heart’. and
1967 solo UK No.5 & 1989 UK No.1 single with Marc Almond ‘Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart’, plus over 15 other
US & UK Top 40 hits. He was one of the all-time greats and a pop giant
2008, Apple’s iTunes overtook supermarket group Wal-Mart to become the largest music retailer in the US. A pivotal
moment

2008, Lady GaGa started a four week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Fame’ the American singers debut
album.Weird but a genius

April 5th

1928,  Tony Williams, The Platters, (1959 UK & US No.1 single ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’). Died on 14th August 1992.

1929, Joe Meek, producer. Shot himself dead on 3rd February 1967 after killing his landlady. Produced ‘Telstar’ the
1962 UK and US No.1 single by The Tornadoes. The first British act to have a No.1 in the US. Also produced hits for
John Leyton and The Honeycombs.
1935, Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin. Died from a heart attack on 1995 aged 60. Known as being one of the
shrewdest and most ruthless managers in rock history, Grant secured 90% of concert gate money and intimidated
record store owners who dealt in bootlegs. The former wrestler, also worked as a film extra and bodyguard. During the
early 60s Grant worked as a tour manager for Bo Diddley, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Eddie
Cochran, Gene Vincent and The Animals.

1939, Ronnie White, The Miracles, (1970 UK & US No.1 single with Smokey Robinson, ‘The Tears Of A Clown’).

1942, Alan Clarke, vocals, The Hollies, (over 25 top 40 hits, 1972 US No.2 single ‘Long Cool Woman (In A Black
Dress’), 1988 UK No.1 single ‘He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother’, first released in 1969.

1950, Agnetha Faltskog, vocals, Abba, (first UK hit 1974 No.1 ‘Waterloo’, followed by eight other UK No.1 singles and 9
UK No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dancing Queen’).


April 6th
1966, The first session of what would become The Beatles album ‘Revolver’ started in the evening at Abbey Road
studios London, with the recording of the basic track of ‘Tomorrow Never Knows.’
1967, The first master tape of The Beatles new album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was made.  The Beatles
had specified that there were to be no gaps between songs - a unique idea at the time.

1968, Cliff Richard sang ‘Congratulations’ the UK entry in the Eurovision Song Contest held at the Royal Albert Hall
London, winning second place behind the entry from Spain. It was a good song

1968, Pink Floyd announced founder Syd Barrett had officially left the group. Barrett was suffering from psychiatric
disorders compounded by drug use.Another sad episode
1968, Simon and Garfunkel went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Graduate.’Great album

1968, The Beatles Apple Corps Ltd. record company, management and publishing firm, opened their offices in London.
Would it last?

1971, Carly Simon was introduced to James Taylor after her show at the Troubadour, Los Angeles. The couple
married on 3rd November 1972.You’re so vain……..

1971, The Rolling Stones launched their own record label, ‘Rolling Stones Records’, with Atlantic Records.Tongues
out..

. 1974, The California Jam 1 festival took place in Ontario, California, featuring The Eagles, Black Sabbath, Deep
Purple, Earth Wind and Fire, ELP, Black Oak Arkansas and Seals & Croft. Over 200,000 fans attended. We were
diverted to Ontario from Palm Springs when we visited in March
1985, UK singer, songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan won a lawsuit against his manager Gordon Mills for unpaid royalties and
was awarded $2 million. It’s hardly about peanuts ..

1987, Roger Waters’ lawyers issued a statement that Roger believed himself to be the creative driving force behind
Pink Floyd and therefore he would contest the use of the name by anyone else and any former members of Pink Floyd.
Unless we were at their practices it wouldifficult to know

1998, American country singer Tammy Wynette died aged 55. Scored 12 hit singles including ‘Stand By Your Man’,
sold over 30 million records world-wide, married five times and once filed for bankruptcy. Known as the first lady of
country music. Had the 1991 hit with The KLF ‘Justified and Ancient’ which became a No. 1 hit in eighteen countries.
Hers was a great career
1999, An all star tribute to singer, songwriter Johnny Cash took place in New York City with Sheryl Crow, Chris Isaak
and U2 all performing for the TV special. I liked his music
2000, Eighties pop star Steve Strange lead singer of Visage – was arrested after stealing a £10.99 Teletubbies doll in
Bridgend, south Wales. He was given a suspended jail sentence after being caught on a shoplifting spree stealing
cosmetics and clothes from High Street stores. Strange was already on bail for stealing a £15 ladies’ jacket from Marks
and Spencer in Cardiff when he was arrested.This guy was probably having psychological problems

. 2004, Guitarist and singer Niki Sullivan, died suddenly of a heart attack, at his home in Independence, Missouri aged
66. Sullivan was one of the three original members of Buddy Holly’s backing group, The Crickets. He co-wrote a
number of his hit songs and sang back-up vocals on 27 of the 32 songs Buddy recorded over his brief career.This is a
lesser known name

2008, R.E.M. went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Accelerate’ the bands fourteenth studio album. 2009, PRS for
Music announced that the money made by UK artists overseas increased by £20m ($29.45) in 2008, with British talent
earning almost £140m ($206.23) in 2008. It said international tours by UK acts including The Police, Coldplay, Elton
John and Iron Maiden had boosted income. Four of the top 10 bestselling albums globally were by British artists,
Coldplay, Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy, Leona Lewis and Amy Winehouse were sixth and seventh respectively.This is
a very important input to exports

1937,  Merle Haggard, US country singer, songwriter, (scored 38 US country No.1′s including ‘Okie From Muskogee’).

1947, Tony Conner, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’ 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win Again’
plus over 25 other Top 40 hits).

1951, Born on this day, Ralph Cooper, drums, Air Supply, (1980 UK No.11 single ‘All Out Of Love’, 1981 US No.1
single ‘The One That You Love’).

1962, Stan Cullimore, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’).
April 7th

1956, The CBS Radio Network premiered Alan Freed’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance Party.’ The rest is history
1958, The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played two shows at the Memorial Hall in Canton, Ohio, featuring, Jerry Lee
Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,
The Chantels, Larry Williams,
Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Pastels and Buddy Holly and the Crickets…..what a show!

1962, While at Ealing Jazz Club, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met Brian Jones for the first time. Jones was calling
himself Elmo Lewis and was playing guitar with Paul Jones.I’d love to have been there

1962, The Beatles played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool without George Harrison.The Beatles without George?

1966, Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on the new John Lennon song
‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ and the new Paul McCartney song ‘Got to Get You Into My Life’ for the forthcoming Revolver
album.
1970, On this week’s US Top 5 singles chart; No.5, ‘Bridge Over Trouble Water’ by Simon and Garfunkel, No.4, ‘Spirit
In The Sky’, Norman Greenbaum’, No.3, ‘Instant Karma’ by John Lennon, No.2, ‘ABC’ The Jackson Five and at No.1,
‘Let It Be’, The Beatles. All great songs

1979, Siouxsie And The Banshees played a charity gig for MENCAP, but after crowd trouble were latter faced with a
£2,000 bill for seat damage. These two facts don’t sit comfortably for me

1981, Producer and manager, Kit Lambert died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down a flight of stairs at his
mother’s home in London, England. Lambert managed The Who from 1964-1967 and produced the ‘Tommy’ album.
Also produced Arthur Brown’s 1968 hit ‘Fire’. This is a name that should not be forgotten

. 1984, A record 40 British acts appeared on the US top 100 singles chart.Wow

1985, Wham! became the first western pop group to perform live in China, when they played at the workers gymnasium
in Beijing. Good
1988, During a European tour, Alice Cooper accidentally hung himself in a rehearsal when a safety rope snapped; he
dangled for several seconds before a roadie saved him.Bizarre
. 1990, The Carpenters started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Only Yesterday’; The LP went back
to the top at the end of April 1990 for a further five weeks.They were a brilliant duo

1994, US soul singer Percy Sledge pleaded guilty to tax evasion after he failed to report $260,000 in income earned
between 1987 and 1989.
1998, George Michael was arrested at The Will Rogers Memorial Park for committing a sex act in a public toilet. The
singer was  fined £500 after being convicted of a “lewd act.” Stomach churning
2000, Heinz, bass player and singer with The Tornadoes died aged 57. The group had the Joe Meek produced 1962
UK & US No.1 single ‘Telstar’, making them the first UK group to score a US No.1 single. Heinz had the 1963 solo hit
‘Just Like Eddie’, a tribute to Eddie Cochran. This featured future Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and is a
favourite song of mine
. 2002, UK Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Unchained
Melody.’ Making Gates the seventh act to have a Top 40 hit with the song.You can’t keep a good song down

April 7th

1915,  Billie Holiday, (Elinore Harris), the greatest female jazz singer of all time. Made over 100 records, worked with
Count Basie, Duke Ellington, numerous arrests for drugs possession. Died on 17th July 1959 from liver failure, aged
44.

1937, Charlie Thomas, vocals, The Drifters, (1960 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Save The Last Dance For Me’).

1943, Alan Buck, The Four Pennies, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Juliet’).

1947, Patricia Bennett, The Chiffons, (1963 US No.1 single ‘He’s So Fine’, 1972 UK No.4 single ‘Sweet Talkin Guy’, first
issued 1966).

1949,  John Oates, Hall and Oates, (1982 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Maneater’, plus five other US No.1′s).

1952, Bruce Gary, The Knack, (1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’).

Music Stuff April 8th

1964, The Supremes record ‘Where Did Our Love Go’ at Motown Studios in Detroit. The song would become the first
of their five US number one singles. Baby, baby…
1965, Unit Four Plus Two were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Concrete And Clay’, the English group’s only No.1
hit.Did they do anything else?

1967, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Eddie Floyd, Arthur Conley and Booker T And The MG’s all appeared at London’s
Hammersmith Odeon, England.Lubbly jubbly
1967, Sandie Shaw won the Eurovision Song Contest held in Vienna representing Britain with the song ‘Puppet On A
String’. She became the first UK female artist to win the contest. And she didn’t even own a pair of shoes….

1970, The UK premiere of the Woodstock movie took place in London. The film was a documentary of the festival that
took place in August 1969 at Bethel in New York..taken with a drop of Mathews Southern Comfort

. 1972, Written after the ‘Bloody Sunday Massacre’, in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Give
Ireland Back To The Irish.’ The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at No.16 in the UK and No.21 in
the US. At least Paul had a conscience

1973, Gilbert O’Sullivan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Down’, (a song about his dog), the singers
second UK No.1.Great piano playing

1978, Brian and Michael (Kevin Parrott and Michael Coleman), were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song
inspired by painter LS Lowery ‘Matchstalk Men And Matchstalk Cats And Dogs.’ The backing vocals are by the St
Winifred’s School Choir, who had a No.1 in 1980 This gave them their first taste of fame

2010 US & UK No.1 album, ‘Contra’. 1985, American songwriter J Fred Coots died aged 87. Co-wrote, ‘Santa Claus Is
Coming To Town’ and the Pat Boone US No.1 hit ‘Love Letters In The Sand.’ He wrote over 700 songs. Another lesser
known name

1989, Roxette went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Look’, the duo’s first US No.1, a No.7 hit in the UK. Good
song

1994, The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon
had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. The album has
sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. This would pay a few bills

1995, Take That had their sixth UK No.1 single when the Gary Barlow penned ‘Back For Good’ went to the top of the
UK charts. The song sold over 300,000 copies in its first week and was also a US Top 10 hit. The song won Best British
Single at the 1996 Brit Awards. Great song
1997, American singer, songwriter Laura Nyro died from ovarian cancer. Suzanne Vega, Phoebe Snow, Roseane
Cash, Frank Sinatra and Linda Ronstadt all covered her songs. She wrote ‘And When I Die’ a hit for Blood, Sweat &
Tears and ‘Stoney End’ which was covered by Barbra Streisand.Another gap in my knowledge

1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued along with 11 other passengers from a boat off the coast of
Brazil after the engine exploded. The boat was exploring the islands near Angra Dos Reis, south of Rio De Janeiro,
when one of the boat’s engines caught fire. Passengers were rescued by nearby journalists, the boat exploded
moments after the group was evacuated.What a really bad experience

2001, Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton scored her first UK No.1 single with ‘What Took You So Long.’ She became the
fourth Spice Girl to have a solo No 1. Written by Richard Stannard who wrote six of the Spice Girls’ UK No.1 hits. I
cannot remember the song

2007, Kings Of Leon started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Because Of The Times.’
2007, American country music singer Tim McGraw was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Let It Go’ his fourth No.1
album. The album produced seven Top 20 US country hits. This was some album

2008, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was jailed for 14 weeks for violating his probation and for using drugs.
Doherty had been given a suspended jail sentence for possession of drugs and driving illegally in October 2007. Idiot
2008, Led Zeppelin topped the list of Classic Rock magazine’s ‘Best Live Acts Of All Time’. The Who were voted in at
No.2 and AC/DC at No.3.OK

2010, Malcolm McLaren former manager of the Sex Pistols, the New York Dolls and Bow Wow Wow died from cancer
aged 64. As a solo artist he scored the 1983 UK No.3 single ‘Double Dutch’. He set up the fashion store Let It Rock in
the late 60′s with Vivienne Westwood selling rubber and fetish gear.Was he responsible for leading many astray?

April 8th:

1929,  Jacques Brel, Belgian singer, songwriter. Marc Almond, Alex Harvey, David Bowie, Dusty Springfield, Ray
Charles, Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, The Kingston Trio and Gavin Friday have all covered his songs. Brel has sold
over 25 million records worldwide, including over 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium. He died of
cancer 9th October 1978.

1947, Steve Howe, guitarist, Yes, (1977 UK No.7 ‘Wonderous Stories’, 1983 US No.1 & UK No. 28 single ‘Owner Of A
Lonely Heart’). Asia, (1982 US No 4 & UK No. 46 single ‘Heat Of The Moment’).
. 1963, Julian Lennon, first son of Beatle John Lennon and the only child of Lennon’s first wife Cynthia Lennon. His
godfather was Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. Julian Lennon had the 1991 UK No.6 single ‘Saltwater’.

Music Stuff April  April 9th

1956, Gene Vincent recorded the classic rock ‘n roll song ‘Be Bop-A-Lula’, which went on to be a US & UK Top 20 hit in
this year.Great track and I still play it on my guitar

1963, The Beatles appeared live on the ITV show Tuesday Rendezvous, miming ‘From Me to You’ and ‘Please Please
Me’ (during the closing credits). There were many girls screaming!
1966, ‘Blue Turns To Grey’, a song written by Jagger and Richards gave Cliff Richard a No.15 UK hit.Not one of my
favourites
1966, The Righteous Brothers No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘You’re My Soul And Inspiration’, a No.15 hit in the UK.
Not one of my favourites

1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane appeared at Cheetah, Santa Monica Pier, Venice, California. This was
the largest show The Doors had played to date with a crowd of over 3,00. After my visit to California these places seem
more relevant

1968, Gene Pitney supported by Status Quo appeared at The Odeon in Glasgow, Scotland.  I wish I’d been there

1974, Terry Jacks was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Seasons In The Sun.’ Jacks became the first Canadian to
score a No.1 since Paul Anka in 1957. The song (written in French by Belgian, Jacques Brel), had English lyrics by
poet Rod McKuen.I featured this song on yesterday’s show

1976, American folk singer songwriter Phil Ochs, hung himself at his sisters home in Queens, New York. Wrote ‘There
But A Fortune’, a hit for Joan Baez.Another of pop’s sad stories

1977, Abba No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Dancing Queen’, and first No.1. Also a No.1 in the UK in 1976.Great track
1983, David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the title track from his latest album ‘Let’s Dance’, his fourth
UK No.1 and featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan. AI liked this song and the production was excellent.
1988, Dave Prater of soul duo Sam & Dave was killed when his car left the road and hit a tree in Syracuse, Georgia, on
his way to his mother’s house in Ocilla. He was 50. Recorded for Stax Records from 1965 – 1968, hits included ‘Soul
Man’ and ‘Hold On, I’m Coming.’ I was a fan of their music and had then original promo copies sent to me

1988, American singer and songwriter Brook Benton died aged 56. Scored over 20 US top 40 singles, in the late 1950s
and early 1960s, he scored hits such as ‘It’s Just A Matter Of Time’ and ‘Endlessly’, and made a comeback in 1974
when he had the No.4 hit ‘Rainy Night In Georgia.’He was a great singer with a distinctive style

1988, Billy Ocean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car’,
a No.3 hit in the UK. Class track

1991, Record producer Martin Hannett died. He worked with many Manchester acts including The Smiths, New Order,
Joy Division, Happy Mondays, Magazine as well as U2 and The Psychedelic Furs.I didn’t know his name

1994, Take That scored their fourth UK No.1 single with the Gary Barlow penned single ‘Everything Changes’ the fifth
single from the band’s second album Everything Changes. Gary Barlow is a great songwriter and Take That have
matured into a very professional group

1997, Songwriter Mae Boren Axton died aged 82 after drowning in her bath at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee
after an apparent heart attack. Known as the ‘Queen Mother of Nashville’ she wrote over 200 songs including a co-
writing credit on the Elvis Presley hit ‘Heartbreak Hotel’. Mother of country singer, songwriter Hoyt Axton.I had known of
her and it was a sad end to a great career

2000, Craig David went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fill Me In’. At 18 years 11 months he became the
youngest UK male solo artist to write and sing a UK No.1. 2000,I’m not really a fan but have to acknowlege this was a
very good achievement

20 07, Country and western singer Tanya Tucker was sued by her manicurist for $300,000 (£150,000) over claims the
star’s dog attacked and injured her. Danielle Hobbs stated in court papers that she was bitten by Bella at the singer’s
Nashville home and also claimed that the alleged attack, had left her with painful and disfiguring scars on her leg. She
stated that Tucker’s assistant told her the dogs were “just babies” and said “they will not hurt you”.I’m afraid you can
imagine this happening but we don’t have all the facts

2009, Randy Cain, a founding member of US soul group The Delfonics died at his home in Maple Shade, New Jersey
at the age of 63. Great memories



April 9th:

1932,  Carl Perkins, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, 1956 US No.2 & UK No.10 single ‘Blue Suede Shoes.’
Perkins’ songs were recorded by artists Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and Johnny Cash. Perkins died on 19th Jan 1998
aged 65.
1944, Gene Parsons, drummer, The Byrds, (1965 UK & US No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’).

1946, Les Gray, vocals, Mud, died from throat cancer 21st Feb 2004 aged 57, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Tiger Feet’ plus
14 other UK Top 40 singles’).

1948, Phillip Wright, vocals, drums, Paper Lace, (1974 UK No.1 single ‘Billy Don’t Be A Hero’, 1974 US No.1 single ‘The
Night Chicago Died’).

1978,  Rachel Stevens, vocals, S Club 7, (1999 UK No.1 single ‘Bring It All Back’), 2000 UK No.1 album ’7′ spent over a
year on the UK chart. Solo (2003 UK No.2 single ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’).

April 10th
1956, Nat King Cole was attacked on stage by a group of five racial segregationists during a show at the Municipal Hall
in Birmingham, Alabama. The attackers were arrested by police and Cole returned later that night for a second show.
This must have been a horrible experience for him

1962, The Beatles former bass player Stuart Sutcliff died. (original bassist for eighteen months - January 1960 - June
1961). Sutcliff had stayed in Hamburg Germany after leaving the group. He died of a brain haemorrhage in an
ambulance on the way to hospital, aged 22. A very sad part of the Beatles story
1965, A British school in Wrexham, North Wales, asked parents to please keep children in school uniform and not to
send them to school in 'corduroy trousers', like the ones worn by The Rolling Stones. I hated corduroy pants
1965, British acts started a run of seven weeks at the top of the US charts when Freddie and the Dreamers went to No.
1 with 'I'm Telling You Now', followed by Wayne Fontana's 'Game Of Love', Hermans Hermits 'Mr's Brown' and The
Beatles 'Ticket To Ride.' The Brits were in town

1965, the last night of a twice-nightly UK package tour featuring Dusty Springfield, Heinz, The Zombies and Bobby Vee
was at The Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales. Great show

1967, Marvin Gaye recorded his version of 'I Heard It Through The Grapevine'. The song was first recorded by The
Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips.I love this song

.1968, On his 41st single release Cliff Richard had his ninth UK No.1 with 'Congratulations' the British entry in the 1968
Eurovision Song Contest.Be fair. This is a good song

1970, Doors singer Jim Morrison was dragged off stage by keyboardist Ray Manzarek during a concert in Boston, after
Morrison asked the audience, 'Would you like to see my genitals?'. Theater management quickly switched off the
power. Morrison had been arrested in Miami a year earlier for "lewd and lascivious behavior" during a performance.
Obviously, a born gentleman!

1970, 27 year-old Paul McCartney issued a press statement, announcing that The Beatles had split, (one week before
the release of his solo album). McCartney said, "I have no future plans to record or appear with The Beatles again, or
to write any music with John". John Lennon, who had kept his much-earlier decision to leave The Beatles quiet for the
sake of the others, was furious. When a reporter called Lennon to comment upon McCartney's resignation, Lennon
said, "Paul hasn't left. I sacked him." Like many relationships enough was enough

1976, UK music weekly The Melody Maker reviewed a Sex Pistols gig with the words, 'I hope we shall hear no more of
them.' Sadly, these words were wrong
' 1984, Nate Nelson, lead vocalist for The Flamingos on their 1959 hit ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’, died of heart disease
aged 52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband. What a really sad story

1999, a charity tribute concert for the late Linda McCartney was held at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Among the
performers were Paul McCartney, Chrissie Hynde, George Michael, Elvis Costello and Sinead O'Connor. Linda seemed
to be a lovely lady

2003, American singer Little Eva died in Kinston, North Carolina, aged 59. Had the 1962 US No.1 & UK No.2 single
'The Loco-Motion'. Eva was working as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin who asked her to
record the song they'd just written.This is one of pop's great stories

.2005, The final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight
million at it's height during a three year run, Ozzy was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, "I suppose Americans
get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family like us make complete fools of ourselves every week." I agree with his
words

April 10th: Birthday Boys and Girls

1921, Sheb Wooley, actor, singer, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.12 single, 'The Purple People Eater', played Pete Nolan in
the TV series 'Rawhide').

1932, Nate Nelson, The Flamingos, 1959 hit ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’. Died of heart disease on April 10th 1984 aged
52, a day after his wife had made a plea to his fans to find a heart for her ailing husband.

1936,  Bobbie Smith, vocals, Detroit Spinners, (1980 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'Working My Way Back To You').

1940, Ricky Valance, (born David Spencer), the first Welsh singer to score a UK No.1 with the 1960 single, 'Tell Laura I
Love Her.'

1947, Karl Russell, The Hues Corporation, (1974, US No.1 & UK No.6 single 'Rock The Boat').

1947, Bunny Livingston, Bob Marley and the Wailers, percussion, vocals, left in 1974.

Music Chronicles April 11th

1954, Doris Day was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Secret Love’. The song featured in the film, Calamity Jane,
and won the Best Song Oscar for 1953. I loved her as an actress and as a singer

1956, Travelling from Amarillo to Nashville, the plane that Elvis Presley was flying on developed engine trouble and
was forced to make an emergency landing. The incident created a fear of flying for Presley. I know the feeling but I
have to say thank you to Paul McKenna for his DVD

1961, Bob Dylan played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde’s Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.He was
great in his early days
1963, Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘How Do You Do It” The group’s first of
three UK No.1′s. He was the most popular acton Merseyside and has been on my show. I also played football with him

1964, The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ at No.1 to ‘Love Me Do’ at No. 81.Happy days

1965, Performing at the New Musical Express poll winners concert, at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England, The
Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits,
Moody Blues, Them, Cilla Black, The Seekers and Donovan. What a wonderful cast
1970, Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the
current tour.Sensible

1970, The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let It Be’. It became the group’s 19th
US No.1 in 6 year’s. The track was a No.2 hit in the UK.Great
. 1977, Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert
in the country’s history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for
$59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never
made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.Typical of
those who feel they have the upper hand.
1981, Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss On My List’, the duo’s second
US No.1, a No.33 hit in the UK.Good music

1986, Dave Clark’s musical ‘Time’ opened at London’s Dominion Theatre, starring Cliff Richard.This was hushed up a
bit it would seem

1988, Cher won an Academy Award for best actress for her work in ‘Moonstruck.’Well done

1991, Paula Abdul held a press conference in Hollywood to deny allegations that backing vocalist Yvete Marine had
sung un-credited lead parts on Paula’s ‘Forever Your Girl’ LP.This seemed to be a bit of a rum do

1999, Former Eastenders actress Martine McCutcheon started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her
debut release ‘Perfect Moment’. She has a nice voice but Eastenders helped

2001, Robbie Williams raised £165,000 at a charity auction with the money going to his old school in Stoke to build a
performing arts block. The items sold were Robbie’s personal possessions, including the hand written lyrics to ‘Angels’
which sold for £27,000.There were other far more trivial items

April 11th:

1946, Bob Harris, BBC DJ & TV presenter. (Presented the long running music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test”). An
excellent voice and great depth of knowledge

1956,Neville Staples, The Specials, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Ghost Town’).

1958,  Stuart Adamson, guitarist and vocalist with Skids, who had a 1979 UK No.10 single with ‘Into The Valley’ then
Big Country, who had a 1983 UK No.10 single with ‘’Fields Of Fire’ plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles. Adamson died on
December 16th 2001.
1966,  Lisa Stansfield, UK singer, (1989 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘All Around The World’, plus over 12 other UK Top
40 singles).

1969,Cerys Matthews, vocals, Catatonia, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Mulder And Scully’)

. 1987,  Joss Stone, (Joscelyn Eve Stoker), UK singer, (2004 UK No.1 album ‘Mind Body & Soul’).
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April 12th
1954, Bill Haley recorded ‘Rock Around The Clock’ at Pythian Temple studios in New York City. Considered by many to
be the song that put rock and roll on the map around the world. The song was used over the opening titles for the film
‘Blackboard Jungle’, and went on to be a world-wide No.1 and the biggest selling pop single with sales over 25 million.
Written by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers, ‘Rock Around The Clock’ was first recorded by Italian-American
band Sonny Dae and His Knights.I think most people would not have known this

1957, The ‘King of Skiffle’ Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cumberland Gap.’ The Scottish
musician was a former member of Chris Barber’s Jazz Band.He always looked happy to be singing

1963, Billed as ‘A Shot Of Rhythm and Blues’, at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, The Beatles and eight other group’s.
Admission for members 7/6, visitors, 8/6.I used to love going to the Cavern

1966, Jan Berry (Jan and Dean) was almost killed when he crashed his car into a parked truck a short distance from
Dead Man’s Curve in Los Angeles. Berry was partially paralysed and suffered brain damage. Berry was able to walk
again after extensive therapy.I don’t think he recorded ever again

1966, Tom Jones went into hospital to have his tonsils removed, (there was speculation that he had a nose job).Oh  
really?

1967, Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger
lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight. Oh yeah?

1969, The 5th Dimension started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In’, a
No.11 hit in the UK. Good sound
1973, The film ‘That’ll Be The Day’, premiered in London, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury
and Dave Edmunds.I don’t think I ever saw this film

1975, David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, ‘I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there
will be no more rock ‘n’ roll records from me.’He did change his music quite often

1975, Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Philadelphia Freedom’, his fourth US No.
1, it made No.12 in the UK. I didn’t like this song

. 1980, The Detroit Spinners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Working My Way Back To You’ a remake of an
old Four Seasons hit. A nice version of a great song

1989, Two DJ’s on Los Angeles station KLOS asked what ever happened to David Cassidy’ The singer called the
station up and the presenters invited him onto the show. David played three songs live on air and was subsequently
signed 1

1997, R Kelly started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his Grammy award winning song ‘I Believe I
Can Fly.’ A No.2 hit in the US, the track was featured in the film ‘Space Jam’.I prefer the version by Orville
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April 12th

1933,  Tiny Tim, singer who had a 1968 US No.17 single with ‘Tiptoe Through The Tulips’. He died of a heart attack on
November 29th 1996 on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis.

1940,, Herbie Hancock, US keyboard player, composer of film soundtracks, (1983 UK No.8 single ‘Rockit’).

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April 13th

1956, The UK Top 20 became The Top 30 for the first time. Winifred Atwell was at No.1 with ‘Poor People Of Paris’ an
instrumental version of a French song.Not one that springs to mind

1962, The Beatles made their third trip to Germany for a 48-night residency at The Star Club, Hamburg.Das is gut

1965, The Beatles record the song ‘Help!’ during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London. Good
song….I often sing it when things are not going well!
1966, During a four month world tour, Bob Dylan appeared at Sydney Stadium in Sydney Australia

1967, Nancy and Frank Sinatra were at UK No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’, making them the only
father and daughter to have a No.1 single as a team.I can’t think of any other father and daughter teaming…no. Ozzy
Osbourne and his daughter

1968, Bobby Goldsboro started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Honey’, it made No.2 on the UK
chart and also No.2 when re- issued in 1975. This is a good song but not a great for me

1970, Genesis appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, England. Peter Gabriel, Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and band
received £10 for the gig.This seems surreal when compared with today’s fees

1971, The Rolling Stones released ‘Brown Sugar’ the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which
introduces the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo.Super logo

1974, Elton John went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Bennie And The Jets’, his second US No.1, it made No.37 in
the UK.Not a favourite but maybe one for the Gagarin fans

1974, Paul McCartney’s ‘Band On The Run’, went to No.1 on the US album charts. McCartney’s third US No.1, which
went on to sell over 6 million copies world-wide. This is certainly one of those pivotal songs
1980, The musical Grease closed after 3883 performances in New York City, having grossed over $8 million.Good
money and great concept

1982, David Crosby was arrested when police found him preparing cocaine backstage in his dressing room before a
show in Dallas.I should imagine you could find something at many pop groups dressing rooms

1985, USA for Africa started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Are The World.’Great to see all
the groups working together……remember the first was by George Harrison for Bangladesh..

1991, Londonbeat went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ve Been Thinking About You’, a No.2 hit in the UK.
Tragedy was to hit the group later which is so sad as I love this song

1993, the first ‘Aerosmith Day’ was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band were given their
very own holiday.  What an honour. I wonder do they play on that day or do they take a day off in lieu?

2002, thieves broke in to a house in Bexhill, Sussex and stole a hi-fi system and several CD’s. They left albums by
Madonna, Robbie Williams and Oasis but took the owners entire Showaddywaddy collection. Obviously had great taste
in music
2003, The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain’s fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of
194%.Wow

2003, Madonna struck back at web sites who were offering illegal downloads of her new album, ‘American Life’ by
flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. When the files were opened they were greeted by the voice of Madonna
asking, “What the fuck do you think you’re doing?” What else would you expect?

2007, Julian Lennon sold a “significant” stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US
music publishing company Primary Wave. The firm would now receive payments when any Lennon compositions were
sold on CD, performed live or played on the radio. The company who were about to market Julian Lennon’s new music
project, declined to reveal how much the deal was worth.  A few bob I’d say!
2008, Madonna feat Justin Timberlake started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’4 Minutes’, her 13th UK
No.1.I do like this track

2009, 68-year-old US music producer Phil Spector was convicted of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, after a five-
month retrial. He had pleaded not guilty to the second degree murder of 40-year-old Ms Clarkson, who was shot in the
mouth at Spector’s home in Los Angeles. During the five-month retrial, five female acquaintances testified that Spector
had threatened them at gunpoint in incidents dating back to the 1970s. An earlier trial was abandoned in 2007 after a
jury failed to reach a unanimous decision. Spector was remanded in custody until sentencing on 29 May 09.I find this
whole affair really sad. When you have grown up and loved his songs you don’t want to believe in such bad actions

2009, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ was the most played song in public places in the past 75 years,
according to a chart compiled for BBC Radio 2. Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ was at number two followed by ‘All I
Have To Do Is Dream’ by the Everly Brothers. Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 hit, ‘Love Is All Around’, was at number four
followed by Bryan Adams’s 1991 hit ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It For You.’These are truly great songs.

April 13th

1934, Horace Kay, The Tams, (1971 UK No.1 single ‘Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me’).

1936, Tim Field, The Springfields, (1962 US No. 20 single ‘Silver Threads And Golden Needles’, 1963 UK No.5 single
‘Island Of Dreams’).

1944,  Brian Pendleton, Pretty Things, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’). He died of cancer on 15th May
2001 aged 57.
1946, Al Green, US soul singer, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Tired Of Being Alone’, 1972 US No.1 single ‘Let’s Stay Together’
plus over 10 other Top 40 hits).

1951, Peabo Bryson, singer, (1983 UK No.2 single with Roberta Flack ‘Tonight I Celebrate My Love’, 1984 US No.10
single ‘If Ever You’re In My Arms Again’).

1954, Jimmy Destri, keyboards, Blondie, (Five UK No.1 singles including 1979 UK & US No.1 single ‘Heart Of Glass’.
1978 world-wide No.1 album ‘Parallel Lines’).
1955, Louis Johnson, Brothers Johnson, (1980 US No.4 & UK No.6 single ‘Stomp’). Johnson played on Michael Jackson’
s albums Off the Wall, Thriller and Dangerous, and hit songs Billie Jean and Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.
1962, Hillel Slovak, guitar, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Died from a heroin overdose 27th June 1988.
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April 14th

1953, Lita Roza was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(How Much) Is That Doggie In Window.’ The 27 year old
singer was the NME readers’ Top Female artist of 1953 and with this single became the first British female singer to top
the UK singles Chart, (and the first Liverpudlian to do so).She was the Cilla Black of the 50s

1963, The Rolling Stones played at The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond. All four members of The Beatles were in the
audience. They would have loved the gig

1966, The Spencer Davis Group were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Somebody Help Me’, the group’s second
UK No.1.I think Stevie Winwood was the force behind the music

1966, Roy Orbison, The Walker Brothers and Lulu all appeared at The Colston Hall, Bristol, England.Great bill

1967, David Bowie’s novelty record ‘The Laughing Gnome’ was released in the UK.I hated this song

1967, Polydor Records released the Bee Gees ‘New York mining Disaster 1941′ It was released with a promotional
slogan announcing ‘The most significant talent since The Beatles’. The record became a Top 20 hit in the UK and US. I
think the slogan was appropriate
1968, Phil Spector married Ronettes singer Veronica Bennett. The couple divorced n 1973 with Bennett citing several
instances of alleged cruelty. The signs of what was to come

1969, The recording of ‘The Ballad Of John and Yoko’ took place, with just two Beatles, Paul McCartney and John
Lennon. Paul played bass, drums and piano with John on guitars and lead vocals. The song was banned from many
radio stations as being blasphemous. On some stations, the word ‘Christ’ was edited in backwards to avoid the ban. I
think there was no need to offend and an unnecessary complication
1970, Creedence Clearwater Revival made their live UK debut when they played the first of two nights at The Royal
Albert Hall, London.A favourite group

1971, The Illinois Crime Commission issued a list of ‘drug-oriented records’ including ‘White Rabbit’ by Jefferson
Airplane, ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ by Procol Harum and The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.’Why

1973, Led Zeppelin started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Houses Of The Holy’, also a No.1 in the
US. The young girl featured on the cover of the album climbing naked up Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland is
Samantha Gates who was 6 years old at the time of the photo shoot. I wonder what became of her?
1975, After rumour’s that Jimmy Page, Steve Marriott, Jeff Beck and Chris Spedding would replace Mick Taylor as
guitarist in The Rolling Stones, a press release confirmed that Ron Wood would be joining the band for their
forthcoming American tour.I saw the band in Benidorm and they were fantastic
1975, Art Garfunkel started a six week run at No.1 in the UK with the theme from the film ‘Watership Down’, ‘Bright
Eyes’ which went on to become the biggest selling single of the year. Written by Wombles voice Mike Batt.There’s
nothing wrong with being a Womble

1976, Motown Records and Stevie Wonder announced the largest contract renewal to date, worth $13 million. He is a
bit special

1983, The Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon died from a drug overdose. He was sacked from the group on June
14th 1982, (two days before Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott was found dead of heart failure). Farndon
was in the midst of forming a new band with former Clash drummer Topper Headon when he died. Very sad

. 1990, Madonna scored her seventh UK No.1 single with ‘Vogue’, also a US No.1 hit. Taken from her soundtrack
album I’m Breathless (Music from and Inspired by the film Dick Tracy.)Not my favourite Madonna track

1995, American actor, writer and folk singer Burl Ives died of cancer aged 85. Had hits with ‘Funny Way Of Laughing’,
‘The Blue Tail Fly’ and ‘Little Bitty Tear’, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1958 film
The Big Country.He was a big favourite in my early days

1998, Welsh singer Dorothy Squires died of lung cancer aged 83, in Llwynypia Hospital, Rhondda, Wales. (1953 UK No.
12 single ‘I’m Walking Behind You’). Once married to English actor Roger Moore. I don’t remember this song

1999, UK singer, songwriter and actor Anthony Newley died of cancer. Scored 12 UK Top 40 singles from 1959-1962
including the No.1 single ‘Why.’ Won the 1963 Grammy Award for Song of the Year for “What Kind of Fool Am I?”
Married to the actress Joan Collins from 1963 to 1971.He made some great music
2003, A man was arrested accused of making up a Bjork concert then selling tickets. Alex Conate allegedly sold tickets
worth $14,000 at $40 each after persuading a San Diego nightclub owner that Bjork had agreed to play there. He was
accused of taking the money and moving to Hawaii, where he was arrested. You could not have written a fictional story
better than this

2009, A planned auction of nearly 1,400 items from the former home of Michael Jackson was cancelled. A public
preview of the collection had already begun in Los Angeles and the exhibition of Jackson’s possessions would stay
open until the end of next week. A last-minute settlement meant Jackson’s belongings would now be returned to him. In
response, he had dropped a lawsuit against Juliens Auctions. I felt very sorry for how Michael’s Jackson’s life became
so bizarre

2009, Former Beatle George Harrison was honoured with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los
Angeles. Sir Paul McCartney attended the unveiling outside the landmark Capitol Records building, joining Harrison’s
widow Olivia and son Dhani. Eric Idle, Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and musician Tom Petty also attended the
ceremony.It was nice to see George Harrison honoured in this way

April 14th 1935, Loreta Lynn, country singer, the first woman to be named Country Music Artist Entertainer Of The
Year.

1942, Tony Burrows, singer, Edison Lighthouse, (1970 UK No.1 single ‘Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes’). Holds
the record for having four records in the British Top Ten at once, all under different names. Edison Lighthouse ‘Love
Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes), White Plains, ‘My Baby Loves Lovin’, The Pipkins ‘Gimme Dat Ding,’ and the
Brotherhood of Man’s ‘United We Stand,’ all of which were hits in both the US and UK.What a great achievement

1945, Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist, Deep Purple, (1970 UK No.2 single ‘Black Night’, 1973 US No.4 single ‘Smoke On
The Water’), Rainbow, (1981 UK No.3 single ‘I Surrender’).

1946, Patrick Fairley, Marmalade, (1968 UK No.1 single ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La- Da’, 1970 US No.10 single ‘Reflections Of
My Life.’

1948,  Larry Ferguson, Hot Chocolate, (1975 US No.3 single ‘You Sexy Thing’, 1977 UK No.1 single ‘So You Win
Again’ plus over 25 other top 40 hits). 1949, Dennis Bryon, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As
Nice’, plus five other UK Top 40 hits). Worked with The Bee Gees during the 1970′s & 1980′s.
1965,, Carl Hunter, The Farm, (1990 UK No.4 single ‘All Together Now’).
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April 15th
1956, During a tour of Texas, Elvis Presley appeared at the Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio.On the way

1964, The Beatles filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Street London for their forthcoming movie ‘A
Hard Day’s Night.’ It was hardly a masterpiece

1965, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with Country music song ‘The Minute You’re Gone.’ The
singers eighth UK No.1. I don’t know this song

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink all appeared at the The Odeon,
Blackpool, England, tickets cost 5 and 10 shillings….and worth every penny.
1967, Nancy Sinatra and Frank Sinatra started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Somethin’ Stupid’.
They became the only father and daughter act ever to score a No.1 single. UB40 singer Ali Cambell covered the song
in 1995 with his daughter Kibbi. Robbie Williams had a 2001 UK No.1 with his version of the song featuring Nicole
Kidman.Didn’t the Osbourne’s have a number 1?

1972, Roberta Flack started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the Ewan MacColl song ‘The First Time
Ever I Saw Your Face’. A No.14 hit in the UK. The song was featured in the Clint Eastwood film ‘Play Misty For Me.’It
was a fabulous song

1982, Billy Joel, spent a month in hospital after breaking his left wrist when his motorbike hit a car in Long Island, New
York. Not good for playing piano
1987, Queen were presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music at the 32nd annual Ivor
Novello Awards held in London, England. They were fantastic

. 1989, American all girl group The Bangles started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Eternal
Flame.’ Also a No.1 in Australia (biggest selling single of 1989) and the United States. Good song
‘ 1989, The Fine Young Cannibals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘She Drives Me Crazy.‘Good song

1999, The body of Tammy Wynette was exhumed from her grave in an attempt to settle a dispute over how the country
music legend died. Very sad

2001, Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of The Ramones died after losing a long battle with
lymphatic cancer aged 49. On November 30, 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed
Joey Ramone Place.Why?

2003, Beyonce was sued by the Wilhemina Artist Agency who claimed she hadn’t paid them the commission for her L’
Oral ads…interesting
2005, John Fred Gourrier, singer from John Fred and his Playboy Band died after a long battle with kidney disease
aged 63. Had the 1967 US No.1 single ‘Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)’, a parody of The Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky
with Diamonds’. A great song and we didn’t reaise it was a parody at the time

2006, T.I. was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘King’ the rappers fourth album release. 2007, Aerosmith, Velvet
Revolver, Placebo, Keane and Evanescence all appeared at the Quilmes Rock festival at River stadium in Argentina.
2008, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa proclaimed this day as ‘Mariah Carey day’ in Los Angeles, California.

April 15th

1894,  Bessie Smith, US blues singer, ‘Empress Of The Blues’. Songs include, ‘Downhearted Blues’, ‘St Louis Blues’,
and ‘Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out’. Died in a car accident on 26th September.
1939, Reginald Smith (Marty Wilde), 1959 UK No.2 single ‘A Teenager In Love’, plus over 10 other UK Top 40 singles).
Father of 80′s singer Kim Wilde.  1944, Dave Edmunds, guitar, vocals, producer, Love Sculpture, (1968 UK No.5 single
‘Sabre Dance’), solo (1970 UK No.1 and US No.4 single ‘I Hear You Knocking’). Member of Rockpile.

1947, Michael Chapman, Chinnichap productions, (producer and writer for Suzi Quatro, Mud).

1948, Michael Kamen, American composer and orchestral arranger. Worked with many acts including Pink Floyd,
Queen, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, Kamen co-wrote Bryan Adams’ ballad ‘(Everything I Do), I Do It for You.’ He died on
Nov 18th 2003.

1962,Nick Kamen, singer, (1986 UK No.5 single ‘Each Time You Break My Heart’)
1966,  Graeme Clark, bass, Wet Wet Wet, (1994 UK No.1 single ‘Love Is All Around’, 15 weeks at No.1, plus over 20
other UK Top 40 singles).
1966,  Samantha Fox, former model, singer, (1986 UK No.3 single ‘Touch Me, I Want Your Body’).
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The Music April 16th: 1955, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), performed at the Jamboree at the
Sportatorium in Dallas, Texas. He was on the way

1956, Buddy Holly’s first single ‘Blue Days, Black Nights’, was released.I must try and hear this

1964, The Rolling Stones first album was released in the UK, it went to No.1 two weeks later and stayed on the chart
for 40 weeks, with 11 weeks at No.1.I bought this and loved it…

1964, The Beatles filmed the “chase scenes” for A Hard Days Night with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill
Gate area of London. In the evening they recorded the title track for the film, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at Abbey Road. John
and Paul had the title first, and had to write a song to order, completing the track in nine takes.The film was certainly
not a classic
1969, Desmond Dekker and the Aces were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Israelites’, making Dekker the first
Jamaican artist to have an UK No.1 single.A happy song that ended up as an advert for sunflower oil

1972, The Electric Light Orchestra made their debut at The Fox and Greyhound in Croydon, London.Great sounds
from them

1977, David Soul one half of TV cop show “Starsky & Hutch”, went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Give Up
On Us’, his only US hit. Also No.1 in the UK.He was quite a good singer and we  bought the single…

1983, Bonnie Tyler went to No.1 on the UK chart with her debut album and only chart topper ‘Faster Than The Speed
Of Night.’I was never a fan

1993, Paul McCartney headlined a concert at the Hollywood Bowl to celebrate ‘Earth Day’ along with Ringo Starr, Don
Henley and Steve Miller. McCartney had last performed there as a member of the Beatles in 1965. I bet he was chuffed
994, Prince had his first UK No.1 with ‘The Most Beautiful Girl In The World’, (his 37th single release). It was his first
release since changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol.Freud would have had a field day

1996, Kiss appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they announced a reunion tour. It would mark
the first time all four members had appeared together in over fifteen years.Kiss and make up?

1999, Skip Spence, an original member of Jefferson Airplane and founding member of Moby Grape, died of lung
cancer in a San Francisco hospital aged 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism.I didn’t know his name but
this was very sad

2003, Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. The 67-year-old singer married
Kerrie in 1984 who was the president of Lewis Enterprises Inc. fan club.I hope she was old enough

2005, OK Computer by Radiohead was voted the best album of all time in a poll by UK TV station Channel 4. U2 were
in second place with The Joshua Tree and Nirvana in third with Nevermind. Better than the Joshua Tree?
2006, The Streets went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Hardest Way To Make An Easy Living.’ Sums up today’
s work ethic

April 16th: Birthday Boys and Girls

1924,  Henry Mancini, US composer and conductor, died 14th June 1994, (1964 UK No.10 single ‘How Soon’, 1969 US
No.1 single ‘Love Theme From Romeo and Juliet’).

1924, Rudy Pompilli, saxophonist with Bill Haley and his Comets, (1955 UK & US No.1 single with ‘Rock Around The
Clock’). Pompilli died on February 5th 1976.

1929, US singer Roy Hamilton, had the 1955 US No.6 single ‘Unchained Melody.’ Died of a stroke on 29th July 1969.

1935,  Bobby Vinton, (1963 US No.1 single & 1990 UK No.2 single ‘Blue Velvet’, plus 29 other US Top 40 hits).

1939,  Dusty Springfield, UK singer who had her first UK hit single in 1963 with ‘I Only Want To Be With You’, which
reached No.4, a 1966 UK No.1 & US No.4 single with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’ plus over 15 other UK Top
40 singles. She died on March 3rd 1999.

1947, Gerry Rafferty, UK singer songwriter, Stealers Wheel, (1973 US No.3 & UK No.8 single ‘Stuck In The Middle With
You’, The song was used in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs, during the famous “ear” scene.). Solo,
(1978 UK No.3 and US No.2 single ‘Baker Street.’ Member of late 1960′s group The Humblebums with Billy Connolly).
Died on 4th Jan 2011 at the age of 63 after suffering a long illness.
1963, Little Jimmy Osmond, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.38 single ‘Long Haired Lover From Liverpool’).

1963, Nick Berry, singer, actor, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Every Loser Wins’).

1971,  Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, best known as Selena, Mexican American singer “the queen of Tejano music.” Her
album Selena Live! won a Grammy Award for Best Mexican-American Album at the 36th Grammy Awards. Yolanda
Saldívar the president of her fan club, murdered her on March 31, 1995. Warner Brothers made a film based on her
life starring Jennifer Lopez in 1997.
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April 17th

1960, Touring in the UK, 21-year-old US singer Eddie Cochran was killed when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into
a lamppost on Rowden Hill, Chippenham, Wiltshire, (where a plaque now commemorates the event). Songwriter Sharon
Sheeley and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash, Cochran’s current hit at the time was ‘Three Steps to Heaven’.
The taxi driver, George Martin, was convicted of dangerous driving, fined £50, disqualified from driving for 15 years,
and sent to prison for six months.A policeman at the scene, it is written, was the rookie cop Dave Dee from the band
Dave Dee, Dozie, Beaky, Mck and Tich

1965, Bob Dylan’s debut album ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan’ was at No.1 on the UK chart. I saw a programme on
Dylan on Spanish TV last night
1970, Johnny Cash played at the White House for President Nixon, who requested that he played ‘A Boy Named Sue.’ I
love that song and was a Johnny Cash fan

1971, All four Beatles had solo singles in the UK charts, Paul McCartney with ‘Another Day’, John Lennon, ‘Power To
The People’, George Harrison, ‘My Sweet Lord’ and Ringo Starr, ‘It Don’t Come Easy.’ I liked all these songs
1971, Three Dog Night started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Joy To The World’. The group’s
second US No.1; a No.24 hit in the UK. Good song
1973, Pink Floyd’s album ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ went gold in the US. The LP went on to stay in the US chart for
more than ten years and become the longest charting rock record of all time.Wow….think of the money boys
1973, Tito and John Jackson from The Jackson Five were arrested for buying stolen TV and stereo equipment.Why
boys? Didn’t you have enough money?

1974, Vinnie Taylor guitarist with US rock ‘n roll revival band Sha Na Na was found dead in a Holiday Inn hotel room in
Charlottesville, Virginia from a drug overdose. Sha Na Na played at the Woodstock Festival, their 90-second
appearance in the Woodstock film brought the group national attention. The group appeared in the movie Grease as
Johnny Casino & The Gamblers. A  little know fact

1975, Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 Jet formally owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000, which he re-christened
Lisa Marie. Presley spent a further $600,000 refurbishing the Jet to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a
dance floor.If you’ve got it flaunt it!

1982, Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘My Camera Never Lies’, the group’s third and last No.1.
This was quite a good song

1982, Vangelis was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chariots Of Fire’, he also won an Oscar for best original score.
My mum and my sister were extras in the movie. It was filmed at Port Sunlight Oval

1987, Reggae drummer and percussion player Carlton Barrett of The Wailers was shot dead outside his house in
Kingston, Jamaica. Joined Bob Marley and The Wailers in 1970, wrote the Marley song ‘War.’ Barrett was the originator
of the one-drop rhythm, a percussive drumming style. Another sad story from the world of pop

1993, David Bowie went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Black Tie White Noise’ his eighth UK No.1 LP.

1994, Pink Floyd started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘The Division Bell’, their fourth No.1 album.
1998, Linda McCartney died after a long battle against cancer. Married Paul McCartney in 1969 when she was working
as a photographer. As well as a being a member of Wings, she became an animal rights campaigner and launched her
own brand of vegetarian food. This lady took a lot of stick in the early days with Wings but she earned our respect
2002, Music weekly The NME published a list of the 50 most influential icons. At No.10, Public Enemy, 9, U2, 8, The
Jam, 7, Radiohead, 6, Oasis, 5, The Sex Pistols, 4, David Bowie, 3, The Stone Roses, 2, The Beatles and No.1 The
Smiths. What an absolutely idiotic list in places and obviously asked of students
2003, Earl King the New Orleans Blues guitarist died aged 69. King wrote the classic song Come On, (Let The Good
Times Roll), covered by Jimi Hendrix.

2007, Bryan Ferry was forced to make an apology after praising Nazi iconography in a German magazine. Talking to
Welt am Sonntag, he said the Nazis “knew how to put themselves in the limelight and present themselves…I’m talking
about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags. Just amazing
– really beautiful.” British MPs asked shoppers to think twice about shopping in Marks and Spencer asking for Ferry to
be dropped as the face of the M&S Autograph menswear collection. Ferry said he was “deeply upset” by the publicity
surrounding the interview. This was a really bad indiscretion on the part of Brian Ferry. He should have known how
sensitive this area would be.
2008, Danny Federici, the longtime keyboard player for Bruce Springsteen and a member of The E Street Band, died
of cancer at the age of 58. Federici had worked with Springsteen for over 40 years, starting with Steel Mill and Child
with Springsteen. Another sad story

. 2009, Morrissey walked off stage during his set at the Coachella festival in California after declaring he could “smell
burning flesh”. The committed vegetarian took offence to the smell coming from nearby barbecues. Sir Paul
McCartney, The Killers and The Cure also appeared at the event.It doesn’t take a genius to know burgers would be
sold at this kind of event.

April 17th: Born on this day

1934, Don Kirshner, who launched the careers of Carole King, Neil Sedaka, Harry Nilsson, The Monkees and The
Archies.
1940 Billy Fury, (1961 UK No.3 single ‘Halfway To Paradise’, plus 25 other Top 40 UK singles). Played rock ‘n’ roller
“Stormy Tempest” in the film That’ll Be The Day along side David Essex and Ringo Starr. Fury died of a heart attack on
28th January
1948, Jan Hammer, keyboard player, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Jeff Beck, solo, (1985 US No.1 & UK No.5 single ‘Miami
Vice Theme’, 1987 UK No.2 single ‘Crockett’s Theme’).

1954, Michael Sembello, guitarist, singer, (1983 US No.1 & UK No. 43 single ‘Maniac’, featured in the film ‘Flashdance’.
a No.43 hit in the UK).
1974, Victoria Adams, Posh Spice, The Spice Girls, (1996 UK No.1 & 1997 US No.1 single ‘Wannabe’, plus eight other
UK No.1 singles). Solo 2000 UK No. 2 single ‘Out Of Your Mind’). Married footballer David Beckham at Luttrellstown
Castle, Ireland in June 1999.

April 18th

1953, Frankie Laine was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘I Believe.’ The single stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.
Great `production
1964, The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All
My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie
Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They were buzzing!
1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb, Brother Barry was the best man. The couple split in 1973. Living in
harmony?
. 1972, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Amazing Grace.’ The single
enjoyed a five-week run at No.1 Can anyone name any member of the band?

1975, four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to
swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group were making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory
Park. Their long scarves got in the way
1981, This years Eurovision Song contest winners Bucks Fizz were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their first No.1
single ‘Making Your Mind Up.’ I can’t make my mind up about this

1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire
during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.He had a very sad life

1985, Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China. They had a ping pong sing
song-
1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Knew You
Were Waiting’ also a No.1 in the UK. Aretha Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US No.1
singles, it had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit ‘Respect’ in June 1967. I still think her best number was ?I
never loved a man the way I loved you?

1992, Right Said Fred had their first and only UK No.1 single with ‘Deeply Dippy’ (‘I’m Too Sexy’ and ‘Don’t Talk Just
Kiss’ both made the Top 3).Not for me

1995, Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. McCarrol sued the
Manchester group for millions in unpaid royalties and in 1996 Oasis agreed to pay him a one-off sum of £550,000
($935,000).
1996, Bernard Edwards bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring
Japan. Also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis,
Debbie Harry, Air Supply, and Rod Stewart.Good bass player

1999, Catatonia scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Equally Cursed And Blessed’ the group also had their two
other albums in the top 40. 2000, Four Monkee look-alikes were signed to play the 60′s pop legends in a TV movie
about the group’s meteoric rise. The film called ‘Daydream Believers’ was set to start filming in Toronto.
2003, It was reported that the British share of the most played tracks on UK radio had fallen from 60% to 30% in the
past five years. The chart from 2002 had only three UK acts in the Top 10, Sugababes, Blue and Liberty X. The most
played single from 2002 was Kylie Minogue’s ‘Love At First Sight’ which had a total of 48,486 plays on UK stations..
Says it all

2004, R&B singer from New York Eamon started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Fuck It, (I Don’t
Want You Back)’ his debut single. The song earned a listing on the Guinness World Record for “the most expletives in
a No.1 song”, with 33.This song should have been banned

2006, A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity.
Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton’s Closet, at
New York’s Rockefeller Centre. It raised a good amount for a good cause

2006, A line from U2′s 1992 hit ‘One’ was voted the UK’s favourite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music
channel VH1. The line “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came top. Thank God the Smiths weren’t first
2009, Keith Urban went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Defying Gravity’, the Australian singers fifth studio album.
Good on yer sport

April 18th

1939 Glen D.Hardin, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single ‘That ‘ll Be The Day’, 1959 UK No.1 single ‘It Doesn’t Matter
Anymore’. Plus over 15 other UK top 40 singles).

1942, Mike Vickers, Manfred Mann, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy’)

April 19th

1965, The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops,
James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title
Teenage Command Performance. Was it a musical?
1965, The Beatles single ‘Ticket to Ride’ was released on Capitol records in the US. The single’s label stated that the
song was from the upcoming movie “Eight Arms to Hold You” (the original name for the movie “Help!”)’.‘Help’ was easier
to remember

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon,
Birmingham, England. I would have ebjoyed this
1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two
weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.He couldn’t completely fool the scousers!

1970, Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘All Kinds Of Everything’. the Irish
singers only UK No.1 hit.She was a very pretty face

1975, The Stylistics started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with ‘The Best Of’ album. I bought this album and
played it to death

1980, Blondie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Call Me’, featured in the Richard Gere movie ‘American
Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the UK. Great single
1980, 32 year old English singer with Geordie Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who
died after a drinks binge.
1980, For the first time ever the Top five artists on the US country chart were all female, Crystal Gayle who was at No.
1, with Dottie West, Debbie Boone, Emmylou Harris and Tammy Wynette making up the rest of the Top 5.There are
some fabulous female singers

1986, George Michael was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘A Different Corner’, the singers second solo No.1.
Michael became the first solo act in the history of the UK chart to reach No.1 with his first two releases. The song was
also credited with being the second No.1 (after ‘I Just Called To Say I Love You’ by Stevie Wonder) which was written,
sung, played, arranged and produced by the same person. He is a talent

. 1986, Prince started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Kiss.’ Prince also had the No.2 song ‘Manic
Monday’, by The Bangles, which he wrote under the pseudonym ‘Christopher.’...with a bag over his head
1988, Former singer and one half of Sonny and Cher; Sonny Bono was inaugurated as the Mayor of Palm Springs.
Here’s a picture of me, Berks and Sonny Bono

1990, On this weeks BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level
42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarist’s jamming
together.That had to be seen to be believed

2000, Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge
ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to
pay it back.This does really not make complete sense

2003, The oldest working musician in Britain Conrad Leonard died aged 104. Composer and pianist Leonard had
worked with Cole Porter, Petula Clark and at the BBC during his career. Until the age of 103 years, he played the piano
every Thursday at lunchtime in the Plantation Cafe at Squire’s Garden Centre in Twickenham.This man was
fantastic…phenomenal!

2005, It was announced that two 30-second television commercials designed to attract vacationing families to
Graceland to experience the “real” Elvis Presley would air nationally in the US starting in April 2006. It was the first time
in the history of Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. that the company has used television advertising to promote Graceland
tourism.I wonder how Elvis would have reacted to this

2006, BBC TV in the UK aired The McCartneys v The Fur Trade a program following the couple’s anti-fur trade
protests. I think it’s good for leading musicians to throw their weight behind worthwhile causes.
2008, US country singer George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Troubadour.’


April 19th

1928, Alexis Korner, blues singer, musician. Major force behind the UK R&B scene, formed Blues Incorporated with
Charlie Watts, had hits with CCS, (1971 UK No.5 single ‘Tap Turns On The Water’). Writer and radio presenter. Korner
died on January 1st 1984.
1942, Alan Price, keyboards, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single ‘House Of The Rising Sun’). And solo, (1967 UK
No.4 single ‘Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear’).
1943, Eve Graham, (Evelyn May Beatson), singer, The New Seekers, (1972 UK No.1 and US No.7 single ‘I’d Like To
Teach The World To Sing’).

1947, Mark Volman, The Turtles, (1967 US No.1 single ‘Happy Together’, 1967 UK No.4 single ‘She’d Rather Be With
Me’).


April 20
1957, Elvis Presley started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘All Shook Up.’ It went on to be the
biggest single of 1957 selling over 2 million copies. I like the song but have never bothered to learn it

1959, Goldband Records released ‘Puppy Love’ by a 13-year old Dolly Parton in the US, a song that was recorded two
years earlier when she was just eleven years old. The song didn’t chart, (later to be a hit for Donny Osmond). I’d like to
get a listen to her song

1966, During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song
‘And Your Bird Can Sing’’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’. I like Taxman

1967, During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Barnstable, England.  Would enough people turn
up?

1968, Deep Purple made their live debut in Tastrup, Denmark. They would be bringing home the bacon

1968, Apple Music ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal
to release records on the Apple label. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel
and Elephant’s Memory were signed up. Does anyone remember Elephant’s Memory?

1969, Session drummer Benny Benjamin died. One of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown hits
including, The Four Tops, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder. The film ‘Standing In The
Shadows Of Motown’ released in 2003 features his work. Not a name I’d known

1970, The New York Times reported that Catholic and Protestant youth groups had adopted The Beatles ‘Yellow
Submarine’ as a religious symbol. How weird!
1970, Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets, 25 shillings. Good
value I’d say

1974, MFSB and the Three Degrees started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘TSOP, (The Sound
Of Philadelphia), a No.22 hit in the UK.I remember all the conjecture as to what the initials stood for……

1979, Lighting director Billy Duffy was killed in an accident during a Kate Bush concert in Southampton, England. 21-
year old Duffy fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Kate Bush held a benefit concert on 12th May
with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London’s Hammersmith Odeon for his family. A very sad event for these guys
are often unsung heroes

1981, John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas was jailed for five years after pleading guilty to drug possession
charges; the sentence was suspended after 30 days. Phillips started touring the US lecturing against the dangers of
taking drugs.You’d really not have expected that from that group

1985, The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The US artists’
answer to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob
Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer’s
of the track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Good effort

1990, Janet Jackson was bestowed with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at the start of ‘Janet Jackson week’ in
Los Angeles. I think you actually have to pay for the star-anybody know whether this is true?

1991, Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a
major influence for many 90′s bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single ‘Itchycoo Park’, plus 1968
No.1 UK album ‘Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake’, Humble Pie, 1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’. As a child actor he
played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver.They were enigmatic in the early days and he was
obviously very talented

1992, ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids
awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick
Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott
and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.   This is a dreadful disease and it has taken some of the most prodigious talents
over the years…

1993, Aerosmith released the album ‘Get a Grip’, which became their first album to debut at No.1. It went on to sell 7
million copies in a 2-year timespan in the United States alone and sold 20 million copies worldwide as well as winning
the band two Grammy awards. I must listen to a bit more of their music

1997, Michael Jackson attended an unveiling of a wax statue of himself at the Grevin Museum of Wax in Paris, France.
Jackson provided one of his own outfits to dress the figure. A very sad life for a wonderful pop talent

2001, A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London
Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie. He should be remembered

2006, Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested in east London on suspicion of drugs possession only hours
after a court appearance. Doherty had earlier admitted to seven charges of possessing drugs when he appeared
before magistrates in east London. He was given a community order with two years supervision and 18 months drug
rehabilitation and was also banned from driving for six months.  He has an attitude problem

April 20: Birthday Boys and Girls

1939, Johnny Tillotson,, (1960 US No.2 and 1961 UK No.1 single ‘Poetry In Motion’). 1945, , Jimmy Winston, organ,
Small Faces, (left in Nov 1965).

April 21st: On this day

1958, US country music singer Marvin Rainwater was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Whole Lotta Woman’.
Rainwater was a full-blooded Cherokee Indian, known for wearing Native American-themed outfits on stage.I also think
this was a great song

1962, Elvis Presley started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Luck Charm’, his fifth US No.1 of
the 60′s. Also an UK No.1 hit.A great song

1963, The Rolling Stones appeared at The Crawdaddy Club, Station Hotel, London. The band was paid £50 for the
gig. It sounds ludicrous by today’s standards but the Stones will probably have a better awareness of their money after
a humble start.
1967, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in
the run-out groove. They recorded assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cut-up and
randomly re-assembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also added a high-pitch 15 kilocycle
whistle audible only by dogs. These were omitted from the American version of the album. If they were only audible to
dogs do we have to accept that canines were in the studio to check the output

1969, Janis Joplin appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, (her first London appearance). The opening act was
Yes. Fair enough

1970, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all
appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. Heavy Jelly’s career obviously wobb led a bit

1973, Tony Orlando & Dawn started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round
The Old Oak Tree’, (it became the biggest seller of 1973, selling over 6 million copies). The song was based on a true
story of a prisoner who wrote to his wife asking her to tie a yellow ribbon around an oak tree in the town square in
White Oak, Georgia, if she still loved him.Good song and a fine sentiment

1978, UK folk singer Sandy Denny died aged 31. While on holiday with her parents in Cornwall, England, Denny was
injured in a fall down a staircase. A month after the fall she collapsed at a friend’s home; four days later she died in
Hospital, her death was ruled to be the result of a traumatic mid-brain hemorrhage. She was a member of Fairport
Convention and a solo artist. Her 1967 song ‘Who Knows Where the Time Goes’, was covered by Judy Collins. Denny
sang on the Led Zeppelin track ‘Battle Of Evermore’ on the bands fourth album, (the only guest vocalist on a Led
Zeppelin album). A very tragic end to her career
1979, Amii Stewart went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Knock On Wood’, it made No.6 in the UK the same year
and No.7 when re- issued in 1985. It was an improvement on Eddie Floyd’s song for the disco market but I still liked
Floyd’s song

1982, Clash frontman Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in the group cancelling a tour. The
singer was found living rough in Paris, France.I think we’ve all had times when we could have walked away from
something

1984, Phil Collins started a three week run at No.1 in the US singles chart with the theme from ‘Against All Odds’. It was
Phil’s first US No.1, a No. 2 in the UK.There was better to come

1990, Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Behind The Mask.’They’ve remained a popular group

1990, Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Jnaeiro, creating a new world
record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. My Goodness. What a crowd!
1990, Sinead O’Connor started a four week stay at No.1 in the US singles chart with her version of the Prince song
‘Nothing Compares To You’. The track was also a No.1 hit in 18 other countries. I saw her in a Range Rover on the
Falmouth road in Cornwall in this year

2000, Neal Matthews of The Jordanaires died of a heart attack. Sang on Presley’s ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ and ‘Hound Dog.’
Also worked with Ricky Nelson, Patsy Cline, Red Foley, Johnny Horton, Jim Reeves, George Jones, Marie Osmond,
Tom Jones and Merle Haggard. I didn’t know this name

2001, R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was charged by police at Heathrow airport with being drunk on an aircraft and
assaulting British Airways crew. Buck was taken into custody after landing on a flight from Seattle and questioned by
police for 12 hours.These guys need to learn how to behave like everyone else.
2002, Oasis went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Hindu Times’, the bands sixth UK No.1 and the first single to be
released from their fifth album Heathen Chemistry. I can’t remember this song
. 2006, The Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 a co-headlining tour between country music singers, and husband and wife, Tim
McGraw and Faith Hill kicked off at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus ending after 73 shows on September 3, 2006 in
Las Vegas. The tour became the highest grossing country music tour ever with a gross of $90 million.Which suggests
that mainstream radio should be playing more country

2007, Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son
his first guitar for his 15th birthday. He learned some chords from her father, Gus Dupree, a musician who instilled him
with an early passion for music. This is a nice insight to early influences
’ 2008, American soul singer and songwriter Al Wilson died of kidney failure at the age of 68. Had a number of US hits,
including ‘The Snake’ in 1968 and ‘Show and Tell’ in 1974.Two great songs

April 21: Birthday Boys and Girls

1947, Alan Wagner, The Foundations, (1967 UK No.1 single ‘Baby Now That I’ve Found You’. 1969 US No.3 single
‘Build Me Up A Buttercup’.)

1947, James Osterberg, (Iggy Pop), The Stooges, solo, 1986 UK No.10 single ‘Real Wild Child’).

1959,  Robert Smith, guitar, vocals, The Cure, (1989 US No.2 single ‘Love Song’, 1992 UK No.6 single ‘Friday I’

April 22
1500 – Portuguese navigator Pedro Alvares Cabral discovered Brazil. I’m afraid I didnt know his name

1509 – Henry VIII ascended to the throne of England upon the death of his father Henry VII.`Keep it in the family

1529 – Spain and Portugal divided the eastern hemisphere in Treaty of Saragosa.Eh?

1792 – U.S. President George Washington proclaimed American neutrality in the war in Europe. A precedent not
adhered to in later years

1864 – The U.S. Congress mandated that all coins minted as U.S. currency bear the inscription “In God We Trust”….
but not the US mint!

1898 – The first shot of the Spanish-American war occurred when the USS Nashville captured a Spanish merchant
ship. This was not that long ago

1915 – At the Second Battle Ypres the Germans became the first country to use poison gas. This was nothing to be
proud of

1918 – British naval forces attempted to sink block-ships in the German U-boat bases at the Battle of Zeeburgge.

1930 – The U.S., Britain and Japan signed the London Naval Treaty, which regulated submarine warfare and limited
shipbuilding.Good

1931 – Egypt signed the treaty of friendship with Iraq.Good

1931 – James G. Ray landed an autogyro on the lawn of the White House.Dodgy moment

1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television. Ugh!

1970 – The first “Earth Day” was observed by millions of Americans.Good

1976 – Barbara Walters became first female nightly network news anchor.Good

1987 – The American Physical Society said that the “Star Wars” missile system was “highly questionable” and would
take ten years to research….and the money?

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April 22

1957, Elvis Presley had his custom built ‘Music Gates’ installed at Gracelands. The gates were designed by Abe
Saucer and custom built by John Dillars Jr, of Memphis Doors inc. If you’ve got it flaunt it

1964, The President of The National Federation Of Hairdressers offered a free haircut to the next No.1 group in the UK
pop charts. He said ‘The Rolling Stones are the worst, one of them looks as if he’s got a feather duster on his head.‘
How times have changed
1965, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ticket To Ride.’ Taken from the film Help! it was the group’
s seventh UK No.1.Great guitar rif

1966, ‘Wild Thing’ by The Troggs was released in the U.S. on both the Atco and Fontana labels. The song went on to
reach No.1. Not that difficult a song but very effective
1969, On the roof of the Apple building in London, John Lennon changed his middle name from Winston to Ono.How
boring was that!
1977, The Jam released their first single ‘In The City’, which peaked at No. 40 in the UK charts. They achieved 17 other
Top 40 hits including four UK No.1s.Still remain quite well requested today

1978, Bob Marley and the Wailers performed at the ‘One Love Peace Concert’ in Jamaica. It was Marley’s first public
appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt a year and a half earlier.I think it was very
brave of him to appear in  public
1978, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd made their first ever appearance as The Blues Brothers when they appeared on
US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’.It would be the first of many
1989, Madonna No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Like A Prayer’, the singers seventh US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK.
Not a favourite of mine
1993, The Who’s ‘Tommy’ opened on Broadway at the St James Theatre. I bought the album when it first came out and
loved it

2003, songwriter Felice Bryant died of cancer. Wrote many hits with her husband Boudleaux including; The Everly
Brothers, ‘Bye Bye Love’, ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’, ‘Wake Up Little Susie’ and ‘Raining In My Heart’ a hit for Buddy
Holly. Other acts to record their song include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Tony Bennett, Simon & Garfunkel, Sarah
Vaughan, Grateful Dead, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Beach Boys, Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Dean
Martin, Ruth Brown, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles. This lady was absolutely wonderful

2006, Rascal Flatts started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Me and My Gang’ the American
country pop group’s fifth album.Good music

2008, it was revealed that 60’s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after
Presley struck up a friendship with Steele. When the rock legend flew into London for a day, Steele apparently took
him round the city, showing him famous landmarks such as the Houses of Parliament. For more than 50 years, Presley
fans had believed the only time Elvis ever set foot in the UK was during a stop-over at Prestwick Airport in Scotland in
March 1960. This came as some sort of revelation

April 22: Birthday Boys and Girls

1936, Glen Campbell, country singer, songwriter, actor, TV presenter. Hits include ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’,
‘Wichita Lineman’, and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’, has released more than 70 albums selling over 45 million records. As a
session musician in the 1960s he worked with Bobby Darin, Ricky Nelson, The Monkees, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra,
The Velvet Underground, Frankie Laine, The Association, Jan & Dean and The Mamas & the Papas. He was a touring
member of The Beach Boys, filling in for an ailing Brian Wilson in 1964 and 1965. His guitar playing can be heard on
‘Strangers in the Night’ by Frank Sinatra, ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’‘ by The Righteous Brothers and ‘I’m a
Believer’ by The Monkees.

1937, Jack Nitzsche, producer, songwriter. Produced The Rolling Stones, Neil Young and The Walker Brothers. Co-
wrote, ‘Up Where We Belong’ with Buffy Sainte-Marie. Died of a heart attack on 25th August 2000.

1939,  Simon Napier- Bell, UK manager of Wham! T Rex and Japan.

1944,  Drummer Howard Wyeth, Worked with Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell. He died of a heart
attack 27th March 1996.

1950, Peter Frampton, guitar, vocals, The Herd, (1968 UK No.5 single ‘I Don’t Want Our Loving To Die’), Humble Pie,
(1969 UK No.4 single ‘Natural Born Bugie’) & solo, (1976 UK No.10 single ‘Show Me The Way’).

1951,  Paul Carrack, keyboards, guitar, vocals, Ace, (1974 UK No.20 single ‘How Long’) Squeeze, (1981 UK No.41
single ‘Tempted’), Mike And The Mechanics, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2


April 23-On this day
1956, Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore and Bill Black), played the first night of a two-week engagement (playing 2
shows a day) at the New Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas. Presley was not the typical Las Vegas Strip entertainer of the time
and his shows were met with a cool reception. Things always take time to evolve and Elvis was certainly different

1960, The Nerk Twins appeared at The Fox And Hounds in Caversham, Berkshire. The Nerk Twins being John Lennon
and Paul McCartney staying at Paul’s aunt’s pub.I wonder where that name came from?

1964, Peter and Gordon were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Lennon & McCartney song ‘A World Without
Love.’ The Duo’s only UK No.1.I liked the song but they were as stiff as boards

1969, The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Get Back’ the group’s 16th UK No.1. A great song and
musically keeping it simple
1971, The Rolling Stones released their classic album, ‘Sticky Fingers’ in the UK. The album made No.1 in the UK and
the US and was the bands first release on Atlantic records. The cover a pair of jeans with a working zip was designed
by Andy Warhol who was paid £15,000 for the art work.I bought the album and loved the concept

1976, The Ramones released their eponymous debut album. On the same day The Sex Pistols played The Nashville
Rooms, London supporting The 101′ers who featured Clash vocalist Joe Strummer. Not my cup of tea
1976, Bob Marley and The Wailers kicked off their Rastaman Vibration North American and European 42-date tour at
the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.I love that Bob Marley song

1977, Thelma Houston went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’, a No.13 hit in the UK.I don’
t remember this version

1979, David Bowie premiered his new single ‘Boy’s Keep Swinging’, on the BBC’s TV’s ‘Kenny Everett Video Show.’ Not
my cup of tea but Kenny Everett’s show was always breaking new ground

1983, David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s
Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’ I love both tracks
1983, Dexy’s Midnight Runners went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Come On Eileen’ the group’s only US No.1.
Great song and the best of British for 1982

1983, U2 kicked off their 48-date ‘War’ North American tour at The Carolina Concert For Children benefit, Chapel Hill,
Carolina. Great group
1987, Carole King sued record company owner Lou Adler for breach of contract. King claimed that she was owed over
$400,000 in royalties. She also asked for all rights to her old recordings. She is a prolific talent
1988, Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang
happy birthday to him.I loved his music and he had such a sad personal life

1988, Whitney Houston smashed a chart record held by The Beatles and The Bee Gees when ‘Where Do Broken
Hearts Go’, became her seventh consecutive US No.1, a No.14 hit in the UK. A lesser known fact
1989, Kylie Minogue was seen on British TV for the first time in the Australian soap opera ‘The Henderson Kids.’ You’d
see her again….

1991, Founder member of The New York Dolls Johnny Thunders (John Anthony Genzale, Jr), died of a drug overdose.
He renamed himself Johnny Thunders, after a comic book of the same name. The influential New York Dolls formed in
1972 and made just two albums. A teenage Morrissey acted as president of the UK branch of the New York Dolls fan
club. Formed The Heartbreakers with Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan, and Television bassist Richard Hell.I know nothing of
either him or his music

1992, George Michael announced he was donating $500,000 royalties from the sale of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down
On Me’, to various British and American charities.I applaud such generosity whatever the motives might be
1995, Peter Hodgson, from Liverpool found a tape in his attic containing 16 of The Beatles’ earliest recordings made in
1959. The tape included ‘Hello Little Girl’, a Lennon-McCartney composition that the Beatles never recorded and Ray
Charles’ ‘Hallelujah, I Love Her So’. The sessions had been made on a reel-to-reel recorder that Hodgson’s father had
lent to Paul McCartney.If I had found such a tape I would be bursting to share it with somebody…anybody

1997, Club boss Paul Donavan was fined over £2,000 after being found guilty of tricking fans that he had Peter Andre
appearing at his Club in the West Midlands. He had in fact an act called Peter Andrex a puppet who threw toilet rolls.
How did he do it?

2006, The re-formed Take That kicked off their sold out UK tour in Newcastle upon Tyne. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen,
Howard Donald and Jason Orange were joined onstage by Robbie Williams as a ghost-like hologram. They have
matured into a great outfit and both Gary Barlow and Robbi Williams write some great songs
2006, Shayne Ward the winner of the 2005 UK TV series The X Factor went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his self-
titled album. Oh really?
2008, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the
influence of alcohol. 48-year-old Sambora who was not at the court hearing would also have to attend first offender
alcohol awareness classes. He was arrested in Laguna Beach after his car was seen weaving between traffic lanes. It’s
sad when such great achievers in one field become such plonkers

2008, Amy Winehouse went out on a drink and drug-fuelled spree and hit and headbutted two men. After drinking all
day, Amy visited the Good Mixer pub in Camden, London with Babyshambles guitarist Mik Whitnall. Inside she allegedly
punched Mustapha el Mounmi in the face after he refused to give way to her at the pool table. The singer then left to
visit Bar Tok in the early hours and once at the bar shouted “I am a legend get these people out. I want to take drugs.”
After leaving the bar a good Samaritan tried to get her a cab, but she reportedly thought he was trying to molest her
and allegedly headbutted him in the face. As I just said, it’s sad when such great achievers in one field become such
plonkers

April 23rd: Born on this day

1936,  Roy Orbison, singer, songwriter, who had a 1964 UK & US No.1 single with ‘Pretty Woman’ plus over 20 US & 30
UK Top 40 singles. With the Traveling Wilburys he had a 1988 UK No.21 single with ‘Handle With Care’. Orbison died
on December 6th 1988. He was a great favourite of mine
1939, Ray Peterson, US singer, (1960 US No.7 single ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’).

1949,  John Miles, singer, songwriter, guitarist, (1976 UK No.3 single ‘Music’). Also worked with Alan Parsons, Jimmy
Page, Joe Cocker and Tina Turner.

1955, Ray Burns, (Captain Sensible), The Damned, (1983 UK No.3 single ‘Eloise’) solo (1982 UK No.1 single ‘Happy
Talk’).


April 24 Music On this day

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?
April 24: 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

Music Stuff April 25th
1954, Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Such A Night.’ The singers first of three UK No.1′s.I love
the echo on his records

1960, Elvis Presley started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stuck On You’ it made No.3 in the UK.
Good song

1967, Just days after the completion of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles embark upon their next
project, recording the theme to ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ at Abbey Road studios in London. Great concepts
1970, The Jackson Five started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘ABC’. It was the group’s second
US No. 1, a No.8 hit in the UK.Not a favourite of mine

1974, Pamela Courson the long-term companion of the late Jim Morrison died of a drugs overdose. It was Courson who
found the Doors singer dead on July 3, 1971 in the bathtub of their apartment in Paris, France.The finding of Morrison
probably influenced her more than was thought

1979, The Police made their debut on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’ performing ‘Roxanne’. Brilliant

1982, Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory.’ This was
McCartney’s 24th No.1 hit single as a songwriter. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say “black
notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony folks!”. It was later named as the tenth worst song
of all time by Blender magazine and in 2007 was named the worst duet in history by BBC 6 Music listeners. It was a
strange kind of song
1987, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘La Isla Bonita.’ The fifth and final single from her third studio
album, True Blue, made her the only female artist to score four UK No.1 singles. The song had been offered to Michael
Jackson for his Bad album.I didn’t really like this song

1988, Carolyn Franklin the Younger sister of Aretha Franklin, died of breast cancer at the age of 43. Released
numerous albums throughout the 1970s, had the 1973 No.1 R&B hit’ Angel’. She appeared as one of Aretha’s
background singers in the 1980 movie The Blues Brothers.How sad. I didn’t know her work

1990, The Fender Stratocaster that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record
$295,000.Good investment
1992, Kris Kross started an eight week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Jump’, a No.2 hit in the UK. The duo of
Chris Smith and Chris Kelly were 12 and 13 when they recorded the song.Well done, boys

1994, The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. Don Henley,
Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the
making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, ‘Take It Easy.’ The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by
Glen Frey, who responded to the question “When will the Eagles get back together?”I love their music

1997, U2′s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour
featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet. I’ll bet this was impressive

2003, In this years Sunday Times Rich List, Paul McCartney was confirmed as the world’s richest musician with a
fortune worth over £760m. Madonna was 4th in the list with £227m, Mick Jagger 6th with £175m and Elton John 7th with
£170m. Ozzy Osbourne became the 24th richest musician after earning an estimated £42m from his MTV show ‘The
Osbournes.’ And Simon Fuller was said to have earned over £50m from sales of the ‘Pop Idol’ TV show. It does seem
to suggest that traditional teaching and learning mightn’t be the best investment

2007, Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had
already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. Jagger had splashed out £3,600 a night for the suite at
the five-star Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria, in advance of the band appearing in Vienna. President Bush had sent US
secret service agents to vet the hotel before finding it was booked. Sorry, George, the Stones have the money
2007, Simon Cowell and Clive Davis, chairman and CEO of J Records announced they would be working together on
the latest X Factor winner Leona Lewis’ debut album.She is an amazing talent

2007, American singer Bobby “Boris” Pickett died of leukemia at the age of 69. Scored the Halloween anthem ‘The
Monster Mash’ in 1962. The song had been banned by The BBC in the UK, deemed offensive and wasn’t a hit until
1973. It was a spoof on the dance crazes popular at the time, including the Twist and the Mashed Potato.BBC moguls
have spoilt quite a few promising careers and this is a good example of this

2008, The Empire State Building in New York City was lit up in Mariah Carey’s motif colors, lavender, pink, and white, in
celebration of her achievements in the world of music. Carey was the first person in history to be honored with this
event.What an honour

2009, Rascal Flatts went to No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Unstoppable’, the American country pop acts sixth studio
album.I like their music

April 25th:

1918,  Ella Fitzgerald, US jazz singer, died 15th June 1996, (1960 US No.27 & UK No.19 single ‘Mack The Knife’).

1923,  Albert King, US blues guitarist. Died 20th December 1992.

1933, Jerry Leiber, (& Stoller), songwriter and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly. The Monkees, Cliff Richard.
Among their hit songs: Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, King Creole, Don’t, There Goes My Baby, Searchin’, Yakety Yak
and Kansas City.

1943,  Tony Christie, UK singer, 1971 UK No.18 single (‘Is This The Way To) Amarillo’, re-released in aid of Comic
Relief in 2005 becoming a UK No.1 with comedian Peter Kay. This broke the record set over 18 years previously by
Jackie Wilson. His “Reet Petite” topped the chart in Dec 1986; 29 Years, 1 Month, and 11 Days after it first entered the
chart. The new record set by Christie was 33 Years, 3 Months, and 27 Days

1945,  Bjorn Ulvaeus, guitar, vocals, Abba, (first UK hit was 1974 No.1 single ‘Waterloo’, followed by eight other UK No.
1 singles and nine No.1 albums, 1977 US No.1 single ‘Dancing Queen’).
1945, Stu Cook, bass, 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’).


Music Stuff April 26th

1960, Anthony Newley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Mind’, the UK singers second and final No.1.
The song gave writer, Lionel Bart his second No.1. I liked his voice

1964, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and the Dave Clark Five headlined the NME poll winner’s concert at Wembley
Empire Pool, London. Great groups

1966, Dusty Springfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me’, the singers
only UK No.1.She might only have had one number 1but she is still remembered with affection

1978, Ringo Starr’s TV special, Ringo, a musical version of The Prince and the Pauper aired on American television.
Ringo played both characters, George Harrison provided the narration.We didn’t hear much about this in the UK

1980, Blondie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Call Me’, the group’s fourth UK No.1, featured in the Richard
Gere movie ‘American Gigolo’, the track was also a No.1 in the US.  Great memories
1980, The Beat released ‘Mirror In The Bathroom’ it was the first digitally recorded single in the UK.I liked the two tone
stuff

1982, Out on a day’s shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard
in Los Angeles.It isn’t really the safest place on earth to pose is it?

1984, Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern
Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John’s first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance.He was Mike McGear of
the Scaffold and he has done a podcast with me …it’s on my site www.vincetracy.com

1986, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Street Life-20 Greatest
Hits.’I like his music

1990, New Kids On The Block’s Danny Wood injured his ankle while on stage in Manchester when he tripped over a
toy animal thrown on stage by a fan; he was forced to fly back home to the US for treatment. How unforeseen!

1997, Ernest Stewart, keyboard player with KC and the Sunshine Band, died of an asthma attack. (1975 US No.1
single ‘That’s The Way, I Like It’,1983 UK No.1 single ‘Give It Up’). Some people do not take asthma as seriously as
they should

2008, Amy Winehouse spent the night in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault. Police said Winehouse
had been “in no fit state” to be questioned when she arrived at the London station and she was kept in the cells. The
24-year-old was to be questioned about an incident said to have occurred 3 days earlier after a 38-year-old man
claimed he was assaulted.She is a troubled soul but I like her music

2008, Leona Lewis was at No.1 on the US album chart with her debut album ‘Spirit.’ Great talent

April 26th: Born on this day

1938,  Duane Eddy, guitarist, (1960 UK No.2 and US No.4 single ‘Because They’re Young’, plus over 15 other UK & US
Top 40 singles).

1938,Maurice Williams, (1960 US No.1 & 1961 UK No.14 single with The Zodiacs, ‘Stay’). Also a hit for Jackson Browne
and The Hollies.

1940, Giorgio Moroder, producer, (1979 US No.33 & UK No. 48 single, ‘Chase’ from the film Midnight Express.
Produced Donna Summer’s world- wide 1976 hit ‘Love To Love You Baby’, 1984 UK No.3 single with Phil Oakey,
‘Together In Electric Dreams.’)

1942,Bobby Rydell, US singer, (1960 US No.2 & UK No.7 single ‘Wild One’, plus 17 other US Top 40 hits).

1945,  Tony Murray, The Troggs, (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Wild Thing’).

1952,  Neol Davies, Selecter, (1979 UK No.8 single ‘On My Radio’).

1960, Roger Taylor, drums, Duran Duran, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘Is There Something I Should Know’ plus 25 other UK
Top 40 singles, 1984 US No.1 single ‘The Reflex’), Arcadia, (1985 UK No.7 single ‘Election Day’). April 26th

Music Stuff April 27th

1957, In a rare appearance outside the United States, Elvis Presley performed at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto,
Canada where he wore his full gold lamé suit for the last time.I hope it buffed up well

1963, Little Peggy March started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I Will Follow Him’. At 15 years, 1
month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a US No.1 record. She missed
doing her homework a few times to get the hit

1967, Sandie Shaw was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Puppet On A String’, her third UK No.1 and the Eurovision
Song Contest winner of 1967. This song has stood the test of time

1971, The Grateful Dead appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage
with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.Do these sit comfortably together?

1975, Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested
over the four nights for possession of marijuana. Surprised?
1976, Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes
were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi
propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels. How would you view this?

1981, Ringo Starr married actress and one time ‘Bond girl’ Barbara Bach. The pair met while filming the movie,
Caveman, with Dennis Quaid and Shelley Long. In attendance at the wedding were George Harrison and Paul
McCartney.She loves you?

1985, USA For Africa started a three-week run at No.1 on the US chart with ‘We Are The World’. The US artists’ answer
to Band Aid had an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan,
Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the composer’s of the
track, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.Well done USA

1991, Christian singer Amy Grant started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Baby Baby’, a No.2 hit in
the UK.Good song

1993, Prince issued a statement saying he was retiring from studio recordings to concentrate on film and other
ventures.He is a very interesting artist

1996, Oasis played the first of two nights at Manchester’s Main Road Football Club as a ‘thank you’ to their fans, the
80,000 tickets sold out in hours.Nice, nice, nice
1997, Depeche Mode went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their album ‘Ultra’. Eightees revival …good business
2000, American singer Vicki Sue Robinson died. She had the 1976 disco hit ‘Turn The Beat Around’, sang back-up
vocals on Irene Cara’s Top Ten hit single ‘Fame.’ Good song

2003, Madonna went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘American Life’, the singers eighth No.1 album. Also a US No.1
album. I didn’t really get into this album
2003, US TV’s Pop Idol winner Kelly Clarkson was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Thankful.’ Good singer.

2009, Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them.
Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving
hundreds of fans out of pocket in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said
Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. ‘Everyone who bought a ticket to the
original concert will receive a free ticket. Compensation was coming a little late, eh?

April 27: Birthday Boys and Girls

1947, Ann Peebles, US soul singer, (1973 US No.33 & UK 41 single ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’). 1947,

1947, Peter Ham, vocals, guitar, The Iveys and then Badfinger, (1970 UK No.4 single ‘Come And Get It’). Ham
committed suicide on 24th April 1975.
1948,  Kate Pierson, vocals, The B-52′s, (1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single ‘Love Shack’).
1949, Clive Taylor, Amen Corner, (1969 UK No.1 single ‘If Paradise Is Half As Nice’, plus five other UK Top 40 hits).
1949, Herb Murrell, vocals, The Stylistics, (1974 US No.2 single ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New’, 1975 UK No.1 single
‘Can’t Give You Anything But My Love’ plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles).

1951,  Paul Frehley, guitar, vocals, Kiss, (1974 US No.5 single ‘On And On’ 1976 US No 11 album ‘Rock and Roll Over’
spent 26 weeks on the chart. 1987 UK No.4 single ‘Crazy Crazy Nights’).
1959,  Sheena Easton, UK singer, (1980 UK No.3 & 1981 US No.1 single ‘Morning Train, Nine To Five’).

Music Stuff April 28th

1958, Alan Feed’s Big Beat Show played 2 shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The
tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The
Juniors,
The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.I think I would have loved this show

1964, The Beatles recorded the TV special ‘Around The Beatles’ at Wembley studios England. As well as performing
songs they played Act V Scene 1 of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Nights Dream’ with John playing the female role of
Thisbe, Paul as Pyramus, George as Moonshine and Ringo as Lion. Paul later named his cat Thisbe. It was so good
nobody has mentioned it til this day

1968, The Broadway musical ‘Hair’ opened at the Baltimore Theatre in New York City. The show featured the songs
‘Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In’, ‘Good Morning Starshine’ and the title song. The production ran for 1,729
performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.I bought all the songs but didn’t see the show

1973, Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ went to No.1 on the US chart, it went on to enjoy a record breaking
741 weeks, selling over 20 million copies world-wide. Cashing in eh?

1973, The Faces scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Ooh La La.’Good group

1978, Mike Oldfield played the first of two nights at London’s Wembley Arena, England. Very inventive

1979, Blondie scored their first US No.1 single with ‘Heart Of Glass’, also No.1 in the UK. We tend to think of Blondie as
Debbie Harry
1979, The Very Best Of Leo Sayer started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, giving Sayer his first and
only No.1 LP.Good artist

1981, Former member of T Rex, Steve Currie was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra,
Algarve, Portugal, he was 33 years old. Joined T. Rex (recently renamed from Tyrannosaurus Rex) as bass guitarist in
late 1970, also worked as a session player, played on ‘Motorbikin’ by Chris Spedding.Very sad and good background
information

1982, The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that
when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord
turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for
Satan.”If the experts were right we would know more about this

1990, Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose married Erin Everly, daughter of The Everly Brothers Don at Cupid’s Wedding
Chapel in Las Vegas. They divorced in January 91 after a stormy nine months of marriage.They obviously knew each
other well

1999, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I love this band

2000, A blaze swept through James Brown Enterprises, the office that co-ordinate the superstar’s tours. Nobody was
injured, but memorabilia and live tapes were destroyed in the blaze. An employee was later arrested charged with
arson.I feel bad

2000, Paul Atkinson was jailed for three years after being found guilty of stealing more than £25,000 from Rolling
Stone Charlie Watts. Atkinson had been the manager of an Arabian stud farm owned by Watts.Trustworthy guy!

2002, UK boy band Blue went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘All Rise’. Little boy blue….
2003, Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack went into rehab. The 17 year old was a patient at Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena,
California. Worryingly bad for a lad of 17
2006, Abba star Bjorn Ulvaeus was accused of avoiding paying 87m Swedish kronor (£6.5m) in taxes on the band’s hit
songs and musicals. The Swedish government was demanding he repaid the money. Abba sold over 370 million
records and he also co-wrote the musical Mamma Mia.Will we ever know the real story?
2007, Sugababes singer Amelle Berrabah was arrested and spent the night in a police cell over allegations she
assaulted an 18-year-old woman in a Guildford bar. Police confirmed a 23-year-old female was arrested following an
“incident”.Popstars have a responsibility to behave

2009, A TV commercial for insurance featuring Iggy Pop was ruled as misleading by the Advertising Standards
Authority. In the advert, the singer was seen exclaiming that he had an insurance policy with Swiftcover but the
company did not cover musicians at the time of the ad being shown. Swiftcover had since started to offer policies to
musicians, and stated that Mr Pop would continue to endorse the company.Popped up at the wrong time

1945,  John Wolters, drums, Dr Hook, (1972 UK No.2 and US No.5 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’).

1955, Eddie Jobson, violin, Curved Air, (1971 UK No.4 single ‘Back Street Luv’), Roxy Music, (1975 UK No.2 single
‘Love Is The Drug’).

1968, Howard Donald, Take That, (1995 UK No.1 single ‘Back For Good’ and seven other UK No.1 singles, 1993 UK
No.1 album ‘Everything Changes spent 78 weeks on the UK chart). Re-formed without Robbie Williams in 2006 for a
sold-out European tour. Topped the UK singles and album charts simultaneously for the first time in their career when
the single ‘Patience’ and album ‘Beautiful World’ both reached No.1 in Dec 2006.
1969, Mica Paris, singer, (1988 UK No. 7 single, ‘My One Temptation’).



Music Stuff April 29th

1963, Publicist Andrew Oldham and agent Eric Easton signed a management deal with The Rolling Stones after buying
the rights to the bands first recordings for £90. They also persuade keyboard player Ian Stewart to drop out of the line
up and become the bands road manager, (and still play piano at the back of the stage).How did they get him to do that?

1965, Jimmy Nicol, the drummer who stood in for Ringo Starr during a Beatles Australian tour in 1964, appeared in a
London Court faced with bankruptcy with debts of £4,000.I hope the Beatles helped him out

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth
Winter Gardens, England. Great show

1969, working on tracks for the forthcoming Beatles Abbey Road album, Ringo Starr added his vocal to ‘Octopus’s
Garden.’ He needn’t have bothered-only joking!

1976, After a gig in Memphis Bruce Springsteen took a cab to Elvis Presley’s Graceland home and proceeded to climb
over the wall. A guard took him to be another crank fan and apprehended him. Great story

1978, P.J. Proby was sacked from his role in the London stage musical Elvis after repeatedly changing his lines from
the script. Proby had been playing the oldest of three Presley’s in the play.P J  was a guest on my show on OCI. I also
met him and found him very nice to be with

1981, Elton John paid £14,000 for 232 ‘Goon Show’ scripts broadcast during the 50′s at an auction held at Christies,
London.Worth the money

1990, Floyd Butler of The Friends of Distinction, died of a heart attack at the age of 49. Had the US No.3 single
‘Grazing In The Grass’ in 1969.Good song and I got a promo copy on the first green and orange RCA label

1993, Guitarist, producer, Mick Ronson died of liver cancer aged 46. Ronson recorded and toured with David Bowie
from 1970 to 1973. Released the 1974 solo album ‘Slaughter On Tenth Avenue’. Ronson co-produced Lou Reed’s
album Transformer, also part of Hunter Ronson Band with Ian Hunter. And worked with Morrissey, Slaughter & The
Dogs, The Wildhearts, The Rich Kids, Elton John, Johnny Cougar, T-Bone Burnett.Great loss
2001, Rod Stewart asked for a change in wedding vows bringing them up to-date and to be treated like a dog licence.
Stewart said ‘a change is needed because they’ve been in existence for 600 years when people used to live until they
were only 35′.Nice one Rod
2003, A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a
personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge
said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997. Good judgement

April 29th: Born on this day

1899,  Duke Ellington, composer, bandleader, pianist, died 24th May 1974. Worked with Louis Armstrong, Ella
Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday.
1928, Carl Gardner, The Coasters, (1958 US No.1 single ‘Yakety Yak’, 1959 US No.2 and UK No.6 single ‘Charlie
Brown’).

1931,  Lonnie Donegan, singer who launched the skiffle craze. He had a 1960 UK No.1 single with ‘My Old Man’s A
Dustman’, plus over 30 other UK Top 40 singles. He died on November 3rd 2002.

1936,  April Stevens (born Carol LoTempio), US singer, Nino Tempo and April Stevens had the 1963 US No.1 ‘Deep
Purple’, a No.17 hit in the UK.

1942, Klaus Voorman, bass, Manfred Mann, Plastic Ono Band. Voorman designed the cover for The Beatles album
‘Revolver.’
1945,Tammi Terrell, singer, who died of a brain tumour on March 16th 1970 after collapsing into Marvin Gaye’s arms
on stage during a duet of ‘That’s All You Need To Get By’. Terrall had undergone eight brain operations in 18 months.
She had had hits with Marvin Gaye, including the 1967 US No.5 ‘Your Precious Love’. 1947, Tommy James, The
Shondells, (1966 US No.1 single ‘Hanky Panky’, 1968 UK No.1 single ‘Mony Mony’).




April 30 Events
1956, Ronnie Hilton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hammerstein song ‘No Other Love’, (his
only chart topper). Hilton scored a total of 18 UK Top 40 hits during his career.Great career and hardly ever in the
news during my DJ years!

1960, The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, giving
Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.This was a fabulous song and I loved the production

1965, Manchester group Herman’s Hermits began their first US tour supported by The Zombies. Two great groups

1965, this was the first night of a twice-nightly UK package tour with The Yardbirds, The Kinks and Goldie & The
Gingerbreads, at The Adelphi Cinema, Slough, England. Great show
1965, Bob Dylan played the first night of an 8-date UK tour at Sheffield City Hall.Very popular at the time

1966, The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin’. The song had been a hit for The
Olympics the year before.This was a great track and I remember getting a promo copy on Atlantic

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada
Theatre, Tooting, London.Great show
1968, BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show.
The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.She earned her stripes

1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a
club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been
temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane.
Lyndon was acquitted.I can’t see a judge acquiting him on the stated premise

1976, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could
throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window. He was always up for something like that
1977, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Southern Nights’, his second US No.1.Good song

1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at
the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
Just imagine that……
1978, An Anti Nazi League Benefit concert at London’s Victoria Park featuring The Clash, Steel Pulse, X Ray Spex and
the Tom Robinson Band.Sounds electric

1980, The film ‘McVicar’ with The Who’s Roger Daltrey in the title role premiered in London. I saw it-good film and
Daltrey was excellent

1983, American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois,
aged 68. Major influence of many acts, Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones named themselves after
Waters’ 1950 song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ Best know songs include ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie
Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’This is my kind of music

1983, Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1, a
No.3 UK hit.Great track

1988, Erasure went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘The Innocents’.

1988, S’Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Theme From S’Express’. One of the landmarks of early acid
house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ’s ‘I Got the Hots for You’ and the
count-in ‘Uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, quatro’ is from Debbie Harry’s 1985 single ‘Feel the Spin’. I like it

1990, Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the
family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick.’ Huntsberry who had died from a heart attack.A lot of showbiz stars
have really big hearts
1999, Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany,
Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’ 1976 US No. 8 single ‘Love Hurts’. I didn’t know
his name but I liked the music

1999, the three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had
claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.
Nice story
2001, a light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend
and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.It’s stories like this that make flying
less attractive

2004, new child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering
allegations of child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th 2004 was set.His was a
troubled life
2005, American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as ‘The Duchess’, she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette
from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group).It always looks nice to
have a female in the band

2008, a giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California.
Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella
festival that were offered as part of the reward.Sir Berks told me all about this when he was on my show

2008, Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969,
announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie’s auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece
of paper, saying “It will be worth something someday.” The piece of music history was expected to fetch around
$400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).What an investment

Music Stuff April 30th

1933, Willie Nelson, US country singer, actor, (1982 US No.5 single ‘Always On My Mind’, 1984 UK No.17 single ‘To All
The Girls I’ve Loved Before’). Wrote country classic ‘Crazy’ hit for Patsy Cline.

1943,  Bobby Vee, US singer, (1961 US No.1 single & UK No.3 single ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’).

1951,  Des Tong, bass, Sad Cafe, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Every Day Hurts’).
1953,  Merrill Osmond, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1974 UKNo.1 single ‘Love Me For A
Reason’ plus nine other US & UK top 40 singles).

1962,  Robert Reynolds, bass, The Mavericks, US country rock group, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).
Music Stuff April 30th


April 30 Events
1956, Ronnie Hilton was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Rodgers & Hammerstein song ‘No Other Love’, (his
only chart topper). Hilton scored a total of 18 UK Top 40 hits during his career.Great career and hardly ever in the
news during my DJ years!

1960, The Everly Brothers started a seven week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cathy’s Clown’, giving
Warner Bros a No.1 with their first release.This was a fabulous song and I loved the production

1965, Manchester group Herman’s Hermits began their first US tour supported by The Zombies. Two great groups

1965, this was the first night of a twice-nightly UK package tour with The Yardbirds, The Kinks and Goldie & The
Gingerbreads, at The Adelphi Cinema, Slough, England. Great show
1965, Bob Dylan played the first night of an 8-date UK tour at Sheffield City Hall.Very popular at the time

1966, The Young Rascals went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Good Lovin’. The song had been a hit for The
Olympics the year before.This was a great track and I remember getting a promo copy on Atlantic

1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Granada
Theatre, Tooting, London.Great show
1968, BBC TV launched The Cilla Black Show making Cilla the first British female performer to have her own TV show.
The theme song, ‘Step Inside Love’, was written by Paul McCartney.She earned her stripes

1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a
club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been
temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane.
Lyndon was acquitted.I can’t see a judge acquiting him on the stated premise

1976, The Who’s drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could
throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window. He was always up for something like that
1977, Glen Campbell went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Southern Nights’, his second US No.1.Good song

1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at
the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.
Just imagine that……
1978, An Anti Nazi League Benefit concert at London’s Victoria Park featuring The Clash, Steel Pulse, X Ray Spex and
the Tom Robinson Band.Sounds electric

1980, The film ‘McVicar’ with The Who’s Roger Daltrey in the title role premiered in London. I saw it-good film and
Daltrey was excellent

1983, American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois,
aged 68. Major influence of many acts, Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones named themselves after
Waters’ 1950 song ‘Rollin’ Stone.’ Best know songs include ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, ‘I’m Your Hoochie
Coochie Man’, ‘Got My Mojo Working.’This is my kind of music

1983, Michael Jackson started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Beat It’, his fifth solo US No.1, a
No.3 UK hit.Great track

1988, Erasure went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘The Innocents’.

1988, S’Express were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Theme From S’Express’. One of the landmarks of early acid
house and late 1980s sampling culture, the British track sampled Rose Royce, TZ’s ‘I Got the Hots for You’ and the
count-in ‘Uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, quatro’ is from Debbie Harry’s 1985 single ‘Feel the Spin’. I like it

1990, Prince played a concert at Rupert’s Night-club, Minneapolis. The $100 a head ticket proceeds all went to the
family of his former bodyguard Charles ‘Big Chick.’ Huntsberry who had died from a heart attack.A lot of showbiz stars
have really big hearts
1999, Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany,
Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single ‘Broken Down Angel’ 1976 US No. 8 single ‘Love Hurts’. I didn’t know
his name but I liked the music

1999, the three former members of Spandau Ballet lost a court case against band songwriter Gary Kemp. They had
claimed they were owed £1 million in lost royalties. The Judge said he had become a fan of the bands during the case.
Nice story
2001, a light aircraft carrying Sting went off the runway as it landed in Florence. None of the four aboard, Sting a friend
and two pilots were hurt. Brake failure was suspected as the cause of the accident.It’s stories like this that make flying
less attractive

2004, new child abuse charges were made against Michael Jackson including a count of conspiracy, covering
allegations of child abduction, extortion and false imprisonment. A new court date of May 28th 2004 was set.His was a
troubled life
2005, American guitarist Norma-Jean Wofford died. Known as ‘The Duchess’, she worked with Bo Diddley as a Bo-ette
from 1962 to 1966. (Diddley was one of the first artists to have female musicians in his group).It always looks nice to
have a female in the band

2008, a giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California.
Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella
festival that were offered as part of the reward.Sir Berks told me all about this when he was on my show

2008, Gail Renard, who was given the hand written lyrics to ‘Give Peace A Chance’ by John Lennon in 1969,
announced plans to sell the lyric sheet at a Christie’s auction. At the time, Lennon told Renard to hang on to the piece
of paper, saying “It will be worth something someday.” The piece of music history was expected to fetch around
$400,000, but when it was actually sold in July of this year, it went for $790,000 (£400,000).What an investment

Music Stuff April 30th

1933, Willie Nelson, US country singer, actor, (1982 US No.5 single ‘Always On My Mind’, 1984 UK No.17 single ‘To All
The Girls I’ve Loved Before’). Wrote country classic ‘Crazy’ hit for Patsy Cline.

1943,  Bobby Vee, US singer, (1961 US No.1 single & UK No.3 single ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’).

1951,  Des Tong, bass, Sad Cafe, (1979 UK No.3 single ‘Every Day Hurts’).
1953,  Merrill Osmond, The Osmonds, (1971 US No.1 single ‘One Bad Apple’, 1974 UKNo.1 single ‘Love Me For A
Reason’ plus nine other US & UK top 40 singles).

1962,  Robert Reynolds, bass, The Mavericks, US country rock group, (1998 UK No.4 single ‘Dance The Night Away’).
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