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Music Stuff May 30th

1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, the group’s fourth US No.1 in five months.
1965, The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon
the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
1966, US country singer, songwriter Dolly Parton married Carl Dean in Catoosa County, Georgia.
1966, The Who appeared at Sincil Bank Football Ground, Lincoln, England.
1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as the White Album. The double-LP whose official title was
simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label.
1970, Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’.
1972, Slade with Status Quo as support appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Tickets priced at 65p.
1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert of
his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the White City Stadium show.
980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with  George
Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.
1982, Level 42 appeared at London’s Hammersmith Palais, tickets £3.75.
1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feynoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.

1988, Leonard Cohen played the first of three sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

2002, Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises to “clear up
some personal issues” before setting out on a summer concert tour.
2003, Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50’s, and Mickie Most and the Playboys,
produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Ran his own record label
RAK in the 1970’s
2004, Madonna was forced to pay out £250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic
photographer Guy Burton.
2005, Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release.
2007, a coroner told the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector that US actress Lana Clarkson’s death was a
2007, Britney Spears said she “truly hit rock bottom” when she went to rehab earlier this year. I
2008, Music mogul Simon Fuller married his long-term girlfriend Natalie Swanston at a ceremony in California’s Napa
Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier this
year Billboard magazine named him the “most successful British music manager of all time”, with an estimated fortune
of £229m.
2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner – who’d promised his daughter
he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to
perfection after he spotted it on a farm – being used as a chicken shed.
2009, An oil painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie failed to meet the reserve price
of £15,000 at auction in Glasgow. Scottish artist Peter Howson had produced several portraits of the pop icon in a
state of undress.
2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 30th

944,Lenny Davidson, Dave Clark Five
1960, Stephen Duffy, early Duran Duran

Music Stuff May 29th
1942, Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song ‘White Christmas’.
1961, Ricky Nelson started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Travellin’ Man’. Sam Cooke turned the
song down, the B-side was the Gene Pitney song ‘Hello Mary Lou’ which became a double A side UK No.1.
1962, Chubby Checker won a Grammy Award for Best Rock and Roll Recording for ‘Let’s Twist Again’ and Ray
Charles won Best Rhythm & Blues Recording for ‘Hit The Road Jack’.
1965, Bob Dylan’s album ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ was at No.1 on the UK charts, his second UK No.1 album.
1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Help Me Rhonda’, the group’s
second US No.1. It only reached No.27 on the UK chart.1967, The Move, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Zoot Money
and Pink Floyd all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincs, England. Tickets cost £1
1971, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Brown Sugar’. It was the bands
sixth US No.1, a No.2 hit in the UK.
1975, Fans rioted when The Osmonds appeared at London’s Wembley Pool.
1976, Diana Ross started a two week run No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Hangover’, her fourth US No.1, it
made No.10 in the UK.
1982, Paul McCartney started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Tug Of War’.
1983, US school-boy band (which included Bobby Brown), New Edition were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with
‘Candy Girl’. Songwriter & producer Maurice Starr discovered New Edition performing at a local talent show.
1992, concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New
Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song ‘We Are The Champions’, at their Graduation Ceremony.
1997, The Manic Street Preachers won the best song award for ‘A Design For Life’ at the 42nd Ivor Novello awards.
Other winners included The Spice Girls for Hit of the year with ‘Wannabe’, Elvis Costello for Outstanding contribution
to music, George Michael won Songwriter Of The Year and Most Performed work for ‘Fastlove.’
2001, The Eagles made their first ever visit to Russia when they appeared at SC Olymisky in Moscow. 2002, a 16ft by
6ft mosaic designed by John Lennon went on display at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The mosaic had
been built into Lennon’s swimming pool at his Kenwood home in Surrey where he lived between 1964 and 1968.
2002, Australian actress and singer Natalie Imbruglia became the new face of L’Oreal when she signed a deal worth
£100,000 ($170,000) with the French cosmetics manufacturer.
2007, a piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 (£189,000) on The
Moments in Time memorabilia website.
2009, Phil Spector was jailed for at least 19 years for murdering an actress in 2003.

Birthday Boys and Girls

1941, Roy Crewsdon, Freddie and the Dreamers
1945, Gary Brooker, Procol Harum
1955, Mike Porcaro, bass, Toto
1956, Larry Blackmon, Cameo
1956,  La Toya Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson.
1967, Noel Gallagher, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Oasis
1975,Melanie Brown, (Mel B), Scary Spice, The Spice Girls

Music Stuff May 28th

1964, Cilla Black UK  No.1 – ‘You’re My World’.
1964, The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones appearance on Juke Box
1966, Herb Alpert And The Tijuana Brass US No.1  album
1966, Percy Sledge US No.1- ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’.
1969, Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with
possession of cannabis, they were released on £50 bail.
1973, bassist Ronnie Lane left The Faces and went on to form Slim Chance.
1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of
Mike Howletts band, Strontium 90 in Paris France.

1983, Actress and singer Irene Cara US No.1 – ‘Flashdance…What A Feeling’.
1985, Desert Island Discs radio presenter Roy Plomley died. He devised the BBC Radio series Desert Island Discs in
1988, George Michael US No.1- ‘One More Try’
2000, British singer and DJ Sonique UK No.1 – ‘It Feels So Good’. She first charted in 1989 with S-Express.

2009, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan had surgery to remove a cancerous tumour in his bladder.
Birthday Boys and Girls May 28th
1910, T- Bone Walker, US blues guitarist, influenced Albert Collins, BB King, Buddy Guy, Freddy King.
1944, Gladys Knight, singer, The Pips
1945, Born on this day, John Fogerty, guitar, vocals, Creedence Clearwater Revival,

Music Stuff May 27th

1957, Buddy Holly and the Crickets released their first record, ‘That’ll Be The Day.’ -UK No.1 – US No.3 hit.
1964, Eleven boys were suspended from a school in Coventry, England for having Mick Jagger haircuts.
1964, pirate radio station ‘Sutch’ was started by Screaming Lord Sutch
1965, Sandie Shaw – UK No.1 – ‘Long Live Love.’
1967, To celebrate Cilla Black’s birthday, her manager Brian Epstein organised illuminated greetings at London’s
Piccadilly Circus and sites in Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham
1972, The Chi-lites US No.1 -’Oh Girl’, – No.14 in the UK.
1977, Declan McManus made his ‘live’ debut at the Nashville in London as Elvis Costello

1983, The Smiths were at No.1 on the UK independent chart with their debut single ‘Hand In Glove.
1994, The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years – in Burbank, California.
1997, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel
in east London.
1999, Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award
2000, Paula Yates was awarded £400,000 in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune.
2001, Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink US No.1 – ‘Lady Marmalade.’
2001, DJ Pied Piper went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Do You Really Like It.’
2005, Robbie Williams was voted into first place beating Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie to be named the
best live solo artist in a UK nation-wide survey of 5,000 people
2007, Saatchi & Saatchi were fired by Dr Martens for running an advertising campaign featuring dead rock stars such
as Kurt Cobain and Sid Vicious wearing the brand’s boots in heaven.
2007, Maroon 5 UK No- Won’t Be Soon Before Long.’ Also a US No.1.
2008, Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University
2008, UK High street chain Woolworths announced it would stop selling CD singles

May 27th: Born on this day

1935, Ruby Lewis, The Drifters
1935, Ramsey Lewis, US keyboard player
1943, Priscilla White (Cilla Black), singer, TV presenter
1947, Marty Kristian, The New Seekers

Music Stuff May 26th

1962, Acker Bilk went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Stranger On The Shore’; UK No.2
1964, Marianne Faithful recorded the Mick Jagger and Keith Richards song ‘As Tears Go By’, accompanied by future
Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page on guitar and John Paul Jones on bass
1966, The Rolling Stones UK No.1- ‘Paint It Black’
1966, The Beatles recorded ‘Yellow Submarine’ at Abbey Road studios in London.
1968, US blue artist Little Willie John died in prison after being convicted of manslaughter. Co-wrote and was the first
to record ‘Fever’
1969, John and Yoko began an eight-day ‘bed in’, in The Hotel La Reine Elizabeth, Montreal, Canada, to promote
world peace. They recorded ‘Give Peace a Chance’ in the hotel room (Petula Clark can be heard on the chorus).
1972, The first day of the four day UK festival ‘The Great Western Express’ near Lincoln featuring; The Faces, Joe
Cocker, Humble Pie, Slade, The Groundhogs, Ry Cooder, Don McLean, Brewers Droop plus a special appearance by
Monty Python
1973, The Beatles ‘1967-1970′ US No.1
1974, At a David Cassidy concert at London’s White City over 1,000 fans had to be treated by first aid workers. One
fan Bernadette Whelan died from heart failure four days later.
1977, Billy Powell singer with The O’Jays died of cancer. They took the name “The O’Jays”, in tribute to radio disc
jockey Eddie O’Jay.
1979, ‘Sunday Girl’ – Blondie – UK No.1 hit.
1984, Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams US No.1 – ‘Let’s Hear It For The Boy’, taken from
the film ‘Footlose’, UK No.2
1991, The Glitter Band, Sweet, Mud, The Rollers and Suzi Quatro all appeared at a Glam rock special bank holiday
weekend at Pontins, Hemsby, England. Tickets £55.
1994, Michael Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley
1996, A fire at the home of Eric Clapton caused over one and a half million pounds worth of damage;
2009, A US judge ended a bitter two-year battle over the late soul singer James Brown’s estate.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 26th
1904, George Formby, UK singing comedian and ukulele player.
1942, Ray Ennis, Swinging Blue Jeans
1948, Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac
1949, Mick Ronson, guitarist, producer
1949, Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music’s greatest star.

Music Stuff May 25th
1961, The Temperance Seven were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’, their only UK No.1
single. George Martin’s first No.1.
1965, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, Sonny Boy Williamson died in his sleep. Van Morrison,
Aerosmith, The Who, The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs.
1967, Procol Harum’s ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, entered the UK chart
1968, Simon and Garfunkel scored their second US No.1 album with ‘Bookends’.
1969, a benefit concert was held for Fairport Convention at The Roundhouse, London to raise money for the families
of the bands drummer Martin Lamble, Richard Thompson’s girlfriend and clothes designer Jeannie Franklyn who were
all killed in an accident driving back from a gig.
1973, Carole King played a concert in New York’s Central Park, which attracted an audience of 100,000.
1974, Rick Wakeman became the first member of the group Yes to have a No.1 UK album – ‘Journey To The Centre
Of The Earth’
1985, Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album – ‘Brothers In Arms’
1995, the earliest known recording of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, from 1961, was sold at Christies in London for
1996, Gina G had her first UK No.1 hit single when ‘Ooh Aah…Just A Little Bit’ went to the top of the charts for 1 week.
1997, a report showed that Elvis Presley was now the world’s bestselling posthumous entertainer. Ironically he had
died owing $3 million (£1.76 million).
1997, Michael Jackson – No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Blood On The Dance Floor.’
2003, Jemini, the UK entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, failed to get a single point,
2004, Madonna canceled three shows in Israel after terrorists threatened to kill her and her kids. A spokesperson said
she was targeted because she symbolises the West and not because she practises the Jewish faith Kabbalah.
2006, Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter Desmond Dekker died of a heart attack at his home in London
2007, sixties pop star Wayne Fontana was remanded in custody after admitting pouring petrol over a bailiff’s car and
setting fire to it.
2008, The Ting Tings went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘We Started Nothing.’

Birthday Boys and Girls May 25th
1921, Hal David, US songwriter, pianist and arranger, with Burt Bacharach.
1926, Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter and composer who had a 1959 album with Kind of Blue. H
1936, Donnie Elbert, US soul singer
1945, Dave Lee Travis, BBC Radio 1 and TV presenter
1958, Paul Weller, UK singer, guitarist, songwriter, The Jam

Music Stuff May 24th
1956, the first Eurovision Song Contest was held in Lugano, Switzerland. The event was the brainchild of Marcel
Baisoncon of the European Broadcasting Union. Seven countries participated and they were each allowed two songs.
Both Luxembourg and the winner Switzerland used the same singer for both. Switzerland won with ‘Refrain’ by Lys
1962, Elvis Presley UK No.1 – ‘Good Luck Charm’ -
1963, The Beatles recorded the first of their very own BBC radio program, “Pop Go the Beatles”.
1968, The Rolling Stones released the single ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ in the UK- seventh UK No.1 hit.
1969, The Beatles with Billy Preston US No.1 – ‘Get Back’-
1974, American composer, pianist, and bandleader Duke Ellington, died of lung cancer and pneumonia aged 75.
1984, US backed pirate station Laser 558, started broadcasting in the UK. Within a few months the station claimed to
have over 10 million listeners.
1997, The Spice Girls went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Spice’, making them only the third all girl group to do
so after The Supremes and The Go-Go’s and the first ever UK girl group to do so.
1998, Garbage went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Version 2.0.’
1999, Freddie Mercury was featured on a new set of millennium stamps issued by the Royal Mail. The Queen front
man who died in 1991, was featured on the 19p stamp.
2000, A New York Judge told Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde that if she wanted her March arrest for protesting the
sale of leather goods in a Gap store dismissed, she’d better keep her nose clean for the next six months.
2000, Andrea and Sharon Corr from The Corrs both collapsed in the mid-day sun whilst shooting their new video in
the Mojave Desert in California.
2002, Paul McCartney opened his first major UK art exhibition ‘The Art Of Paul McCartney’ at The Walker, Liverpool.
2003, Paul McCartney made his first ever live performance in Russia when he appeared in-front of 20,000 fans in Red
2007, Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Arctic Monkeys were among the winners at this years Ivor Novello Awards.
Winehouse won best contemporary song for her hit ‘Rehab’, while Madonna collected the international hit of the year
for ‘Sorry.’
2009, Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bonkers’.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 24th
1941, Robert Zimmerman, (Bob Dylan), US folk singer, songwriter.
1942, Derek Quinn, Freddie and the Dreamers
1945,  Dave Peacock, Chas & Dave,
1960, Guy Fletcher, multi-instrumentalist, Dire Straits, Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry.

May 23rd: On this day
1960, The Everly Brothers US No.1 - 'Cathy's Clown', -
1963, The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, - at the Odeon Cinema, Nottingham, England.
1964, Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when 'Can't Buy Me Love' entered the
UK chart.
1970, The Beatles album 'Let It Be'  No.1 on the UK chart
1973, Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco
authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the
1974, George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse.'
1981, Starsound 'Stars on 45'  No.1 on the UK album chart.
1982, The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and
live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work.
1987, Swing Out Sister No.1 on the UK album - 'It's Better To Travel', their only UK No.1 album.
1992, a statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his
estate (£10 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin.
1992, Iron Maiden went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Fear Of The Dark' their third No.1 album.
1992, Kris Kross  No.1  US - 'Totally Krossed Out.'
1999, Shanks & Bigfoot with vocals by Sharon Woolf UK No.1 - 'Sweet Like Chocolate.'
2000, Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of
burst-ups with his brother Liam.
2002, Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine “Vida Nova”. 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the
grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99  a bottle.
2002, winners at the 47th Ivor Novello awards included, Dido for Songwriter of the year, Best song went to U2, 'Walk
On.' Kylie Minogue won The Dance Award and Most Performed Work and International Hit for 'Can't Get You Out Of
My Head.' Hear'say won Bestselling UK single for 'Pure And Simple'. Mick Hucknall won Outstanding Song collection
and Kate Bush was awarded Outstanding contribution to British music.
2006, The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm
recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were joined by
the daughter of drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980. The Polar Music Prize was founded in 1989 by Stig
Anderson, manager of Swedish pop group Abba, who named it after his record label, Polar Records previous winners
include Sir Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and producer Quincy Jones.
2009, Amy Winehouse cancelled her appearance at a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Island Records.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 23rd
1928, Rosemary Clooney
1934, Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser.
1943,  Norman Johnson, Chairmen Of The Board
1947,  Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra
1953,  Rick Fenn, 10CC
1975,  KT Tunstall,

Music Stuff May 22nd
1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14
year old third cousin, Myra.
1964, The Beatles arrived back from their first US trip at Heathrow Airport and were greeted by thousands of fans.
1965, The Beatles US No.1 - 'Ticket To Ride
1968, Gary Puckett And The Union Gap UK No.1- 'Young Girl.'
1970, This week's UK Top 5 singles: No.5, 'Daughter Of Darkness', Tom Jones, No.4, 'Question', The Moody Blues,
No.3, 'Yellow River', Christie, No.2, 'Spirit In The Sky', Norman Greenbaum and No.1, 'Back Home', The England World
Cup Squad.
1976, Wings US No.1 - 'Silly Love Songs',UK No.2
1980, U2 kicked off their 23 date ‘11 O’Clock Tick Tock’ tour at The Hope & Anchor in London.
1982, Madness UK No.1 album - 'Complete Madness
1991, Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by
strong currents.
1993, Swedish group Ace Of Base UK No.1 - 'All That She Wants',
2000, Robbie Williams set up a children's charity with the cash he earned from a deal with Pepsi. The trust, 'Give It
Sum', boasted £2m seed money. Beneficiaries would include UNICEF and Jeans For Genes.
2002, Adam Ant appeared at The Old Bailey in London charged with possession of an imitation firearm.
2005, Oasis UK No.1 - ‘Lyla’
2005, Dave Matthews Band US No.1
Birthday Boys and Girls May 22nd
1924, Charles Aznavour
1931, Kenny Ball,
1941, Bruce Rowlands, Fairport Convention
1950, Bernie Taupin,

Music Stuff May 21st
1955, Eddie Calvert was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of ‘Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White.’
1963, The Beatles, recorded record two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London.
1964, The Four Pennies UK No.1 – ‘Juliet’.
1965, The Four Tops appeared on ‘Ready Steady Goes Live!’
1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label.
1968, Rolling Stone Brian Jones appeared at Great Marlborough Street Magistrates court, London on a charge of
possession of marijuana,
1971, Free announced that they were splitting up.
1977, Rod Stewart UK No.1  with the double A sided single ‘I Don’t Want To Talk About It / First Cut Is The Deepest.’
1977, Stevie Wonder  US No 1  with his tribute to Duke Ellington, ‘Sir Duke’,UK No.2
1979, Elton John started a tour of Russia- the first Western star ever to do so.
1982, Manchester Hacienda Club – opened. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The
Tube was broadcast live. Home to many Manchester acts including Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, The Smiths,
Charlatans, James, M People who all played at the club. (The club closed in 1997).
1983, David Bowie US No.1-’Let’s Dance’, featuring blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
1983, Michael Jackson’s  ‘Thriller’ went back to UK No.1 for the third time
1988, Prince – first UK No.1 album  ‘Lovesexy.’
1988, Wet Wet Wet and Billy Bragg were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ and
‘She’s Leaving Home.’ The two Beatles songs had been recorded for the childLline charity. Sales of the single were
over £600,000, all of which was donated to ChildLine .
1994, Manchester United Football Club along with Status  Quo UK  No.1 – ‘Come On You Reds’.
2001, Producer, arranger and keyboardist Tommy Eyre died of cancer aged 51. Worked with George Harrison,
Wham! Dusty Springfield, and BB King. Played and arranged Joe Cocker’s hit ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’
and Gerry Rafferty’s ‘Baker Street’.
2003, Mariah Carey hit back at Eminem’s threats to sample the slushy voicemail messages she left on his mobile.
2003, Soul singer James Brown was pardoned for his past crimes in the US state of South Carolina.
2009, Natalie Cole was recovering after undergoing a kidney transplant.
Birthday Boys and Girls May 21st

1904,, Fats Waller, US blues singer
1941,  Ronald Isley, The Isley Brothers
1943, Hilton Valentine, guitar, The Animals,
1943,  John Dalton, The Kinks
1943,  Vincent Crane, keyboards, The Crazy world of Arthur Brown
1948,  Leo Sayer
1958,  Mike Barson, keyboards, Madness

Music Stuff May 20th

1957,Andy Williams UK No.1 – ‘Butterfly

1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) played
the first night of a short tour of Scotland backing singer Johnny Gentle, at Alloa Town Hall in Clackmannanshire.
Three of the Silver Beetles adopted stage names: Paul McCartney became Paul Ramon, George Harrison was Carl
Harrison, and Stuart Sutcliffe became Stuart de Stael.

1961, Cliff Richard made his debut on ITV’s ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’

1964, Rudy Lewis of The Drifters died aged 28 under mysterious circumstances the night before the group was set to
record ‘Under the Boardwalk’.

1965, Jackie Trent UK No.1- ‘Where Are You Now (My Love)’-producers Tony Hatch.

1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of the Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive
for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England so they took to the stage with the bass player and drummer of
the local band that opened the show.

1967, The Beatles new album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ had a special preview on Kenny Everett’s show.
1967, The Young Rascals US No.1 -Groovin’, UK No.8 in the UK.

1968, BBC 2 TV aired a short play ‘The Pistol Shot’, featuring a young dancer called David Bowie.

1972, T Rex UK No.1 – ‘Metal Guru’

1989, Ferry ‘Cross The Mersey’ by Ferry Aid UK No.1. The song was recorded to raise funds for the Hillbsbourgh
Football victims it featured, Gerry Marsden, Paul McCartney, Holly Johnson and The Christians .

1995, Robson and Jerome UK No.1 – ‘Unchained Melody/(There’ll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover’.

1997, U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so
they could shoot the video for ‘Last Night On Earth’.

1998, The funeral of Frank Sinatra was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills.

2005, Kylie Minogue had a cancerous lump removed from her breast at St Frances Xavier Cabrini Hospital in
Melbourne, Australia.

2006, Heavy metal  Lordi became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners

2008, The US Congress passed a resolution designating May 13th as Frank Sinatra Day

2009, Michael Jackson delayed the opening four nights of his This Is It UK tour at London’s O2 arena.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 20th

1942,Jill Jackson, Paul and Paula,

1944,  Joe Cocker

1946,  Cherilyn Sarkasian, (Cher),
1961, Nick Heyward

Music Stuff May 19th
1958, The soundtrack to South Pacific went to No.1 on the US album chart
1961, The Everly Brothers launched their own record label, ‘Calliop’e’
1967, The Beatles held a press party at manager’s Brian Epstein’s house in London for the launch of the ‘Sgt Pepper’
s’ album. Linda Eastman was hired as the press photographer.
1973, Stevie Wonder US No.1- ‘You Are The Sunshine Of My Life’.UK No.7
1973, Wizzard UK No.1 – ‘See My Baby Jive,’
1973, Paul Simon released the single ‘Kodachrome’ which became a hit in the US, but was banned from airplay in the
UK because it contained a brand name.
1974, The Rubettes UK No.1 – ‘Sugar Baby Love’,
1976, Rolling Stone Keith Richards crashed his car near Newport Pagnell, Bucks, after falling asleep at the wheel;
marijuana and cocaine were found by the police resulting in another fine for the guitarist.
1978, Dire Straits released their first major label single ‘Sultans Of Swing’, recorded on a £120 budget.
1979, Abba UK No.1 album – ‘Voulez-Vous’
1979, Eric Clapton held a party at his Surrey house celebrating his recent marriage to Patti Boyd. Clapton- Paul
McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ended up jamming together along with Clapton, Ginger Baker and Mick
1979, Supertramp US No.1 – ‘Breakfast In America’,
1980, Ringo Starr and his future wife were involved in a car crash less than half a mile from where Marc Bolan was
1981, Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.
1984, Bob Marley and the WailersUK No.1 album chart -’Legend’, released to commemorate the third anniversary of
Marley’s death.
1988, James Brown was arrested for the fifth time in 12 months, following a car Chase near his home-he was given a
6 year jail sentence.
1990, Madonna US No.1- ‘Vogue’.
2001, Mike Sammes founder of The Mike Sammes Singers died aged 73.
2002, Liberty X UK No.1- ‘Just A Little.’
2007, Lawyers for Michael Jackson dropped an effort to block an auction of the star’s personal belongings and other
Jackson family items.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 19th
1932, Alma Cogan- Youngest female to top the charts during the 50’s.
1945, Pete Townshend, guitar, vocals, The Who
1950, Romeo Challenger, Showaddywaddy
1952, Grace Jones, singer, model,
1952,Jeffrey Hyman, (Joey Ramone), vocals, The Ramones
1960, Born on this day, Yasmin Evans, (Yazz), singe

Music Stuff May 18th

1964, A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets
gatecrashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.

1966, The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New

1967, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones track ‘We Love You’
1967, The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group
agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John
Lennon wrote ’All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 ’summer of love’.  The BBC asked The
Beatles to ‘keep it simple’.
1968, Archie Bell and The Drells US No.1- ‘Tighten Up’, it didn’t chart in the UK.

1968, Scott Walker was at No.1 on the UK chart with his second album ‘Scott 2.’

1974, Ray StevensUS and UK  No.1with the novelty song ‘The Streak’.

1975, Five times married US country singer, Tammy Wynette UK No.1- ‘Stand By Your Man.’

1980, Joy Division singer and guitarist Ian Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England
at the age of 23.
1984, Simple Minds US No.1 – ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’, UK No. 7

1988, Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London on their The Tango In The
Night Tour.

1993, Michael Bolton played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London.

1997, George Strait was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Carrying Your Love With Me.’

2003, Justin Timberlake went back to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Justified.’

2003, The Isley Brothers were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Body Kiss’ the group’s first US No.1 in over 30

2004, Clint Warwick the original bass player with The Moody Blues died from liver disease at the age of 63.

2008, Neil Diamond went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Home Before Dark’

2008, Ting Tings scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘That’s Not My Name’.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 18th

1911,Joe Turner, US blues songwriter. Wrote ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’.

1912,  Perry Como, American singer and TV presenter

1942, Albert Hammond

1949, Rick Wakeman, keyboards, Strawbs, Yes,

1952, George Strait, US country singer, songwriter

Music Stuff May 17th
1963, the first Monterey Folk Festival in California was held over three days and featured Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and
Peter Paul and Mary.
1964, Bob Dylan made his first major concert UK appearance when he played at the
Royal Festival Hall in London.
1966, During a UK tour, Bob Dylan appeared at The Free Trade Hall in Manchester.
1967, The Tremeloes No.1 on the UK singles chart with  ‘Silence Is Golden’
1968, The Monkees appeared at
Valley Music Hall, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1969, it was reported that for the first time ever album sales had overtaken single sales in the UK.
1971, Dawn were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Knock Three Times’, the group’s first of two UK No.1’s.

1980, Boney M scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘The Magic Of Boney M.’

1980, This years Eurovision song contest winner Johnny Logan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘What’s
Another Year.’
1986, Spitting Image started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the terrible ‘The Chicken Song.’
1986, Whitney Houston No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Greatest Love Of All’, No.8 in the UK.
1989, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s first
Sticky Fingers restaurant opened in London.
1996, US blues guitarist Johnny Guitar Watson died of a heart attack while on tour in Yokohama, Japan.
1997, Olive started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘You’re Not Alone.’ The group featured Tim
Kellett who was previously with Simply Red.

1998, Garth Brooks was at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘The Limited Series.’
Sharon Sheeley, US songwriter, died aged 62. Hits include 1959 hit for Eddie Cochran ‘Somethin’ Else’.
Sheeley survived the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran during a 1960 UK tour.
2002, Lance Bass of boy-band *NSYNC underwent hospital treatment to correct an irregular heartbeat. Bass was
hoping to qualify for a seat onboard a Russian rocket flight to the International Space Station.
2006, Paul McCartney and his wife Heather Mills admitted that they had given up the fight to save their marriage,
saying that after fours years together, they were going their separate ways
2008, Madonna was at No.1 on the US album chart with her eleventh studio album ‘Hard Candy.’
2009, Black Eyed Peas UK No.1 – ‘Boom Boom Pow’-

Birthday Boys and Girls May 17th
1942, Born on this day, Taj Mahal, US multi-instrumentalist, composer of film soundtracks, first band The Rising Sons
with Ry Cooder.

1960, Born on this day, Simon Fuller, record and television producer, manager of the Spice Girls, S Club 7, Kelly
Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Will Young, Emma Bunton and Gareth Gates and the creator
of the Idol series.
1961, Enya Ni Bhraonain, Clannad, (1982 UK No.5 single ‘Harry’s Game’), solo,
1974, Andrea Corr, vocals, tin whistle, The Corrs

Music Stuff May 16th

1962, B Bumble and the Stingers were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Nut Rocker’ – based on Tchaikovsky’s
‘Nutcracker Suite.’
1964, Mary Wells US No.1 on the US – ‘My Guy’, UK No.5
1966, The Beach Boys released the album ‘Pet Sounds’ in the US. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of
composer-producer Brian Wilson, and is often hailed as one of the best and most influential albums in popular music.
1969, Pete Townshend spent the night in a US jail for assaulting a man during a Who gig at The Fillmore East.
1970, The England World Cup Squad UK No.1 – ‘Back Home.’
1974, Brian May collapsed in New York while Queen were on a US tour and was flown back to England suffering from
1980, former Buggles members Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes joined Yes, replacing Rick Wakeman and Jon
1981, Former New Christy Minstrels member (with Kenny Rogers), Kim Carnes US No.1 – ‘Bette Davis Eyes’, UK No.10
1987, U2 US No.1- ‘With Or Without You’,
1993, US soul singer Marv Johnson died of a stroke.
1998, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards fell while reaching for a book of nude art in his Connecticut home.
1999, Boyzone UK No.1 single – ‘You Needed Me’ making them the act with the most UK Top 5 hits of the 90’s.
2009, Bob Dylan US No.1 album – ‘Together Through Life’,

Birthday Boys and Girls May 16th

1919, Liberace, (Wladziu Valentinon Liberace), US pianist, singer, TV presenter
1939, Pervis Jackson, vocals, The Detroit Spinners
1947, Barbara Lee, singer, The Chiffons
1951, Jonathan Richman, guitar, vocals, The Modern Lovers
1953, Richard Page, Mr Mister
1955, Hazel O’Conner, UK singer
1966, Janet Jackson, singer

Music Stuff May 15th
1945, The first album chart was introduced in the US
1959, Elvis Presley UK No.1 – ‘A Fool Such As I / I Need Your Love Tonight.’
1961, Floyd Cramer UK No.1 – ‘On The Rebound.’
1967, Paul McCartney met American photographer Linda Eastman for the first time
1977, Procol Harum played their last ever concert when they appeared at New York’s academy of music.
1982, This years Eurovision Song Contest winner for Germany ‘A Little Peace’ by Nicole UK No.1
1982, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney US No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ebony And Ivory’. 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!”.
1992, Barbara Lee of the Chiffons died from a heart attack the day before her 45th birthday.
1993, Janet Jackson US No.1- ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’, UK No.2
1994, Blur UK No.1 album – ‘Parklife
1997, Oasis became one of the first artists to attempt to exert censorship over the Internet. The group were working
with Sony to put an end to unofficial websites carrying lyrics, sound files and photographs of the band.
1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with
Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1953
film From Here to Eternity.
1999, Rob Gretton manager of Joy Division and New Order died aged 46. He was also a partner in Factory Records,
proprietor of the Rob’s Records label and a co-founder along with Tony Wilson of The Hacienda nightclub in
Manchester, England.
2000, songwriter Geoff Goddard died aged 62. Wrote ‘Johnny Remember Me’, and played keyboards on The
Tornadoes 1962 No.1 hit ‘Telstar’.
2001, Brian Pendleton of The Pretty Things died of cancer aged 57
2002, Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay claimed he was assaulted at the premiere of ‘Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the
Clones’ in London.
2003, Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash died in Nashville, Tennessee, of
complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73.
2008, Neil Diamond reached the top of the US Billboard album chart for the first time in his career with ‘Home Before
Dark’ the 67-year-old’s 29th studio album.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 15th
1918, Eddy Arnold, US country singer
1937, Trini Lopez, singer, songwriter
1944, Ian Amey, (Tich), Dave Dee, Dozey, Beaky, Mick and Tich,
1948, Brian Eno, synthesisers, Roxy Music,
1951, Dennis Fredericksen, vocals, Toto
1953, Mike Oldfield, UK composer, multi-instrumentalist

Music Stuff May 14th

1960, The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed
at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. .
1969, During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in
Birmingham killing the group’s 19 year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson’s girlfriend Jeannie
1976, 33 year old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was
not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old
son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar.
1977, Leo Sayer US  No.1  with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song ‘When I Need You’, – second US
No.1, also No.1 in the UK.
1983, Spandau Ballet  UK No.1 album – ‘True.’
1988, Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine US No.1-Anything For You’,  UK no. 10.

1988, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York,
appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums.
1993, During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings
in 1954, ‘That’s All Right Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’ sold for £130,285
1994, Scottish band Stiltskin UK No.1 – ‘Inside’. The song had been used on a Levi’s TV Jeans commercial.
1998, George Michael was fined £500 after being convicted of a “lewd act” in a Los Angeles lavatory. The Los
Angeles court also ordered him to undergo psychological counselling and carry out 80 hours community service.
2000, Madison Avenue UK No.1-, ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’.
2000, Tom Jones UK  No.1 album – ‘Reload’ making the singer the oldest artist to score a UK No.1 album with new

Birthday Boys and Girls May 14th
1936, Bobby Darin
1943, Jack Bruce, bass, vocals
1946, Lek LecKenby, guitar, Herman’s Hermits
1973,Natalie Appleton, singer, All Saints
1973, Shanice, US female singer
1976, Martine McCutcheon, singer, actress

Music Stuff May 13th
1957, Guy Mitchell was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock-A-Billy’, the singers fourth and final UK No.1.
1967, The Monkees second album ‘More Of The Monkees’, went to No.1 on the UK charts.
1967, The Supremes scored their 10th US No.1 single with ‘The Happening’; it made No.6 in the UK.
1971, On his twenty- first birthday Stevie Wonder received all his childhood earnings.
1978, Boney M were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rivers of Babylon’. The single stayed at the top of the
charts for five weeks.
1978, Yvonne Elliman went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Gibb brothers song ‘If I Can’t Have You’.
1988, Scottish band Fairground Attraction were at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Perfect’-  Best Single at the 1989 BRIT
1989, Bon Jovi went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘I’ll Be There For You’, the group’s fourth US No.1, a No.18
hit in the UK.
1989, Kylie Minogue was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with her second solo No.1 ‘Hand On Your Heart.’
1995, Italian dance act Livin’ Joy went to No.1 on the UK singles chart for one week. with ‘Dreamer’. Also a US No.1.
2002, Dionne Warwick was arrested at Miami International Airport for possession of marijuana. The charges were
dropped after she completed a drug program and made a contribution to charity.
2003, Michael Jackson launched a court case suing Motown Records.
2007, Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him
– then disappeared.
2008, The US Postal Service issued a 42-cent postage stamp in honor of Frank Sinatra.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 13th
1933,Mike Stoller, (Leiber &), songwriter, and producer for Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, The Monkees, Cliff Richard.
1941, Joe Brown, UK singer, actor
1941, Ritchie Valens, US singer,
1943, Mary Wells, US singer,
1950, Johnny Logan,
1950,Stevie Wonder, singer, songwriter, multi- instrumentalist, joined Motown in 61,

Music Stuff May 12th
1958, The Everly Brothers US No.1- ‘All I Have To Do Is Dream’
1962, Billboard Magazine – last year’s most-played jukebox – ‘Big Bad John’ by Jimmy Dean.2nd – Chubby Checker’s
‘The Twist’
1964, The Beach Boys US No.1 album – ‘Beach Boys Concert’
1965, The Rolling Stones recorded ‘(I Can’t Get No), Satisfaction’ at RCA Hollywood studios.
1968, Brian Jones made his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appeared at the New Musical
Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley, England.
1969, Cliff Richard made a guest appearance on the UK children’s TV show, ‘Sooty’.
1971, Mick Jagger married Bianca Macias at St Tropez Town Hall. The guest list included the other members of the
Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Stephen Stills.
1977, Led Zeppelin received the outstanding contribution to British music at the second Ivor Novello Awards
1990, Adamski UK No.1- ‘Killer’.
2000, thieves stole the gates to Strawberry Fields the Merseyside landmark immortalised by The Beatles song. The
10′ high iron gates were later found at local scrap metal dealers.
2001, American singer and TV presenter Perry Como died aged 88. Como was once the highest-paid performer in the
history of television.
2002, Ronan Keating scored his third UK No.1 single with a song written by American country artist Garth Brooks ‘If
Tomorrow Never Comes’
2004, Barry and Robin Gibb were both presented with honorary degrees from Manchester University. They also
picked up a posthumous award for their brother Barry.
2008, Singer-songwriter Neil Young had a spider named after him.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 12th

1928, Burt Bacharach, US songwriter, pianist and arranger. With Hal David wrote many classic songs including, ‘Close
To You’, ‘24 Hours From Tulsa’, ‘Make It Easy On Yourself’, ‘Magic Moments’, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’.
1940, Norman Whitfield, American songwriter and producer, best known for his work with Berry Gordy’s Motown.
Collaborated with Barrett Strong on such hits as ‘I Heard It through the Grapevine’, ‘Ain’t Too Proud to Beg’, ‘(I Know) I’
m Losing You’, ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘War’, ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ and ‘Car Wash’.
1942, Ian Dury, singer, songwriter, poet, actor Dury died on 27th March 2000 aged 57.
1944, Billy Swan, US singer
1944, James Purify
1946, , Ian McLagan, keyboards, Small Faces
1948, Steve Winwood, vocals, keyboards, Spencer Davis Group

Music Stuff May 11th
1958, Connie Francis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a cover of the 1923 song ‘Who’s Sorry Now.’

1963, The Beatles started a 30 week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album ‘Please Please Me’,
making it the longest running No.1 album by a group ever.
1964, during a UK tour The Rolling Stones were refused lunch at The Grand Hotel, Bristol, where they were staying
because they were not wearing jackets and ties.
1965, Roger Miller was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘King Of The Road.’

1967, The Bee Gees made their Top Of The Pops debut performing ‘New York Mining Disaster’

1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumour aged 36.
1985, Madonna US No.1 with ‘Crazy For You’, aUK No.2
1985, UK producer and keyboard player Paul Hardcastle was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘19′. The title
referred to the average age of American soldiers in the Vietnam War and features dialogue by television narrator
Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message.

1987, The UK indie chart had The Smiths at No.1 on with ‘Sheila Take A Bow’, No.2, The Cult, ‘Lil’ Devil’ No.3, The
Pogues, ‘The Irish Rover. 1990, 31 years after his death, Ritchie Valens was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of

1991, Roxette  US No.1 – ‘Joyride.’ The song was inspired by an interview with Paul McCartney who said that writing
songs with John Lennon had been ‘like a Joyride.’
1996, Bill Graham the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2 died of a heart attack aged 44. He was also the co-
founder of the Irish music paper Hot Press. Members from Clannad, U2, Hothouse Flowers and Gavin Friday all
attended his funeral.

2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the
classic Hendrix albums ‘Are You Experienced’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland,’ Right up until his death,

2003, R. Kelly UK  No.1 – ‘Ignition Remix.’

2003, Blur UK No.1  album- ‘Think Tank

2004, US songwriter John Whitehead was killed by a gunman. He co-wrote ‘Back Stabbers’ for the O’Jays and as
McFadden & Whitehead wrote and sang ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’

Birthday Boys and Girls May 11th:

1888, Irving Berlin, composer of many pop, stage show and film hits. He emigrated from Siberia to New York as a
child. He was the composer of ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Let’s Face The Music and Dance’.

1941,  Eric Burdon, The Animals,

1943,  Les Chadwick, Gerry And The Pacemakers,

1974,  Ryan Adams, singer, songwriter

1983, Holly Valance, singer, actress,

Music Stuff May 10th: On this day

1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore)
auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury’s backing group. Parnes was also looking
for backing group’s for his lesser-known acts. The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny
Gentle’s upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from ‘The Beatals’ to ‘The Silver Beetles’ after
Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name ‘Beatals’ was “ridiculous”.

1963, The Rolling Stones recorded the Chuck Berry song ‘Come On’, at Olympic Studios, London.
1964, Bob Dylan arrived in Britain for his first major UK tour
1967, this week’s UK Top 5 singles:
No.5, Lulu, ‘The Boat That I Row’,
No.4, The Tremeloes, ‘Silence Is Golden’,
No.3, Frank and Nancy Sinatra,Somethin’ Stupid’,
No.2, Mamas and the Papas, ‘Dedicated To The One I Love’,
No.1, Sandie Shaw, ‘Puppet On A Sting.’

1969, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The Move, Status Quo, Tremeloes, Marmalade, Love Sculpture, Van Der Graaf
Generator all appeared at Nottingham County Football Ground, Nottingham, England. Presented by John Peel, tickets
22/6 on the gate.
1969, Frank Sinatra’s version of ‘My Way’ made the British Top ten for the first time.
1969, Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart when the bands debut album charted at No.6
1970, David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song ‘Space Oddity’, which he performed that
night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra.
1985, all girl group The Go-Go’s announced they were breaking up. The members went on to enjoy solo success,
(Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) and the group reformed in the late 90’s.
1986, Falco was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Rock Me Amadeus.’
1986, The Pet Shop Boys went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘West End Girls’
1997, Gary Barlow scored his second UK No.1 single with a song written by Madonna ‘Love Won’t Wait’
1997, The Hillsborough Benefit gig took place at Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium with The Beautiful South, Manic Street
Preachers, Dodgy, Space, Stereophonics and The Lightning Seeds.
1999, American singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books Shel Silverstein died
of a heart attack aged 57. Wrote, ‘A Boy Named Sue’ for Johnny Cash
1999, Marti Pellow announced that he had quit Wet Wet Wet”

Birthday Boys and Girls May 10th

1920, Bert Weedon
1935, Larry Williams, US singer, The Beatles and The Jam covered his songs. (1957 US No.5 & UK No. 21 single
‘Short Fat Fannie’). Williams died from gunshot wounds on 2nd January 1980 aged 45.

1944, Jackie Lomax, UK singer, first act to be signed to The Beatles
1946, Donovan
1946, Graham Gouldman, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, 10CC, (1975 UK No.1 ‘I’m Not In Love’, plus 10 other UK
Top 30 hits including 2 No.1’s), Wax, (1987 UK No.12 single ‘Bridge To Your Heart’). Wrote hits for Herman’s Hermits,
The Hollies & The Yardbirds.
1947, Dave Mason, guitar, Traffic

Music Stuff 9th May

1959, UK music paper Melody Maker introduced a Juke Box Top 20 Chart compiled from 200 Juke Boxes around the
1964, Gene Vincent and the Shouts appeared at The Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Gate, England. The poster advertised
that the first 50 girls would be admitted free; tickets cost six shillings and six
1964, Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour at The Astoria Theatre, London, supported by The Animals, The
Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver and the Nashville Teens.
1964, Louis Armstrong US No.1-’Hello Dolly’ making him the oldest artist to hit No.1 one at the age of 62.1965, During
a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The
Beatles were in the audience.
1967, Sandie Shaw UK No.1- ‘Puppet On A String’.
1970, Guess Who-  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘American Woman’, it was the group’s sixth Top 30 hit and only
chart topper.
1973, This is a fabulous story……Mick Jagger added $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 by The Rolling
Stones January benefit concert for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
1980, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at
the 25th Ivor Novello Awards.
1981, Adam and the Ants UK No.1 – ‘Stand And Deliver.’
1987, Curiosity Killed The Cat UK No.1 album- ‘Keep Your Distance’.
1987, Starship UK  No.1- ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.’
1998, All Saints  UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Under The Bridge’ a remake of a LaBelle disco hit from 1975
1999, Suede scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Head Music’.

1999, The Backstreet Boys – first UK No.1 single with ‘I Want It That Way’ their 8th UK Top 10 hit and a hit in over 25
2000, former All Saints manager John Benson was given a £1 million out-of court settlement after the band sacked
him in February 1999.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 9th
1914, Hank Snow,
1937, Dave Prater, US soul singer, (Sam & Dave)
1939, Nokie Edwards, guitar, The Ventures
1941, Danny Rapp, Danny and the Juniors
1941, Pete Birrell, Freddie & The Dreamers
1942, Mike Millward, The Fourmost
1943, Tommy Roe, singer

Music Stuff 9th May

1959, UK music paper Melody Maker introduced a Juke Box Top 20 Chart compiled from 200 Juke Boxes around the
1964, Gene Vincent and the Shouts appeared at The Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Gate, England. The poster advertised
that the first 50 girls would be admitted free; tickets cost six shillings and six
1964, Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour at The Astoria Theatre, London, supported by The Animals, The
Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver and the Nashville Teens.
1964, Louis Armstrong US No.1-’Hello Dolly’ making him the oldest artist to hit No.1 one at the age of 62.1965, During
a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The
Beatles were in the audience.
1967, Sandie Shaw UK No.1- ‘Puppet On A String’.
1970, Guess Who-  No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘American Woman’, it was the group’s sixth Top 30 hit and only
chart topper.
1973, This is a fabulous story……Mick Jagger added $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 by The Rolling
Stones January benefit concert for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
1980, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at
the 25th Ivor Novello Awards.
1981, Adam and the Ants UK No.1 – ‘Stand And Deliver.’
1987, Curiosity Killed The Cat UK No.1 album- ‘Keep Your Distance’.
1987, Starship UK  No.1- ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.’
1998, All Saints  UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Under The Bridge’ a remake of a LaBelle disco hit from 1975
1999, Suede scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘Head Music’.

1999, The Backstreet Boys – first UK No.1 single with ‘I Want It That Way’ their 8th UK Top 10 hit and a hit in over 25
2000, former All Saints manager John Benson was given a £1 million out-of court settlement after the band sacked
him in February 1999.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 9th
1914, Hank Snow,
1937, Dave Prater, US soul singer, (Sam & Dave)
1939, Nokie Edwards, guitar, The Ventures
1941, Danny Rapp, Danny and the Juniors
1941, Pete Birrell, Freddie & The Dreamers
1942, Mike Millward, The Fourmost
1943, Tommy Roe, singer

Music Stuff May 8th

1954, BBC radio in the UK banned the Johnny Ray song ‘Such a Night’ after listeners complain about its ’
1955, Tony Bennett UK No.1 – ‘Stranger In Paradise’. Based on a theme from Borodin’s 1888 opera – ‘Prince Igor’.
1964, The Beatles had held the No.1 position on the US singles chart for fourteen weeks with three No.1’s in
1967, Gerry And The Pacemakers announced they were splitting up
1969, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and
his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests.
1976, Abba UK No.1 single – ‘Fernando
1976, BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like
The Bay City Rollers.
1976, former lead singer of the Lovin Spoonful John Sebastian US No.1
1982, Paul McCartney – fifth UK No.1 album with ‘Tug Of War’.
1993, Mark Knopfler received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
1999, Ricky Martin US No.1 – ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’.
2006, The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent
emergency brain surgery.
2008, American Country artist Eddy Arnold died of natural causes, one week before his 90th birthday.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 8th

1940, Paul Gadd, (Gary Glitter)
1940, Ricky Nelson
1943,Toni Tennille, The Captain and Tennille
1944, Bill Legend,
1947, Rick Derringer, producer, guitar, vocals, The McCoys
1951, Philip Bailey, vocals, Earth Wind and Fire
1955, Alex Van Halen, Van Halen, drums
1964, Dave Rowntree, drummer, Blur
1975, Enrique Iglesias,

Music Stuff May 7th

1964, The Searchers were UKNo.1- ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’.
1966, Johnny Cash appeared live at the Empire, Liverpool, England.

1966, The Mamas and the Papas US No.1 – ‘Monday Monday’,UK No.3
967, Jimi Hendrix played two shows at London’s Saville Theatre. Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach
Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience.
1972, Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed poll to Elton Hercules John.
1977, Former backing singer with Stevie Wonder, Deniece Williams UK No.1 – ‘Free’
1977, The Eagles US No.1- ‘Hotel California’, UK No.8
1983, Paul Weller unveiled his new group Style Council at an anti nuclear benefit gig in London.
1988, Terence Trent D’arby US No.1- ‘Wishing Well’, UK No.4
1989, Ron Wilson, drummer with US Surf group The Surfaris died of a brain anueryism.
1992, a leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, for £24,200.
1994, British house music performer Tony Di Bart scored his only UK No.1 single with ‘The Real Thing’.
1998, Eddie Rabbitt, US singer, songwriter died of lung cancer aged 56.
2000, Britney Spears UK No.1 – with ‘Oops!… I Did It Again’.
2004, a planning inquiry hearing Madonna’s appeal to ban ramblers from parts of her £9m country estate heard
details of the land’s make-up. The pop star claimed 100 acres of land at the 1,200-acre Ashcombe House estate had
been inaccurately classified as open country. Madonna was appealing against the classification in a hearing. Under
the act, people would have the right to access any land registered on the final map as open country-mountain, moor,
heath or down.
2006, Snow Patrol UK No.1 – ‘Eyes Open’ the bands fourth album.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 7th

1939, Jimmy Ruffin
1943, Rick Westwood, guitarist, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
1943, Thelma Houston,
1945, Christy Moore, Irish singer, songwriter, Planxty, solo,

1948, Pete Wingfield, singer, Pianist and produce

Music Stuff May 6th
1965, Marianne Faithfull married artist John Dunbar at Cambridge register office.
1965, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘Satisfaction’,
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial
Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1977, The Boomtown Rats played their first gig in England when they appeared at Studio 51, London.
1978, The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever started an 18 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, also No.1 in the
1982, Former manager of The Bay City Rollers Tam Paton, was convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys
and was sentenced to three years in jail.
1982, Scottish group Altered Images kicked off a 19 date UK tour at The Mayfair, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
1989, Former Frankie goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo
album ‘Blast’.
1995, Oasis scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Some Might Say’ went to the top of the UK charts.
1998, during a UK tour The Spice Girls played a sold-out night at the Birmingham NEC. Tickets £18.
2001, Destiny’s Child started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Survivor’.
2001, Geri Halliwell scored her fourth UK No.1 single with her version of the Weather Girls 1984 hit ‘It’s Raining Men.’
2002, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen was voted the UK’s favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit
Singles book. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles No.3, ‘Dancing Queen’ by
Abba was fourth and Madonna ‘Like A Prayer’ was in fifth place.
2002, American songwriter and producer Otis Blackwell died from a heart attack. He wrote the classic songs ‘All Shook
Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’
2004, a sale at Christie’s in London became the most successful pop auction in the company’s history after Beatles
memorabilia sold for a record £788,643.
2008, Cher played the first of 78 shows at the Las Vegas Coliseum, Las Vegas, Nevada.
2009, A former publicist for Michael Jackson was suing the singer for $44m (£29m) for his alleged failure to pay her
for her services.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 6th

1920, Peggy Lee
1927, Ronnie Hilton
1942, Colin Earl, Mungo Jerry
1945, Bob Seger, US singer, songwriter

Music Stuff May 5th

1956, Elvis Presley’s first US No.1 single and album when ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ went to the top of the charts.
1962, The Shirelles US No.1-’Soldier Boy’, UK No.23
1962, The soundtrack to West Side Story went to No.1 on the US album chart. It went on to spend a total of 54 weeks
at the No.1 position.
1963, on a recommendation from George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who
turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London.
1966, Manfred Mann UK  No.1- ‘Pretty Flamingo’.
1972, The first day of the three day Bickershaw Festival, Wigan, England, with The Grateful Dead, Dr John, Donovan,
The Kinks, Captain Beefheart, Hawkwind, America, Family, Country Joe MacDonald, Wishbone Ash, New Riders Of
The Purple Sage, Brinsley Schwarz and the Flamin Groovies. 1973, David Bowie UK No.1 album – ‘Aladdin Sane’

1979, Peaches and Herb US No.1 – ‘Reunited’, No.4 in the UK.
1979, On the last date of a US tour. The Boomtown Rats appeared at The Palladium in New York.
1984, Duran Duran were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Reflex’, the group’s second and last No.1.

1987, Over 130 Girls fainted during a gig by Curiosity Killed The Cat in Liverpool. They should have called out the
instigator and seen what was in the air!

1990, The John Lennon tribute concert was held at the Pier Head Arena in Merseyside, featuring Lenny Kravitz, Al
Green, Joe Cocker, The Christians, Kylie Minogue, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, Deacon Blue, Lou Reed, Joe
Walsh and Wet Wet Wet.
2000, Rod Stewart had a one-hour throat operation at Cedar Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles to remove a benign
growth on his thyroid.

2002, Holly Valance UK No.1 – ‘Kiss Kiss.’ The third “Neighbours” TV star to score a UK No 1.
2002, Kenny Chesney was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘No Shoes, No Shirt.’

Birthday Boys and Girls May 5th

1937, Johnnie Taylor, US soul singer
1942, Tammy Wynette, US Country singer-the first lady of country music
1950, Eddy Amoo, The Real Thing,
1981, Born on this day, Craig David,

Music Stuff May 4th

1956, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded ‘Be Bop A Lula.’
1956, Lonnie Donegan quit Chris Barber’s Jazz Band to form his own skiffle group.
1961, The Marcels UK No.1with ‘Blue Moon’, their only UK No.1.
1967, The Young Rascals started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Groovin.’
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops’.
1968, Mary Hopkin won her heat on the ITV talent show ‘Opportunity Knocks’.
1974, Abba UK No.1  with ‘Waterloo’, the group’s first of nine UK No.1 singles was the 1974 Eurovision song contest
winner for Sweden.
1974, The film soundtrack to ‘The Sting’ by Marvin Hamlisch US No.1 album.
1975, Mud UK No.1 with their version of the Buddy Holly hit from 1958 ‘Oh Boy’.
1978, ‘Night Fever’ by The Bee Gees was at No.1 on the UK singles chart.

1985, Phyllis Nelson UK No.1  with ‘Move Closer’,1991, Cher scored her first solo UK No.1 single with ‘The Shoop
Shoop Song’ from the film ‘Mermaids’.
2003, Tomcraft (German producer Thomas Bruckner) UK No.1  with ‘Loneliness.’
2004, Clement Seymour Dodd died aged 72. Producer and major force in the development of ska and reggae, made
the first recordings of Bob Marley.
2008, Madonna’s latest album Hard Candy UK No.1 with her song 4 Minutes, featuring Justin Timberlake

Birthday Boys and Girls May 4th

1951, Jackie Jackson, The Jackson Five
1959, Randy Travis, Country singer,

Music Stuff May 3rd

1965, The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film ‘Help!’ on Salisbury Plain with the British Army’s
Third Tank Division.
1967, The Walker Brothers announced they were splitting up
1972, Les Harvey guitarist with Stone The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea
University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band.
1976, Paul McCartney made his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years
1980, Dexy’s Midnight Runners UK No.1 – ‘Geno’, a song written about US soul singer Geno Washington.
1980, Sky UK No.1 album chart – ‘Sky 2′.-
1986, Robert Palmer US No.1 – ‘Addicted To Love’, – No.5 in the UK.
1997, Katrina And The Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with the song ‘Love Shine A Light’,
1997, Michael Jackson UK No.1 – ‘Blood On The Dance Floor’.
2006, The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio.
2009, Bob Dylan No.1 UK album – ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 3rd

1919, Pete Seeger, US folk singer
1933, James Brown,
1937, Frankie Valli
1950, Mary Hopkin,
1951, Christopher Cross

Music Stuff May 2nd
1957, Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song ‘Jailhouse Rock’
1963, The Beatles1st UK No.1 – ‘From Me To You’, the group’s first No.1
1964, The Rolling Stones UK No.1 album
1967, The Beach Boys, Helen Shapiro, Simon Dupree And The Big Sound and Terry Reid with Peter Jay’s Jaywalkers
all appeared at The Adelphi Theatre, Dublin.
1969, Session drummer Benny Benjamin died. One of ‘The Funk Brothers’ played on many Tamla Motown . The film
‘Standing In The Shadows Of Motown’ released in 2003 features his work.
1969, The Who gave a press preview of their new rock opera ‘Tommy’ at Ronnie Scott’s in London, England.
1970, One hit wonder Norman Greenbaum UK No.1-’Spirit In The Sky.’
1981, Scottish singer Sheena Easton started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Morning Train (9 to
1983, Spandau Ballet UK No.1 – ‘True’, the group’s only No.1.
1987, Cutting Crew US No.1 -’(I Just), Died In Your Arms’, UK No.4 hit .
1998, Boyzone UK No.1 – ‘All That I Need’
1999, Sinead O’Connor made her first performance since her ordination as Mother Bernadette when she appeared
on Irish television’s ‘Late Late Show’.
2005, Eric Clapton joined former Cream members drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of
four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall 36 years after they had split up.
2006, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered
“mild concussion” when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji.
2007, Almost 2,000 musicians gathered in the Polish city of Wroclaw to play a rock anthem by Jimi Hendrix. The
guitarist’s were aiming to set a new Guinness World Record by gathering 1,876 guitarist’s in the city’s market square
to play ‘Hey Joe’.
2009, A rare Motown seven-inch single sold for £25,742, setting a new world record. Kenny Burrell, from Fife in
Scotland, put the unreleased 1965 single ‘Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)’ by Frank Wilson up for auction
2009, Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon’s childhood
2009, Hannah Montana: The Movie Soundtrack went to No.1 on the US album chart.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 2nd

1904, Bing Crosby
1936, Engelbert Humperdinck
1945, Goldy McJohn, Steppenwolf
1945, Randy Cain, The Delfonics
1946, Lesley Gore,
1950, Lou Gramm, vocals, Foreigner
1954, Prescott Niles, The Knack,
1955, Jo Callis, Human League

Music Stuff May 1st

1955, Leonard Chess signs Chuck Berry t after he came highly recommended by Muddy Waters.
1962, The Beatles started a month long residency at The Star Club, Hamburg, Germany.
1965, Herman’s Hermits US No.1- ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’.
1966, The Beatles played a 15-minute live set at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. Also on the
bill, The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones, The
Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.
1967, 32 year old Elvis Presley married 21 year old Priscilla Beaulieu
1971, Dave and Ansil Collins UK No.1 – ‘Double Barrel’.
1976, The Bellamy Brothers US No.1- ‘Let Your Love Flow’UK No.7 .
1979, Elton John became the first pop star to perform in Israel.
1980, the South African government banned Pink Floyd’s single ‘Another Brick In The Wall’ after black children
adopted the song as their anthem in protest against inferior education.
1984, Fleetwood Mac drummer and founder member Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy.
1986, American songwriter and producer Hugo Peretti died aged 70. Wrote and produced- ‘Can’t Help Falling In
Love’, ‘Twistin’ The Night Away’, ‘Shout’, ‘The Hustle’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Brand New.’
1987, Tom Jones appeared on UK TV Channel 4 Show ‘The Last Resort’ with Jonathan Ross.
1993, Cliff Richard UK No.1 album- ‘The Album’.
1997, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation after visiting his Harley Street doctor
and complaining of chest pains.
1999, the Paintings of Paul McCartney exhibit opened at the Lyz Art Forum, Siegen, Germany.
2003, American soul singer Barry White suffered a stroke while being treated for kidney failure.
2005, Coldplay became the first British band to have a new entry in the US Top 10 singles chart since The Beatles.
Coldplay’s latest single ‘Speed Of Sound’ entered the chart at number eight
2005, Tony Christie made chart history by hanging on to the UK number one spot for the seventh week in a row with
‘(Is This The Way To) Amarillo.’
2009, A Queen fan won a private two-hour guitar lesson with Brian May after bidding more than £7,500 at a charity
auction in London.

Birthday Boys and Girls May 1st
1930, blues artist, Little Walter.
1939, Judy Collins
1944, Rita Coolidge, US singer, songwriter, backing singer with Joe Cocker, Delaney and Bonnie
1954, Ray Parker Jr.
1962, Owen Paul,
1967, Tim McGraw, US country singer,
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