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Sunday, August 25, 2019


August 25th

1960 - The Shadows
The Shadows were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Apache'. The first of five UK No.1's for Cliff Richard's backing group.

1961 - The Beatles
After playing a lunchtime gig at The Cavern Club Liverpool, The Beatles played aboard the Merseyside riverboat M.V.Royal Iris supporting Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.

1962 - Little Eva
Little Eva went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'The Loco-motion'. The Carole King and Gerry Goffin song was offered to Dee Dee Sharp (Mashed Potatoes), who turned it down. The writers had their babysitter record it who took it to No.1.
1965 - The Beatles
Two female Beatles fans hired a helicopter to fly over the house The Beatles were renting in Beverly Hills, California and jumped from the helicopter into the swimming pool.

1966 - The Beatles
During their last US tour, The Beatles played two shows at the Coliseum in Seattle, Washington. The first show at 3pm was attended by only 8,000 fans (the arena seated 15,000), but the evening show was a sell-out.

1967 - Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson returned to performing live with The Beach Boys in Honolulu after a 2 year hiatus. The group had just released 'Heroes and Villains' in the US.

1967 - Bobbie Gentry
Bobbie Gentry started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Ode To Billy Joe', a No.13 hit in the UK. The song generated eight Grammy nominations, resulting in three wins for Gentry and one win for arranger Jimmie Haskell.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix
A party was held to celebrate the official opening of 'Electric Ladyland' studios in New York City, New York. Artists who went on to record at the studio include: Jimi HendrixJohn Lennon, AC/DCDavid BowieStevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa.
1970 - Elton John
Elton John made his US live debut when he kicked off a 17-date tour at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. In the audience that night were Don Henley, Quincy Jones and Leon Russell. Elton's latest single 'Border Song' had just debuted at number 92 on the US chart.

1973 - Hot Chocolate
One Hit Wonders Stories started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Brother Louie'. Hot Chocolate who had a No.7 hit with the song in the UK wrote the song.

1975 - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen released his third studio album Born to Run. The album peaked at No.3 on the Billboard chart eventually selling six million copies in the United States and has since been considered by critics to be one of the greatest albums in popular music. Two singles were released from the album: 'Born to Run' and 'Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out'; the first helped Springsteen to reach mainstream popularity.

1979 - The Knack
The Knack started a five week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'My Sharona', the group's only US chart topper, a No.6 hit in the UK. Lead singer Doug Fieger said he was inspired to write the tune by Sharrona Alperin, a 17 year old senior at Los Angeles' Fairfax High, who later became his girlfriend. Fieger and Alperin eventually got married to other people, but they remained friends. After battling cancer for several years, Fieger died at his home in the Los Angeles on February 14, 2010. He was 57 years old.

1981 - R.E.M.
R.E.M. appeared at The Scorpio, Charlotte, North Carolina. This show was billed as "Charlotte's First Gay New Wave Disco and Costume Party", with the $3 tickets benefitting various gay-lesbian charities.

1990 - Bombalurina
'Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini' by Bombalurina was the UK No.1 single. Bombalurina was childrens TV presenter Timmy Mallett with a remake of Brian Hyland's 1960 hit.

1993 - Snoop Doggy Dogg
Snoop Doggy Dogg was released on $1 million bail after being accused of being involved with the murder of a member of the By Yerself gang during a shooting in Los Angeles. He was acquitted of the charges in 1996.

1995 - Doug Stegmeyer
Bassist and singer Doug Stegmeyer shot himself dead. He'd worked with many artists including Billy Joel, Hall and Oates and The Carpenters.

1997 - Michael Jackson
A deranged man who had escaped from a mental institution near Helsinki Finland was arrested. The man had planned to set fire to the stage that Michael Jackson was performing from was arrested before he was able to light the gasoline he had put on the stage.

1999 - Robert Fisher
Robert Fisher from New Romantic duo Naked Eyes and Climie Fisher died of cancer aged 39. With Climie Fisher scored the 1988 UK No.2 single 'Love Changes Everything' and wrote songs for Rod Stewart, Milli Vanilli, Fleetwood Mac and Jermaine Jackson. Fisher also worked as a producer, working with various acts including Eric Clapton.

2000 - Jack Nitzche

Academy Award-winning film score composer and record producer Jack Nitzsche died of a heart attack. He produced The Rolling StonesNeil Young, Buffalo Springfield and The Walker Brothers. Musical scores including Performance, The Exorcist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, co-wrote 'Up Where We Belong' with Buffy Sainte-Marie from 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman.

2001 - Aaliyah
American singer, actress Aaliyah was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas aged 22. The small Cessna plane crashed a few minutes after take off killing everyone on board with exception to four passengers who were pulled from the wreckage but later died. Aaliyah had been filming a video for her latest release 'Rock The Boat' on the island.

2005 - Guns N' Roses
Two former members of Guns N' Roses were suing singer Axl Rose for allegedly naming himself sole administrator of the US rock band's copyrights. Slash and Duff - otherwise known as Saul Hudson and Michael McKagan, accused Rose of "arrogance and ego". The legal action claimed the singer "was no longer willing to acknowledge the contributions of his former partners".

Rose in court

Duff and Slash

used to being driven . . . 

of course you need your other band mates  . . . incase you think white guys with corn rows look cool

2006 - Aerosmith
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was undergoing treatment for throat cancer causing him to sit out the first half of the band's Route of All Evil Tour, the first time he would miss any shows in the band's history. Longtime band friend David Hull filled in for Hamilton until his return.

2009 - Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan revealed during his weekly radio show broadcast on 6 Music, that he was speaking to a number of car companies about becoming the voice of their satellite navigation systems. The 68 year-old said he thought it be would be good for drivers to hear him saying things such as: "Take a left at the next street. No, a right. You know what, just go straight".

Bob Dylan GPS voice - The Guardian

2010 - Astrid Kirchherr
A selection of previously unseen photographs of The Beatles went on display in Liverpool at the Victoria Gallery and Museum. The images were taken by Astrid Kirchherr the former girlfriend of original bass player Stuart Sutcliffe, who took pictures of the band's early years after meeting them in Hamburg in 1960. The exhibition included images of the Beatles on holiday in Tenerife and of the making of their film A Hard Day's Night in 1964 in Liverpool.
Unseen Beatles photos Astrid Kirchherr - the Independent pop up

Fans queuing at The Cavern Club ©️Astrid Kirchherr

2014 - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's 'Whole Lotta Love' was voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by listeners of BBC Radio 2 in the UK. The rock classic came out top from a list of 100 riffs drawn up by a panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers. 'Sweet Child O' Mine' by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the poll, with Back In Black (AC/DC) and 'Smoke On The Water' (Deep Purple) the next most popular. Page is considered a master of the riff which is true and check out the first two albums for the classic licks . . but what is this about a guitar player? Limited is what it is! 


1988 - Alexandra Burke
Alexandra Burke, R&B singer and winner of the 2008 series of UK television talent show The X Factor. 2009 UK No.1 single 'Bad Boys' featuring Flo Rida.
Burke after performing in musical theatre more than pure hit chart music per se joined a dancing talent show 'Strictly Come Dancing' which interestingly didn't do her any favours as her personality came across as negative and critical and somewhat false something she was keenly aware of and despite a burgeoning professionalism and strength of character stills haunts her it would seem. 

1987 - Amy MacDonald
Amy MacDonald, Scottish singer/songwriter. (2008 UK No.1 with her debut album ‘This Is the Life’)Amy is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist, and musician. She has sold over 12 million records worldwide. Macdonald released her debut album This Is the Life in 2007. The singles "Mr. Rock & Roll" and "This Is the Life" from it were chart hits. The latter charted at number one in six countries, while reaching the top 10 in another 11 countries. I have always liked her and wanted her to succeed more than maybe she has.
'Pride' is one of my favourites and she married footballer former Aberdeen, Rangers and currently at St Johnstone, Richard Foster. I wish her and her fellah all the happiness in the world . . . . . 

Amy MacDonald here . . . .

1967 - Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Tweedy, American songwriter, musician and leader of the American alternative rock band Wilco who released the albums Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, A Ghost Is Born, Sky Blue Sky and Wilco (The Album).

1969 - Luke Scott
Luke Scott, from British indie band Babybird, who had the 996 UK No.3 single ‘You’re Gorgeous’, [bought when it came out and still like it but boy was it a one hit wonder and deserved to do better and the 1996 UK No. 9 album Ugly Beautiful was the last we heard of him.

1963 - Candida Doyle
Candida Doyle, from English rock band Pulp, who had the 1995 UK No.2 single 'Common People'. He quit the band in January 1997. Pulp were regarded among the Britpop "big four", along with Oasis, Blur and Suede.
1951 - Rob Halford
English singer and songwriter Rob Halford who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He has been involved with several side projects, including Fight, 2wo and Halford. I should probably say I am not a Juda=s Priest fan and don't care for heavy metal at all but Rob Halford I like. Another brummie (there seem to be loads of them from Birmingham!) his stand agains the ludicrous back masking subliminal messages hidden in songs court case he showed how preposterous the whole thing was with wit and intelligence and worldly common sense.

1954 - Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello, (Declan McManus), singer, songwriter. Elvis' 'My Aim Ids True is recognised as being a seminal album of the period and features in many (most? ALL?) people's top pop albums of all time. It is certainly one of the greatest debut albums ever released. Costello had the 1979 UK No.2 single with 'Olivers Army' and his 1979 UK No.2 album Armed Forces spent 28 weeks on the chart. Costello has won multiple awards in his career, including a Grammy Award, and has worked with Paul McCartney, T-Bone Burnett, Burt Bacharach, Glenn Tilbrook, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Roy Orbison, Lucinda Williams, Kid Rock, Madness, Allen Toussaint and Brian Eno.

1918 - Leonard Bernstein
composer, pianist, conductor, Leonard Bernstein. Composed music for 1957 'West Side Story', 'On The Waterfront', conducted the New York Philharmonic aged 25. Died on 14th October 1990.

1933 - Wayne Shorter
American jazz saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter who has worked with Miles Davis (Miles Davis's Second Great Quintet), and Weather Report who had the 1976 single 'Birdland' and the 1977 album Heavy Weather. Shorter has won 10 Grammy Awards and in 2017, he was awarded the Polar Music Prize.