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Saturday, September 21, 2019


September 21st

1968 - Deep Purple
Deep Purple made No.4 on the US singles chart with their debut single 'Hush', also a hit for Kula Shaker in 1997. 

1968 - Jeannie C Riley

Jeannie C Riley went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Harper Valley PTA'. Jeannie won a Grammy for the best female country singer of 68.

1968 - The Beatles
Madame Tussaud's Waxworks in London gave The Beatles their fifth image change of clothes and hair in four years.

1970 - Freda Payne
Freda Payne was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Band Of Gold', the singers only UK No.1 which spent six weeks at the top of the chart.

1971 - Jimi Hendrix
The first edition of the new BBC TV music show 'The Old Grey Whistle Test' was aired. Presented by Richard Williams, the show included; film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey Festival playing 'Wild Thing', Bob Dylan playing 'Maggies Farm', plus America and Lesley Duncan 'live' in the studio. The influential show went on to enjoy a run from 1971 to 1987. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys—doormen in grey suits. The songs they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.

1974 - Barry White
Barry White went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Can't Get Enough Of Your Love Baby', the singers first and only US solo chart topper. It made No.8 in the UK.

1974 - Carl Douglas

Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting.' The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million and made Douglas a One Hit Wonder. 

1980 - Bob Marley
During a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York's Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer. Marley played his last ever concert two nights later at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1981 - Adam And The Ants
Adam And The Ants were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their second chart topper 'Prince Charming'.

1985 - Madonna

Madonna scored her first UK No.1 album with 'Like A Virgin', ten months after its release. The album spent a total 152 weeks on the UK chart.
well not VERY like a virgin hey?
like a back Street New York slapper hey Madge!?

1985 - Dire Straits
With the help Of heavy MTV exposure 'Money For Nothing' gave Dire Straits their first US No.1 single.

1986 - Michael Jackson
The National Inquirer Magazine featured a picture of Michael Jackson in an oxygen chamber with a story claiming that Jackson had a bizarre plan to live until he was 150 years old. From more recent sources it is suggested that th story was leaked by Michael himself

1987 - Jaco Pastorius
American jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius died from injuries sustained in a fight. Pastorius was trying to enter the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida, (where he'd been banned), and became involved in a fight with a bouncer, Pastorius fell into a coma and was put on life support. In 2006, Pastorius was voted "The Greatest Bass Player Who Has Ever Lived" by readers in Bass Guitar magazine. Was a member of Weather Report and worked with various acts including Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock.

1991 - Status Quo

Status Quo put themselves in the Guinness Book Of Records by appearing four venues in one day, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham and London, performing all four in a 12-hour period.

1992 - Radiohead
Parlophone Records released 'Creep' by Radiohead. as their debut single. The single didn't chart but featured in the majority of critics lists at the end of the year and later appeared on their first album, Pablo Honey.

1996 - Fugees
The Fugees scored their second UK No.1 single with 'Ready Or Not'. The chorus in the song is based on 'Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide from Love)' by The Delfonics. The Fugees previous single 'Killing Me Softly,' was so successful that the track was 'deleted' and no longer supplied to retailers whilst the track was still in the Top 20 to make way for the next single 'Ready or Not'.

2002 - Pink
Pink went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Just Like A Pill', the American singers first UK No.1.

2007 - Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was sentenced to three years probation and 160 hours of community service after pleading guilty to carrying a collapsible baton. The rapper was arrested in September 2006 after the baton was found in his bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. In April 2007 he was given five years probation and 800 hours community service after pleading no contest to gun and drug charges in a Californian court.

2009 - John ‘Bootsie’ Wilson
American singer John ‘Bootsie’ Wilson from The Silhouettes died. The doo wop/R&B groups single 'Get A Job' was a No.1 hit on the Billboard R&B singles chart and pop singles chart in 1958. The doo-wop revival group Sha Na Na derived their name from the song's lyrics. 'Get A Job' is included in the soundtracks of the film American Graffiti, Trading Places and Stand By Me. The Silhouettes performed in the 1986 movie Joey.

2011 - The Beatles
A contract revealing that The Beatles refused to perform in front of a segregated audience at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on August 31st, 1965, sold for $23,033 at an auction in Los Angeles. In addition to the desegregation clause, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 and at least 150 police officers to provide security at the show.

2015 - Ben Cauley: The Bar Kays
Trumpeter Ben Cauley, a member of the Stax Records group The Bar-Kays and the only survivor of the 1967 plane crash that killed Otis Redding died at the age of 67. The Bar-Kays appeared as the backing band on numerous recordings for Stax artists such as Carla Thomas, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers and Sam and Dave.


1972 - Liam Gallagher
English singer and songwriter Liam Gallagher from Oasis.  Their 1994 UK No.1 album Definitely Maybe became the fastest selling UK debut album ever.  Gallagher was later the singer of Beady Eye, before performing as a solo artist after the dissolution of both previous bands. Featuring in off centre stage at this years Glastonbury he voice is shot and he look a fat dad dancing which is of course what he is. . . . . . . . (leave it to the professional Liam, The Stones, Bob Dylan and so on you just can't really cut it anymore)

1959 - Corinne Drewery

British singer Corinne Drewery with Swing Out Sister who scored the 1986 UK No.4 single 'Breakout'.

1934 - Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet and novelist. Cohen is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. He wrote 'Hallelujah' which was first released on Cohen's studio album Various Positions in 1984 which was covered ad rearranged by John Cale, this version formed the basis for a later cover by Jeff Buckley and many later covers. Cohen died on 7th Nov 2016 at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles.

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September 20th

1968 - Led Zeppelin
nothing like a good 'rehersal' I say

early early early

Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The New Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs. I have said before how much the first two albums affected us and I can still recall being blown away especially by that first album that sounded unbelievable, literally, the drumming was unique, the guitar riffs astonishing and Robert's voice beyond human reason and soaring stratospherically impossible IMHO 

From the opening chord slam we were gone! TURN IT UP!

1969 - Archies

Based on the comic-book TV series Archie and his friends The Archie's started a four-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with Sugar Sugar. It became the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK after spending eight weeks at the top of the charts. We danced to this pop nonsense in the charts because the girls loved it. Up the youth club at parties. We were still dancing later when we went on a cruise on HMS Nevassa sailing around the mediterranean. Pop pap maybe but we knew how to dance if girls were involved . . . . . . !

1969 - Eric Clapton
Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. The only UK gig was in Hyde Park, London on 7th Jun 1969 which of course we went to and knew that something was happening . . . . . . couldn't find my way home for quite some time after this . . . . 

1969 - Bob Dylan
UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for 'Nashville Skyline'. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for 'The Boxer' and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.

1969 - John Lennon
During a meeting in London between John LennonPaul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.

1970 - The Doors
Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971 most probably mistaking his partner, Pam's stash of heroin for cocaine he was found by her in the bath that morning
Jim under arrest

Jim after sentencing
Jim with his lawyer Max Fink
1970 - The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones live album 'Get Your Ya-Yas Out' started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart. Recorded at New York's Madison Sq Gardens on 27th & 28th Nov 1969, featuring 'Jumpin Jack Flash', 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'Midnight Rambler'. "Charlie's good tonight inne?"

"I think I bust a button on mah trousers. You wouldn't want me trousers to fall down now would you?"

1972 - Paul McCartney
Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for the second time in four weeks for cultivation and possession of cannabis this time at their Scottish farmhouse in Campbeltown.
1975 - Melody Maker's Readers Poll 1975
Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included, Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Led Zeppelin, and Brightest hope went to Camel.

1975 - David Bowie
'Fame' gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon's voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: "Fame, Fame, Fame" from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.

1976 - Sex Pistols
The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, London, featuring the Sex PistolsThe Clash, SubWay Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.

1980 - Kate Bush
Kate Bush scored her first UK No.1 album with 'Never For Ever.' It was the first ever album by a British female solo artist to top the UK album chart as well as being the first album by any female solo artist to enter the chart at No.1.

1986 - Huey Lewis
Huey Lewis and the News started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Stuck With You', a No.12 hit in the UK.

1995 - Pulp
The Daily Mirror ran a front page story 'ban this sick stunt' referring to the new single from Pulp 'Sorted For E's & Wizz.' The artwork showed how to fold a 'speed' wrap, the sleeve was changed, the single entered the UK chart at No.8.

1997 - Elton John
Elton John started a six week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Something About The Way You Look Tonight', and 'Candle In The Wind 97.' A re-write of his 1974 hit about Marilyn Monroe. This version was raising funds for the Diana, Princess of Wales charity, following her death in Paris. It went on to become the biggest selling single in the world ever.

1997 - Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defence attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court. Based loosely on the suicide in class of Jeremy Delle a 16 year old who shot himself in from of his English class. 
2007 - Kelly Jones
that's a really bad cut!
Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones was admitted to hospital when he was injured during an altercation with a member of a club's security team. The band had gone to the west London club Club Amika after appearing at the Vodafone Live Music Awards.

2012 - Pink Floyd
The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham Masterman, who admitted not being a big fan of the rock band, bought the Highgate house and the one next door for £1.2m each. Roger Waters, Nick MasonRichard Wright and Syd Barrett had all lived in the house in the 1960s. The previous owner, lighting technician Mike Leonard, was landlord and friend to the band and even inspired their earliest name, Leonard's Lodgers.


1959 - Alannah Currie
Alannah Currie Vocals, sax, The Thompson Twins, (1984 UK No.2 single 'You Take Me Up', 1984 US No.3 single 'Hold Me Now').