portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008
Friday, November 08, 2019
ON THIS DAY IN MUSIC
1965 - The Beatles
The Beatles worked on a new George Harrison song ‘Think For Yourself’ at Abbey Road for their forthcoming Rubber Soulalbum. After rehearsing the song, they recorded the basic instrumental track in one take.
1968 - Joe Cocker
The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre, England.
1969 - George Harrison
'Something' the first Beatles A-side composed by George Harrison entered the UK singles chart, it peaked at No.4 in the UK and went on to be a No.1 on the US chart. The song has been covered by over 150 artists, making it the second-most covered Beatles song after 'Yesterday'. It is largely accepted to be one of the greatest love songs ever written [and not just by me!]
1971 - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire, England. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley, England. While I admit it has some classic Zeppelin songs on it (Blkac Dog, Levee, Staorway for pete's sake!) I didn't buy it and still don't have it . . . I have live versions and classic boots or ROIOs but bot the official album since 1 & 2
1975 - David Bowie
David Bowie made his US TV debut performing 'Fame', on the Cher CBS-TV show. Bowie who was living in New York at the time had written the song with John Lennon during a jam session.
1986 - Berlin
Berlin started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Take Your Breath Away'. The song which was featured in the film Top Gun, was written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, as well as the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song in 1986.
1998 - Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams scored his second UK No.1 album with 'I've Been Expecting You'. The album, which featured his UK No.1 hit 'Millennium', went on to become the UK's best selling album for that year with sales now over 2.5m.
2001 - MTV Europe Awards
Winners at the MTV Europe Awards included Robbie Williams who won Best male and Best song for 'Rock DJ', Craig David won Best R&B act and Best UK & Ireland act, Dido won Best new act and Anastacia won Best pop act. Gorillaz won Best Song for ‘Clint Eastwood’ and Best Dance act and Eminem won the Best Hip Hop award. 2007 - Amy Winehouse
Four men were arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice after Police raided a house in Camden, London belonging to singer Amy Winehouse. The arrests were in connection of a court case involving Ms Winehouse's husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who faced charges of causing grievous bodily harm.
2009 - Morrissey
Former Smiths frontman Morrissey stopped a concert halfway through his second song after being hit by a beer bottle. The 50-year-old singer who was hit in the eye by a plastic bottle of beer, said goodnight to the 8,000 strong crowd in Liverpool, England before walking off.
2012 - Jermaine Jackson
Reports surfaced that Jermaine Jackson had filed legal papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court asking to have the spelling of his surname altered to Jacksun for "artistic reasons." The request would be granted in February, 2013.
1949 - Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt, Blues singer songwriter, slide guitarist, (1994 UK No.31 single 'You', 1990 US No.1 album 'Nick Of Time’). Peerless vocals and a handy guitarist not least a fine slide player Bonnie has always figured large in my collection and my favourite story is somewhat at my expense. I once worked for an art publisher based in San Francisco back in the Nineties and I first stayed in Mill Valley and was walking around the picturesque town square when I saw this gorgeous red haired figure and I tried to catch up with her to see whether it was indeed who I thought it might be but lost her at the local book store. I shared the story with my bosses at the time and added that I had thought it had looked just like Bonnie and I laughed, as in how jet lagged am I when they added well why not, she does live here!! I was what we would call gobsmacked and like to think it was her of course.
love this . . . . . and it is right up there as a favourite of all time
covers John Prine pretty good too!
1946 - Roy Wood
Roy Wood, guitar, vocals, with British rock band The Move who had the 1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way' and hits with 'I Can Hear The Grass Grow', 'Flowers in the Rain' and 'Fire Brigade'. And with Wizzard scored the 1973 UK No.1 single 'See My Baby Jive'. Wood sang backing vocals on 'You Got Me Floatin'' a track on the The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAxis: Bold as Love album.
Bonnie Bramlett, Delaney and Bonnie, (1971 US No.13 single 'Never Ending Song Of Love', worked with Eric Clapton during early 70s, acting roles in 'Fame', 'Roseanne' and 'The Doors').
1929 - Bert Berns
American songwriter and producer Bert Berns. He wrote many classic songs Berns' song writing credits include "Twist and Shout", "Piece of My Heart", "Here Comes the Night", "Hang on Sloopy", and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", and his productions include "Baby, Please Don't Go", "Brown Eyed Girl" for Van Morrison and "Under the Boardwalk". Berns died of heart failure on December 30 aged 38.