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Monday, November 11, 2019


I always loved Joe Brown, old school rocker and skiffle and r 'n' b monster and he is still going strong. He has worked as a rock and roll singer and guitarist for more than six decades. He was a stage and television performer in the late 1950s and has been a UK recording star since the early 1960s, withe The Bruvvers he personified the cheeky chappie Cockney geezer rock but has become something of an elder statesmen of British music and is highly regarded and loved by all. Check out the song list on the DVD 'Live in Liverpool' it reads like the UK rock standards songbook

On This Day In Music

November 11th

1954 - Bill Haley
Bill Haley scored his first US Top ten single with 'Shake Rattle And Roll'. He had dropped his cowboy image about a year and a half earlier, while renaming The Saddlemen to Bill Haley and His Comets. The song became the theme song for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League. ‘Shake, Rattle and Roll’ was originally made popular by Big Joe Turner. Sexist song to beat all others, hands down!!

1965 - The Beatles
The final recording session for The BeatlesRubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ was pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3 in the UK and December 6 in the US.

1969 - Jim Morrison
The FBI in Phoenix, Arizona arrested Jim Morrison for drunk and disorderly conduct aboard a plane. The Doors singer who was on his way to a Rolling Stones concert with actor Tom Baker (no, not THAT Tom Baker) had been drinking and annoying the stewardesses. The pair spent the night in jail and were released on $2,500 bail. [Not to be confused with Dr Who actor the Liverpudlian Tom Baker. The American Baker died in a seedy shooting gallery of a heroin overdose in the early eighties and for a while as the UK Tom Baker was by then more famous it was reported the British actor, a heavy drinker, had died ] The relationship he had with Morrison and Morrison's long term girlfriend Pamela Courson was described in a memoir, Blue Centre Light, and an extract was published in High Times in June 1981 just before his death

1971 - Top Of The Pops
BBC TV's Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The UK chart show was presented by Tony Blackburn with guests; Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.

1972 - Berry Oakley
The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old.
Berry on bass

Berry and Duane are buried side by side

1972 - Gilbert O'Sullivan
Gilbert O'Sullivan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Clair', the singers first of two UK No.1's. The Irish singer songwriter would dress as a 1920s worker (not sure the work force took kindly to shorts and I always had the look figured as a cheeky schoolboy but hey . . . . . ) in flat cap, braces and baggy trousers.
1978 - David Bowie
David Bowie played the first night of his 8-date Low / Heroes tour of Australia and New Zealand at The Oval in Adelaide. This was Bowies first ever show in Australia.

1978 - Donna Summer
Donna Summer started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with her version of Jimmy Webb's 'MacArther Park', also a hit for actor Richard Harris in 1968, (made No.5 in the UK). Also on this day Summer went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Live And More'.


1978 - Cars
The Cars released 'My Best Friend's Girl', the first picture-disc single commercially available, which went on to be a No.3 hit on the UK charts and top 40 in the US.

1983 - The Rolling Stones
Mick Jagger appeared on the UK TV show The Tube to defend the video to The Rolling Stones latest single 'Undercover Of The Night' which had been banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority. The Tube aired the video, minus the scene where Mick was shot through the head. The single peaked at No.8 on the UK chart
1986 - Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd issued a press statement stating that they intend to continue using the name without Roger Waters and were recording their next album. This took a while and they came up with A Momentary Lapse of Reason . . . . . a fine album incidentally

1989 - Chris Rea
Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'The Road To Hell.' The iconic album cover features art by the English artist, Adrian Chesterman who was also responsible for creating cover art for, amongst others, Motörhead for their 1979 'Bomber' album.

1989 - Lisa Stansfield
Lisa Stansfield was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'All Around The World'. The British singers debut solo single was a No.1 hit in 11 other countries and a No.3 hit in the US.

1998 - Paddy Clancy
Irish singer Paddy Clancy of the Clancy Brothers died aged 76, he wrote the classic Irish songs 'Wild Mountain Thyme' and 'Carrickfergus.'

1999 - Britney Spears
Britney Spears won four MTV Awards; Best Female Singer, Best Pop Act, Best Song, '...Baby One More Time', Best Breakthrough Artist. Best Rock Act went to The Offspring, Best Male Act, Will Smith and Bono won the Free Your Mind award.

I think one was for snake charming . . . . . 
2004 - Coldplay
Coldplay fan Sarah Sainsbury wrote to the band asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. Coldplay sent her a triple platinum disc worth over £4,000.

2004 - Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli's former bodyguard accused the singer of forcing him to have sex with her in order to keep his job, court documents revealed. was suing Minnelli for $100m damages, saying she made "many repeated attempts" to compel him into sex and he "eventually succumbed".
2009 - David Gilmour
David Gilmour received an honorary doctorate from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. Gilmour had attended Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology, now part of Anglia Ruskin University, which has campuses in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire and Chelmsford, Essex. Can't think of anyone more deserving. 
2011 - Black Sabbath
The four original band members of Black Sabbath announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album followed by a world tour in 2012.
2015 - Phil Taylor
Phil Taylor better known as "Philthy Animal" Taylor and drummer with Motorhead died aged 61. He was in the classic mark IV Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, Taylor, and Fast Eddie Clarke who recorded ten studio albums and the live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

2016 - David Bowie

The first day of an auction of art owned by David Bowie took £24.3m ($30.7m), more than double the pre-sale estimate. The 47 artworks sold at Sotheby's in London, England had been valued at between £8.1m ($10.2m) and £11.7m ($14.8m). The most expensive lot was Jean-Michel Basquiat's Air Power, which went for £7.1m ($9m).
Jean-Michel Basquiat 'Air Power'


1953 - Andy Partridge
Andy Partridge, lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, XTC, (1982 UK No.10 single 'Senses Working Overtime'). I think I jjhave everything by XTC and much of the Andy Partridge projects too. I was hit for six when first heard the 3D EP that included 'Dance Band', etc. English Settlement remains a favourite and 'Skylarking' too. They still stand as the loudest band I ever heard play the local New Theatre. My ears were ringing for days and they HURT! 

1946 - Chris Dreja
English musician Chris Dreja, bass guitarist with The Yardbirds who had the 1965 UK No.3 & US No.6 single 'For Your Love'. The Yardbirds spawned such noteworthy musicians as Jeff BeckEric Clapton and Jimmy Page. I worshipped The Yardbirds and the story about asking my mother to go and buy by the single 'Over Under Sideways, Down' became a running family gag. I loved it and all the exotic names not least Chris'

oh you wanted some bass?

1927 - Mose Allison
American jazz and blues pianist, singer, and songwriter Mose Allison. His songs have been covered by The Who, John Mayall, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame and many others. His music influenced many blues and rock artists, including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Tom Waits, and the Yardbirds. Allison died on 15 November 2016 aged 89. Legend . . . . 

I first got this on a John Mayall single and loved that sound ever since jazzer's, blues whatever it's Mysterious Mose!

with thanks to On This Day in Music

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Remembrance Day
1967 - The Beatles
The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.

1973 - Elton John
Elton John started a eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road', the singers third US No.1. The album which had the working titles of Vodka and Tonics and Silent Movies, Talking Pictures, is his best selling studio album with worldwide sales of over 15 million copies. Recorded at the Château d'Hérouville, the album contains the Marilyn Monroe tribute, 'Candle in the Wind', as well as three successful singles: 'Bennie and the Jets', 'Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting' and the title track.

1975 - David Bowie
David Bowie was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Space Oddity' the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Hallo Spaceboy' and 'Blackstar'.

1984 - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
After setting a new record for advanced orders, 1,099,500 copies, Frankie Goes To Hollywood went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut LP 'Welcome To The Pleasure Dome.' Also on this day Frankie Goes To Hollywood made their debut TV appearance on Saturday Night Live performing 'Two Tribes' and 'Born To Run'.

1984 - Chaka Khan
Former Rufus singer Chaka Khan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I Feel For You.' Written by Prince, the song featured Stevie Wonder on harmonica and the Rap was by Grandmaster Melle Mel. The repetition of Khan's name by rapper Melle Mel at the beginning of the song was originally a mistake made by producer Arif Mardin, who then decided to keep it.
Can't imagine what inspired the song meself . . . . . . !

2008 - Coldplay
Coldplay were declared the biggest-selling act of 2008 at the World Music Awards held in Monaco. The band picked up the prize ‘ along with the Rock Act Of The Year award ‘ after their current album 'Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends' topped charts around the globe. Other winners at the awards included Leona Lewis for Best Pop Female ‘ and Best New Artist, Amy Winehouse was the winner in the Female Pop/Rock award, while Alicia Keys was named best in the R&B category. Lil' Wayne bagged the Hip-Hop/Rap Artist award, while Akon was declared the Biggest Internet Artist Of The Year.

2014 - Cranberries
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan arriving at Ennis District Court Photo: Niall Carson/PA
Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan was arrested following an alleged air rage incident on a flight from the United States. Ms O'Riordan was detained after a stewardess was reportedly attacked in the business section on an Aer Lingus flight from New York to Shannon, County Clare. Pleading forgiveness and declaring the recent discovery she was bipolar the fine she endured was given to charity. O'Riordan previously revealed she was sexually abused as a young girl and was also open about suffering from mental health issues, including depression and bipolar disorder.
In 2013, O’Riordan told LIFE Magazine she was molested for four years starting when she was 8 years old by someone whom she trusted. This same year (2014) O'Riordan split frontier husband and in four years died suddenly in her hotel bathtub while suffering alcohol intoxication.
2014 - The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones faced a battle to win a $12.7m (£7.9m) insurance claim for concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger's girlfriend died. L'Wren Scott took her own life in March, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group had taken out a policy to be paid in the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including Scott. But underwriters said Scott's death may not be covered by the policy.
2015 - Allen Toussaint
Allen Toussaint the American musician, songwriter/composer, record producer, and influential figure in New Orleans R&B died aged 77 while on tour in Madrid, Spain. Many artists recorded his songs Tincluding; 'Mother-in-Law', 'Fortune Teller', 'Ride Your Pony', 'Working in the Coal Mine', 'Here Come the Girls', 'Yes We Can Can' and 'Southern Nights'. Alison Krauss and Robert Plant covered 'Fortune Teller' on their 2007 album Raising Sand.


1973 - Jacqui Abbott
British singer Jacqui Abbott, with The Beautiful South. Amongst their most successful hits during her stint with the group were: 'Rotterdam', 'Perfect 10', 'Don't Marry Her' and 'Dream a Little Dream of Me'.

1948 - Greg Lake
English bassist, guitarist, singer, songwriter, Greg Lake, who worked with King Crimson and Emerson Lake and Palmer who had the 1977 UK No.2 single 'Fanfare For The Common Man'. He scored the 1975 solo 1975 UK No.2 hit single 'I Believe In Father Christmas'. Lake died on 7th Dec 2016 age 69 after a battle with cancer.

with thanks to On This Day in Music