portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Saturday, November 30, 2019


November 30th

1963 - The Beatles
The Beatles second album With The Beatles became the first million selling album by a group in the UK. The album stayed at the top of the charts for 21 weeks, displacing Please Please Me, so that The Beatles occupied the top spot for 51 consecutive weeks. Where it all started! My brother bought this when it came out and I was mesmerised. . . . . . .hooked! Music began . . . . . 

1968 - Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wichita Lineman.' Jimmy Webb's inspiration for the lyrics came while driving through Washita County in northern Oklahoma. Webb was driving through an endless litany of telephone poles, each looking exactly the same as the last. Then, in the distance, he noticed the silouette of a solitary lineman atop a pole. Webb then "put himself atop that pole and put that phone in his hand" as he considered what the lineman was saying into the receiver.

1969 - The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival, West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.

1971 - Sly and the Family Stone
Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair', their fourth and final No.1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song No.138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. 

1982 - Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson's Thriller album was released. It spent 190 weeks on the UK album chart became the biggest selling pop album of all time, with sales over 66 million copies. Seven singles were released from the album, including 'Beat It', which featured guitarists Eddie Van Halen and Steve Lukather and 'Billie Jean'.

1989 - Happy Mondays
The Happy Mondays and fellow Mancunians The Stone Roses both made their debut appearance on UK TV music show Top Of The Pops. The Mondays performed 'Hallelujah' (note the appearance of Kirsty MacColl) and the Roses 'Fools Gold.'

1991 - Rob Pilatus
Milli Vanilli singer Rob Pilatus attempted suicide while staying at The Mondrain Hotel, Los Angeles by taking an overdose of sleeping pills and slashing his wrists.
1994 - Tupac Shakur
Tupac Shakur was shot five times during a robbery outside a New York City recording studio.
1996 - Ice Cube
Ice Cube obtained a restraining order to keep an obsessed fan away from him and his family. Cynthia Renee Collins was told to stop harassing the 26 year-old rapper, and stay at least 100 feet away from him. She claimed her actions were protected under the constitution (sic!)
1996 - Tiny Tim

American singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis. On 17 December 1969, he married Victoria Mae Budinger on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, a publicity stunt that attracted over 40 million viewers. (they had a daughter, Tulip Victoria). He performed at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival in front of a crowd of 600,000 people. You will recall I mentioned a number of singles I purchased about which I am now heartily embarrassed . . . . . . . . this is one such

1999 - Elton John
Elton John was blasted by the Boy Scout Association after he appeared on stage at London's Albert Hall performing 'It's A Sin' with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts. The dancers had peeled off their uniforms during the performance.

1999 - Don Harris
Don 'Sugarcane' Harris was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment at the age of 61. The American guitarist and violinist was part of the 50s duo Don & Dewey. He also worked with Little Richard, John MayallFrank Zappa, Captain BeefheartJohn Lee Hooker and Johnny Otis.

2001 - Top of The Pops UK Awards
The first Top Of The Pops UK Awards were held in Manchester, with categories voted by viewers of the BBC show. Winners included: Best pop act: Westlife, Best R&B Act: Destiny's Child, Best Rock Act: U2, Best Dance Act: Fatboy Slim, Best Newcomer: Nelly Furtado, Best Single: Kylie Minogue, 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head', Best Album: Travis, 'The Invisible Band', Artist on top of the world: Jennifer Lopez, Hall of Fame Award went to Paul McCartney

Purely gratuitous shot of the 'artist on top of . . .' . . .sorry what were we saying?

2002 - George Harrison
High Court probate records showed that George Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to his wife Olivia and his son Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. His English mansion near Henley-on-Thames was said to be worth £15m.

2003 - Ramones
A block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs. In 2010, it was reported that "Joey Ramone Place," was New York City's most stolen sign. As of September 27, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.

2005 - Pete Doherty
Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs after he was stopped by police while driving his car in Ealing, west London. Police had stopped the vehicle because it was being driven "in an erratic manner" and recovered "substances" from the scene. Of the then 21st time of being arrested for drugs Doherty was arrested five times that year (2005) 3 of which were for driving under the inffluence.
2006 - Syd Barrett
The sale of Syd Barrett's final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge, England. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890 ($233,786). Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 and two bicycles over £10,000. The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders and books. The sale catalogue described Barrett - who quit Pink Floyd in 1968 - as a man with a "total disinterest in materialism."

2012 - Rihanna
Rihanna was at No.1 on the UK album chart with her seventh studio album Unapologetic. The album produced seven singles including 'Diamonds', which became Rihanna's twelfth No.1 song, tying her with Madonna and The Supremes for fourth most No.1 songs in the history of the chart.

2015 - Sinead O'Connor
Sinead O’Connor was receiving medical treatment after a message about her taking an overdose was posted on her Facebook page. "I have taken an overdose. There is no other way to get respect," the post read. The Irish singer was found safely in Dublin by Police.

I worry about Sinead and entertained in my arrogance as a therapist sending her several supportive texts via Facebook as did many fans I'm sure. 
Wherever she is now we wish her well and safety and care
2015 - Peter Hook
Former New Order bassist Peter Hook was suing his ex-bandmates for £2.3m, ($3.5m). Hook accused Bernard Sumner and Stephen and Gillian Morris of "pillaging" the pop group's assets after the three other band members set up a company without him to handle the band's income in 2011.


1955 - Billy Idol
William Broad (Billy Idol), singer, Generation X, (1979 UK No.11 single 'King Rocker'). Solo (1987 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Mony Mony', plus nine other UK top 40 singles).

1953 - June Pointer
June Pointer, singer with American R&B singing group The Pointer Sisters who had the 1981 US No.2 single, 'Slow Hand' and the 1984 UK No.2 single 'Automatic'. The Pointer Sisters have won three Grammy Awards and had 13 US top 20 hits between 1973 and 1985. I bought several singles including this one of the sexiest songs ever written and 'Jump' and a couple of albums. Like the Pointer sisters and their wonderful vocals

1945 - Roger Glover
Roger Glover, bassist with Deep Purple who had the 1970 UK No.2 single 'Black Night' and the 1973 US No. 4 single 'Smoke On The Water'.

1915 - Brownie McGhee
African-American folk music and blues singer and guitarist, Brownie McGhee. He is best known for his collaboration with the harmonica player Sonny Terry. I was so sad to read in recent years that they didn't get on and to the point of staying in separate places when touring and barely speaking civilly when together.
 McGhee died of stomach cancer on 16 February 1996 in Oakland, California, aged 80. (Sonny had passed away back in March 1986)

one of the best album and one of the last my brother bought before he passed away . . . . . . .gosh I loved that album


Live @ St Lukes

Floppy Boot Stomp

A lovely set of John Cale yesterday morning from the simply scintillating Floppy Boot Stomp (still the best name EVER for a site featuring ROIOs IMHO) 
Live John Cale from the halls of St Lukes in London 2003 so right in the middle of Cale's Fragments of A Rainy Season tour. Excellent quality from the BBC broadcast on 4 and John is on top form 

1st Set

01. Ship of Fools 
02. Paris 1919
03. Things 
04. Magritte 
05. Cable Hogue
06. Close Watch
07. Thoughtless Kind

2nd Set

08. Venus in Furs
09. Over Her Head
10. Caravan
11. Archimedes
12. Fear is a Man's Best Friend

13. Hallelujah 

John Cale LIVE in London UK 2003

John Cale
BBC Session
LSO St. Lukes
London UK

BBC 4 TV Broadcast @320


Friday, November 29, 2019


November 29th

1969 - The Beatles
The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their twenty-sixth release in the United States.'Come Together / Something', which became the group's 18th US No.1. Lennon was inspired by Timothy Leary's campaign for governor of California titled "Come together, join the party" against Ronald Reagan giving him the idea for the track. 'Something' was the first Beatles song written by George Harrison to appear as an A-side.
1976 - Sex Pistols
Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly, England. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying: 'We don't want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.'
1980 - Abba
ABBA scored their ninth and last UK No.1 single with 'Super Trouper', the group's 25th Top 40 hit in the UK. The name "Super Trouper" referred to the gigantic spotlights used in stadium concerts.
1980 - John Lennon
John and Yoko's Double Fantasy album was released. Though initially poorly received, the album is notable for its association with Lennon's murder three weeks after its release, whereupon it became a worldwide commercial success, and went on to win the 1981 Album of the Year at the 24th Annual Grammy Awards.
1997 - Lou Reed
'Perfect Day' performed by various artists including Elton John, Dr JohnBono, Ian Broudie, Tom Jones & David Bowie went to No.1 on the UK singles chart. Originally written and recorded in 1973 by Lou Reed, this new collaboration of 29 major artists was a fund raiser for the BBC Children In Need charity.

2001 - George Harrison
Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer aged 58. Following the breakup of The Beatles Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys. The youngest member of The Beatles, (aged 16 when he joined), his compositions include ‘Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘Something’, and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Harrison released the acclaimed triple album, All Things Must Pass, in 1970, from which came the worldwide No.1 single 'My Sweet Lord.' 
2002 - Paul McCartney
Three paintings by Sir Paul McCartney were bought for just £35 each at the Secrets Postcard Sale at London's Royal College of Art. Members of the public gambled on whether they were buying works by celebrity artists at a fraction of their value, as a picture's creator was only made known after it has sold.
2007 - Morrissey
Morrissey was set to sue UK music weekly the NME after it failed to apologise for an article focusing on his views on immigration. The magazine had criticised the 48 year old singer and former Smiths star for allegedly telling a reporter Britain had lost its identity due to high levels of immigration.

2007 - Lynyrd Skynyrd

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.
In January 1994, Pyle pleaded no contest rather than risk a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment if found guilty in a jury trial. He was sentenced to probation and required to register as a sex offender. In 2007, Pyle was charged with failure to register as a sex offender in St. Johns County, Florida, after officials lost the change-of-address form he had sent them when he and his family moved to North Carolina. He rejected a plea bargain offer, and was acquitted by a jury in 2009.
2007 - Joy Division
Control, the biopic about late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis scooped five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards. The black-and-white film, which featured The Killers, David Bowie and New Order on the soundtrack, was shot for just £3m. Shot by Anton Corbijn legendary pop photographer and starring Sam Riley and the brilliant Samantha Morton


1941 - Denny Doherty
Denny Doherty, from American folk rock vocal group The Mamas & the Papas who had the 1965 hit 'California Dreamin'', the 1966 US No.1 single 'Monday Monday' and the 1967 hit 'Dedicated to the One I Love'. Doherty died on 19th Jan 2007 at the age of 66 after a short illness. Doherty started his musical career in 1956 with a band called the Hepsters and in 1963, established a friendship  with Cass Elliot when she was with a band called The Big 3 later to become The Mugwumps with Zal Yanovsky of The Lovin' Spoonful. I bought there album as soon as I found it and while I was still an avid Lotion' Spoonful fan

1933 - John Mayall
John Mayall O.B.E., 'father of the UK blues movement', Born in Macclesfield, Cheshire his Bluesbreakers Band has featured Eric ClaptonMick Taylor, Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, Harvey Mandel and Jimmy McCulloch.
and of course purchased when it came out . . . when an engineer said it was mixed too loud Mayall said "Give God what he wants!"

1917 - Merle Travis
country singer, songwriter Merle Travis, who invented the first solid body electric guitar made by Bigsby predating Fender by several years. He wrote 'Sixteen Tons' a 1955 US No.1 for Ernie Ford. Travis died 20th October 1983.