May 18th: On this day
1964, A riot broke out in Hamilton, Scotland during a Rolling Stones UK tour when over 4,000 fans with forged tickets gate-crashed the bands gig at the Chantingall Hotel.
1966, The Castiles (with Bruce Springsteen on vocals), made their first recordings at Mr Music Inc in Brick Town, New Jersey. They cut two Springsteen songs, ‘Baby I’ and ‘That’s What You Get’. The songs were cut directly to disc, of which seven or eight test pressings of the studio takes were made.
1966, During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, Scotland, the footage turning up in the film Eat The Document. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage ’66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as ‘incomprehensible for a mainstream audience’.
1967, The Beatles were selected to represent the UK for the first-ever global-wide satellite broadcast. The group agreed to be shown in the studio recording a song written especially for the occasion, scheduled for June 25. John Lennon wrote ‘All You Need is Love’ which was thought to sum up the 1967 ‘summer of love’ and The Beatles’ sympathies. With the satellite broadcast being broadcast to many non-English-speaking countries, the BBC asked The Beatles to ‘keep it simple’.
1967, Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single ‘See Emily Play’ at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea, London. Syd Barrett was inspired to write See Emily Play, by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young, (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.
1968, The first Miami Pop event took place with an estimated 100,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O’Barry & Michael Lang (later famous as the promoter of Woodstock). Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.
1974, Ray Stevens started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with the novelty song ‘The Streak’ which capitalized on the then popular craze of streaking. Also No.1 in the UK.
1975, Five times married US country singer, Tammy Wynette was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Stand By Your Man.’ Originally released as a single in 1968 in the USA. It proved to be the most successful record of Wynette’s career and is one of the most covered songs in the history of country music.
1980, Joy Division singer and guitarist Ian Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, England at the age of 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album ‘The Idiot’, playing on his stereo and left a note that said, ‘At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I just can’t cope anymore.’ Joy Division released the critically acclaimed debut album Unknown Pleasures in 1979, and recorded their follow-up ‘Closer’ in 1980.
1993, Sister Lovers, 18 Wheeler, Boyfriend and Oasis appeared at King Tuts in Glasgow, Scotland. Creation Records boss Alan McGee who was in the audience declared after seeing Oasis, ‘I’ve found the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band since The Beatles’. McGee had missed a train at nearby Queen Street station, and decided to head to Tuts to kill time before the next one. He signed Oasis to his Creation label.
1997, Blur won pop music’s equivalent of the FA Cup, the Music Industry Soccer Six. The band’s win at Fulham’s FC’s ground Craven Cottage saw them beating off competition from Robbie Williams, My Life Story and The Prodigy.
2000, Madonna’s boyfriend Guy Ritchie was arrested after attacking a fan outside the superstar’s London home. Ritchie was said to have kicked and punched a male fan after the couple returned home from a night out.
2004, Clint Warwick the original bass player with The Moody Blues died from liver disease at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, ‘Go Now’.
2008, Ting Tings scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘That’s Not My Name’. Taken from the Manchester duo’s debut studio album ‘We Started Nothing’.
2011, John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for the 1967 Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ sold for $237,132 (£145,644) at an auction in the US. The sale of the sheet, which featured the song’s third verse and the opening words to ‘She’s Leaving Home’, took place at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. Both songs feature on the 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was speculated the song was about the drug LSD, however, The Beatles denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden – who died of the immune system disease Lupus in 2009.
May 18th: Born on this day
1911, Born on this day, Joe Turner, (best known as Big Joe Turner), US blues songwriter. He wrote ‘Shake Rattle and Roll’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’. Turner died on 23rd November 1985 at the age of 74 of heart failure, having suffered the earlier effects of arthritis, a stroke and diabetes and was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
1912, Born on this day, Perry Como, American singer and TV presenter, (1957 US No.1 single ‘Round And Round’ and 15 US & over 25 UK chart hits, 1958 UK No.1 single ‘Magic Moments’). Como died on 12th May 2001.
1942, Born on this day, Albert Hammond, Gibraltarian singer, songwriter, and record producer. In 1966 Hammond co-founded the British vocal group the Family Dogg, scoring a UK Top 10 hit with “A Way of Life” in 1969. As a solo artist he scored the 1972 US No.5 single ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’, and the 1973 UK No.19 single ‘Free Electric Band’. Other hits Hammond has written with collaborator Mike Hazlewood include “Little Arrows” for Leapy Lee, “Gimme Dat Ding” for the Pipkins and “The Air That I Breathe” which was a hit for the Hollies.
1946, Born on this day, Bruce Gilbert, guitar, Wire, (1989 UK No.68 single ‘Eardrum Buzz’).
1946, Born on this day, George Alexander, The Flamin Groovies, (1976 album ‘Shake Some Action).
1949, Born on this day, Rick Wakeman, English keyboardist, songwriter, television and radio presenter. As a session musician his early sessions included playing on “Space Oddity”, for David Bowie and songs by Junior’s Eyes, T. Rex, Elton John, and Cat Stevens. Wakeman became a member of Strawbs and then the classic line-up in Yes. As a solo artist he scored the 1974 UK No.1 album ‘Journey To The Centre Of The Earth’.
1949, Born on this day, William Wallace, Guess Who, (1970 US No.1 & UK No.19 single ‘American Woman’).
1950, Born on this day Mark Mothersbaugh, co-founder of the new wave band Devo. His other musical projects include work for television series, films, and video games.
1952, Born on this day, George Strait, US country singer, songwriter, (1992 album ‘Pure Country’ spent 40 weeks on the US chart). He has the second most number one country hits among any artist in any musical genre in history, totalling 53 number one hit songs. Only Conway Twitty has more, with 55.
1953, Born on this day, Butch Tavares, Tavares, (1976 UK No.4 and US No.15 single ‘Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel’).
1954, Born on this day, Wreckless Eric (Eric Goulden), singer, songwriter and Stiff Records artist, had the 1978 UK airplay hit ‘Whole Wide World’.
1956, Born on this day, Jim Moginie founding member, guitarist, keyboardist and songwriter with Midnight Oil. Moginie has worked with many notable musicians from Australia and New Zealand, including Silverchair, Sarah Blasko, End of Fashion, Neil Murray, Kasey Chambers and Neil Finn.
1957, Born on this day, Michael Cretu, Enigma, (1991 UK No.1 & US No.5 single ‘Sadness Part 1).
1958, Born on this day, Toyah, (Victoria Wilcox), English singer and actress, who scored the 80’s hits “It’s a Mystery”, “Thunder in the Mountains” and “I Want to Be Free”. Toyah has released over 20 albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays and ten feature films. Willcox married Robert Fripp of King Crimson in 1986.
1961, Born on this day, Hugh Whittaker, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’).
1961, Born on this day, Russell Senior, guitar, Pulp, (1995 UK No.2 single ‘Common People’). Left the band on 20th January 1997.
1969, Born on this day, Martika, American singer-songwriter and actress. Her biggest hit was ‘Toy Soldiers’ which peaked at No.1 for two weeks in the US in mid 1989.
1975, Born on this day, Jack Johnson, Hawaii born singer, songwriter, surfer, (2006 UK No.1 album ‘In Between Dreams’, 2006 US & Australian No.1 album ‘Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film Curious George’). He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival.