May 30th: On this day
1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Love Me Do’, the group’s fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo Starr played the drums.
1965, The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.
1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as The White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.
1970, Ray Stevens went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Everything Is Beautiful’. The former DJ had a string of novelty hits, including ‘Jeremiah Peabody’s Poly Unsaturated Quick Dissolving Fast Acting Pleasant Tasting Green & Purple Pill’.
1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the White City Stadium show.
1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.
1987, Adam Horovitz from The Beastie Boys was arrested while on tour after a beer can hit a fan during a disturbance in Liverpool, England.
1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland.
1991, Morrissey played the first date on his debut ‘Kill Uncle’ US concert tour at San Diego Sports Arena, California.
1992, The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’.
1996, Alan Whitaker from Penzance appeared on the UK TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject being the Sex Pistols. He won a place in the semi-final of the show answering all but one of the 18 questions correctly.
2002, Diana Ross voluntarily entered a Malibu drug and alcohol rehabilitation center called Promises to “clear up some personal issues” before setting out on a summer concert tour.
2003, Record producer Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50’s, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Most ran his own record label RAK in the 1970’s, having hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud.
2003, Singer Finley Quaye was threatened with jail after his mobile phone rang when he was in the dock waiting to be sentenced on charges of assault. After being found guilty of assaulting his former girlfriend he was ordered to attend a six-month domestic violence programme by a district Judge.
2004, Madonna was forced to pay out £250,000 in a lawsuit after copying ideas by the late French erotic photographer Guy Burton. Madonna had admitted that the video for her song ‘Hollywood’ was inspired by Burton.
2005, Coldplay’s new album was illegally put on the internet a week before its UK and US release. The leak took place on the day copies were sent to UK radio stations and the day before it went on sale in Japan. Security measures around the release included hosting album playbacks at Abbey Road studios for journalists instead of sending them copies of the album, any CDs that were sent out were labelled with a false name – The Fir Trees – to throw would-be pirates off the scent.
2007, A coroner told the murder trial of music producer Phil Spector that US actress Lana Clarkson’s death was a homicide. Dr Louis Pena said bruising suggested the barrel of a gun may have been forced into Ms Clarkson’s mouth before she was fatally shot in 2003. Spector was accused of murdering Clarkson on 3 February 2003 at his home in California.
2007, A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago’s radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.
2007, Britney Spears said she “truly hit rock bottom” when she went to rehab earlier this year. In a message on her website, the singer wrote that she “genuinely did not know what to do with myself” following her split from husband Kevin Federline. The 25 year old singer entered a Malibu treatment facility in February after months of partying which ended with the singer shaving off all her hair.
2008, Music mogul Simon Fuller married his long-term girlfriend Natalie Swanston at a ceremony in California’s Napa Valley. Guests at the wedding included Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Annie Lennox. Earlier this year Billboard magazine named him the “most successful British music manager of all time”, with an estimated fortune of $450m (£229m).
2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner – who’d promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera, had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm – being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, ‘Jagger told me he’d really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000.
2009, An oil painting depicting Madonna in the nude with her ex-husband Guy Ritchie failed to meet the reserve price of £15,000 at auction in Glasgow. Scottish artist Peter Howson had produced several portraits of the pop icon in a state of undress.
2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band’s guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band’s name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band’s name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath’s name equally.
2013, A new museum dedicated to the life of Johnny Cash staged its official opening. The museum in Nashville, Tennessee, was set up by wife and husband team Shannon and Bill Miller and features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia in the world.
2014, Aretha Franklin received an honorary degree from Harvard University. The Soul legend became an honorary doctor of arts at the Harvard ceremony, which came a year after she was forced to cancel a string of concerts due to ill health.
2015, Enrique Iglesias’s sliced his fingers open when he tried to grab a drone camera, which was taking pictures of the audience, at a concert in Tijuana, Mexico. He was “semi-treated” at the side of the stage to stop the bleeding, and was advised to end the show.
2015, Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died of unknown causes at the age of 34. Brown began playing with the Stone Temple Pilots singer in 2008.
May 30th: Born on this day
1944, Born on this day, Lenny Davidson, Dave Clark Five, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘Glad All Over’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Over And Over’ plus 15 other UK Top 15 singles).
1949, Born on this day, Klaus Flouride, (Geoffrey Lyall), bassist, lead and backing vocalist for the San Francisco, punk rock band Dead Kennedys.
1955, Born on this day, Nicky ‘Topper’ Headon, The Clash, (1979 UK No. 11 single ‘London Calling’, 1982 US No. 8 single ‘Rock The Casbah, 1991 UK No.1 single ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’, first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Also worked with Mirkwood, and The Moors Murderers.
1958, Born on this day, Marie Fredriksson, Roxette, (1990 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘It Must Of Been Love’, plus five other top 10 US hits).
1960, Born on this day, Stephen Duffy, singer, songwriter, guitarist, founding member of Duran Duran with John Taylor and Nick Rhodes (left in 1979). Member of Lilac Time, Me Me Me, (1996 UK No.19 singe ‘Hanging Around’), solo, (1985 UK No.4 single ‘Kiss Me’).
1964, Born on this day, American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist Tom Morello, guitar, Rage Against The Machine, (1996 US No.1 album ‘Evil Empire’). Audioslave (2005 US No.1 album ‘Out of Exile’). Morello was most recently a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
1964, Born on this day, American country music singer Wynonna Judd who first rose to fame in the 1980s alongside her mother, Naomi, in the country music duo The Judds. The duo released seven albums and scored 26 US hit singles, of which 14 were No.1 hits.
1966, Born on this day, American musician and lead singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Pavement. He also performs with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.
1967, Born on this day, Sven Pipien, bass, The Black Crowes, (replaced original bassist Johnny Colt).
1968, Born on this day, Tim Burgess, vocals, The Charlatans, (1990 UK No.9 single ‘The Only One I Know’, 1996 UK No.3 single ‘One To Another’, plus 3 UK No.1 albums). And solo.
1971, Born on this day, Patrick Dalheimer, bassist, Live, (1997 US No.1 album ‘Secret Samadhi’).
1974, Born on this day, Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), singer, rapper, songwriter and record producer, Goodie Mob, Gnarls Barkley, (2006 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ‘Crazy’), and solo.
1975, Born on this day, American musician Brian Fair, lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Shadows Fall.