May 14th: On this day
1957, Elvis Presley was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which then lodged its-self in one of his lungs.
1960, The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the “interval” to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name “Silver Beats”, quickly changing it back to “Silver Beetles”.
1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on NBC-TV’s Tonight Show with guest-host Joe Garagiola sitting in for Johnny Carson. The conversation included some light hearted banter about meditation, the forming of Apple Corps. and song writing.
1969, During a UK tour, Fairport Conventions van crashed on the M1 motorway on the way home from a gig in Birmingham killing the group’s 19 year-old drummer Martin Lamble and Richard Thompson’s girlfriend Jeannie Franklyn.
1976, 33 year-old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. The Yardbirds had the hits ‘For Your Love’, ‘Heart Full of Soul’, and ‘Shapes of Things’.
1977, During a UK tour, Talking Heads played a gig at The Rock Garden in London where Brian Eno who was in the audience saw the band, who then went on to produce them.
1977, Leo Sayer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song ‘When I Need You’, the singers second US No.1, also No.1 in the UK.
1983, Spandau Ballet scored their first and only UK No.1 album with ‘True.’ The title track from the album spent four weeks at No.1 on the UK singles charts and reached No.2 in the US. Other singles from the album included ‘Gold’ (a No.2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), ‘Lifeline’, and ‘Communication’.
1988, Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York, appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King.
1993, During an auction at Christies in London the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, ‘That’s All Right Mama’ and ‘Blue Moon of Kentucky’, sold for £130,285, ($152,000). And four ‘Super Hero’, Costumes worn by the group KISS sold for £20,000, ($35,385).
1994, Scottish band Stiltskin were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Inside’. The song had been used on a Levi’s TV Jeans commercial. The bands only No.1 and only Top 30 hit.
1997, Mark Morrison was jailed for three months after threatening a police officer with an electric stun gun, he was also ordered to pay £350 costs.
1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1953 film ‘From Here to Eternity’. He went on to score over 25 Top 40 singles including the 1966 No.1 ‘Strangers In The Night’. His 1969 single ‘My Way’, re-entered the UK charts eight times and spent a total of 165 weeks on the UK chart.
1998, George Michael was fined £500 after being convicted of a “lewd act” in a Los Angeles lavatory. The Los Angeles court also ordered him to undergo psychological counselling and carry out 80 hours community service.
2000, Madison Avenue went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with, ‘Don’t Call Me Baby’. They were the first Australian group to have a UK No.1 since Men At Work in 1983.
2000, Tom Jones was at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Reload’ making the singer the oldest artist to score a UK No.1 album with new material.
2002, The musical We Will Rock You opened in the West End of London, England at the Dominion Theatre. The musical was written by British comedian and author Ben Elton in collaboration with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The musical tells the story of a group of Bohemians who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and does the same. Musical instruments and composers are forbidden, and rock music is all but unknown. WWRY has since become the longest-running musical at the Dominion Theatre.
2003, Lawyers for Britney Spears and the Skechers footwear company settled a dispute over a deal for the pop star to market a line of roller skates and accessories. Spears had filed a $1.5 million breach of agreement lawsuit against Skechers in December, claiming the company failed to pay her adequately. Skechers had responded with a $10 million lawsuit, accusing Spears of fraud and breach of the three-year licensing agreement she signed in January 2002.
2004, Phil Spector was arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur at his California mansion. The 64 year old record producer was taken into custody and later released after a court date was set.
2005, A judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, ordered rapper 50 Cent to stay clean of drugs and take an anger management course to avoid spending time in jail. The rapper appeared in court charged with assaulting three women at a concert in 2004 after leaping into the crowd.
2006, Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Stadium Arcadium’ the bands ninth studio album, also a US No.1.
2008, Metallica kicked off a 26-date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.
2013, It was reported that KISS planned to open over 100 restaurants in North America. The band who had just opened the third branch of Rock & Brews in the greater Los Angeles area said that they wished to open 100 more in the next five years. The band planned to open new branches at LAX airport in Los Angeles, Maui in Hawaii and Kansas City in Missouri over the coming year.
2015, Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King died in his sleep aged 89 from a series of small strokes caused by type 2 diabetes. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
May 14th: Born on this day
1936, Born on this day, Bobby Darin, (1959 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mack The Knife’, plus 20 other US Top 40 hits). He died on 20th December 1973.
1943, Born on this day, Jack Bruce, bass, vocals, Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single ‘I Feel Free’, 1968 US No.5 single ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’). West, Bruce and Laing. Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71.
1946, Born on this day, Gene Cornish, The Young Rascals, (1967 US No.1 and UK No.8 single ‘Groovin’).
1946, Born on this day, Lek LecKenby, guitar, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’). He died on 4th June 1994.
1947, Born on this day, Al Ciner, American Breed, (1967 US No.5 & UK No. 24 single ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’). Three Dog Night, (1970 UK No.3 & US No.1 single ‘Mama Told Me Not To Come’).
1950, Born on this day, Arthur Grant, drums, Edgar Broughton Band, (1970 UK No.39 single ‘Out Demons Out’).
1952, Born on this day, David Byrne, guitar, vocals, Talking Heads, (1983 US No.9 single ‘Burning Down The House’, 1985 UK No.6 single ‘Road To Nowhere’), Solo (2002 UK No. 2 single with X-Press, ‘Lazy’).
1953, Born on this day, John Rutsey, drummer and founding member of Rush. Died May 11, 2008.
1956, Born on this day, Steve Hogarth, Marillion, (1985 UK No.2 single ‘Kayleigh’).
1960, Born on this day, Shelley Preston, Bucks Fizz, (1981 UK No.1 single ‘Making Your Mind Up’, plus 12 other UK Top 40 singles).
1962, Born on this day, C.C. Deville, Poison, (1988 US No.1 & 1989 UK No.13 single ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’).
1962, Born on this day was Ian Astbury, English singer with Southern Death Cult, who became The Cult. In 2002 he became lead singer of The Doors of the 21st Century, featuring original Doors members Robby Krieger and Ray Manzarek.
1963, Born on this day, Fabrice Morvan, vocals, Milli Vanilli, (1989 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Girl I’m Gonna Miss You’).
1966, Born on this day, Mike Inez, Alice In Chains, (1993 UK No.19 single ‘Would’).
1969, Born on this day, Steve Hellier, Dubstar, (1996 UK No.15 single ‘Stars’).
1969, Born on this day, American producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Greg Kurstin who has worked with Adele, Beck, Ben Harper, Kelly Clarkson and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2009 he won three Ivor Novello awards for his work with Lily Allen, and he also co-wrote Adele’s 2015 worldwide hit single ‘Hello’.
1971, Born on this day, Danny Wood, New Kids On The Block, (1989 UK No.1 single ‘You Got It, The Right Stuff’, 1990 US No.1 single ‘Step By Step’).
1973, Born on this day, Natalie Appleton, singer, All Saints, (1998 UK No.1 and US No.4 single ‘Never Ever’ and 2003 UK No. 5 single as Appleton, ‘Don’t Worry’).
1973, Born on this day, Shanice, US female singer, (1992 US & UK No.2 single ‘I Love Your Smile’).
1976, Born on this day, Martine McCutcheon, singer, actress, (1999, UK No.1 single ‘Perfect Moment’).
1979, Born on this day, Dan Auerbach, American guitarist and vocalist for The Black Keys who had the 2014 US No.1 album Turn Blue.
1984, Born on this day, English singer-songwriter, musician, Olly Murs who was the runner-up in the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. Scored the 2010 UK No.1 hit single ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’,