May 9th: On this day
1959, UK music paper Melody Maker introduced a Juke Box Top 20 Chart compiled from 200 Juke Boxes around the UK.
1964, Gene Vincent and the Shouts appeared at The Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Gate, England. The poster advertised that the first 50 girls would be admitted free; tickets cost six shillings and six pence, ($0.94).
1964, Chuck Berry began his first ever UK tour at The Astoria Theatre, London, supported by The Animals, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Karl Denver and the Nashville Teens.
1964, Louis Armstrong went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hello Dolly’ making him the oldest artist to hit No.1 at the age of 62. In 2011, 85 year-old Tony Bennett broke this record when his Duets album topped the US album chart.
1965, During a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. All four members of The Beatles were in the audience.
1966, The Doors played at the Whisky A Go Go, West Hollywood, California auditioning for the position of the venue’s house band.
1967, Sandie Shaw was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Puppet On A String’. This week’s two highest new entries were Jimi Hendrix with ‘The Wind Cries Mary’ and The Kinks ‘Waterloo Sunset’.
1969, Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s experimental album Electronic Sounds was released on Zapple records.
1970, Guess Who started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘American Woman’, it was the group’s sixth Top 30 hit and only chart topper. The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string, the other members joined in on the jam. A fan in the audience who had recorded the gig on tape presented it to the group after the show and they developed it into a full song.
1973, Mick Jagger added $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 by The Rolling Stones January benefit concert for victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
1974, Bonnie Raitt played two shows at Harvard Square Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts; opening act was Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Rolling Stone critic John Landau saw Springsteen and wrote ‘I have seen rock & roll’s future and his name is Bruce Springsteen’.
1975, KISS, The James Gang and Rush all appeared at Ohio Northern University in Ada Ohio. Advance tickets cost $5.00.
1978, Fee Waybill of The Tubes, broke a leg after falling from the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London whilst wielding a chainsaw during the bands set. See – Accidents Will Happen
1980, ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. And Supertramp’s ‘The Logical Song’ won Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldoff was inspired to write the song after reading about the tragic shooting spree when 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School.
1981, Adam and the Ants were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Stand And Deliver.’ The song enjoyed a five-week run at No.1.
1987, Starship started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a song co-written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren, ‘Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now.’ At 48, it made lead singer Grace Slick the oldest female to reach No.1 on the UK chart, (later broken by Cher’s ‘Believe’ in 1999).
1992, Bruce Springsteen made his North American network television debut on Saturday Night Live with host Tom Hanks.
1998, Jimmy Page appeared on US TV’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ with rapper Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs and performed ‘Come With Me’ from the ‘Godzilla’ movie soundtrack. The song sampled the guitar riff from Led Zeppelin’s song ‘Kashmir’.
1999, The Backstreet Boys scored their first UK No.1 single with ‘I Want It That Way’ their 8th UK Top 10 hit and a hit in over 25 countries.
2005, Country singer Kenny Chesney married ‘Bridget Jones’ and ‘Chicago’ actress Renee Zellweger in the Caribbean.
2005, Akon was at No.1 on the UK singles with ‘Lonely’, Gwen Stefani held the US No.1 spot with ‘Hollaback Girl’ and Snoop Dogg and Justin Timberlake were at No.1 on the Australian chart with ‘Signs’.
2008, Foxy Brown avoided a further spell in prison after pleading guilty in a New York court to menacing her neighbour with a BlackBerry phone. The 28-year-old rapper admitted hitting Arlene Raymond during an argument over the volume of her car stereo last July. The incident landed the star in prison for violating the terms of her probation on a separate assault charge.
2013, David Bowie’s latest video, which starred Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, was temporarily pulled from YouTube over its graphic content. “The Next Day” featured heavy religious imagery, including Cotillard bleeding from stigmata marks. The video sees Bowie performing in a basement bar, surrounded by religious figures, while Oldman, dressed as a priest, punches a beggar before dancing with a prostitute, played by Oscar-winner Cotillard. YouTube admitted making the “wrong call” in removing the video, and reinstated it with an adult content warning.
May 9th: Born on this day
1914, Born on this day Hank Snow who scored more than 70 singles on the Billboard country charts from 1950 until 1980. Snow died on December 20, 1999.
1935, Born on this day, Nokie Edwards, (real name: Noel Floyd Edwards), bass guitar, The Ventures, (1960 UK No.4 single ‘Perfidia’, 1960 US No.2 single ‘Walk Don’t Run’).
1937, Born on this day, Dave Prater, US soul singer, (Sam & Dave), 1967 US No.2 and UK No 24 & 1967 US No.2 single ‘Soul Man’. Killed 9th April 1988 when his car left the road and hit a tree in Syracuse, Georgia.
1937, Born on this day, Sonny Curtis, The Crickets, (1957 US No.1 single ‘That’ll Be The Day’, 1959 UK No.1 single ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles).
1941, Born on this day, Danny Rapp, Danny and the Juniors, (1958 US No.1 & UK No.3 single ‘At The Hop’). Rapp shot himself dead in a hotel in Arizona on 5th April 1983.
1941, Born on this day, Pete Birrell, Freddie & The Dreamers, (1963 UK No.3 single ‘You Were Made For Me’, 1965 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘I’m Telling You Now).
1942, Born on this day, Mike Millward, The Fourmost, (1964 UK No.6 single ‘A Little Loving’). He died on 7th April 1998.
1943, Born on this day, Tommy Roe, singer, (1969 UK & US No.1 single ‘Dizzy’ plus 10 other US Top 40 hits).
1944, Born on this day, Richie Furay, guitar, vocals, Buffalo Springfield, (1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’), Poco, (1979 US No. 17 single ‘Crazy Love’), The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band, (1974 US No.27 single ‘Fallin’ In Love’).
1944, Born on this day, Don Dannemann, Cyrkle, (1966 US No.2 single ‘Red Rubber Ball’), signed by Brian Epstein and supported The Beatles on their 1966 US tour.
1945, Born on this day, Steve Katz, guitar, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears, (1969 US No.12 & UK No.35 single ‘You’ve Made Me So Very Happy’).
1949, Born on this day, American singer-songwriter Billy Joel who had the 1980 US No.1 single ‘It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me’, the 1983 UK No.1 single ‘Uptown Girl’, plus over 20 other US & UK Top 40 singles and 4 US No.1 albums.
1950, Born on this day, Tom Petersson, bass, vocals, Cheap Trick, (1979 UK No.29 & US No.17 single ‘I Want You To Want Me’, 1988 US No.1 single ‘The Flame’).
1953, Born on this day, John Edwards, bass, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’ plus 50 other UK Top 75 singles since 1968).
1960, Born on this day, Marc Duncan, The Vibrators, (1978 UK No.35 single ‘Automatic Lover’), Doll By Doll.
1962, Born on this day, Dave Gahan, vocals, Depeche Mode, (1984 UK No.4 single ‘People Are People’, plus over 25 other UK Top 40 singles). Solo.
1962, Born on this day, Dave Gahan, vocals, Housemartins, (1986 UK No.1 single ‘Caravan Of Love’), The Beautiful South, (1990 UK No.1 single ‘A Little Time’ plus over 15 other UK Top 40 singles). Solo.
1969, Born on this day, Peter Wilkinson, Cast, (1996 UK No.4 single ‘Flying’).
1971, Born on this day, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan, bass, Oasis, first single ‘Supersonic’, 1994 UK No.31, 1996 UK No.1 single ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. Their 1994 UK No.1 album Definitely Maybe became the fastest selling UK debut album ever. Quit Oasis in Aug 1999.
1975, Born on this day, Ryan ‘Nik’ Vikedal, drums, Nickelback, (2002 US No.1 & UK No. 4 single ‘How To Remind You’, 2001 US No.2 & 2002 UK No.2 album ‘Silver Side Up’). Left the band in 2005.