July 6th: On this day
1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney met for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men were appearing. As The Quarry Men were setting up for their evening performance, McCartney eager to impress Lennon picked up a guitar and played ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ (Eddie Cochran) and ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ (Gene Vincent). Lennon was impressed, and even more so when McCartney showed Lennon and Eric Griffiths how to tune their guitars, something they’d been paying someone else to do for them.
1963, James Brown went to No.2 on the US album chart with ‘Live At The Apollo’. Recorded on the night of October 24, 1962 at Brown’s own expense, it spent 66 weeks on the Billboard Albums chart. In 2003, the album was ranked No.24 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
1964, The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.
1967, Pink Floyd made their first appearance on BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops to promote their new single ‘See Emily Play’. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event called “Missing Believed Wiped” devoted to recovered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.
1968, The Rolling Stones scored their fifth US No.1 single when ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ hit the top of the charts. Keith Richards has stated that he and Jagger wrote the lyrics while staying at Richards’ country house, where they were awoken one morning by the sound of gardener Jack Dyer walking past the window. When Jagger asked what the noise was, Richards responded: “Oh, that’s Jack – that’s jumpin’ Jack.”
1968, Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.
1971, American jazz trumpeter, singer and bandleader, Louis Armstrong died. Had many hits including the 1964 US No.1 ‘Hello Dolly!’, 1968 UK No.1 ‘What A Wonderful World’ plus ‘When The Saints Go Marching In’, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, and ‘We Have All the Time in the World.’ He made frequent use of laxatives as a means of controlling his weight, resulting in Armstrong appearing in humorous, advertisements for laxative product Swiss Kriss; the ads bore a picture of him sitting on a toilet, as viewed through a keyhole, with the slogan “Satch says, ‘Leave it all behind ya!”
1972, David Bowie appeared on the UK music show Top Of The Pops playing his new single ‘Starman’, his first hit since 1969’s ‘Space Oddity’ three years before. The single peaked at No.10 and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.
1973, Queen released their debut single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ in the UK. The track didn’t make the charts. 1975, Rolling Stone Keith Richards was arrested by the highway patrol in Arkansas on charges of reckless driving and possessing an offensive weapon, a seven-inch hunting knife.
1979, American singer, producer songwriter, Van McCoy died from a heart attack in Englewood, New Jersey. Van McCoy and the Soul City had the US No.1 single ‘The Hustle’. Worked with Gladys Knight and the Pips, The Stylistics, Aretha Franklin and David Ruffin.
1984, The Jacksons kicked off their North American Victory tour at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City. Over 2 million people attended the 55 concerts which grossed over $75 million. Michael Jackson donated $5 million to various charities.
1985, Phil Collins went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sussudio’, his third US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK. 1992, David Gates from Gateshead, Northumberland was given one year’s probation after being convicted of stealing guitars from the back of a van belonging to The Bay City Rollers. 1996, ‘Three Lions by comedians Baddiel and Skinner and The Lightning Seeds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, (the official song of The England Football team).
1999, East 17 were dropped by their record company after the bands last album had sold less than 20,000 copies. 2001, A pair of Sir Elton John’s sandals was set to become the most expensive shoes in history when they went under the hammer for charity. Offers over £20,000 were invited for the Salvatore Ferragamo sandals to raise funds for Elton’s Aid Trust.
2002, George Harrison’s widow Olivia put the couple’s home up for sale for £20m saying she couldn’t bear to live with the memories of the attack by schizophrenic Michael Abram who broke into the house in 1999.
2003, Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. (1965 US & UK No.1 single ‘Mr Tambourine Man’). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.
2003, Beyonce featuring Jay-Z started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Crazy In Love.’ The track features a sample from The Chi-Lites’ 1970 ‘Are You My Woman (Tell Me So)’. Also 8 weeks at No.1 on the US chart.
2003, The Dixie Chicks performed a concert at Dallas’ American Airlines Center despite an anonymous threat that group member Natalie Maines would be shot on stage, (after the controversy regading her comments about President George W. Bush, and the Iraq war). Maines had a police escort to and from the show and then directly to the airport.
2004, American R&B, soul singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright died after a two-year battle with bone cancer aged 58. Teamed up with Billy Preston on the 1980, No.1 US hit ‘With You I’m Born Again.’ Once worked as a secretary at Motown Records and married Stevie Wonder in 1970.
2004, On the 40th anniversary of the world premiere of The Beatles film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, a private reunion of the cast and crew was hosted in London by DVD producer Martin Lewis. The screening was attended by Paul McCartney actors Victor Spinetti (the television director), John Junkin (the band’s road manager), David Janson (the small boy met by Ringo on his “walkabout”) and many of the crew members.
2005, Grammy award winning Rap star Lil’ Kim who was convicted of perjury and conspiracy in March 2005, was sentenced to a year in jail for lying to a grand jury to protect friends. Kim told the court “I testified falsely to the grand jury and during the trial. At the time I thought it was the right thing to do. Now I know it was wrong.” Lil’ Kim, (real name Kimberley Jones), was also fined $50,000 (£28,000). Charges were brought against her after a gunfight erupted outside a New York radio station in 2001 as a rival rap group was arriving.
2007, Avril Lavigne was facing legal action by members of 1970s rock band The Rubinoos, who claimed she had copied one of their songs. Songwriters Tommy Dunbar and James Gangwer alleged Lavigne’s hit ‘Girlfriend’ was lifted from their 1979 song ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.’
2007, Britney Spears apologised for attacking a photographer’s car with an umbrella earlier this year. Pictures of the 25-year-old lashing out appeared in several newspapers shortly after photos emerged of her shaving her head in a hair salon. In a message on her website, she said: “I apologise to the pap for a stunt that was done four months ago.” She said she got “carried away” preparing for a film part but added that she did not get the role.
2008, Dizzee Rascal with Calvin Harris and Chrome started a four week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Dance Wiv Me’.
2011, Pete Doherty was facing another prison sentence after allegedly breaking into a shop in Regensburg, Germany earlier this year. The owners of the music shop, from which The Libertines singer allegedly stole a guitar and record, were said to be pressing charges against him. The Sun Newspaper reported that Doherty admitted to smashing the shop window, but says he didn’t remember stealing anything, as he was drunk at the time. Doherty was currently serving 6 months in a UK jail for cocaine possession.
2012, Carol Hawkins, the former personal assistant of U2 bassist Adam Clayton was jailed for seven years for embezzling 2.8m euros (£2.2m) of his money to fund a lavish lifestyle. Hawkins was convicted on 181 counts of theft from the bassist’s bank accounts over a four-year period. The judge said Hawkins’ crimes were “rooted in greed and nothing else”.
July 6th: Born on this day
1925, Born on this day, Bill Haley, (William John Clifton Haley), singer, guitarist, ‘The first Rock ‘n’ Roll star.’ As Bill Haley and his Comets he had the 1955 UK & US No.1 single ‘Rock Around the Clock’ Haley was one of the earliest acts to bring rock and roll to the attention of white America and the rest of the world. He sold over 60 million records during his career. Haley died on 9th February 1981.
1937, Born on this day, Gene Chandler, (Eugene Dixon) US soul singer, (1962 US No.1 single ‘Duke Of Earl’, 1979 UK No.11 single ‘Get Down’).
1939, Born on this day, Jet Harris, the bass guitarist of the Shadows until April 1962, and had subsequent success as a soloist and as a duo with the drummer Tony Meehan who he topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in early 1963 with ‘Diamonds’.
1945, Born on this day, Rik Elswit, guitar, Dr Hook, (1972 US No.5 & UK No.2 single ‘Sylvia’s Mother’ plus 9 other US Top 40 hits).
1949, Born on this day, Mike Shrieve, American drummer and percussionist with Santana, playing on their first eight albums from 1969 through 1974. His performance at the 1969 Woodstock festival, when he was 20 years old, made him one of the youngest musicians to perform at the festival.
1952, Born on this day, David Smith, singer, The Real Thing, (1976 UK No.1 single ‘You To Me Are Everything’).
1952, Born on this day, Graham Oliver, Saxon, (1980 UK No.5 album ‘Wheels Of Steel’). 1954, Born on this day, Nanci Griffith, US singer / songwriter, (1993 album ‘Other Voices, Other Rooms’).
1959, Born on this day, John Keeble, drums, Spandau Ballet, (1983 UK No.1 single ‘True’, plus 16 other UK Top 40 singles).
1961, Born on this day, Robert Heaton, New Model Army, (1985 UK No.28 single ‘No Rest’).
1963, Born on this day, Tim Bricheno, guitar, All About Eve, (1988 UK No.10 single ‘Martha’s Harbour’), The Sisters Of Mercy, (1992 UK No.3 single ‘Temple Of Love’).
1965, Born on this day, Eddie Campbell, keyboards, Texas, (1997 UK No.3 single ‘Say What You Want’, 1997 UK No.1 album ‘White On Blonde’).
1969, Born on this day, Michael Grant, Musical Youth, best remembered for their successful 1982 single ‘Pass the Dutchie’, which became a No.1 hit around the world. It was a cover version of two songs: ‘Gimme the Music’ by U Brown, and ‘Pass the Kouchie’ by Mighty Diamonds, which deals with the recreational use of cannabis (kouchie being slang for a cannabis pipe).
1975, Born on this day, 50 Cent, (Curtis Jackson), US rapper. 2003 US No.1 single ‘In Da Club’, debut album, ‘Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ was named the biggest selling US album in 2003 going platinum six times over.
1979, Born on this day, Nic Cester, singer, Jet, (2003 Australian No.1 & UK No.14 album ‘Get Born’).
1987, Born on this day, Kate Nash, UK singer, songwriter, (2007 UK No.1 album ‘Made Of Bricks’ 2007 UK No.2 single ‘Foundations’).