May 6th: On this day
1965, In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards worked out the opening guitar riff of ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box earlier that day. The song is considered to be one of the all-time greatest rock songs ever recorded. In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine placed ‘Satisfaction’ in the second spot on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1966, Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded overdubs on ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ and worked on various mixes of the track. The song features the then-unique sound of a reversed guitar duet played by Harrison who perfected the part with the tape running backwards so that, when reversed, it would fit the dreamlike mood.
1967, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens all appeared at the Imperial Ballroom, Nelson, Lancashire, England.
1972, The Tyrannosaurus Rex double album ‘Prophets, Seers And Sages And The Angels Of The Ages / My People Were Fair And Had Sky In Their Hair But Now Their Content To Wear Stars On Their Brows’ went to No.1 in the UK. The longest title of an album ever at the time!
1973, Paul Simon set out on his first tour without partner Art Garfunkel, using The Jesse Dixon Singers as a back- up group on stage. Simon’s tour of America and Europe was recorded and released as ‘Live Rhymin’.
1977, The Boomtown Rats played their first gig in England when they appeared at Studio 51, London.
1978, The soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever started an 18 week run at No.1 on the UK album chart, also No.1 in the US. The album, which features seven Bee Gees songs, went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.
1982, Former manager of The Bay City Rollers Tam Paton, was convicted on a charge of gross indecency with boys and was sentenced to three years in jail.
1989, Former Frankie goes To Hollywood singer Holly Johnson went to No.1 on the UK album chart with his debut solo album ‘Blast’.
1995, Oasis scored their first UK No.1 single when ‘Some Might Say’ went to the top of the UK charts. It was the first single to be released from the Manchester bands second album ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ And the last Oasis track to feature original drummer Tony McCarroll.
2001, Destiny’s Child started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with ‘Survivor’.
2001, Geri Halliwell scored her fourth UK No.1 single with her version of the Weather Girls 1984 hit ‘It’s Raining Men.’
2002, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ by Queen was voted the UK’s favourite single of all time in a poll by the Guinness Hit Singles book. ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon was voted in at No.2 and ‘Hey Jude’, The Beatles No.3, ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA was fourth and Madonna ‘Like A Prayer’ was in fifth place.
2002, American songwriter and producer Otis Blackwell died from a heart attack. He wrote the classic songs ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’ Over the years, Blackwell’s songs have sold more than 185 million copies.
2003, After the controversy regading Dixie Chicks member Natalie Maines’ comments about President George W. Bush and the Iraq war, a Colorado radio station suspended two of its disc jockeys for playing music by Dixie Chicks.
2004, A sale at Christie’s in London, England became the most successful pop auction in the company’s history after Beatles memorabilia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. A signed copy of a management deal with The Beatles and manager Brian Epstein sold for £122,850. A Vox Kensington guitar used by Lennon and Harrison went for £100,000. Also sold – a coloured felt-pen drawing by Lennon (£10,000), a letter with his signature (£5,500), and a pen-and-ink drawing called Happy Fish (£9,500).
2005, US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen’S latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content. The retailer – which stocked CDs at its branches in the US – said it would be promoting other albums instead.
2006, The Go-Betweens singer, songwriter Grant McLennan died in his sleep at his home in Brisbane, Australia, aged 48. The Australasian Performing Right Association named his 1983 song ‘Cattle and Cane’ as one of the 30 greatest Australian songs of all time.
2006, During a UK tour, Morrissey played at The Apollo Manchester on the first of three nights at three different venues in his home city of Manchester. The singer then appeared at Manchester Opera House the following night and then at Manchester Bridgewater Hall on the 8th May.
2008, Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was released from Wormwood Scrubs prison in west London after serving 29 days of a 14-week sentence for breaching the terms of his probation. The singer told reporters that he was glad to be out and was looking forward to having a drink and spending some time with his pet cats.
2008, Cher played the first of 78 shows at the Las Vegas Coliseum, Las Vegas, Nevada. The singer had signed-up for 200 shows over a three year period.
2009, A former publicist for Michael Jackson was suing the singer for $44m (£29m) for his alleged failure to pay her for her services. Raymone Bain said Mr Jackson had agreed to give her 10% of any business deals arranged with her assistance. Ms Bain acted as Mr Jackson’s publicist during his 2005 trial for child abuse.
2013, Lauryn Hill was sentenced in the US state of New Jersey to three months in jail for tax evasion. The 37 year-old Grammy-winning singer had failed to pay taxes on about $1.8m (£1.2m) of earnings between 2005-07. In a statement to the judge, Hill said she had intended to pay the taxes but could not after withdrawing from public life and ending her music career to raise her children. Hill has six children, five of whom she had with Rohan Marley, the son of Bob Marley.
2015, British-Jamaican singer and songwriter Errol Brown, best known as the frontman of the soul and funk band Hot Chocolate died of liver cancer at his home in the Bahamas. Their hits included ‘You Sexy Thing’, ‘So You Win Again’ and ‘Brother Louie’. His break in music came in 1969 when he recorded a version of ‘Give Peace a Chance’ with some friends. Unable to change the lyrics without John Lennon’s permission, he sent a copy to his record label, Apple, and the song was released with Lennon’s approval.
2015, The results of the evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, was published in The Royal Society Open Science Journal. The scientists who looked at more than 17,000 songs found three music revolutions – in 1964, 1983 and 1991. In 1964 the invasion of British bands introduced a radical new rocky sound. Synthesisers, samplers and drum machines, drove a second major style shift in 1983. The third, in 1991, came about when rap and hip-hop went mainstream. The team also refuted claims that pop music was starting to sound the same.
May 6th: Born on this day
1927, Born on this day, Ronnie Hilton, UK singer, (1956 UK No.1 single ‘No Other Love’ plus 21 other Top 40 hits). He died on 20th February 2001.
1942, Born on this day, Colin Earl, Mungo Jerry, (1970 UK No.1 & US No.3 single ‘In The Summertime’).
1945, Born on this day, Bob Seger, US singer, songwriter, (1987 US No.1 single ‘Shakedown’, from the film ‘Beverly Hills Cop II’, 1995 UK No.22 single ‘We’ve Got Tonight’).
1948, Born on this day, Mary MacGregor, (1977 US No.1 and UK No.4 single ‘Torn Between Two Lovers’).
1950, Born on this day, Robbie McIntosh, Average White Band, (1975 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘Pick Up The Pieces). He died on 23rd August 1974.
1960, Born on this day, John Flansburgh, guitar, vocals, They Might Be Giants, (1990 UK No.6 single, ‘Birdhouse In Your Soul’).
1960, Born on this day, Larry Steinbachek, Bronski Beat, (1984 UK No.3 single ‘Smalltown Boy’).
1966, Born on this day, David Narcizo, drums, Throwing Muses, (1992 UK No.46 ‘Firepile EP’).
1967, Born on this day, Mark Bryan, guitar, Hootie & The Blowfish, (1995 US No.1 album ‘Cracked Rear View’ sold over 15m copies. 1995 UK No.50 single ‘Hold My Hand’).
1968, Born on this day, Tony Wright, vocals, Terrorvision, (1999 UK No.2 single ‘Tequila’).
1971, Born on this day, Sarah Blackwood, Dubstar, (1996 UK No.15 single ‘Stars’).
1971, Born on this day, Chris Shiflett, guitar, Foo Fighters, (1995 UK No.5 single ‘This Is A Call’, US No.5 single ‘All My Life’).