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This Day In Rock History: Dec 5th

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Belinda Carlisle
Belinda Carlisle

  • 1960, Elvis Presley  started a ten-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘G.I. Blues’. His fifth US No.1 album. Music on this album comprised songs that had appeared in the film of the same name.
  • 1965, The Beatles played their last ever show in their hometown of Liverpool when they appeared at The Liverpool Empire during the group’s final UK tour. Only 5,100 tickets were available, but there were 40,000 applications for tickets. The group also had the UK No.1 single with ‘We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper.’
  • 1970, ‘Amazing Grace’ by Judy Collins entered the UK singles chart for the first of eight times, it spent a total of 67 weeks on the chart never making the No.1 position. ‘Amazing Grace’ is a Christian hymn with lyrics written by the English poet and clergyman John Newton which was first published in 1779.
  • 1973, Paul McCartney released Band On The Run, his fifth album since his departure from The Beatles. Two hit singles from the album – ‘Jet’ and ‘Band on the Run’ made it McCartney’s most successful album.
  • 1976, Music weekly NME reviewed The Sex Pistols debut single ‘Anarchy In The UK’ saying “Johnny Rotten sings flat, the song is laughably naive, and the overall feeling is of a third-rate Who imitation.”
  • 1987, Belinda Carlisle went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’, the ex Go-Go’s member first solo No.1, also a No.1 hit in the UK. The promotional video was directed by Academy Award-winning actress Diane Keaton and features an appearance of Carlisle’s husband Morgan Mason.
  • 1987, The Jesus And Mary Chain were banned from appearing on a US music TV show after complaints of blasphemy when the group’s name was flashed across the screen. The CBS show asked the band to be called JANC but the group didn’t agree.
  • 1993, Co-founder of Gin Blossoms Doug Hopkins died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds age 32. The guitarist and songwriter was in a detox unit of Phoenix’s St. Luke’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona when he snuck out and bought a .38 caliber pistol. The next day Hopkins committed suicide.
  • 2004, Band Aid 20 started a four week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a new version of Do They Know It’s Christmas? The third time the song had reached No.1. The new version featured, Joss Stone, Busted, Chris Martin, Bono, Justin Hawkins, Dizzee Rascal, Tom Chaplin, Ms Dynamite, Beverly Knight, Will Young, Jamelia, Fran Healy, Sugababes, Dido and Robbie Williams.
  • 2004, U2 started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb’, the bands ninth UK No.1 album. The band also went to No.1 on the US album chart giving them their sixth US No.1 album.
  • 2007, Robbie Williams apologised to Nigel Martin-Smith the ex-manager of Take That and agreed to pay undisclosed damages over an allegation he made about him in a song. In the lyrics of ‘The 90s’ Williams had suggested that Nigel Martin-Smith had stolen funds from the band.
  • 2009, Phish played the final show of their 2009 Fall Tour at the John Paul Jones Arena at the University of Virginia. At the beginning of a first set an erratic fan proceeded to run on stage fully naked. He ran up and hugged guitarist Trey Anastasio and kissed him on the cheek. He made three laps around the stage before finally being chased down by security.
  • 2011, After spending 45 weeks at the top end of the UK charts, singer Adele’s second album ‘21’ become the biggest selling LP in Britain this century, surpassing the late Amy Winehouse’s 2006 LP ‘Back to Black’.
  • 2013, Spotify responded to critics by revealing how much acts can expect to earn from the music streaming site. The company said it paid an average of $0.007 per play, according to figures on its new website Spotify Artists, aimed specifically at musicians. Explaining its business model, Spotify said it had paid more than $1bn (£612m) in royalties since its 2008 launch. Earlier this year Radiohead singer Thom Yorke pulled material from the site in protest at how much it pays artists.

Born on this day:

  • 1899, Born on this day, Sonny Boy Williamson, Blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter. Van Morrison, The Who The Animals, Yardbirds and Moody Blues all covered his songs. He died on 25th May 1965.
  • 1932, Born on this day, Richard Penniman, (Little Richard) who had the 1956 US No. 6 & 1957 UK No.3 single ‘Long Tall Sally’, plus over 10 other US & UK Top 40 singles.
  • 1938, Born on this day, JJ Cale, US guitarist, singer songwriter. Songs written by Cale that have been covered by other musicians include ‘After Midnight’ by Eric Clapton, Phish and Jerry Garcia, ‘Cocaine’ by Eric Clapton, ‘Clyde’ by Waylon Jennings and Dr. Hook, and ‘Call Me the Breeze’ by Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Mayer, Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare and Eric Clapton. Cale died on 26th July 2013 of a heart attack.
  • 1947, Born on this day, Jim Messina, Buffalo Springfield, (1967 US No.17 single ‘For What It’s Worth’). Loggins and Messina, (1972 US No.4 single ‘Your Mama Don’t Dance’).
  • 1952, Born on this day, Andy Kim, singer, (1974 US No.1 & UK No.2 single ‘Rock Me Gently’)
  • 1965, Born on this day, Johnny Rzeznik, singer and guitarist with Goo Goo Dolls who had the 2002 US No.3 album ‘Gutterflower’. In 2007, Rzeznik was a judge on the Fox network’s The Next Great American Band.
  • 1971, Born on this day, Craig Gill, Inspiral Carpets, (1990 UK No.14 single ‘This Is How It Feels’).
  • 1980, Born on this day, Zainam Higgins, vocals, Cleopatra, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘Cleopatra’s Theme’).
  • 1980, Born on this day, Christian Smith Pancorvo, drummer, Serafin. Previously a member of Razorlight with Johnny Borrell.

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