Wednesday, May 3, 2017


May 3rd: On this Day
1952, Kitty Wells recorded 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels'. Wells was disenchanted with her career prospects and was considering retirement, but agreed to the session at Owen Bradley’s studio because of the $125 union scale recording payment. 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels' was an answer song to Hank Thompson's 'The Wild Side of Life', and its lyrical treatment of seductive, wayward women. It became the first No.1 Billboard country hit for a solo female artist. 
1965, The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film Help!, on Salisbury Plain, England, with the British Army's Third Tank Division. 
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Moulin Rouge, Ainsdale, Southport, England. The promotion flyers for the club said: 'The Moulin Rouge night club. Wine, Dine, Dance! And have a gay time'. 
1968, The Beach Boys opened their US tour on which the co-headliner was Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The second half of the concert which featured the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, lectured the audience on "spiritual regeneration." The reaction was so negative, more than half of the remaining tour dates were cancelled. 
1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos. 

1971, Led Zeppelin kicked off a European tour at K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen, Denmark in front of 4,000 fans. The set list included the only known performance of 'Four Sticks' and the debut live performance of 'Misty Mountain Hop'. 
1972, Les Harvey guitarist with Stone The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band. 
1975, The Bay City Rollers started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album 'Once Upon A Star.' 
1976, David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, on his Station To Station tour, his first UK gig in three years. 
1976, Paul McCartney made his first concert appearance in America in almost ten years when Wings kicked off their 31-date 'Wings Over America' tour at the Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas. 

1980, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Against The Wind'. 
1980, Dexy's Midnight Runners were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Geno', a song written about US soul singer Geno Washington. 
1986, Robert Palmer went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Addicted To Love', it made No.5 in the UK. Palmer originally recorded the song as a duet with Chaka Khan but due to contractual problems her voice was removed. 
1997, Katrina And The Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with the song 'Love Shine A Light', making them the first UK winners since Bucks Fizz in 1981. 
1997, The Notorious B.I.G. started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his posthumous hit 'Hypnotize', a No.10 hit in the UK, the rapper was gunned down and killed on March 9th, 1997. 
2004, The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, said that the pair had "harassed" her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behaviour". 
2006, The first Bob Dylan radio program was aired on XM Satellite Radio. Tracks played on his show included Blur, Prince, Billy Bragg, Wilco, Mary Gauthier, L.L. Cool J and The Streets. 
2008, Rap star Sean 'Diddy' Combs was honoured with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The 38-year-old dedicated the star to his father, who was shot dead in 1972. 
2009, Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album. It was the singer, songwriter’s 33rd studio album, he last topped the UK chart with ‘New Morning’ in 1970. His first No.1 in 1964, was ‘The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'. Dylan now held the record, (previously held by Tom Jones), for the longest gap between solo number one albums. 
2012, Paul McCartney and his wife Nancy Shavell narrowly avoided a potential deadly helicopter crash when their pilot became disoriented during a flight in bad weather and missed some trees by just two feet. Flying home to their estate in East Sussex, England after a day in London, the McCartney's were not aware of how close they came to crashing at the time. The UK's Department of Transport launched an investigation into the incident the following November. 
May 3rd: Born on this day
1903, Born on this day, Bing Crosby, US singer who recorded an estimated 2,600 songs in his lifetime including ‘White Christmas’, which was written by Irving Berlin. Crosby had 317 other hits in the USA. Died of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain, on October 14, 1977. 
1919, Born on this day, Pete Seeger, US folk singer, wrote 'Turn Turn Turn', for The Byrds. 'If I Had A Hammer', hit for Peter Paul and Mary. Seeger died at the age of 94 at a New York hospital after a short illness on 27th Jan 2014. 
1933, Born on this day, James Brown 'Soul Brother No.1', (1966 US No.8 and UK No.13 single 'It's A Man's World', 1986 UK No.5 single 'Living In America', 1963 album 'Live At The Apollo'). Brown demanded extreme discipline from his musicians and dancers, and had the practice of assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing un-shined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage. Brown died on 25th Dec 2006 at the age of 73. 

1937, Born on this day, Frankie Valli, singer, The Four Seasons, (1976 UK & US No.1 single 'December, 1963, Oh What A Night', solo 1978 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Grease') 
1944, Born on this day, Pete Staples, The Troggs (1966 US No.1 & UK No.2 single 'Wild Thing'). 
1948, Born on this day, John Richardson, The Rubettes, (1974 UK No.1 single 'Sugar Baby Love'). 
1950, Born on this day, Mary Hopkin, (1968 UK No.1 and US No.2 single 'Those Were The Days', released on The Beatles Apple label and produced by Paul McCartney, winner of TV Talent show 'Opportunity Knocks. 
1951, Born on this day, Christopher Cross, singer, songwriter, (1981 US No.1 single 'Arthur's Theme', a No.7 UK hit in 1982). 
1953, Born on this day, Bruce Hall, REO Speedwagon, (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Keep On Loving You'). 
1959, Born on this day, David Ball, Soft Cell, (1981 UK No.1 single 'Tainted Love'). 
1964, Born on this day, Sterling Campbell, American rock drummer who has worked with numerous high-profile acts, including The B-52s, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum, Cyndi Lauper, Gustavo Cerati and David Bowie.
1965, Born on this day, Simon Smith, drums, The Wedding Present, (during 1992, they released one single every month giving them twelve top 30 hits, making them the only group to score more than ten new hits in one year). 
1969, Born on this day, Jay Darlington, Kula Shaker, (1996 UK No.2 single 'Hey Dude'). 
1972, Born on this day, Josey Scott, lead singer, Saliva. Scott sang 'Hero' with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, which was used as the theme song to the 2002 film Spider-Man. 
1977, Born on this day, Eric Church, American country music singer-songwriter. His 2014 single 'Give Me Back My Hometown', became his fourth No.1 on the Country Airplay chart. Church has become an avid advocate for the use of marijuana, reflected in songs such as 'Smoke a Little Smoke'. 
1979, Born on this day, Danny Foster, Hear'Say, (2001 UK No.1 single 'Pure And Simple'). 
1981, Born on this day, Farrah Franklin, singer, actress and model. Joined Destiny's Child in 2000, along with Michelle Williams, replacing original members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Left Destiny's Child after five months.

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