Thursday, June 1, 2017


In Music History

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2007Tony Thompson (lead singer of Hi-Five) dies at age 31 after accidentally inhaling a toxic amount of freon.
2007Contemporary musicians record their own versions of songs from The BeatlesSgt Pepper's album to mark 40 years since it was released. Acts including OasisTravisThe FrayKaiser ChiefsRazorlightBryan Adams and The Magic Numbers all work with Geoff Emerick - the engineer in charge of the original 1967 sessions - using the original analogue 4-track equipment to demonstrate the techniques employed for the recording at Abbey Road studios in 1967.
2006Spanish singer and actress Rocio Jurado dies of pancreatic cancer at age 59.
2006The UK Albums chart turns 50 years old, and in a survey by the book of British Hit Singles and Albums and NMEDefinitely Maybeby Oasis is voted the greatest album of all time. The Beatles come in second and third place with Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and RevolverOK Computer by Radiohead is fourth and (What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis comes in fifth.
2005White Stripes singer Jack White marries his girlfriend, British model Karen Elson, in a canoe on the Amazon in Brazil.
2005Crazy Frog's "Axel F" hits #1 on the UK singles chart.
2003Slipknot bass player Paul Gray is arrested after colliding with another car in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. Gray, who dies from an overdose on May 24, 2010, is charged with possession of marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia, as well drunk-driving.
2003Staind's 14 Shades Of Gray hits #1 on the US album chart.
2001Rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow is sentenced in a Manhattan court to 10 years in prison for his part in a 1999 nightclub shooting.
2000Dixie Chicks play the first night of their 85-date "Fly" North American tour at Winnipeg Arena in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
2000The film Honest, starring three of the All Saints, is pulled by cinemas after a disastrous showing at the box office.
2000Mambo musician Tito Puente, who helped popularize Afro-Cuban and Caribbean music in the '50s, dies at age 77 following heart valve surgery.
1999Brad Paisley releases his debut album, Who Needs Pictures, through Arista Nashville.
1999Ja Rule releases his debut album, Venni Vetti Vecci, featuring the hit single "Holla Holla."More
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John And Yoko Start A Revolution From Their Bed

John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace A Chance" to close out their "bed-in" in Montreal.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent their entire honeymoon in bed in an Amsterdam hotel room, inviting in members of the press for 12 hours each day while they talked about peace, love and understanding. There they remained for seven days, beneath signs marked "Hair Peace" and "Bed Peace." That series of events was documented in the hastily recorded Beatles song "The Ballad of John and Yoko," which featured just Lennon and Paul McCartney playing every instrument. That stunt is such a publicity success - despite the press failing to take their message seriously - that the pair decide to reprise it.

This second protest is planned for New York, but Lennon is refused entry to the country on account of his 1968 conviction for possession of marijuana. After staying for just one night in their second choice venue - the Sheraton Hotel in the Bahamas - John and Yoko decide the weather is too hot to remain in bed for a week, so they fly to Canada and block-book rooms 1738 thru 1744 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal for seven days. 

While the bed-in is in progress, a host of celebrities and media representatives visit the hotel room and John Lennon repeats the phrase "give peace a chance," in various interviews, sparking the idea for a song.

"Give Peace A Chance" is recorded live by producer André Perry, using four microphones and a portable 4-track cassette recorder he has borrowed from a local studio. The song features a chorus of contributors including Petula Clark, Allen Ginsburg and Timothy Leary. 

Released as a Lennon solo single under the name The Plastic Ono Band, the song is nevertheless attributed to the Lennon-McCartney songwriting partnership - to Lennon's later regret. The writing credit could serve as thanks for McCartney's help recording "The Ballad of John and Yoko" on such short notice. 

The single reaches #14 in the US, and over the next decade becomes an anthem for the anti-Vietnam War movement. (photo: Roy Kerwood)

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