Saturday, June 3, 2017


In Music History

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2016After a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease, Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing champion and civil rights activist who was the subject of the 1975 hit "Black Superman," dies of respiratory complications at age 74. 
2011R&B singer Benny Spellman dies of respiratory failure at age 79.
2011Andrew Gold, who penned what would famously become the theme song to The Golden Girls, dies of heart failure at age 59.
2009Blues singer Koko Taylor, known for her popular cover of Willie Dixon's "Wang Dang Doodle," dies of surgical complications after a procedure for gastrointestinal bleeding at age 80.
2006Red Hot Chili PeppersStadium Arcadium hits #1 on both the UK and US album charts.
2003Barry Manilow suffers a broken nose after he accidentally walks into a wall at his home in Palm Springs, California, and knocks himself unconscious. Although he passed out for four hours, he doesn't endure any lasting effects and doctors determine that surgery is not necessary.
2002Paul McCartney and Aretha Franklin are the performers at Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee celebrating the 50th year of her reign.
2001Shaggy's "Angel" starts a four-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart. His album Hot Shot also goes to #1 on the UK albums chart.
2001Staind's Break The Cycle starts a three-week run at #1 on the US albums chart.
2000Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested after allegedly trashing his house, threatening his wife's life, and then disappearing. He is captured and ordered to get psychiatric help.
1997Wu-Tang Forever, the second album by the 9-man rap group, is released.
1995Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman?," featured in the Johnny Depp movie Don Juan DeMarco, starts a five-week run at #1 on the US singles chart.
1991Willie Nelson releases Who'll Buy My Memories: The IRS Tapes.
1990The Big Day free festival takes place in Glasgow, Scotland, with Wet Wet WetDeacon Blue, Hothouse Flowers, Sheena EastonTexas, Hue and Cry, John Martyn, Eddi Reader, The Average White Band and others. Channel 4 TV runs a six-hour live broadcast from the event.
1990Richard Sohl, pianist and songwriter known for his work with Patti Smith, dies of a heart attack at age 37.
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Kinks Take Coca-Cola Out Of "Lola"

With the BBC refusing to air The Kinks' new single "Lola" because of its reference to "Coca-Cola" (brand names being a no-no for the corporation), lead singer Ray Davies flies all the way from London to New York to re-record the line as "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola."
After the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) refuse to play the The Kinks' new single, "Lola," singer Ray Davies is forced to interrupt the band's US tour for the second time in two weeks - flying from New York to London and back to re-record a single line of the song to meet their rules.

As the BBC holds the virtual monopoly on public radio and TV broadcasting in the UK, an airplay ban could have significant implications for the single's sales. Surprisingly for the conservative corporation, the reason for the ban is not the song's subject matter - a tale of a tryst between the protagonist and a transsexual who "walked like a woman and talked like a man" - but a breach of their strict rules on advertising and product placement. The offending line, "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola" has the beverage changed to "cherry cola" for British audiences.

There are other bans and edits of the track around the world: Australian radio stations refuse to play the song at all due to its controversial narrative, and many America radio stations fade the song out before the hinted reveal of Lola's true gender: "Now I'm not the world's most masculine man, but I know what I am and I'm glad I'm a man, and so is Lola."

After initially traveling to London after the Kinks' May 23 gig in Minnesota, Davies failed to capture the performance to his satisfaction, so he makes a second round trip to capture the two-word phrase. This time both he and the BBC are happy with the change, and the single is cleared for airplay.

When the edited version is eventually released in the UK it is a #2 hit and the original version peaks at #9 in the US. Ray Davies' re-recording woes are not over, though, as he soon has to make yet another transatlantic trip when the word "fogging" in the band's next single "Apeman" is mistaken by the US censors for a much stronger curse word.

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