Monday, May 10, 2010

This Date In Music History-May 10


Jackie Lomax - UK singer, first act to be signed to The Beatles Apple Records. George Harrison wrote his single "Sour Milk Sea" (1944)

Donovan (1946)

Graham Gouldman - UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, High Spots, The Crevattes, 10CC, Wrote hits for Herman's Hermits, The Hollies & The Yardbirds (1946)

Dave Mason - Traffic/Solo, worked with Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, George Harrison (1947)

Jay Ferguson, Spirit/Jo Jo Gunne (1947)

Paul Hewson, (Bono) - U2 (1960)

Young MC, (Marvin Young) - (1967)

They Are Missed:

The late Danny Rapp of Danny & the Juniors ("Rock & Roll Is Here To Stay") was born in 1941.

The late Larry Williams ("Bony Maronie") was born in 1935.

Born on this day in 1957, John Ritchie (Sid Vicious), bass, vocals, Sex Pistols. Vicious died of a heroin overdose on February 2, 1979.

Born today in 1935, Larry Williams, US singer, The Beatles and The Jam covered his songs. Williams died from gunshot wounds on January 2, 1980 (age 45).

Singer, songwriter poet, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children's books Shel Silverstein died of a heart attack in 1999 (age 57). Wrote, "A Boy Named Sue" for Johnny Cash (which Silverstein won a Grammy for in 1970) and many songs for Dr Hook including "Sylvia's Mother" and "The Cover of the Rolling Stone."


In 1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing group's for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.

Dusty Springfield made her US television debut on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964.

The Rolling Stones conducted their first “official” recording session at London’s Olympic Studios in 1963 with manager Andrew Loog Oldham producing. They record their version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On." The song is the group’s first single though it’s initially rejected by Decca Records who call the track “dreadful.” It eventually peaks at #21 in the U.K.

The Rolling Stones recorded part of "Satisfaction" during two days at the legendary Chess Records studios in Chicago in 1965.

Paul Revere & The Raiders’ anti-drug song, "Kicks," peaks at #5 on the US chart in 1966. The song was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil for The Animals, who passed on it.

Jim Morrison (Doors) incited a riot during a Chicago concert in 1968.

In 1969, the Turtles and the Temptations played the White House upon the request of Tricia Nixon. Mark Volman fell off the stage 5 times.

Also in 1969, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, The Move, Status Quo, Tremeloes, Marmalade, Love Sculpture, Van Der Graaf Generator all appeared at Nottingham County Football Ground, Nottingham, England (presented by John Peel).

Led Zeppelin made their first appearance on the UK album chart in 1969 when the bands debut album charted at #6, going on to spend 71 weeks on the UK chart. It entered the US chart the following week at #10. Now considered one of the most important debuts in rock, creating an entirely new interpretation of the rock and roll genre because of the groundbreaking music and recording techniques. The album was recorded in 36 hours.

In 1970, David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song "Space Oddity," which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to venues in America, France, Spain, Australia, Holland and Venezuela.

In 1972, Slade started their first major headlining tour in Bradford, supported by Status Quo.

The Who sold out Madison Square Gardens in New York City for four nights in 1974, selling 80,000 tickets.

Eric Clapton recorded "I Shot the Sheriff" in 1974.

Apple Records was dissolved in 1975.

In 1975, Stevie Wonder played in front of 125,000 fans at a free concert near the Washington Monument to celebrate Human Kindness Day.

Adam And The Ants made their live debut in 1977 when they played at the ICA, London.

Metallica began recording the album "Kill 'Em All" in New York in 1983. They finished on May 27, 1983.

In 1985, all girl group The Go-Go's announced they were breaking up. The members went on to enjoy solo success, (Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin) and the group reformed in the late 90's.

Falco was at #1 on the UK singles chart in 1986 with "Rock Me Amadeus." Falco became the first-ever Austrian act to score a UK and US #1 hit single and the first German speaking artist to achieve a #1 on the US charts.

Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) and Heather Locklear were married in 1986.

The Pet Shop Boys went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "West End Girls," the duo's first US #1, also a #1 in the UK.

Madonna's 'warts and all' documentary film 'Truth Or Dare in bed with Madonna', premiered in Los Angeles in 1991.

The iTunes Music Store reached 400 million songs sold in 2005.

Also in 2005 - The iTunes Music Store opened for Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Denmark.

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from an Auckland, New Zealand, hospital in 2006, two days after undergoing brain surgery following a reported fall while on vacation in Fiji. "[Thanks to] the doctors and the beautiful ladies who make painful nights less painful," says the guitarist in a statement. "I hope I wasn't too much of a pain in the arse." He probably was but that’s Keith.

In 2006, Great White's former tour manager, Daniel Biechele, was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the February ‘03 blaze that killed 100 people at a Rhode Island club. The 29-year-old Biechele faced involuntary manslaughter charges for igniting the pyrotechnics that caused the deadly fire. He was handed a 15-year term but the judge then suspended 11 of those years.

In 2007, US hip-hop artist Akon apologised after footage of him dancing provocatively on stage with a teenage girl was posted on the internet. It led to telecommunications company Verizon pulling out as a sponsor of his US tour with Gwen Stefani. The incident took place on 12 April in Trinidad, where Akon was performing at a nightclub. It was later reported that the girl was just 14. In a statement Akon said he didn't know the girl was underage. He said: "I want to sincerely apologise for the embarrassment and any pain I've caused to the young woman who joined me on stage, her family and the Trinidad community for the events at my concert.”

In 2008, Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington celebrated the 13-year anniversary of Club Tattoo in Tempe, AZ. Bennington and his friend Sean Dowdell founded the tattoo and body-piercing parlor. "These parties have always been special to us," says Bennington, who also performs with Dead By Sunrise in their live debut. "I wouldn't call it a side project," says Bennington. "We're a full, ready-to-go band and so this is something we take very seriously."

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