Friday, May 14, 2010

This Date In Music History - May 14


Jack Bruce - Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream (1943)

Gene Cornish - Young Rascals (1946)

Al Ciner - American Breed, Three Dog Night (1947)

David Byrne - Talking Heads (1952)

Steve Hogarth - Marillion (1959)

C.C. Deville - Poison (1962)

Ian Astbury - Southern Death Cult, The Cult, joined The Doors in 2002 (1962)

Fabrice Morvan - Milli Vanilli (1963)

Mike Inez - Alice In Chains (1966)

Danny Wood - New Kids On The Block (1971)

Freaky Tah - Lost Boyz (1971)

Natalie Appleton - All Saints (1973)

Shanice (1973)

They Are Missed:

Born on this day in 1936, Bobby Darin, (1959 US & UK No.1 single "Mack The Knife," plus 20 other US Top 40 hits). He died on December 20, 1973.

In 1976, 33 year-old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar.

Born today in 1946, Lek LecKenby, guitar, Herman's Hermits. He died on 4th June 1994.

Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack in 1998.

Born on this day in 1953, John Rutsey, drummer and founding member of Rush. Died May 11, 2008.


Bo Diddley’s “Bo Diddley” backed with “I’m A Man” landed on the R&B charts in 1955. Both songs were later covered in the '60s by British groups.

In 1956, Buddy Holly's optometrist gives him contact lenses for his 20/800 eyesight, but he can't get used to them, so the trademark glasses stayed.

Elvis Presley was rushed to a Los Angles hospital in 1957 after swallowing a porcelain cap from one of his front teeth, which then lodged its-self in one of his lungs.

In 1960, The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".

Jan & Dean began recording "Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)" in 1964.

The Rascals recorded "People Got To Be Free" in 1968.

In 1968, Paul McCartney and John Lennon appeared on NBC-TV's "Tonight Show" (with guest-host Joe Garagiola).

Dennis Yost and Wally Eaton of the Classics IV were seriously injured in a car crash near Atlanta in 1969. (Wally never again tours with the group)

Leo Sayer went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1977 with the Albert Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager song "When I Need You."

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart in 1988 with "Anything For You."

Also in 1988 - Atlantic Records celebrated its 40th anniversary with a televised cable show. Atlantic Records celebrates its 40th anniversary at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Yes, Genesis, Foreigner and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King performed. A re-united Led Zeppelin hits the stage with Jason Bonham filling in for his late father John. Zeppelin plays “Stairway To Heaven” and “Whole Lotta Love.”

The album 'Revenge' was released by KISS in 1992. The album featured a new drummer, Eric Singer.

During an auction at Christies in London in 1993, the acoustic guitar that Elvis Presley used to make his first recordings in 1954, "That's All Right Mama" and "Blue Moon of Kentucky" sold for $152,000. And four 'Super Hero', Costumes worn by the group Kiss sold for $35,385.

In 2004, Steven Tyler fulfilled a terminally ill female fan's wish when he gives her a kiss after Aerosmith`s concert in Winnipeg, Canada.

As if he didn't already have enough trouble, in 2004, Phil Spector was arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur at his California mansion. The 64 year old record producer was taken into custody and later released after a court date was set.

In 2005, a judge in Springfield, Massachusetts, ordered rapper 50 Cent to stay clean of drugs and take an anger management course to avoid spending time in jail. The rapper appeared in court charged with assaulting three women at a concert in 2004 after leaping into the crowd.

In 2007, Capitol/EMI announced that Paul McCartney's post-Beatles catalog will be sold digitally. "For the very first time, McCartney and Wings albums will be made available across all digital platforms," reads the EMI/Capitol statement.

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