Thursday, May 12, 2011

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MAY 12

Hootie & The Blowfish
No.1
1958 Everly Brothers: All I Have to Do Is Dream US 45
1973 Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy US LP
1984 Lionel Richie: Hello US 45
1990 Adamski: Killer UK 45
1996 Hootie & The Blowfish : Fairweather Johnson US LP
1997 Olive :  You're Not Alone : UK single

Births
1942 Ian Dury
1944 Billy Swan
1944 James Purify  
1945 Ian McLagan
1948 Steve Winwood  
1950 Billy Squier
1958 Eric Singer (Kiss)
1961 Billy Duffy (Cult)

Miscellany
1960 ABC TV screen Welcome Home Elvis, his first post-army show, Frank Sinatra also stars
1964 Pirate Radio Atlanta begins broadcasting
1965 Rolling Stones begin two days of sessions at Chess studios in Chicago - Satisfaction results
Meatloaf
1967 Procul Harum release A Whiter Shade of Pale in UK
1967 'Games For May' concert performed by Pink Floyd at Queen Elizabeth Hall - song title is later changed to See Emily Play
1968 Rolling Stones play NME poll-winners concert at Wembley
1971 Mick and Bianca Jagger marry at the St. Tropez Town Hall
1973 Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side hits UK chart
1977 Pink Floyd perform the first quadraphonic concert at Portland Coliseum
1977 After being dropped by both EMI and A&M records in less than 6 months, Virgin records announced they had signed The Sex Pistols.
1979 Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush play benefit concert at Hammersmith Odeon for lighting man Bill Duffy, who died on 20th April
1983 Meatloaf files for bankruptcy with debts of over a million dollars
1996 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien died the day after being injured 'body surfing' at a Smashing Pumpkins gig at The Point, Dublin.
2008 Singer-songwriter Neil Young had a spider named after him. US university biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and decided to name it after his favourite musician: Myrmekiaphila Neilyoungi.

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