Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Procol Harum

Born on this day:
1945 Arthur Lee, guitar, vocals (Love)
1945 Chris White, bass (The Zombies)
1946 Peter Wolf, vocals (The J. Geils Band)
1946 Matthew Fisher (Procol Harum)
1952 Ernie Isley (The Isley Brothers)

Rock Pills:
1962, The Beatles recorded their first ever radio appearance, at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester, for the BBC radio program Teenagers’ Turn. After a rehearsal, The Beatles put on suits for the first time and, along with the other artists appearing, recorded the show in front of a live audience, some who had travelled from Liverpool.

1964, for the first time ever, the U.K. top ten singles chart was composed entirely of British acts. Cilla Black held the #1 position with “Anyone Who Had a Heart.”

1965, during a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England, a female fan fell from the upper circle. Thanks to the crowd below breaking her fall she escaped serious injury with just a few broken teeth.

1966, Tina Turner recorded her vocal part on the Phil Spector produced “River Deep, Mountain High.” This classic milestone reached #3 in the U.K. but only #88 on the U.S. chart due to Spector’s refusal to pay bribes that would ensure airplay.

1967, while working on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles recorded additional overdubs for “Lovely Rita,” including harmony vocals, effects, and the percussive sound of comb and paper.

1976, Elton John was immortalized in wax at Madame Tussauds, becoming the first pop music icon to be honored in wax since The Beatles.

1987, The Beastie Boys became the first rap inspired act to have a #1 album in the U.S. with their debut Licensed To Ill.

1988, British pedal steel guitar player Gordon Huntley died of cancer. He was a member of Matthews Southern Comfort (appearing on their U.K. #1 hit “Woodstock”) and a session player with acts including Elton John, Rod Stewart, The Pretty Things, Cliff Richard and Fairport Convention.

1991, readers of Rolling Stone voted George Michael the best male singer and sexiest male artist.

2001, after a two year high court legal battle, David Balfe, former Teardrop Explodes keyboard player and the man who discovered Blur, won £250,000 in back royalties that accrued after selling his Food Records label to EMI in 1994.

The Smiths
2002, former Visage singer Steve Strange was attacked while on his way to a party in West London. He was hit over the head, resulting in a wound requiring 18 stitches and robbed of a bracelet given to him by Kylie Minogue.

2004, The Smiths’ song “I Know It’s Over” topped a poll titled “The Songs that Saved Your Life,” which was conducted by BBC digital radio station 6 Music. R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” also made the top 10.

2007, Rhett Hutchence, brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence, defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online, saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax Michael sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue.

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