Saturday, May 19, 2012

ROCK HISTORY - IT HAPPENED ON MAY 19

Pete Townshend
No.1
1973 Wizzard: See My Baby Jive UK 45
1973 Stevie Wonder: You Are the Sunshine of My Life US 45
1979 Abba: Voulez-Vous UK LP
1979 Supertramp: Breakfast in America US LP
1984 Bob Marley: Legend UK LP

Births
1945 Pete Townshend (The Who)
1946 Phillip Rudd (AC/DC)
1947 Paul Brady
1947 Jerry Hyman (Blood, Sweat and Tears)
1949 Dusty Hill (Z.Z. Top)
1952 Joey Ramone (Ramones)
1952 Grace Jones
1956 Martin Ware (Heaven 17)
1962 Iain Harvie (Del Amitri)
1970 Stuart Cable (Stereophonics)

 
Miscellany
1956 Fats Domino's I'm In Love Again replaces Little Richard's Long Tall Sally at top of American R&B chart
Del Amitri
 
1956 Lonnie Donegan makes his US TV debut on The Perry Como Show at start of one-month tour
 
1958 Bobby Darin's Splish Splash released - the first eight-track recording ever released
 
1960 DJ Alan Freed and eight others charged by federal grand jury for commercial bribery, better known as payola. Freed refuses to testify and becomes the scapegoat for others.
 
1961 Everly Brothers launch their own record label, Calliope
 
1978 Dire Straits release Sultans of Swing in UK
 
1979 Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr reunite for an impromptu jam at a Welcome Home party for Eric and Patti Clapton
 
1981 Sting was named songwriter of the year at the 26th Ivor Novello Awards.

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