May 11


Today In Music History

1957 : The Everly Brothers make their stage debut in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry.

1957 : Buddy Holly & the Crickets audition for Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV program, but are rejected.

1958 : Connie Francis was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with a cover of the 1923 song ‘Who’s Sorry Now.’ Francis was the first female rock ‘n’ roll star to reach No.1.

1963 : The Beatles started a 30 week run at No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album ‘Please Please Me’, making it the longest running No.1 album by a group ever. The bands follow up ‘With The Beatles’ replaced it at the top of the charts on 7th December 1963 and stayed there for 21 weeks.

1964 : No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: Mary Wells’ “My Guy”

1964 : In an early sign of their tendency to disrupt authority, The Rolling Stones, are refused service for lunch at Bristol, England’s Grand Hotel because they’re not properly dressed in jackets and ties. The next day, the Daily Express calls them “the ugliest group in Britain” and remarks, “The Rolling Stones gather no lunch.”

1965 : The Byrds appear on TV for the first time when they play their cover of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man on the NBC show Hullabaloo.

1965 : Roger Miller was at No.1 on the US Country charts with ‘King Of The Road.’ The song has been covered by many other artists, including George Jones, Dean Martin, Boxcar Willie, Randy Travis, the Statler Brothers, and Rufus Wainwright & Teddy Thompson. The Proclaimers had a UK No.9 hit with their version of the song in 1990.

1967 : The Bee Gees make their first big splash on UK television, performing their new single, New York Mining Disaster 1941 (Have You Seen My Wife, Mr. Jones) on the BBC’s Top Of The Pops.

1967 : Recorded on this day, The Beatles – “Baby You’re A Rich Man”

1967 : Recorded on this day, Cream – “Tales Of Brave Ulysses” & “Outside Woman Blues” for their “Disraeli Gears” album

1968 : Released on this day, Richard Harris – “MacArthur Park”

1970 : Released on this day, The Beatles – “The Long and Winding Road”

1970 : The triple soundtrack album ‘Woodstock’ was released in the US, going gold within two weeks.

1972 : John Lennon goes on the Dick Cavett Show and mentions that the FBI is monitoring him. He turns out to be right.

1972 : David Cassidy, then at the very peak of his career, appears in a controversial nearly-naked pose on the cover of Rolling Stone.

1973 : Wings kicked off their first official tour at the Bristol Hippodrome, playing 15 UK shows.

1974 : Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: ‘Wait a minute,if we can start together fellas, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what we’re doing.’ All four members of Zeppelin met with Elvis after the show, spending over 2 hours backstage. Elvis asked for all the group’s autographs for his daughter Lisa Marie.

1975 : Cher’s new boyfriend, rocker Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers, appears as a guest on her CBS-TV show Cher.

1975 : “Stand By Your Man,” released for the fifth time in the UK, finally catches on, going to #1 for the first of three weeks. First released in the UK in 1969, the song leads a surge of British interest in Tammy Wynette, who begins a tour there when her song is still topping the charts.

1978 : At the end of their News Of The World 46 date tour, Queen played three sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.

1979 : Recorded on this day, Bob Dylan – “Gonna Change My Way Of Thinking” “Precious Angel” “When You Gonna Wake Up” “I Believe In You” “Slow Train” “Gotta Serve Somebody”

1981 : Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumour aged 36. Had the 1981 single ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles. In 1990, the 6th February was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

1985 : UK producer and keyboard player Paul Hardcastle was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ’19’. The title referred to the average age of American soldiers in the Vietnam War and features dialogue by television narrator Peter Thomas, and a strong anti-war message.

1985 : Bruce Springsteen and a small group of friends went out for a boy’s night out in Lake Oswego, Oregon, two nights before his wedding to Julianne Phillips. Drinking in the Gemini pub Springsteen sang a number of songs, karaoke-style, to his own records in the jukebox.

1986 : The Monkees’ LP “The Birds, The Bees and The Monkees” enters the charts.

1987 : The UK indie chart had The Smiths at No.1 on with ‘Sheila Take A Bow’, No.2, The Cult, ‘Lil’ Devil’ No.3, The Pogues, ‘The Irish Rover. The CD chart, David Bowie No.1 ‘Never Let Me Down’, ‘Raindancing’ Alison Moyet at No.2 and Genesis ‘Invisible Touch’ at No.3.

1988 : The legendary songwriter Irving Berlin turns 100 (he’s still alive). A crowd sings some of his standards to him outside of his apartment in New York

1988 : A grand gala is held at New York’s Carnegie Hall to celebrate Irving Berlin’s 100th birthday; it features such stars as Ray Charles and Frank Sinatra

1989 : The late Roy Orbison is posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, with Eric Clapton presenting the award to Orbison’s widow. Orbison enjoyed a career resurgence in the ’80s, but died on December 6, 1988.

1990 : The late Ritchie Valens is finally awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6733 Hollywood Blvd.

1991 : Roxette scored their fourth US No.1 single with ‘Joyride.’ The song was inspired by an interview with Paul McCartney who said that writing songs with John Lennon had been ‘like a Joyride.’

1995 : Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray play a tribute concert forStevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas. They all played with Vaughan at his last concert on August 26, 1990.

1996 : Bill Graham the Irish journalist credited with discovering U2, died of a heart attack aged 44. He was also the co-founder of the Irish music paper Hot Press. Members from Clannad, U2, Hothouse Flowers and Gavin Friday all attended his funeral.

1996 : The wonderfully-titled Fairweather Johnson, which is the second album by Hootie & the Blowfish, debuts at #1 on the charts.

2001 : Oasis, The Black Crowes and Spacehog kicked off ‘The Tour of Brotherly Love’, a North American tour at The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Nevada. (The three bands featuring pairs of brothers, (Noel and Liam Gallagher, Chris and Rich Robinson, Royston and Antony Langdon, respectively).

2002 : Over 500 Michael Jackson fans held a demonstration outside the Sony records building in Berlin complaining that the label hadn’t promoted the singer’s latest album ‘Invincible’.

2003 : Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums ‘Are You Experienced’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’ and ‘Electric Ladyland,’ Right up until his death, Redding had been taking legal action against the Hendrix estate for payment estimated at £3.26 million for his part in recordings and for ongoing royalties. Had also been a member of Fat Mattress and formed The Noel Redding Band.

2003 : Jackson Browne is the guest star (as himself) on tonight’s “Brake My Wife, Please” episode of Fox-TV’s The Simpsons.

2004 : Willie Nelson cancels ten upcoming concerts in order to get some much-needed carpal tunnel surgery.

2004 : US songwriter John Whitehead was killed by a gunman. He co-wrote ‘Back Stabbers’ for the O’Jays and as McFadden & Whitehead wrote and sang ‘Ain’t No Stopping Us Now’ which sold more than 8 million copies and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

2007 : The Mamas & The Papas, Otis Redding and Al Kooper are all inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.

2011 : One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000, the largest sum ever paid for a vintage t-shirt. The record-setting sale of a 1979 Led Zeppelin t-shirt on eBay was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage. The recent completion of the transaction placed the purchase as the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage t-shirt.

2011 : Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall’s daughter Elizabeth appeared on the cover of Playboy magazine’s June issue. Her six-page, eight photo spread showed the 27-year-old completely nude, wearing a pair of thigh-high boots and bunny ears, and seductively smoking a cigarette.

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