30/05/2017

The Beatles

May 30th 1968, The Beatles began recording what became known as The White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.

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The Rolling Stones

May 30th 1965, The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show.

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Carl Radle

May 30th 1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

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The Beatles

30th May 1964, The Beatles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Love Me Do', the group's fourth US No.1 in five months. The version released in America had Andy White playing drums while Ringo played the tambourine. The British single was a take on which Ringo Starr played the drums

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Tom Morello

Happy birthday to Tom Morello born on 30th May 1964, American musician, singer-songwriter and political activist , guitar, Rage Against The Machine, (1996 US No.1 album 'Evil Empire'). Audioslave (2005 US No.1 album 'Out of Exile'). Morello was most recently a touring musician with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

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29/05/2017

Mike Porcaro

May 29th 1955, Born on this day, Mike Porcaro, bass, Toto, (1983 US No.1 & UK No.3 single 'Africa'). won an Album of the Year Grammy for 1982's Toto IV. Porcaro died on 15th March 2015 following a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

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Francis Rossi

May 29th 1949, Born on this day, Francis Rossi, guitar, vocals, Status Quo, (1977 UK No.3 single 'Rockin' All Over The World', plus 50 other UK Top75 singles since 1968).

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Gary Brooker

May 29th 1945, Born on this day, Gary Brooker, Procol Harum, 1967 UK No.1 and US No.5 single A Whiter Shade Of Pale. and scored the hits 'Homburg', 'Conquistador'. Brooker founded The Paramounts in 1962 with his guitarist friend Robin Trower and has also worked with Eric Clapton, Alan Parsons and Ringo Starr.

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Crosby, Stills & Nash

May 29th 1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut on Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hits: 'Marrakesh Express' and 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'.

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Bob Dylan

May 29th 1965, Bob Dylan's album Bringing It All Back Home was at No.1 on the UK charts, his second UK No.1 album. The black and white pamphlet lying across the Time magazine with President Lyndon B. Johnson on the cover is a publication of the Earth Society, who saw its mission as protecting earth from collisions with comets and planets.

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The Rolling Stones

29th May 1971, The Rolling Stones started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Brown Sugar', from Sticky Fingers. The first single released on Rolling Stones Records, it was the bands sixth US No.1, and a No.2 hit in the UK. The songs lyrics, which are essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, include: interracial sex, cunnilingus, slave rape, and less distinctly, sadomasochism, lost virginity, and heroin

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Jeff Buckley

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Jeffrey Scott "Jeff" Buckley (November 17, 1966 – May 29, 1997)

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28/05/2017

Percy Sledge

28th May 1966, Percy Sledge started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'When A Man Loves A Woman'. A No.4 hit on the UK chart and No.2 when re-issued in 1987. Before the recording session, the song had no title or lyrics. The session proceeded with the expectation that Sledge would produce them for the vocal takes. When it came time to record the vocals, Sledge improvised the lyrics with minimal pre-planning, using the melody as a guide for rhythm and phrasing. The performance was so convincing that others working on the session assumed Sledge had the lyrics written down.

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Wendy O. Williams

May 28th 1949, Born on this day, Wendy O. Williams singer with The Plasmatics, a New York punk band who had the 1980 UK No. 55 single ‘Butcher Baby’. She died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds on April 6th 1998.

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Gladys Knight

May 28th 1944, Born on this day, Gladys Knight, singer, The Pips, (1973 US No.1 single 'Midnight Train To Georgia', 1975 UK No.4 single 'The Way We Were' plus 20 other UK Top 40 singles).

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Papa John Creach

May 28th 1917, Born on this day, Papa John Creech, violinist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. He died in 1994 aged 76.

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T- Bone Walker

May 28th 1910, Born on this day, T- Bone Walker, US blues guitarist, influenced Albert Collins, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Freddy King. Died on 16th March 1975.

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