US Festival '83'

May 28th 1983, The four day US Festival '83' took place in California, featuring The Clash,U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks, Willie Nelson. INXS, Joe Walsh, Motley Crue and Ozzy Osbourne. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival.


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John Fogerty

Happy birthday to John Fogerty born on 28th May 1945, guitar, vocals, Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969 UK No.1 and US No.2 single 'Bad Moon Rising', plus ten other US Top 30 hits, 1970 US & UK No.1 album 'Cosmo's Factory'). Solo and The Blue Ridge Rangers.


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Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman, celebrated southern rock pioneer, dies aged 69. 

  • Co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band died at home in Savannah, Georgia
  • Allman left and rejoined group, started with brother Duane, many times - 

    Gregg Allman, the organist and singer for the Allman Brothers Band, which helped spawn the genre of southern rock, has died. He was 69.

    Allman’s death was announced in a statement posted to his website on Saturday. Allman “passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia”, the statement said, having “struggled with many health issues over the past several years”.

    “During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times.”

    Allman left and rejoined the Allman Brothers Band, whose hits and well-known songs included Ramblin’ Man and Midnight Rider, last playing with the group in 2014. In 2016 he cancelled some solo tour dates for health reasons; in March 2017 he canceled performances for the rest of this year. Having contracted hepatitis C after years of substance abuse, in 2010 he had a liver transplant.

    Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Allman was raised in Florida with his older brother and fellow band member Duane by a single mother, after his father was shot dead. In a 2015 interview with the Guardian, he said he “learned to play mostly from black people: the clubs on Daytona Beach, Surf Bar, Paradise, all black dudes.”

    “We used to listen to a station that called itself ‘the black spot on your dial’,” he added. “It played Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, and it hit Duane and me like spaghetti hitting a wall.

    “Once Ma came in while we were playing with Hank Moore. He was teaching us Done Somebody Wrong and she says: ‘What you doing with a nigger in the front room?’ But she was just having a bad day. We were raised not to hate black people, and mother did a good job.”

    The first Allman Brothers Band lineup featured Duane and Dickey Betts on guitar alongside two drummer. Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, when he was 24. The bassist Berry Oakley also died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 24, in 1972.

    In his Guardian interview, Gregg Allman said: “Duane was the king of laughter, always making jokes. Just last year, the Allman Brothers played our last gig. It was at the Beacon in New York and everyone was at their best. You’ve got to keep laughing. It was what Duane would have done, and wanted us to do.”

    Allman’s manager, Michael Lehman, said on Saturday: “I have lost a dear friend and the world has lost a brilliant pioneer in music. He was a kind and gentle soul with the best laugh I ever heard.

    “His love for his family and bandmates was passionate as was the love he had for his extraordinary fans. Gregg was an incredible partner and an even better friend. We will all miss him.” (Source  the Guardian)

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Paul McCartney

May 27th 2008, Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale's president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had 'awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues'. A band played Hey Jude as Sir Paul, 65, walked on stage to accept his degree.


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Neil Finn

May 27th 1956, Born on this day, Neil Finn, guitar, vocals, Split Enz, (1980 UK No.12 single 'I Got You'). Crowded House, (1992 UK No.7 single 'Weather With You'). Solo and Finn Brothers.


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Priscilla White

May 27th 1943, Born on this day, Priscilla White (Cilla Black), singer, TV presenter, 1964 UK No.1 single 'Anyone Who Had A Heart' plus 18 other UK Top 40 singles). Black died at her holiday home near Marbella, Spain, on 1 August 2015. She was 72.


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May 27th 1994, The Eagles played their first show in fourteen years when they played a show in Burbank, California. The two-and-a-half-hour show ended with two encores, closing with 'Desperado'.


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Eddie Harsch

May 27th 1957, Born on this day, Eddie Harsch, keyboards, The Black Crowes, (1991 UK No.39 single 'Hard To Handle', 1992 US No.1 & UK No.2 album 'The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion').


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Bob Dylan

May 27th 1963, The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Bob Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan's songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.


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Hank Williams Jr

May 26th 1949, Born on this day, Hank Williams Jr, country singer, songwriter, son of country music's greatest star.


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Stevie Nicks

May 26th 1948, Born on this day, Stevie Nicks, singer, Fleetwood Mac who scored the 1987 UK No.5 single 'Little Lies' and 1977 US No.1 single 'Dreams', from world-wide No.1 album Rumours. Solo, 1981 US No.1 & UK No.11 album 'Bella Donna', 1989 UK No. 16 single 'Rooms On Fire'.


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Mick Ronson

May 26th 1946, Born on this day, Mick Ronson guitarist, producer, member of The Rats, then worked with David Bowie, (1972 UK album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars 1974 UK No.5 single 'Rebel Rebel'). Also worked with Mott The Hoople, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter. Released the 1974 UK No.9 solo album 'Slaughter On Tenth Avenue'. Ronson died on April 29th 1993.


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Miles Davis

May 26th 1926, Born on this day, Miles Davis, jazz trumpeter and composer who had a 1959 album with Kind of Blue. He was a major influence on jazz music. Davis died on September 28th 1991.


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The Beatles

May 26th 1966, The Beatles recorded 'Yellow Submarine' at Abbey Road studios in London. Recovering from a case of food poisoning, producer George Martin missed this recording, EMI engineer Geoff Emerick worked on the session. The track features John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water, shouting "Full speed ahead Mister Captain!"


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Lenny Kravitz

Happy Birthday Lenny Kravitz !


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Klaus Meine

Happy Birthday Klaus Meine !


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Dire Straits

May 25th 1985, Dire Straits scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Brothers In Arms', also No.1 in the US and 24 other countries. 'Brothers In Arms' was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. The album won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards, and has gone on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide.

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