16/05/2017

CSN&Y

May 16th 1970, Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Deja Vu'. The album featured three Top 40 singles: 'Teach Your Children,' 'Our House,' and 'Woodstock'. In 2003, the album was ranked number 148 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Bob Dylan

May 16th 1966, Bob Dylan's iconic Blonde On Blonde album was released, reaching No.9 in the US charts and No.3 in the UK. Rock's first double album, and Dylan's seventh studio effort, it was recorded with Al Kooper, Robbie Robertson and Nashville country music session players, and had what Dylan later called ‘that wild mercury sound’.

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The Beach Boys

May 16th 1966, The Beach Boys released the album Pet Sounds in the US. The album is now regarded as the masterpiece of composer-producer Brian Wilson. To confirm this, Pet Sounds has been widely ranked as one of the most influential records ever released and has been ranked at No.1 in several music magazines lists of greatest albums of all time, including New Musical Express, The Times and Mojo Magazine. In 2003, it was ranked No.2 in Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, (Sgt. Pepper'S came first).

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15/05/2017

Mike Oldfield

May 15th 1953, Born on this day, Mike Oldfield, UK composer, multi-instrumentalist, 'Tubular Bells' was the first album released on the Virgin record label in 1973 and went on to sell over 10 million copies world-wide. 1976 UK No. 3 single 'Portsmouth' plus 20 other UK Top 40 albums.

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Brian Eno

May 15th 1948, Born on this day, Brian Eno, synthesisers, Roxy Music, (1972 UK No.4 single 'Virginia Plain'). Member of The Winkies, produced U2, Talking Heads, David Bowie, John Cale and released solo albums.

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Asia

May 15th 1982, Asia went to No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled album. It spent a total of nine weeks at No.1 and became the best-selling album in the US for the year 1982. The supergroup included former members of several veteran progressive rock bands, namely bassist/vocalist John Wetton (formerly in Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music, Uriah Heep, U.K. and Wishbone Ash), guitarist Steve Howe (formerly in Yes), keyboardist Geoff Downes (of Yes and The Buggles) and drummer Carl Palmer (formerly in The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster and Emerson, Lake & Palmer). 

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The Rolling Stones

May 15th 1976, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Black And Blue', the group's sixth US No.1 album. The band's first studio album released withRonnie Wood as the replacement for Mick Taylor featured the hit 'Fool To Cry'.

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CSN&Y

May 15th 1971, Crosby Stills Nash & Young scored their second US No.1 album with '4 Way Street.' The live album featured recordings from shows at The Fillmore East, New York, and The Forum, Los Angeles.

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14/05/2017

Little Richard

14th Sept 1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio to begin two days of recording. Things were not going well and during a break, Richard and his producer; Bumps Blackwell went to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of ‘Tutti Frutti.’ With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, ‘a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.’

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13/05/2017

Jack Bruce

May 14th 1943, Born on this day, Jack Bruce, bass, vocals, Graham Bond Organization, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream, (1967 UK No.11 single 'I Feel Free', 1968 US No.5 single 'Sunshine Of Your Love'). West, Bruce and Laing. Bruce died on 25 October 2014 from liver disease in Suffolk, England, aged 71.

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BB King

May 14th 2015, Blues singer, songwriter and guitarist B.B. King died in his sleep aged 89 from a series of small strokes caused by type 2 diabetes. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential blues guitarists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine placed him behind only Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman in its list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

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Frank Sinatra

May 14th 1998, American singer and actor Frank Sinatra died at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles aged 82, after suffering a heart attack. Sinatra had his first hit in 1940, working in the Swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1953 film 'From Here to Eternity'. He went on to score over 25 Top 40 singles including the 1966 No.1 'Strangers In The Night'. His 1969 single 'My Way', re-entered the UK charts eight times and spent a total of 165 weeks on the UK chart.

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Keith Relf

May 14th 1976, 33 year-old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. The Yardbirds had the hits 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', and 'Shapes of Things'.

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Stevie Wonder

May 13th 1950, Born on this day, Stevie Wonder singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. A child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Wonder who has been blind from shortly after birth, signed with Motown's Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. Wonder has scored over 40 other US & UK Top 40 singles.

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12/05/2017

Ritchie Valens

May 13th 1941, Born on this day, Ritchie Valens, US singer, (1958 US No.2 and 1959 UK No.29 single 'Donna'). Valens died on 3rd February 1959.

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The Beatles

May 13th 1970, The world premiere of The Beatles film 'Let It Be' took place in New York City. The film which was originally planned as a television documentary features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.

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Mary Wells

May 13th 1943, Born on this day, Mary Wells, US singer, (1964 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'My Guy', written by Smokey Robinson). Wells died of cancer on 26th July 1992.

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