12/05/2017

Steve Winwood

May 12th 1948, Born on this day, Steve Winwood, vocals, keyboards, Spencer Davis Group, (1966 UK No.1 single 'Keep On Running'), Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe'), Blind Faith, (1969 UK & US No.1 album), Solo (1986 US No.1 & UK No.1 single 'Higher Love').

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Ian McLagan

May 12th 1946, Born on this day, Ian McLagan, keyboards, Small Faces (1967 UK No.3 & US No.17 single 'Itchycoo Park', & 1968 UK No.1 album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake'). The Faces, (1971 UK No.6 & US No.17 single 'Stay With Me'). Also worked withThe Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Billy Bragg and Bruce Springsteen. He died on 3rd Dec 2014 died aged 69, due to complications from a stroke.

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Billy Swan

May 12th 1944, Born on this day, Billy Swan, US singer, (1974 US No.1 & 1975 UK No.6 single 'I Can Help').

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Ian Dury

May 12th 1942, Born on this day, Ian Dury, singer, songwriter, poet, actor, (1977 UK No.5 album 'New Boots And Panties!!' spent 90 weeks on the UK chart, 1979 UK No.1 single 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick'). Dury died on 27th March 2000 aged 57.

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Burt Bacharach

May 12th 1928, Born on this day, Burt Bacharach, US songwriter, pianist and arranger. With Hal David wrote many classic songs including, 'Close To You', '24 Hours From Tulsa', 'Make It Easy On Yourself', 'Magic Moments', 'I Say A Little Prayer'. Won two Oscars for film score 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid', for 'Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head'.

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Led Zeppelin

May 12th 1973, Led Zeppelin started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fifth album Houses Of The Holy. The group's third US No.1 album went on to spend 39 weeks on the US chart. Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix's "Are You Experienced" was released in the UK on this day in 1967. 

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11/05/2017

Eric Burdon

May 11th 1941, Born on this day, Eric Burdon, vocals, The Animals, (1964 UK & US No.1 single 'House Of The Rising Sun').

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The Beatles

May 11th 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.

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Woodstock

11th May 1970, The triple soundtrack album Woodstock was released in the US, going gold within two weeks. The album featured tracks by; Canned Heat, Richie Havens, Country Joe McDonald, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joe Cocker, Santana and others. The couple on the album cover are Bobbi Kelly and Nick Ercoline.

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10/05/2017

Dave Mason

May 10th 1947, Born on this day, Dave Mason, guitar, Traffic, (1967 UK No.2 single 'Hole In My Shoe'), Solo, (1977 US No.12 single 'We Just Disagree'). Worked with Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, George Harrison.

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Graham Gouldman

May 10th 1946, Born on this day, Graham Gouldman, UK singer, songwriter, guitarist, High Spots, The Crevattes, 10cc, (1975 UK No.1 & US No.2 single 'I'm Not In Love', plus 10 other UK Top 30 hits including 2 No.1's), Wax, (1987 UK No.12 single 'Bridge To Your Heart'). Wrote hits for Herman's Hermits, The Hollies & The Yardbirds.

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Donovan

May 10th 1946, Born on this day, Donovan, Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist, who scored the 1966 US No.1 & 1967 UK No.2 single 'Sunshine Superman'. 'Mellow Yellow' reached US No.2 the following year, with 'Hurdy Gurdy Man' reaching the Top 5 on both shores in 1968.

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David Bowie

May 10th 1970, David Bowie was awarded an Ivor Novello Award for Best Original Song'Space Oddity' which he performed that night accompanied by the Les Reed Orchestra. The event was transmitted live via satellite to venues in America, France, Spain, Australia, Holland and Venezuela. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'Hallo Spaceboy'.

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The Rolling Stones

May 10th 1965, The Rolling Stones recorded a version of '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' at Chess Studios in Chicago, with Brian Jones on harmonica. The group re-recorded it two days later at RCA Studios in Hollywood, with a different beat and theGibson Maestro fuzzbox that Keith Richards had recently aquired, adding sustain to the sound of the guitar riff.

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The Rolling Stones

May 10th 1963, The Rolling Stones recorded the Chuck Berry song 'Come On', at Olympic Studios, London. This the bands first release was issued on the 7th June 1963 by Decca Records.

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The Silver Beetles

May 10th 1960, The Silver Beetles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore) auditioned for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury for a job as Fury's backing group. Parnes was also looking for backing groups for his lesser-known acts, and The Silver Beetles were selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from 'The Beatals' to 'The Silver Beetles' after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name 'Beatals' was "ridiculous". He suggested they use the name 'Long John and the Silver Beetles', but John Lennon refused to be referred to as 'Long John'.

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