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THE DEPUTIES RAISE THE ROOF
The Seghill Community Centre "Raise The Roof" appeal, to save the Centre from closing, is having a charity night THIS SATURDAY - JULY 1. The roof is in a bad state of repair and The Deputies have kindly given their time to play at The Blake Arms in Seghill, Cramlington on Saturday 1st July at 9pm.
Tickets are £3 and are on sale at The Blake Arms and Seghill Community Centre or, alternatively, can be bought on entry on Saturday night.





BOOKING FEE?  FUCK RIGHT OFF!!
As you may - or even may not - know, the idea of charging a 'booking fee' when you pick up a ticket is one of those things that really gets on Riffs proverbial tits. Can you imagine a supermarket putting a booking fee on a carton of milk? 'Yeah, it may be a quid on the label mate, but we have to charge a booking fee to cover our costs, so that will now be £2.50'. I can see that going down a storm. As most of the gigs on our Listings page are local and executed by fair-minded people - venues and bands - we don't come up against this very often. Thankfully!
But 'hey hey hey - another sloppy piece of mud' [and if you can tell us which live 80s gig that came from you get free boxed ads for 3 months] Guess what's just dropped into Riffs inbox for us to publicise? An upcoming gig at an Ashington venue near the end of this month. And it is not only ticket but pay on the door. 'So what,' you may say, 'nowt wrong with that'. Certainly isn't, and isn't that just how it should be? BUT, the door price also includes the booking fee!!!!
Yep, a booking fee included on the pay on the door entry fee. The mind boggles. If the promoter feels justified in holding the punters to ransom then there's not much we can do about that. But we ain't gonna mention the gig, or the artist appearing, or the venue. And that goes for anyone else out to make a fast buck off decent people.
Can you imagine, in the not-too-distant future: 'Hiya, a fiver to pay on the door mate, but then I have to include a £2 booking fee and, oh look at the time, a pre-9 0'clock fee, and look at those awful trainers - so that's a £2 embarassing trainer fee, and that fookin' shirt's a disgrace'  . . . .

And don't get us started on venues advertising the gig earlier so as to sell more drinks..........


On 30th June Pearlescence (Pearl Jam tribute) and Rage Against A Machine will be performing a one hour set each at The Cluny to raise money for specialist outdoor equipment for students who attend Sir Charles Parsons School in Walker, Newcastle. The school provides education for students aged 11-19 who have additional needs, moderate learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties, and the money raised will go towards much needed specialist outdoor sensory equipment and residential trips for the students. Doors open at 7pm with Rage Against A Machine hitting the stage just after 8pm. Entry is £5 on the door, tickets can also be purchased form The Cluny website and collected on the night. Both bands can be found on Facebook and the school has a website if you would like to find out a bit more about them. So in a nutshell, two great tribute bands, one great venue and a great cause. All for £5!!! Hope to see as many there as possible.


JUST WHO ARE THOSE CATS?
A big event featuring a 1950s theme with raffles, dance-offs and prizes for best dressed is all set for Sunday June 25. The gig is in support of Beach Access North East and features Ruby and the Mystery Cats, Ryan Page, and Sarah Holmes. It's just £5 a ticket. Full info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/415643978806543/




The Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Butch Trucks died on Tuesday. He was 69. The cause of his death remains unclear.



No doubt many of you are gagging at the bit to know if we solved our computer problems (also many of you are now thinking 'computer problems? Didn't even know about it - and actually don't care, as long my listings are up or I can find out who's on this weekend'). But we console ourselves with the thought that many are wondering how we sorted it . Well, without going into detail, Dave Fulton, who helps out at Houghton Cricket Club, helpfully pointed us in the right direction, listing the possible culprits and ignoring those with alibis. A replacement graphics card was all that was eventually needed and our problems ceased. I am rather long in the tooth and do not expect anyone to rush in to fix things, but sometimes when you hit a brick wall, it's good to have someone to point you in the right direction and to remind you that everything is fixable; you just need to check things in the right order. Dave did just that and his advice was invaluable. Advice is no good to yourself - so give it to others!

MUSICALLY BEREFT!

Just to mention that here at Riffs we are not musical. We do not play an instrument; we cannot analyse a tune; we can't tune a guitar or know what makes a hit song - but what we do know about is publicity. And we love giving it to those deserving. We have mentioned it before but we are doing it again - any band that gives of their time, skills and effort to support a charity is entitled to a massive mensh on this, our News page. Along with some outrageous pictures too. So there, no excuses to not only be selfless and helpful to a deserving cause but also to shout about this cause too (and of course yourself!). So there, musical be we not, but we will surely shout about those who are.......

HOWDON PEEPS DO FRAZER PROUD
Always great to get feedback on gigs, etc and Dave has just let Riffs know that the Funds For Frazer gig at High Howdon Social Club on May 19 managed to raise a very impressive £1,550. Janie, Frazer's mum, we have it on good authority, was totally overcome. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and gave of their time, or money, or support, or all three!


The new album release from SteelyMan is “Blues from Horden Colliery”. A twelve track blues story of growing up in an East Durham mining village that still holds a proud community despite being neglected and forgotten by the powers that be since the mine closed. Not a deep political statement but a few comments on my life as a miner’s son.
Love Horden – Love the Blues...
SteelyMan...
www.steelyman.co.uk
The album can be found on; i-tunes, Spotify, soundcloud etc.




BAD BAD BOYS TO OPEN
TRIPLE HEADER


Just got some info regarding a rather interesting rockin' night with an eclectic hint of dirty blues. Although mentioning rock, and then blues, may lead you into certain incorrect assumptions. This intriguing triple header features the weird and wonderful LaVendore Rogue headlining; consisting of three ex-Hokie Joint members; multiple-British Blues Award nominees and winners: JoJo Burgess on vocals, Joel Fisk on guitar and Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore on drums, as well as Rob “Tank” Barry on bass and Warren Lynn on keyboards. Ably supported by Kris Barras who, with his band, promise 'foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes' (nuthin wrong with the ol' foot-stomping riffs). However, the band with whom Riffs was most impressed has the unenviable task of opening the night's proceedings - which probably reflects our take on music in general! With influences which include Nazareth, Gun and Schenker, you can understand why these guys aren't your cliched rockers. Bournemouth-based Western Sand look (and sound) as if they could hold their own at Knebworth (er, I mean in the 80s when it was worth a shit), Kerrang Weekender or Monsters of Rock. After a Youtoob visit I came away with the feeling that if only somone could drop a megaton of Marshall gear on a pitch-sized stage these guys would clean up. The fact that all these three fascinating bands have been brought together on one stage for one evening is not only refreshing but shows that promoters do not always just think 'kerching' when dishing up bands for out delectation. A big 'whoop' for Tommy Hartlepool here - 'WHOOP' - oh, just me then. Anyway, it's at the Belle Vue Club in Hartlepool, tickets are a realistic £12 (so sod all for the club, let's hope you all drink loads!) and it's on Saturday June 24 - yes, we know it's over two months away, but Tommy's gigs have an enviable habit of selling out surprisingly often (notice the Wishbone Ash gig?). Triple bills like this are few and far between, and Riffs, for one, have our money on The Almighty-sounding Western Sand - don't let us down guys. Since we've been into Rock/Metal we can count on the fingers of one hand how many opening acts have blown the headliners off the stage - but boy, don't it feel good!!
Check this out from Western Sands - here

WALLSEND PEEPS NEEDED
TO SUPPORT LITTLE FRAZER

Just hearing of a very special night being organised by Dave of High Howdon Social Club way up where the wall ends. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Alex is the artist for the night (pic), and Jon and staff of the social club hope to raise some funds for a little Howdon boy - Frazer - who has severe epilepsy and is suffering from multiple fits every day. You may think they are trying to raise a fortune for special treatment abroad; or a respite holiday for his mum whose devotion takes up all her time; or even to bring in paid help to look after little Frazer to ease his pain?  No, all his mum is wanting is a special mattress, and an alert watch so she is aware when he is having a fit. Just these two items will help the family so much. It's on Friday May 19 and although you are asked to get a ticket for entry, how much you pay is entirely up to you.


As our readers may know, on 18 March, Classic Clapton headed off to play out in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They have created a photo album on Facebook that documents the trip. Their keyboards player Paul Warren was unable to make the Sri Lanka trip so Derek Miller of well-known band Cirkus stood in.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/classicclapton/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1794705100547041
Here is a review of the gig:-
http://www.ft.lk/article/605681/When-Clapton-came-to-Colombo
Sri Lanka page on the website here:-
http://www.classic-clapton.com/colombo.htm




This years Crookfest will be held bank holiday sunday 30th April featuring 21 cover and tribute bands across three stages for only £15. New to the fest for 2017 will be the Scooter Tent with a mix of Mod 60s 70s rock and Ska plus a blast of Northern Soul with JD and the Woodsmen. The Main Marquee will feature will more classic rock with bands covering groups such as  Bon Jovi, Slade, Journey, Meat Loaf, Guns n Roses, Thin Lizzy; while the Hut Bar goes a wee bit deeper in the style of Ozzy, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Rory Gallagher and thrown into that mix will be the band Share the Darkness: these guys cover Irish legends The Dubliners, Chieftains and more, and alongside all this there's bars and food outlets. For full details go to www.crookfest.co.uk



The Howard Baker Band are proud to announce their April mini-tour which sees them travelling to Wales and France for four shows. The band has had line up changes since their last outing over the Channel and are now looking forward to heading out again with fresh faces and material. Their upcoming gig list is on the Riffs page and would invite anyone who’s interested to come along and catch a show before they go as they warm up their new rock and pop material, including some songs from Howard’s most recent album ‘The Paris Files’.  The band welcome enquiries from venues and reviews from audience members. You can also check upcoming gigs on their website at www.howardbakerband.co.uk and keep up to date through their Facebook page by searching for the Howard Baker Band.




And yet another band hits our live venues (long may this trend continue!) - The Lone Sharks. Again, a mature bunch of guys who have served their time in several local bands such as TT Blue, Old Codger and Nostalgic Fools. They gigged at Steels Club and
the Mallard last weekend but you can get a taste of their fayre here: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXRmxotkBYk


Just a had a brief mail from Broken Spoke. We reproduce it here: "
Just to say that Marge has kindly given Broken Spoke a booking for The Bell and Bucket on Sunday 4th June. After losing The Maggie Bank and Wooden Doll in the past year it is great to have somewhere in North Shields for bands to play."



The great Chuck Berry has passed away. A mega influence on the Stones, Beatles, Springsteen and countless others....


COVERS BAND WANTED FOR CHARITY GIG
We are holding a charity show on the 13th May which is a Saturday and are in need of some entertainment - covers band, nothing too heavy, motown would be nice. It is to raise funds to buy a Defibulator for my sons Autistic school, Columbia Grange in Washington. The night will be held in Silksworth Catholic Church and we are willing to pay expenses for the artist. Thank you. Miss S Mcglinchey   Tel 07857970000 or siobhan.mcglinchey@hotmail.co.uk


HEARTBREAKER RINGING THE BELL TONIGHT
Just goes to show what a good reputation does: Short notice but Marge has managed to squeeze in new boys Heartbreaker into her Rock gaff (The Bell and Bucket, North Shields) TONIGHT 17th. 'So what' I hear you moan. 'Never 'eard of 'em'. Ya think? These 'new boys' are anything but - look at this for some pedigree: ex Witchkraft, Sheiks, Sticky Fingers, The Paul Rodgers Story. So, apart from some frighteningly competent musicians, expect loads of Free and Bad Co.

MAGNESIA BANK UPDATE
Norman from The Force has been kind enough to share this statement with us (posted on The Magnesia Bank Facebook page)
'Just a quick update on the situation with The Magnesia Bank. It is now under new business management all bands that are booked need to get in touch and for various reasons we need to start a new diary as from April 1st under the new regime. Also anyone that has bookings in for the Magnesia Suite are honoured as from 1st April and we need confirmation of bookings, deposits etc, so you need to contact us at your earliest in order that we can verify details, continue and do our utmost to accommodate to the standards that we strive to meet. Further announcements regarding the bar will be made in due course. Many thanks for your patience.
The Magnesia Bank LTD is the new company and the General Manager to contact will be announced within the next few days.'



Nice to hear from Mike from Classic Clapton, THE Eric Clapton tribute, to say a massive 'thank you' to everyone who supported their February 21 gig at Durham Gala Theatre which they gave in aid of St. Cuthbert's Hospice, raising a very respectable £3,000. Although as you read this Mike and the lads will be preparing to fly to Colombo - we don't hold any gig details but I'm sure we can get hold of them if anyone is keen on making the trip! But be assured they will be back in blighty for their gig at Whitley Bay Playhouse on April 21 and they have also squeezed in another for Redcar Blues Club on the 29th - details on our Listings page.


REGULAR OPEN MIC FOR THE VICTORY;
BELL AND BUCKET JUST WON'T STOP ROCKIN'

Two bits of good news to brighten your weekend: 1 - The Open Mic session at The Victory in South Gosforth was so much of a roaring success that the management have decided to carry on with it on the last Thursday of every month. 2 - North Shields' only Rock emporium, The Bell and Bucket had such a crackin' night for the Flying Vs there last week that Rockchick Marge has decreed that every Friday and every Sunday the Shields folk will have Rock!!! Any band booked to play there get in touch with Riffs with a great pic of yourselves and we'll give you a mega mensh!






Heads up re. the Black Bush in Washington, as we understand the new management are not honouring any of the previously booked bands. Not very sporting.


GOOD FOR PUNTERS - GOOD FOR BANDS
Seems not just North Shields suffering from lack of Rock venues - Houghton le Spring is having its share of troubles, with Houghton Comrades ceasing bands. However, when one door opens . . . as they say. Houghton Sports and Social Club have stepped in to help fill the gap and have already had great success with their debut gig featuring North-East Rock stalwarts - Rock Solid. With The Arrival appearing in February, it looks like the gamble paid off and a regular crowd seems to be relied upon. Soul Street are next up for March 25 followed by the welcome return by Rock Solid on April 14. And as a plus for punters there is
FREE entry, reasonable bar prices and free parking - and as a plus for the bands there is a flat load in so humping gear is kept to a minimum. The venue is situated at Leyburn Grove, Houghton le Spring DH4 5EQ. 0191 584 5190.

LOUD 'N' PROUD

Putting things into alarming context, Jeff from the Flying Vs points out that it seems only moments ago North Shields lost the Garricks Head, and then the Wooden Doll - and now The Maggie Bank has closed its doors for the last time, leaving what seems to be a barren wasteland for Rock fans. But who should step in to save the day? - Marge (no Rock band will go without a gig so long as there's blood in my veins) from the Bell & Bucket who not only wave the Rock flag high, but neatly slotted in The Flying Vs for this Friday March 3 when their gig at the Maggie Bank became suddenly non-existent. As Jeff told Riffs: 'Come along and support the last live Rock venue in North Shields. Keep music live - and remember - use it or lose it!'






ULI ROTH  ex-Scorpions coming to south shields unionist club south shields may 4th: Tokyo tapes revisited, supported by The Force - tour ticket prices soon - don't miss it.


Local guys
Fizzyfish have always been renowned for giving their all at their live shows - which many agree are full of enthusiasm, laughter and, well, a total devil-may-care attitude. But they have vowed to make all their previous live shows look like foot-stairers' hell when they play their fizzy little hearts out at Darlington's Forum Music Centre on Saturday April 8 when they play a benefit gig for the Brain Tumour Charity in honour of their friend Tom Whitton. The band were unable to play at his wake so this is their way of doing their bit for this wonderful man. As Alan told Riffs: 'With Tom's family it was decided to play a gig as a celebration and make some cash for the charity as well. The Forum have been very supportive and tickets are now on sale for a very reasonable £7, available from The Forum, Darlington. Tom was a larger than life figure with appalling dress sense, he is much missed. We will be playing our best song selection in an effort to make this a celebration.'


News just in . . . The Magnesia Bank is shut. Whether temporary or not we know not. But Ernie has left and the place is in darkness...


MORE OF AN ASTERISK THAN A STAR
We have had quite a few queries concerning the gig listings for The Star in Westgate Road, Newcastle and it is becoming increasingly apparent that the lists supplied to us - by The Star themselves - are less than accurate (and that's doing them a favour). Even when contacted they are giving a different band to that which they supplied us with. So we suggest that any punter wishing to see a band there checks not only with the venue, but also with the band in question. Hopefully they will get themselves sorted sooner rather than later. Riffs sincerely apologises to anyone who has been affected or has a wasted journey due to incorrect information supplied to us but, unfortunately, we can be only as accurate as the information we are given and, although we consider ourselves rather strict on this, we still get venues/bands who don't realise the damage they cause by supplying incorrect information.



THE ANNUAL FREE CONVENTION
in aid of the Northern Brainwave Appeal

Saturday 18th March 2017
Doors open 7pm

7.15pm Basing Street Band (Free)

8.10pm Straight Shooter (Free and Bad Co)

9.30pm Slesser/Buckton (Back Street Crawler )

10.30pm Slesser/Buckton 2nd Set - (Free)








Riffs has just been reliably informed of a management change at the Star Inn, Newcastle and that some 're-arranging' of bands and dates may have taken place. Coincidentally we have just received all gigs for the Star Inn for February and March so we recommend any band that may have a gig there check our Listings page for confirmation.

LOCK N LOAD AIRBOURNE

North East Rockers
Lock n Load are playing at The Mallard in Seaham on 18th March for a Cancer Research UK fundraiser (singer boxed for cancer research last year with the organizer of this event). If you want a glimpse of these guys runnin' wild at the Queen Vic in Shields then check out this clip then get yourself along to the gig in March and support this much-needed charity. This pic is of the new 2017 line up.  https://youtu.be/Xb8lW5LagOY



I'm looking for a generous 80s covers band, hopefully specialists in Punk/Ska/Alternative with own PA etc for a charity event in Billingham, Saturday 27th of May. Nineteen basically novice bike riders are attempting to cycle from Whitehaven to Seaton Carew, in June, in aid of "HOPE4NELL" A young Billingham girl with Retts Syndrome. Please see attached images. Mr. G. Wood   07900 682310







Free Pint for buskers at the New Open Mic buskers Night at The Lambton Worm, North Road, Chester le Street Wednesdays from 9pm to 11.30pm hosted by  Michael Rolf, come along and support this new venture - all styles and players welcome!

ATTACK OF THE KILLER BUGS!!

Well, nice bloody way to start the New Year with Riffs offices invaded by some fluey buggy killy germ type thing, laying to rest any hope of keeping Riffs up to date for . . . well - the first few days of 2017. Evacuation, de-infesting, fumigating, you name it, we've heard of it too. But we've all been allowed back in and busy making Riffs what it is - whatever that is! So if you have experienced any hold up in your email being actioned just feel for our staff being ushered into the street, stripped, probed, hosed down and then profusely apologised to as they actually wanted the building next door. But here we are beavering away - I'd take a quick snap of the little beavers but, really, they're shy little things, all except Val over in the corner there whose actually . . . oh, well, she is on lunch and technically, that isn't actually illegal. Is it?


The Grange in Sunderland have been dropped in it for New Year's Eve and so had Tumblin' Dice, who suffered a late cancellation. The two have now come together and Tumblin' Dice now are proud to play at the Grange and the Grange is also proud to host Tumblin' Dice.
Ahh, that warm feeling at Christmas............



Thank you to everyone who contacted me regarding Future gigs at The Station, Billingham. I'm busy trying to arrange dates etc with those who have been in touch. Please continue via email.. gwood.43@gmail.com And I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanx again.

With new Management at the Station Hotel, Billingham. We are after 'Covers Bands', initially just arranging for the last Saturdays in every month, then possibly fortnightly when established. Contact Mr. G. Wood   07900 682310.


Charity Gig in Aid Of St Cuthbert’s Hospice
Featuring Two Great Local Bands – The Fix & After Midnight
Durham Gala Theatre,
Tuesday 21 February.
A Charity Gig will be held at Durham Gala Theatre in February to raise funds for one of the best-loved hospices in the Durham area – St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham. Both bands will be performing sets of 60s and 70s classic pop & rock hits. Doors open 7pm, First band (The Fix) on stage 7.30pm.  Tickets priced £10 are available from the box office, Tel: 03000 266600 and on-line at www.galadurham.co.uk  Fans are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
The Fix are a 4-piece band from Chester-le-Street which includes three Knowles brothers – Tom, Robin (lead guitar) & Peter (bass) plus drummer & “soul brother” Terry Goulding. They originally came together as Tom’s Thumbs in the sixties. Front-man and lead vocalist Tom Knowles also plays guitar and keyboards. In the seventies he was in two very successful recording bands Kestrel & Goldie. Kestrel were one of the first progressive rock bands who made a self-titled album which achieved cult status and has recently been re-released in Japan. Goldie had an international hit record “Making Up Again” and Tom appeared on Top of The Pops with the band (as their drummer).
After Midnight are best known for their Eric Clapton tribute concerts under the name Classic Clapton. For this special charity gig they will be performing covers of music by The Beatles, The Eagles, Free, Steely Dan, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton and a number of 60s and 70s classics.  NB: this will NOT be an Eric Clapton Tribute Gig.
St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Merryoaks, Durham opened in 1988. Their mission is to make every day count for those affected by life-limiting illnesses at a time and a place that is right for them.
https://www.galadurham.co.uk/galapost/biff-bang-pow/
After Midnight’s website:-   www.after-midnight.org.uk
St Cuthbert’s Hospice:- www.stcuthbertshospice.com


Hi,
I read of Michael Overdrive's experience at Flat Tops. Tony Donke's old habits clearly persist. As we posted on Ginger Gits at the time:
'Our gig (30/3/2012) at this venue had been booked for a while, posters had been sent and the gig advertised. Posters were even up in the pub.
We turned up in good time, got a friendly welcome, set up, sound checked - the landlord (a bloke called Tony Donke) seemed very happy.
Then 9pm arrived - there were only a few punters but we were not due on until 9:15. Then the landlord walks over to us and says that there "would be no money in the till to pay us", then offers half the fee to start later and "see how it goes".
We had a quick band meeting and the drummer went to have a word with the landlord. He got even more runaround like "I was p*ssed when I booked you" and with an offer of little more than half the fee to play the gig or we could "f%ck off".
We had another quick meeting and we all agreed to leave. We packed up the gear with more punters arriving with every passing minute. Needless to say the landlord was not happy because he probably realised his mistake even offering us all a drink which we all declined.
So if you get a booking from this pub ... BEWARE!'
Where does he get off on this kind of behaviour?
Regards, Neil (TOO TIRED)

"Putting this out to any bands that are booked at Flatops in Boldon. My band OVERDRIVE have just been cancelled at the last minute leaving us no chance of getting another booking for tonight [Sat]. My main gripe here is that Tony, the manager, actually admitted to me that he had been sending bands home because of poor turnout over the last 2 months after setting up. Fair enough, he also said he had paid expenses, but why not tell me sooner instead of waiting till the very last thing. I was offered a gig on Monday gone for more money and closer to home, but I turned it down as I pride myself on the fact that I have never cancelled or dropped anyone in it. So, just thought I'd put that out there. If you are booked at this venue and can find yourself another gig instead, Take it !!!"
Michael Overdrive

Livewire, ACDC Show, Sat 11th Febuary 2017, at Blackhall Community Centre, Heselden Road Blackhall Colliery, £14 per ticket, standing event, very limited seating, doors 7.30pm, tel 07841033579.    

This week in . . .
he influential 1960s rhythm & blues club in Windsor, Berkshire, was the host to many impor - See more at: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/#sthash.JEtfXQtW.dpuf
he influential 1960s rhythm & blues club in Windsor, Berkshire, was the host to many impor - See more at: http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/#sthash.JEtfXQtW.dpuf
1970, The 3-day Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, took place. The line-up included: Santana, The Flock, Led Zeppelin (headlining act), Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Colosseum, Jefferson Airplane (set aborted), The Byrds (acoustic set), Dr. John, Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Canned Heat, It's a Beautiful Day, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, Pink Floyd (who premiered their new suite, "Atom Heart Mother", which at that time was announced as the "Amazing Pudding"), Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Keef Hartley.


1970, The newly formed Queen featuring Freddie Mercury (possibly still known as Freddie Bulsara) on vocals, guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and Mike Grose on bass played their first gig at Truro City Hall, Cornwall. They were billed as Smile, Brian and Roger's previous band, for whom the booking had been made originally. Original material at this time included an early version of 'Stone Cold Crazy'.

1980, Led Zeppelin appeared at Messehalle, Nuremberg, Germany during their last ever tour. After the group had played just three songs, drummer John Bonham collapsed on stage, causing the remainder of the show to be cancelled.

1981, Motorhead scored their only UK No.1 album with 'No Sleep Til Hammersmith'. The live album was recorded at Leeds and Newcastle shows during their Short, Sharp Pain In The Neck tour in 1981. The name of the tour was a reference to the injury sustained by Phil Taylor when he was dropped on his head during some after-show horseplay. Despite the title of the album, the London venue the Hammersmith Odeon was not played on the tour.

1997, Radiohead, Cast, The Bluetones, Manson, The Chemical Brothers, Ash, The Seahorses, Smashing Pumpkins, The Prodigy, Beck, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Dodgy, Travis, Ray Davies, Kula Shaker, Steve Winwood all appeared at the 3-day Glastonbury Festival.

1999, Brian O'Hara, singer and guitarist with The Fourmost hung himself aged 56. The Liverpool group who were managed by Brian Epstein had the 1964 No.6 single 'A Little Loving'.

2002, One day before the scheduled first show of The Who's 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Entwistle had gone to bed that night with a stripper, who woke at 10am to find Entwistle cold and unresponsive. The Las Vegas medical examiner determined that death was due to a heart attack induced by an undetermined amount of cocaine.

2008, Kings of Leon, The Fratellis, Editors, The Gossip, The Feeling, KT Tunstall, Kate Nash, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, The Raconteurs, James Blunt, Crowded House, Seasick Steve, Martha Wainwright, The Verve, Leonard Cohen, The Ting Tings, Goldfrapp, Neil Diamond, Pete Doherty, Scouting for Girls, Mark Ronson, Duffy, The Zutons, Groove Armada and John Mayer all appeared at this years 3 day UK Glastonbury Festival.

2015, Chris Squire, the bass guitarist and co-founder of 1970s progressive rock band Yes, died at the age of 67 after battling leukemia. He was the only member to appear on each of their 21 studio albums, released from 1969 to 2014.

1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man'. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine who played on the track also played on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

1972, During sessions at Olympic Studios, London, England, David Bowie recorded 'John, I'm Only Dancing', with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video, directed by Mick Rock featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, was banned by Top Of The Pops.

2008, Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ the world's worst cover version ever. In the best cover versions list, Jimi Hendrix was voted into first place with his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower,’ The Beatles rendition of ‘Twist and Shout’ (first recorded by the Top Notes), was in second place, followed by the Guns N' Roses version of the Wings song ‘Live and Let Die’.

1957, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Gamblin' Man / Putting On The Style', the singers second UK No.1. It was the last UK No.1 to be released as a 78rpm as well as a 7' vinyl record.

1957, Lonnie Donegan was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Gamblin' Man / Putting On The Style', the singers second UK No.1. It was the last UK No.1 to be released as a 78rpm as well as a 7' vinyl record.
1973, 10cc were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Rubber Bullets', the first of three UK No.1's for the band, (who also had a No.1 as Hotlegs).


1975, During his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs.

2010, 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift." 

1981 – Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon and is sentenced to 20 years in jail.

1991 – Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics to “Room Full of Mirrors” sell for $35,200 at a New York auction.

1993 – Ozzy Osbourne changes his mind yet again about retirement and says he will reunite with Black Sabbath for a tour.

1995 – R.E.M. perform “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” with Dan Rather at a sound check in New York.
 
1971, The second Glastonbury Festival in England took place. Held over 5 days to coincide with the summer solstice, (the weather was, for a British 'summer' very good). Acts who appeared included: Melanie, Quintessence, David Bowie, The Edgar Broughton Band, Pink Fairies, Terry Reid - with David Lyndley and Linda Lewis, Gong, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Brinsley Schwarz, Fairport Convention, Family and Traffic. Over 7,000 fans attended the event.
1971, The second Glastonbury Festival in England took place. Held over 5 days to coincide with the summer solstice, (the weather was, for a British 'summer' very good). Acts who appeared included: Melanie, Quintessence, David Bowie, The Edgar Broughton Band, Pink Fairies, Terry Reid - with David Lyndley and Linda Lewis, Gong, Hawkwind, Arthur Brown, Brinsley Schwarz, Fairport Convention, Family and Traffic. Over 7,000 fans attended the event.
1968, The Jeff Beck group featuring Rod Stewart made their US debut at the Fillmore East, New York.


2016, Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant told a court hearing the 'Stairway To Heaven' copyright dispute that he had a dim memory of the time the song was written. Plant also said he could not remember meeting the band Spirit, who claimed the band stole their guitar riff for Stairway to Heaven in the 1970s. "I don't have a recollection of almost anyone I've hung out with," Plant said, causing roars of laughter in the court. The case was brought on behalf of Spirit's late guitarist, Randy Wolfe. His estate claimed the opening riff of the 1968 song Taurus is fundamentally the same as the iconic opening bars of Stairway to Heaven.
1948 – Columbia Records announces mass production of 33-1/3 speed records.

1951 – Nils Lofgren is born in Chicago. He is the leader of the group Grin from 1969-74 and releases six solo albums from 1975-81.

1955 – Johnny Cash’s first single, “Cry Cry Cry,” is released.
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1988 – Pink Floyd perform at Versailles, France, a concert that is later released as the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” video.

1990 – It’s Little Richard Day (Wednesday) in Los Angeles as the rock ‘n’ roll pianist is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
 

1993 – The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal from John Fogerty. He’s hoping to recoup legal fees from a copyright battle with the other members of Creedence.

2000 – 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.

2002 – New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming album “The Rising” only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order.

2005 – Drummer Mike Chiplin leaves UK metallers Lostprophets to “pursue other musical opportunities”.

2005 – Billy Corgan takes out full-page advertisements in two newspapers announcing that he wants to reform the Smashing Pumpkins.

2008 – Disturbed were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Indestructible’ the bands third consecutive US No.1.


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Week commencing June 12 . . .
1954, Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident; 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.

1972, The Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street started a four-week run at the top of the US charts. The double album, now regarded as one of the band's best, features Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, Happy and Tumbling Dice.

1976, Ian Dury played his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The show at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow also had The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers on the bill.

1976, Blondie released their debut single 'X Offender'. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally 'Sex Offender', written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label, insisted that the single be changed to 'X Offender' because they were nervous about the original title.

1977, After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.

1987, Florida real estate agent Vittoria Holman sued Motley Crue and their concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 metres) from the speakers. The case was settled out of court with the band's insurance company paying Holman over $30,000. (£18,200).

1997, Fans rioted at an Ozzfest concert in Columbus Ohio, after Ozzy Osbourne couldn't perform due to throat problems. Angry fans broke windows, uprooted trees, and turned over a parked car.

2011, A computer hacker who stole songs from Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Leona Lewis, Kesha and Mariah Carey during 2009 and 2010 was sentenced to 18 months detention in Germany. A court heard how the teenager, who called himself DJ Stolen, earned more than 15,000 euros (£13,260) by breaking copyright laws and hacking personal information from a number of singers. The 18-year-old used software to steal unpublished songs and then offer them for sale on the internet. Anti-piracy teams in the UK and Germany noticed a growing number of pre-release tracks being leaked much earlier than normal. The teen was also ordered to have therapy for an addiction to the internet.

1967, The three day Monterey Pop Festival in California began. All the proceeds went to charity when all the artists agreed to perform for free. The 'Summer of Love' was born. The festival saw the first major US appearances by The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Also on the bill: The Byrds, Grateful Dead, Otis Redding, Simon & Garfunkel, The Steve Miller Band, Canned Heat, The Mamas And The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield and The Electric Flag. John Phillips, of The Mamas and The Papas wrote, 'San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)' to promote the festival, which later became a hit for Scott McKenzie.

1967, Pink Floyd released their second single 'See Emily Play' which was written by original frontman Syd Barrett. The slide guitar work on the song was done by Barrett using a plastic ruler.


1970, Mungo Jerry were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'In The Summertime'. It went on to become the best selling UK single of 1970 spending seven weeks at No.1 and was a hit in 26 other countries. The UK release was a maxi-single playing at 33 rpm (whereas singles generally played at 45 rpm).

1973, Suzi Quatro had her first UK No.1 single with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song 'Can The Can'. 10CC were at No.2 with 'Rubber Bullets' and Fleetwood Mac at No.3 with 'Albatross.'

1982, Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott died following sustained cocaine and heroin addiction.

1989, The first day of the UK three day Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Throwing Muses, Pixies, All About Eve, Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, Suzanne Vega and Fairground Attraction. Tickets cost £28.

1994, Kristen Pfaff, bass player with Hole was found dead in her bathtub due to a heroin overdose. She was just 26.

1999, Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The singer turned politician was 58. He was the first long-haired pop star-boasting hair over 18 inches long and the self-styled lord (real name David Sutch), was Britain's longest-serving political leader, standing in nearly 40 elections.

2013, Black Sabbath established a new UK chart record for the longest gap between No.1 albums when their new release, 13, debuted at the top of the charts, 42 years and 8 months after their second album Paranoid reached No.1.

1975, Peter Frampton played the first of two nights at the Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco. Recordings from these two shows were used as part of his No.1 double album 'Frampton Comes Alive'. It became the best-selling album of 1976, selling over 6 million copies in the US and Frampton Comes Alive! was voted "Album of the year" in the 1976 Rolling Stone readers poll. It stayed on the chart for 97 weeks.


1970, David Bowie released the single 'Memory of a Free Festival', which featured guitarist Mick Ronson and drummer Mick Woodmansey's studio debut with Bowie's band, bringing together the line-up that would shortly record The Man Who Sold the World. The track also featured Marc Bolan on lead guitar and backing vocals.

1976, The Who, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Little Feat, Outlaws and Streetwalkers all appeared at Swansea City Football Club, Swansea. Tickets cost £4.


1999, It was reported that Oasis had paid Gary Glitter £200,000 as an out-of-court settlement after being accused of using the Gary Glitter lyric, 'Hello, hello, it's good to be back' in the song 'Hello'.

Week commencing June 5 . . .
1960, Drummer Tommy Moore made the fateful decision to quit The Beatles and return to his job of driving a forklift at Garston bottle works. He was briefly replaced by Norman Chapman, who was called into National Service after just three gigs. After going drummerless and mostly jobless for a few weeks, the band hired Pete Best on August 12th, only one day before they were to go to Hamburg to play a string of club dates.

1962, The Beatles recorded a BBC radio program, "Here We Go", at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, in front of a studio audience composed largely of loyal Cavern fans. This was the last recording on which Pete Best played drums.

1966, European radio stations mistakenly reported that The Who's lead singer Roger Daltrey was dead. Actually, it was guitarist Pete Townshend who had been injured in a car accident a few days earlier.


1967, Printed in this week's music weekly Melody Maker's ad's pages, 'Freaky lead guitarist, bass and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan's new group. Also any other astral flyers like with car's amplification and that which never grows in window boxes, phone Wimbledon 0697.' The band who formed was Tyrannosaurus Rex, and went on to release four underground folk albums before becoming known as T Rex.

1977, Joe Strummer and Topper Headon were detained overnight in prison in Newcastle upon Tyne having failed to appear at Morpeth Magistrates on May 21st. Both The Clash members were to answer a charge relating to the theft of a Holiday Inn pillowcase. They were both fined £100.

2015, The Kinks' front man and principle song writer Ray Davies was awarded with a London Legend Award at a ceremony held at the Camden Roundhouse. Davies said: “I accept this on behalf of all the young writers coming through, all the young people embarking on careers and as a symbol of the future.”

1969, British supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Rick Grech and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London's Hyde Park. Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl, holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band on the front. Rumours about the girl's relationship to the band fuelled the controversy; among them were that she was a groupie kept as a slave by the band members.

2010, Former Stereophonics drummer and BBC Radio Wales presenter Stuart Cable was found dead at him home near Aberdare in Wales aged 40. His new band Killing for Company had been due to appear at the Download rock festival at Donington Park in a few days. Cable had also been presenting a Rock show on BBC Radio Wales.


2012, Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as 'Ebony Eyes,' was found dead after an apparent suicide at home in Nashville. He was 66. Police said Welch's body was found by his wife Wendy with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and he had left a suicide note. Welch was part of Fleetwood Mac in their early years from 1971 to 1974 and worked on such albums as Future Games and Bare Trees.

2015, Sir Elton John lost his cool during a performance at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium in England after he likened a steward to Hitler as she tried to stop crowds from surging forward during a gig. In an expletive-laden rant, John went on to say it was "not China" and he picked out a female steward, telling her: "You put a uniform on and you think you're Hitler - well you're not."

1977, Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. Playing a 3 hour set, tickets cost $8.50 - $10.50.

1964, 'Liza Jane' became the first recording to be released as a single by David Bowie (but under the name Davie Jones with the King Bees). Despite promoting the single on the television shows Juke Box Jury, Ready Steady Go! and The Beat Room, and receiving good radio coverage, the single sold poorly and the band was subsequently dropped from the label Vocalion Pop.

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on the Dusty Springfield TV show 'It Music Be Dusty', filmed on ATV, in London. Hendrix performed 'Stone Free' and 'Voodoo Chile' and then played a version of 'Mockingbird' with Dusty Springfield.


1971, American blues rock band Grand Funk Railroad smashed the record held by The Beatles when they sold out New York's Shea Stadium in 72 hours.

1990, American drummer Jim Hodder drowned in his swimming pool aged 42. He was the original drummer with Steely Dan and also worked with Sammy Hagar and David Soul.

1997, Ex Small Faces, The Faces and leader of Slim Chance, Ronnie Lane died aged 51 after a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Slim Chance had the 1974 UK No.5 single 'How Come'.

2002, Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Glenn Colvin), bass guitarist with the Ramones died at his Hollywood, California apartment of a heroin overdose aged 49. He was the group's primary songwriter, penning songs such as 'Rockaway Beach', '53rd & 3rd', and 'Poison Heart'.

2003, A Grandfather who set up his own pirate radio station in Wakefield, Yorkshire was under investigation by local broadcasting authorities. The man known as Ricky Rock had erected a 32ft transmitter in his garden and had been playing hits by The Beach Boys, Beatles and Elvis Presley. Ricky said he set the station up because 'talent-less boy bands and dance music' featured on local stations did not cater to the tastes of his generation.

2010, Led Zeppelin were officially voted the nation’s favourite band by the BBCs ‘I’m In A Rock ‘N` Roll Band’, coming ahead of both The Beatles and Queen in a phone-in vote. The show also featured Best Singer, Guitarist, and Drummer live phone-in votes which saw Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Bonham all nominated in their categories. John Bonham was crowned top drummer ahead of Dave Grohl and Keith Moon, whilst Jimmy and Robert were runners up to Jimi Hendrix and Freddie Mercury respectively.

Week commencing May 31 . . .
1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Procol Harum, Denny Laine and The Chiffons all appeared at The Saville Theatre, London. Both Paul McCartney and George Harrison were in the audience to see Hendrix perform the title track from Sgt. Pepper which had been released just 3 days earlier.


1997, Jeff Buckley's body was discovered floating in the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared when swimming on May 29th in Wolf River Harbor while wearing boots, all of his clothing, and singing the chorus of 'Whole Lotta Love' by Led Zeppelin. A roadie in Buckley's band had remained on shore, but after moving a radio and guitar out of reach of the wake from a passing tugboat he looked up to see that Buckley had vanished.

1976, The Sex Pistols appeared at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. The now legendary night is regarded as a catalyst to the punk rock movement. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith (The Fall). Tickets cost £1.

1977, The Jam's debut single 'In The City' made No.40 on the UK singles chart. They went on to score 18 consecutive Top 40 singles in the United Kingdom, from their debut in 1977 to their break-up in December 1982, including four No.1 hits.

1990, American punk rock singer Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys and The Lords of the New Church died after being hit by a taxi in Paris, France. Bators had been out drinking when he was hit by a taxi while crossing the road; he was taken to hospital but left before seeing a doctor. He died in his sleep as the result of a concussion.

1992, Iron Maiden played a gig at the Oval pub, Norwich before 400 fans as The Nodding Donkeys, as a thank you to the pub's landlord Chris Hiles.


1967, David Bowie released his self titled debut studio album. Two singles were released from the album, 'Rubber Band' and 'The Laughing Gnome'. The album's failure cost Bowie his record contract with Deram Records who dropped him in April 1968.

1967, The Beatles released Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, in the UK. Recorded over a 129-day period beginning in December 1966, the album is widely regarded as one of the greatest of all time and was the first Beatles album where the track listings were exactly the same for the UK and US versions. As of 2011, it has sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums in history.


1973, Former Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt broke his spine after attempting to leave a party by climbing down a drainpipe and falling three stories. It left Wyatt permanently crippled and confined to a wheelchair.

1981, The first issue of the Heavy Metal magazine Kerrang! was published as a special pull-out by UK weekly music paper Sounds. AC/DC had the front cover plus features on Motorhead, Girlschool and Saxon.

1991, American soul singer David Ruffin died of a drug overdose. After taking a large amount of cocaine Ruffin passed out; a friend drove him to a hospital in Philadelphia where he later died. With The Temptations, had the 1971 US No.1 & UK No. 8 single 'Just My Imagination' and 'My Girl' (which Ruffin sang lead vocals). Solo (1975 US No.9 & UK No.10 single 'Walk Away From Love').

1967, The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with coloured oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1. The poster advertising the show promised a 'Knockout Atmosphere'.

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'.

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 band's 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.


1997, Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley disappeared after taking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist riverboat.

1999, Skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were Philip Kramer former bassist with rock group Iron Butterfly, who had disappeared on his way home from work on February 12, 1995. His death was ruled as a probable suicide.

2009, Phil Spector was jailed for at least 19 years for murdering an actress in 2003. The producer, 69, famed for his Wall of Sound recording technique, was last month found guilty of shooting Lana Clarkson at his California home. Spector had pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder during the five-month retrial in Los Angeles. His lawyers said he would appeal. Spector was given a sentence of 15 years to life for second-degree murder and an additional four years for personal use of a gun.


Week commencing May 24 . . .
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.

1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon was on both the UK and US album charts. It remained in the US charts for 741 discontinuous weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history. (After moving to the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Chart, the album notched up a further 759 weeks, and had reached a total of over 1,500 weeks on the combined charts by May 2006).

1976, The Allman Brothers Band temporarily disbanded after Greg Allman testified against Scooter Herring, his personal road manager, who was charged with drug trafficking. Herring was subsequently sentenced to 75 years in prison. An album of previously unreleased live material was issued later in the year under the title 'Wipe the Windows, Check the Oil, Dollar Gas'.

1977, Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howlett's band, Strontium 90 in Paris, France.

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.


1949, Born on this day (Sunday), 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.

1955, Born on this day (Sunday), John McGeoch, guitar, member of Magazine (1978 UK No.41 single 'Shot By Both Sides'). Also worked with Siouxsie And The Banshees, Armoury Show, Public Image Ltd. Died in his sleep 5th March 2004 aged 49.

1967, Procol Harum's 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' entered the UK chart for the first time, where it went on to become a No.1 hit. 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' became the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009). The first video for the song was shot in the ruins of Witley Court in Worcestershire. Directed by Peter Clifton whose insertion of Vietnam War newsreel footage caused it to be banned from airplay on Top Of The Pops. The band subsequently made another video.


1963, US blues guitarist and singer Elmore James died of a heart attack aged 45. James wrote 'Shake Your Money Maker', which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as "The King of the Slide Guitar", James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.

1970, Peter Green played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac when they appeared at the Bath Festival, Somerset.


1991, Founder member of The Byrds, Gene Clark, died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better', and 'Eight Miles High', member of McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and solo.

2010, Paul Gray, the bassist with US metal band Slipknot, was found dead in a hotel in Des Moines, Iowa. The body of the 38-year-old musician was found by an employee at the hotel in a suburb of the city. Police said foul play was not suspected but an autopsy would be carried out. The nine members of Slipknot wore masks in public and referred to other bandmates by numbers; Gray was number two.

1971, The Rolling Stones album 'Sticky Fingers' started a four-week run at No.1 on the US charts, the group's second US No.1 album. The artwork for Sticky Fingers which, on the original vinyl release, featured a working zipper that opened to reveal cotton briefs, was conceived by American pop artist Andy Warhol. The cover, a photo of Joe Dallesandro's crotch clad in tight blue jeans, was assumed by many fans to be an image of Mick Jagger. The album also features the first usage of the "Tongue and Lip Design" designed by John Pasche.

1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public's shock over Lewis' marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

1968, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Girl.' The song which was about under-age sex, was the acts only UK No.1.

2011, Four dead dogs in 'sealed containers' were found in the Tennessee home of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. Vincent, a member of Kiss from 1982 to 1984, was released after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single Ohio, written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.


1972, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun, Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.

1974, Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in cheques.

1980, Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested at a much-troubled gig in Hamburg, Germany, after smashing his guitar over the head of a member of the audience; he was released after an alcohol test proved negative.

2008, Lou Pearlman, the music mogul who created the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison over a decades-long scam that swindled thousands of investors out of their life savings. Many victims were Pearlman's relatives, friends and retirees in their 70s or 80s who lost everything.

2013, Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, died from cancer at the age of 62. Bolder appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Pin Ups (1973). He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, replacing John Wetton.

Week commencing May 17 . . .
1964, Rudy Lewis of The Drifters died aged 28 under mysterious circumstances the night before the group was set to record 'Under the Boardwalk'. Former Drifters backup singer Johnny Moore was brought back to perform lead vocals for the recording session.

1966, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey of The Who grew tired of waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to arrive for their gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, so they took to the stage with the bass player and drummer of the local band that opened the show. When Moon and Entwistle finally arrived in the middle of the set, a fight broke out, with Townshend hitting Moon on the head with his guitar. Moon and Entwistle quit the band (and rejoined a week later).

1967, The Beatles new album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band had a special preview on the Kenny Everett BBC Light program, 'Where It's At', playing every track from the album (except 'A Day In The Life' which the BBC had banned saying it could promote drug taking).

1969, While watching a baseball game in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, Peter Cetera of Chicago was set upon by four Marines (because they didn't like the length of his hair). They broke his jaw, resulting in the singer spending two days in intensive care.

1998, Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward was taken to hospital in London after suffering a heart attack during a band rehearsal.

2014, Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the Bavarian banker credited with turning The Rolling Stones into the world's richest rock band, died at the age of 80. It was on Loewenstein's advice that the Stones became tax exiles, decamping to the South of France in the 1970s. He famously wrote he was "never a fan of the Stones' music".

1966, During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, the footage turning up in the film Eat The Document. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage '66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as 'incomprehensible for a mainstream audience'.

1980, Joy Division singer and guitarist Ian Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, at the age of 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album 'The Idiot', playing on his stereo and left a note that said, 'At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I just can't cope anymore.' Joy Division released the critically acclaimed debut album Unknown Pleasures in 1979, and recorded their follow-up 'Closer' in 1980.

1969, Pete Townshend spent the night in a US jail for assaulting a man during a Who gig at The Fillmore East. What Townshend didn't know was the man who jumped onto the stage was a plainclothes policeman trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out. The Who guitarist was later fined $30 for the offence.

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).


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’.

1977, The London Evening Standard reported that Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant had been arrested at Atlanta Airport for being drunk and pulling a knife. Since Plant was at his home in Wales at the time of the incident, the person arrested was a man impersonating Plant and the British paper ran an apology the following night.

2010, Ronnie James Dio, singer with Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his own band Dio, died after a six-month battle with stomach cancer. He was 67 years old. Dio’s career began in 1957 with The Vegas Kings, which later changed to Ronnie and the Rumblers, then Ronnie and the Redcaps, then in 1961, Ronnie Dio and the Prophets. In 1967, Dio and Prophets guitarist Nick Pantas formed the Electric Elves, which shortened its name to Elf. The band’s success eventually landed them an opening slot for Deep Purple which exposed Dio’s voice to Deep Purple’s guitarist, Ritchie Blackmore, who later recruited Dio and other members of Elf for his new band Rainbow.

Week commencing May 8 . . .
1958, The Everly Brothers started a four-week run at No.1 in the US with 'All I Have To Do Is Dream'. Written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, the track was recorded in just two takes.

1963, Bob Dylan walked out of rehearsals for the US TV Ed Sullivan show after being told he couldn't perform his song Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues due to it mocking the US military and segregation. CBS officials asked Dylan to substitute it for another song, but the singer reportedly said: 'No, this is what I want to do. If I can't play my song, I'd rather not appear on the show'.

1968, Brian Jones made his final live appearance with The Rolling Stones when they appeared at the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley. Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, on 3rd July 1969 aged 27.

1981, Meat Loaf filed for bankruptcy with debts of over $1 million.

1996, 17-year-old Bernadette O'Brien died the day after being injured 'body surfing' at a Smashing Pumpkins gig at The Point, Dublin.

2000, Thieves stole the gates to Strawberry Fields the Merseyside landmark immortalised by The Beatles song. The 10' high iron gates were later found at local scrap metal dealers in Liverpool.

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.

1974, Led Zeppelin attended an 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.

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.


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.

2011, One of the rarest rock t-shirts in the world sold for $10,000 (£6096.00), 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.

1947, Born on this day (Thursday), American drummer Butch Trucks, The Allman Brothers Band (1973 US No.12 single 'Ramblin Man'). Trucks died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on January 24, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the age of 69.

1966, Born on this day (Thursday), Christoph "Doom" Schneider, drummer, Rammstein.

1967, Sandie Shaw was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Puppet On A String'. This week's two highest new entries were Jimi Hendrix with 'The Wind Cries Mary' and The Kinks 'Waterloo Sunset'.


1970, Guess Who started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'American Woman', it was the group's sixth Top 30 hit and only chart topper. The song was born by accident when guitarist Randy Bachman was playing a heavy riff on stage after he had broken a string, the other members joined in on the jam. A fan in the audience who had recorded the gig on tape presented it to the group after the show and they developed it into a full song.

1980, 'I Don't Like Mondays' by The Boomtown Rats won the best pop song and outstanding British lyric categories at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards. And Supertramp's 'The Logical Song' won Best Song Musically and Lyrically. Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldoff was inspired to write the song after reading about the tragic shooting spree when 16-year-old Brenda Spencer killed two people and wounded nine others when she fired from her house across the street onto the entrance of San Diego's Grover Cleveland Elementary School. Asked why she did it she said 'I Don't like Mondays'.

2013, David Bowie's latest video which starred Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard, was temporarily pulled from YouTube over its graphic content. "The Next Day" featured heavy religious imagery, including Cotillard bleeding from stigmata marks. The video sees Bowie performing in a basement bar, surrounded by religious figures, while Oldman, dressed as a priest, punches a beggar before dancing with a prostitute, played by Oscar-winner Cotillard. YouTube admitted making the "wrong call" in removing the video, and reinstated it with an adult content warning.

1965, The filming of the promotional film for Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues took place at the side of the Savoy Hotel in London. Actors in the background were Allen Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth. The original clip was actually the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film, Don't Look Back, a documentary on Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England. In the film, Dylan, who came up with the idea, holds up cue cards for the camera with selected words and phrases from the lyrics. The cue cards were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself. While staring at the camera, he flipped the cards as the song played.


1974, UK keyboard player Graham Bond committed suicide after throwing himself under a London tube train at Finsbury Park station, aged 36. It took police two days to identify his body which was crushed beyond all recognition. Briefly a member of Blues Incorporated, a group led by Alexis Korner, before forming the Graham Bond Quartet, with a lineup of Bond on vocals and organ, Ginger Baker on drums and Jack Bruce on bass.

1976, BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers.

1984, Roger Waters released his first solo album The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking. The concept album, as originally envisioned by Waters in 1977, rotated around a man's thoughts during a midlife crisis, and featured guest musicians Eric Clapton on guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone and Michael Kamen on piano.

Week commencing May 1 . . .
1966, The Mamas and the Papas started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Monday Monday', it made No.3 in the UK. The group was reported as saying they all hated the song except for its writer John Phillips. The Mamas and the Papas won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for this song.


1967, Pearls Before Swine begin recording an album called 'One Nation Underground'. The LP included a song called 'Miss Morse', which would be banned in New York when it was discovered that lead singer Tom Rapp was singing F-U-C-K in Morse code. After disc jockey Murray The K played the record on the air, local Boy Scouts correctly interpreted the chorus and phoned in a complaint.

1971, 'Moonage Daydream' was released as a single by Arnold Corns, a band formed by David Bowie the name of which was inspired by the Pink Floyd song 'Arnold Layne'. This was one of Bowie’s side projects and something of a dry run for Ziggy Stardust. The song later reappeared on Ziggy Stardust in a new version with updated lyrics.

1972, The Rolling Stones released the second album on their own label, Exile On Main Street, featuring two hit singles, 'Tumbling Dice' and 'Happy'. In 2003, the album was ranked No. 7 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, the highest of any Stones album on the list.

1992, Nigel Preston drummer with The Cult died in London, England aged 32. Was a founding member of The Death Cult, he also played and recorded with Sex Gang Children, Theatre of Hate and The Gun Club.

1961, Born on this day (Sunday), Phil Campbell, lead guitar, Persian Risk, Motorhead, who had the 1980 UK No.15 single 'Ace Of Spades'.

1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded 'Voodoo Chile.' It was featured on the 'Electric Ladyland' double album and became a UK No.1 single on 21st November 1970 two months after the guitarist's death. Hendrix's solo on the track was named the 11th greatest solo of all-time in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.

1972, Les Harvey guitarist with Stone The Crows died after being electrocuted on stage during a gig at Swansea University, Wales. He was the brother of Scottish singer Alex Harvey and a member of the Alex Harvey Soul Band.

2004, The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy's wife and manager, said that the pair had "harassed" her family and had had their contributions removed from the albums because of their "abusive and unjust behaviour".

2009, Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Together Through Life’ his seventh UK No.1 album. It was the singer, songwriter’s 33rd studio album, he last topped the UK chart with ‘New Morning’ in 1970. His first No.1 in 1964, was ‘The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan'. Dylan now held the record (previously held by Tom Jones), for the longest gap between solo number one albums.

1966, The Beatles played live for the last time in the UK when they appeared at the NME Poll Winners concert at Wembley Empire Pool. The Beatles set included; 'I Feel Fine', 'Nowhere Man', 'Day Tripper', 'If I Needed Someone' and 'I'm Down'. Also on the bill: The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, The Who and The Yardbirds.


1977, The 'White Riot Tour' kicked of at the Roxy in London with The Clash, The Jam and The Buzzcocks.

1984, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy. It was reported that the drummer had spent thousands of dollars a month on cocaine, and had refused to listen to financial advisers, buying up several homes, a $400,000 spread in Hawaii and a $1.8 million farm outside Sydney, Australia.

1997, Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had a quadruple heart by-pass operation after visiting his Harley Street doctor and complaining of chest pains.

Week commencing April 24 . . .
1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for The Allman Brothers Band was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon's lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.

1976, The Who's drummer, Keith Moon, paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world attendance record at a concert when they played to 76,229 people at a gig at the Pontiac Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan. The Who held the previous record at the same venue with 75,962 people.


1983, American Blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois, aged 68. Major influence of many acts: Cream, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin. The Rolling Stones named themselves after Waters' 1950 song 'Rollin' Stone.' Best known songs include 'I Just Want To Make Love To You', 'I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Got My Mojo Working.'

1999, Nazareth drummer Darrell Sweet died aged 52, after suffering a fatal heart attack before a show in New Albany, Indiana. Nazareth had the 1973 UK No.9 single 'Broken Down Angel' 1976 US No. 8 single 'Love Hurts'.

2014, Guitarist Wilko Johnson had a major operation in an attempt to treat his pancreatic cancer. Johnson was diagnosed at the end of 2012 and was given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy. Johnson told Q magazine that a cancer doctor had become curious as to why he wasn't dead. And why he wasn't even sick - which resulted in more tests.

1969, Pink Floyd appeared at Mothers Club in Erdington, Birmingham. Iconic dj John Peel reviewed the gig as '...sounding like dying galaxies lost in sheer corridors of time and space'. Recordings from this show were included in the group’s 1969 album Ummagumma.


2009, Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament was the victim of a robbery outside Southern Tracks Recording studios in Atlanta, where the band were recording. Ament and a band employee had arrived at the rear of the studio when three assailants brandishing knives emerged from the woods wearing black masks and smashed the windows of a rented Jeep. The robbers grabbed a BlackBerry and Ament's passport and stole $3,000 in cash and $4,320 worth of goods.

2009, Aerosmith were to hold a free concert in Hawaii to placate angry fans who brought a legal case against them. Fans filed a class action case, which claimed the band had cancelled a sold-out show in Maui two years ago, leaving hundreds of fans out of pocket in favour of a bigger gig in Chicago. Lawyers for the would-be concert-goers said Aerosmith had now agreed to put on a new show, and would pay all expenses. Everyone who bought a ticket to the original concert would receive a free ticket.

2013, A blue plaque was unveiled at Swansea railway station, Wales, honouring Peter Ham who co-wrote 'Without You', a hit for both Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. Ham was a member of Badfinger who were signed to The Beatles Apple Records label (and enjoyed their biggest hit in 1970 with a Paul McCartney penned, 'Come And Get It'. Ham took his own life in 1975 at the age of 27 - reportedly due to ongoing copyright issues with Harry Nilsson. Peter Ham was born on this day (Thursday) in 1947.

1969, During the band's second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California. It was during this show that 'Whole Lotta Love' was played live for the first time.

1982, Out on a day's shopping, Rod Stewart was robbed by a gunman of his $50,000 Porsche on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

1988, Mick Jagger appeared in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought by reggae singer Patrick Alley, who claimed the Mick Jagger solo track Just Another Night was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. Alley was claiming $7m in profits from the track. During the case Sly Dunbar played drums to the court to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the court the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger won the case.

1997, Ernest Stewart, keyboard player with KC and the Sunshine Band, died of an asthma attack (1975 US No.1 single 'That's The Way, I Like It', 1983 UK No.1 single 'Give It Up').


2016, A list of tracks by a death metal band was accidentally printed on the back of a new album by UK comedian Bernie Clifton. The 80-year-old (who is famous for riding a yellow ostrich), said he was "fuming and furious" about the error, which saw songs by the group Abhorrent Decimation printed on his new CD.

1965, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Game Of Love', a No.2 hit in the UK. Wayne took his name from DJ Fontana the Elvis Presley drummer. Eric Stewart, guitarist in the Mindbenders, went on join Hotlegs and 10CC.

1975, Peter Ham, British singer, songwriter with Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in the garage of his Surrey home, aged 27. Ham co-wrote 'Without You', with band mate Tom Evans (who also later committed suicide). The song won an Ivor Novello award for Song Of The Year in 1973, and was a hit for Harry Nilsson and Mariah Carey. It is believed that copyright issues concerning Harry Nilsson over the song was the major cause of both suicides. Ham was a founder member of The Iveys, who became Badfinger, and were signed to the Beatles' Apple label. Their first hit 'Come And Get It' was written by Paul McCartney.

1968, Deep Purple made their live debut at a gig in Tastrup, Denmark. Formerly known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, named after his grandmother's favourite song (which had been a hit for Peter De Rose), after his grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the song.

1968, Apple Music ran advertisements soliciting tapes from unknown artists, offering financial grants as part of a deal to release records on the Apple label. Artists such as Badfinger, James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Jackie Lomax, David Peel and Elephant's Memory were signed up.

1979, Lighting director Billy Duffy was killed in an accident during a Kate Bush concert in Southampton. 21-year old Duffy fell twenty feet through an open trap door on the stage. Kate Bush held a benefit concert for his family on 12th May with Peter Gabriel and Steve Harley at London's Hammersmith Odeon.

1991, Steve Marriott leader of Small Faces and Humble Pie, died in a fire at his home in Essex. His work became a major influence for many 90s bands. Small Faces had the 1967 UK No.3 & US No.16 single 'Itchycoo Park', plus 1968 No.1 UK album 'Ogden's Nut Gone Flake', Humble Pie, 1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'. As a child actor he played parts in Dixon of Dock Green and The Artful Dodger in Oliver.

1992, 'A Concert For Life' took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. Acts appearing included; Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), David Bowie, Mick Ronson, James Hetfield, George Michael, Seal, Paul Young, Annie Lennox, Lisa Stansfield, Robert Plant, Joe Elliott and Phil Collen, Axl Rose and Slash.

2001, A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie frontman Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie.

1968, John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left.

1969, Smile (later to be known as Queen) appeared at the Revolution Club in London.


1980, 32 year old English singer Brian Johnson joined Australian group AC/DC, replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinks binge in February 1980. Johnson's first band was the Gobi Desert Canoe Club. He was also in a band called Fresh. From 1970, Johnson played with cabaret/club band The Jasper Hart Band, performing songs from the musical Hair. He and other members of the band went on to form Geordie.

2010, A week after Catholic Church officials published an article in the Vatican's L'Osservatore Romano newspaper that said they forgive John Lennon's remarks about The Beatles being "bigger than Jesus", Ringo Starr rejected their forgiveness. The newspaper's editors had written "The Beatles said they were bigger than Jesus and put out mysterious messages, that were possibly even Satanic... (but) what would Pop music be like without the Beatles?" Ringo was unimpressed and replied "Didn't the Vatican say we were Satanic or possibly Satanic? And they've still forgiven us? I think the Vatican, they've got more to talk about than the Beatles."

1956, Born on this day (Wednesday), English singer Tony Martin, best known for his time fronting Black Sabbath, initially from 1987 to 1991 and again from 1993 to 1997. Martin was the band's second longest serving vocalist after Ozzy Osbourne.